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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Roger Federer beats Serena Williams in title match to retain top spot

Roger Federer has beaten Serena Williams in a historic mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in the Australian city of Perth.

It was the first time the tennis superstars had ever gone head-to-head, with Federer and Swiss partner Belinda Bencic beating US pair Williams and Frances Tiafoe in straight sets in their group B clash.

Played in the Fast4 format, Federer and Bencic took the first set 4-2 and won the second 4-3 after a 5-3 tie-break victory.

The result meant Switzerland beat the US 2-1 overall, with Williams having defeated Bencic 4-6 6-4 6-3 and Federer easily seeing off Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 in their earlier singles clashes.

Speaking afterwards, 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer described the chance to take on Williams - who holds the record for most Grand Slam titles among active players at 39 - as "an honour".

Williams - who has amassed her honours across singles, doubles and mixed doubles - added: "It was so fun. This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers.

"This guy is great, both off the court and on the court. I think his serve is super-underestimated. It's a killer serve, you can't read it. I watched him all the time and I never knew how amazing it was."

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