Roger Federer was in fine form at the Australian Open on Tuesday, winning his first-round match in straight sets as he hunts down his 20th Grand Slam title. After barely breaking a sweat, Federer was interviewed by John McEnroe who, after wrapping up his questions, asked the tennis great to stick around for a “special guest.” That’s when none other than Will Ferrell sauntered onto the court, surprising the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
Naturally, he channelled his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy, but for once, he was far from bumbling, asking Roger the kind of hard-hitting questions you just don’t get at a tennis match nowadays.
“Roger, would you describe your game as a silky gazelle?”
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It’s safe to say the No. 2 player in the world has never been asked questions like this in his life. But if Federer was caught off guard, you’d never know it, which was an amazing feat in itself since Ferrell was in fine Burgundy form. The actor wasted no time, digging to find out whether the seemingly ageless athlete is a “witch or a vampire,” questioning whether his fitness secret is eating wombat meat, and getting Federer to admit that, no, he would not, in fact, compare his play to that of a “silky gazelle.”
Ferrell finished off the interview with Ron’s signature signoff, “Stay classy, Melbourne,” but he needn’t have said it to Federer, who always handles everything with grace and humour. We think Ron Burgundy may have found a new calling. If he wants to trade in his news anchor gig for sports reporting, he could be a star. Champ Kind might have something to say about that though.