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Australian Open: Action from day one in Melbourne

By George Ramsay, for CNN

Updated 1409 GMT (2209 HKT) January 16, 2017
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The Australian Open got underway Monday. The day also marked Roger Federer's first official match since Wimbledon in July following his recovery from injury. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
It was as if Federer had never been away as the Swiss star beat Jurgen Melzer of Austria in four sets. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Britain's Andy Murray -- recently knighted and playing his first grand slam as world No. 1 -- was off to a winning start. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The Scot had to work hard for his straight-sets victory, overcoming Ukraine's Illya Marchenko 7-5, 7-6, 6-2. He faces 19-year-old Andrey Rublev in the second round. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Angelique Kerber, the female No. 1, also struggled against Ukrainian opposition. She eventually beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
There was an early upset elsewhere in the women's draw, as No. 4 seed Simona Halep lost to Shelby Rogers of the US. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The unseeded American breezed past Halep 6-3, 6-1, setting up a second-round clash against Ashleigh Barty. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Elsewhere in the men's competition, home favorite Nick Kyrgios -- who had a tumultuous 2016 -- kick-started his first grand slam of the year with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gastao Elias. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori -- who has never progressed past the quarterfinals of the Australian Open -- battled through to the second round in a five-set epic against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov ... Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
... while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a previous finalist in Melbourne, beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in four sets: 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Svetlana Kuznetsova cruised into the second round with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Mariana Duque ... Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
... while Venus Williams, who turns 37 this year, edged out Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova 7-6, 7-5. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic begins his title defense with a tricky draw against Spain's Fernando Verdasco on Tuesday. Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The city of Melbourne towers in the skyline behind Melbourne Park and the Rod Laver Arena -- the tournament's main show-court. Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images