"It's great to be here with two tennis legends", Ferrell started, gesturing towards Federer and McEnroe.
On Tuesday night, he got something different.
The 36-year-old said the renewed freedom in his back was contributing to the improvement in his serving. But true to his good form, Federer found a way to bounce back and on his second match point in Gasquet's next service game, scrambled to flick a backhand passing shot down the line to clinch the victory.
There was a shock in the women's event earlier in the day with British number one Johanna Konta, who reached the semi-finals of last year's tournament, losing to world number 123 Bernarda Pera of the United States 6-4, 7-5.
On Fucsovics, he said: "I know him a little bit".
"I gave him a tap on the shoulder and said: 'Come on, it's not too bad". That's a awful answer but Richard played well too and I happened to win tonight.
Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, booked a third-round meeting with Hyeon Chung of South Korea after beating fellow German Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3.
Czech Tomas Berdych, twice a semi-finalist in Melbourne, beat Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 2-6 6-2 6-3. The Austrian lost a tie-break in the opener but fought back to win 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-3.
The third set followed a similar pattern as Gasquet tried desperately to keep pace.
"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said. "I'm coming in this year very fit", added Federer who was the 17th seed here last year.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and No. 29 Lucie Safarova advanced.
The 36-year-old second seed was rather fortunate to clinch the match with a backhand victor after Gasquet had fired his shot off the net cord but he was undoubtedly a worthy victor, reaching the fourth round without conceding a set so far.