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Federer gains early Swiss advantage

1 January 2019, by Hopman Cup

Defending champion Roger Federer has continued his flawless display at Mastercard Hopman Cup, defeating American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 at RAC Arena.

Federer, who beat world No.91 Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in his opening singles match, couldn’t blow away Tiafoe early.

But from 4-4 in the first set, Federer won the next seven games to romp to victory in 57 minutes.

The second set took just 22 minutes as Tiafoe’s game imploded, with the world No.39 also struggling to maintain a high intensity.

The victory gives Switzerland a 1-0 lead in their tie against the United States.

Serena Williams needs to beat Belinda Bencic in the women’s singles rubber to keep the tie alive.

The mixed doubles will be a special occasion, with Federer opposed to Williams for the first time in their careers.

The US, who lost to Greece on Monday, need to win their tie against Switzerland to keep their Hopman Cup title hopes alive.