Hopman Cup: Federer’s Swiss roll Serena in battle for the ages

Roger Federer enjoys impressive start to new season

Bencic and Federer are the defending Hopman Cup champions.

Leading 4-1 in the first set, Williams looked set to be cruising to a comfortable victory until her 21-year-old opponent hit back to win the next five games and take the opener.

The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four.

Williams later teamed with American Frances Tiafoe in mixed doubles against the Greek pair of Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but lost in three sets, 4-1, 1-4, 4-2.

The game was always on the racquet of Williams, who fired down 45 winners and committed 40 unforced errors during the match compared to just 17 and 19 from her the world No.54.

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"It's great to back out here, I love playing Down Under here in Perth and in Australia, some of my best memories are here" Williams told Channel Nine after the match.

Williams enjoyed a strong opening service game in the mixed doubles, with two of her serves proving too hard to handle for Federer.

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.

"So it just goes to show you how we as players come so far in our careers and we still have other lives that mean so much to ourselves", she added.

Federer has 20 Major wins which puts him first all-time amongst men, while Williams has 23, making her the second most decorated female tennis player in the history of the game.

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Serena Williams has sent tennis fans into a frenzy with a photo of her and daughter Olympia at the Hopman Cup.

" I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much".

As it turned out, the tie was decided by the mixed doubles, after both Federer and Williams won their earlier singles matches.

As a result of the win, Switzerland progress through to the final on Saturday, while the U.S. will next take on Great Britain. Williams said she has been getting prepared to play Federer.

"It was a great experience, I am kind of sad it's over", Williams said.

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Earlier this month, speaking in an interview with Teen Vogue, Serena said she simply "doesn't know" how she makes things work.

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