The owner of 17 Grand Slam titles was forced to come from behind 2-5 in the third set before winning the tiebreaker and get rid of the United States (US), Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Swiss star, who also hauled in a long fight when beating Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening match on Saturday, will now face a tough choice to 10th seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the third round.

 

Federer, 35, who fell to the 17th world ranking due to miss a lot of tournaments in the past six months the mission comes to Melbourne with the Australian Open title for the fifth time after a win in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.