Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Yuichi Sugita of Japan during their second session men's singles match on day one of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth on December 30, 2017. AFP / TONY ASHBY
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Roger Federer dismissed Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-3 in just over an hour on Saturday to give Switzerland a winning start at the Hopman Cup and send out a signal to his opponents ahead of next month's Australian Open.Coming off a fruitful year which yielded two grand slam titles, world number two Federer looked fit and sharp while other members of tennis's 'Big Four' are grappling with injury issues.Federer hurried to save a break point in his first game but otherwise did not have any trouble against the 29-year-old Sugita, whom he broke in the fifth game, and there was no looking back from there.
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