Comedian Will Ferrell brings laughs to the Australian Open

Erica Murray
January 20, 2018

Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round in Melbourne.

Swiss 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer disposed of Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), avoiding the worse of the furnace-like conditions in his night match."I practice with him so I had the information I needed", he said, adding that the heat doesn't bother him.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev was a straight-sets victor over Thomas Fabbiano but was pushed hard in the second and third set of his 6-1, 7-6, (7/5) 7-5 victory.

Djokovic, who won four of the five Australian titles between 2011 and '16 before his shocking second-round exit previous year, extended his career head-to-head domination over Monfils to 15-0.

Struff's serve caught the net cord, and right as Federer's snappy forehand sent the ball back over the net the chair umpire called let.

"I know you guys have a job to do". Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.

Federer, who has amassed nearly $112 million in career prize money, supported Djokovic's push for a bigger percentage of revenue for players.

"If you want to get to the top, you've got to play in all conditions", Federer said after players sweated it out searing heat. "I feel like I'm taking insane pills".

He's also a fan of Australia after his visit, though he has one piece of advice for the country: "I think driving on the wrong side of the road needs to be switched. I felt like sometimes we overdo it".

Blisters from the hot court surface didn't help Muguruza in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to 88th-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.

"Nothing else is on my mind".

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.

The world No. 2 did put up a fine display to maintain his favourite tag at the tournament, as he put Bedene to the sword to the sword 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Halep, who turned her ankle in her opening victory over local Destanee Aiava on Tuesday, will face Bouchard in the evening on Margaret Court Arena before Stan Wawrinka continues his comeback against Tennys Sandgren.

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