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Hingis and Federer defeat South Africa for place in Hopman final

Roger Federer and Martina Hingis take a break during their match against South Africa

(Keystone)

Martina Hingis and Roger Federer are through to the final of the Hopman Cup mixed doubles tournament after a decisive win against South Africa.

The Swiss duo defeated Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer in straight sets (6-2, 6-3), thwarting South Africa's chances of becoming the first country to successfully defend the title.

Hingis and Federer will now take on the United States team of Jan-Michael Gambill and Monica Seles in the final.

Switzerland had mixed fortunes in the singles: Hingis had an easy win over Coetzer, beating her 6-1, 6-0, but Federer lost his match against Ferreira 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

It was Hingis 11th successive victory against the South African. Federer faced Ferreira for the first time.

In other tennis results, Switzerland's number two seed, Patty Schnyder, was beaten by Silvia Farina of Italy in the semi-finals of the women's hardcourt championship.

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