Roger Federer’s Return Headlines Day 1 At The Australian Open; No. 1s Murray, Kerber On Court
by Staff | January 15th, 2017, 12:45 am

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.

Rod Laver Arena – 11:00 AM
HALEP, Simona (ROU) [4] vs ROGERS, Shelby (USA)
KOZLOVA, Kateryna (UKR) vs WILLIAMS, Venus (USA) [13]
MURRAY, Andy (GBR) [1] vs MARCHENKO, Illya (UKR)
7:00 PM
KERBER, Angelique (GER) [1] vs TSURENKO, Lesia (UKR)
MELZER, Jurgen (AUT) vs FEDERER, Roger (SUI) [17]

Margaret Court Arena – 11:00 AM
ERAKOVIC, Marina (NZL) vs MUGURUZA, Garbiñe (ESP) [7]
TOMIC, Bernard (AUS) [27] vs BELLUCCI, Thomaz (BRA)
VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA) vs VINCI, Roberta (ITA) [15]
7:00 PM
4 MS117 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI) [4] vs KLIZAN, Martin (SVK)
CHIRICO, Louisa (USA) vs BOUCHARD, Eugenie (CAN)

Hisense Arena – 11:00 AM
BARTY, Ashleigh (AUS) vs BECK, Annika (GER)
DUQUE-MARIÑO, Mariana (COL) vs KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS) [8]
Not Before 6:30 PM
ELIAS, Gastao (POR) vs KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) [14]

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25 Comments for Roger Federer’s Return Headlines Day 1 At The Australian Open; No. 1s Murray, Kerber On Court

RZ Says:

Just a few hours left tobenter the racket bracket! Entries close at 7pm U.S. Eastern Time. Don’t be a slacker like me!

lakie Says:

Fed’s presence is always big news, no matter what his ranking. GOAT!

BBB Says:

And my first reach for the mute button to drown out Patrick McEnroe! The Australian Open has officially begun.

AndyMira Says:

@M…I hope you’re not passed out when our Andy squandered an early lead but thank God,he’s not squandered the set..

PS…You must be glad to see his ‘another’ conservative outfit…white/black/blue black/blue/grey/dull green?

PS2]…Well,what can i expect as long as YOU’RE the UA fashion designer!..

RZ Says:

The 2017 Aussie Open is only a few hours old and I already seem to be relegated to last place in both the ATP and WTA brackets.

AndyMira Says:


PS..YAY!!!Andy is through to 2nd round!

Van Persie Says:


For the first time I am leading in the ATP bracket ;)…let’s see how long it will last :D
BTW, I am Ariadna.

AndyMira Says:

D@#$ Pouille!He played like an alien when he defeat Rafa at USO last year,but when i picked him for my bracket,he has the nerve to lose early!Well,i never!!

Willow Says:

Its great to have Federer back, not so great listening to the over the top fawning from Annabelle Croft everytime before he plays ….

skeezer Says:

Fed gets through the first rd, good on him. I laugh at the mocking attempt by the Church who says Fed gets coddled by playing qualies this year. Jealosy continues. Jurgen was a former #8 in the world and a seasoned vet. Great start Maestro!

BBB Says:

Melzer was a tough draw and not your average qualifier. Siegemund drew Jankovic – ouch.

RZ Says:

@Van Persie – thanks for playing again and good luck to you! Even though you are in the lead and I am tied for last place, we have a lot of the same picks for later rounds. I just hope we are both wrong in picking Novak to beat Andy in the final. :-)

J-Kath Says:

Jane @ 3.09pm

GIG analytics – Thanks Jane – Is it a mixed blessing re. Andy being the “hardest workhorse”? While Novak is the 2nd….he wins the most but doesn’t have to work as hard. Still very thought provoking.

Van Persie Says:


Haha. I still consider Andy the favourite, but…I just could not pick him. Would have felt very guilty :D. also hope, it was the good choice.;)

P.S. Am sure that everything will be back to normal tomorrow and I will lose the Nr. 1 ranking :)

madmax Says:

BBB Says:
Melzer was a tough draw and not your average qualifier. Siegemund drew Jankovic – ouch.

January 16th, 2017 at 10:45 am

BBB not sure whether you are being sarcastic or not…but you speak the truth. Firstly, a lefty (say no more), he was ranked number 8 less than 5 years ago and is always a contender. I have seen him play too and on court, he is fabulous to watch.

Pleased that Roger found his footing and his incredible talent failed him not.

Allez Roger!

RZ Says:

@AM – Obviously I am disappointed too. It is obviously frustrating. I mean, obviously I would like to do better with my picks but obviously I made some bad choices in the first round. :-)

AndyMira Says:

@RZ…What are you talking about girl??…coz OBVIOUSLY your position is in the middle of the Bracket and not at the 2nd from bottom like AM17…OBVIOUSLY i have to go to WTA school to learn more about the art of ‘picking’…OBVIOUSLY….I’M BAD!!!


BBB Says:

Not being sarcastic at all. Melzer is serious, and I wouldn’t want to meet him in the first round if I were a top-tier player.

I don’t like Federer, but I do try to call it like I see it and not view everything through a biased prism….

Daniel Says:

Couldn’t watch Fed’s return, glad he won. Hope the Berdych contest third round happens. Therese can truly gauge how his game is at, specially since Berdych also seems on a way down.

Will catch some highlights.

rognadfan Says:

Was a tough encounter for Roger, definitely not an unheralded qualifier. Given that fact that it was Roger’s first real match in a while, it’s commendable how he took care of Melzer, a crafty veteran with a solid game + a lefty is always tricky to play against.
Watched only parts of the game but it was typical comeback match for Federer, I thought. A lot of misses from base line, especially the BH side was sailing long too often. Not sure, if it’s going to be his general strategy throughout the tournament but I though he was playing a lot of slices that in the recent past. To me, that’s definitely a good strategy even with the top guys, hit short, low slices and draw to the net. That was not happening a lot last night though.

skeezer Says:

“The 64 players contesting second-round matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday have won a total of 36 Grand Slam singles titles. One guy, however, has nearly half of them.”

sinha71 Says:

I know! And five of those 17 came when the Big Four had matured!

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