Hopman Cup 2019-19: Serena Williams Claims Lone US Win Against Greece

Tennis Hopman Cup day two rolling coverage Germany takes on Spain

Veteran Roger Federer claimed a commanding 6-1, 6-1 victory over 23-year-old Cameron Norrie to earn Switzerland a first point.

The famously unflappable Swiss acknowledges being excited about the prospect of taking on his fellow tennis great on Tuesday in a Hopman Cup mixed doubles match between Switzerland and the United States.

"A bit of polish is needed but it was nice to come out and play a pretty clean match", Barty said.

"I don't know her that well".

Roger Federer stepped up his preparation for the new ATP Tour season and his Australian Open title defence by leading Switzerland to an opening victory at the Hopman Cup.

Ashleigh Barty gave Australia a 1-0 lead against France with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alize Cornet before Matt Ebden clinched it for the home side with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Lucas Pouille.

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

On New Year's Day, two of the greatest tennis champions ever will stride out onto a court in Perth, Australia, and play each other for the first time.




Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time.

Favourites Germany, who were runners-up to Switzerland a year ago, 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.

"It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", said Federer after opening his Hopman Cup campaign with an easy singles win on Sunday.

"I don't know her that well".

Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an "exaggeration" to say he knew Williams well. "We have busy lives and a big entourage, so it's rare to really deep dive. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents".

Federer will head into the clash in form after a masterclass 57-minute thrashing of Norrie.

The match has been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men's world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets. "It was all there".

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