Hopman Cup 2019: Serena Williams triumps over Maria Sakkari upon Australian comeback

Roger Federer and Cameron Norrie shake hands at the net

More importantly, it was the first and probably last time that fans would get to see the two tennis players, widely regarded as the greatest of all time, battle it out across the net in a competitive match - and after it was over they even had timed to pose for a selfie that is sure to go viral. His focus, he told The New York Times, was on the solo matches "because my goal is that she wins the Australian Open", which begins January 14.

Earlier in the night, Williams raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening set of her singles match, but Bencic won six of the next seven games to put her 37-year-old opponent on the back foot.

"It was great, great fun. You can see how focused she is and that's what I love about her".

And the 20-time grand slam victor, who will attempt to win a third straight Australian Open title later this month, was satisfied with where his form and fitness is at.

"I can not imagine having two sets of twins!" They're the only two in the Open Era with at least 20 Grand Slam titles.

Williams has said in a television interview that she was looking forward to getting a picture with Federer for her Instagram page.

Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States smile during their mixed doubles match against Stefanos Tsitsipass and Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Switzerland will defend its unbeaten record against Greece in its final round robin match Wednesday with the U.S. taking on Britain.

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

The world number three was challenged early by the 39th-ranked American, but then secured the first set with a break in the 10th game.

Williams had to shake off the rust to post the 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women's singles match.

"It's definitely a relief".

Serena Williams has sent tennis fans into a frenzy with a photo of her and daughter Olympia at the Hopman Cup. "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. In his press conference at the Hopman cup, Roger Federer spoke about his experiences of playing against, and with, quality women tennis players.

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