Britain beats Greece, Australia defeats France at Hopman Cup

Federer happy in Perth

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

The 31st edition of the Hopman Cup has started in Perth on Saturday and the first victor was Great Britain who defeated Greece in the clash of four debutants at this event.

In the day's other match, Germany whitewashed Spain 3-0 with Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev coming through tight tussles with Garbine Muguruza and David Ferrer respectively.

The 23-year-old Cameron Norrie made a ideal start, beating world number 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-4 to secure the opening point for his country who ousted Greece 2-1 after a thrilling mixed doubles match and match points he and Katie Boulter had to save against Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari.

The 37-year-old Federer sent his 23-year-old opponent from Britain back to reality in a one-sided match lasting just 57 minutes.

They defeated Greece in their opening tie in the tournament on Saturday.

After beating Norrie, Federer said: "This was a great start, but there is a long, long way to go here - and in Melbourne [for the Australian Open], obviously".

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

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Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but was near ideal from that point on as he wrapped up the contest in 57 minutes at RAC Arena on Sunday night. He discovered his groove by dominating Norrie's serve and broke in the second game with a powerful cross-court backhand victor.

Norrie was saved total humiliation by saving two set points in the sixth game to get on the scoreboard and earn healthy applause from the near capacity crowd.

Leading into his clash with Federer, Norrie described it as a boyhood dream to face the Swiss great.

Switzerland then excelled again in the doubles as Great Britain were outclassed 4-3 (6-4) 4-1.

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.

World No 2 Kerber beat Garbiñe Muguruza 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to snap a five-match losing streak against the two-time Grand Slam victor.

The United States plays Greece in the only match on Monday.

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