Federer beat Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

Federer beat Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

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.

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.

On Tuesday, the United States will take on Switzerland, with Williams and Tiafoe meeting Roger Federer and partner Belinda Bencic in mixed doubles as part of the day's slate.

Serena Williams called Roger Federer "Superman" for handling twins during the Hopman Cup New Year's Eve Gala, saying that she does not know how he does it because it's 'hard with just one'.

They're two of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Williams held up her end, dominant on serve throughout, but Frances Tiafoe was broken in the first set before Federer served it out in the second set tie break to seal the tie.

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. "Maybe one of the toughest first round matches I have played", she said. "I used to practice with some women's players, when I was younger, you know, when I was maybe 15 and I was at the national tennis center and I used to play sets with the pro-women", said Roger Federer.

Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams took on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup
Image Frances Tiafoe and Williams took on Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup

Switzerland are the defending champions, Federer and Bencic having won the event in Perth in January 2018.

Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played down any injury concern.

"It was great fun, she is a great champion, you see how focussed and determined she is and I love that about her". His serve is super underestimated, he has a killer serve. The winners of each group will contest Saturday's final.

From there Federer cruised to victory.

Earlier this month, speaking in an interview with Teen Vogue, Serena said she simply "doesn't know" how she makes things work.

It was another encouraging performance from Federer as he builds his preparation for the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, where he will be looking to win a third successive title and seventh overall.

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




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