Roger Federer, Belinda Bencic ensure straight-sets victories to make clean sweep of Hopman Cup tie against Britain

Federer, who has won the past two Australian Opens off opening his season in Perth, made an early statement in dismantling Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour in the men's singles, before Belinda Bencic secured the tie

Agence France-Presse December 30, 2018 23:22:01 IST
Roger Federer, Belinda Bencic ensure straight-sets victories to make clean sweep of Hopman Cup tie against Britain

Perth: Roger Federer made an almost flawless start to his Australian Open preparation with a superb straight-sets win over Cameron Norrie as defending champions Switzerland beat Britain in the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth Sunday.

Roger Federer Belinda Bencic ensure straightsets victories to make clean sweep of Hopman Cup tie against Britain

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in action at the Hopman Cup. AP

Federer, who has won the past two Australian Opens off opening his season in Perth, made an early statement in dismantling Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour in the men's singles, before Belinda Bencic secured the tie for the Swiss with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) win over Katie Boulter.

The Swiss won the mixed doubles to complete a clean sweep of the tie.

The 91st-ranked Norrie was coming off an impressive win over world number 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas the previous day, but had no answer to the brilliance of the Swiss maestro, ranked third in the world.

Two breaks of the serve in each set were enough for the 20-time Grand Slam winner to win 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, just over two weeks out from the year's first Grand Slam.

Federer said he'd been in good touch in practice and was pleased to see that form carry through to his first official outing of the new season.

"It was very good, I came out of the blocks quick," he said, adding, "I wasn't missing my rhythm and it was perfect conditions, and I was happy with all aspects of my game. The footwork, the offensive play, serve, return, it was all there, so I think it was a great match for me."

The 37-year-old Federer was unbeaten in singles at the previous Hopman Cup earlier this year, when he teamed with Bencic to win the title.

The four singles matches in Perth were part of a 21-match winning streak to start the year, including a second successive Australian Open title in Melbourne.

 

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