In an interview to The Telegraph, British player Katie Boulter revealed how it felt like to face, alongside Cameron Norrie, the 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup. The Swiss paired up with Belinda Bencic and they eventually won the title.
'Sharing the court with Roger was a surreal feeling, and receiving his serve isn’t something I ever thought would happen in my career', Boulter confessed. 'I actually hit him with a volley, which was a bit awkward, but he took it in good spirits!' Boulter also faced Serena Williams, which was another big honor: 'It was a privilege just to be there, and the same with Serena: she has been an idol of mine growing up.
I was pleased with my performance [in a 6-1, 7-6 defeat] but a little disappointed I didn’t take the second set after getting a break of serve. I should have taken it to a decider.' On how it will feel to play for the first time in a Grand Slam main draw at this month's Australian Open, Boulter joked, 'I am not excited at all!' Then, she said, 'No, of course it’s a huge opportunity for me.
I am really looking forward to having a go at players I don’t normally get to play. Hopefully this is going to be my new normality and it will be like that for the rest of the year.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title