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Zverev upsets Federer at Hopman Cup

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Brad Elborough

Roger Federer has hit a road bump on his comeback trail ahead of the Australian Open, losing to German teenage sensation Alexander Zverev in three sets at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The 17-time grand slam title winner went down 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) in an enthralling two-and-half-hour encounter.

The 19-year-old, ranked 24 in the world said that he knew if he remained focused, a chance would come his way against the Swiss great who is coming off a six-month lay-off - having been sidelined since Wimbledon with knee and back injuries.

"Against Roger you know you have to play every single point or you have no chance," Zcerev said.

"You have to play it at a very high level otherwise he will beat you quite easily.

"It has always been like that and always will be until he stops playing."

There wasn't much between the two players, but Zverev, who is 16 years younger than Federer, just wouldn't go away; and with his first serves consistently clocking over 200km/h he showed why he's attracting so much world attention.

The win took his record over Federer to 2-1 having beaten the 35-year-old in Halle, in Germany before Wimbledon last year.

Pool B victors the USA has already booked its place in Saturday's final and will face the winner of Friday's tie between Switzerland and France, when Federer meets Richard Gasquet.

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