Roger Federer will officially return to tennis Monday night in Melbourne when the 4-time champion takes on fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Australian Open.
Federer, who went 2-1 at the Hopman Cup exo, hasn’t played an official tour match since July against Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semifinals. Since then, the Swiss has got his left knee back in shape and is ready to go in Melbourne.
A potential Federer quarterfinal foe is world No. 1 Andy Murray who opens against Ilya Marchenko. Murray has been runner-up five times in Melbourne.
Former champion Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the Aussie bad boy duo of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are also on a loaded schedule.
In the women’s draw, world No. 1 Angelique Kerber begins her title defense against Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko. Kerber and Murray could both lose No. 1 this week.
Venus Williams is also back for a 17th Australian Open. Simona Halep, French Open champ Garbine Muguruza and Eugenie Bouchard also are scheduled.
MONDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena – 11:00 AM
HALEP, Simona (ROU)  vs ROGERS, Shelby (USA)
KOZLOVA, Kateryna (UKR) vs WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) 
MURRAY, Andy (GBR)  vs MARCHENKO, Illya (UKR)
KERBER, Angelique (GER)  vs TSURENKO, Lesia (UKR)
MELZER, Jurgen (AUT) vs FEDERER, Roger (SUI) 
Margaret Court Arena – 11:00 AM
ERAKOVIC, Marina (NZL) vs MUGURUZA, Garbiñe (ESP) 
TOMIC, Bernard (AUS)  vs BELLUCCI, Thomaz (BRA)
VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA) vs VINCI, Roberta (ITA) 
4 MS117 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI)  vs KLIZAN, Martin (SVK)
CHIRICO, Louisa (USA) vs BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN)
Hisense Arena – 11:00 AM
KUZNETSOV, Andrey (RUS) vs NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN) 
BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS) vs BECK, Annika (GER)
DUQUE-MARIÑO, Mariana (COL) vs KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS) 
Not Before 6:30 PM
ELIAS, Gastao (POR) vs KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) 
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