Roger Rasheed: It is a very different Roger Federer this year

Roger Federer

GETTYRoger Federer will be hoping to defend his title at the Australian Open

With the Rod Laver Arena roaring, he offered a parting shot in the guise of perhaps his most famous character - Anchorman's Ron Burgundy.

Halep, the top seed for the women, made it through qualifier Destanee Aiava in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

John McEnroe was doing an on-court interview with Roger Federer when he stopped to introduce an important guest.

"We've been told that we have a special guest, who wants to ask a couple of questions", announced retired tennis champ John McEnroe. "Give it up for Will Ferrell".

"I've practised with him [Struff], and played against him in doubles and singles", said Federer, in an on-court interview with former World No. 1 Jim Courier.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the third round on Saturday.

What he found tough on Tuesday was to rally with Will Ferrell in the post-match on-court interview.

Federer laughed, replying: "Maybe, maybe not". When they see a mini chance to get on the offensive, they just go for it.

Ferrell: "Not if they're fast enough".

"Probably a vampire." Ferrell said.

The Anchorman star also managed to have a dig at Aussies as he asked whether a rumour Federer only ate "wombat" meat while competing in Melbourne, which he described as "delicious" and "the national food of Australia".

Defending champion Roger Federer is understandably looking over his shoulder for six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic.

"That's why I see things more relaxed, you know, at a later stage of my career". They are an fantastic crowd, but does it get annoying when they just scream: 'c'mon Roger. "C'mon Roger!' over and over again?"

Federer: "They remind me of my own name". The Swiss produced a majestic display to show why he is favourite to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36.

Also yesterday, six-time champion Novak Djokovic returned to action for the first time since Wimbledon with a one-sided win over Donald Young in the opening round match.

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