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Hopman Cup Thursday 3 January tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Federer, Serena back in action for final round-robin ties

Hannah Wilks in News 2 Jan 2019
  • Roger Federer and Serena Williams are back in action at the Hopman Cup on Thursday
  • Federer and Belinda Bencic aim to stay unbeaten as they take on Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari
  • Team USA's Williams and Frances Tiafoe face Great Britain's Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter
Serena Williams and Roger Federer will take to the court again at the Hopman Cup on Thursday 3 January (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are back in action at the Hopman Cup on Thursday 3 January.



After finally facing off in mixed doubles, Roger Federer and Serena Williams return to action for their respective nations at the Hopman Cup on Thursday 3 January. 

Williams and partner Frances Tiafoe are looking for their first win at the 2019 Hopman Cup as the USA takes on Great Britain’s Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie, while the evening session sees Federer and Belinda Bencic aiming to stay unbeaten as they face Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari.

Great Britain vs USA, 10am local/2am GMT

Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Katie Boulter (GBR) vs Serena Williams (USA)
Katie Boulter/Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs Serena Williams/Frances Tiafoe (USA)

It was all smiles for Team USA two days ago, despite their defeat to Switzerland, as the world finally got to see Serena Williams and Roger Federer – both widely considered the greatest player of all time in their respective disciplines – face off in the live mixed doubles clash that decided the rubber after Williams had beaten Belinda Bencic and Federer had beaten Frances Tiafoe.



But the Americans’ defeat in that mixed doubles rubber effectively ended their title hopes, with Williams and Tiafoe dropping to 0-2 after having lost their first tie also in a live mixed doubles rubber against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari. 

A dead rubber for the USA combined with signs of a right shoulder injury for Williams on Tuesday – one she will not want to aggravate with the Australian Open round the corner – could very well spell a withdrawal from Williams which would not be a huge surprise.

The less-heralded British pairing of Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter have been doing quite well this week, however, failing to get a set from Switzerland in an 0-3 defeat but edging Greece in a hard-fought first tie. Left-handed Norrie, who made two ATP World Tour semifinals in 2018 and scored a top-10 win against John Isner, could quite well keep Tiafoe winless this week, but Boulter – who broke into the top 100 for the first time in October – would be completely out of her depth against Williams, if the American does play. The biggest intrigue in the tie could well be seeing whether Williams takes the court or feels that she would do better to conserve her energy with the Australian Open only 12 days away.

Greece vs Switzerland, 5.30pm local/9.30am GMT

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs Roger Federer (SUI)
Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Maria Sakkari/Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs Roger Federer/Belinda Bencic (SUI)

By far the livelier tie of the day on paper, the night session will see Switzerland attempting to stay unbeaten at the 2019 Hopman Cup while Greece try to bring them down.

Federer has absolutely cruised at the Hopman Cup so far, dropping just two games against Norrie and five against Tiafoe, and he and Bencic – who won the title together last year – have yet to drop a set in the compressed mixed doubles. Tsitsipas, who ended 2018 inside the top 20 after starting it outside the top 20, should be Federer’s toughest opposition so far after scoring six wins over top-10 players – including Novak Djokovic – in the past season, and Federer certainly won’t go flat out to beat the Greek in an exhibition event, so if Tsitsipas comes out firing and really goes after this win, he might get it. Bencic and Maria Sakkari have never played before, but Bencic has been on fine form at Hopman Cup and I think Sakkari may struggle to hit through her. Greece would need two fairly surprising wins to get the victory in this tie, and Switzerland look likely to head to the final still unbeaten.

Hopman Cup tennis is live from the Perth Arena from 10am local/2am GMT 

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Hopman Cup Thursday 3 January tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Federer, Serena back in action for final round-robin ties

Great Britain vs USA and Greece vs Switzerland live streaming, preview and predictions for the Hopman Cup round-robin ties on Thursday 3 January: Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic aim to stay unbeaten as they face Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, while Serena Williams plays for pride against Great Britain

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