Scotland’s Norrie is outclassed by stylish Federer in Hopman Cup

Elena Summers
December 31, 2018

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win".

The tennis superstars will play each other for the first time when Switzerland take on the USA in the Hopman Cup mixed doubles on Tuesday.

"It was my first match back (today), she played unbelievable". The 37-year-old Federer beat his 23-year-old opponent from Britain in a one-sided match lasting just 57 minutes.

And Switzerland completed a 3-0 whitewash when Federer and Bencic teamed up to beat Norrie and Boulter in the mixed doubles by a 4-3 (5-4) 4-1 scoreline.

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.

The 23-time grand slam victor lost to her sister Venus Williams in an exhibition match last week, and arrives at the Hopman Cup as a major drawcard. "I was making a lot of errors", Williams said. I was like, "It's ok, it's your first match and you'll get better".

Williams' US Open outburst came in reaction to the penalty handed by Ramos, who gave her a code violation for receiving coaching.

The season-opening tournament boasts a stellar field with Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov also in contention as they prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park.

Bidding to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 titles, she was beaten in last year's Wimbledon and US Open finals.

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

The match-up is set to draw worldwide interest, and the players themselves are just as excited.

In the earlier men's singles match, No.15 ranked Tsitsipas overcame a second set wobble to defeat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

World No.15 Tsitsipas broke Tiafoe in the sixth game of the first set, unlucky not to capitalise on an earlier break point in the same game when his foot touched the net after hitting a victor against the American.

Another early break by Tsitsipas put him ahead in the third and a sizzling backhand victor on match point secured victory for the Greek.

Greece prevailed in the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-1 1-4 4-2.

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