Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy interviews 'silky gazelle' Roger Federer
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 16:31
I love playing against one-handed guys because we need to keep it alive for as long as possible!
"Once I entered WhatsApp, I had to put (down) the phone, and I think, "no".
"I was thinking back a lot about what happened last year because it was my favourite tournament last year hands down", Federer said.
Halep plays Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the next round. American Madison Keys also reached the upcoming round after getting rid of Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-1 in just 41 minutes.
But, with grand slam revenues rocketing, Federer believes players need to band together again to fight for a greater share of the pie.
In the women's draw, third seed Garbine Muguruza and ninth seed Johanna Konta were both knocked out in Melbourne on Thursday, but world No. 1 Simona Halep booked her spot in the third round, as did Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 104 degrees. "I'm not at 100 percent but building".
"Lindsay is unbelievable. We've had three years together and she has taught me how to handle big moments like this", said Keys, who made the Australian Open semis in 2015. That's where I managed to get on top of him.
The Swiss defending champion won two grand slams in 2017 and progressed to the second round in Melbourne after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win against Bedene this morning. However his first game in Australian Open 2018, he lost to Damir Dzumhur in Sydney.
In 2012 there was talk of a player boycott if the major tournaments did not take action to increase prize money.
On Tuesday, Djokovic played his first match since he was forced to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych. The Serb has not played since Wimbledon past year but was in good form as he beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. He will now face Germany's Maximilian Marterer in the third round.