Federer Beats Bedene as Djokovic Dismisses Young in Return to Action

Sheri Evans
January 19, 2018

He's a little bit afraid of me.

It was a landmark win for 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never won a Grand Slam match prior to arriving in Australia and will face young German Maximilian Marterer in the last 32. "A gazelle - don't they get eaten in the end?" Ferrell asked. Turns out, Federer can hold his ground against a seasoned journalist like Ferrell.

As Ferrell made his way out, he finished with a spin on Burgundy's signature sign-off: "You stay classy, Melbourne".

Federer at his majestic best.

Federer told the BBC that he is optimistic about the new season: "I am hoping for another good year".

Tennis legend John McEnroe introduced the 50-year-old Saturday Night Live alum post-match where he channeled his beloved Anchorman character to ask the tennis pro some tough - and hilarious - questions.

"I was thinking back a lot about what happened last year because it was my favourite tournament last year hands down", he said after the win.

The second set was pretty routine for Federer with another break in the seventh game to cruise to the set 6-2.

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Federer replied, "Maybe. Maybe not".

"If you want to get to the top, you've got to be able to play in all conditions, but sure it has helped to play now rather than during the day".

Struggling Swiss former victor Stan Wawrinka's Australian Open campaign is over after a convincing second round defeat by American Tennys Sandgren on Thursday, while compatriot Roger Federer advanced smoothly to the third round.

The world No. 2 beat Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets in the final match on the Rod Laver Arena, after a blistering hot day at the first Grand Slam of 2018.

"Probably a vampire." Ferrell said.

"They remind me of my name", Federer laughed.

Federer is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, and the way things are shaping there could be yet more glory with his main threats scrambling to be ready.

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