Fans worldwide were beyond thrilled when tennis legends Serena Williams and Roger Federer came face to face on the court for the first time ever.
Both Williams and Federer aged 37 are no strangers on the scene having won a staggering 43 Grand Slam Singles titles combined.
Both are forces to be reckoned with and they finally had the chance to play against one another during the mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup in Perth. The Swiss team comprising of Federer and his partner Belinda Bencic won agaisnt American team featuring Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams. Before they came face to face, the duo won their respective singles matches in the round-robin. The score between the two teams were 4-2, 4-3, (5-3) in a total of 46 minutes with Switzerland coming out as the defending champions.
A historic moment indeed for the Hopman’s Cup. It is said in its 31 year history, the crowd at Perth Arena was 14,064 which is said to be the highest single-session attendance. For those who are not too familiar with the Hopman Cup, the game consists of two singles and a mixed doubles match between homelands in a round-robin format( where they face off against each other) with two groups of four. The winner of each group will meet at Saturday’s finals.
Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s finals if it wins against Greece on Thursday. Unfortunately for the United States, they are unable to advance as they lost to Greece on Monday.
Roger Federer had this to say in his interview about going up against 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.” Serena had jokingly replied saying Roger’s serve wasn’t easy to read either.
“I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career. Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something” said Serena.
Here is a picture of the legendary duo after their match taken with a with a selfie stick.
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Compliments. Laughs. Selfies.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) January 1, 2019
As a player I had some incredible moments on court but as a broadcaster this may end up being my highlight. A combined 81 #grandslam titles in this pic! @hopmancup @serenawilliams @rogerfederer #tennis #singles #doubles #mixed @wwos @Channel9 pic.twitter.com/hBRI3Ca8BE
— Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) January 2, 2019
Oh what a night ?? pic.twitter.com/Fj9arBT6Ni
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 1, 2019
— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 1, 2019