Roger Federer 2017 Hopman Cup Perth Australia

Federer Cruises in Return From Injury

Returning from his knee injury in 2016, Roger Federer cruised to victory in his first match of 2017, defeating Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 in singles at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. A crowd of 13,684 turned out for Federer’s return, a record attendance. The Swiss maestro was quick to defeat the Brit, needing just 61 minutes. Belinda Bencic defeated Heather Watson 7-5 3-6 6-2 in women’s singles. Federer and Bencic teamed up to defeat Evans and Watson in mixed doubles, in the new Fast4 format, 4-0 4-1 for a 3-0 victory overall.

The 17-time grand slam champion was overcome with emotion when he received a standing ovation from the Perth Arena crowd as he made his way to the court.

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After his singles match, the 35-year-old Swiss gave an on-court post-match interview. “I’d like to live it again. I’m a little bit sad it’s over, because it was so nice out there,” Federer said.

“I was actually quite emotional. When I walked down, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is better than I thought it would be’.

“It felt good putting the match shirt back on, and serving first, and then trying to serve it out at the end.”

“They’re the moments I miss the most, even though those are the ones that make you nervous.”

“That’s what you play tennis for. I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low.”

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Afterward Federer cited his hope to play for 2 or 3 more years, adding that he was not troubled by his knee one bit Monday night.

“For three or four weeks now I’ve stopped thinking of it, because I don’t have any reactions anymore,” Federer said. “I don’t have any pain. It’s been nice that I was able to get rid of that early.”

Source: Hopman Cup
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