PERTH: Roger Federer took the honors within the much-anticipated combined doubles conflict with fellow nice Serena Williams in what the latter described because the “match of her profession” on the Hopman Cup in Perth Tuesday.
Within the greatest combined doubles drawcard within the 31-year historical past of the match, in what is anticipated to be its remaining version, Federer teamed with Belinda Bencic to win the match in straight units underneath the Fast4 format and win the Group B tie for Switzerland.
With 43 Grand Slam singles titles (Serena 23, Federer 20) and greater than US$200 million in prize cash between them, the 2 37-year-olds had welcomed the prospect to face one another on the court docket in an official match for the primary time.
Because it turned out, the tie was determined by the combined doubles, after each Federer and Serena gained their earlier singles matches.
A capability crowd of 14,064 turned out for the tie, they usually noticed Federer and Bencic largely capitalize on the combined doubles inexperience of Williams’ teammate, Francis Tiafoe, to clinch the deciding rubber underneath the Fast4 format, Four-2, Four-Three (5-Three).
Serena, who gave the impression to be troubled by her proper shoulder in the course of the match however mentioned it wasn’t a priority, was upset her doubles expertise didn’t give the People the sting.
Nevertheless, even a uncommon defeat couldn’t take the gloss off the expertise of going through Federer for the primary, and virtually actually the one, time.
“I used to be so excited and actually it was the match of my profession,” she mentioned. “Enjoying somebody so nice and that you simply admire a lot in a match that really means one thing. It’s actually nice and particular to go in opposition to the best of all time.”
Federer mentioned he was thrilled to play in opposition to one of many few gamers with extra Grand Slam titles.
“I actually loved taking part in in opposition to Serena, what an honor and pleasure,” he mentioned. “I used to be nervous returning as a result of individuals speak about her serve a lot. It was nice enjoyable, she is a good champion, you see how focussed and decided she is and I like that about her.”
The pair posed collectively for a selfie after the match.
In his singles match, Federer scored successive wins to begin the brand new season with a powerful 6-Four, 6-1 victory over Frances Tiafoe.
The world quantity three was challenged early by the 39th-ranked American however then secured the primary set with a break within the 10th sport.
Federer gained seven video games in succession and eight of the final 9 as Tiafoe dropped away.
It was one other encouraging efficiency from Federer as he builds his preparation for the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, the place he will likely be seeking to win a 3rd successive title and seventh total.
Serena raced to an early Three-Zero lead in opposition to Bencic however then misplaced her manner because the Swiss quantity 54 gained successive breaks of serve to safe the primary set.
Though the American was hitting extra winners, she was additionally making extra errors and appeared in hassle till she broke Bencic within the 10th sport to take the set and stage the match.
An early break within the remaining set to Serena was essential as she used her huge serve to carry Bencic at bay and win Four-6, 6-Four, 6-Three.
If Switzerland beats Greece on Thursday they are going to be by to the ultimate, the place they may defend the title they gained final 12 months.