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Federer on winning team after facing Serena for 1st time

Federer on winning team after facing Serena for 1st time

Greece defeated the United States 2-1 in its second round-robin match at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday, as Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame the resistance of a Serena Williams-powered U.S. doubles team for the first Greek victory in the tournament.

No. 4-ranked Zverev beat David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (0) in the men's singles match before the German pair combined to win the mixed doubles 4-2, 4-3 in the Fast4 format.

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

Williams dropped the first set but recovered to beat Federer's Swiss team-mate Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The second set took just 22 minutes as Tiafoe's game imploded, with the world No 39 also struggling to maintain a high intensity.

"So, I'm used to it, you know, and then of course in practice you really realize how good they strike the ball", continued Roger Federer. "I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we're both fierce competitors and we always want to win".

But Tuesday will mark the first time either of the superstars has ever taken the court in competition with the other.

While that meeting between 39-times major victor King and former men's world number one Riggs was a grudge match, there was only mutual respect between Federer and Williams, who posed for selfies before indulging autograph hunters.




"It was a great experience, I'm kind of sad it's over, I was just warming up."

Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other in an historic clash for the first time. "In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration".

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

Williams has called it a "dream come true", the BBC reports. Tennis is a funky sport when it comes to that stuff", the father of four said, adding, "I'm in full admiration of Serena. From 4-4 in the first set, Federer won the next seven games to set up the easy win.

Switzerland swept Britain in its opener when Federer had a masterclass win over British player Cameron Norrie in his opening match.

Federer's appearances at the past two Hopman Cups laid the groundwork for successful Australian Open campaigns.

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