Roger Federer emerged victorious when he faced fellow tennis legend Serena Williams for the first time at the Australia Hopman Cup mixed doubles in the eve of the New Year.
Federer represented Switzerland alongside Belinda Bencic while Williams represented the US alongside Frances Tiafoe. In one of the most anticipated tennis matches, both Federer and Williams won their individual match ups against opponents Tiafoe and Bencic respectively.
In the mixed doubles, Switzerland controlled the match, winning both sets 4-2, 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 14,000 fans. After the match, the two legends heaped praise at each other.
“What a pleasure. What an honor,” Federer said. “It was nerve-wrecking, too. I thought, I’ve got to win this point but it is Serena Williams.”
Federer the talked about Williams’ famous serves and what he thought about them.
“People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it.”
Williams was also of complementary for her opponent.
“It was a great experience,” Williams said, “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.”
After the match, the 20-time (Federer) and 23-time (Williams) grand slam winners took a selfie to share online and keep memories of each other.