Roger Federer and Serena Williams are two of the biggest names in global tennis, dominating their respective niches. And now, in what could be a rare change, both get to show off their skills with their respective partners at the Hopman Cup.

Both tennis icons will have their own respective partners in the mixed doubles match pitting Switzerland against the United States. Federer will be teaming up with Belinda Bencic, while Williams tandem with Frances Tiafoe in perhaps one of the most anticipated matches in the tournament's three-decade history, the Associated Press reported.

For now, Federer seems to be more interested in getting a taste of Williams' powerful serve. His wish will be granted when both sides meet in what has been branded as one of the most anticipated matches that will certainly kick off the New Year with a bang.

"I admire everything [Williams] has done both on and off the court," Federer said. "I have always thought how is it to return that serve and go head-to-head with her."

The rare match has unsurprisingly generated so much interest that tickets for the showpiece encounter have already been sold out. And Federer hopes that fans get their money's worth since this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"It's very exciting for us. I hope tennis fans tune in and watch it because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this type of competition," Federer said.

As far as the Swiss tennis player is concerned, coming off a rousing and effortless win over Cameron Norrie has somehow allowed him to get a feel of the playing field. It, however, remains to be seen if he can unfurl the same performance in doubles competition.

The last time two tennis greats took the floor was way back in 1973. This was the time when Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a singles exhibition match.

Like Federer, Williams is likewise excited for the match, adding that she is looking forward to getting a picture with the ATP world no. 3 in singles tennis for her Instagram page, reported.

The WTA world no. 1 said that both of them share the same passion for the sport, but she mentioned to Tennis World USA that Federer holds something in his style that she does not have.

"Well, I don't have a one-handed backhand, and he does," said Williams.

Williams will be playing in Australia for the first time since winning the 2017 Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.