Roger Federer Differentiates Men and Women in Tennis

Roger Federer and Cameron Norrie shake hands at the net

The match has been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men's world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets.

It was the first time the stars had ever gone head-to-head, with Federer and Swiss partner Belinda Bencic beating United States pair Williams and Frances Tiafoe in straight sets in their Group B clash.

"It was great, great fun". What a pleasure. What an honour. "We just have the huge advantage with the serve, with the return, with the athletic ability", says Roger Federer. "I used to practice with some women's players, when I was younger, you know, when I was maybe 15 and I was at the national tennis center and I used to play sets with the pro-women", said Roger Federer. "It's an awesome story unto itself - and then she became one of the greatest, if not the greatest tennis player of all time".

"In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration".

"People talk about her serve so much and I see why - it is such a wonderful serve because you just can't read it, you don't see until the very end".

Williams then overcame a case of the first-set wobbles to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 success over Belinda Bencic, levelling the tie. "This is super cool that we get to do it at such a pinnacle point of our careers", Williams said.

The meeting between the pair not only showed two all-time greats on court together for the first time, it also showed the respect and camaraderie they both had for each other. I think his serve is super-underestimated.

"I really can not imagine how".

As a result of the win, Switzerland progress through to the final on Saturday, while the U.S. will next take on Great Britain. You can't read it. A flustered Bencic slammed her racket on the court as the match leveled and she never seriously threatened in the decider.

Serena Williams reacts during a match against her sister Venus, on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, December 27, 2018.

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