Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

Jan 22, 2018, 02:10
Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

The comedian said he has checked out a few matches, including Roger's first-round victory over Aljaz Bedene and Caroline Wozniacki's dramatic comeback win over Jana Fett after saving two match points at 1-5 in the third set.

"I practice with him so I had the information I needed", he said, adding that the heat doesn't bother him.

"But I think there is a limit, and that is a level of I guess tolerance between being fit and being, I think, in danger in terms of health".

Earlier in the week the USA star provided a memorable post-match interview, questioning Swiss maestro Roger Federer in his famous Anchorman persona of newsreader Ron Burgundy.

GETTYRoger Federer was scheduled to play in the daytime for the first time this tournament
GETTYRoger Federer was scheduled to play in the daytime for the first time this tournament

"Well I take the phone, and I had to eat at the same time", she told reporters.

But let's be serious here, Federer continues to play the best tennis of anyone in the field and has been a machine in grand slam play.

"I wouldn't have minded playing in the day because I like to think I thrive in those conditions. It's more business than a sport", he said.

"I'm a big tennis fan, and I'm just with some friends of ours, one of which is married to an Aussie, we thought, what are you doing in January?"

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The Australian Open's heat policy states matches on the outside courts will be halted and roofs closed on capable venues when the mercury hits 40C (ambient temperature, not court temperature) and the wet-bulb reading gets above 32.5C. It took the top seed an hour and five minutes to keep her bid for her first Grand Slam title alive. "I don't know how much heat, it's bad, very, very hot, and it's easy to get blisters".

"There's not the same increases any more so the players must rally and get together again and put in the effort and the tournaments know that and will only react when we do so so we're ready to do it".

But, look, you can't go from here to right there in a day.

"I always try to give it a little bit something extra". "It's all good. But it's going to be a never-ending story".

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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.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei claimed the biggest upset so far, knocking out third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.

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