17th Seed Roger Federer Makes Winning Comeback in Australian Open
Returning to tennis after six months, Federer beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game on Monday as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round.
The 35-year-old Swiss had to battle hard throughout the two-hour, six minute contest and only really eased clear of his dogged opponent when the Austrian tired in the final set.
Federer returned after his prolonged absence to nurse a knee injury and made 36 unforced errors but there were also plenty of reminders of the brilliant skills that have won him 17 grand slam titles, including four at Melbourne Park.
Seeded 17th, Federer has much tougher battles ahead if he makes it through to the second week of the tournament but will next pit his skills against American qualifier Noah Rubin.
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