Roger Federer beats Serena Williams as they meet on court for the first time

Roger Federer’s Switzerland beat Serena Williams’ USA as the two tennis greats met on court for the first time at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in a mixed-doubles contest to secure a 2-1 win in the round-robin tie.

Federer and Williams, both 37-years old, have won a combined 43 Grand Slam titles.

“It was great fun. I really enjoyed playing against Serena. What an honour,” said Federer.

“I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much. I know why they say it now, she has a wonderful serve.

“She’s a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her.”..

Speaking also after the clash, Williams said: “It was a great experience. I’m sad it’s over, I was just warming up.

“It was so fun to do this at the pinnacle of our careers.

“The guy is great. He’s the greatest of all time. There’s a reason why he is so great. He has a killer serve.

“I’ve watched him all the time but I never realised how good it was. Maybe I could get some tips from him later on.”

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