Tennis Perth Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup

Sherman Parsons
December 31, 2018

The most anticipated match of the eight-team tournament is scheduled for Tuesday when Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic play Americans Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe.

Williams has already declared her intent to get a selfie with Federer to post on Instagram.

Roger Federer lost only two games against Cameron Norrie.

Camera IconStefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in action during the men's singles match between Frances Tiafoe of US and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day 3 of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament at RAC Arena in Perth, Monday, December 31, 2018.

"This was a great start but obviously a long way to go here and in Melbourne", the world No 3 said.

Favourites Germany, who were runners-up to Switzerland past year, were worked hard in two three-set singles matches, before completing a fine day's work 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in the doubles.

Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defence with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.

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Desperate to match Margaret's grand slam record of 24 singles crowns, Williams is on a mission - as evidenced by occasional bursts of emotion against world No 41 Sakkari.

And the 37-year-old is looking forward to the mixed doubles clash with the USA, where he will face off against 23-time grand slam victor Serena Williams. She added: "I have been looking forward to it".

'We'll probably play it down a little bit and say it's not that big of a deal for us, it's just another tennis match, but it really isn't because it's probably going to happen once and never again, ' he said.

"We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents".

Andy Murray aims to kick-start his stalled career in Brisbane this week after an injury-plagued 2018, with Spanish great Rafael Nadal also playing as he tests his troubled knee ahead of the Australian Open.

Williams later partnered up with Frances Tiafoe for the mixed doubles against Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas, which the Greek pair won 4-1, 1-4, 4-2.

"I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance", Federer said.

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