Missing in action from the last Grand Slam while rehabbing his knee, Roger Federer spent some time chasing his kids around the house. It surprised him. He didn't expect to be nervous - for the obvious reasons - but then he was.
He missed his serve, he bladed balls, he was driving himself mad over-thinking every point. He said after the match. I hope I can stick around for a little bit.
"Well, if I didn't think I'd win it, why would I play?" he said.
Fast-forward to 2017 and, it turns out, Federer and Melzer are still getting after it.
In other matches, the ex-champion of this tournament, Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the second round with a close win against Martin Klizan, after an exhausting five sets. I was actually fine all day, warming up, in the warmup five minutes with Jurgen.
"Then I hit four frames in a row".
"I think I struggled for a while to find that groove, that rhythm and everything". Nearly every time, except you get off to a flyer and you keep rolling.
"In general, if you happen to go deep, it gets pretty tiring", he said.
"I'm happy with the more relaxed attitude". Even though logic has long dictated that Federer was on the tail-end of his tennis career (very few play at 35, nobody consistently wins at 35), he had an air of immortality on the court. It was in the 11th game that Federer finally found his missing aggression and kept his errors in check.
"A bit of an unknown here the first round because that's the part of the draw I care most about because of having not been playing". I saw Hamilton and Finding Neverland in NY. "Whether or not he's victorious or walks off not having won a point, it's going to be an wonderful experience for him".
He will have one advantage going into the match, though. I'm happy with how it went. "So I think so".
Roger Federer successfully booked his place in round two of the Australian Open on Monday (16 January). But it was just rust and a effect of thinking he had to concentrate hard on every ball. I played him once, I beat him once. I just admired that kind of performance. I've got to focus.
"Yeah, I can feel it (the knee injury), but I've done everything I can for it", Kyrgios said.
Rubin's mom just wants her son to remember that though there may be more pressure, this is just another match.
"That is always fascinating to see-how good he practised in this long period, how much fun he had in the practice, how much energy he had..."