Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

"My dream was always to play a long time on tour and we had a few guys playing a long time and I think that inspired me", he said post-match.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation serves during her first round match against Tatjana Maria of Germany at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2018.

Djokovic faces France's world number 39 Gael Monfils in the second round.

"I would like to see more players just being really themselves in front of the press, being more relaxed about it, not worrying so much about making mistakes".

EPA-EFE/MAST IRHAMRoger Federer of Switzerland in action during his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 18 January 2018.

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Other top seeds did not handle the heat almost as well, especially 2014 Aussie champion and No. 9 seed Stan Wawrinka, who fell to American Tennys Sandgren - ranked No. 97 in the world - 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

Federer improved his Australian Open record to 89-13.

He said afterwards he was "dying" on court.

After an exciting 2014 which saw her reach the semi-finals of three Grand Slam events, Bouchard has suffered a downturn in form in recent times and is now ranked at 112.

He added that all the players knew these conditions could happen.

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More of same was expected Friday, with a peak of 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) forecast.

Wawrinka appeared lethargic and generally didn't threaten Sandgren, who had never beaten a top-10 player. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.

Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Monfils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing. "We know that", he said.

Dark horse David Goffin looked to be in trouble at a set and a break down against Matthias Bachinger but recovered to win 6-7, (3/7) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

While he didn't mention any kind of boycott the Swiss veteran said players must present a united front to force the increase. If you're in the draw, you give yourself a chance. "If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy".

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