Federer cruises, big names advance in Australia

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

Sharapova sails Maria Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match in Melbourne since a failed doping test here in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis.

Federer vs Struff: The most favorite player Roger Federer is back in Australian Open on Thursday who takes on Jan-Lennard Struff in Melbourne on Day 4.

The 28-year-old, who previously represented Great Britain before switching back to his country of birth this year, could only fashion two break point opportunities all night.

At 36 years of age Roger Federer continues to defy time and logic. "So the focus was on me protecting my serve as well as I can and try to get a service break either by good defence or maybe he helps me out a little bit, and I think it was a bit of both".

"Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court", Ferrell said.

Well, kind of. To the delight of many tennis fans, Will Ferrell reprised his famous role on the courts of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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McEnroe McIntosh was also there as Burgundy asked the question that we're all curious about, is Federer a witch or a vampire? "That's when he walked out onto center court".

This video immediately made me wish that I had more Will Ferrell in my life.

"You know what? No one is recognising me, and I'm really upset by that", he laughed. I thought it was a great first round for me to fight through and battle through and stay strong in the way I wanted to play out there.

The player generally considered the greatest ever might well get some special treatment, but unless Tennis Australia decides to convert every outside court into an air-conditioned arena, someone has to fearless the heat. "Is that true?" Ferrell asked.

"I knew about him going in". I just want Will and his freaky sense of humor to be a more frequent presence in the culture.

"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", he said.