Spain tops Australia in Hopman Cup

Updated: January 1, 2012, 12:26 PM ET
Associated Press

PERTH, Australia -- Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova in a mixed doubles third-set tiebreaker Sunday to give Spain a 2-1 victory over Australia in the Hopman Cup.

According to Hopman Cup rules, the mixed doubles is decided by a tiebreaker if the match is tied at a set apiece. The first pair to reach 10 points with at least a two-point advantage wins the match.

Earlier, Gajdosova beat Medina Garrigues 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to give Australia a 1-0 lead on the indoor hard courts at the Burswood Dome.

Verdasco then beat Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, breaking Hewitt's serve in the final game.

The United States, with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish, meets top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark on Monday, when the Czech Republic plays Bulgaria.

France beat China 2-1 in the eight-nation tournament's opening match Saturday.


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