PERTH, Australia  | Federer, Serena win at Hopman Cup ahead of 1st-ever meeting

PERTH, Australia  | Federer, Serena win at Hopman Cup ahead of 1st-ever meeting

PERTH, Australia  — Roger Federer and Serena Williams opened the New Year with wins at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday to add spice to their showpiece mixed doubles game with defending champion Switzerland and the United States level at 1-1.

After Federer beat Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 in the men’s singles, Williams overcame a sluggish start to defeat Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and keep alive U.S. title hopes after an opening Group B loss to Greece on Monday.

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