Will Ferrell hilariously interviews Roger Federer at 2018 Australian Open

Roger Federer admits he expects tougher 2018 after routine Australian Open win

"It's hard to pick against Federer and I think that's what so exciting right now about men's and women's tennis".

"No-one is recognising me and I'm really upset by that". The Grand Slams know that.

Gasquet pulled off some fiery strokes that left even Federer surprised but the Swiss stayed put, went about with his usual elegance and untouchability during his service games and just waited for Gasquet to give in to the pressure.

The victor will move into the third round and set up a battle with either 29th seed Richard Gasquet or the man who knocked Bernard Tomic out, Italian qualifier Lorenzo Sonego.

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

Federer rolls in straight sets.

It was in Melbourne a year ago where he lit the fuse on his late-life tennis renaissance, beating Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Mischa Zverev and Stan Wawrinka before downing great rival Rafa Nadal in a five-set final classic.

Federer was untroubled, returning to the scene of his remarkable comeback win past year for the first time. He faces rising Asian Star Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.

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The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a willing but outclassed Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has reportedly outlined plans to boost prize money at the opening Grand Slam of the year from $55 million to $100 million over the next five years.

The second round of the 2018 Australian Open continues on Wednesday (or Thursday for the players in Melbourne).

Federer, who next faces Frenchman Richard Gasquet, said: "I knew he was going to go for his shots, it's a question of protecting your own serve as well as you can, then try to get a break". She will be playing Su-Wei Hsieh on Wednesday.

Halep will next play Japan's Naomi Osaka who beat local hope Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova is also in action, against Lucie Safarova, while eighth seed Caroline Garcia meets unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich. "I am looking forward to seeing how the Australian Open will be". It's helped her start the new season feeling mentally fresh, as well.

"I forgot to ask him if that was his real hair or a wig".


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