Federer gears up for Aussie Open defence, Tennis News & Top Stories

Federer gears up for Aussie Open defence, Tennis News & Top Stories

Though the 23-time Grand Slam champion won 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, she felt some soreness in her ankle and required a medical timeout at the end of the opening set.

"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", Williams said with a laugh after losing to her sister Venus at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Some of my best memories are here.

"It's nice that I'm feeling as good as I am and I played a wonderful match against Cameron".

"I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition", Federer said.

He also mentioned how winning any tournament for the first time was always hard, and defending any title was comparatively easier, as you get the nervousness out of the picture in the first win.

"I really look forward to sharing the stadium with him", said Williams, who will be chasing a record-equaling 24th major at the Australian Open next month.

Serena's team-mate Frances Tiafoe had earlier lost his singles match to Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6. The Swiss pair then completed the victory with a 4-3 (4-0) 4-1 win in the mixed doubles in the Fast4 format.

In her first tournament outing since the controversial loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final in September, Williams struggled early and her groundstrokes were erratic in the first set.

Norrie upset No. 15-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (8), 6-4 to give Britain the lead before Sakkari beat Boulter 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in women's singles to level the tie.

Serena Williams of the United States serves during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Federer also won 17 years prior to that victory when he teamed up with tennis star Martina Hingis.

I am collaborating with Tennis Tonic for the last 2 years following my passion for tennis. "I felt like I was out of breath", Tsitsipas said. "I do enjoy playing here in Perth". My favorite players are Federer and Nadal even if I am aware that they are at the end of their career.

"I was a bit more patient, did things a bit better and in the end deserved victory".

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