Tennis fans at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night were privileged to see the 18-time grand slam victor do as only he can before being treated to a special one-off on-court interview.
Will Ferrell: In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, it's great to be here with two tennis legends Roger Federer and John Macintosh.
As usual, the 19-time major victor stayed classy.
Roger Federer experienced an interview with a difference after his Australian Open win on Tuesday, as Hollywood actor Will Ferrell gatecrashed on-court proceedings.
"It's been a couple of years since I've been back here - obviously I wanted to enjoy the moment", Sharapova said after the match, via the AP.
It extended her streak to 10 consecutive wins, including the Sydney International title last week - her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open. The first serve was kind of up and down. The tournament has already increased its prizemoney by 10 per cent since past year to an overall kitty of A$55 million ($60 million).
"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", he said. "I played flawless tennis, like I never stopped".
The Swiss second seed needed one hour and 41 minutes to defeat Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena and will next face Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff who got past South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych advanced for the men.
No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the US men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.
A story in the Daily Mail claimed the former world number one, who is the leader of the ATP's player council, stood up and addressed the meeting with a lawyer, with subjects including setting up a separate players' union and pushing for more prize money.
He broke Bedene's serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve. Halep's next opponent, Eugenie Bouchard, seems optimistic about playing the World No. 1. "I want to. go out there and do some damage".
Anna-Lena Friedsam proved no match for compatriot and 2016 victor Angelique Kerber, while Karolina Pliskova beat Veronica Cepede Royg, Garbine Muguruza eased any lingering fitness fears by vanquishing Jessika Ponchet and Carolina Garcia knocked out Carina Witthoeft.
Kristina Mladenovic probably did not consider her first-round win over Tatjana Maria in Washington last summer to be anything too remarkable.
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