The latest edition of the Hopman Cup came in 2019, and Roger Federer was among the players to beat. The Swiss claimed all four individual victories, including a dominant 6-4, 6-2 over no. 4, Alexander Zverev, in one hour and nine minutes into the final.
Roger took over in the final stages of the first set and walked to the finish line to deliver the first point for his country in their quest to defend the title at the RAC Arena in Perth. Federer lost ten points on serve and dominated the opponent's serve with a blocking return that proved efficient on both the first and second serves.
Roger covered the court beautifully, mixing his shots and outscoring the opponent in every aspect for a quick victory before the women's singles match between Belinda Bencic and Angelique Kerber. The Swiss never faced a break point and converted three of the five return opportunities, enough to control the score and cross the finish line in no time.
"It seems to be working well for me. I feel good and I am playing very well; I am having fun. I think people here in Perth and Australia know how much this place means to me, so it's a huge thrill, I can't thank you guys enough.
Alexander had a wonderful finale to the previous season, beating me and Novak Djokovic consecutively in the semi-finals and the final of the ATP Finals in London. It was a great effort for him at the event when only the best are left; He will prepare him very well for this season, and I'm sure he enjoyed the offseason from him; It's always a great feeling to go on vacation with that title.
Today was a good game for me, without a doubt. I think I served well. Conditions are fast, so I think when you play a good service and volley game like I did today, it will always be difficult for any opponent."
Federer has no plans to retire
Everyone has been missing the presence of Roger Federer on the court this season.
The 40-year-old has been seen in his latest video for Rimowa. The tennis legend looks absolutely dashing in the video. The concept of the ad revolves around how traveling has changed for everyone now. Fans can hear Roger saying that we have all been racing towards destinations but sometimes slowing down can take us further.
As injuries have taken their toll on him, Federer has been away from the action, but he has no plans to retire. The 20-time grand slam champion has certainly defied all odds by playing at the top level at this age. He has been performing better than the youngsters, which is quite commendable for someone who has 4 kids and reached the age of 40.