Federer off to winning start in Perth
World number three Roger Federer outplayed Briton Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 to secure a winning start for defending champions Switzerland at the Hopman Cup yesterday.
Gearing up for his Australian Open title defence, Federer overcame three break points in his opening service game before rediscovering his rhythm to race out to a 5-0 lead.
With 18 winners and four aces, Federer wrapped up the
opening set in 31 minutes. Norrie struggled to match Federer’s crisp stroke-making as the Swiss gave his team a 1-0 lead.
Federer’s playing partner Belinda Bencic beat Katie Boulter 6-2 7-6(0) in the women’s contest to clinch Switzerland’s victory in the round-robin stage.
The 37-year-old Federer has won the last two Australian Open titles after taking part in the mixed-teams tournament in Perth.