Zverev came out all guns blazing in a high-intensity first set where both players produced moments of brilliance, with both holding multiple break points. However, the young German managed to prevail in the tie-breaker as he aimed to repeat his singles win over Federer at the Hopman Cup last year, when all three sets were decided by tie-breakers.
Roger Federer in 2018:— bet365 (@bet365) January 4, 2018
Played - 3
Won - 3
New year, same GOAT.
Federer's frustration was obvious, dropping his racquet after missing an easy volley and then launching a ball towards the roof. However, it soon passed as he started to blunt the German's power and his superior court craft turned the momentum. Federer took pace off his shots and used the drop shot repeatedly to catch Zverev out, racing through the second set.
Roger Federer enjoyed that rally! ?— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 3, 2018
Will he win his 20th grand slam title at this month's Australian Open? ??? pic.twitter.com/xzjgpFrLtR
"I played great throughout the three sets and Sasha probably dropped his level a little bit in the second and third sets," he said. "I was able to put Switzerland ahead so I am very happy."
SUI 1-0 GER. Roger Federer d. Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-2 with a total beatdown on the world number 4 during the last two sets. Federer leaves Perth 4-0 in singles. A very good week for him. [getty] pic.twitter.com/swQz4gUaFM— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 6, 2018
Zverev looks into the abyss after that 60-second love hold by Federer...— Live Tennis (@livetennis) January 6, 2018
The Swiss leads 5-1 in the deciding set. pic.twitter.com/jpI9YO8T8A