Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

'Ron Burgundy' crashes Roger Federer's Australian Open interview

'Ron Burgundy' crashes Roger Federer's Australian Open interview

He said: "It feels so great to be back here, so great to be back on the tennis court".

On Tuesday night, he got something different.

Post-match interviews are commonplace on the big show courts at Melbourne Park - but nobody expected actor and comedian Will Ferrell to be the one posing the questions to the defending champion.

"That wasn't a subject I raised, no", he said after powering into the Australian Open second round in his first tournament match since an elbow injury forced him out of Wimbledon six months ago.

Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match at the Australian Open since a failed doping test in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis.

The five-time major victor recovered from an early break in the second set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria with an ace.

Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, also wielded a new, compact service motion created to help avoid further elbow problems.

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

'It has been a long period without tennis for me.

The six-times champion, making his first appearance since Wimbledon after lengthy elbow problems, crushed American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in just 111 minutes, sounding a warning to the rest of the field. Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych advanced for the men.

The Swiss, though, prevailed in a tough 4 set win over Recardis Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

Argentina's Juan Mart+n del Potro, who last played at the Australian Open in 2014, battled to a 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over American Frances Tiafoe to set up a second-round clash with Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Jordan Thompson was first of four to fall, going down in five sets to Nicolas Kicker, while Alexei Popyrin lost in four after a match involving a second-set tie-break that ended 16-14 to Tim Smyczek. "I'm just trying to enjoy it again on court", said the German, who turns 30 this week. "I want to. go out there and do some damage".

Other winners of the day included former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta on the women's side. Sharapova won 6-1, 6-4; acing Maria for the win.

Sharapova was banned after testing positive for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished past year ranked No. 60.

2018 Australian Open's prize money stands at $55 million which, according to the tournament director Craig Tiley represents a 10 percent increase from a year ago. I know how much this crowd means to you, they're an unbelievable crowd, but does it get annoying when they just scream, "C'mon Roger" over and over again? "In general, I'm really happy to get through a match like that, to fight the way I did today, to win the match like this".

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