Federer relishing ‘once in a lifetime’ Serena clash

Federer relishing ‘once in a lifetime’ Serena clash

Javier Howell
January 2, 2019

It took them 43 Grand Slam singles titles and 21 years to face each other for the first time but when the moment finally came, Roger Federer and Serena Williams gave the crowd more than what they came for as the two legends captured the moment in a ideal selfie on court.

And the 37-year-old is looking forward to the mixed doubles clash with the U.S., where he will face off against 23-time grand slam victor Serena Williams.

Speaking afterwards, 20-time Grand Slam victor Federer described the chance to take on Williams - who holds the record for most Grand Slam titles among active players at 39 - as "an honour". The mother of one posted the sweet picture to her Instagram with the caption: "Goat vs Goat".

According to USA Today, the athletes raved about each other at the end of the match-up.

"What a pleasure. What an honor", Federer said. "It was nerve-wracking, too".

"It's great to back out here, I love playing Down Under here in Perth and in Australia, some of my best memories are here" Williams told Channel Nine after the match.

Williams added: "It was so fun". I was just warming up.

'We grew up together really and having an opportunity after all these years - we've actually never done this so it was super cool to do it at such a pinnacle point in both of our careers.

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

Federer said: "I was nervous returning, because you just don't know".

"He has a killer serve".

She also shared that she wished she had the opportunity to introduce her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Williams offered a similar response saying "I'm excited to go to Perth". In a candid interview for WSJ.

Although thrilled with his first-up performance, Federer doesn't want to get carried away just yet. "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".

The Swiss maestro found the world No.39 tougher competition than Great Britain's Cameron Norrie, who he steamrolled on Sunday night, but looked comfortable in the 6-4 6-1 triumph to continue the Hopman Cup defending champion's flawless run at this summer's tournament.