Roger Federer wins match against fellow tennis legend Serena Williams

Roger Federer got Switzerland's Hopman Cup campaign off to a winning start
Roger Federer got Switzerland's Hopman Cup campaign off to a winning start
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02 January, 2019

On New Year's Day, Roger Federer and Serena Williams shared a court for the first, and possibly last, time as Switzerland defeated the United States of America 2-1.

Williams plays Federer's Swiss team-mate Belinda Bencic in the women's doubles match at the Hopman Cup today - once Roger Federer vs Frances Tiafoe is concluded.

Tonight, Williams and Frances Tiafoe, of U.S., will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland in the Hopman Cup.

The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four.

Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday's final if it beats Greece on Thursday.

It was billed as the battle of the sexes and it lived up to the hype - tennis' two greatest players going rally for rally in the mixed doubles in front of 14,000 fans at RAC Arena last night.

Williams made a several unforced errors early on but overpowered her opponent with 13 aces and 29 winners, claiming two breaks en route to a comfortable win.

Federer said: "I was nervous returning, because you just don't know".

"I admire everything she has done both on and off the court", Federer said.

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Federer couldn't believe he had the opportunity to face Serena Williams, and lavished praise on her excellent serving skills.

"It was great fun", Federer said.

Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other in an historic clash for the first time.

Federer won seven games in succession and eight of the last nine as Tiafoe dropped away.

"We were actually just texting each other this morning", Serena said in the chat, which was filmed three days after her on-court antics.

"This time it's against Serena, who is one of the biggest champions ever in our sport - men and women combined".

Williams' appearance in Perth is 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. He came up for the plan that was for the moment, but also longevity, and I did really well there.

In his singles match, Federer scored successive wins to start the new season with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 victory over Frances Tiafoe.

Federer was at his clinical best in his singles match, winning seven straight games at one point to set up the win.


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