Federer triumphs over Serena in 'super cool' Hopman Cup encounter

Roger Federer shakes hands with Frances Tiafoe at the net

Roger Federer shakes hands with Frances Tiafoe at the net

The dream match between Roger Federer and Serena Williams is finally upon us and it takes place at the Perth Arena in Australia on Tuesday, January 1.

Switzerland's Federer and Bencic will team up to play Williams and Tiafoe of the United States of America in the deciding mixed doubles.

Williams and Federer boast more Grand Slam titles than any other player now on tour.

Prior to the team match, Tiafoe and Bencic were bested by Federer and Williams, respectively, in one on one matches, as per rules of the Hopman Cup.

The Swiss pair were joined for an on-court interview with Australian doubles legend Todd Woodbridge on Tuesday after a historic clash against US players Serena Williams and Francis Tiafoe.

Federer and Williams shared a good-natured interview afterward and then engaged in a selfie. "She is one of the biggest champions in our sport ever, men and women combined, so it is great to be playing against her". You just don't know. Serena, what a pleasure, what an honour.

'Great champion, you can see how determined and focused she is - I love that about her'.

"I see why they talk about [her serve] - you just can't read it", Federer said.

The pair posed together for a selfie after the match.

Federer is flying through the Australian Open winning a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cameron Norrie on Sunday.

The set went to a tense tiebreaker at 3-3, which was won by the Swiss 4-3, giving them the match on a return by Tiafoe that hit the net.

"It's been a great start to the season for me, I found a way and I have to be happy right now", Federer said.

"It's about staying fit and healthy and managing the game day by day".

Earlier, Federer hardly broke sweat in his singles match against Tiafoe, taking his game up a notch at 4-4 in the first set to win 6-4, 6-1.

Serena Williams has posted an inspirational New Year message to mums and dads juggling parenthood with work, saying "anything is possible".

"It was definitely a relief", Williams said of the result. "She had a totally different upbringing - I came up through Switzerland with the federation, she did it with her dad and her sister".

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