Roger Federer looked in great shape as he began his season with a comfortable victory over Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup.
The Swiss star recorded a 6-1 6-1 win in Perth as he started his preparations for the defence of his Australian Open title.
Now aged 37, it is 20 years since Federer made his first attempt to qualify for the Australian Open and he has participated in the main draw every year since suffering defeat in the first round of qualifying way back in 1999.
His visits to Melbourne for the year’s opening Grand Slam event have produced six titles, including each of the last two years, while he has failed to reach the last four only once since winning the title for the first time in 2004.
In order to lift the trophy for a seventh time he will need to take his tally of career wins at the Australian Open beyond 100 – he currently boasts a record of 94 wins and 13 defeats. The veteran is a best price of 6/1* with William Hill and Betfred.
Novak Djokovic, himself a six-time Australian Open winner, is the market leader at odds of 5/4* across the board.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|