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Ferrell brings laughs to Australian Open

20 January 2018

In freaky scenes following the Swiss maestro's 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday night, the Hollywood icon walked onto the court and stole the limelight from the 19-time grand slam champion with an interview as awkward as what you'd expect given the role he's played that will define the actor's legacy.

"I am hoping for another good year", said Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017. It's going to be the same process over and over again.

Though the 19-time Grand Slam champ is campaigning for a bigger slice of the pie for the whole tour. "Let's go check out the Australian Open", and it has exceeded expectations. I wanted to be here.

Former Melbourne champion Stan Wawrinka also successfully returned from half a year on the sidelines after knee surgery, having only decided he was fit to play at the weekend.

Maria Sharapova, in contrast, laid down her title credentials with dominant win against 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova.World number one Simona Halep was also convincing in her straight demolition of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. But she made a meal of it against local hope Destanee Aiava.

Britain's ninth-seeded Johanna Konta and Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza suffered shock defeats to American Bernarda Pera and Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei respectively.

Next up is in-form 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, who beat Donna Vekic in two easy sets as she starts to rediscover her best again after a miserable previous year.

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World No.2 Roger Federer continued his charge towards a 20th grand slam title with a 6-4 6-4 7-6 (4) win over German Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday while several seeded players crashed out.

"I cherish these moments".

"I feel like sometimes some players have gotten a little bit too robot-like".

"No-one is recognising me and I'm really upset by that. I couldn't possibly complain, as they built the tournaments and audiences I was gonna play for".

She is now on a 10-match win streak after a flawless early season.

Young gun Alexander Zverev, seeded four, Belgian seventh seed David Goffin, and dark horse Tomas Berdych were among men to make the second round. The Grand Slams know that.

Ferrell brings laughs to Australian Open