Roger Federer ended his over 5-month long hiatus from tennis on Jan 2nd, 2017 when he stepped onto the court against Dan Evans in Perth Arena for Switzerland’s tie against Great Britain in the Hopman Cup. And, he played impressively in his comeback match winning it with the score of 6-3, 6-4.
Grand reception in Perth Arena
The crowd rose up to its feet in anticipation of the entry of Swiss maestro Roger Federer into the stadium. His fans had long been craving to see him glide on the court again. They had been waiting for this since July of 2016. All wanted to see in what shape Federer would appear to be while he plays the first few games of his match.
How Federer’s attacking tennis baffled Dan Evans
Roger served the first game of the match. He hit an ace on the first point. He looked sharp. The Briton managed to hold his first 2 service games but got broken while serving at 2-3. Federer showed some aggressive tennis in that return game with good execution. He was challenged on serve in the very next game. Dan Evans had produced 2 breakpoints at 15-40 but could not effect a break. Federer showed grit to hold serve. He would soon be serving for the first set at 5-3. And, he finished the game to take the first set with a 6-3 score.
Federer was aggressive right from the start of the second set. Dan Evans was to serve first. Federer made some great returns of Evans’ serves in that game. Evans couldn’t really keep up and had his serve broken. In the following game, Federer won two points with overhead smashes. He won 3 net points in that game. He won that game with ease and the score was 0-2 with Evans’ to serve. In the next game, Federer produced 3 gorgeous winners from the baseline but could not break Evans’ serve. In the 4th game, Federer hit a glamorous dunk-smash. Evans had no answer to Federer’s effective net game. In the 7th game, Federer came up with a delicate forehand pass to leave Evans frustrated at the net. In the 10th game of the set, Federer served for the match comfortably by winning that game to love. He won the match with the score of 6-3, 6-4.
Federer played sublime tennis overall. He could not have asked for more in his comeback match.
Quoting Federer’s words after the match
Federer was upbeat about his performance. He said, “I thought for a first match it was great, because my expectations were obviously quite low.”
Federer is really emotional about his comeback match. He felt it when he was out there. He received a grand reception in Perth Arena and did not disappoint the crowd at all. He said,” I’d like to live it again. I’m a little bit sad it’s over, because it was so nice out there.” “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 wants to add to his tally of 17 slam wins. He expressed, “After all these years, it would be nice to win another one — of course I’d even take two or three or four,” “We’ll see. It’s tough at the top. A lot of good guys out there right now. I’ll give it a chance, and see what happens.”
Federer hinted that the pain in his knee has totally subsided. He said, “”I don’t have any pain,” “It’s been nice that I was able to get rid of that early.”
To sum it up
Federer put up a display of aggressive tennis that looked great. He intent was clear. He approached the net on many points in his service games. His movement looked good enough to enable him to execute his game. We saw everything from Federer; we saw baseline winners, chip and charge while in the rally, good service returns, great net points conversion and dunk-smash. All departments of his game will gradually improve with every match. He needs to land more of his first serves in than he did in this match. His movement will soon be much better. His stamina will take some time to reach their best levels which is vital for his success against better players. After all, he has been away from the grueling life of a tennis player for 5 months and needs to give his body time to be in its best form again. He plays Alexander Zverev tomorrow in the Switzerland vs Germany Group A tie. Dan Evans couldn’t really find a way to offer any real contention in the match but Zverev is more capable of doing that. This match will test Roger and will let us know more about where he stands at the moment.
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