Serena Williams ensures meeting with Roger Federer will have an edge
02 January, 2019, 01:08 | Author: Lula Armstrong
On New Year's Day, Roger Federer and Serena Williams shared a court for the first, and possibly last, time as Switzerland defeated the US 2-1.
The match will be the first time the two 37-year-olds, who have with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, face each other.
Williams enjoyed a strong opening service game in the mixed doubles, with two of her serves proving too hard to handle for Federer.
Earlier, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 in the men's singles before Williams leveled the tie with a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bencic.
There was a memorable moment in the second set when a Tiafoe shot struck a shocked but amused Federer on the head with the match played in very fine spirits.
However, even a rare defeat couldn't take the gloss off the experience of facing Federer for the first, and nearly certainly the only, time. "I thought, 'I've got to win this point but it is Serena Williams.' People talk about her serve so much, and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can't read it".
"Playing someone so great and that you admire so much in a match that actually means something".
Putting her amazingly toned figure on full display, Serena looked sensational in the red skater-style dress with a sweetheart neckline. What a pleasure. What an honour.
Image Frances Tiafoe and Williams took on Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup
'Great champion, you can see how determined and focused she is - I love that about her'.
As Tennis.com notes, Williams said: "You know, I've been training in the off-season to be ready for Roger".
The pair posed together for a selfie after the match.
Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.
Federer felt he handled Tiafoe's power game well.
Speaking at the Gala, Serena spoke about the difficulties of being a parent and called Federer "Superman" for being a father to twins. "I hope that a lot of tennis fans are going to tune in and watch it, because it's going to be one time and probably never again, in this kind of a competition".
"It's about staying fit and healthy and managing the game day by day". Thank you for making this match possible!
The former world number one took out the match in straight sets overcoming Sakkari 7-6 (3), 6-2.
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