Federer on Winning Team After Facing Serena for 1st Time

Roger Federer shakes hands with Frances Tiafoe at the net

Roger Federer needed just 57 minutes to beat Frances Tiafoe who is 17 years his junior

Federer partnered Belinda Bencic to a 4-2, 4-3 victory over Williams and Frances Tiafoe.

Federer and Williams have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, but it was the 20-time Grand Slam champion who spearheaded Switzerland's 4-2 4-3 (5-3) victory over the United States in a mixed-doubles decider at the Hopman Cup. We've actually never done this and so this was super cool that we got to do this at such a pinnacle point in both our careers. The two greats will be opponents for the first time in the mixed doubles.

When it was over, Williams and Federer stood at the end of the net and took an adorable selfie together. Belinda has done it in the past so I'm sure she's going to pass me on the information that I need to know about Serena's serve and all the other shots that she has.

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'.

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.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion fought back in a tight second set and captured the pivotal break in the 10th game.

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Federer also posted the image, writing, "Oh what a night", alongside the tennis ball and fire emojis.

"We'll see how I feel but I will be tucked in bed at 9pm, worry about me". He's the greatest of all time. "You just can't read it". I think his serve is super underestimated, you can't read it.

"I was telling myself, 'This is Serena Williams, this is what I've always wanted, a big-time moment like this'".

An early break in the final set to Williams was crucial as she used her big serve to hold Bencic at bay and win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Roger Federer took a blow to the ear but came out on top in his first encounter with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on New Year's Day. "I was way too excited!"

If Switzerland beats Greece on Thursday they will be through to the final, where they will defend the title they won a year ago. "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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