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Australian Open day seven as it happened


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By Caroline Cheese

1415: Jim Courier says he has a "bunch of funny questions" for Roddick, but the match was "way too serious". Relief all round. Meanwhile Matt in Blackburn (see 2-0 in the fifth set) is back with: "Jelena Dokic and Luka Modric, Justine Henin and Aaron Lennon and Taylor Dent and Darren Bent. Does Redknapp only deal in players who rhyme with tennis players?!" What a way to finish a six-hour marathon. Thanks for your company. See you back here for more drama from midnight GMT tomorrow.

Roddick on whether he's ready to win the title: "I hope so. It's as little premature to talk about that. I'm ready to compete in the next match. I'd love to get through a couple more here. I've lost in the semis here four times so I'd like to go a little further."

Andy Roddick: "I was lucky to get out of that. I took Fernando's best stuff for the majority of four sets. Sometimes if you stick around, you get your reward and that's what happened. When Fernando gets hot, a lot of the match is out of your control. I was playing really good tennis in the second and third sets... but I think what really helped me was being able to serve through. I got a little lucky tonight - and sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 6-2 Gonzalez
Now, Ivan Lendl and Howard Kendall is a doubles pairing I'd definitely like to see. Get them a wildcard for Wimbledon. Gonzo goes long with a backhand to let Roddick back in at deuce. Serve-forehand combo from Gonzo, now a backhand winner from A-Rod - followed by a tired-looking forehand from Gonzo. Match point but Gonzo saves it with a huge forehand. At deuce, Roddick challenges a Gonzo backhand - and it did clip the line, the Chilean smiling and lifting his arms to celebrate finally getting the better of HawkEye. But a forehand wide and then an audacious attempt at a drive volley hits the net and it's another match point. Drop shot... Roddick gets there but nets it. Third match point now and... oh no. Gonzo double-faults and it's all over.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 5-2* Gonzalez
Ah lovely. Roddick's shot is called out - and the HawkEye replay shows it's way in. Gonzo's response is to high-five the linesman. Three more aces for Roddick and he's a game away. They're flooding (trickling) in now: Fernando Gonzalez and Jose Concalves (Hearts player) from Gary, Rafa Nadal and Sebastian Chabal (Pete), Ivan Lendl and Howard Kendall (Andrew).

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 4-2 Gonzalez
Roddick wants another break to finish this off. Gonzo pushes his backhand approach just too long to give the American a break point but A-Rod wastefully puts a return off a second serve miles long. Could that let-off inspire Gonzo?

From JonRidge on Twitter: "Marin Cilic and Slaven Bilic? Bit obvious..."

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 4-1* Gonzalez
Second serve ace from Roddick... Gonzo's going to challenge. It'll be his last one if he's wrong. It's in by about half a millimetre. Even Gonzo has to smile at that one. It's like the world hates him.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 3-1 Gonzalez
Change of shirt for Gonzo and he's pristine in white. Seems to have perked him up and he holds easily there.

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From lolrabbits on Twitter: "What about Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Pascal Chimbonda?"

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 3-0* Gonzalez
Glimmer for Gonzo at 15-30 but soon gone. He considers annihilating another racquet but thinks better of it.

Someone is having a tantrum
Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 2-0 Gonzalez
Gonzo's HawkEye challenge fails and from 30-0 up, he now faces a break point. Double fault - AND THE RACQUET'S GONE. Obliterated by the fuming Chilean. Nice gift for someone in the crowd though. You'd have to ask Vassos Alexander, but I believe the rules of the rhyming pairs game say that one member of the pair has to be a tennis player, and the other any other sports figure. So only Drogba and Llodra are allowed - but that is a very good effort nonetheless.

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From Matt, Blackburn via text: "Re rhyming doubles pairs: how about Alan Lamb and Steve Cram, Didier Drogba and Michael Llodra, and Jenson Button and Alan Hutton?"

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 1-0* Gonzalez
Delicious drop shot from Roddick, who opens the fifth set with a hold to 15. Up to 26 aces now.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 7-5 0-0 Gonzalez
Gonzo bulldozes his way into a 40-0 lead... but is pegged back to deuce, Roddick doing the damage with a deft lob. Whoah. Gonzo nets a forehand and suddenly, Roddick has a fifth set point. Roddick has taken one of 13 break points, and has lost 12 in a row... First serve into the net. Baseline rally, and Roddick swings at a forehand onto the sideline - called out. Challenge... "I think you could be right," says umpire. He is right. The umpire rules correctly that there should be no replay of the point, because Gonzo let the ball go. You can imagine how well that's gone down with the Chilean, finishing his rant by kicking a water bottle into his chair. At the end of all that, we're into a fifth set.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-5* Gonzalez
Brilliant response from Roddick. Brilliant. He holds to 15, and marches purposefully back to his chair, asking for more towels. It's been a long night.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 5-5 Gonzalez
It's 30-30, and surely Gonzo has this point in the bag as he winds up on a forehand - but Roddick's there waiting for it, pinging a quite unbelievable forehand crosscourt. It's set point and Roddick has the chance to put away a short backhand - but he pushes it wide. AGONY for the American and his legion of fans. But now Gonzo pushes an easy volley wide and gifts his opponent another set point. Ginormous serve out wide, and though Roddick gets a racquet to it, the ball goes an inch long. Gonzo nets a backhand and it's a third set point. Saved with an ace down the 'T'. Gonzo into the net again and surely now... it's a fourth set point. No. Gonzo rips an absurdly good half-volley forehand down the line. Nothing A-Rod can do about that. An ace takes Gonz to game point. Roddick has a smash to put away but it's a weak effort and Gonzo can pat it back over for a winner. Odd. That's got to hurt Roddick.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 5-4* Gonzalez
Big game, but Roddick comes through it with ease. I'm still trying to come up with rhyming doubles pairings on a sporting theme...

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 4-4 Gonzalez
It's 30-30. Roddick's going to need to take one of these chances soon - obviously. He's into the net - but the volley isn't good enough, Gonzo walloping a backhand into the space. The pocket of Chilean fans in the crowd are starting to really believe their man could do this. Big game coming up again for Roddick.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 4-3* Gonzalez
Bit of trouble here for Roddick at 15-30 - but here's a second serve ace down the middle. An ace to close the game. That was a big game for A-Rod. Tell you what, I think I've lost it, but get this: Vassos Alexander and Chris Bailey are discussing sporting rhyming doubles pairings on 5 live Sports Extra. Alexander begins with "Larry Stefanki and Ted 'The Count' Hankey" before offering: "Tim Henman and [the horse] Denman."

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 3-3 Gonzalez
Gonzo's response to going 0-30 down is to get a new racquet out of his bag - his sixth of the match, reckons 5 live's Vassos Alexander. Ah. That racquet might not last long if A-Rod gets any more outrageous luck like that - a backhand slice clipping the net and dribbling over. The American has two break points. Big serve saves one, and then Roddick puts a poor forehand into the net. A-Rod saves a game point with an unorthodox forehand smash, on his backhand side if that makes any sense at all. Is anything I'm saying making any sense at all? Gonzo comes through. Frustration mounts for Roddick.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 3-2* Gonzalez
And now Roddick holds to love. They don't hang about, these two. Roddick is having some chat with the umpire at the changeover... what's this about? Think he's upset with fans in the crowd shouting out. "It's one of these arguments where I get frustrated because there's a lack of common sense involved," says Roddick. I imagine he wouldn't be so bothered if he was the one leading by two sets to one.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 2-2 Gonzalez
No sign of a let-up yet though. Gonzo holds to love. Enthusiastic chanting from some fans in the crowd. Not sure who or what it was directed at.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 2-1* Gonzalez
Gonzo misses a backhand by inches which would have given him three break points. He marches to his chair for more dust to dry his hands - and it seems to to the trick. He earns a break point. Huge moment here - and Roddick comes up with a clever, swinging serve to draw the error. Big "come on" from the American, who clings on. If he can weather the storm, he may well get his reward. Gonzo surely cannot keep playing at this level.

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From Gaz via text: "Basically if (big if) Murray beats Nadal, he'll face a player who knocked him out of a Slam last year. So I don't know who I want to win! A-Rod I think."

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 1-1 Gonzalez
Roddick looks sprightly enough as he chases down a drop shot and puts away a smash to give him 0-30. Gonzo winds up on a monumental forehand to get back to 30-30. Surprised the ball survived that attack. Frustration for Roddick as he fails to get a second serve back, and now Gonzo curls a quite magical lob onto the junction of side and baseline. Unbelievable shot. More bend on it than a Roberto Carlos free-kick.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-6 1-0* Gonzalez
Larry Stefanki nods approvingly in the stands as Roddick hits the corner with a forehand, sealing the game with an ace. Chris Bailey on 5 live reckons Roddick might be struggling physically...

Former player Justin Gimelstob on Twitter: "GONZO is putting on a show, just so you know if you're watching, it's NOT NORMAL to hit every ball as hard as you can and never miss."

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-6 0-0 Gonzalez
Gonzo is IN THE ZONE. "He's seeing the ball like a football," says 5 live's Vassos Alexander. Sliced second serve from Gonzo gets him to three set points. An ace? Now just wide. Next one's in the net for a double fault. And now Roddick steps in on the return, forcing Gonzo to lob into the trams. Two down, one to go. Big serve, bigger forehand and the set is his. Can he keep it up? If he can, a quarter-final place against Marin Cilic will be his.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-5* Gonzalez
Interesting... Gonzo rips a backhand down the line and it's 0-30. A-Rod needs his serve now - but Gonzo is equal to it, this time belting a forehand down the line. Three break points for the 2007 finalist. He gets a look at a second serve and we're into a gruelling rally. Roddick has a high volley to put away - but it's a terrible effort and Gonzo gets it back. Now Roddick has a bounce smash but wallops it miles out and Gonzo will serve for a two sets to one lead. What drama...

Roddick *6-3 3-6 4-4 Gonzalez
Roddick FURIOUS as he misses with a passing shot which would have made it 30-30. These games are going too quickly...

Roddick 6-3 3-6 4-3* Gonzalez
Twenty aces for Roddick now as he holds to love. "With that serve, it's amazing that he hasn't ever had any shoulder or back problems," says 5 live's Chris Bailey.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 3-3 Gonzalez
This is a slugfest now, Roddick throwing everything at Gonzo but still no breakthrough. The American gets to 30-30... and to deuce when he chases down a drop shot and then anticipates Gonzo's response. But an ace and a brilliant serve-volley manoeuvre from Nando levels it up.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 3-2* Gonzalez
Bizarre moment at 30-0 when Gonzo meets a Roddick second serve with a squash-shot return, which loops miles in the air. Roddick closes down on the net, but it drops just short. The pair are both laughing at that one.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 2-2 Gonzalez
Gonzo taken to deuce, but he does well to anticipate Roddick's pass, cutting it off the a deft volley. Ace to close the game.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 2-1* Gonzalez
Chink of light for Gonzalez now as his lob sends Roddick racing back to the baseline, before the Chilean delivers the killer blow with a drop volley. Chink of light soon snuffed out by a couple of beefy serves. Gonzo will apply some tape to his fingers during the changeover. He also has a white plaster on each knee. Strange.

Roddick *6-3 3-6 1-1 Gonzalez
A-Rod shakes his head impatiently as Gonzo asks HawkEye to look at a serve which was called long. Couple of inches long. Scrappy game by Gonzo this. Roddick has a break point - and good grief, he could not have done any more to win it. Unbelievable defence from the American, scrambling back smashes and big forehands from Gonzo before the Chilean eventually puts it away. The crowd are off their seats now. Gonzo holds on.

Roddick 6-3 3-6 1-0* Gonzalez
Fairly easy hold for A-Rod there. Packed Rod Laver Arena absorbed by this match, if not on the edge of their seats with the excitement.

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From Douglas from Newcastle via text: "At last!!! Gonzalez showing some fight. I was worried, after the first set, that Roddick was going to breeze through in straight sets. On the assumption Murray can conjure up a bit more baseline magic on Tuesday to beat Rafa, I'd quite like his semi opponent a little wearier."

Roddick *6-3 3-6 0-0 Gonzalez
Did you ever doubt him? Gonzo hammers down a second-serve ace to bring up three set points. A-Rod forces the error on the first, but on the second, the American goes wide with a forehand - and we're all square. Gonzo with 17 winners in that set, to Roddick's 10.

Roddick 6-3 3-5* Gonzalez
Roddick holds to 15 and Gonzo will have to serve it out...

A tearful Dinara Safina after retiring against Kirilenko: "My back again. It suddenly hit me and it was getting worse and worse. I have no idea how it could happen. It's really, really terrible. I have to go back to my doctor in Germany to speak to him. I don't know what happened."

Roddick *6-3 2-5 Gonzalez
Oh no. Gonzo nets a backhand pass and that gives Roddick a break-back point immediately. He changes his racquet - and it seems to do the trick. A first serve, and a big forehand seeing him out of trouble. But now a forehand into the net gives A-Rod another break point. First serve into the net, and Roddick decides to bluff his way into the net. Gonzo shuts the door with a backhand down the line.

Roddick 6-3 2-4* Gonzalez
This is better now. A-Rod looks disgusted as his sliced backhand approach hits the tape. That's 15-30, but Gonzo's desperate lob from a Roddick shot which clips the net and hits the baseline goes out. Now he wants to challenge. Too late son, says the umpire. Gonzo gets his head back together and hammers a forehand pass cross-court to get to deuce. Ace from Roddick. But Gonzo pegs him back again with a backhand down the line. Roddick nets - it's break point. Gonzo gets a look at a second serve - and it's an EPIC rally. 30 shots. Gonzo finishes it off eventually with two huge forehands... "VAMOOOOOOOOOS!" bellows the Chilean.

Roddick *6-3 2-3 Gonzalez
Every so often though, there's a shot like that: Gonzo sending Roddick wider and wider before ripping a forehand down the line. A hold to love and they're having a sit-down they don't really deserve after two super-quick games.

Roddick 6-3 2-2* Gonzalez
I must be honest. I have seen better matches. It's the sort of tennis my mum would describe as "wham-bam". Double-quick service game from A-Rod piles the pressure on Gonzo.

Roddick *6-3 1-2 Gonzalez
Roddick's scampering at the back of the court pays dividends as Gonzo dumps a simple high volley into the net - and it gives the sixth seed a break point. Gonzo bangs down an ace out wide - called out, but overruled by HawkEye. A-Rod gets some good-natured whistling from the crowd as he then challenges a Gonzo serve - which was plum on the line - and the Chilean survives.

Roddick 6-3 1-1* Gonzalez
That game went too quickly for me - and Gonzo too presumably. East street for A-Rod. By the way, Dinara Safina's retirement means Maria Kirilenko or Jie Zheng will reach the semi-finals in Melbourne. The winner of that one will face the winner of Justine Henin-Nadia Petrova.

Roddick *6-3 0-1 Gonzalez
Sounds like Wozniacki had quite an evening... Gonzo off to a good start in the second set, his first ace of the day closing it out to love.

Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Just came back from dinner with the twin towers Sam Querrey and John Isner. At dinner I felt like a boxer with my opponent (Isner) pinned to the corner the whole dinner. It's fair to say I got the best of him! Haha."

Roddick 6-3 0-0* Gonzalez
Gonzo tries to second-guess the A-Rod serve - and sees a second-serve ace go down the middle. Another ace seals the set for Roddick in 29 minutes.

Andy Murray on Twitter: "Watching first series of Gavin and Stacey back at the apartment. Think I'm the only person who's never seen it before."

Roddick *5-3 Gonzalez
Gonzo pummels a forehand winner to hold to 15. "I sense a bit of frustration in that service hold," says 5 live Sports Extra's Chris Bailey. Indeed.

Someone is having a tantrum
Roddick 5-2* Gonzalez
I tell a lie. I think Gonzo might have snapped his bat. He plays one point with it - to avoid being penalised presumably - before going to get a new one. Roddick holds to love and it's all going very smoothly for the seventh seed.

Roddick *4-2 Gonzalez
Glimmer of hope for Roddick now as a long baseline rally as Gonzo lobs a backhand over the baseline. It's 0-30. Roddick forced to net but now a double fault and the American has two break points. Bold net attack by Gonzo saves the first - but he tries the same trick on the second and dumps a volley into the net. He bangs his racquet into the court - but holds off smashing it completely. Disappointing.

Roddick 3-2* Gonzalez
Gonzo meets Roddick's serve with a brilliant, blocked return crosscourt and that earns him the first break point of the match. Gone in the time it takes for Roddick to send down a first-serve bomb.

Roddick *2-2 Gonzalez
Gonzo ain't just a forehand you know. The Chilean has already played a sublime lob and a delicate drop shot. He holds to 15 there. It seems that world number two Dinara Safina has had to retire from her fourth-round match against Maria Kirilenko, while trailing 5-4. That might explain the turnaround. Kirilenko through to her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Roddick 2-1* Gonzalez
Wonderful lob from Gonzo, but Roddick's second ace of the day takes him to 40-15 and the American holds easily. Turnaround on Hisense where Maria Kirilenko leads Dinara Safina 5-4 in the first set, although it's on serve.

Roddick *1-1 Gonzalez
Boom boom boom. Gonzo holds to love. The Chilean's former coach is Larry Stefanki, who is now in A-Rod's corner.

Roddick 1-0* Gonzalez
Roddick steams into a 40-0 lead, but a glorious return winner and then a Roddick error gets Gonzo on the board. The big first serve does the job for A-Rod - and that won't be the first time I wrote those words today.
* denotes next to serve

1042: Roddick to serve first. Play.

1038: Hey, I've actually done some research. Roddick has won eight of his 11 meetings with Gonzo, including six of the last seven.. They haven't met since the 2008 US Open when Roddick won 6-2 6-4 6-1. The last time Gonzo won a set against the American was in 2006.

1033: Looks like a bit of a ding-dong over on the Hisense Arena where Dinara Safina is desperately holding on to her early break, leading 3-2 against Maria Kirilenko.

1031: Don't go anywhere. Coming up: Andy Roddick faces Fernando Gonzalez, and if at least one racquet is not destroyed in the next couple of hours, I shall be extremely disappointed.

1026: Channel Seven interviewer Todd Woodbridge goes a bit Jim Courier on us by asking Justine Henin if she'll give us a song. During her two-year retirement, Henin took part in a reality show called The 12 Labours of Justine Henin, in which she apparently learnt to sing or something like that. Anyway, Henin refuses to show off the fruits of her labour - wise move, I think. She'll face Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals, which could be another cracker as long as (a) Henin doesn't run out of gas and (b) Petrova doesn't get the wobbles, as she is prone to doing.

Justine Henin: "It's been a great moment for myself, just to be back and everything's going so well. It wasn't easy. She played a great match, really aggressive. Physically it's not so easy having not played for two years. That's why I love being on court now."

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-3 Wickmayer
Henin draws Wickmayer into the net before rifling a dreamy backhand crosscourt. Too good. She is two points away now. She nets nervously and it's 30-30. Wick's second serve is weak, and Henin takes advantage - firing a forehand return crosscourt for a match point. And she's done it! Another brave move: coming into the net to put away a difficult backhand volley.

Juan Martin del Potro on defeat by Marin Cilic: "Marin is playing a great tennis. I think he did better than me and he won. I think he has the opportunity to keep going. He will play a quarters here against Gonzalez or Roddick. He can beat both of them. So I wish good luck."

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 5-3* Wickmayer
Swinging ace down the middle takes Henin to 30-0, but Wickmayer responds with a deep approach and volley into the open court. Henin now with a 40-15 lead, but Wickmayer pegs her back to deuce. She goes long though and Henin survives - and is a game away. So close and yet...

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-6 4-3 Wickmayer
Henin still running quite gingerly if you ask me - and that last tweeter may well be right. Dangerous game to play though. Wickmayer holds to love. On Hisense, Safina leads Kirilenko 3-1 in the first set.

From davidmcbride09 on Twitter: "Henin's just saving her energy for her service games, and hoping she can hold."

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 4-2* Wickmayer
Henin begins the game with a nervy double fault. She mutters angrily to herself, but she's back on track quickly, sweeping a forehand out wide to force Wick to net. The former world number one is having real trouble with her serve though, missing first serves and struggling with her ball toss... and now she's limping about after slipping out wide. Eventually she's ready to go again, and closes out the game to 15 - but she still seems bothered by an ankle problem.

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-6 3-2 Wickmayer
Wickmayer is still in this, and her body language suggests she believes that too. A hold to 15 for the qualifier. Let's have a little look ahead to tomorrow's schedule. On Rod Laver Arena from midnight GMT: Venus v Schiavone, Verdasco v Davydenko, Serena v Stosur. From 0800 GMT, Federer v Hewitt, Zvonareva v Azarenka (LIVE on Red Button/Online/5 live Sports Extra). Wozniacki, Djokovic and Tsonga headline the Hisense Arena.

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 3-1* Wickmayer
No problem there for Henin. Judy Murray, commentating on 5 live Sports Extra, revealed earlier than Wickmayer spent some time at Henin's academy just outside Brussels while the older Belgian was retired.

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-6 2-1 Wickmayer
Henin plays a backhand drop shot which almost brings me to tears. Brilliant. Even coach Carlos Rodriguez smiles - but only briefly - he's soon pumping his first and telling Henin to focus. Wickmayer holds though, and now she turns to her camp for encouragement.

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 2-0* Wickmayer
Wow. That second-set rest has done Henin the world of good. A deadly sliced approach onto the Wickmayer forehand earns her a hold to 15. Over on Hisense, Maria Kirilenko and Dinara Safina are just getting under way in their fourth-round match.

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-6 1-0 Wickmayer
That's the best shot of the match so far - and it's a quite ridiculous inside-out backhand from Henin onto the outer edge of the sideline. The crowd LOVED that. So did I. Stunning. It gives her three break points and a booming return forces Wickmayer to net. Henin looks to be back in the zone...

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 0-0* Wickmayer
Henin is in complete control of the point at 15-30, Wickmayer scrambling about at the back of the court - but when Henin pulls the trigger, she puts the forehand wide. Two set points and another forehand into the trams levels it up. Strange set. Seven winners and 14 unforced errors from Henin, 8-5 for Wickmayer.

It's good news for a Briton
Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-5 Wickmayer
Wickmayer holds to 15. Think Henin might be thinking about a third set here. Hey, I'm not sure that my colleagues on the overnight shift gave this quite enough love. Laura Robson and her Aussie partner Sally Peers are through to the quarter-finals of the women's doubles. They beat Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-3. Top stuff - and more than worthy of the (not so) famous Brit Up graphic.

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-4* Wickmayer
Just as I was thinking Wickmayer would need another break to come through this set, she does exactly that. An error-strewn Henin sees her forehand drift into the trams. Is Henin tired? Injured? Bored?!

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 1-3 Wickmayer
Bit of trouble for Wickmayer, pegged back to deuce a couple of times, but she comes through.

0934: Four hours and 38 minutes that match on the Hisense Arena took. Can't say I'm entirely surprised to see DelPo go. The US Open champ hasn't been in the best of form this week, and has been complaining about a wrist injury. Cilic will face Roddick/Gonzalez next, and the winner of that one plays Murray or Nadal. Second Grand Slam quarter-final in a row for Cilic.


Henin 7-6 (7-3) 1-2* Wickmayer
Henin makes one of the worst attempts at a drop shot I have ever seen. And I've seen some, I can tell you. This one bounces well before it reaches the net. Wickmayer has a 30-15 lead, but then goes wide with a forehand. Big serve-forehand combo gets Henin to game point, which she takes. Del Potro has wasted two break-back points against Cilic, who is still serving for the match at 5-3.

Henin *7-6 (7-3) 0-2 Wickmayer
Wickmayer is temporarily disturbed by the rumbling of a helicopter overhead. Quickly back into her stride though and she holds to 15. Cilic still serving for the match at 5-3 against Del Potro. It's 30-30.

Henin 7-6 (7-3) 0-1* Wickmayer
Henin balloons a forehand over the baseline to give Wickmayer two break points. The former champ then double-faults. Odd. At the start of the game, Henin appeared to jar her ankle as she chased down a drop shot. Something to keep an eye on. Cilic serving for the match against Del Potro at 5-3 in the fifth set.

Henin *7-6 (7-3) Wickmayer
Henin makes the first move, ripping a backhand down the line to lead 5-3. And now a forehand down the line for three set points. She only needs one, stunning her opponent with a rare serve-volley. Henin runs to the chair pumping her fist. Marin Cilic is a game away from knocking out US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. He leads 5-2 in the fifth set.

Henin 6-6 (3-3) Wickmayer
No quarter given here. They swap sides all square after some ferocious hitting. No idea which way this is going...

Henin 6-6 Wickmayer
Wickmayer has two set points after Henin's backhand clatters the top of the net and drops her side. The umpire then overrules an out call on a Henin serve. Wickmayer challenges - and it's about a FOOT out. Terrible overrule. Henin wins the point anyway with a brutal backhand combo, and then saves the second with a forehand winner. Henin has game point - but Wick pummels a forehand down the line. ACE! Mis-hit forehand, back to deuce. Forehand millimetres wide and Wick has another set point, but Henin plays another brave point, forcing Wick to net. Finally, we're into a tie-break. Meanwhile, Cilic has broken and leads 4-1 in the fifth set against Del Potro. IT'S ALL GOING ON!

Henin *5-6 Wickmayer
Wickmayer holds to love. No sign of either of these two crumbling. Cilic leads Del Potro 2-1 in the fifth but it's on serve in the epic over on the Hisense Arena.

Henin 5-5* Wickmayer
Our 5 live Sports Extra commentator - Vassos Alexander I think it is - reckons there's a Cockney interloper watching one of the lines on Rod Laver Arena. "Aaaart" (that's Cockney for 'out') comes the cry as Wickmayer's forehand hits the trams and Henin holds to 30.

Henin *4-5 Wickmayer
Clever short backhand catches Henin unawares and Wickmayer has 40-15. Backhand wide on the first game point, and now Henin forces another error. Back we go to deuce. Oh dear, a double fault - but what a way to save the break point: hammering a forehand onto the sideline. Now Henin steps up and somehow finds the angle for a forehand winner. Another break point but Henin's volley sits up to be hit - which Wickmayer takes great pleasure in doing. She holds eventually. Absorbing contest so far. Del Potro wins the fourth set 7-5 and goes into a fifth set against Cilic. Coming up to four hours in that one.

Henin 4-4* Wickmayer
Few too many errors from Henin at the moment, and she begins the game with a sloppy forehand over the baseline. Ripper of a return from Wickmayer gets her to 15-30, but a couple of errors hand Henin the game point, the former champion finishing it with a beautiful crosscourt backhand. Del Potro breaks Cilic's serve at and is serving to take it into a fifth set.

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From anon via text: "Everyone seems to be talking like Rafa's just going to step aside and let Murray through to the semis... Rafa is at least two levels up from anyone Murray's played so far - and he won't tire like Isner did. Rafa's trying to defend his title here - you can be sure he'll fight Murray every step of the way. Not saying Murray won't win - but he'll have to leave everything out on the court because you can be sure Rafa will. Vamos Rafa!"

Henin *3-4 Wickmayer
Wickmayer anticipates Henin's pass to put away a volley. "Come on," she shouts. I think she's pleased with that. Boom. Screamer of a backhand down the line and that's 40-0. Hmm... Double fault now, and a clever little drop shot from Henin - but Wickmayer finally closes out the game with a winning volley. Del Potro holds serve to make it 5-5 in the fourth set against Cilic.

Henin 3-3* Wickmayer
Henin constructs the point beautifully, opening up the court for a backhand pass - but putting it wide. That makes it deuce. And now Wickmayer earns a break-back point - not sure how, I was answering the phone. Multi-tasking, you see. Anyway, Henin responds... with a double fault. As you were. Del Potro is serving to stay in the tournament against Cilic.

Henin *3-2 Wickmayer
Stretching volley from Henin to start the game. Becker-esque. Henman-esque, even. Anyway, a sizzling backhand down the line takes Henin to 15-30 and Wickmayer nets a volley to give her fellow Belgian two break points. Oof. Wickmayer is footfaulted on her first serve and puts the second one long. Henin with the early break. Cilic and Del Potro 4-4 in the fourth, Cilic leading by two sets to one after three hours and 39 minutes.

Henin 2-2* Wickmayer
It's another very blue day on Rod Laver: both players in blue as well as the linespeople and court. It's like I'm reliving Avatar. If I put some 3D glasses on, will it be like Justine Henin is rifling a backhand right at me? Henin holds to 15 as Wickmayer's return game deserts her temporarily.

Henin *1-2 Wickmayer
Fabulous return from Henin gets her back to deuce, but she ruins a good rally by flopping a routine backhand into the net and Wickmayer is soon jogging back to the chair.

BBC 5 live's Ali Eykyn tweeting from Melbourne Park: "Murray's display the talk of Melbourne after beating "Big John". Rafa unspectacular v Karlovic. Cilic + DelP could play all night long."

Henin 1-1* Wickmayer
Quite a start to this match. Wickmayer earns a break point, but Henin goes on the offensive, whipping forehands this way and that before finishing off the point with a volley. Massive forehand from Wickmayer gives her another break point, but now a big serve from Henin. Cilic and Del Potro 3-3 in the fourth, Cilic leading by two sets to one.

From John B, Dublin, via text: "Re 0756: The Irish are happy again this morning with a win by Sam Barry who plays Oliver Golding in the next round."

Henin *0-1 Wickmayer
"Come on," screams Wickmayer as she stretches to rifle a magnificent forehand past Henin at the net. Feisty start, and she holds to 15.
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0808: Away we go. Wickmayer to serve first.

0803: Here come the players then. Oddly, because of the quality of player involved, this match features a wildcard (Henin) against a qualifier (Wickmayer). Wickmayer had to qualify because the deadline for entry into the tournament had passed before she was cleared to return to the tour after having a doping ban suspended.

0758: Now then, while I will be mainly focusing on events on Rod Laver Arena, I will of course have half an eye elsewhere - largely because fourth seed and US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is in a large spot of bother on Hisense Arena. The Argentine is two sets to one down against Marin Cilic.

It's good news for a Briton
0756: Our morning begins with some sooperdooper news from the boys' singles: British wonderkid Oliver Golding has beaten 12th seed Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4 6-4. Unfortunately, Jack Carpenter and Heather Watson both went out earlier.

0750: And we're back. After building up yesterday's Hewitt-Baghdatis clash as a potential classic, I'm wary of doing likewise with Henin-Wickmayer and Roddick-Gonzalez. Let's just say I'm cautiously optimistic.

By Mark Ashenden

0552: I'm going to wrap this up for the time being. Keep an eye on Del Potro with the latest scores. And the live text will be back up and running from around 0800 GMT with Caroline Cheese taking over the hotseat. So that'll be Henin and Wickmayer with Roddick and Gonzalez following. The Red Button and BBC Radio 5 live will also be available to follow the live action. Thank you for all your contributions. A masterclass in communication in the middle of the night so thank you for all your texts and twitter chat - all on a wonderful night for one Andrew Murray. Brilliant showing from the number five seed. He's beaten the tournament's tallest three players so far - can he add Nadal to his list of scalps?

0546: So what's happening elsewhere? Fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro has taken the first set 7-5 against Marin Cilic. One that finished earlier was China's Zheng Jie, ranked 35, beating 31st seeded Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to become the first Chinese player ever to make the quarter-finals in Melbourne. She will play Dinara Safina or Maria Kirilenko.

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0541: "A win for Nadal and Del Potro gets the break. It seems if Murray's going to win this tournament he's going to have to do it the hard way. After today's performance, however, it's not beyond the realms of possibility."
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0540: "Muzza to beat Rafa in four. His all round game will be too strong at the moment for the Spaniard plus he has conserved energy by not dropping a set yet, something he's not done before in a Slam."
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0530: "Your 'rival' coverage just said Nadal "has a great pumba from the Lion King" not a compliment!"
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Rival coverage? If I find out my colleague David Ornstein is doing his own live updates across from me I'll hide his tea bags. And I thought he was doing the photogallery. Thanks for the heads-up.

0536: A beaming Nadal says: "If he serves well you can do nothing. This has given me a lot of confidence and it will be a very difficult match against Andy Murray. I will try to play aggressive and play behind the line but if I don't do that then I will have a flight home!" He then reveals he plays as Roger Federer whenever he plays on the tennis video game.

Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4 Karlovic
The umpire has to say "shhhh" as Nadal serves up with three match points. And Karlovic plants the ball into the net and it's a win for Nadal. he'll take that I guess. Big noise from the crowd as they fight over his sweat bands. So there it is - NADAL vs MURRAY and will probably be on Tuesday morning.

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Rival coverage? If I find out my colleague David Ornstein is doing his own live updates across from me I'll hide his tea bags. And I thought he was doing the photogallery. Thanks for the heads-up.

Nadal* 6-4 4-6 6-4 5-4 Karlovic
A really cute point from Karlo - pushes Nadal to the back and then dangles him in with a drop shot and wins the point with an easy smash. Another ace and it's game over. Nadal just doing enough. And now he's serving for the match.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 5-3 *Karlovic
Nadal is put under pressure from Karlo running around the ball and planting it right at his feet. 30-30. massive point and what happens? Karlo plays it about a mile long and then another one two feet long and Nadal is within one game of an ugly win. Murray - your wish is getting closer for a Nadal quarter-final.
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0521: I know it's late. Or is it early? But why not send me your thoughts through Twitter or via text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide). How do you reckon Muzza would get on against Nadal? Is Feds stoppable this year? As a side note, Laura Robson and Sally Peers have just won their doubles match.

Nadal* 6-4 4-6 6-4 4-3 Karlovic
Karlo almost takes the net off with a first serve. More joy at the net though and he edges ahead 40-30 and another volley gives him the game.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 4-2 *Karlovic
Nadal homes in. Karlo's got nothing left in the tank has he? Has he?
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 6-4 3-2 Karlovic
This match is a shocker it has to be said. Perhaps I'm still riding high on Murray's box of tricks earlier - yep, I've been spoilt tonight. I reckon Murray would have a great chance against Nadal. Wohhh did I just say that? Anyway, Nadal plays a beauty down the line and it's deuce. Big serve kicks up off the line- thought I saw chalk dust there - it must be the time of night because those things don't happen anymore. Certainly not on a hard court anyway. Boom. game over and another banana comes out for Karlo. Easy son - there's a lot of sugar in those things. A great serve you have I know, but I don't want you losing your teeth in this match.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 3-1 *Karlovic
Umpire calls for new balls after Karlo sends one beyond Nadal's baseline and the number two has a healthy two-game lead. Karlo looks uninterested. No tie-break predictions from me right now.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 6-4 2-1 Karlovic
Karlo's fighting for his Ozzie Open life and he's mixing it up by flying into the net on quite a few of his serves in this game. Some good, some not so good. And then a double fault has him sulking back to his chair and Nadal inches closer to a quarter-final with Murray.
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0500: "More interesting umpire fact Mark: the umpire is James Keothavong, brother of our very own Anne. FACT"
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 1-1 *Karlovic
Nadal's all about accuracy and pushing his opponent wide with his sliced serves - obviously not as powerful as Karlo but it's effective.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 6-4 0-1 Karlovic
A deathly hush still falls upon the Rod Laver Arena. Karlo takes the first game. Coming up after this match on this court from 0800 GMT is Justine Henin vs Yanina Wickmayer, and then Andy Roddick vs Fernando Gonzales. Both games on the Red Button. Another men's game just started on the Hisense Arena is Colic vs Del Potro. Interesting.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 6-4 *Karlovic
Nadal gets off to a ripping start and is 30-0 up before a wide one gets Karlo sniffing a comeback. It's no good though because Nadal makes no mistake and a snappy forehand leads to the game and third set.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 5-4 Karlovic
A quick fact. The umpire sounds like Darth Vader. Certainly a man capable of taking over the world, if not the great helmetted one from Star Wars. However, back to the action and Karlo still in this set - just. Crowd are quiet. I've had my fruit intake and I'm firing again on all cylinders.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 5-3 *Karlovic
Nadal takes a 40-0 lead and plops one into the net. Silly. He then opens up his body and plonks a forehand right in the corner and totally wrong-foots the big man. Game over.
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0440: Thank you for your suggestions as to what the 'shot through the legs' is called. The 'ball drop' says Nick from Brighton. While a few of you have said it's the 'hotdog'. I'm happy to go with the majority on this one. Sounds a bit sexier anyway.

Nadal* 6-4 4-6 4-3 Karlovic
Big shrieks from the crowd as they try to muster some sort of excitement out of this plodding game. Another big serve game. Of course.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 4-2 *Karlovic
Nadal's bandwagon keeps rolling - in this set anyway - and edges two games ahead. What are your predictions now after that earlier Nadal wobble?
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A shock result
0433: Britain's Laura Robson and Sally Peers are 5-3 up in their first set in the doubles. AND here's a massive shock. 19th seed Nadia Petrova has demolished the third seed and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 3-6 6-1 to reach the quarters.

Nadal* 6-4 4-6 3-2 Karlovic
A big ace wraps up the game for Karlo. Got some latest scores for you......
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 3-1 *Karlovic
More chuntering from Nadal but he should be a happy boy - he's 40-0 up on serve and he smashes down to take the game to love.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 2-1 Karlovic
Nadal blows a chance to break with a long one and it goes to deuce. The Spanish flags are flying now and the biceps are pumping because he's broken. The Spaniard looks a man on a mission. Don't forget - and I know you won't or haven't - that Murray is waiting for the winner.
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 1-1 *Karlovic
Nadal steadies the Spanish ship with four solid serves.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-6 0-1 Karlovic
Karlo keeps his game in tact by winning to love. Although Nadal came within a couple of inches of winning a cracker with one of those 'through the legs' shots - you know the one. It's got a special name but I can't remember it right now. Any ideas?
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0417: "Much better from Karlovic in terms of attacking the Nadal serve. Now we've got a game on our hands. As a murray fan i'm hoping this match goes all the way to tire the eventual victor out"
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Nadal 6-4 4-6 *Karlovic
Hello, hello, hello. Karlo forces Nadal to volley wide and then comes to the net himself and it's bingo - he's 30-0 up. A chance. And he needs it. Three set points for Karlo. Nadal blasts one long, wide and horribly wrong to hand Karlo the set. He looks up and kisses towards the sky. Good effort.
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Nadal* 6-4 4-5 Karlovic
Nadal has got his service game to save his bacon in this set. No signs of breaking. Yet.
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Nadal 6-4 4-4 *Karlovic
Another quickie. Level again - dare I predict another tie-break? Yeh, why not.
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5live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Spoken to Murray. He's doing all his interviews in a very "I'm not getting excited just yet, coz I think I can win it" kind of way."

Nadal* 6-4 3-4 Karlovic
An astonishing back-hand from Nadal flies past a stunned Karlovic to take it to 30-30. How did he do that? A fab pick-up from Karlo at his feet and his half-volley sends Nadal scrambling. Game over. The crowd a little flat. I'm a little flat because I haven't been able to find the jam for my teacake. A minor problem I know but at 4 in the morning, these things matter more than they should.
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Nadal 6-4 3-3 *Karlovic
The Croat pushing hard for a break and gets it to 40-30. He saunters up to the net and blasts down a winner with Nadal flat-footed at the net. The Spanish frown is a deep one as he returns to the service line. Karlovic sends one long and wide and it's an ugly shot make no mistake. Nadal levels.
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Nadal* 6-4 2-3 Karlovic
Karlovic keeps the pressure on and strolls through his service.
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Nadal 6-4 2-2 *Karlovic
A super-swift service game from the Spaniard. Steady showing from Nadal. No fireworks but "doing a job" I think they'd call it in the business. By the way - the video in this story will continue as Murray highlights. The next LIVE video will be on the Red Button from 0800 GMT with Henin v Wickmayer, followed by Roddick v Gonzales.
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Nadal* 6-4 1-2 Karlovic
An eighth ace is a useful way of starting your service game. Just to let you know it's teacake o'clock. Yep - much needed nibbles. Not a crime to eat on the job is it? Anybody chomping on any kebabs out there? Would be nice to compile a list of unhealthy items the world is eating right now. There's got to be kebab chillies being spilled on your best trousers somewhere. Speaking of which - Karlovic wins his game and returns to his chair and what's that sat next to him? A kebab? No. His trainer? Nope. A banana that's what. Where's that banana graphic when you need it?
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Nadal 6-4 1-1 *Karlovic
Karlovic fires in a cracking back-hand winner and he's got Nadal on the back-foot. Gets it to deuce. Big slices from Nadal though and Karlovic plants the ball into the net. Lets him off the hook.
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Nadal* 6-4 0-1 Karlovic
Karlovic keeps his head and takes his service game. Murray can start reading up on his 'How to play Nadal' manuals pretty soon I reckon.
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Nadal 6-4 *Karlovic
And there it is - the first set to Nadal. Solid service game. Similar play to murray - hanging in there when you can with the opponent's big game and striking when the time's right. Not too much for the crowd to be jumping around for.
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0329: CELEBRITY UPDATE in the crowd today: Hugh Sheridan (actor in 'Packed To The Rafters', Terrell Owens (NFL star for Buffalo Bills), Steve Smith (NFL star for Carolina Panthers), Nathan Brown (former AFL footballer), Sally Stanton (TV host of 'Saturday Disney'). And coming tonight is: Geoffrey Rush (Academy Award winning actor), Magda Szubanski (actress, comedian & TV presenter, Josh Gibson (AFL footballer), Campbell Brown (AFL footballer)

Nadal* 5-4 Karlovic
A brilliant rally and Nadal is 30-15 up. A chance perhaps. And it's all after a brilliant rally with both men at the net playing pitter patter and Karlovic stabs into the net. Three break points. The unshaven Karlovic sends down an ace and gets one back. Another boom and it's deuce. ADV to Nadal after a needless Karlovic prod into the net. AND it's the break. Nadal returns a cracker and Karlovic doesn't react quick enough and plays it into the net. Spaniard screams "COME ON" - I wonder what that is in Spanish. He's happy though and spins off court for a well-earned sit-down. So much for my tie-break chat.
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Nadal 4-4 *Karlovic
Nadal whips in a useful forehand and Karlovic hits back with a sweet cross-court at Nadal's feet but the Spaniard is on to it in a flash and drops it down to take the game. The match is warming up a bit.
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etmuse on Twitter: "I reckon Nadal will come through, but it will go to five sets, and a couple tie-breaks."

Nadal* 3-4 Karlovic
Woh there. We almost had a rally there. Best shot of the match so far and it's a ripper from Nadal cross-court but he soon loses the game. If this set doesn't go to a tie-break I challenge anybody to throw me a challenge. Like a forward roll on the office floor, or down a cold cup of coffee.
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Nadal 3-3 *Karlovic
Another easy service game for the number two. Karlovic wearing a retro white outfit - I like - Nadal is sporting orange. No - he's not wearing an orange silly - his shirt is coloured orange. OK? Or is it the infamous peach melba? Nope, closer inspection and it's orange.
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0310: Murray on his quarter-final (which will be either Monday or Tuesday): "I've played Rafa in the 4th round here a few years ago and lost in five sets and also had a great match with him at the US Open - it will be a great match to win. Let's hope Rafa wins (against Karlovic)."

Nadal* 2-3 Karlovic
Still going with serve. I've got a feeling Nadal's going down. Don't know why. What do you reckon?
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Nadal 2-2 *Karlovic
That'll teach me to check all your beautiful texts. I look up and the Spaniard has belted down a few serves and won his service game.
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0304: Coverage update - Henin v Wickmayer (with Judy Murray commentating) and Roddick v Gonzalez (with Chris Bailey commentating) are both on 5live Sports Extra from 0800 GMT. Don't say I didn't tell you.

Nadal* 1-2 Karlovic
Boom. Two big booms in fact. Karlovic - who stands at one inch taller than John Isner at 6ft 10" - and he wins his serve game easy. Could be a similar match to the last one.
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Nadal 1-1 *Karlovic
Easy service game from Nadal who appears to be another player a little perturbed with the sun.
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0259: Up later on the Red Button is Justine Henin vs Yanina Wickmayer, and then Andy Roddick vs Fernando Gonzales.

Nadal* 0-1 Karlovic
First game goes to the Croat with Nadal playing into the net. A gentle start. Remember - winner of this gets to play Andy Murray. Will Muzz be watching or putting his slippers on for some chill-time or getting a massage or playing on his beloved video games?
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0246: Sorry folks, it's still MANUAL REFRESH TIME. But what a showing from muzza. Solid, professional, stunning, flawless. He's winning everybody over isn't he? So who he will face in the quarters? It's now time for Nadal and Karlovic and I'm bringing all the action live for you. YEP - as it happens. Whatelse could you possibly want on a Saturday night/Sunday morning? So who's still bushy-eyed, buzzing, awake, still out in town somewhere checking their mobiles for updates?...c'mon tell me, let's do this together. Twitter OR text - you know the drill.

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0242: "There was a young Scot from Dunblane, who's drop shots and backhands are insane, he's yet to drop a set, he's looking a safe bet, his first slam he's about to attain!"
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piersnewbery on Twitter: "One of the best shots you'll ever see gets Murray a break in the third - nobody as dangerous when scrambling 10ft behind the baseline. Murray the first man into the quarters with a 7-6 6-3 6-2 win over Isner - very impressive. Nadal or Karlovic next, exciting stuff. "

It's good news for a Briton
0236: Murray tells BBC One: "It was good. I served really smart and served into his body and hits some great shots and stayed tough. You need to make sure you put a lot of first serves in and try not to let him dictate. I just tried to get the serves back. It's been a great start and I was always going to have to play my best tennis and now the matches are going to get tougher."

Murray 7-6 6-3 6-2 Isner
Can he serve to win the match and complete the demolition? Demolition's probably a bit strong for Muzz because he's had to be at his very very best and was struggling a bit in the first set. Murray reaches out and gets a brilliant forehand winner to get two match points. And MURRAY WINS with a brilliant drop shot. It's been 15 years since Britain last had a player in the final 8 here. Stunning show from Muzz.

Murray* 7-6 6-3 5-2 Isner
It's a double break for Murray and Isner smashes his racket to the floor. He's busted his weapon as well. You can understand his frustration though but Murray must be looking on with huge satisfaction. Isner's body language says it's all over. A "world class" performance says John Lloyd on BBC One.
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Murray 7-6 6-3 4-2 *Isner
This is turning out to be a bit of a cruise for the Brit. An ace hands him the game. Don't forget - he's playing against a man who won his maiden ATP title in Auckland just before the Ozzie Open and beat world number 12 Gael Monfils in the last round. Isner's been in hot form and Murray is taming the big American lion like a small purring pussy cat.
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Murray* 7-6 6-3 3-2 Isner
Oh my! The crowd go bonkers. I would have gone bonkers if I could. Maybe later. Murray definitely goes bonkers by spinning round twice and clinching his fist and doing a sprightly Scottish jig after a stunning back-hand pass from an outrageous angle. How did he do that? No idea, but he did and broke Isner's serve to love.
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It's bad news for a Briton
0213: Britain's Heather Watson has lost in the first round of the juniors to China's Hao Chen Tang. Bit of an early blow for the second seed. Other Brits in action later are Jack Carpenter (third on Ct 18) and Oliver Golding (fourth on Ct 18). Laura Robson is also playing in the doubles with Sally Peers.

Murray 7-6 6-3 2-2 *Isner
Another beautiful back-hand winner gets Muzz to 40-30 after a few scratchy points. And he nabs it after a failed call challenge from Isner.
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0209: A few Isner facts for you - Hobbies are playing poker, golf, basketball. He grew five inches at the age of 16 to get up to 6'9". Favourite TV show - Curb Your Enthusiasm. If he wasn't a tennis player he probably would have been a basketball player he says. His idol? Former NBA star Karl Malone. Back to the game.......

Murray* 7-6 6-3 1-2 Isner
Did I tell you Nadal was on after this match? Well he is. Up against Karlovic. The winner of Murray/Isner plays the winner of Nadal/Karlovic. Interesting. An easy hold from Isner.
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0205: "Very mature performance from murray. Almost the perfect match against the high percentage big server. Nadal is a hugely tough prospect but great to see murray playing so well. Glad I stayed up."
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Murray 7-6 6-3 1-1 *Isner
Why is that daisies are the only flowers described as 'fresh'. I've no idea but Murray is looking as fresh as a ummmmm daffodil. How's about that? Well he is and he wins his service to love. No wobbles yet for Muzz.
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Murray* 7-6 6-3 0-1 Isner
Isner goes wide and Muzz immediately looks to kick a man when he's down and goes 30-0 up. Another ace gets him back to 30-30. His arm must ache at night. Just a thought. And a big serve down the line has Murray squealing. Mmmmm game wrapped up with another ace. Good comeback from 0-30.
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Loubobs27 on Twitter: " I celebrated Murray's break so exuberantly that the cat fell off the bed in surprise. It's okay though, she's a Murray fan."

Murray 7-6 6-3 *Isner
That's just typical after a break. Muzz relaxes and it's Isner's turn to whack in a drop shot and he has two break points. Muzz looks in trouble and a back-hand from no where - and I mean NO WHERE - goes cross-court and it's a winner. Astonishing. Must have kissed the top of the net. And now he's got set point with a long one from Isner. A booming forehand takes advantage of a weak serve gets it to deuce. And Isner's war cry wails around Melbourne - I think they heard that in New Zealand - as a stunning back-hand gives him the advantage. Muzz hits back by using the angles and it's set point again - and a forehand from Isner drifts wide hands Muzz a two-set lead.
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Murray* 7-6 5-3 Isner
A cracking rally and Muzz wins the first point by planting the ball at Isner's feet who's towering at the net. Bit sluggish at the net and Murray knows it. Isner pops one into the net and it's 0-30. Isner looks a little pooped, as well as a bit annoyed with the sun. As I mentioned yesterday about Serena - you'd think they would have got used to the big ball of yellow in the sky. Three break points for Muzz. And he gets it. Isner screams like an injured animal. Muzz's back-hand is a thing of beauty. Last week I didn't think he would challenge for the final. I reckon he's got the fireworks, the tools, the intelligence and the decision-making to push for a slam very soon. Feds still too good I reckon but Murray is getting there.
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Murray 7-6 4-3 *Isner
The drop shot is a useful weapon for Muzz because it's not easy to bend down from 6'9" high. And Muzz wins his service game again.
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Murray* 7-6 3-3 Isner
Muzz is sniffing blood. He's 30-15 up and showing few weaknesses. A smash and a big serve and the big man's turned it around. (PLEASE NOTE MANUAL REFRESH STILL REQUIRED). And it's deuce. A cracking drop shot has Isner stranded. Brilliant mix-up - if I can use such a phrase. Cool shot, cool decision making. Like it. And a Muzz lob goes long by an inch and it's back to deuce. Important game for the American and he's fighting. Big "whoops" from the American part of the crowd. It might have been a "whoo" actually. Muzz goes wide and it's the game. Still no breaks of serve after an hour and 27 minutes.
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Murray 7-6 3-2 *Isner
An easy service game for Muzz. Pretty comfie for the Brit so far without being too comfortable. if you get me?
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Murray* 7-6 2-2 Isner
Isner's shoulders heading southwards and Muzz has a chance to crank up the pressure at 30-40. Huge serve and it's deuce. Muzz limps one into the net. Sloppy. Good work from Isner who creeps up to the net after his serve and smashes home to win a much-needed game.
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Murray 7-6 2-1 *Isner
Muzz serves up a strong one and edges through and keeps the pressure on Isner.
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Murray* 7-6 1-1 Isner
Isner looking a little shaken after that tie-break and he's hanging on at 30-30 but his serve comes crashing down and he gets himself out of trouble.
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Murray 7-6 1-0 *Isner
Muzz gets the first one on the board after edging that tie-breaker. Nerveless stuff for a 22-year-old. His first serve wins are at 75% so far. A useful level and it's got to be because Isner is no push-over. Few facts for you. These two have not played each other before. Isner was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Height 6'9" - yep he's big and he's got size 15 feet. Yep - big. And he turned pro in 2007 - two years after Murray. That'll do for now.
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Murray 7-6 Isner
Brilliant defence from Muzz and after a smash from Isner, the Brit piles one into the net. Unlucky. A great wide serve has Isner on the run and a useful smash and it's 2-1 Muzz. Both players sweating up like a couple of racehorses. I'm getting a little sweaty and it's a bit chilly in here. What's all that about? Live text commentator getting a bit nervy - how uncool is that? I'd make a rubbish pro player. I'd drop my racket in these tie-breaks. This tie-break set turns into a challenge-fest. It's 3-3 when they change ends. remember - Muzz looking to enter unchartered territory beyond the fourth round in Oz. Woohhhhh - that's the noise of a double fault from Isner. Can Muzz pounce at 5-3? A sweet back-hand has Isner in trouble and Muzz makes a rare trip to the net and pokes it down for a winner. Three set points. He wastes his first one. First set to Murray. Isner tried a cheeky drop shot there and limps into the net.

Murray 6-6 *Isner
Hold on. Muzz in trouble for the very first time on his serve. No sing of a break point up until NOW. It's 30-40 and it's set point and it's come from no where. Whooosh. Isner runs round his shot and booms it wide. Deuce. Nervous times. Could Isner end up regretting that? He had Muzz on the ropes. Another sloppy one from Isner and Muzz has the advantage. Oh dear - a weak one pops one into the net and it's deuce again. The pair continue to slug it out with nobody willing to venture to the net. A whole load of errors in this game from both. I'm tense. The players look tense. The crowd sound tense. The commentators sound tense. Anybody not tense? A big ace and now he wants to change his sweatband. He's even polite enough to ask the umpire. Bless. Phew. I couldn't have lasted too much of that. TIE-BREAK.
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Murray* 5-6 Isner
One unforced error from Murray so far. Pretty good eh but Isner still keeping on top of things with his serve. Muzz gets within a whisker of 30-30 but his attempted winner goes just wide. Isner holds.
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Murray 5-5 Isner*
Accuracy spot on with Murray's serve. Good bottle. And it's 5-5.
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*Murray 4-5 Isner
Nothing between these boys. Isner is one game away from the first set. Bit of pressure on the Scot now. Let's see how he handles it.....
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Murray 4-4 Isner*
Murray looking good. Strolls into a 40-0 lead and looks in trouble but a combination of attacking and defensive back-hand shots keeps him right in it and Isner sends one long. That's brilliant play. He's amazingly dropped just one point on his serve.
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0044: Still have IT technical probs. KEEP MANUALLY REFRESHING. Sorry folks.

*Murray 3-4 Isner
Murray again having chances to strike some attack at Isner's serves and he gets to 30-30. And guess what? Isner's right arm winds and down comes the ball and it's game over.
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Murray 3-3 Isner*
Murray staying there with his serves. Wins to 15. Nothing between these two yet. Muzza still to drop a set at the Australian Open.
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*Murray 2-3 Isner
Murray will be kicking himself after losing a 30-15 lead. But wait - all is not lost - he pushes Isner to the side of the court and Muzza's got a chance. Big serve pushed wide saves the American. Goes to deuce. And ooof - a third ace gives him the advantage. Isner's turn to have his opponent on the run and a crushing smash gives him the game. Encouraging signs for Murray though.
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Murray 2-2 Isner*
Another game to love for Murray. Solid stuff. He wanted to know why all the journalists were concerned with his service the other day - he's coming up with a few answers today.
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0024: Elsewhere, Britain's US junior champion Heather Watson is trailing China's Hao Chen Tang 3-0 in the first round.

*Murray 1-2 Isner
The first points taken off a serve. Murray gets it to 30-30 but Isner whips one to Murray's back-hand and the scrambling Scot has no chance. A steady conservative start from both players.
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Murray 1-1 Isner*
A weird start to the game. Murray has three lets with ball kissing the tape. Isner sporting a garish yellow shirt and he really is big. A big rally to start with and the American sends one long. Murray looking a little weary with his serve and it's a messy service game but he pulls through to love and finishes with a drop shot which Isner makes no effort to retrieve. He's saving his energy.
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*Murray 0-1 Isner
It looks hot out there and already Isner's serve looks in top gear. The game lasts as long as it takes to sip on my coffee - once. Plenty for the Brit to think about.
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