The 2019 season started with a bang in Perth on New Years Day, with Roger Federer and Serena Williams facing off for the very first time, in the Hopman Cup mixed-doubles match between the US and Switzerland. "The guy is great".
"I'll stay on the bike and keep the engine on", Federer said.
The Swiss maestro had talked before the match of his nervousness at facing the feared Serena serve and his fears seemed confirmed as he was unable to cope with two deliveries in her opening service game, but thereafter he took control of the match with Bencic. "Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something".
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Sacramento swingman Bogdan Bogdanović then broke the hearts of Laker Nation when he hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. James grimaced and grabbed his left groin before leaving the game for good and heading to the Los Angeles locker room.
The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion broke immediately in the second set and looked sharp as he cruised to an easy first-up victory in the tournament. Federer captioned his "Oh what a night", while Williams wrote: "The GOAT vs the GOAT". It was super cool ... "You see how focused and determined she is and I love that about her".
"I can't read yours either", Williams shot back. He's the greatest of all time. "I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career. That was really impressive to me", she said.
Serena Williams called Roger Federer "Superman" for handling twins during the Hopman Cup New Year's Eve Gala, saying that she does not know how he does it because it's 'hard with just one'. It's a killer serve, you can't read it.
"I think that's what it was made for, so that the greatest players in the world play each other".
If Switzerland beats Greece on Thursday they will be through to the final, where they will defend the title they won past year. "I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition", Federer told the press, adding that the two "can relate to each other more so now, being parents".