Wednesday 19 December 2018

Federer returns to action

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Roger Federer marked his long-awaited comeback from injury with a confident straight-sets victory over Dan Evans to help Switzerland defeat Great Britain in their Hopman Cup opener.

The 35-year-old Federer, representing his nation in the mixed team event that he first won back in 2001, needed only one hour and three minutes to dispatch Evans 6-3 6-4 in Perth.

Belinda Bencic then secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie for the Swiss with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Heather Watson in the women's singles.

It was Federer's performance that grabbed the attention though, with the 17-time grand slam winner showing little sign of rust despite missing six months of action with knee and back problems.

Federer, who received a standing ovation from spectators at the Perth Arena, said: "I was actually quite emotional. I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low."

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