Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 16/1/17 Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after winning his Men's singles first round match against Austria's Jurgen Melzer. REUTERS/Thomas Peter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Roger Federer continued preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over Karen Khachanov at the Hopman Cup, giving Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Russia.The 36-year-old Federer had his service broken by the 21-year-old Khachanov in the opening game, but rebounded to break back immediately and won the opening set in 29 minutes.Khachanov matched Federer impressively with backhand winners in the second set before a back-and-forth tiebreaker. Federer saved a set point in the tiebreaker and won on his third match point after a successful challenge.Sock slipped on the court during the first set of his match against Yuichi Sugita, grabbing his hip. He was forced to retire at 1-1 in the second set after losing the first set 7-6 (1).
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