Wins for Spain and Australia

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 21:00 GMT

Spain and Australia claimed Hopman Cup wins at Perth Arena on Saturday.

Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won for Spain.
Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won for Spain.

Spain came from 1-0 down to claim a 2-1 victory over South Africa.

Kevin Anderson had put South Africa ahead with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 defeat of Fernando Verdasco in a tight match which featured just one break of serve.

Anabel Medina Garrigues then brought Spain level with a 6-4 6-2 defeat of Chanelle Scheepers.

The world number 50 won with four breaks of serve and 15 winners to save face for Spain with Medina Garrigues and Verdasco combining for the decisive rubber with the Spaniards winning 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 10-8.

The South Africans were unable to force an opening against the serve of the Spanish pair and the number four seeds claimed the first set 6-4 in 34 minutes.

A tiebreak was required to decide the second set and it was the South Africans who gained the upper hand early claiming the first three points.

It was an advantage they were never to relinquish as the Spaniards failed to win a point on their own serve; South Africa claiming the tiebreak 7-3 to force a match tiebreak.

South Africa again skipped away early in the deciding set, leading 5-2 after the first rotation of serves but Spain strung together the next three points to square the match tiebreak at 5-5.

The South Africans moved to the verge of victory at 8-5 but once more Spain fought back claiming both points on the serve of Scheepers before Anderson failed to put away a couple of high volleys to give up the lead and a match point.

And the Spaniards only required one opportunity, Verdasco's backhand return proving too tough for Scheepers to handle at the net to complete five consecutive points to the number four seeds and a 10-8 match tiebreak win.

In the evening tie, Australia upset Germany after Andrea Petkovic was forced to retire with a knee injury.

Bernard Tomic opened the match with a 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 7-5 victory over Germany's Tommy Haas before injury forced Petkovic out of her encounter with Australian 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty after the former world number nine had won the opening set 6-4.

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