Roger Federer has won the Master Hopman Cup for a record third time after Switzerland beat Germany in a winner-takes-all point on Saturday night.
Federer gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the tie with a 6-4 6-2 win over world No.4 Alexander Zverev on Saturday.
But Kerber levelled the tie with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) win over Bencic in the women’s singles rubber.
Switzerland then came up trumps 4-0 1-4 4-3 (5-4) in the deciding mixed doubles that came down to the final point.
Under the short sets format, the match is decided by a winner-takes-all point if scores are locked at 4-4 in the third-set tiebreak.
Germany blew a championship point before it reached that stage, and they again faltered when everything was on the line, with Zverev hitting the ball into the net to spark Switzerland’s celebrations.
Federer’s three Mastercard Hopman Cup titles is more than any other player.