Britain beats Greece, Australia defeats France at Hopman Cup

Federer happy in Perth

Roger Federer and Serena Williams will face each other in mixed doubles.

Roger Federer made an nearly flawless start to his Australian Open preparation with a superb straight-sets win over Cameron Norrie as defending champions Switzerland beat Britain in the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth on Sunday (Dec 30).

Serena Williams cut a glamorous figure in a red mini dress on Monday, as she arrived for the Hopman Cup New Years Eve Ball in Australia.

It was my first match back (today), she played unbelievable.

Serena Williams beat Maria Sakkari 7-6 (3), 6-2 in their Hopman Cup singles encounter - but the United States lost the tie to Greece following the mixed doubles decider.

"I was happy with all aspects of my game. footwork, offensive play, serve, return".

"As a player it's something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer", Williams told reporters.

"I only know her from some champions' dinners at Wimbledon", Federer said.

Leading into his clash with Federer, Norrie described it as a boyhood dream to face the 20-time grand slam victor.

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"It was very good".

'[There's] no concern. I've had a lot of ankle problems in Australia but it's definitely ok and I'm excited about that'.

'It'll be great. I've been looking forward to it since I saw it.

The Swiss legend was so much better than Norrie that for once the crowd was even backing the Brit that looked hopeless against the Maestro.

"I felt a bit uncomfortable in the first match I played. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her".

Britain's hopes of securing a point against the defending champions were then extinguished when Boulter lost to Bencic, 6-2 7-6 to give Switzerland victory.

Williams will need to beat world No.41 Maria Sakkari in the women's singles rubber to keep the tie alive.

Taking to the court on Tuesday (January 1st), Serena and Roger - along with his Switzerland team-mate Belinda Bencic - will go head-to-head in a match that has been compared to the iconic 1973 Battle Of The Sexes.

Norrie rarely challenged the world No.3, with Federer's win giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Great Britain ahead of Belinda Bencic's clash with Katie Boulter.

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