Roger Federer Differentiates Men and Women in Tennis

Arnold Nichols
January 2, 2019

The two biggest names in tennis faced off last night for the very first time, as Roger Federer and Serena Williams finally met on the court during a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup.

Tennis legend Roger Federer beat fellow icon Serena Williams in a Switzerland versus US match at the Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, Australia.

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

Serena Williams praised Roger Federer as "the greatest of all time" after losing to him in a historic doubles match at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday.

Defending champions Switzerland have two wins from two games ahead of Thursday's meeting with Greece, while the United States take on Great Britain next.

His playing partner Belinda Bencic will be aiming to give Switzerland the match when she plays Katie Boulter in the women's singles match later. Norrie was saved total humiliation by saving two set points in the sixth game to get on the scoreboard and earn healthy applause from the near capacity crowd.

"I'm kind of sad it's over", Serena said, with Federer next to her in a joint interview before they took a "GOAT selfie" together.

"She's a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her".

Williams, who lost to her sister Venus in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week, will be back in action on Tuesday night when the U.S. take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

"I was nervous returning (her serve) because you just don't know", Federer said of Williams.

Who will be more excited when they face off against each other - Roger Federer or Serena Williams?

"I've been looking forward to it since I saw it", Williams said, per the Times.

Federer was made to work during a tough first set before overwhelming the 20-year-old Tiafoe and taking control by winning seven straight games. "I knew I could play better, so that was always something that was in my mind".

Williams started fast in the women's singles against Bencic - with an early break to storm to a 3-0 lead - before an error-strewn performance ensued as Bencic recovered to win the opener. Federer has five US Open championships.

Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but was near flawless from that point on as he wrapped up the contest in 57 minutes at RAC Arena on Sunday night. "I felt like I was out of breath", Tsitsipas said.

From there Federer cruised to victory.

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