Perth | Federer and Bencic prove too strong for Brits
Great Britain suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland, who successfully opened their defence of the Hopman Cup title in evening session of the competition currently being held in Perth.
I’ve got a lot of defending to do this Australian summer, but I am ready to go. This was a great start, but obviously I have a long way to go both here and Melbourne . Roger Federer
It was Britain’s second match of the event having beaten Greece in their opener yesterday, but it was always going to be a difficult run for them with the US still to be faced in their group.
Roger Federer required just 57-minutes to dispatch Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in the first rubber while Katie Boulter battled hard against Belinda Bencic before capitulating 6-2 7-6(0) to give the Swiss an unassailable lead in the three-rubber tie.
In the dead mixed doubles match, Federer and Bencic again proved too strong for the British pair, defeating Norrie and Boulter 4-2 4-1 to complete a satisfying clean sweep for the champions.
Speaking after his singles win, a relaxed Federer who had rarely been tested during the match, said: “I’ve got a lot of defending to do this Australian summer, but I am ready to go. This was a great start, but obviously I have a long way to go both here and Melbourne (where he defends his Australian Open title).”
“It’s nice that I am feeling as good as I am, and I played a wonderful match against Cameron who I thought played a great match against Tsitsipas already.”
The winners of the group will go on to contest the final and that should be between the Swiss and the USA with Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe, who have yet to open their challenge.