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Hopman Cup 2019 (XXXI)

Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza – all former world No.1s and multiple Grand Slam champions – headlined one of the most star-studded fields ever in the memorable 31st staging of the Mastercard Hopman Cup.

Combined with other big names, including world No.4 Alexander Zverev in his fourth consecutive Perth visit, the fans came out in droves. A record 110,364 attended in total throughout the week.

And what a tournament they experienced. Most memorable for many was the New Year’s Day tie between USA and Switzerland, which saw Federer face Williams for the first time in mixed doubles.

Underlined the significance of that occasion, a crowd of 14,064 marked the highest single-attended session in the event’s history.

Further records came as Switzerland met Germany in a repeat of the 2018 final. Federer continued his unbeaten record in singles as he defeated Zverev in the men’s singles rubber; Kerber too, continued a remarkable winning streak as she defeated Bencic to keep her nation’s hopes alive.

It meant that the final came down to the mixed doubles and ultimately, to a winner-takes-all point that the Swiss team seized.

Federer became the first player to feature in three Hopman Cup titles, with Federer and Bencic also the first players to return and defend their crown – both a fitting end and fitting milestones to what many suggested was the best Mastercard Hopman Cup ever staged.