Federer kickstarts 2019 preparation in Switzerland win

Federer kickstarts 2019 preparation in Switzerland win

Federer kickstarts 2019 preparation in Switzerland win

Great Britain made a winning start to the tournament on Saturday but their match with Switzerland got off to a bad start as Federer won the opening singles rubber in comprehensive fashion.

Favourites Germany, who were runners-up to Switzerland past year, were worked hard in two three-set singles matches, before completing a fine day's work 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in the doubles.

Sakkari, ranked 41st in the world, gained an early break and served for the first set but couldn't capitalise despite several gilt-edged opportunities. "In Switzerland we don't do the tourist stuff, we leave it to the - tourists", said Federer with a smile.

"I am happy in all aspects of my game that things were working - foot work, offensive play, serve, return - it was all there".

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.

Switzerland are the defending champions, Federer and Bencic having won the event in Perth in January 2018.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win", he said.

World No 2 Kerber beat Garbiñe Muguruza 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to snap a five-match losing streak against the two-time Grand Slam victor.

Her appearance in Perth will be her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

Hoping for a similar start to the new season under new coach Rainer Schuttler, Kerber took the first set against Muguruza comfortably in the battle of the two former world number ones.

But her singles win ended up being in vain, with the United States suffering a 2-1 defeat to Greece at RAC Arena.

"All the credit is (to) David, coming back from a set down and break down", Zverev said. Serena saved a break point in the following game with a service victor and she won the tie break 7-3 after more than an hour of a great fight.

There was little between the pair in the third set until Zverev surged in the tiebreak to take the match 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/0).

After the match, the world No. 4 paid tribute to his 36-year-old opponent, who will retire from the sport next year.

The Swiss tennis great who claimed four titles previous year, including his sixth Australian Open trophy, said he is "motivated" for the 2019 tour after having intense off-season preparation.

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