Will Ferrell hijacks Roger Federer's post-match interview at Australian Open

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Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round in Melbourne.

On Tuesday night, it was Bedene doing all the running. "For the most part it's served me well", he said.

"It was a fun interview, I thought".

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. "I don't know about you guys, but I enjoyed it".

Former No. 1-ranked Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open victor, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam to extend her streak to 10 consecutive wins.

With Federer firing off both wings and moving around the court with characteristic grace, there was precious little Bedene could do to stem the tide, even if he did manage to extend the second set to 40 minutes.

In terms of shocks, Milos Raonic was ousted by Lukas Lacko, Fernando Verdasco toppled Roberto Bautista Agut and women's 11th seed Kristina Mladenovic suffered her 15th successive loss at the hands of Romania's Ana Bogdan. Sharapova won 6-1, 6-4; acing Maria for the win.

In the women's bracket, top-ranked Simona Halep fell behind 5-2 in the first set to teenage wild card Destanee Aiava before saving the set and winning it 7-6. "I want to. go out there and do some damage".

Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 29 Lucie Safarova advanced. Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova's Australian Open comeback was ended by Andrea Petkovic. Having answered a few on-court questions from John McEnroe, "special guest" actor Will Ferrell stepped out onto Rod Laver Arena to really test the Swiss star.

"I'm hoping for it to go well again", he said on court when asked about his hopes for the 12 months ahead. "But it felt pretty routine today".

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