Serena Williams praised Roger Federer as 'the greatest of all time' after losing to him in a historic doubles match

  • Roger Federer and Swiss teammate Belinda Bencic just beat Serena Williams and fellow American Frances Tiafoe in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup.
  • It was the first time Federer had ever shared a court with Williams, and he triumphed in straight sets with scores of 4-2 and 4-3.
  • After the match, Federer and Williams were interviewed on the court during a six minute segment, and the results were hilarious.
  • Federer jokingly thanked Williams for missing a shot close to the end, as it meant he could then go on to win the match.

Serena Williams praised Roger Federer as "the greatest of all time" after losing to him in a historic doubles match at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday.

Federer teamed up with Switzerland teammate Belinda Bencic and defeated Williams and fellow American Frances Tiafoe in a mixed doubles decider in Perth, Australia.

Federer and Bencic prevailed in straight sets with scores of 4-2 and 4-3, but the highlight of the event came after the result was announced as Federer and Williams were interviewed together, on the court, and gave the Hopman Cup crowd a laugh every minute.

Federer began by thanking Williams for "making this match possible" and said it was "very entertaining."

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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Serena Williams of the United states during their mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, 1, Jan. 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
Serena Williams of the US (L) hits a return against Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) during their mixed doubles match on day four of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 1, 2019. (Photo by Greg Wood / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US (L) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) smile at eachother after taking a selfie following their mixed doubles match on day four of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 1, 2019. (Photo by Greg Wood / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US (L) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) walk off the court together following their mixed doubles match on day four of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on January 1, 2019. (Photo by TONY ASHBY / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a shot to Serena Williams of the United States in the mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrate winning the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Los suizos Roger Federer y Belinda Bencic, abajo, enfrentan a los estadounidenses Frances Tiafoe y Serena Williams en la Copa Hopman en Perth, Australia, el martes 1 de enero de 2019. (AP Foto/Trevor Collens)
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, facing, wait at the net after winning their mixed doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams of the United States at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
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When Williams spoke, it was clear she's a fan and a friend of Federer's. "It was so fun," she told the crowd. "We grew up together, really, and, after all these years, we've actually never done this and so this was super cool that we got to do this at such a pinnacle point in both our careers. I literally wanted to take pictures and bring my baby out … I was way too excited!"

Federer also said he was "nervous" about returning Williams' serve. "People talk about her serve so much, and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can't read it."

After Williams said she could not read his serve either, Federer said that they share the same qualities but was just glad that he got the win in the end. He even thanked Williams for "missing the ball."

"Your serving, especially the last serve at 3-3, I'm like 'I've got to win this point,' but it's Serena Williams! I was telling myself, 'This is maybe what I've always wanted, a big time moment like this.' And I made the serve, but I actually totally missed the target, so thank you for missing the ball! But it was great fun, and a great champion and you see how focused and determined she is, and I love that about her."

Williams finished the interview by hailing Federer as "the greatest of all time."

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She said: "The guy is great, he's the greatest of all time to be honest. Both on the court and off the court. He has such charisma and is a wonderful player.

"I'm trying to narrow it down, I don't know if this is the right thing to say but I think his serve is super underestimated, he has a killer serve, you can't read it, and there's a reason why he's the greatest as you can't be that great and not have such an awesome weapon like that serve," she added. "I watched him all the time but I never knew how amazing it was. It was really cool, hopefully I can get some tips later on. It was really impressive."

Watch the interview in its entirety right here:

After the interview, they even posed for a selfie.

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