Roger Federer Will Face Off With Serena Williams For The First Time

Roger Federer Will Face Off With Serena Williams For The First Time

Roger Federer Will Face Off With Serena Williams For The First Time

Roger Federer stepped up his preparation for the new ATP Tour season and his Australian Open title defence by leading Switzerland to an opening victory at the Hopman Cup.

U.S. vs Switzerland gets underway with Federer facing Tiafoe at 9.30am with Williams' singles match against Bencic scheduled to take place at 11am.

Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on December 30, 2018 in Perth, Australia.

That opened the door for Williams, the bookmakers' favourite for the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, to power back and ultimately win 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in an hour and 44 minutes.

Williams made a several unforced errors early on but overpowered her opponent with 13 aces and 29 winners, claiming two breaks en route to a comfortable win.

The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them - Federer a record 20 in men's tennis - and are arguably the best ever.

"The footwork, the offensive play, serve, return, it was all there, so I think it was a great match for me".

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

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Switzerland plays Britain on Sunday, and Germany's Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev take on Garbine Muguruza and David Ferrer of Spain.

But her singles win ended up being in vain, with the United States suffering a 2-1 defeat to Greece at RAC Arena.

That proved to be the start of a productive year for a resurgent Kerber, who won at Wimbledon and climbed back to number two in the world.

Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but was near ideal from that point on as he wrapped up the contest in 57 minutes at RAC Arena on Sunday night.

In the earlier men's singles match, No.15 ranked Tsitsipas overcame a second set wobble to defeat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

However the Spaniard wasn't going to let her own five-match winning run against the German go easily, and took the second set.

"He didn't want to lose, he's a big fighter and had some great results during the year", Tsitsipas said.

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