Australian Open diary: Roger Federer gets a grilling from Ron Burgundy

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 today.

While there's nothing concrete on the way, the American comedy star - who showed interest in portraying Battle of the Sexes antagonist Bobby Riggs - voiced his desire to tackle a tennis-related film after spending four days in the stands at Melbourne Park.

Ferrell interrupted Federer's chat with former player John McEnroe, and intentionally screwed up McEnroe's last name.

In the women's draw, world number one Simona Halep beat 17-year-old Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5) 6-1 as top players including Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Johanna Konta registered opening victories.

At 36 years of age Roger Federer continues to defy time and logic. I had to protect my own serve and get the break with a good defence.

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Ferrell asked Federer such posers as whether he felt like a silky gazelle on court, whether he was a witch or a vampire, and whether his secret was eating wombat meat.

Ferrell finished off the interview with Ron's signature signoff, "Stay classy, Melbourne", but he needn't have said it to Federer, who always handles everything with grace and humour. "I wish they would let loose and be themselves". I saw him when I started the match, then I totally forgot he sat there.

"People seemed to enjoy themselves".

The player generally considered the greatest ever might well get some special treatment, but unless Tennis Australia decides to convert every outside court into an air-conditioned arena, someone has to fearless the heat. "I played ideal tennis, like I never stopped". Ferrell asked. Turns out, Federer can hold his ground against a seasoned journalist like Ferrell. I just want Will and his freakish sense of humor to be a more frequent presence in the culture. He's a little bit afraid of me. "I want to. go out there and do some damage". "I'm happy I dodged some questions there".

  • Regina Holmes