Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia

Tennis: Nadal says lower-ranked players need more money

"Last year could have been my favourite year of my whole career".

On Tuesday night, he got something different.

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.

As usual, the 36-year-old Federer stayed classy.

Ahead of the second day of action at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the first grand slam of the 2018 tennis season, here are some of the main matches to watch out for.

German Andrea Petkovic won the final three games to beat two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova 6-3 4-6 10-8 in a thrilling first-round encounter, which lasted two hours and 52 minutes.

Amid remarkable scenes on Friday, senior figures who run the tour had to vacate the hotel conference room at the insistence of Djokovic, the six-time Melbourne champion. I didn't know a month ago if my elbow would allow me to compete'.

Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young, who saved four match points on his own serve but was out in the next game.

Nadal, who faces the Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos, lost an epic Australian Open final past year to Federer, who gets his campaign under way on Tuesday. "I don't know about you guys, but I enjoyed it". To see that the knee is keeping it, that I can play a match with the stress, back being tight, with hesitation.

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The two seeded departures saw Bautista Agut (20) lose 6-1 7-5 7-5 to compatriot Fernando Verdasco, while Raonic (22) was dumped out by Lukas Lacko despite winning the first set.

Big-serving American Sam Querrey made short work of his opening-round match, thundering down 28 aces as he defeated Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Venus Williams is seeded fifth and plays in the second match scheduled on center court to get her 77th major under way with a challenging opener against Belinda Bencic.

He remained unable to breach the world No. 2's serve, though, and Federer racked up 12 aces by the time the contest was finished, per the tournament's official website, with the third set proving as straightforward as the first.

Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

"It's been a good idea for a long time", he said on Twitter. The total purse at the 2013 Australian Open rose significantly, with the biggest jumps going to early-round losers.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 29 Lucie Safarova advanced.

Djokovic, who is president of the ATP Player Council, didn't specify what issues were raised at the meeting, but said media reports stating that he proposed forming a tennis players' union to push for a greater share of revenue generated by tournaments were exaggerated or largely incorrect.

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