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Australian Open 2017 Live Score and Match Updates, Federer wins first set against Melzer

We bring you the biggest news from Day 1! Stay tuned for upsets, matches and more.
Updated: 16 January 2017 19:06 IST - Published: 16 January 2017 08:17 IST
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He had a bit of a blip in the second set, but Roger Federer is through in style at the Australian Open!
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Unfortunately for Melzer, that point ended with an unforced error on his part. After a bit of a shaky start, it's Federer who pulls that back  to win! 
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Match point - and DONE! Roger Federer beats Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
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Now only two points separate Roger Federer and his Round 2 match.
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Scores are at Federer 7-5 3-6 6-2 5-2 Melzer.
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And now a spin-heavy backhand goes to Melzer, who returns it -but just wide!
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Some really special tennis off Federer's racquet today.He goes high for a jumping forehand shot and Melzer doesn't know what to do with it! Game Federer, who leads 4-1 in the second. 
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Federer's bringing out aces like he's playing poker today! After an aggressive push back from Melzer with some great forehand winners, Federer - who has nineteen aces so far - has Melzer's back to the wall. He leads 3-1.

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Three aces from Roger Federer to start off the fourth set. Melzer's left completely flummoxed and swatting in the air for a shot that's already made it to the other end. 
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This has been Federer's best set so far. He now leads 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
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Melzer sends a forehand out wide, Federer's at break, and the agitated Austrian sends it WAY long. Second set Roger Federer, 6-2.
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What a STUNNING down-the-line forehand from Roger Federer. Arguably the best point of the match from Roger Federer, who's leading 5 games to 2. Melzer serves to stay in the set.
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Melzer is trailing a break now, and has just another couple of chances to get back into the set. Do you think he'll do it?
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Federer leads 3-1 in the third set, but it's not been all smooth sailing for the Swiss. A couple of backhands have been a bit sloppy, but he takes it home in the end.
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There's a half-chance for Federer there, and a couple of great shots see the Swiss do quite well. But Klizan hits back with an ace!
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In case you didn't know: Melzer, like Federer is 35 - and had major surgery to his shoulder during the 2015-2016 season. He's recovering nicely!

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Scores are level at 1 game all. Federer combats a good baseline shot from Melzer but sends it unfortunately right into the bottom of the net. Not the placement he was looking for..
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Third set now underway and Federer holds to love for a wonderful start! He's looking athletic as ever, if a bit frustrated.
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A 31-minute second set goes the way of Jurgen Melzer, 6-3. It's not as one-sided as it seems, though, with Federer hitting 5 aces. Not an ideal winners to unforced error ratio for the Swiss though, with 11:13. 
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Jurgen Melzer's taking control and how! Federer's playing a bit uncharacteristically here, netting some uncharacteristic ones.


He rushes the net to attempt the SABR, but Melzer anticipates it and Federer's return goes right into the top of the net.

Melzer leads 5-3.
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News from elsewhere: After a 5-set struggle played over three and a half hours (whew!) Stan Wawrinka beats Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

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The second set is now back on even ground.
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Federer tries a long, heavy combination of shots to get through there, but nets it in the end. Melzer holds for 2-3, and now breaks Federer to level at 3 games all.
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But Federer gets right back on that with a hold of serve. He's looking a bit tense now, but focused.
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