Roger Federer admits he expects tougher 2018 after routine Australian Open win


On Tuesday night, he got something different.

THERE WASN'T MUCH to say about Roger Federer's 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 demolition of Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene at the Australian Open this morning, so on-court interviewer John McEnroe improvised and asked actor Will Ferrell to do the honours.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka earlier made successful returns from injury lay-offs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

World number one Simona Halep booked her place in round two, avoiding the first round exit that befell her in the past two years.

The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4 in her first Melbourne match in two years.

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Roger Federer picked up where he left off at the last Australian Open on a day when Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic ensured there were all kinds of successful comebacks.

'With Rafa previous year, I think the final was epic, ' he added.

Djokovic enjoyed an even more routine win over Young as he dismissed the American 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. "Last year could be my favourite year of my career but I am hoping to stay healthy, give myself chances and play my very best in the big matches like last year".

"I have to watch some YouTube videos", she said.

Federer had just won a straight sets victory against Aljaž Bedene and was being interviewed by tennis legend John McEnroe when Ferrell sauntered onto the court.

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Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych all progressed, but Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fernando Verdasco and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko.

Federer raced to the first set in 26 minutes and claimed the second on his fourth set point as Bedene raised his level.

Halep battled back to take the first set in a tiebreaker and despite going over on her ankle early in the second, she saw the match out comfortably to win 7-6 (5), 6-1.

In the women's singles Eugenie Bouchard, Elena Vesnina, Madison Keys, Agnieszka Radwanska, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Barbora Strycova all reached the second round. "I want to ... go out there and do some damage".

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