Victory for Serena, but United States fall to Greece in Hopman Cup

Federer happy in Perth

Federer happy in Perth

In the dead mixed doubles rubber, the Germans made it a clean sweep with a 4-2, 4-3 (5/3) win.

But her singles win ended up being in vain, with the USA suffering a 2-1 defeat to Greece at RAC Arena.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion had her ankle heavily strapped, but came past the young Greek 7-6 (3), 6-2.

The 37-year-old Swiss player had to fend off other break points in the seventh game and then sealed the first set with a successful volley.

Belinda Bencic stormed seven points in the tie-break of the second set to outclass Katie Boulter 6-2, 7-6.

And Federer's mixed doubles match against Williams will be shown on Eurosport 2 at 12.30pm.

But then the main event takes places with Williams teaming up with Tiafoe to take on Federer and Bencic.

"This was a great start but obviously a long way to go here and in Melbourne", Federer said from Perth, Australia.

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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. Some of my best memories are here.

Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to win her opening match of the new season in Perth Monday, two weeks out from 2019's first Grand Slam.

"I was making a lot of errors. I was like, 'It's ok, it's your first match and you'll get better.' I just kept trying to think that".

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

In her first tournament outing since the controversial loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final in September, Williams struggled early and her groundstrokes were erratic in the first set. With AP Photos.Roger Federer started preparation for his Australian Open title defense in style with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup.

Roger Federer plays an outstanding match against Cameron Norrie in the Hopman Cup opener.

It was a similar story in the second set, as Norrie was unable to follow up his fine win over world No 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on Saturday.

"What he has done in tennis over the past 15 or 20 years has been absolutely wonderful". The Swiss maestro, who is now playing at the Hopman Cup, barely broke a bead of sweat as he blitzed through his opening match, putting Switzerland in the driver's seat against Great Britain.

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