Great Britain stay alive in Hopman Cup

Andy Murray (AFP)
Andy Murray (AFP)

Perth - Great Britain kept their Hopman Cup hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Germany in their final round robin outing at the mixed teams tournament in Perth on Friday.

The British pairing of Andy Murray and Heather Watson won their respective singles matches against Alexander Zverev and Sabine Lisicki to secure the tie.

Although the mixed doubles was a dead rubber, the couple also needed a win to enhance their chances of reaching Saturday's final.

They did so in style, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to complete a clean sweep of the tie.

With two wins from their three round robin outings, Great Britain still needed unbeaten Australia Green to lose their final tie against France on Friday evening.

Regardless of that outcome, Murray said the Hopman Cup had provided an ideal launching pad for his upcoming Australian Open campaign in Melbourne later this month.

Murray was too good for the emerging Zverev, despite being broken when he initially served for the second set, winning 6-3, 6-4 for two victories from his three singles matches in Perth.

His one defeat was to mercurial local Nick Kyrgios.

"I obviously have things to practice on and try to improve, I am fairly pleased with how I played," Murray said.

"The serve was good, that is a good start to build from.

"I gave up maybe five or six break points total in the three matches, and some of them could have been avoided as well, so that was very good.

"The rest of my game there is a few things I can still work on, the movement can get a bit sharper and hit the ball a bit cleaner from the back of the court, but I think that will come."

Watson showed she would be a dangerous opponent in Melbourne with her second win in succession, against Lisicki.

Former Wimbledon finalist Lisicki is on the comeback trail after being sidelined by injury for the second half of 2015 and had her chances against Watson, but couldn't match her opponent's consistency.

Ranked 32 in the world, the Germand had three break points at 0-40 when Watson served for the match in the second set, but the world number 55 claimed the final five points in succession to complete a 6-3, 6-4 win.

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