As John McEnroe spoke to Federer on Tuesday following his Australian Open first-round win over Aljaž Bedene, comedian Will Ferrell entered the frame and took over the routine interview as Ron Burgundy, his unforgettable character in the 2004 movie "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy".
But it was no doubt a reaffirming afternoon for one of the true champions, who was still debating whether he was healthy enough to play in this major tournament when the new year began and he had not played a genuine match since last July at Wimbledon.
Her ranking slid into the 20s in 2017, but she's coming back into the kind of form which makes her a title contender.
The 30-year-old Russian former world women's tennis No1 raised her arms in triumph and accepted the plaudits of the big crowd at Margaret Court Arena after ousting Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-4 in the opening round of the Australian Open yesterday.
Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei ousted reigning Wimbledon champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (1) 6-4 in the second round. I didn't get carried away by anything, even though I was a couple times in the match that things could have maybe gotten different way and different direction.
The man himself was cautious about his fitness on the eve of the tournament and wore a compression sleeve but there were no signs of rust as he eased to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over American Young.
Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic overcame a poor start - dropping his first two service games - to continue his career-long domination of Gael Monfils.
"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", Djokovic said.
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"I feel like I'm building", the five-time grand slam victor told reporters. He lost both five-setters he played past year at the majors to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon and to Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open.
No 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the U.S. men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.
American Madison Keys, a U.S. Open finalist previous year, took just 41 minutes to beat Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0 6-1 in the second round.
Halep next plays 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.
"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said, per the Associated Press.
Other seeded players advancing included No 6 Karolina Pliskova, No 8 Caroline Garcia, No 16 Elena Vesnina, and No 29 Lucie Safarova.
"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally a year ago with - there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely", Sharapova said.