Hopman Cup: Roger Federer & Serena Williams win singles matches

01 January, 2019, 18:23 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Roger Federer enjoys impressive start to new season

He and teammate Bencic are the defending champions at Hopman.

The Brit did manage to stave off two set points in the sixth game before opening his account for the match - and then earned a pair of break points in the next set, only for Federer to respond and close it out.

Federer and Williams, of course, won't be the only players on the court in a mixed doubles match.

The battle for the ages between Roger Federer and Serena Williams ended with victory for the Swiss legend, respect on both sides of the net - and an epic selfie.

Federer beat Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 before Williams levelled the tie with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Belinda Bencic in Perth, Australia. "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever - men and women combined - so it is great to be playing against her".

The Hopman Cup, played in Perth, features one man and one woman from eight countries. After that slip, Williams took the next two sets.

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past". Belinda has done it in the past so I'm sure she's going to pass me on the information that I need to know about Serena's serve and all the other shots that she has.

"The footwork, the offensive play, serve, return, it was all there, so I think it was a great match for me".

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer have been on the global tennis circuit for decades - both are 37 years old - and they have won 43 Grand Slam titles between them.

Williams echoed those sentiments, calling the match "a dream come true" even as she expressed relief that she wasn't facing Federer in a singles match.

"She's a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her".

Switzerland lead Group B at the tournament, followed by Greece and Great Britain, with the United States bringing up the rear.

"It's been a great start to the season for me, I found a way and I have to be happy right now", Federer said.

Williams led 4-1 in the first set before Bencic fought back to win the next five games.

"It was a great experience, I am kind of sad it's over", Williams said.

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