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.