Serena Williams And Roger Federer To Face Off For The First Time

Serena Williams And Roger Federer To Face Off For The First Time

Great Britain made a winning start to the tournament on Saturday but they were defeated by Switzerland on Sunday, after Federer won the opening singles rubber in just 57 minutes.

Leading 4-1 in the first set, Williams looked set to be cruising to a comfortable victory until her 21-year-old opponent hit back to win the next five games and take the opener.

Federer opened his Hopman Cup campaign in flawless style, crushing world No.91 Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Federer gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Frances Tiafoe. "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever - men and women combined - so it is great to be playing against her". Both, Serena and Roger, are arguably the best players in the WTA and ATP roster respectively.

Following on from that Serena is set to make her long-awaited return to the Australian Open in mid-January, after sitting out the tournament previous year to recover from giving birth.

Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format as Switzerland beat the USA 2-1 in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd. "You see how determined and focused she is, and I love that about her".

Serving at 4-2, Serena fends off two break points and bringing the game home with an ace before a solid hold in the ninth game that sent her over the finish line and kept the United States of America in contention.

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Federer said he had plenty of experience playing against women, going back to his days as a teenage tour hopeful in Switzerland.

" I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much".

"I mean the guy is the greatest of all time, both on and off the court", she said.

The pair battled it out for over two hours in their first round match before Venus broke through in the sixth game of the decider to set up victory.

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.

"I was very happy that I was able to come out tonight and put in a good performance", Federer said.

She is targeting Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles and could secure that honour this season.

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