Actor Will Ferrell interviews Roger Federer after Australian Open win

Sharapova overcomes Sevastova in Melbourne

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"Maybe, maybe not", Federer replied.

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, showed glimpses of the great tennis that once made her a five-time major victor.

Australian Open officials revealed this was a 10 per cent increase from the 2017 prize money pool.

HAPPY AT THE TOP: With Serena Williams off the tour following the birth of her daughter in September, the No. 1 ranking changed seven times a year ago, with five women assuming top spot — three for the first time. I did feel nerves and I did feel a bit skeptical whether I'm going to be able to continue playing well as I have the last couple weeks in practice sessions. "I love it here", she added.

There were all kinds of comebacks on Tuesday.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka earlier made successful returns from injury lay-offs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

The 15-year-old qualifier from Ukraine beat the 2014 USA open semi-finalist who, at 32, is more than twice her age, 6-2, 6-2. On Tuesday night, he got something different.

The Swiss star is a consummate media performer and regularly conducts his post-match interviews in multiple languages for the large global press contingent that hang on his every word.

The actor signed off with his famous catchphrase from "Anchorman": "Stay classy", inserting Melbourne at the end instead of San Diego.

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. This time, he has four-time champion Andre Agassi in his corner.

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Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych all progressed, but Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fernando Verdasco and former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko.

The world No.2 and title favourite went unbroken in his 6-3 6-4 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena in just one hour and 39 minutes. Djokovic and Young first played in the first round at the U.S. Open in 2006, when the American won the first set before losing the next three.

Simona Halep, the top-seeded woman, will start her quest for a first Grand Slam title when she plays teenage wildcard entry Destanee Aiava.

Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6- 4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round in Melbourne.

Madison Brengle of the United States lost to Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-1.

Sharapova's long absence from the tour means she isn't seeded in Melbourne, but that doesn't bother her.

"I cherish these moments".

Sharapova will next play 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at last year's U.S. Open.

"It felt pretty routine", the 30-year-old said.

Success in Grand Slam tennis tournaments is not just about the ability to endure seven matches over the space of a fortnight.

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