Serena Williams & Roger Federer Spend New Year's Eve on the Red Carpet!

Serena Williams and Roger Federer had never played against each other in an official match

Serena Williams and Roger Federer had never played against each other in an official match

Her win levelled the tie between the United States and Greece at 1-1 after world No. 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 in 135 minutes.

However, it was some of the on-court battles between the tennis greats and their classy tributes to one another after the match that captured the tennis worlds' hearts.

Switzerland's Federer and Bencic will team up to play Williams and Tiafoe of the US in the deciding mixed doubles.

Federer, who has now won all four matches in the event, and 23-time major champion Williams again spoke of their mutual respect after finally going head to head. Magazine's June/July issue this year, Federer praised Williams. But the fact it would also decide the tie victor added extra intrigue.

Serena Williams reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, December 27, 2018.

"It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", said Federer. I was like, "It's ok, it's your first match and you'll get better". I'm kinda sad it's over.

As he spoke on court, Federer was already looking forward to the next match.

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

Despite their concurrent careers, Federer said it would be an "exaggeration" to say he knew Williams well.

Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams took on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup
Image Frances Tiafoe and Williams took on Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup

Federer spoke about how much he enjoyed the experience, saying: "It was great fun".

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

According to BBC, Switzerland, who won the cup a year ago, will play Greece on Thursday in their final round-robin match, and the US will take on Great Britain. But even a 2-1 loss might be enough for them to sneak through.

Williams and Federer both served well against each other, but Federer's sublime touch at the net proved decisive.

But the dream quickly turned into a nightmare as Federer turned the screws on the unheralded Brit.

Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played the match out.

"It was such a quick turnaround (from yesterday's match)", Williams said.

"It was such a quick turnaround, I didn't have enough time to reload the cannon". After that slip, Williams took the next two sets.

The former world number one took out the match in straight sets overcoming Sakkari 7-6 (3), 6-2.




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