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Federer lauds Hingis influence after Hopman win

PERTH: Roger Federer paid tribute to the influence of countrywoman and former Hopman Cup team-mate Martina Hingis on his career after guiding Switzerland to their third success in the mixed teams tournament in Perth on Saturday. Federer looked primed for his Australian Open title defence when he came from a set down to beat world number four Alexander Zverev in the men's singles, before Angelique Kerber accounted for Belinda Bencic in straight sets to level the tie against Germany. The Swiss duo then claimed the…

Federer makes smooth return to action in Hopman Cup

PERTH: Roger Federer showed no signs of rust in his first competitive match for six months when he outclassed Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 at the Hopman Cup on Monday. The 17-times grand slam winner underwent knee surgery in February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Federer walked out to a standing ovation from more than 13,500 fans at the Perth Arena and breezed to an easy win over Evans, putting…

Federer expects injury layoff to prolong playing career

MUMBAI: Roger Federer believes his six-month absence due to a knee injury could help prolong his playing career, with the 17-times grand slam winner saying he has enjoyed the break. The 35-year-old Swiss had surgery on his left knee in February and, after missing the French Open with a back injury, announced in July that he needed extensive rehabilitation and would be sidelined for the rest of the season. Federer returns to action at the Hopman Cup, starting on Jan. 1, which he will play in for the first time since he…