Illya Marchenko

Federer returns with a win, joins Murray in 2nd round

Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home.

The 17-time major winner hadn't played at tour level since Wimbledon, giving his injured left knee time to heal.

He served 19 aces and had only one double-fault in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win on Monday over Melzer, but dropped serve three times and had moments of frustration.

"It's nice to be playing normal tennis again," he said. "It was a long road (but) I'm in the draw, which is a beautiful thing."

Federer surprised himself by still feeling nervous when the...