Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Roger Federer is cooler than captain Kohli

Roger Federer is cooler than captain Kohli

Comedian Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance at the Australian Open last night, crashing the Channel 7 broadcast and making me temporarily care about tennis.

The only time Federer looked remotely stumped came during a postmatch interview conducted by United States comedian Will Ferrell who told him that he had played like a "silky gazelle".

And not even the crowd escaped a dig from Ron Burgundy; to wrap up his interview, he asked the tennis legend if the incessant cheering ever got to him. Doesn't mean it's going to go in, but I don't have much of a backhand.

He then proceeded to ask Roger a series of weird questions about his performance and tennis game, including whether he played like a "silky gazelle" and lived off a diet of wombat meat.

"Yes, they could definitely pay more, yes", Federer said. Champ Kind might have something to say about that though.

Ferrell is in Australia with his production company, which recently remade a USA version of the Australian TV series "No Activity".

When he was asked if he'd requested to play in the afternoon, he responded: 'Did I request? No.

"Does it get annoying when they scream, 'Come on, Roger!' over and over again?"

Federer, 36, is the defending champion of the Australian Open.

And with one final "Stay classy, Melbourne", that was it.

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

Roger Federer has faced many tough opponents on the tennis court throughout his historic career.

The most interesting post-match interview in the history of tennis was done. "I think he was a fascinating character".

Raonic, a semi-finalist and quarter-finalist in the last two years, was another player coming back from an injury-ravaged 2017 but, unlike Djokovic and Wawrinka, he was unable to find a way through.

"They know that. We're not partners, we're just players, so it's always hard to rally".

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