Roger Federer And Serena Williams To Play Each Other For First Time

Tanuja Saikhom | 5 months ago

Tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams are set to play against each other for the first time in mixed doubles match. 

The duo will be seen together on the court when Switzerland take on the USA in the Hopman Cup in Perth. Federer alongside with mixed doubles partner Belinda Bencic will face Williams and her partner Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Swiss has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, while Williams, also of the same age, won 23 of them.

It may be the wildest dream for fans when the greatest men’s and women’s players in the history of tennis meet on the same court, but the players themselves are excited too.

Federer said both the players are excited for the match, while Williams looked forward to it like a “dream come true”.

Pundits described the match as the most anticipated contest since the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973 where Billie Jean King outplayed Bobby Riggs in straight sets.

Each session in the Hopman Cup consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match. There are eight teams in the contest and they are placed into two groups – Group A and Group B.

Federer and Bencic beat Britain's Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter in their opening round-robin tie on Sunday, while Williams beat Maria Sakkari in straight sets in Perth.