Federer thrashes Norrie to give holder Switzerland lead at Hopman Cup

Hopman Cup Norrie tops Tsitsipas to help Great Britain beat Greece

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer started preparation for his Australian Open title defense in style with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup on Sunday.

Federer's playing partner Belinda Bencic beat Katie Boulter 6-2, 7-6 in the women's contest to clinch Switzerland's victory in the round-robin stage.

Favourites Germany, who were runners-up to Switzerland past 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. For Tennis Tonic, I mostly take care of the sections that we call Quick Buzz and Videos that is about brief stories, videos or posts about the top Tennis Players.

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".

"That's why I hope we're both going to be injury free when that day comes around", he added.

"It is still early days, but I feel like I have played some sets and points in practice, so you kind of know where you are", Federer said. "I wasn't missing any rhythm", Federer said.

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Cameron Norrie gave Britain a 1-0 lead after an upset of world No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the men's singles.

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

Bencic and Federer are the defending Hopman Cup champions. Federer also won his mixed doubles with Belinda Bencic as Switzerland swept Britain 3-0.

Singles wins for Ashleigh Barty and Matthew Ebden over Alize Cornet and Lucas Pouille ensured Australia would kick off the competition with a positive result, though the French pair pulled one back in the doubles with a straight-sets victory.

Serena Williams reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, December 27, 2018.

The Swiss tennis great who claimed four titles a year ago, including his sixth Australian Open trophy, said he is "motivated" for the 2019 tour after having intense off-season preparation.

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