You could have been forgiven for thinking that Sharapova was playing herself Tuesday, glancing at the TV scoreboard accompanying her match - she was facing Germany's Tatjana Maria and won comfortably 6-1 6-4.
The meeting is said to have been relatively unexceptional until the surprise intervention of Djokovic, which came close to the end of proceedings.
Asked about his serve, Djokovic said: "The second serve was very, very good". The total purse at the 2013 Australian Open rose significantly, with the biggest jumps going to early-round losers. Obviously you're talking about union, you're talking about boycott, you're talking about radical decisions to make and move so we can get financial compensations the way we deserve it. "That's what happened for me last year - all ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know".
"I play down my chances just because I don't think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament", Federer said Sunday on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, "It should not be the case".
No. 4-ranked Alexander Zverev said Djokovic did most of the talking at the meeting, which was attended by all of the top male players at the season's first major.
Maria Sharapova acknowledged Grand Slam revenues were growing and said after her Australian Open match Tuesday that: "I do believe that the players will ultimately earn more".
The second seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win in 1hr 39min and will next play German Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round.
"I know that nothing will be handed to me or anyone".
Djokovic has the intangible edge and the h2h edge, but I'm still not confident that he trusts his serve and his body.
That appeared to knock Sharapova off her stride, but only momentarily, surviving a wobble by reeling off four successive games to reach the next round, sealing her win with an ace.
There is, noticeably, less take back and serve rotation, but Djokovic didn't seem bothered as he faced a mere two break points. Some things I feel good about. He also reportedly implored players to form an independent union with him.
In the first quarter of 2018, after the Australian Open, where he makes his comeback to the competition for the first time in six months, he plans to play just other two events, the first Masters 1000s of the season, Indian Wells (5-18 March) and Miami (March 20-April 2).
"I never have intentionally thrown anyone out of the room".
"Every year here in Australia, there is talk about new things". Her career was in jeopardy. I'm probably crazy but I'll go with La Monf.
But Djokovic, a six-time champion in Melbourne, insists the reports have been "taken out of context".
Although Bouchard has struggled since her breakout year of 2014, the former Wimbledon finalist defeated Sharapova in Madrid in a "grudge match" last year.