Roger Federer
Federer is favourite to win his first round clash on Monday Reuters

Match: Roger Federer v Jurgen Melzer

Date: 16 January, Monday

Time: 5:30pm SGT/3pm IST/9:30am GMT (onwards)

Competition: Australian Open 2017

Venue: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park

TV Channel: In Singapore, Fox Sports will provide live TV coverage.

Live Streaming: The matches can be watched live online at AO TV Live, Watch ESPN, Tennis Channel Live

Overview

Roger Federer returns to competitive action after a long injury layoff that kept him out of post Wimbledon season in 2016. The Swiss enters the season's first Grand Slam as the 17th seed and he will open his campaign against unseeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

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Federer's record 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances came to an end last year when he missed French Open after suffering a knee injury. The 35-year-old reached the semi-final of Australian Open last year but lost to eventual winner Novak Djokovic. He came back to play the Wimbledon, in which he once again suffered a defeat in the last-four stages, this time to Milos Raonic.

The Swiss started 2017 by featuring in the Hopman Cup where he defeated Richard Gasquet and Dan Evans but lost to to Alexander Zverev making it 2-1 singles count. The 17th seed is reportedly happy with his "underdog status" and his first priority is to get a few wins under his belt.

However, the path to an 18th Grand Slam title at this year's Australian Open is a tough one for Federer as he might have to face four top-10 seeds from his third round, a list that includes Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, top seed Andy Murray and Djokovic. The four-time Australian Open winner though is likely to have it easy against Melzer at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

The two players have met four times in their career before, with the last meeting coming at the quarter-final of 2011 Monte Carlo Masters, which Melzer won. However, Federer holds a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over his opponent and is looking good to make it 4-1 after the end of the first round's play at the Melbourne Park.

TV Schedule

Australia: Seven

India: Sony Six

Japan: NHK, WOWOW, Sportsnavi

Malaysia: Fox Sports

US: ESPN

UK: Eurosport

Philippines: Fox Sports

South Korea: Fox Sports, JTBC

Thailand: Fox Sports

Cambodia: Fox Sports

China: CCTV, Guangdong Sports, BTV Sports

France: Eurosport

Spain: Eurosport

Germany: Eurosport