Serena Williams is set to face Roger Federer in her first event of the 2019 season when the USA play Switzerland in the mixed doubles … “That is the hard part in tennis - to keep that up.”. Roger faced a feisty and determined Stefanos Tsisipas in singles fighting off the closest match for him yet in Perth. “I’m going to stay on the bike. Indian tennis star and six-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza sees the legendary Roger Federer as her perfect mixed doubles partner. Facing no breaks, the Swiss star served well with 14 aces and also executed 52 winners to get his first victory under his belt 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format in front of 14,000 spectators. Roger Federer plays Serena Williams in mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup. They are two of the greatest Grand Slam winners in history: Roger Federer and Serena Williams took to the court head-to-head. Federer gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead with a 6-4 6-1 win over Frances Tiafoe. Thiem believes in himself on clay more than he does on every other surface—with good reason. He was feeling it today, I thought. Rafael Nadal is one of the fiercest and most competitive athletes ever seen in the history of sport. “He is a freak, a genius. I see why he can cause difficulties to players. “It’s very rare that they play doubles let alone mixed doubles, in a live rubber, in this environment, in this arena, it really is something special.”. But from 4-4 in the first set, Federer won the next seven games to romp to victory in 57 minutes. Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland take a selfie following their mixed doubles match. “It’s super exciting for me and I just feel honoured to be on the court with him,” she said. Nadal is thoroughly at home when he steps on court at Roland Garros. Federer had beaten the 20-year-old Tiafoe in the men's singles to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead earlier in the day, and Williams recovered from losing the opening set to Benic. "What a pleasure. It didn't count, but that tweener though @rogerfederer@Channel9 @9Gem | #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/wG3wTr8LYB. And we would cream them" - Kristy Pigeon said. “I know we’ve built it up but it is one of these moments in tennis that you will never see this ever happen again, you will never see two players like Serena and Roger come up against each other,” she said. The 70-year-old was part of the 'Original 9', namely those nine players who laid the foundations for the establishment of the WTA circuit. Early on, both Federer and Williams couldn't return each other's serves. Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday's final if it beats Greece on Thursday. He beat him 6-4, 6-1 before going into the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Tiafoe. Roger and Belinda Bencic captured the 2019 Hopman Cup for the second year in a row after defeating team Germany which consisted of the ATP's World number 4 and the WTA's world number 2. But the class of Federer shone through during the quick-fire rallies, with Bencic unleashing some nice winners as well. Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played down any injury concerns ahead of the Australian Open, saying it was "totally normal" to be a bit stiff at this time of year. It was great, great fun and a great champion you see how focused and determined she is and I love that about her.”. TM © Olympic Channel Services S.L. When asked about which tennis player she would like to play mixed doubles with, Pigeon was quick with her reply: "I will be playing mixed doubles with Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer and Billie Jean King. In 2008, when Sania Mirza was accused of disrespecting the national flag, Roger Federer was among the first to enquire about her well-being after she had reached Melbourne for the Australian Open. I have played against her before,” she said. “We’ve been there since the 90s to be honest so it’s really cool to be on the same court. The video posted by the Twitter handle of WTA showed Pigeon tackle some fun trivia questions. "People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can't read it." 39 also struggling to maintain a high intensity. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/b4p8cAKTrh. The second set took just 22 minutes as Tiafoe’s game imploded, with the world No. What an honor," Federer said. Facing the flashy Daniel Evans in the second round, Roger was challenged but came away with a straight set win 7-6(5), 7-6 (3), 6-3. I think I protected my serve well, didn't allow Denis really to get into my service games to often. The much-hyped contest lived up to the billing immediately, with Federer almost running down a Williams smash into the open court. This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers," Williams said. From 4-4 in the first set, Federer won the next seven games to set up the easy win. With the two Goats facing off in mixed doubles, the crowd was entertained as the Swiss team won 4-2, 4-3 (3). “Well, I think definitely Roger Federer, if its mixed doubles,” Bencic said, on the sidelines of the Italian Open. We’ve never done it and regardless of what happens, this is a moment I will always cherish.”. “The raw, fighting spirit of Rafael Nadal is one trait I would like to have,” Mirza told Sunil Chhetri in a freewheeling Instagram Live chat.