Federer signals intent with rout of Gasquet

 06 Jan 2017 - 22:25


Perth: Roger Federer overwhelmed Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-4 in under an hour at the Hopman Cup yesterday to signal his return to form following a long injury layoff.
Returning this week after six months out of action, the Swiss 17-times grand slam champion beat Briton Dan Evans before suffering a three-set loss to German teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed team event in Perth, Australia.
Federer's 58-minute masterclass against Frenchman Gasquet in front of more than 13,000 spectators, however, should reassure his fans ahead of the year's first grand slam at Melbourne Park later this month.
"It was completely different to the previous two (matches)," the 35-year-old said after putting Switzerland 1-0 up against France at the Perth Arena.
"Every opponent makes your life difficult in a different way, trying to make it as hard as possible."
"Today was great, I had many more swings on the ball...had a bit more time."
The former world number one has slipped to 16th in the rankings but was happy with his form against Gasquet who is 18th on the list.