Roger Federer enjoyed playing the mixed doubles match with Serena Williams on January 1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth. Reflecting on that meeting a couple of days later, following his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world no.
3 said: 'It was great fun, I really loved it, it was great sportsmanship as well, from all four players, we enjoyed it, the crowds were really in it, there was no dramas, there was no like somebody getting hurt, so that was great and then just being able to face off with Serena and seeing what her game is about, how she plays as a champion, how she reads the game, how her thought process is a little bit even thought I wasn't on her side of the net but you can see how she thinks, when the rally is moving on, you see why she has won as many doubles matches and especially singles obviously, so it was a big thrill for me, I really enjoyed it.' Federer was also asked about how it would feel playing the mixed doubles match against Germany on Saturday as the decisive rubber for the title: 'I did last year too, it came down to a really tight mixed, this format lends itself really some exciting tennis and I love when it goes to the wire and the mixed is a decider.' After the Hopman Cup, Federer will head to Melbourne, where he is the defending champion, seeking his 21st Grand Slam title.