Tue, 1 Jan, 2019
“This is so cool”: Serena Williams faces Roger Federer for first time
Roger Federer took the lead in the highly anticipated match against Serena Williams.
Federer awarded Switzerland a 1-0 lead with a 6-4 6-1 win over Frances Tiafoe.
After a shaky start, Williams managed to post a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic.
But with Federer and Williams being the biggest names in tennis, the match was one that fans were looking forward to since it was announced.
The fact that the score was tied also added to the anticipation.
After losing to Greece in their opening tie, the US needed to beat Switzerland in order to remain in the running for the title. But unfortunately for them, it was Switzerland who came out on top.
“I was so excited, and literally it was the match of my career,” said Williams about the match against Federer.
“Just playing someone so great, and someone you admire so much, and a match that actually means something – it’s not often that happens.
“It was really cool to play someone still in their prime, like me, both in our primes. I’m kind of sad it’s over.”
To celebrate the monumental match, the two players took a selfie together after Federer’s win.
“I was nervous returning (her serve) because you just don’t know,” Federer said when asked about Williams.
“People talk about her serve so much and I see why – it is such a wonderful serve because you just can’t read it, you don’t see it until the very end.
“It was great great fun. She is a great champion and you see how focused and determined she is and I love that about her.”
With Switzerland winning both their ties, they have earned their spot in the final with victory over Greece on Thursday night.