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France beat Germany in Hopman Cup comeback

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017

Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet of France during the mixed doubles match between France and Germany. © AAP Image/Tony McDonough Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet of France during the mixed doubles match between France and Germany. France's Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic have recovered after losing the first rubber to beat Germany 2-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The French clinched victory over Germany by winning the hybrid FAST4 mixed format, winning it 4-2 4-1 over Andrea Petkovic and teenager Alexander Zverev.

Petkovic, who suffered a 2013 knee injury in Perth which forced her out of the event, started the day with a German win as she beat Mladenovic 6-2 6-1, with the Frenchwoman committing nearly 20 unforced errors.

"I was in full focus for today. I'm very satisfied with how I played," Petkovic said after her singles success. "I had a few hiccups, I could have gone for a little more on my serve and played more aggressively at times.

"But overall, it was a solid performance. I'm happy with the first match of new season - there is a lot to look forward to."

Gasquet evened the tie for the French as he defeated fast-rising Zverev 7-5 6-3 to bring on the mixed doubles decider.

"I trained well at the end of 2016; I know that I'm ready for the season. And I like to play in Australia," Gasquet said.

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