Roger Federer and Serena Williams react to playing each other for first time

Roger Federer and Serena Williams

Roger Federer and Serena Williams were full of praise for each other after they met in a historic mixed-doubles match at the Hopman Cup.

Both players won their singles matches for their countries, forcing a mixed doubles decider for the ages.

It was Federer’s Switzerland that came out on top though, beating the US 4-2 4-3 in 46 minutes of frantic tennis.

“I was nervous returning,” admitted Federer about facing Williams’ serve.

“People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it.

Williams, fittingly, returned the compliment, adding it was a very special occasion.

“It was so fun. This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers,” she said.

“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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