Djokovic comeback has Federer on guard


USA actor Will Ferrell, left, interviews Switzerlands Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena following his first round match against Slovenias Aljaz Bedene at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday. "I was a bit scared", Federer joked. Federer replied, before being grilled on whether he is a witch or a vampire, and if he's ever tasted wombat meat. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, played flawless tennis in the first couple of sets". Sharapova sails Maria Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match in Melbourne since a failed doping test here in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis.

As usual, the 36-year-old Federer stayed classy, and tried and make the conversation amusing.

Ferrell, in town for the Australian Open and has been at both day one and day two of the Open, joined the world No. 2 and American tennis great John McEnroe on court.

He said the margin the elite players had over others helped them to make successful comebacks from injuries, pointing to himself last year, and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka at this year's Open.

“I learned what it feels like to be on the ground and seeing life from the ground, and Im not shying away from any part of that, ” she said.

“Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, ” Djokovic said. Although he definitely seemed tired as the match wore on, Djokovic looked relatively comfortable in his first Grand Slam in over six months.

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Federer, who beat Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3, faced questions from actor Will Ferrell in the immediate aftermath of his victory on court. The Swiss, though, prevailed in a tough 4 set win over Recardis Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

No. 20 Barbora Strycova's 6-1, 7-5 win over wild-card entry Kristie Ahn and Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2 to make it 2 for 13 for the US women so far.

Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard. The biggest upsets of the day were Roberto Bautista Agut's loss to Fernando Verdasco for the men and Petra Kvitova's loss to Andrea Petkovic. She missed the Australian Open previous year while recovering from a knife attack that easily could have derailed her career.

"Number one, I think talking in different languages is always an interesting thing", said Federer", whose first language is Swiss German, although he's also fluent in German, French and English.

"I haven't met him a lot, to be honest".