Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Federer leads Switzerland to past Britain at Hopman Cup

Federer leads Switzerland to past Britain at Hopman Cup

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.

The 37-year-old was a long way off her commanding best and was visibly frustrated with her own game early in her Hopman Cup singles match, but still did enough to beat Greece's Maria Sakkari in straight sets.

Norrie seemed momentarily inspired as he gained two break points before Federer once again recovered to close out the first set in 31 minutes.

Williams has said in a television interview that she was looking forward to getting a picture with Federer for her Instagram page.

"I'm happy in all aspects of my game that things were working - foot work, offensive play, serve, return - it was all there". "It's just figure out the American summer, the clay, then the grass and how would that work, or is it just better to keep it like it was".

The historic match, which takes place in Perth, will see Switzerland's Federer take on the United States' Williams.

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

World No. 2 Kerber beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to snap a five-match losing streak against the two-time Grand Slam victor.

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Her appearance in Perth will be her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

That proved to be the start of a productive year for a resurgent Kerber, who won at Wimbledon and climbed back to number two in the world.

The American saved another break point in the fourth game with a well-constructed attack and another one at 1-4 with a backhand victor, staying within one break deficit before earning three break points in game seven that could have kept him in the match.

A break of serve in the fourth game of the third set was enough to ensure Kerber maintained her ideal record in Perth, winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

After the match, the world No. 4 paid tribute to his 36-year-old opponent, who will retire from the sport next year.

Zverev started well against Ferrer and cruised through the first set, but then grew increasingly frustrated with his own game as the determined Spaniard fought back, breaking the German's serve with a sublime forehand passing shot in the 10th game to claim the second set.

"He didn't want to lose, he's a big fighter and had some great results during the year", Tsitsipas said.

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