Frances Tiafoe enjoyed his week in Perth at the Hopman Cup. The American played alongside the 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and they faced Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in a mixed doubles match.
'Perth was terrible', Tiafoe joked smiling. 'I had a great week. I had so much fun playing with Serena. Sydney was bad. I played a match against John, lost. You can live with that. John is a hell of a competitor.
I was happy with that. Yeah, essentially it was rough. But it's all about how you think about it, right? I mean, I only took positives from it. Asked if Serena told him something fun, Tiafoe added: 'She was telling me, Try and win (laughter).
Yeah, she's so nice. She's so nice. Such a good competitor. I mean, off the court, she's so chilled and relaxed. Once she gets on, she hates losing. It's unacceptable. I mean, I definitely felt that playing. I was about as nervous as could be (smiling).
Yeah, no, I think we grew a pretty good relationship. Yeah, I think that week definitely helped me in the long run.' Tiafoe also spoke about his training sessions with Serena: 'We hit a lot. I was struggling. She hits the ball so hard.
Like, the courts are fast. It was skidding. I mean, a little topspin maybe. I'm not used to the ball coming in that flat. That was something I really had to adjust to. Yeah, it was fun. I mean, we took a lot of breaks, a lot of jokes were going on.
It was cool.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title