Roger Federer fears that he might not be able to repeat his "fairytale" 2017 Australian Open victory this month, but the men's singles favourite did little to dampen expectations regarding a 20th Grand Slam title on Tuesday (16 January) as he began his latest Melbourne campaign with a typically dominant victory over Aljaz Bedene.
The Swiss maestro won 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena to kick off his title defence in style, hinting at a possible repeat of last season's remarkable exploits that saw him add Wimbledon success to his Melbourne triumph.
The question seemed to stump the 36-year-old, who replied: "Which one's better?" Ferrell interviewed Federer following his big win and grilled the tennis legend with some hard-hitting questions that only Ron Burgundy's brain would think to ask.
But, with grand slam revenues rocketing, Federer believes players need to band together again to fight for a greater share of the pie.
Famous for - among other things - playing bumbling newsreader Ron Burgundy in Anchorman and Anchorman 2, Ferrell slipped seamlessly into character as he peppered Federer with a barrage of questions we can safely say the World No. 2 will never have answered before in his life.
Some people just like their tennis pure and comedy-free. "Not if they're fast enough", said Ferrell. "Would you describe your game as like a silky gazelle?"
Federer responded: "They remind me of my name, it's good". "A gazelle. Don't they get eaten at the end?"
GETTYFederer is on court against Jan Lennard Struff this morning
Roger Federer has had his fair share of post-match interviews but this may have been his most memorable yet.
"I have not. Should I?" asked Federer.
"But I respect your, you know, freedom and decisions to do that". "In your old age you forget your own name sometimes!"
From the scoreline, Djokovic's victory over Monfils looked relatively straightforward, the Serbian coming from a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 in just under three hours. "I love these guys".
The Romanian will take on Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the second round after she beat Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The subject has been raised at the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic reportedly initiated a players-only meeting on the eve of the tournament.
Sharapova beat 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a loss in last year's U.S. Open, the five-time major champion's first Grand Slam after returning from a 15-month doping ban.
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But others in the massive bureaucracy will be sent home without pay. "We had a good meeting", he said. If lawmakers don't extend funding by Friday night, the government will shut down early Saturday.