(January 5, 2013) Spain captured its fourth Hopman Cup title on Satuday when Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles rubber 6-4, 7-5 against top seed Serbia with Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic to clinch the tie 2-1.
Djokovic won the men’s singles took the first match for Serbia by overcoming a strong challenge from Verdasco 6-3, 7-5. Medina Garrigues evened it by outlasting Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. Ivanovic appeared to be suffering from an illness.
Medina Garrigues who played a pivitol role in the tie win was very emotional.
“I was dreaming all of my career of winning against a great player in a big stadium. I’m 30 years old and finally I take it, so I’m really happy,” Medina Garrigues said. “The crowd is like a Grand Slam and they were supporting me because they wanted a live mixed doubles.”
“It’s one of the best [wins], well I win a Roland Garros doubles it was really exciting also, but here I did not expect to get in the final and then win so I’m really happy,” added Medina Garrigues .
“It was an unbelievable week. I enjoyed it a lot to play with her and an amazing doubles win … and one of the greatest moments of my career winning here today.”
“I think she [played] a big part of this Hopman Cup,” said Verdasco. “She won three singles matches, unbelievable important and she play really good mixed to help me. I cannot win alone of course and like she is a really good doubles player and you can see it out there in the mixed.
Serbia was seeking its first mixed team title.