Melzer wanted to show he could return better than Federer

by: Matt Cronin June 28, 2013

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Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer discusses his strategy coming into his third-round match against Sergiy Stakhovksy, who had shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the previous round.

“You go out there and show him that I’m not Roger Federer and I can return his serve and make him play tough volleys,” said Melzer, who won in four sets. “That was my goal. The sets I won I have executed well; the set I lost I have been returning terrible. I didn’t think too much who he beat last round. Obviously I’m playing him and not Roger.”

Melzer will face the big-serving Jerzy Janowicz in the fourth round, which doesn’t seem to scare him.

“Usually I don’t mind playing big servers,” he said. The key will be to return his serve, to get a read, and get as many balls back as possible. Then, playing Janowicz in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, in Wimbledon, you take it.”

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