Roger Federer Defeats Serena Williams in Mixed Doubles Match at Hopman Cup!

The result meant Switzerland beat the United States 2-1 overall, with Williams having beaten Bencic 4-6 6-4 6-3 and Federer easily seeing off Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 in their earlier singles clashes.

Federer teamed up with Switzerland teammate Belinda Bencic and defeated Williams and American male Francis Tiafoe in a mixed doubles decider in Perth, Australia.

Williams and Federer, both 37, faced off in a mixed-doubles exhibition match at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday.

Only the group winners advance to the final, so the closing doubles could ultimately decide the victor of a group that also contains Greece and Britain.

They will play in men's and women's singles rubbers before meeting in the mixed doubles alongside partners Belinda Bencic and Frances Tiafoe. "Travelling is definitely a lot different and I can not imagine having two sets of twins".

But Federer was left in awe of Williams' powerful serve, and Williams joked afterwards: "I was just warming up!" "I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her".

"This guy is great, both off the court and on the court".

"It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", said Federer.

For the first time in their decades-long tennis careers, Serena Williams and Roger Federer will play each other on New Year's Day.

Federer won seven games in succession and eight of the last nine as Tiafoe dropped away.

Leading 4-1 in the first set, Williams looked set to be cruising to a comfortable victory until her 21-year-old opponent hit back to win the next five games and take the opener.

Federer was at his clinical best in his singles match, winning seven straight games at one point to set up the win.

He emphatically said the Hopman Cup should run into a 32nd year in 2020 and he would continue to come back to support it.

Williams raced to an early 3-0 lead against Bencic, but then lost her way as the Swiss number 54 gained successive breaks of serve to secure the first set.

Roger Federer started preparation for his Australian Open title defense in style with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup on Sunday. "I mean she's equal to from that standpoint, its just really once the movement comes into play that the difference- it becomes bigger", said the Swiss.

  • Steve Townsend