Hopman Cup: Serena Williams and Roger Federer to play for first time

31 December, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Roger Federer made a winning start in Switzerland's Hopman Cup campaign in Perth yesterday.

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.

Two breaks of serve in each set were...

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion lost an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last week, but the Hopman Cup is her first competitive event since her controversial defeat to Japan's Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows in September.

"This was a great start but obviously a long way to go here and in Melbourne", Federer said.

Roger Federer's wish is about to be granted - he's getting the chance to return Serena Williams' powerful serve.

They will play in men's and women's singles rubbers before meeting in the mixed doubles alongside partners Belinda Bencic and Frances Tiafoe.

The holder of 20 major singles titles, Federer, who is eyeing third successive Australian Open crown called the upcoming game a "once-in-a-lifetime" match-up which he is waiting for with excitement.

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

Federer beat Cameron Norrie, the British No 2, 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes as Switzerland defeated Great Britain 3-0.

"I always feel like I'm at home when I'm in Australia", Tsitsipas said.

"I hope a lot of tennis fans will tune in to watch the match, because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this kind of a competition".

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

Tsitsipas repelled them all with winners and the match was in his hands after a great backhand cross court victor at 5-3 that pushed Greece in front before the women's singles match. "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her". There, Serena Williams took down Maria Sakkari 7-6, 6-2 in an hour and 44 minutes after trailing 5-3 in the opening set, leveling the overall score to 1-1 before the deciding mixed doubles match.

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

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