Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Brits surprise Greeks at Hopman Cup

Brits surprise Greeks at Hopman Cup

Swiss maestro Roger Federer continued his ideal 2018 Hopman Cup singles record with a crushing 6-1 6-1 win against Great Britain's Cameron Norrie at RAC Arena tonight.

Later on, Belinda Bencic completed the job to beat Katie Boulter 6-2 7-6 (0) to give the decisive 2-0 lead to her team.

Federer is defending his title at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event, which gets underway on Jan.14.

Federer was quicker out of the blocks in the second set, maintaining his dominance against the world No.91 to race to an early 2-0 lead.

"This was a great start but obviously a long way to go here and in Melbourne", the world No 3 said.

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In the deciding mixed doubles, played under the match tiebreak format, the Greeks had multiple match points, but it was the Britons who prevailed in three sets.

"I wasn't missing my rhythm and it was ideal conditions, and I was happy with all aspects of my game".

"I hope a lot of tennis fans will tune in to watch the match, because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this kind of a competition. I only know her from some champions' dinners at Wimbledon", Federer said.

In the men's singles, world No. 200 Norrie upset the 20-year-old Tsitsipas in straight sets, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

Ebden lost the first set 3-6 but used the home crowd to his advantage and rallied to win the next two sets 7-6, 6-2 for victory.

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It also marks the return of temperamental Nick Kyrgios, the defending champion who has been talking to psychologists and "trying to get on top" of his mental health after another roller-coaster year.

"The footwork, the offensive play, serve, return, it was all there, so I think it was a great match for me". It means Federer and Williams will play against each other in the mixed doubles portion of that match.

The 37-year-old will face off against rising star Frances Tiafoe in Tuesday's tie against the United States, before playing Williams in the mixed doubles.

For Cameron, it is an honor to share the court with the player he called the greatest of all time and he will do his best to make the match competitive and show his best tennis against the living legend of our sport.

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