Federer made an early statement in dismantling Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour in the men’s singles. AFP / TONY ASHBY
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Roger Federer made an almost flawless start to his Australian Open preparation with a superb straight-sets win over Cameron Norrie as defending champions Switzerland beat Britain in the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth Sunday. Federer, who has won the past two Australian Opens off opening his season in Perth, made an early statement in dismantling Norrie 6-1, 6-1 in under an hour in the men's singles, before Belinda Bencic secured the tie for the Swiss with a 6-2, 7-6 (0) win over Katie Boulter.The top 10 pair, beaten in the Hopman final by Federer and Bencic in January, were too good in their singles matches against Spain's Garbine Muguruza and David Ferrer.Zverev started well against Ferrer and cruised through the first set, but then grew increasingly frustrated with his own game as the determined Spaniard fought back, breaking the German's serve with a sublime forehand passing shot in the 10th game to claim the second set.
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