Greece beats the U.S. on Serena Williams's return

01 January, 2019, 18:21 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Roger Federer enjoys impressive start to new season

Roger Federer gave notice that he is in good shape before his attempt to win a third consecutive Australian Open title with a comprehensive victory at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The mixed doubles are contested in a short-set format with tiebreaks at 3-3 but that still means two matches in a day for the four players.

Federer already beat Great Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 yesterday.

Williams later teamed with American Frances Tiafoe in mixed doubles against the Greek pair of Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but lost in three sets, 4-1, 1-4, 4-2.

The Hopman Cup might have saved its best for last as excitement builds for the most anticipated tennis match involving a man and woman since the "Battle of the Sexes" in the 1970s.

Federer said he was thrilled to play against one of the few players with more Grand Slam titles.

"I guess what you're seeking here is confirmation to see is everything there that you thought there was, or is there any fixing still to be done in the coming weeks".

Serena Williams has sent tennis fans into a frenzy with a photo of her and daughter Olympia at the Hopman Cup.

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'People talk about her serve so much and I see why it's such a wonderful serve - you just can't read it'.

Both of the legendary stars - who have a combined 43 Grand Slam titles between them - have won the Hopman Cup on two previous occasions but only Federer will have a chance at adding a third after team United States of America lost their opening two matches. I think his serve is super-underestimated.

Federer had also looked in fine form as he looks to defend his Australian Open crown, gaining a single break to take the first set against his 20-year-old opponent and then racing through the second.

"It's exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", Federer said.

As a result of the win, Switzerland progress through to the final on Saturday, while the U.S. will next take on Great Britain.

Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an "exaggeration" to say he knew Williams well.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court".

Federer's response? "It's the age of social media", he said, laughing at the prospect of Williams' plan.

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