MELBOURNE, January 16, 2017
Roger Federer made a winning return to the courts, celebrating a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 first round victory at the Australian Open against Austrian veteran Jürgen Melzer. The 35-year-old appeared in his first competitive match in six months after injuring his knee.
“I thought my serve was on and off in the beginning, which surprised me a little bit, because in practice, Hopman Cup, it’s been going pretty well,” Federer told after the two hours and five minutes encounter.
“I think there were definitely some nerves there. I was feeling nervous once the match actually started. I was actually fine all day, warming up, in the warmup five minutes with Jurgen. I felt fine. Then I hit four frames in a row. It was like, Whew, it’s not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I struggled for a while to find that groove, that rhythm and everything. Then you remind yourself how many times has it not been easy in the first round. Almost every time, except you get off a flyer and you keep rolling. But that’s not the whole time. So you got to work. I’m happy I was made to work today. Actually at the end I’m quite happy how I ended, which is most important.”
Federer will next take on Noah Rubin from the Unites States.
“I do not know much about him. I know he’s a baseliner. He makes a lot of shots. I guess it’s not a bad thing for me. I know it’s probably more on my racquet rather than playing a big server. I got to manage any kind of player in this draw to move forward,” Federer stated.
Wawrinka Overcomes Klizan
Fellow Swiss and world number four Stan Wawrinka had to go the distance to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
DAY 1 Highlights:
- No.4 seed Simona Halep crashes out to Shelby Rogers
- Nick Kyrgios takes just 85 minutes to fire past Gastao Elias
- Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori all survive five-set battles
- World No.1’s Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray toil, but move through
- Roger Federer returns to competitive tennis with a win
Official Day/Night Attendance: 72,424
This is a record first Monday Day/Night attendance
Previous attendance record was set at Australian Open 2015: 71,171