Hopman Cup: Federer prevails in first ever match against Serena in mixed doubles

first_imgHopman Cup: Federer prevails in first ever match against Serena in mixed doublesRoger Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.advertisement AP PerthJanuary 1, 2019UPDATED: January 1, 2019 21:29 IST Roger Federer and Serena Williams have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them (Roger Federer Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFederer and Bencic won 4-2, 4-3 (3) in the mixed doubles deciderThis was the first time Federer was playing against SerenaDefending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats GreeceRoger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 (3) victory in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup.”It was great fun. What a pleasure. What an honour. Thank you for making it possible,” 20-times Grand Slam winner Federer, who is gearing up to defend his Australian Open title this month, said.”I was nervous returning. People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it,” he added.Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.Serena said the match, which was full of laughter and had an exhibition feel to it, was a “great experience” and one she hoped would not end as quickly as it did.”I’m sorry it had to finish, I was just warming up. It was such fun, we grew up together. It was super cool. I wanted to take pictures and bring my baby out,” the 23-times Grand Slam winner said.”This guy is great, both off the court and on the court. I think his serve is super-underestimated. It’s a killer serve, you can’t read it. I watched him all the time and I never knew how amazing it was.”Federer and Williams have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.Oh what a night pic.twitter.com/Fj9arBT6NiadvertisementRoger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 1, 2019Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats Greece on Thursday. The United States, which lost to Greece on Monday, can’t now advance.The much-hyped contest lived up to the billing immediately with Federer almost running down Williams’ smash into the open court. Williams and Federer both served well against each other, but Federer’s sublime touch at the net proved decisive.Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played the match out.Earlier, Federer hardly broke sweat in his singles match against Tiafoe, taking his game up a notch at 4-4 in the first set to win 6-4 6-1.Williams, who had powered past Greece’s Maria Sakkari in straight sets on Monday, then fought back from a set down to seal a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Bencic to level the contest at 1-1.Switzerland have two wins from two games ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Greece, while U.S. take on Britain next.(With agency inputs)Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Serena Williams Nextlast_img

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