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


"All ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know", Federer said ahead of the event.

Roger Federer experienced an interview with a difference after his Australian Open win on Tuesday, as Hollywood actor Will Ferrell gatecrashed on-court proceedings.

"In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy it's great to be here with two tennis legends Roger Federer and John MacIntosh", he began, channeling his highly quotable movie character.

Federer was then interviewed by special guest Will Ferrell, which you can see below...

And given the 36-year-old has now played 1383, not to mention exhibitions, that's quite a lot.

Will Ferrell: Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court.

Now if we can just get Will into the commentary box to call a match alongside Henri Leconte, we'll really be in business. "Not if they're fast enough". Now, there's a rumour in the men's locker room that you love coming to play down here in Melbourne, and your secret to fitness is you only eat wombat meat.

Federer: They remind me of my name. It was signature Federer and he closed out the match with a signature forehand cross-court victor.

Daria Gavrilova gets another chance to show her wares on centre court, facing Elise Mertens of Belgium in the night session.

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. I'm not at 100 per cent, but you never know in a week's time what's going to be happening.

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".

"Will Ferrell is a bit more intense, I thought". "It (The match) was a tough one and I am happy that my knee stood the test". I was a bit anxious it was going to come my way.

"2017, I have said goodbye already, I am not looking back", she said after a forgettable last season that saw her relinquish the number one spot and slide down the rankings.