Serena beats Sakkari but U.S. loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

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

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

Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on December 30, 2018 in Perth, Australia.

Federer managed to get off to a good start at the Hopman Cup - an worldwide tournament that sees countries compete with mixed gender teams - when he beat Great Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 yesterday (30 December).

The 37-year-old Federer was unbeaten in singles at the previous Hopman Cup earlier this year, when he teamed with Bencic to win the title. "I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her".

Williams, meanwhile has already said she's hell-bent on getting a selfie with Federer to share to her 10.3 million Instagram fans.

Williams, who lost to her sister Venus in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week, will be back in action on Tuesday night when the U.S. take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

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. "Defending is easier than winning it first time", said Roger Federer in his post match on-court interview.

"It's very exciting for us".

Federer will then face off against America's Frances Tiafoe, before playing Williams in the mixed doubles.

'We'll probably play it down a little bit and say it's not that big of a deal for us, it's just another tennis match, but it really isn't because it's probably going to happen once and never again, ' he said.

By most people's standards, the two stars have an unusual meeting place.

" It's still early days, but I feel like I've played some sets and points in practice, so you kind of know where you are".

Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an "exaggeration" to say he knew Williams well. We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents.

Two breaks of the serve in each set were enough for the 20-time Grand Slam victor to win 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, just over two weeks out from the year's first Grand Slam. "It was all there".

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