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Aussie Open day four photos

Elena Baltacha

Britain's Elena Baltacha produces a gutsy first set to nose ahead of Amelie Mauresmo, but runs out of steam on Thursday in Melbourne

Elena Dementieva

A perfectly poised Elena Dementieva, Russian fourth seed, sees off Czech opponent Iveta Benesova with ease

Chris Guccione (left) and Gilles Simon

Towering Australian Chris Guccione congratulates French star Gilles Simon after the sixth seed clinches victory in four sets

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez strikes his best Guevara pose on his way to an easy victory over Guillermo Canas

Rafael Nadal

A multi-coloured Rafael Nadal attempts to distinguish between his wristband and the ball during his match against Roko Karanusic

Rafael Nadal

Nadal joins the list of players struggling to cope with the intense on-court heat, as he makes the most of a break with an ice pack

Rafal Nadal

No, the wind isn't that strong - Nadal tries to shake off some sweat as he closes in on victory

Guillermo Canas

The wind is, however, strong enough to claim one young spectator's flag, but Argentine Guillermo Canas is on hand to return it

Fans at the Australian Open wearing Barack Obama masks

In between matches, fans at the Margaret Court Arena create their own "Where's Wally" tribute using Barack Obama masks

Gael Monfils

Frenchman Gael Monfils wraps himself around a return on the way to victory over Austria's Stefan Koubek in four sets

Alize Cornet

French number one Alize Cornet tucks into a birthday cake as she celebrates her 19th in Melbourne

Jelena Dokic

Jelena Dokic - back playing under the flag of Australia - celebrates being one of two Aussies left standing in the singles

James Blake

James Blake goes for the spectacular in his second-round win over qualifier Sebastien de Chaunac

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Last year's finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates his four-set win over Ivan Ljubicic in typically understated style

Serena Williams

Serena Williams tries camouflaging herself against the back wall as she struggles to victory over Gisela Dulko

Venus Williams

But while Serena survives a tough test, her sister Venus tumbles to a shock defeat by Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla Suarez Navarro

Canary Islands resident Suarez Navarro - the world number 46 - celebrates the biggest win of her career

Jamie Murray

There is bad news for the Murray family as older brother Jamie and his partner Eric Butorac go out of the men's doubles in the first round

Andy Murray fans

But that doesn't stop a small but noisy band of Scots heading to Rod Laver Arena to cheer on Andy Murray

Andy Murray

They are rewarded with a professional performance from fourth seed Murray, who brushes past Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-2 6-2

Andy Murray

Murray, who spent less than two hours on court, will face Austrian Jurgen Melzer in round three on Saturday



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Aussie Open day three photos
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Aussie Open day two photos
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Aussie Open day one photos
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Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis
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