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Flawless Federer begins with a win

30 December 2018, by Hopman Cup

Roger Federer has started his Mastercard Hopman Cup campaign in perfect fashion, brushing past world No.91 Cameron Norrie 6-1 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but was near perfect from that point on as he wrapped up the contest in 57 minutes.

Norrie rarely challenged the 20-time Grand Slam winner, with Federer’s win giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Great Britain ahead of Belinda Bencic’s clash with Katie Boulter.

Federer has won the past two Australian Opens, and his early-season form suggests he will again be the one to beat in the first major of 2019.

“It was very good. I came out of the blocks quick. I wasn’t missing any rhythm,” Federer said after his win over world No.91 Norrie

“I’m happy in all aspects of my game that things were working – foot work, offensive play, serve, return – it was all there. It was a great match for me.”

Although thrilled with his first-up performance, Federer doesn’t want to get too carried away just yet.

“It’s still early days, but I feel like I’ve played some sets and points in practice, so you kind of know where you are,” Federer said.

“I guess what you’re seeking here is confirmation to see is everything there that you thought there was, or is there any fixing still to be done in the coming weeks. We are still learning.”

Bencic and Federer are the defending Hopman Cup champions.

Federer will take on American Frances Tiafoe and Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas during his other singles ties at the mixed-teams event.

And the 37-year-old is looking forward to the mixed doubles clash with the US, where he will face off against 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams.

Federer faced three break points in his first service game, but kept his cool to race out to a 5-0 lead.

Norrie rarely challenged the world No.3, with Federer’s win giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Great Britain ahead of Belinda Bencic’s clash with Katie Boulter.

Bencic and Federer are the defending champions.

Federer will take on American Frances Tiafoe and Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas during his other singles ties at the mixed-teams event.

Norrie entered his clash with Federer riding a wave of confidence after beating world No.15 Tsitsipas in straight sets a day earlier.

Leading into his clash with Federer, Norrie described it as a boyhood dream to face the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

While the dream quickly unravelled, the Brit will take valuable experience from another memorable match-up in his debut Mastercard Hopman Cup appearance.