Roger Federer set to finally get wish of playing Serena Williams

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Roger Federer has 20 titles, a mark he reached in 2018.

Federer managed to get off to a good start at the Hopman Cup - an worldwide tournament that sees countries compete with mixed gender teams - when he beat Great Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 yesterday (30 December).

Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams of the United States share a moment on the practice court.

Veteran Roger Federer claimed a commanding 6-1, 6-1 victory over 23-year-old Cameron Norrie to earn Switzerland a first point.

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They'll meet in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup. "I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win", he said, according to Agence France-Presse.

"As a player it's something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer", Williams told reporters.

"It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", said Federer after opening his Hopman Cup campaign with an easy singles win on Sunday.

And the 37-year-old is looking forward to the mixed doubles clash with the U.S., where he will face off against 23-time grand slam victor Serena Williams. "We can relate to each other more so now, being parents".

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"In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration". "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her", Federer added.

Federer beat Cameron Norrie, the British No 2, 6-1, 6-1 in 57 minutes as Switzerland defeated Great Britain 3-0.

The 37-year-old will face off against rising star Frances Tiafoe in Tuesday's tie against the USA, before playing Williams in the mixed doubles.

It also marks the return of temperamental Nick Kyrgios, the defending champion who has been talking to psychologists and "trying to get on top" of his mental health after another roller-coaster year.

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Federer, who has won the past two Australian Opens off opening his season in Perth, made an early statement in dismantling Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour in the men's singles, before Belinda Bencic secured the tie for the Swiss with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) win over Katie Boulter.