Federer was not at his best against Melzer but said it was only the first week of the clay season and that he will improve. Melzer was visibly overjoyed with his achievement and has now beaten all of the "top three" in his career. This is what he said:
"I beat Rafa last year (in Shanghai). I have beaten Nole (Djokovic, in the French Open quarter-finals). So this was the one missing. I'm very happy I actually did it today. It was a tough match for me. He beat me three times last year and I didn't even win a set. But many things went well for me, my shots worked well. When he had break points I was calm and served well. I did well on the big points and played my game."
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