The Slovak Republic Claimed Third Cup Title!

An incredible week of tennis at the Hyundai Hopman Cup has ended with the Slovak Republic winning an amazing final over Russia to become three-time champions.

The win for the Slovak Republic was set up with Dominika Cibulkova beating world No. 3 Russian Dinara Safina for the first time 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4.

That match lasted 2hrs 28mins and then in a 2hr 32mins battle befitting of the final of one of the best Hyundai Hopman Cups, Dominik Hrbaty beat Marat Safin 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (3).

The win for world No. 19 teenager Cibulkova and veteran Hrbaty follows up the Slovak Republic’s win in 1998 and 2005.

Remarkably, the Slovak Republic has now won six straight Ties at Hopman Cups, having also gone through HHCXVII undefeated when Hrbaty won with Daniela Hantuchova.

It makes Hrbaty a dual winner to move into the company of Serena Williams, James Blake and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

It was a disappointing result for the Russian team, with the brother-sister team looking to win the Cup on their first, and possibly only, time teaming together. It is Safin’s best result still in four visits to Perth though.

Dominátori pokorili Rusko, získali Hopmanov pohár

Slovenskí tenisti sa stali víťazmi 21. ročníka Hopmanovho pohára, neoficiálnych majstrovstiev sveta miešaných reprezentačných tímov, v austrálskom Perthe. Dominik Hrbatý a Dominika Cibulková dovŕšili svoju spanilú púť turnajom v Burswood Dome finálovým víťazstvom nad favorizovaným Ruskom, ktoré dosiahli už po úvodných dvojhrách. Najprv sa v súboji debutantiek na tomto podujatí tešila Dominika Cibulková z víťazstva nad súčasnou svetovou trojkou Dinarou Safinovou za 148 minút 6:7 (3), 6:1, 6:4. Druhý a rozhodujúci bod Slovenska pridal Dominik Hrbatý, ktorý v stretnutí skvelej úrovne zdolal bývalú svetovú jednotku Marata Safina 6:7 (5), 7:5, 7:6 (3).

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