The battle for the ages between Roger Federer and Serena Williams ended with victory for the Swiss legend, respect on both sides of the net – and an epic selfie.
The much anticipated mixed-doubles clash had plenty riding on it, with Federer and Williams’ earlier singles victories meaning the Switzerland-USA tie hung on the result. And the defending Hopman Cup champions now look they are marching back to the final ahead of a clash with Greece tomorrow night after a 4-2 4-3 (5-3) win in the short sets format.
Never before had the 37-year-old pair, who hold 43 grand slam singles titles between them, played off and the 14,064 crowd inside RAC Arena lapped it up.
Williams held up her end, dominant on serve throughout, but Frances Tiafoe was broken in the first set before Federer served it out in the second set tie break to seal the tie.
Williams described Federer as the greatest of all time and said his serve was underrated.
“It was a great experience, I am kind of sad it’s over,” Williams said. “It was so fun and it’s something that growing up, we grew up together really, just watching and having an opportunity after all these years we’ve actually never done this so it’s just super cool that we get to do this at such a pinnacle point in both our careers. I wanted take to take pictures, I wanted to bring my baby out, I’m like way too excited.”
The battle for the ages between Roger Federer and Serena Williams ended with victory for the Swiss legend, respect on both sides of the net – and an epic selfie