Roger Federer and Serena Williams compete, in mixed doubles, for 1st time

Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in a mixed-doubles contest to secure a 2-1 win in the tie.

Tickets were sold out soon after being released for the showpiece encounter, which pits Federer and Williams on court for the first time.

Federer eventually clinched it for reigning champion by claiming the winning point in the truncated tiebreak used in mixed doubles with a ideal angled volley. Thanks for making this match possible.

"It's very exciting for both of us", Federer said.

"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. Belinda has done it in the past so I'm sure she's going to pass me on the information that I need to know about Serena's serve and all the other shots that she has.

As of Monday afternoon, the match had generated enormous buzz among tennis enthusiasts ― which isn't surprising given that Federer and Williams have collectively won 43 Grand Slam titles.

Although thrilled with his first-up performance, Federer doesn't want to get carried away just yet. I would even cry sometimes just because....

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion fought back in a tight second set and captured the pivotal break in the 10th game.

"I guess what you're seeking here is confirmation to see is everything there that you thought there was, or is there any fixing still to be done in the coming weeks".

Switzerland lead Group B at the tournament, followed by Greece and Great Britain, with the United States bringing up the rear.

Forty-five years after Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a historic victory, all eyes were on Williams to see if she could triumph.

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.

"It was definitely a relief".

"I don't know her that well", he said.

Federer also won his first match of the Cup on Sunday, easily defeating Great Britain's Cameron Norrie, 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile in regular WTA action, Serena's elder sister Venus showed she is still a force by beating Victoria Azarenka 6-3 1-6 6-3 in a battle of former world number one's at the Auckland Classic.

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