Roger Federer and Serena Williams are set to kick off 2019 in an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime manner.
The tennis legends will meet on the courtroom for the primary time in a blended doubles match Tuesday between Switzerland and the U.S. on the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. The hotly anticipated occasion is already being billed as “Federer vs. Williams,” although they’ll be joined by Swiss participant Belinda Bencic and American Frances Tiafoe.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse revealed Monday, Federer stated he was hopeful his followers from around the globe would tune in “as a result of it’s going to be one time and possibly by no means once more.”
“We’re each fierce rivals, and we all the time need to win,” he added. “She is without doubt one of the largest champions in our sport ever, women and men mixed, so it’s nice to be taking part in in opposition to her.”
Williams echoed these sentiments, calling the match “a dream come true” whilst she expressed reduction that she wasn’t going through Federer in a singles match.
“I’ve been trying ahead to it,” she instructed The New York Instances. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God, that is so cool.’ So it’s simply one thing that, as a participant, is one thing that you’d dream of, to play Roger Federer.”
As of Monday afternoon, the match had generated monumental buzz amongst tennis fanatics ― which isn’t stunning on condition that Federer and Williams have collectively gained 43 Grand Slam titles. Some followers and media retailers have been likening the match to 1973′s “Battle of the Sexes,” when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former males’s world No. 1 Bobby Riggs in straight units.
Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, appeared to shrug off the hype. His focus, he instructed The New York Instances, was on the solo matches “as a result of my purpose is that she wins the Australian Open,” which begins Jan. 14.