Federer relishing 'once in a lifetime' Serena clash

Federer happy in Perth

Federer happy in Perth

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The most anticipated match of the eight-team tournament is scheduled Tuesday when Switzerland's Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic play Americans Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe.

Even though both her ankles were strapped and required medical attention during the change of sets, Williams moved freely and looked sharper as the match wore on.

Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but was near flawless from that point on as he wrapped up the contest in 57 minutes at RAC Arena on Sunday night.

Of course, there are no rankings points on offer at the exhibition event, which consists of two singles matches and a mixed doubles per tie, and it's hard to make a serious case for the result having any real impact on either's season, but as Federer pointed out this is a unique match-up of two all-time greats.

'I'm excited to go to Perth, it's been a while since I've been there, ' she said.

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

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Roger Federer plays an outstanding match against Cameron Norrie in the Hopman Cup opener.

Favourites Germany, who were runners-up to Switzerland previous year, were worked hard in two three-set singles matches, before completing a fine day's work 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in the doubles.

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

"It's very exciting for us".

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court. We can relate to each other more so now, being parents". "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her". 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'. His teammate Belinda Bencic then beat Katie Boulder in the women's singles, before the Swiss pair completed their victory in the mixed doubles.

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

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