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'What An Honour': Federer And Williams Meet On Court For First Time

The two Tennis greats had never met on court before and it seemed as much a thrill for the Perth crowds as it was for the players themselves.

Williams and Federer even took a selfie to mark the historic occasion.

Federer and Belinda Bencic defeated Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in the mixed-doubles.

Previous to the match, both Federer and Williams won their respective singles matches.

"It was great fun. I really enjoyed playing against Serena. What an honour," said Federer in a post-match interview.

"I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much. I know why they say it now, she has a wonderful serve.

"She's a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her."

For more than 20 years, Serena Williams has dominated the courts, cementing herself as one of the greatest female tennis players in history, with 72 career titles to her name.

The two Tennis greats even had time for a selfie. Image: Getty Images.

"It was a great experience. I'm sad it's over, I was just warming up," Williams said of her match against the Swiss master.

"The guy is great. He's the greatest of all time. There's a reason why he is so great. He has a killer serve. I've watched him all the time but I never realised how good it was. Maybe I could get some tips from him later on."

Roger Federer -- arguably the greatest player in the Open Era -- has amassed an incredible 99 career titles over a 20 year career.

In October, tennis fans around the world rejoiced as the draw for the Hopman Cup was released -- and all eyes went straight to one particular match-up.

The US and Switzerland were drawn in the same group,  meaning Williams and Federer could meet.

And no one is more excited than them.

At the annual Hopman Cup New Year's bash, the duo showed their great friendship as they rang in the start of 2019.

PRoger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States share a moment on stage at the Hopman Cup New Years Eve Gala dinner. Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images

The pair have been singing each other's praises since the start of the tournament, as everyone marks the days off the calendar until the historic match-up.

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Ahead of the match, Williams said she couldn't wait to share a stadium with the Swiss Maestro, in a moment that would be "special".

"I've been looking forward to it since I saw it. I was like 'oh my God, this is so cool," Williams told media on Monday.

"As a player it's something that you would dream of, to play Roger Federer.

"And yeah, it's only mixed doubles, but still it's like a dream come true for me."

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Federer was just as excited for the match-up, and said in a Hopman Cup interview, it was one that would likely never happen again.

"I'm very excited that it is happening in a great arena that loves the mixed doubles competition," he said.

"I think that's what it was made for, so that the greatest players in the world play each other.

"I'm excited to play against her, she's a wonderful champion, and she's achieved so much and done so much for the sport."

But Federer has been bested by a Williams in the past -- he took on Venus in an exhibition match back in 2004.

Federer and Venus traded aces, and it's a moment he hoped it wouldn't happen again.

Feature Image: Getty Images

Contact the author at jdunne@networkten.com.au