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4hGreg Garber

Everything back to normal in Roger Federer's world

Playing his first official match in more than six months, Roger Federer looked like he had never taken a day off from tennis.

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Mertens wins Hobart International title

The final of the Hobart International has delivered a major boilover with Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens scoring an upset win to break into the top 100 in the women's world rankings.

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Kyrgios fanatics back Aussie favourite (0:30)
Serena Williams going for milestone major title (2:43)
3hGaurav Kalra

Mirza primed for return to Slam-winning ways

Unperturbed at the loss of the top spot in the rankings, Sania Mirza is confident of a strong showing at the Australian Open with partner Barbora Strycova.

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14hPete Bodo

The tournament Serena Williams never wants to leave

One-hit wonders, sloping courts and timing around the holidays. That was the Australian Open in its infancy. Now pros like Serena Williams and Roger Federer praise the tournament.

3dGreg Garber

Roger Federer's secret sauce

It's really not that complicated if you ask Roger Federer. He's hungry and motivated, and he's ready to show the tennis world the damage a 35-year-old aging artist can do at the Australian Open.

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5dJohnette Howard

Who's the next Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

With some time and experience, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev each show promise to be the one to top the rankings.

4dJohnette Howard

Where the Big Four stand before the Australian Open

After injuries in 2016 for Federer and Nadal, a hit-and-miss year for Djokovic and a new place at the top for Murray, the Big Four will have plenty to prove at the Australian Open.

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Swiss without Federer, Wawrinka for Davis Cup

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will not be with Switzerland when the team travels to the United States for the Davis Cup next month, which was expected as Olympic eligibility is not a factor.


Federer prevails over Melzer in return

Roger Federer returns from a six-month layoff to beat Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round at the Australian Open.


Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

When it's too damn hot at the notoriously hot Australian Open -- the temperature right now is 90 degrees at 4 pm on Opening Day -- fans here in Melbourne don't have to just bear it. There are misting stations like these, where you can get a minute spritzing to stop your whinging.