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Roger Federer's return from injury - Hopman Cup live updates, Federer vs Dan Evans

In his first match in 6 months, Roger Federer will play Great Britain's Dan Evans at the Hopman Cup.
Updated: 02 January 2017 16:05 IST - Published: 02 January 2017 14:51 IST
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Roger Federer wins the match 6-3, 6-4 !
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Game, set, match Roger Federer! 
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And it's match point for Roger Federer! 
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Evans has mounted some sort of fight back to Federer but the Swiss is on-point with his challenges today! 
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That was a beautiful return from Dan Evans. Absolutely scrambling to get that shot, Evans ends a rally as he gets that one completely past Federer. He's trailing 3-4 in the second set now.
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It's 3- 2 Roger Federer, with the Swiss taking an early break of serve this set. Dan Evans is thwacking some forehands Federer's way but sends a fast one long. 
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And that's how you know Federer is in form! The Swiss leaps into the air and wins the point with a fabulous jump smash! 
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Federer leads 2-0 in the second set.
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And he breaks early on in the second. That lightning fast forehand is back again and Federer can't go wrong with placement today!
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And Federer breaks yet again! He wins the first set 6-3! 
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For all his prowess, Roger Federer has committed 10 unforced errors already, to Evans' 8.  There have been some close shots today from both players.
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What a game! Some really close shots there as Federer has an eagle eye on Evans' shots. A strong effort by the Briton here too, but it's Federer who builds on that break to take a 5-2 lead. Can he break again for the set?
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Roger Federer 4-2 Dan Evans
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And Roger Federer breaks! He takes a 4-2 lead in the first set.
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A few slip-ups from Federer have seen him miss some vital shots, but an absolutely stunning frehand slice gives him the lead - and break point! 
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After a bit of back-and-forth, Dan Evans fires an excellent forehand to the left of Federer. The Swiss doesn't make it, and Evans seals the game - and levels the scoreline.
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As Evans takes scores to deuce, another speedy forehand from Federer gives him the advantage and a second break point.
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Federer runs to break point with superb agility. An interesting - and wrong call by the chair umpire that gives the game to Federer is overturned.
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The beginnings of a speedy rally between the two are quickly ended as Dan Evans runs towards the net to make that shot and nets it.
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An uncharacteristic flub from Federer sees his shot go long, but no nerves from the Swiss just yet!
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And Federer returns the favour with a hold to love! 
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And Dan Evans holds that game to love! Scorelines are now level at 1 game all as Federer takes serve yet again.
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Evans is now on serve and racing to make shots as he moves quickly from baseline to net. That's some great shot placement from the Englishman, and it's a hair's width from the line. 
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And it's game Federer in under two minutes! Clinical stuff. 
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And straightaway he starts off with an ace. A flying start from the Swiss here! 
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The legend is warming up on court right now - and hoping to win this! 
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This time, Federer will play with Singles ace and former Women's top 10 Belinda Bencic.
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It's Roger Federer's first Hopman Cup appearance in 16 years! The last time the Swiss was here, he was partnered by Martina Hingis.
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It's time for the toss! Who will serve first?
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Federer last played Evans at the Round of 32 at Wimbledon in 2016, winning in straight sets - 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 
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Federer, who is currently 16th in the ATP rankings, will take on the 66th-ranked Dan Evans today.
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The stadium is packed to the, er, Rafters. 
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It's time! The man himself walks out onto court to thunderous applause.