A battle of legends! On New Year’s Day, Serena Williams and Roger Federer faced each other for the first time ever during a mixed doubles match at the 2019 Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Roger and his fellow Swiss partner Belinda Bencic beat Serena and Frances Tiafoe 2-1, but the two legends didn’t care about the end result; they were just in awe of each others’ serves.
After the match, Serena and Roger did a joint interview with the Tennis Channel, where they gushed over each other’s skills and basked in the opportunity to play each other. “I’m way too excited,” Serena said. Roger chimed in: “I was nervous returning . . . People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it . . . We have the same qualities, but yours is a bit better.”
Roger continued: “‘It’s Serena Williams,’ I was telling myself. This is what I’ve always wanted, a big-time moment like this.”
And of course, they finished with some adorable selfies. Ahead, find Serena and Roger’s joint interview and some photos from their match that every sports fan will appreciate.