Federer relishing ‘once in a lifetime’ Serena clash

Federer relishing ‘once in a lifetime’ Serena clash

Switzerland are the defending champions, Federer and Bencic having won the event in Perth in January 2018.

There are two groups of four and nations play two singles and a mixed doubles match.

World No.3 Roger Federer has been left feeling reassured that his game is in good shape after opening his Hopman Cup campaign with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Cameron Norrie.

It's been billed as the most anticipated match involving men and women since 1973's "Battle of the Sexes" which saw 39-times major victor Billie Jean King beat former men's world No 1 Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match.

The Hopman Cup, played in Perth, features one man and one woman from eight countries. "Travelling is definitely a lot different and I can not imagine having two sets of twins".

"She's a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her".

Serena Williams has taken her first victory on Australian soil since winning her 23rd title in 2017, defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Hopman Cup. Belinda has done it in the past so I'm sure she's going to pass me on the information that I need to know about Serena's serve and all the other shots that she has.

Federer and Williams - who boast an incredible 43 Grand Slam titles and over $200 million in career prize money between them - were meeting for the first and potentially last ever time on court.

Williams beat its far younger opponent even though the 37-year-old required medical attention during the match and had both of her ankles strapped.

Switzerland lead Group B at the tournament, followed by Greece and Great Britain, with the USA bringing up the rear.

The pair posed together for a selfie after the match. Federer has 20, Williams 23.

"I'll stay on the bike and keep the engine on", Federer said. Williams said she has been getting prepared to play Federer. But Williams lifted in the big moments, breaking Bencic in the final game of the second set to level the scores, before powering to victory in the third.

Earlier this month, speaking in an interview with Teen Vogue, Serena said she simply "doesn't know" how she makes things work. Williams then overcame a case of the first-set wobbles to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 success over Belinda Bencic, levelling the tie.

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