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Sascha secures Germany’s repeat final

4 January 2019, by AAP

Germany will meet Switzerland in a rematch of the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2019 final, after Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev claimed straight-sets wins over Ash Barty and Matt Ebden.

It ensured a final round-robin win over Australia – the German’s third in Perth this week.

The stakes couldn’t have been higher for the Group A tie, with the winner securing a spot in the final against Switzerland and the loser sent packing.

But the Germans gained an early lead when world No.2 was a 6-4 6-4 winner over Barty.

And Germany’s spot in the final was secured when Alexander Zverev beat Ebden 6-4 6-3 in 76 minutes.

Switzerland’s defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic await Germany in the final.

It’s a repeat of last year’s final, when Switzerland secured the title with a win in the mixed doubles against Kerber and Zverev.

“It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” Zverev said.

“We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again.

“And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we are definitely going to come back here to Perth.”

Zverev simply had too much firepower for Ebden, who was forced to scrap each service game.

Australia denied the Germans a clean sweep of the tie, Barty and Ebden winning the mixed doubles 4-0 4-3(1).