Actor Will Ferrell interviews Roger Federer after Australian Open win

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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.

Will Ferrell: Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court.

The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he breezed past Bedene with consummate ease 6-3 6-4 6-3.

With no small whiff of his character Ron Burgundy from Ferrell's 2004 comedy Anchorman - in fact he literally refers to Burgundy by name - Ferrell was his usual entertaining self, and Federer gamely played along. Federer is notoriously one of the most bland interviews in sports, but it's hard not to come out of your shell a bit when you're being interviewed by a man that thinks you're like a gazelle.


"It's great to be here with Roger Federer and John Mackintosh", he began, much to McEnroe's amusement, before asking Federer a series of wonderfully weird questions. I wish they would let loose and be themselves. Federer: "Yeah, exactly. I don't like those". "That was fun. I haven't met him a lot, to be honest". That's when he walked out onto centre court."It was nice to have Hollywood present here in Melbourne, in combination with tennis". It was great to see Johnny Mac, too. Love the guy. It was a fun interview, I thought.

"Probably a vampire." Ferrell said. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, played ideal tennis in the first couple of sets".

“It was a tough one in all aspects of the game, but in general, Im really happy to get through a match like that, to fight the way I did today, to win the match like this.”.

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