Tennis Perth Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup

Tennis Perth Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup

Tennis Perth Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup

With 18 winners and four aces, Federer wrapped up the opening set in 31 minutes as Norrie struggled to match his opponent's crisp stroke-making and the second set was little different.

Norrie secured the biggest scalp of his career to upset the exciting Tsitsipas in the opening men's singles, but Maria Sikkari then squared the tie with a three-set win over Katie Boulter.

"I feel like I'm getting exhausted easily, which I'm not happy with because I've been working really hard in the off-season", Tsitsipas said.

Although thrilled with his first-up performance, Federer doesn't want to get carried away just yet.

Switzerland and Germany recorded Hopman Cup wins on Sunday, with Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber among those to star.

"A bit of polish is needed but it was nice to come out and play a pretty clean match", Barty said.

The 37-year-old Federer is warming up for the Australian Open, which he has won for the last two years.

"I am happy in all aspects of my game that things were working - foot work, offensive play, serve, return - it was all there".

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.

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.

After the match, Zverev paid tribute to former world number three Ferrer, who will retire from the sport next year.

In the dead mixed doubles rubber, the Germans made it a clean sweep with a straight sets win.

He is not scheduled to play an official tour match until his Australian Open title defense.

In the second set, Tsitsipas went up an early break only for the Brit, who was born in South Africa and has lived in New Zealand and the United States, to break back in the sixth game.

"You know I've been training offseason to be ready for Roger, so not sure how I'm going to do but we'll see", Williams said with a laugh after losing to her sister Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

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