Great Britain enjoy clean sweep over Germany

Published: Friday 8th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Great Britain kept their hopes of reaching the Hopman Cup final alive with a 3-0 win over Germany.

Needing a clean sweep to have any chance of reaching Saturday’s showpiece, Heather Watson beat Sabine Lisicki and Andy Murray saw off Alexander Zverev in their singles matches before joining forces to win the doubles rubber – all three wins coming in straight sets.

Their fate now rests in the hands of France, who must beat Australia in the evening session for Great Britain to progress.

Watson started proceedings off with an impressive straight-sets win over former Wimbledon finalist Lisicki.

The British number two triumphed 6-3 6-4 for a third career win over her former training partner.

She made the decisive break at 4-3 in the first set before serving it out to 15.

The second set was more comfortable for Watson, who broke twice to seal the rubber.

Murray then held his part of the bargain, seeing off Zverev 6-3 6-4.

The world number two broke his opponent in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and there was no looking back as he went to claim the first set.

He made harder work of the second set, letting a 5-2 lead slip as Zverev had break points to level at 5-5.

But Murray shirked off any danger and held to see out the match and set up the all-important doubles rubber.

After an early exchange of breaks in the first set, Murray and Watson took control by breaking Lisicki to take a 5-3 lead, with Murray then serving for the set.

Lisicki’s serve provided rich pickings for the Brit pair, with two more breaks either side of a German break off Watson’s serve and that allowed them to dominate the second set, sealing the match 6-3 6-4.

Published: Friday 8th January 2016 by The News Editor

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