NEW YORK (Agencies): Roger Federer and Serena Williams, two of the greatest tennis players of all time, found the perfect way to welcome in the new year. They both did something they’d never done before: play each other.
Williams and Federer, both 37, faced off in a mixed-doubles exhibition match at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday. Federer and his partner Belinda Bencic came out on top, beating Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3).
It was an exhibition match and while the two didn’t take it lightly, it’s clear they had a ton of fun while representing their countries. When it was over, Williams and Federer stood at the end of the net and took an adorable selfie together.
After the match, the two talked about how much they enjoyed the friendly competition. Federer couldn’t believe he had the opportunity to face Serena Williams, and lavished praise on her excellent serving skills.
Williams felt the same about facing Federer, and also heaped compliments on his serves.
Williams was sad it had to end because she was just warming up! Maybe we can look forward to a real one-on-one match between the two of them in the future.