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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer battled a bout of nerves and his Australian opponent Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday night. Federer defeated Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to earn his 308th Grand Slam victory.

"I was feeling nervous once the match actually started," Federer said. "I thought my serve was on and off in the beginning which surprised me a little bit, because in practice it's been going pretty well."

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A study prepared by the London School of Marketing has revealed that Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer was the world's most marketable sports person in 2016.

According to the study, published by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) website on Thursday, the former World No.1, currently ranked 17th, earned nearly $60.7 million last year despite his "slow year in terms of success in his sport".

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The seeds have been set for Australian Open 2017. Heading up the men’s seeds is new world No.1 Andy Murray, with defending Australian Open champion and fellow world No.1 Angelique Kerber the top seed in the women’s draw.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the 2nd seed, while 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been amazingly seeded no.17!

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Dubai Duty Free (DDF), the title sponsor of the annual DDF Tennis Championships, announced here on Monday that world No.1 Andy Murray will participate while seven-time Dubai champion Roger Federer will return after the Swiss ace abstained last year.

The women's line-up will be led by world No.1 and winner of two Grand Slams in 2016, 28-year old Angelique Kerber from Germany. The female line-up also includes 2012 Dubai champion and world No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska, along with 2015 Dubai champion and world No.4 Simona Halep.

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Roger Federer's former coach Paul Annacone has asserted that the tennis star can return from six months out with injury and win another Grand Slam.

"Last year was a very tough year for him and he still got to the semis of Wimbledon," Annacone, who coached the Swiss ace from 2010 to 2013, told BBC Sport on Sunday. "There is no reason why he can't play at that level again."

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Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer confirmed on Tuesday his return at the Hopman Cup in January, six months after his defeat in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

After Wimbledon, the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles stayed out of competitions to recover from a left knee injury.

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The current cash crunch in India, following the November 8 demonetisation has led to multiple Grand Slam champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams pulling out of this season's International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), the organisers announced on Tuesday.

Both Federer and Serena were scheduled to play the final leg of the $100,000 tournament in Hyderabad from December 9 to 11. The Swiss star was to play for the Indian Aces while Williams was signed by the Singapore Slammers.

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