Federer begins defence of Australian Open title with win; Djokovic advances

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Federer added that it was good that the players were talking to one another.

Federer's net play was particularly strong, winning 26 points coming forward.

On his return to the sport after a long absence, he said: "It feels so great to be back here, to be back on the tennis court". Roger's victor At this point Federer got into position and sent down the victor.

However, Federer said he agreed that Slams should be paying those competing more money, and insists that conversation among the players is only a good thing, although he highlighted some of the practical issues of regularly meeting due to their varied schedules.

From there the conversation went to wonderful places like eating wombat meat and Federer's resemblance to a "silky gazelle".

"Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court", Ferrell said.

In the country on a holiday with his wife and friends, the 50-year-old Anchorman star and tennis fan spoke highly of the grand slam tournament, the city of Melbourne and described Australians as "some of the most friendly people you'll come across".

Roger Federer: Maybe, maybe not.

"Don't they get eaten in the end?", Federer ventured before being asked whether he was a witch or a vampire and whether his age-defying performances were down to a diet of wombat meat.

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WF: Not if they're fast enough.

The great Ken Rosewall, who is 83 years old, won two Australian Open titles at ages 36 and 37.

RF: Ahh I don't like those.

"It's a huge deal for me, and something that if I don't ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one", said Sandgren, who has earned his first two career major victories in the tournament's initial two rounds.

WF: It is delicious - the national food of Australia.

"I knew he was going to go for shots, so it is a question about focusing on my own serve and protecting that as well as I can", Federer said. "All ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know".

Then, in a line created to warm the hearts of Anchorman fans everywhere, Ferrell signed off the only way he could after such a sterling performance.

Novak Djokovic survived a gruelling fitness test under the brutal Melbourne sun to stay alive at the Australian Open on Thursday.

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