(January 8, 2015) Roger Federer survived after being a set and a break down, to hold off Australian wild card John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in his opening match at the Brisbane International on Thursday.
The 153rd ranked Millman put major heat on the world No. 2 leading 6-4, 3-1 at one point.
“I didn’t play badly, but maybe felt a bit tired at times,” Federer said after the match. “The first match of the season you never know quite what to expect. I am sweating like crazy. I am happy we had a good match and I got through in the end.”
“Under a lot of pressure. I think I got quite lucky in the second set. He was playing great tennis.”
The 33-year-old, 17-time major champion earned his 997 career tour win, three shy of 1000. Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have won more than 1000 matches in the Open Era.
Federer was the runner-up in last year’s Brisbane tournament.
The Swiss will next take on another wild card in James Duckworth who beat Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, saving two match points.
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015
Singles – Second Round
 R Federer (SUI) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 46 64 63
 M Raonic (CAN) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64
[WC] J Duckworth (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) 46 76(5) 63 – Saved 2 M.P.
S Groth (AUS) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 64 67(2) 76(3)
Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d  R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 67(2) 10-7
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) 64 75
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY 2015
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – S Groth (AUS) vs  M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – B Tomic (AUS) vs  K Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs  A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP –  R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Duckworth (AUS)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA –  M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP –  G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA –  S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs  C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)