Federer gets bragging rights over Williams in hugely anticipated match

Blow for Britain as Federer win over Norrie sets Swiss up for victory

And the 20-time grand slam victor, who will attempt to win a third straight Australian Open title later this month, was satisfied with where his form and fitness is at.

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.

Williams, who seemed to be troubled by her right shoulder during the match but said it wasn't a concern, was disappointed her doubles experience didn't give the Americans the edge.

Williams, 37, had wraps on both ankles and needed help from trainers during the match, but said she was happy to be back on the court in competition.

The two will be facing off against each other at the Hopman Open on New Year's Day in a Mixed Doubles match. "I mean she's equal to me....so from that standpoint, its just really once the movement comes into play that the difference- it becomes bigger", said the Swiss. "I was like, 'It's ok, it's your first match and you'll get better.' I just kept trying to think that".

Serving at 4-2, Serena fends off two break points and bringing the game home with an ace before a solid hold in the ninth game that sent her over the finish line and kept the US in contention. "Travelling is definitely a lot different and I can not imagine having two sets of twins".

" I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much". She added: "I have been looking forward to it".

The Hopman Cup, played in Perth, features one man and one woman from eight countries.

Federer opened his Hopman Cup campaign in flawless style, crushing world No.91 Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Only the group winners advance to the final, so the closing doubles could ultimately decide the victor of a group that also contains Greece and Britain.

"I don't know her very well", he said.

The pair battled it out for over two hours in their first round match before Venus broke through in the sixth game of the decider to set up victory. Roger Federer has 20 titles, a mark he reached in 2018.

He and teammate Bencic are the defending champions at Hopman. Williams then overcame a case of the first-set wobbles to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 success over Belinda Bencic, levelling the tie.

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