Boulter and Norrie win as Great Britain exit Hopman Cup

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

The Britons claimed the tie with victory in the Fast4 mixed doubles 3-4 (2-5), 4-3 (5-4), 4-1.

Eight of the first 11 service games in the opening set were won to love, and service continued to dominate in the second set.

"Very little unforced errors, it was very good quality tennis, it could easily have gone three sets". The first set would go to a tiebreak, where the Greeks would save three set points to take it 5-4.

Switzerland will play either Germany or Australia in the Hopman Cup final. "This format lends itself to some exciting tennis".

Meanwhile, world No. 90 Norrie was equally happy with his win over Tiafoe, ranking 39 in the world.

Federer trailed 4-1 in the first tiebreaker before reeling off consecutive forehand winners to claw back into it. Tsitsipas double-faulted at 5-5 and Federer then won the set with an ace. "After you serve, you are blind for the next two points".

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got an easier path to the quarter-finals than expected, avoiding a second-round contest with 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the tournament with a thigh muscle strain on Wednesday. He closed it out shortly after.

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Serena Williams completed a clean sweep of her singles matches at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth on Thursday as she prepares for her bid to make Grand Slam history at the Australian Open.

Federer was made to work during a tough first set before overwhelming the 20-year-old Tiafoe and taking control by winning seven straight games.

Earlier, Serena Williams notched up another singles win but could not prevent the US from losing 2-1 to Britain for their third defeat that left them bottom of the standings.

The British pair won 3-4 4-3 4-1 in the deciding rubber after the singles matches were split.

With the Australian Open in Melbourne less than two weeks away, Williams dropped just one set in her singles matches, although at different times she seemed to be troubled by a right shoulder problem and had both ankles strapped.

"It was good to play three matches here, singles, not to mention the mixed doubles".

Williams, 37, now has four singles matches under her belt to start the new season after also playing her sister Venus in an exhibition match Abu Dhabi before arriving in Perth.

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