Roger Federer charges into second round

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark shakes hands with Jana Fett of Croatia after Wozniacki won their match. REUTERS  Issei Kato

Taking on the character of Ron Burgundy from his "Anchorman" films, the actor stole the show from interviewer and tennis great John McEnroe - as a somewhat nervous Federer looked on.

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 five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment of it in Tuesday's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria.

Kerber will celebrate her 30th birthday on Thursday with a second-round match against either Nao Habino or Donna Vekic.

"I am not sure it will go that well because last year went so well and I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back".

"My dream was always to play for a long time", he said after that latest win, per the Herald Sun. "I enjoy my stay, play my best tennis".

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The 30-year-old, seeded 14th after missing the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury, won 6-1 6-2 6-4 while wearing a support sleeve on his right arm. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, played ideal tennis in the first couple of sets".

The jovial exchange, introduced by American tennis legend and pundit John McEnroe, came after Federer defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match.

Wawrinka however, had to suffer a third set meltdown before winning 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in 167 minutes on the Hisense Arena.

American woes continued with Madison Brengle sent packing by British ninth seed Johanna Konta. The U.S. women had four wins and 14 losses in round one.

Halep ended a run of back-to-back first-round exits in Melbourne by beating teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava 7-6 (5), 6-1, setting up a match against 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Bedene, who has switched his allegiance back to Slovenia, played well but the result was never in doubt.

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