ROGER Federer has got Switzerland off to a winning start in the Hopman Cup final at Perth Arena tonight beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in three sets.
But it wasn’t easy for the world number 2 who dropped his first set of the tournament.
The second game of the first set went to deuce five times before Zverev closed the game.
Neither player dropped serve in the set that Zverev eventually won in a tie breaker.
The German’s momentum dropped in the next two sets with Zverev even receiving a code violation from the chair umpire for throwing his racquet after losing a game to be down 0-3.
Federer won the next two sets 6-0 6-2 leaving him in a good position to win his first Hopman Cup for Switzerland since partnering with Martina Hingis in 2001.
After the match, Federer said he was surprised he won the last two sets so easily after the tie breaker.
“I didn’t expect to have so many looks in with Zverev’s serve,” he said.
“I think I did very well.”
Federer showed a rare moment of frustration after missing a shot, hitting a ball in to the roof of the arena.
“I just couldn’t believe I missed the volley, I could have finished the point,” he said.
Federer said winning all four of his matches at the Hopman Cup just proved he had a good preseason.
“The most important thing is I’ve come through this week injury free,” he said.