Australian Open: Defending champion Roger Federer through to third round in Melbourne

Australian Open: Defending champion Roger Federer through to third round in Melbourne

What appeared to be a amusing chit-chat between Roger Federer and Jim Courier in the post-match interview, was actually a roast session for the 19-time Grand Slam champion.

Naturally, he channelled his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy, but for once, he was far from bumbling, asking Roger the kind of hard-hitting questions you just don't get at a tennis match nowadays.

"They are an awesome crowd but does it get annoying when they scream "come on Roger, come on Roger" over and over again?" But if Federer was caught off guard, you'd never know it, which was an unbelievable feat in itself since Ferrell was in fine Burgundy form.

Will Ferrell: Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court. After some back-and-forth banter about tasting the meat, Ferrell quipped: "It is delicious, the national food of Australia".

The crowd laughs along with the jab at McEnroe - unaware that the interview would unfold into one of the weirdest Federer must have ever done. At an older age you start forgetting your name sometimes. You know maybe how he meant it, don't make him pay so badly for a mistake.

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In an opening set, won 6-4 by Federer in just 32 minutes, Struff had some excellent shots, but was not able to take advantage of any errors made by the world no.2. "If you want to get to the top, you've got to play in all conditions", Federer said after players sweated it out searing heat.

Wozniacki somehow produced one of the comebacks of her career to stay alive at the tournament and save the punter from a nasty shock. "He's a little bit afraid of me", he said.

"I'm hoping for it to go well again, I'm not sure it can go this well because past year was so good".

Former Melbourne champion Stan Wawrinka also successfully returned from half a year on the sidelines after knee surgery, having only decided he was fit to play at the weekend. "When it's too much, (it) becomes unsafe for the health", he said.

Comedy great, tennis fan, and all-around weirdo genius Will Ferrell was on hand to ask the hard-hitting questions that sports journalists are always too afraid to ask. Love the guy. It was a fun interview, I thought.

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