In 1999, he won the boy's singles event at Wimbledon. His only title on the ATP tour came in Bucharest in 2006, where he beat Filippo Volandri in the final (6–1, 7–5). In ATP doubles, Melzer has four titles with different partners (Julian Knowle, Robert Kendrick and Mario Ancic).
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Melzer advanced to the quarter-finals before finally losing Rafael Nadal, who went on to win the gold medal.
In April 2009 at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas at River Oaks Country Club, he lost in the second round to American Wayne Odesnik, 4-6, 0-6 (losing 94% of his second-return points).
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