Playing his first match since Wimbledon, Roger Federer was in good form beating Brit Dan Evans 6-2, 6-3 in his opening match at the Hopman Cup team exo event.
“For three or four weeks now I’ve stopped thinking of it, because I don’t have any reactions anymore,” Federer said of the left knee. “I don’t have any pain. It’s been nice that I was able to get rid of that early.”
Federer admitted to feeling some emotion in finally returning to tennis after the longest layoff of his career.
“I was actually quite emotional. When I walked down, I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is better than I thought it would be’” Federer said.
“It felt good putting the match shirt back on, and serving first, and then trying to serve it out at the end.
“They’re the moments I miss the most, even though those are the ones that make you nervous.
“That’s what you play tennis for. I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low.”
Federer and his Swiss team is back in action Wednesday night in Perth against Germany and Alexander Zverev.
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