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Federer overruns Melzer in Australia

January 17, 2017

Roger Federer’s Grand Slam comeback saw him drop a set but progress past Jurgen Melzer to the second round of the Australian Open, 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Federer had not played a Grand Slam since his semi-final defeat at Wimbledon against Milos Raonic due to injury but returned to winning ways on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

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The 17-time Grand Slam winner, and 17th seed at the Australian Open, dropped the second set to Melzer but came back strongly.

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.

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