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'What a pleasure. What an honour. Thank you for making it possible': Roger Federer and Serena Williams hail historic first meeting at Hopman Cup as legendary pair put combined 43 Grand Slam titles to one side to go head-to-head in mixed doubles

By Reuters

Published: 15:57 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 16:02 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Roger Federer emerged triumphant from a historic first meeting with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday, but tennis was the true winner as two of the game's greats treated fans worldwide to an unforgettable evening.

Defending champions Switzerland sealed a 2-1 victory over six-times winners United States that left them bottom of Group B but the result mattered little to over 14,000 fans in Perth and millions around the world who had eagerly awaited the contest.

Federer and Williams, holders of a combined 43 singles Grand Slam crowns, won their respective singles matches to keep the mixed doubles clash alive and the deciding match lived up to the hype it had generated as both players left the court with big smiles.

Serena Williams and Roger Federer are all smiles as they share a selfie after facing off for the first time in a mixed doubles tie

Serena Williams and Roger Federer are all smiles as they share a selfie after facing off for the first time in a mixed doubles tie

It was an historic moment as two of tennis' greatest ever players put national pride on the line for Switzerland vs United States

It was an historic moment as two of tennis' greatest ever players put national pride on the line for Switzerland vs United States

There was plenty of admiration and respect for the two players who possess a combined 43 Grand Slam singles titles

There was plenty of admiration and respect for the two players who possess a combined 43 Grand Slam singles titles

Federer was the heavyweight who eventually came out on top but the result was irrelevant to many who filled the arena

Federer was the heavyweight who eventually came out on top but the result was irrelevant to many who filled the arena

The contest had been described by local media as the most anticipated clash involving men and women since 1973's 'Battle of the Sexes' where Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match.

While that meeting

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