Hopman Cup: Roger Federer edges Serena Williams in mixed doubles match

Hopman Cup: Roger Federer edges Serena Williams in mixed doubles match

Hopman Cup: Roger Federer edges Serena Williams in mixed doubles match

Both of the legendary stars - who have a combined 43 Grand Slam titles between them - have won the Hopman Cup on two previous occasions but only Federer will have a chance at adding a third after team U.S. lost their opening two matches.

Serena Williams scored her second singles win at this year's Hopman Cup, beating Belinda Bencic 4-6 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 40 minutes to level the overall score and set all eyes on the much expected mixed doubles clash.

The much-celebrated mixed-doubles contest secured a 2-1 win for Switzerland in the round-robin tie.

Williams and Bencic followed the men on court for the women's singles.

They're two of the greatest tennis players of all time. From 4-4 in the first set, Federer won the next seven games to set up the easy win.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win", he said.

They'll meet in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup.

"It was my first match back and she played unbelievable".

"I see why they talk about [her serve] - you just can't read it", Federer said.

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past".

"I have been looking forward to it", she told The New York Times.

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. "I don't know, it meant a lot because it was a chance to beat a pro-player and it wasn't a man... so it was different", said the Swiss maestro.

Federer's sublime touch at the net proved decisive as he moved closer to a record third Hopman Cup title.

However, despite the disappointing defeat which leaves the United States unable to reach the final of an event it has won six times, Serena clearly relished testing herself against Federer.

The pair posed together for a selfie after the match. "Travelling is definitely a lot different and I can not imagine having two sets of twins".

Federer's response? "It's the age of social media", he said, laughing at the prospect of Williams' plan.

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