Rosset marks his return

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Mark Rosset underlined his return to tennis after an operation by securing victory for Switzerland on the opening day of the Hopman Cup mixed team tournament in Perth, Australia.

Rosset beat Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 6-3 in the second singles match, as Switzerland comfortably overcame Australia 2-1 in their Group B round- robin game. He broke Philippoussis's serve twice, in the fifth and ninth games, and so shocked the Australian that the first set lasted just 28 minutes.

"I didn't get my serve working today, and my game revolves around it," said Philippoussis, whose world ranking has risen from from 272 to 32 over the past 12 months. "I just didn't have the timing."

In the first match, Martina Hingis put the Swiss ahead by beating Nicole Bradtke 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 and Rosset then clinched their win before the Australians scored a consolation doubles victory as Philippoussis and Bradtke beat Rosset and Hingis 7-5, 6-1.

The ever-improving Hingis lost the first set in a tie-break, but bounced back with venom to win the next two with ease as a tiring Bradtke committed too many unforced errors. The 16-year-old Hingis's ground strokes were the highlight of her performance as she played a waiting game from the baseline.

Rosset, playing his first tournament after a two-week break following a throat operation, arrived in Australia only 11 hours before his opening match, having missed a flight connection due to snow in Switzerland.

"Physically and mentally I felt OK. I will be tired this afternoon. Playing in the morning was the best thing for me," Rosset said.

"I arrived pretty late, so I decided to just enjoy myself. Then, once I got into the atmosphere, I really wanted to win. I concentrated very hard and played my match to win."