Federer leads Switzerland to past Britain at Hopman Cup

Roger Federer can't wait to play against Serena Williams in Perth on Tuesday. AFP  TONY ASHBY

Roger Federer can't wait to play against Serena Williams in Perth on Tuesday. AFP TONY ASHBY

Roger Federer has 20 titles, a mark he reached in 2018.

Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari 4-3, 3-4, 4-3, including 5-4 in a tiebreaker in the deciding mixed doubles set in the Fast4 format, to give Britain a 2-1 win over Greece in the opening match of the eight-team Hopman Cup tennis tournament on Saturday.

Switzerland will play the United States on the New Year's Day, when Federer will play against Serene Williams in the mixed doubles.

And now they'll meet for the first time in their storied careers when they face off in a Hopman Cup exhibition mixed doubles match on New Year's Day in Australia.

Serena Williams is sizing up Roger Federer after a dominant display in her first match of the Australian summer.

Federer said it's exciting for both of them to participate in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

There are two groups of four and nations play two singles and a mixed doubles match.

Serena Williams said she wants a selfie with Roger Federer for her Instagram page. AFP  GIUSEPPE CACACE
Serena Williams said she wants a selfie with Roger Federer for her Instagram page. AFP GIUSEPPE CACACE

"As a player it's something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer", Williams told reporters.

"In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration".

"I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance", Federer 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". I am always hopeful that Genie Bouchard will find her way back.

"We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her", Federer added.

Federer opened his Hopman Cup campaign in ideal style, crushing world No.91 Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in 57 minutes. Williams, representing the US, will play with Frances Tiafoe, while Federer will compete alongside Swiss player Belinda Bencic.

Federer and Bencic beat Britain's Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter in their opening round-robin tie, while the U.S. lost to Greece on Monday despite Williams winning her singles tie.

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