Federer Faces Ferrell In Tough Interview

Doug Mendoza
January 18, 2018

Welcomed onto court by John McEnroe, Ferrell took over and immediately asked if the tennis legend would compare his performance to that of a "silky gazelle".

Ferrell had previously been pictured courtside watching not only Federer, but a number of matches beforehand including Karolina Pliskova, Alexander Zverev and world No 1 Simona Halep. "Are you a witch or a vampire?" and "Do you get exhausted of fans screaming 'C'mon Roger!'?"

His next opponent will be Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff on Thursday when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to climb to about 40 degrees centigrade.

For 30-year-old Djokovic who was seeded 14th after missing the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury, he won easily in 6-1 6-2 6-4 display.

Federer replied: "Maybe, maybe not".

"Maybe, maybe not. Don't they get eaten at the end?" "Not if they're fast enough".

"It helps me remember it", the 36-year-old responded with a smile.

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Other hard-hitting questions he posed were: "You seem not to age".

He played his part in entertaining exchanges but Federer, sporting a diagonal pink stripe on his immaculate white kit, was in one of those moods when he could strike winners at will. I don't like those.

"Have you ever tasted wombat meat?". "I always try to give it a little bit something extra". The national food of Australia. I'm not at 100 per cent, but you never know in a week's time what's going to be happening. They're an fantastic crowd.

Defending champion Roger Federer dazzled under the Australian Open lights to waltz through to the second round with a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene at the Melbourne Park here, Tuesday even as Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka notched up easy victories on their comeback from injuries. "When you get old, you start to forget things".

Ferrell: Thank you Roger.

With former Aussie Open champions Novak Djokovic (elbow) and Stan Wawrinka (knee) returning from critical injuries, Federer and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal are odds-on favourites to meet in the singles final on January 28.

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