Federer begins Australian Open title defence with win


"In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy", Ferrell said, making reference to his famous "Anchorman" character.

We even got a 'Stay classy Melbourne'!

World No. 2 Roger Federer will kick off his 2018 Australian Open campaign Tuesday in a first-round match against Slovenian veteran Aljaz Bedene.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka earlier made successful returns from injury lay-offs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

"It was nice to have Hollywood present here in Melbourne in combination with tennis".

The five-time Australian champion pounced immediately at the start of the second to gain another break and eased through the rest of the match, finishing with 41 winners against a player who has now made six appearances in the tournament without a win.

"I'm anxious it won't be as good as last year, I'm a year older and guys are coming back". I'm so, so happy the Australian Open, it's time again.

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"I'm a year older. I was a bit scared", he said. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, played ideal tennis in the first couple of sets".

Wawrinka, who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2). Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych advanced for the men.

Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said, per the Associated Press.

"Oh my goodness. I don't want to talk about it ..."

Anna-Lena Friedsam proved no match for compatriot and 2016 victor Angelique Kerber, while Karolina Pliskova beat Veronica Cepede Royg, Garbine Muguruza eased any lingering fitness fears by vanquishing Jessika Ponchet and Carolina Garcia knocked out Carina Witthoeft.

The match-up meant that "Maria Sharapova" was on the scoreboard at all times and made life rather hard for commentators.