Swiss legend Roger Federer defeated Britain’s Daniel Evans in straight sets in his comeback match at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.
The former world number one, who has not played since Wimbledon last year due to being forced to take time off to recover from injuries, defeated Evans 6-3, 6-4 in just over an hour which was a comfortable win for the 35-year-old.
"I was quite emotional when I walked on to be honest. It was better than I thought it was going to be"
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Evans, to his credit, did put up a fight at times but was generally outclassed with Federer's all-round game from the back and front of the court on both wings working well.
The forehand was working very well and he gave somewhat of a volleying master class which his opponent had no answer to as he charged the net throughout.
In the first set, things went with serve until the sixth game where Federer broke serve and went on to serve out the set winning it 6-3.
The second set started badly for Evans when he dropped serve and from there on Federer never looked back claiming the set and match 6-4.
Belinda Bencic then saw off the challenge of Heather Watson 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to seal a 2-0 victory for the Swiss.
In an interview courtside afterwards, Federer said it was special to be back playing again and he looked forward to the week ahead.
“It’s special to be back. I’m looking forward to the week of course. Did I think about retiring? I got hurt filling up a bath for my children. It was not the way I wanted to leave the game,” Federer said.
“After Wimbledon, I had to pull the plug and take some time out from the game. I had a great time, though, I got to spend time with family and friends and my parents. Eventually, you miss tennis though and you can’t be happier playing again and getting that kind of a welcome.
When asked about winning another slam, he added: “Winning another slam? I get asked it a lot, but I can handle that. It would be nice to win another win – I’d even take two, three or four – but it’s tough at the top. There are a lot of good guys up there at the top and a lot of young guys coming up too. The gap is not that big so we’ll see.
“It would be amazing if me and Belinda [Bencic] could win the Hopman Cup so we’ll give it our best,” he added.
Elsewhere, experience paid off as Richard Gasquet overcame young star Alexander Zverev, before a mixed doubles victory with Kristina Mladenovic secured France’s 2-1 win over Germany.