Australian Open: Federer subdues hard-hitting Struff

South Korea's Hyeon Chung celebrates after defeating United States' Tennys Sandgren in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open

The former World No 1, who missed last year's tournament because of her ban for the use of a banned substance, takes on the Latvian 14th seed in the first match on the main showcourt so should escape the worst of the heat.

Roger Federer is just as comfortable behind the microphone as he is on the baseline. Ferrell continued. Federer paused for a while and answered: "Probably a vampire".

The first came in Melbourne, as he and Nadal rolled back the years to deliver a classic five-set final. The primary tactic in this match with be Bouchard's aggressive forehand targeting Halep's running forehand out wide in the deuce court: that's where Halep struggles, and also the same part of the court she injured her ankle running for a deep, wide defensive forehand in her opening round.

Gael Monfils of France pours water over himself during a break in his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 18, 2018.

It was the Latvian who ended her Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open in 2017 as she returned from a drug ban.

Earlier, two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova was beaten the first round, losing 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in a marathon encounter to Andrea Petkovic.

"There is no better place for me to start playing after six months away than here in Australia".

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The players are bracing for a heatwave, with temperatures of 38 Celsius and 39 Celsius expected for Thursday and Friday, respectively. We think Ron Burgundy may have found a new calling. "I didn't feel any pressure".

Jeffs beat the previous record - one minute 52 seconds - which was set by fellow Brit Phil Naylor back in 2005. The clock begins the moment the ball is first struck and stops when it drops into the hole.

"Yes, they could definitely pay more, no doubt about it". Jeffs, having worked on his fitness, opted to run instead of use a cart.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph, after her victory, Halep, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, said: "I felt the ball pretty well, it's always tough to play her as she hits the ball tough and plays close to the baseline". So I don't want to sound ungrateful.

"Did I request? No", he said following the Monfils match. Djokovic held a private meeting with the players before the tournament to talk about issues on the ATP World Tour. His case illustrates the drive of the #MeToo movement to call out serial predatory behavior and the forces that enable it. He has endorsement deals as far as the eye can see and finding someone with a negative word to say about the man is more hard than getting Steve Smith out.

Among them was Blaz Kavcic who was placed on a drip, and Frank Dancevic who said was hallucinating about cartoon character Snoopy in his dazed state.

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