The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer he stayed one historical confrontation against the American Serena Williams in the mixed double of the Hopman Cup this Tuesday, a day that confirms the favoritism of Switzerland to defend title.
The 20 'big' of Federer and the 23 of Serena coincided for the first time, faced in a clash that received the clamor of the 14,000 amateur in Perth (Australia). Both had signed up before their individual matches.
The one from Basel beat without problems (6-4, 6-1) Frances Tiafoe. Later, the youngest of the Williams put the tie for the United States winning (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) to Belinda Bencic. The 2-1 came in the expected double-double, which left the United States as the bottom of a Group B led by Switzerland (4-2, 4-3 (3)).
The victory of the Swiss did not diminish cordiality and compliments between Federer and Serena, both recognizing the importance and difficulty of taming the serve of their opponent. "It was very fun, a pleasure and an honor. Thank you for making it possible. I was nervous about the rest, people talked about their great service and I could see, "said Federer, who is preparing to defend the Australian Open in two weeks.
"It's a shame that it was over, it was starting to get hot. It was really fun, we grew up together. I wanted to take pictures and bring my daughter even, this man is great, on and off the track, with a killer service, impossible to read, "said the American.