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Federer returns from injury in hot form

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/01/2017 Justin Chadwick

Swiss star Roger Federer has made an effortless return from injury, comfortably beating Great Britain's Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 in Monday night's Hopman Cup clash at Perth Arena.

Federer entered the match thinking he might be a tad rusty after spending the previous six months sidelined with a knee injury.

But the 17-time grand slam winner cracked a series of stunning winners to secure the victory in just 61 minutes.

The triumph gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead in the tie ahead of Belinda Bencic's clash with Great Britain's Heather Watson.

Federer first injured his left knee while preparing a bath for his twin daughters early last year.

He reluctantly underwent surgery, and then took a six-month break from the ATP tour after Wimbledon in order to heal the injury completely.

Federer didn't look hindered one bit in his opening tie at the Hopman Cup, even leaping high into the air to smash a winner in the second set.

Although Federer unleashed the occasional shank, he also produced a series of stunning winners.

He also produced his trademark class, offering some kind words to a lineswoman after she got struck in the head by an Evans ace.

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