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Will Ferrell Crashed The Aus Open To Grill Roger Federer, Burgundy-Style

Will Ferrell Crashed The Aus Open To Grill Roger Federer, Burgundy-Style

'It seemed like the stars really aligned for us past year.

Federer is aiming to win his sixth Australian Open title, as well as his 20th Grand Slam singles trophy.

Roger Federer has had his fair share of post-match interviews but this may have been his most memorable yet.

The winners began to pile up and one member of the sell-out crowd yelled "Give him a chance Rog" late on.

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.

Sam Querrey restored some order for the USA men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez. 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. Two other US contenders, No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner, were out on opening day.

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Per Sky Sports' Paul Prenderville, Djokovic announced his delight at returning: "It feels great to be back here and great to be back on a tennis court-there is no better place for me after six months of injury than here in Australia".

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium, showed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time major victor.

Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka eliminated Thomas Fabbiano and Ricardas Berankis respectively and there were also wins for Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini, Richard Gasquet and Sam Querrey.

"I cherish these moments".

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

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. Previous year I was looking at slipping outside the top 30.


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