Federer gets bragging rights over Williams in hugely anticipated match

Roger Federer got Switzerland's Hopman Cup campaign off to a winning start

The Brit did manage to stave off two set points in the sixth game before opening his account for the match - and then earned a pair of break points in the next set, only for Federer to respond and close it out.

The Hopman Cup includes a round-robin of two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations with two groups of four.

Federer made an impressive start in preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.

Federer and his playing partner Belinda Bencic are set to face Williams and her partner Frances Tiafoe in what is quickly becoming the most anticipated match of the New Year when the two teams face off on Tuesday. Competitors play a men's and women's singles match along with the mixed doubles match.

For the first time in their decades-long tennis careers, Serena Williams and Roger Federer will play each other on New Year's Day. "I made sure I kept focused on my serve and he gave me some errors at the end of the first set".

Even if Bencic wins, Williams and Federer planned to take the court for the mixed doubles.




"I guess what you're seeking here is confirmation to see is everything there that you thought there was, or is there any fixing still to be done in the coming weeks".

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past". His serve is super underestimated, he has a killer serve.

The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.

Williams has said in a television interview that she was looking forward to getting a picture with Federer for her Instagram page.

"It was a great experience, I am kind of sad it's over", Williams said. But Williams lifted in the big moments, breaking Bencic in the final game of the second set to level the scores, before powering to victory in the third.

"I see why they talk about [her serve] - you just can't read it", Federer said. "I don't know, it meant a lot because it was a chance to beat a pro-player and it wasn't a man... so it was different", said the Swiss maestro.

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