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Federer, Williams anticipate first-ever match-up

1 January 2019, by AAP

Who will be more excited when they face off against each other – Roger Federer or Serena Williams?

The tennis superstars play each other for the first time when Switzerland takes on USA in the Hopman Cup mixed doubles today.

The match-up is set to draw worldwide interest, and the players themselves are just as excited.

Williams earlier already declared her intent to get a selfie with Federer to post on Instagram.

“It’s the age of social media,” Federer said with a laugh when told about Williams’ plan.

Federer lavished praise on the 23-time Grand Slam champion, saying the upcoming match will be something special.

“It’s very exciting for both of us,” Federer said.

“I hope a lot of tennis fans will tune in to watch the match, because it’s going to be one time and probably never again in this kind of a competition.

“I admire everything she’s done on and off the court.

“We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents.

“I’ve played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I’ve also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past.

“This time it’s against Serena, who is one of the biggest champions ever in our sport – men and women combined.”

Williams is equally excited about their encounter.

“As a player, it’s something you would dream of to play Roger Federer,” Williams said.

“And yeah it’s only mixed doubles, but still its a dream come true to me.

“I really look forward to sharing that stadium with him. It’s going to be special.”