Even though Bedene was never expected to be a match for Federer, it was still a positive for Federer to see his fitness and conditioning so good after a week off court. On serve, the German had a point for a 4-1 lead, though failed to capitalize and Federer broke back immediately.
At 36 years of age Roger Federer continues to defy time and logic.
The world No 2 and title favourite went unbroken in his 6-3 6-4 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena in just one hour and 39 minutes.
The Swiss defending champion won two grand slams in 2017 and progressed to the second round in Melbourne after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win against Bedene this morning. The 2014 champion, seeded ninth, only chose to play in Melbourne on the eve of the tournament and was well below his best as he lost 6-2 6-1 6-4 to Tennys Sandgren of the USA.
He lost the first set before Monfils began struggling in the second and was heard at one point telling the umpire: "I'm exhausted and dizzy".
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Halep staved off two set points before beating the 17-year-old Australian 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Read Also: Caroline Wozniacki "proud' of greatest comeback Djokovic said there was little indication that players were going to have any form of discussion with the sport's chiefs for a shorter season. I did my job in two sets against someone that's been troubling in the past for me", she said afterwards.
Djokovic lost in the second round here past year, but won five of the previous six Australian Open titles. He faces a seed for the first time next, 29th seed Richard Gasquet, though has lost just twice in 18 meetings against the Frenchman; he should safely reach the second week.
"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said. Doesn't mean it's going to go in, but I don't have much of a backhand.
Risky sixth seed Karolina Pliskova also went through, dropping just two games against Beatriz Haddad Maia.
The two-time major singles champion has been under an injury cloud but looked untroubled in her 6-4, 6-3 victory. He took a few seconds and replied, "Well, there are 60 guys asking for the stuff, so I am one of those guys...yes". "But it felt pretty routine today".