Australia lifted their first Hopman Cup for 17 years on Saturday, as Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova defeated Ukraine duo Alexandr Dolgopolov and Elina Svitolina in singles matches in the final.
Gavrilova got Australia Green off to the perfect start in her clash against the previously unbeaten Svitolina, as she won 2-0 with a 6-4, 7-6 triumph.
And Kyrgios then sealed the win with another straight-sets victory, with his 6-3, 6-4 etching Australia on to the Hopman Cup for the first time since 1999.
The women's singles match kicked off the final, where both players looked solid on serve in the opening exchanges. However, Gavrilova then took full advantage of some sloppy play from Svitolina in the third game to land the first break of the final.
The first set could easily have been more comprehensive than 6-4, as the Australian once again broke the Ukrainian's serve to make it 5-2, yet Svitolina hit back to pile on the pressure.
That pressure almost told in the 10th, as Svitolina forced deuce in her attempt to get the match back on serve. And while Gavrilova prevailed, you could sense that the Ukrainian star was finally getting started.
And so it proved in the second set, which was a much more even, albeit topsy-turvy contest. Both players chalked up two breaks apiece, although it wasn't enough to stop the game going to a tiebreak.
Svitolina then hit top gear. She rattled off six of the first seven points to lead 6-1 and go a point away from a deciding set but caved under pressure.
Instead, the Australian saved five set points en route to the finish line, and her ecstasy was clear to see at the end of the match—as Hopman Cup revealed:
Naturally, the praise was coming in thick and fast for Gavrilova, including from YouTube star Jay Bucks, who gave the Aussie a lot of credit:
Oh wow imagine saving 5 set points to comeback and win in the tiebreak! What a win by Gavrilova! #HopmanCup— JΛY BUCKS (@TheMasterBucks) January 9, 2016
Gavrilova herself gave credit to the boisterous Perth crowd, though, saying they spurred her on to victory, via Hopman Cup:
It was then the turn of Kyrgios, who has been in sensational form all week. And the youngster picked up from where he left off in his singles match with Dolgopolov, producing some stunning shots—per Hopman Cup:
However, Kyrgios had to do it the hard way against the Ukrainian, who stuck with him throughout the first set.
The match was on serve in the eighth game with Australia leading 4-3, but Kyrgios found another gear and romped to the opener, 6-3.
It was then all about getting over the line, and the Aussie went for the jugular.
The groundstrokes were emphatic and far too hot for Dolgopolov to handle, and a break in the fifth game was enough for Kyrgios to win 6-4.
Big celebrations soon followed in front of a partisan crowd, and the Aussie pair lifted the trophy to a standing ovation, as Hopman Cup’s video shows:
Speaking to Hopman Cup after the match, Kyrgios said the 2-0 match victory was the perfect start to 2016, and it'll give him ample confidence for the rest of the year:
Kyrgios: "It means a lot. It's my 1st title. It's the perfect way to start the year. I'm riding a lot of confidence" pic.twitter.com/QpJf6VREba— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 9, 2016
The win was nothing more than the duo deserved, though, as they played incredible tennis over the course of the week.
It is perfect preparation for the Australian Open at the end of the month, where both Kyrgios and Gavrilova will look to please the home fans once again.