Australian Open 2018 - Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer Preview

Australian Open 2018 - Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer Preview

"But sure it's helpful to play now (night) than during the day".

"In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, it's great to be here with two tennis legends-Roger Federer and John Macintosh", Ferrell joked, intentionally butchering McEnroe's name. It wasn't a completely dominant performance, but Federer had the match well in hand throughout.

Barty, the world No. 19, prevailed, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 against Belarusian Sabalenka. But she looked great in her opener, so she's on to the second round. Aiava gave her a real fight but just seemed to run out of steam.

"I really came without thinking I will be able to play the first match". "I'm hoping for it to go well again, I'm not sure it can go this well because previous year was so good".

"There is nothing in the works right now, but my visit to the Open here may inspire me to make an Australian tennis movie", Ferrell coyly remarked in a press conference on Thursday. I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dreamed for coming here.

"I am hoping for another good year", Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.

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Six-time champion here, Djokovic looked the part as he powered to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 against American Donald Young with the match lasting 111 minutes.

After an exciting 2014 which saw her reach the semi-finals of three Grand Slam events, Bouchard has suffered a downturn in form in recent times and is now ranked at 112. After the match, Djokovic was confident.

"Everyone says hydrate. I don't".

"I'm probably past my prime to play a player".

One of the stars making a comeback from injury is six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic. His draw, however, is extremely hard.

In the women's draw, world number one Simona Halep beat 17-year-old Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5) 6-1 as top players including Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta registered opening victories. 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.