Federer on winning team after facing Serena for 1st time

Federer on winning team after facing Serena for 1st time

Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States smile during their mixed doubles match against Stefanos Tsitsipass and Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Williams fired a compliment right back at the male champion, calling him the "the greatest of all-time to be honest" and that is "both on the court and off the court".

Williams, who seemed to be troubled by her right shoulder during the match but said it wasn't a concern, was disappointed her doubles experience didn't give the Americans the edge.

Federer was equally excited to have taken part in the mixed-doubles matchup, and admitted that he was a little concerned about facing Williams' booming serve.

When Woodbridge asked Bencic about her singles defeat against Williams, she responded: 'It was very hard but I'm very happy Roger motivated me in the locker room'.

Serena Williams labelled the Hopman Cup doubles contest that saw her go up against Roger Federer as the "match of my career".

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Eight countries are competing in two groups at the tournament, which serves as a warm-up to the first Grand Slam event of the season, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Federer captioned his "Oh what a night", while Williams wrote: "The GOAT vs the GOAT".

'For me it was a bit nerveracking too be honest all of a sudden I was thinking you have to win this point but then you're telling yourself it's Serena Williams.

In Brisbane, Naomi Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in their controversial US Open final last September, showed she will be a force as she bids to win successive grand slams, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-2 win over Destanee Aiava. "The Goat won." She used the goat emoji as a stand-in for the acronym GOAT, meaning "Greatest of All Time". "I know why they say it now, she has a wonderful serve".

Williams was sad it had to end because she was just warming up! It's a killer serve. I've watched him all the time but I never realised how good it was.

Defending champions Switzerland take on Greece in their final round-robin match on Thursday while the US face Great Britain's Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter.

"I think his serve is super-underestimated".

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