The first round at the 2018 Australian Open proved to be a walk in the park for the defending champion Roger Federer and that got validated further from the jolly mood that the Swiss maestro was in on Tuesday. The 36-year-old started his quest for a sixth title at the Melbourne Park with a commanding 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over the 51st ranked Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, but not before making the crowd laugh.
The hilarious moment came when Bedene was serving at 30-40 in the third game of the third set, having lost the first couple of sets. With the Slovenian facing a break point, things were pretty tense then.
However, the atmosphere soon became lighter after a baby’s cry reverberated throughout the Rod Laver Arena. It disrupted Bedene’s service motion and elicited laughter from the spectators.
The legend then decided to show his funny side by stating, ‘It’s not mine!”
The surprise reaction from Federer surely sent the crowd into a fit of laughter again just as they were settling down for the Bedene serve and they thunderously applauded Federer’s cheeky comment. It even managed to make Bedene break into a smile.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion is father to two sets of twins -- daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, 8, and sons Leo and Lenny, 3.
The World No. 2 paid a rich tribute to his wife Mirka and his children last week before starting his Australian Open title defence where he acknowledged how much his life has changed since having a family of his own.
“I think other things have changed my life in a big way and the last eight years on tour have been amazing and I’m so fortunate that my wife is supportive of everything, that we can do it all together,” Federer said.
The former World No. 1 next takes on World No. 55 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany for a place in the third round.