Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tiafoe starts 2019 with a ball hit at Federer's face

Tiafoe starts 2019 with a ball hit at Federer's face

Roger Federer won the battle of tennis giants during his mixed-doubles meeting with Serena Williams at the Hopman Cup, but both players were beaming with smiles after the match was over.

Federer and Swiss teammate Belinda Bencic beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe in a mixed-doubles match, winning the Fast4 format 4-2, 4-3 (5-3) in 46 minutes.

After the match, the tennis legends raved about each other before snapping a selfie.

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"I was nervous returning".

"It was great fun", Federer said.

Federer spoke about how much he enjoyed the experience, saying: "It was great fun. She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever - men and women combined - so it is great to be playing against her".

And the 37-year-old is looking forward to the mixed doubles clash with the U.S., where he will face off against 23-time grand slam victor Serena Williams. He's the greatest of all time, to be honest. I'm sorry it had to finish.

The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion broke immediately in the second set and looked sharp as he cruised to an easy first-up victory in the tournament.

She said: "The guy is great, he's the greatest of all time to be honest".

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The widely-anticipated clash has been the highlight of the 30th edition of the Hopman Cup with a record 14,029 packing into the Perth Arena to see the match-up.

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.

Federer and Bencic overcame Williams and Tiafoe in the Fast4 format as Switzerland beat the US 2-1 in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.

Williams will also be back in action on Tuesday night when the U.S. take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

"It was definitely a relief".

"I'll stay on the bike and keep the engine on", Federer said.

From there Federer cruised to victory.

The Swiss had copped a ball to the face from Tiafoe during the match, but was able to laugh it off. Williams grabbed at her right shoulder several times during the match, but was able to finish off the contest.

And Williams has expressed her amazement at how Federer copes with two sets of twins.

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