Hopman Cup 2017: Roger Federer cruises through opening match as Switzerland beats Great Britain


Roger Federer plays against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Roger Federer plays against Great Britain’s Dan Evans. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

ROGER Federer’s opening Hopman Cup match started and finished exactly as expected.

The world number three served up an ace to Great Britain’s Dan Evans to win the first point, before going on to win the match 6-3 6-4 with two match points to spare.

Switzerland secured the tie against Great Britain with world number 16 Belinda Bencic beating Heather Watson 7-5 3-6 6-2

A record 13,600 Hopman Cup crowd gave Federer a standing ovation as he entered Perth Arena for his singles match.

“The welcome was extra special, I was more emotional than I thought I would be,” Federer said.

The 34-year-old is returning from six months off the court after injuring his knee while filling up a bath for his children.

“It felt good putting the match shirt back on,” Federer said.

He said serving out a match was one of the things he had missed about the game.

Federer won the Hopman Cup for Switzerland in 2001 and 2002 – and in his 15-year absence from Perth has won 17 grand slams and had four children.