Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer cruises, big names advance in Australia

Federer cruises, big names advance in Australia

But you don't want to miss Roger Federer looking so awkward in an interview with Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy that he basically becomes Daniel Radcliffe in every press event after the seventh "Harry Potter" movie.

The Swiss star will take to court in his second round clash with Jan-Lennard Struff this morning.

In his match, Federer produced a majestic display to show why he is favourite to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36.

Six-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka stuck to business, returning from long injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

Djokovic faces France's world number 39 Gael Monfils in the second round. He was never under pressure in his first match of the Open and carrying form from the Hopman Cup, it'd be a suprirse if the German can get this match to last two hours.

He let Monfils off the hook for most of the second set, too, before finally converting a break point at 4-3.

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The Netherlands has been hit by a fierce storm for most of today as Storm Fionn also tore its way across Britain. In Germany, schools remained closed as the winter storm was expected to bring heavy snow, rain and gusty winds.

Elsewhere on day two at Melbourne Park, Djokovic marked his return to action with a straightforward defeat of Donald Young and Maria Sharapova powered past Tatjana Maria as Simona Halep defeated wildcard Destanee Aiava.

Firstly, let's recognise that both players are 200cm tall. This sets up a battle against 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in the second round.

The opening match against Aljaz Bedene wasn't much of a problem for the world No 2.

Actor-comedian Will Ferrell conducted the post-match TV interviews with Federer.

"[It was] a surprise".

"I think other things have changed my life in a big way and the last eight years on tour have been awesome and I'm so fortunate that my wife is supportive of everything, that we can do it all together", Federer said. "There was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely". I forgot to ask him if that was his real hair or a wig. At the end, I realized he is still actually there.

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