WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Roger Federer ended winning a match against Serena Williams in a celebrated mixed doubles battle at the Hopman Cup in Perth.
- The Swiss pair beating the US pair gives Switzerland a 2-1 lead over the United States.
- Federer says ‘it’s an honor’ to play against Williams, while Williams describes Federer as a ‘great guy with a killer serve.’
Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Serena Williams had gone head-to-head on the court in a historic mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Federer ended winning the match.
Federer, paired with Swiss partner Belinda Bencic beat US duo Williams and Frances Tiafoe in straight sets (4-2 4-3(5-3)) giving Switzerland a 2-1 overall win over the United States in their round robin match.
“It was an honor,” says 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer as he described the chance to take on Williams.
Williams, 39, and record holder of most Grand slam titles among active players at her age said: “It was so fun. This guy is great, both off and on court. I think his serve is underestimated. I watched him all the time and I never knew how amazing it was. It’s a killer serve, you can’t read it.”
With both greats serving well against each other throughout the match, about 14,000 fans inside the Perth Arena were certainly thrilled by what they witnessed.
Having never played against each other in an official match, the game afforded fans the greatest competitive match of all time and probably the first and the last time that they ever get to see the two players battle it out across the net.
Later in the second set, although Williams was seen grabbing at her shoulder several times, she managed to complete the set, while Federer’s powerful moves eventually proved decisive.
Meanwhile, Group B is headed by defending champion Switzerland, followed by Greece and Great Britain. Bringing up the rear is the US who failed to qualify for the next round.
Germany heads Group A, followed by Australia, France and Spain.
Source: Sky News