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Australian Open day one as it happened


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By Caroline Cheese

1305: Day one done and dusted then. You can relive Andy Murray's first step towards certain glory on the BBC website. Night owl Piers Newbery returns at 0000 GMT (ie midnight) tomorrow (tonight). I'll see you tomorrow.

1259: Kleybanova seems like a cheerful character. Dokic, by contrast, stomped straight off court. She cut a very sad figure today - and she will see her ranking nosedive after this tournament. All those points she gained for reaching the quarter-finals last year will drop off.

A very smiley Alisa Kleybanova: "We both were fighting like animals for every point. I really had to push myself so hard. I've worked a lot over the last year. Even through the warm-up, I was already sure I would play much better than last year."

The match is over
1256: Can Kleybanova serve it out this time? Just about. She sets up match point - but her second serve is probably still travelling now. Miles long. So many nerves out there. She earns another opportunity though, and it's ace or nothing time. Ace it is. Kleybanova beats Dokic 6-1 7-5.

1250: Awful, nervous game by Dokic and she gifts Kleybs another chance to serve for the match at 6-5. Curses. The Woz derby (see 1207) seems to have been put back to Wednesday because of all the matches that got delayed today. It's best you head to the Australian Open website for details.

1246: It seems mean to laugh - but then I am a bit mean sometimes. Kleybanova begins the game with two double-faults, and then an ace, before Dokic finds the sideline with a magnificent forehand. Dokic gets the reward for targeting the weaker Kleybs forehand - and it's 5-5 folks. This is more like 2009 Dokic.

1243: Well done Jelena. Dokic holds to 30 to force her opponent to serve for it. And if Kleybs starts missing her first serve, I wouldn't rule out Dokic. Here we go then. Kleybanova to serve for the match at 6-1 5-4.

1238: If I were playing Kleybanova, I'd drop-shot on every point. This is probably why I am a very average, tactically naive tennis player. Anyway, Dokic gets to deuce by leaving the Russian stranded on the baseline but Kleybs' serve gets her out of trouble and she screams her delight as she goes 6-1 5-3 up.

1237: And here's Rafa Nadal once again denying claims that he has lost weight to ease the pressure on his knees: "Can we bring scales tomorrow? Everybody ask me the same. If we bring something here, I gonna put... I have the same weight than last year. I weigh the same five years ago. I didn't change."

1234: Here's world number four Juan Martin del Potro talking about the wrist injury he suffered shortly before the tournament: "Well, of course, I don't feel 100%, but I am feel better than yesterday, and I hope be better for tomorrow, for Wednesday, in my next match. [It hurts] a little bit. After two hours match the pain came and I feel a little bit, but I can play."

1231: The end is nigh for Dokic I fear as she loses that game to go 4-2 down. The body language is not exactly positive...

1226: "Am I alone in being irritated by Alisa Kleybanova?" wonders Ali Eykyn on BBC 5 live sports extra. No. I'm starving and I wish she'd hurry up and win. Kidding... It's actually her torturous service motion that's got on our Eykyn's nerves. Kleybs has been pegged back to deuce three times now and Dokic, trailing 3-2 in the second set, surely must win this game to have any hope.

1216: Thirty-one unforced errors in 11 games. No wonder Dokic looks close to tears. She now trails 6-1 3-1 against Kleybanova.

1212: Dokic is starting to look like the tears may come at any moment. She staves off another break point though and sits down at 1-6 1-2.

1210: Another good question. Our Anne is still recovering from a serious knee injury she suffered midway through last year, but she is back on court hitting balls - and hopes to return to action in February. She may well be currently in hiding after picking Maria Sharapova as her third favourite for the Aussie Open title.

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From Daniel, east London, via text: "Cheesy where is the legend that is Anne Keothavong this year? Can we get an honourable mention for her at least?"

1207: Well spotted Sarah, the Woz derby is the second match on Hisense Arena tomorrow. The Woz's have played six times, five of those last year bizarrely, Wozniacki winning on all but one occasion. Indeed, Wozniak's only win was when Wozniacki retired while trailing 5-0 in Tokyo. Piers Newbery will delight in telling you all about that one when he returns at 0000 GMT (that's midnight to you and me) tomorrow (or tonight - confused yet?)

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From Sarah, London, via text: "Ah brilliant, Wozniak vs Wozniacki tomorrow! I got confused between those two for so long. Yay for the new tennis season!"

1201: Dokic appears to have gone on a mental walkabout. She dumps a poor backhand into the net, hardly moving her feet. That's three break points for Kleybanova, but wait... is this the comeback? Dokic follows an ace with a delicate drop shot - and another! Perfect tactic against Kleybanova, whose movement isn't the best. Ah, crikey, Kleybs earns a fourth - and Dokic double-faults. The Russian leads 6-1 1-0 - and the crowd is very, very quiet.

1157: Kleybanova saves two break points - her serve is very, very impressive - and the Russian, the sweat dripping off the peak of her cap, wraps up the set 6-1 after 35 minutes. Can't see Dokic getting back into this, but she was down and out several times last year on her fairytale run to the quarter-finals, so...

1153: On Hisense Arena tomorrow: Verdasco, then Wozniacki, then Venus, then Djokovic. On Margaret Court: Jankovic, Dellacqua, Tsonga, Azarenka. British number two Katie O'Brien plays Patricia Meyr in her first-round match on Court 15 at 0000 GMT. Ireland's Louk Sorenson plays at the same time on Court 14.

1150: From 0800 GMT tomorrow, you will be able to watch Richard Gasquet against Mikhail Youznhy live on this website (UK only) and on the BBC Red Button. That match completes the action on Margaret Court Arena. Meanwhile, Dokic is 5-1 down against Kleybanova and struggling.

1147: Tuesday's order of play is out. On Rod Laver Arena: Sam Stosur, then Serena Williams, then Roger Federer. The night session features Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik in another Aussie double bill.

1143: Justine Henin's second-round match will be against fifth seed Elena Dementieva after the Russian's 6-2 6-1 win over Vera Dushevina. That could be quite good, I suppose.

1139: Jelena Dokic is trudging about like the weight of the world is on her shoulders. Alisa Kleybanova has broken for a 3-1 lead. Dokic got caught up in yet more unwanted controversy before the tournament when her boyfriend Tin and his brother Borna (who is her coach) got involved in a row with a fellow passenger and a crew member on a flight. Tin apparently kept knocking the passenger's seat - which is, to be fair, infuriating.

1133: Louk Sorenson's first-round match against Lu Yen-Hsun was one of the matches to fall victim to the weather today. Sorenson, the world number 284, is the first Irish player in 25 years to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam, emulating Matt Doyle in 1985. Still on serve between Dokic and Kleybanova.

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From anon via text: "Any news on the Irish kid Louk Sorenson? First Irishman to reach a Grand Slam proper in I'm not sure how long."

British number one Elena Baltacha on Twitter: "Thank you to everyone for the supportive messages!!!! very much appreciated!!! just finished watching Nadal! he's simply amazing x"

1127: Over on the Hisense Arena, Elena Dementieva is well on her merry way to the second round, leading Vera Dushevina 6-2 4-1. That's the only other match going on because it's raining - ooh, and dark as well.

1123: Alisa Kleybanova actually lost to Jelena Dokic last year in the fourth round. Before that, the Russian was best known for reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2008. The Russian holds serve in the opening game.

1119: Now, just to warn you, I'm not going to cover this one game-by-game. It's going to be more of a regular update scenario. That way, there'll be more scope for your contributions. Hint, hint.

1115: Excellent question, Laura. Unfortunately, no-one has thought to update his Wikipedia page recently, so I can't tell you. He did play a Challenger in Brazil earlier this year, but, like Bjorn Borg used to, he seems to have decided against the trip to Australia. That is the only similarity he shares with Bjorn Borg, I should imagine.

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From Laura, bored at work in Blackpool, via text: "Caroline, what's happened to Eduardo Schwank, he of the awesomely spiffy name? He seems to have dropped off the radar of late."

1108: Next up on Rod Laver's Arena, Jelena Dokic v Alisa Kleybanova. Dokic, the Aussie-turned-Serb-turned-Aussie, reached the quarter-finals last year in an emotional run, but I think it's fair to say she didn't exactly set the world alight for the rest of the season. She's currently ranked 56th. Kleybanova is the 27th seed.

1103: Rafa is now grilled by Jim Courier on court. He describes last year's semi-finals and final as "probably was one of most emotional times in my life". He says he felt "destroyed" after his semi-final win over Fernando Verdasco. "I practiced like 20 minutes [before the final against Federer] and I feel really bad. The warm-up before the final was the worst in my career. I was tired, a bit dizzy. But when you play a match like [the final], the motivation is full. The day after the final, I was one of the happiest people in the world. When you win, the physical doesn't matter."

Chris Bailey on 5 live sports extra: "Solid performance - nothing more. He didn't need to produce more. There'll be tougher tests to come but job done. I think it's fair to say we'll be talking about Nadal in the second week without question."

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 6-4 Luczak
Loving the serve-volleying from Nadal. It's like watching Becker in his pomp. Sort of. He forces Luczak to go wide on a backhand to earn three match points. His first serve thumps into the line judge, the Spaniard lifting his arm to apologise. Luczak explodes onto the second serve to save one match point, but the Aussie goes wide with his next return - and Nadal goes through in fine style.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 6-1 5-4 Luczak
The end looks very much nigh when Nadal canters into a 30-0 lead, but Lucky digs out an ace and then a big forehand to level it up. Another ace and he'll get to sit down for at least one more changeover.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 5-3* Luczak
Ace to start the game, neat couple of volleys to end it - and Nadal is now a game away from round two. It's raining again in Melbourne. I feel this is some sort of revenge for some Melbourne-based colleagues moaning about how chilly they were the other day. It was 23C.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 6-1 4-3 Luczak
Nadal's attempted lob goes awry to give Luczak a game point and the Aussie takes it with a delicious, angled forehand. Very nice. The winner of this (ie Nadal) will play Leonardo Mayer of Argentina or Slovakia's Lukas Lacko. Lukas Lacko sounds like an intriguing character. I hope it's him.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 4-2* Luczak
Nadal holds to love when Luczak overcooks a return. The world number two jogs back to his chair for a change of racquet. He's two games away now.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 6-1 3-2 Luczak
Forehand winner down the line and Luczak stays in touch, the Aussie looking a little more relaxed now. Marin Cilic now a break up in the second against Fab Santoro.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 3-1* Luczak
Nadal holds, but I missed it because I was looking at action elsewhere. Elena Dementieva has just started her first-round match against Vera Dushevina as she looks to set up a second-round meeting with Justine Henin. Andrey Golubev has beaten Mardy Fish in four sets.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 6-1 2-1 Luczak
Luczak's turn to smile now as he sticks a racquet onto a dipping Nadal return and sees the ball drop over the net for a perfect - if accidental - volley. Encouraging hold for the Aussie.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 2-0* Luczak
Nadal smiles sheepishly after challenging a backhand - which was about a foot out. Fun and games out there now as the ball pings off the frame of Luczak's racquet and is caught cleanly by the ballboy - prompting a huge cheer from the crowd. Nadal holds from deuce. Youth finally winning the day over on Court Three where Marin Cilic has taken the first set against Fabrice Santoro, who is becoming the first player to compete in Grand Slam singles in four different decades. He played the French Open in 1989 as a 16-year-old. At least the old man appears to be holding his own against the 14th seed.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 6-1 1-0 Luczak
Boof. Massive backhand down the line has Luczak rocked off his feet and Nadal has three break points already. Lucky obliges by belting a forehand over the baseline. This one's over.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 0-0* Luczak
Luczak tries to thread a backhand down the line - but it's well wide, and Nadal takes the set. He's rolling now. Just needs to keep up the intensity.

World number four Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Just got back from dinner with my parents. And also just met my good friend Gus Hansen (Poker player) and had a coffee :)"

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 5-1 Luczak
Can't hear any Aussies now. They may be saving their voices for Jelena Dokic, whose match against Alisa Kleybanova follows this. Luczak on the board as an ace seals the game.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 5-0* Luczak
Currently in action at Melbourne Park: Fabrice Santoro, Sebastien Grosjean, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Nicolas Lapentti. It's like I've gone back in time - and not in a good way. Someone please tell me the veterans have started a week early. Nadal holds easily and I think we can conclude that he has the momentum in this match.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 4-0 Luczak
Another break point for Nadal after a backhand error by Luczak - but the world number two errs on the forehand. Not a happy Spaniard. He quickly earns another though and a looping forehand pass puts him in complete control. Meanwhile, Justine Henin defeats Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-3 on her return to Grand Slam action. Elena Dementieva probably up next in what should be a cracker. Fab Santoro is improbably still on serve against Marin Cilic at 5-5.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 3-0* Luczak
Nadal holds to 30, and Luczak looks a beaten man at the moment. Nadal will get some attention from the trainer for the blisters on his hands. If you missed it, Maria Sharapova went out earlier today, beaten by fellow Russian and, er, fellow 'beauty' Maria Kirilenko. Favourite question from Kirilenko's post-match press conference: "Last year you were playing a lot of doubles together with Flavia Pennetta. Everybody said it was the best pair from an aesthetic point of view. Did you split up because there was a rivalry in terms of beauty?" Getting to the heart of tennis's big issues there.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 2-0 Luczak
Nadal dinks over a volley and he's got himself two break points already. A brutal return forces Luczak to net and Nadal is really on his way now. "Let's go Peter, let's go," chant the Aussies, but it's a forlorn cry now.

Nadal 7-6 (7-0) 1-0* Luczak
Nadal's serve is looking pretty good today. That's another ace for the world number two and it takes him to 40-15 before Luczak floats a return over the line. It appears to have stopped raining in Melbourne, which means the Fabrice Santoro show can get under way on Court Three. The 72-year-old is on serve against Marin Cilic in the first set. Tres bien. Elsewhere, Bernie Tomic - Australia's 'next big thing' - is closing in on victory against Guillaume Rufin of France.

Nadal *7-6 (7-0) 0-0 Luczak
Ace down the 'T' from Nadal and he is briefly held up by the change of ends before walloping a forehand winner cross-court to complete the whitewash. Disappointing end to the set from Luczak, but that's probably why he's the world number 78.

Nadal 6-6 (5-0) Luczak
Nadal gets the mini-break straight away before easing out into a 3-0 lead, Luczak's forehand deserting him just when he didn't need it. Another forehand into the net and it's 4-0. "Let's go Peter, let's go," comes the chant from the Aussie Fanatics. Another error from Lucky follows.

Nadal 6-6 Luczak
Ace number four puts Nadal 40-0 up. He's pegged back to 40-30, but another first serve down the 'T' takes us to the tie-break.

Nadal *5-6 Luczak
Well done, Lucky, coming through with a hold to 30. He'll get a tie-break at worst. They're just pondering over on 5 live sports extra which woman will be next to make a comeback. I'm going for Anna Kournikova. Seriously. Justine Henin has taken the first set 6-4 against Kirsten Flipkens.

Nadal 5-5* Luczak
Quick as you like, Nadal races through a love service game. It's Jim I feel sorry for (see a few entries ago). Betting's a mug's game, kids.

Nadal *4-5 Luczak
Given that last game, it may not surprise you to learn that there are some nerves in evidence in this game. Luczak double-faults twice, and then Nadal swings a routine return over the baseline. That's 30-30. Almost another double fault from Lucky, but instead a woeful second serve, which Nadal crushes. Break-back point and Nadal makes no mistake. Hands up who predicted that? (I have my hand up)

Nadal 3-5* Luczak
A sort of match within a match, this game, so bear with me. Nadal double-faults to give Luczak two break points. Nadal serves an ace out wide to save one, leaving Luczak completely wrong-footed. The Aussie plays the next point absolutely perfectly, walloping huge forehands just inside the baseline. He eventually gets the short ball to put away - but puts a ridiculously bad sliced backhand into the bottom of the net. AGONY. He's in control of the next point - and really tries to make a mess of that one when his tentative smash clips the net and dribbles over. Nadal saves another break point with a perfect serve-volley manoeuvre, and a fourth with another big serve down the middle. A typical counter-attacking point by Rafa gets him to game point but he can't take it, slipping as he chases a viciously angled return out wide. Now a fifth break point for Luczak, and this time he slashes a routine backhand into the trams. OH MY WORD. Luczak flicks a stunning, Rafa-style forehand pass onto the sideline for a sixth opportunity - and HE'S DONE IT NOW. A return winner means HE WILL SERVE FOR THE SET.

From Jim, Tottenham, via text: "As my bet came up on Murray I have stuck my £250 profit on Nadal to lose the first set at 3/1! I am hopeful."

Nadal *3-4 Luczak
Classic Nadal as he scampers over the baseline and digs out a flicked, backhand pass cross-court. That makes it 30-30 and a bit of pressure for Luczak. He doesn't handle it very well either, wafting a difficult backhand into the trams. Strange break point by Nadal though, looping groundstrokes straight down the middle before going wide to let his opponent off the hook. The world number two hits back, finishing a rally he completely dominates by whipping a forehand down the line. Applause from Uncle Toni for that one. Does everything right on the break point too, drawing Luczak in - but then crashing a backhand pass into the net. Luczak, against all the odds, comes through and he's still in this. Plucky Lucky.

Nadal 3-3* Luczak
Signs that Nadal might be getting into his groove as he holds to love for the first time. Already more than half an hour gone.

Nadal *2-3 Luczak
Luczak stays ahead on points with a hold to 15. Meanwhile, Justine Henin is making her first Grand Slam appearance for two years over on Hisense Arena. She's up against fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens - and she has already broken for a 1-0 lead.

From DavindaAulak on Twitter: "I see a tight opening set before Nadal takes control of the match 7-5 6-2 6-3."

Nadal 2-2* Luczak
From 30-30, Nadal delivers one of those swinging first serves down the middle to earn a game point, but the world number two's backhand flops into the net and it's deuce again. Hold on, Lucky's got a break point now, his approach shot deep into the corner forcing Nadal to net. Cracking stuff. Luczak turns to HawkEye after seeing his return called long - but HawkEye confirms the call. Serve-volley by Nadal now - and he's delighted with that. He holds - eventually.

Nadal *1-2 Luczak
Nothing going on elsewhere at Melbourne Park, so it must still be raining. Fabrice Santoro's creaking joints won't like the delay. The 37-year-old is preparing for his last Grand Slam appearance (again). Luczak holds to love. Good start by the 30-year-old Australian, which the home fans are enjoying.

Nadal 1-1* Luczak
Almost a repeat of the first game as Nadal eases into a 40-15 before being pegged back to deuce by Luczak, who seems intent on attacking at every opportunity. Nadal comes through after two deuces. The Nadal outfit is causing some consternation in the BBC 5 live sports extra commentary box. "Orange and pink? It's a nutty combination," concludes Chris Bailey.

Nadal *0-1 Luczak
Sensational start for the Aussie, as he loops a big forehand winner onto the baseline and then races out into a 40-0 lead. It all unravels though with two double faults and a wild backhand slashed into the net. Nadal gets to break point when Luczak's backhand clips the net and drops wide, but even he can't turn a smash from the Aussie into a winner and Luczak bookends the game with another forehand winner. Over on the Hisense Arena, Juan Martin del Potro wraps up victory over American Michael Russell 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-2.
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0824: Big Pete Luczak is going to get us under way.

0818: Looking forward to hearing from you. You can mainly get in touch by text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (the world) or on Twitter. If you're anxiously awaiting British number two Katie O'Brien's first-round match, you can relax. Her encounter with Patricia Mayr has been called off for the day.

0814: My sincere apologies. It's a bright orange t-shirt with a pink stripe. So I think only the shorts are new for this tournament. Anyway, I don't want to get bogged down in this. The world number two bounds out of his chair for the coin toss and then zig-zags back to the baseline ready for the knock-up.

0810: Rafa, meanwhile, wears a steely look as he emerges from the changing room. I can report he has a new outfit: white shorts with a diagonal criss-cross pattern. He's wearing a white tracksuit top over what I suspect is a hot pink t-shirt. Confirmation to follow. Juan Martin del Potro is back on track against Michael Russell, up 4-1 in the fourth and two games away from round two.

0806: And here is the man of the moment: Peter Luczak. The Aussie looks a little bit tense as he stands in the tunnel of Rod Laver Arena, shaking his arms to try to get rid of the nerves. "I've never been so nervous and excited in my life," Luczak babbles to Todd Woodbridge. They've closed the roof, and now some willing workers with hi-tech tea-towels are drying the court.

0800: Morning all. Afternoon. Evening. Whatever. Two things I know about Peter Luczak: he prefers clay, and his nickname is Lucky. Luck kinda deserted him in the 2010 Australian Open draw though eh?
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0753: Michael Russell serves out the fourth set on Hisense but Del Potro still leads by two sets to one. Over on Rod Laver Arena the crowd is filing in for Nadal v Luczak, which is on the red button, 5 live sports extra and - if you refresh the page - this website. I'm going to leave you now but will return in about 16 hours' time. Over to Caroline Cheese for a detailed analysis of the Peter Luczak game.

Someone is having a tantrum
0745: Del Potro has got the right hump. He continues to chunter away to Portuguese umpire Mariana Alves at the changeover - apparently he wanted to challenge earlier but she said he had taken too long to decide. It wouldn't be the first time, let's face it. Anyway, the US Open champion smacked his racquet into his chair as he got up to return to court.

Elena Baltacha on Twitter: "Hi everyone, back at the hotel now..very delighted with the win today, tough conditions and tough chuffed to get thru xx."

Someone is having a tantrum
0738: OK, he doesn't break a racquet but Del Potro has a good old moan to the umpire about something. It doesn't do much good, and a double-fault then hands over another break of serve. Russell leads 4-2 in the third set.

The match is over
0727: It would appear to be raining again in Melbourne. I know... hopeless. That leaves just Russell and Del Potro currently in action under the roof on Hisense Arena, and the Argentine breaks back with a fortuitous mishit. And Ivo Karlovic beats Radek Stepanek 6-4 in the fifth set before enchanting the Court Six crowd with his rather dubious celebration.

0722: Bernie Tomic, Igor Kunitsyn, Horacio Zeballos... it's a who's who out there at Melbourne Park right now. Or in some cases a who's that. American Michael Russell has got a break against Juan Martin del Potro, but unfortunately for the gutsy American he's already two sets down.

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0714: "Slight feeling of de ja vu here, Santoro about to play his last ever Grand Slam. He's got me with that one before..."
From Will, Oxford, via text

Latest scores
0705: As is traditional on the first day of a Grand Slam, somebody has to get involved in a five-set epic with Ivo Karlovic. Today's lucky fella is Radek Stepanek - it's 4-4 in the fifth. Juan Martin del Potro is serving for a two-set lead against Michael Russell.

0700: OK, the video stream is taking a break for an hour but will be back (for UK users) at 0800 GMT with Rafael Nadal v Peter Luczak.

0655: Sam Smith collars Murray on BBC2 as he comes off court: "It was a really good start," he says. "I moved really well, but I would have liked to have served a bit better. It was a bit slow - when it's warm that court is so fast and it was so, so different today."

0651: "His first serve was poor but everything else was there and I'd say it was about an 8/10," says Times correspondent Neil Harman on 5 live sports extra.

It's good news for a Briton
0650: "It was a little bit weird playing under the roof here, it's the first time I've done it, but I enjoyed it," says Murray.


Murray 6-1 6-1 6-2 Anderson
Match point duly arrives after some heavy forehands, and Murray closes in on the net to force Anderson into an error. That's about as straightforward as it gets. Imagine what he'll be like when he gets his first serve in.
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Murray 6-1 6-1 5-2 Anderson *
Two successive aces wrap up a swift service game for Murray, and boost his rather poor serving stats. He's currently serving at 35%.
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It's good news for a Briton
* Murray 6-1 6-1 4-2 Anderson
The fightback is over. Murray gets to break point with a backhand winner and Anderson obliges with a double-fault.
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It's bad news for a Briton
Murray 6-1 6-1 3-2 Anderson *
Anderson plays his best shot of the day as he fires a forehand down the line. Murray sticks a drop shot into the middle of the net to find himself at 15-40, and is broken back when an Anderson forehand flicks the tape and draws a volleying error.
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* Murray 6-1 6-1 3-1 Anderson
Some respite for Anderson as Murray leaves him alone for a minute or two, allowing the qualifier to get to 40-0. It doesn't last and we're soon back at deuce, but Anderson comes through and gets a hearty cheer.
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Murray 6-1 6-1 3-0 Anderson *
Anderson can take some satisfaction from one thumping forehand return winner, but he's already 40-0 down and Murray follows up seconds later with an ace.
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It's good news for a Briton
* Murray 6-1 6-1 2-0 Anderson
Anderson looks in control at 40-15 but Murray steers a backhand pass down the line and draws an error with an angled return. The Briton takes his second break point by anticipating Anderson's forehand and sending it flying back past the South African.
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Murray 6-1 6-1 1-0 Anderson *
Murray holds to 30 and is looking keen to get to the net whenever possible, a deft half-volley helping him seal the game.
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The match is over
0617: A quick update as there is action on some other courts - Juan Martin del Potro is a set up against Michael Russell, Svetlana Kuznetsova is a set up on Anastasia Rodionova, and Yanina Wickmayer has beaten Anastasia Rodionova 10-8 in the third.


* Murray 6-1 6-1 Anderson
Anderson double-faults on the second break point of the game to hand over the set and heads off for a comfort break. I hope he comes back.
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Murray 6-1 5-1 Anderson *
Murray holds to 15, only missing out with the coolest of drop shots that just clips the tape. He takes the game crouching low for a beautiful cross-court forehand volley.
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* Murray 6-1 4-1 Anderson
It may be a mismatch but Murray is still able to produce some glorious stuff - a delicate forehand volley, a whipped cross-court backhand, a thumping forehand down the line. Anderson does well to come through from deuce.
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Murray 6-1 4-0 Anderson *
Murray holds to love. "It's a difficult match for the crowd to get into as Murray is expected to cruise, and he is cruising," says Times correspondent Neil Harman on 5 live sports extra.
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* Murray 6-1 3-0 Anderson
Murray is all action as he scampers into the net and leaps to put away a high volley for 30-30. The blocked return is working well for him as Anderson stays on the baseline and is forced to rally. Another break point arrives and Murray has the chance at a pass but again goes for the lob, which Anderson calmly angles away. A great backhand return earns Murray another chance to break, and he converts with a return right onto the baseline.
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Murray 6-1 2-0 Anderson *
A double-fault, a dodgy drop shot and a tame mid-court forehand see Murray slip to 0-40. A big serve, a heavy backhand and a superb cross-court backhand winner haul the Briton back to deuce. Murray repeats trick on the next point and takes the game with an ace. After a poor start to the game, very impressive.
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* Murray 6-1 1-0 Anderson
Murray breaks easily enough at the start of the second. "Good movement there from Murray, showing how quick he is across the baseline," says Times correspondent Neil Harman on 5 live sports extra.
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0545: "Good morning all! Nothing like a grand slam to get me out of bed so early in the cold. Looking forward to 2 exciting weeks in both draws! Happy AO to u all!"
From DÅnia via text


Murray 6-1 Anderson *
It's all a bit too easy and Murray looks in a bit of a daze as he is taken to deuce after a couple of loose errors. His first serve percentage is 33% but he gathers himself to wrap up the set.
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* Murray 5-1 Anderson
Murray plays a trademark forehand pass from out wide but then makes the tactical error of trying to lob Anderson. The South African follows up with a forehand winner and finally gets off the mark.
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Murray 5-0 Anderson *
We're almost into training mode here as Murray gets some second serve practice, hitting one for an ace, and hooking an aggressive forehand cross-court as he holds. Is it still raining out there?
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* Murray 4-0 Anderson
Anderson is hurried into an error by a Murray return to his feet and the big man faces another break point. A long rally ensues and you know what's coming.... Anderson leaks a backhand into the tramlines and it's a double-break for the Scot.
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Murray 3-0 Anderson *
Murray holds to 15 and has dropped just three points so far. "At the moment you can't see where Anderson is going to win points," says John Lloyd on BBC2.
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* Murray 2-0 Anderson
It's looking good early on for Murray as he earns two break points when Anderson nets a volley for 15-40, and the South African mishits a forehand after chasing down a drop shot.
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Murray 1-0 Anderson *
Murray holds to love, one effortless forehand pass warning Anderson to choose his trips to the net with care, and the Scot takes it with a fizzing forehand down the line. Over on Hisense Arena, Andy Roddick has beaten Thiemo de Bakker 6-1 6-4 6-4.
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0505: Andy Murray receives a good welcome as he strolls onto Rod Laver Arena. South African Kevin Anderson looks all of his 6ft 8in as the pair knock up. Murray wins the toss.

Serena Williams on Twitter: "I just ate French again... I thoroughly enjoyed my meal!!! Wowzers!!!!"

The match is over
0454: Kim Clijsters beats Valerie Tetreault 6-0 6-4 and will play Sesil Karatantcheva or Tamarine Tanasugarn next. "I never expected when I said goodbye that I would be back here," says the Belgian. "Life can change and I changed my mind, and so far I haven't regretted it for a second."

The sun is out
It's raining
0450: "Four seasons in one day, that's what they say about Melbourne weather. Your updates are filling in another dreary work day."
Ken, Melbourne, via text

0448: Tetreault, a 21-year-old qualifier ranked 134th, is making the second set a real contest against Clijsters but the Belgian comes up with a stunning backhand lob on the run on her way to a break and she will serve for the match. And rain stops plays on the outside courts. They need one massive roof.

0438: Clijsters is being made to work harder in the second set and it's 3-3, while Wickmayer and Dulgheru are locked at 7-7 in the third.

5 live's Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "Vassos informs me that he is correct after all... it depends which Cyrillic transliteration method you use. Come on JO keep up."

0431: If you've fallen asleep, give yourself a poke - we have moving pictures! A page refresh should see the video stream appear at the top of this page (UK only), or you could just stick on BBC2 or the red button. Murray v Anderson is probably about half an hour away, at which point we will also have 5 live sports extra coverage.

0428: More on the crowd disturbance - Victoria Police superintendent Jock Menzel said the 11 ejected people were standing on chairs and bothering other spectators during the match between Croatia's Ivo Karlovic and Czech Radek Stepanek. "These people have been removed from the stadium and they're not welcome to return," he said.

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0422: "Elena's done it! Great start. And the psychologists claim today, Jan 19th, is Miserable Monday? He, he."
Helene in Brentford via text

A bagel
0418: Clijsters starts her Australian Open with a bagel, while Roddick makes up for his service slip with a break back to lead two sets to love. And, no, that's not how you spell Nikolay Davydenko.

5 live's Vassos Alexander on Twitter: "Just on Court 7 with Elena Baltacha and lots of French fans. Started raining as Baltacha won deciding set 7-5. Hundreds and hundreds queuing for Nikolai Davedenko on Autograph Island. No, really."

Latest scores
0412: Look out, De Bakker has broken Roddick with the American serving for the second set and the Dutchman now trails 5-4. Clijsters is 5-0 up, Wickmayer is about to serve for her match, and Karlovic is two sets to one up on Stepanek on Court Six.

0404: In a style befitting my tip for the title, Clijsters is racing away at 3-0 against Tetreault. Expect similar fireworks from Novak Djokovic tomorrow. There, I've said it. Roddick is closing on two sets to love against De Bakker on Hisense, and Wickmayer and Dulgheru are tied at 6-6 in the decider on Margaret Court Arena.

It's good news for a Briton
0356: Elena Baltacha converts her second match point to beat France's Pauline Parmentier 6-4 3-6 7-5. Great stuff, and especially impressive after falling a break behind at the start of the decider. The Scot will face Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in round two. No problem.

HarrySmith1989 on Twitter: " In san diego, CA. loving the fact the time difference means i can watch the aussie open for once."

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0350: "It's raining then it's sunny then it rains i love living in melbourne trying to enjoy the tennis."
Dmitri from Melbourne via text

0346: Clijsters and Tetreault make their way onto Rod Laver Arena, while Parmentier pegs Baltacha back to 5-5.

0342: Baltacha holds serve out on Court Seven to lead Parmentier 5-4 in the decider. Meanwhile, we await Clijsters and Canada's Valerie Tetreault on Rod Laver Arena, with Andy Murray v Kevin Anderson to follow that. And I can assure you that the BBC TV team is going through a rigorous pre-match routine (in the media cafe) at this very moment. John Lloyd and Chris Bailey to take the helm on BBC2 and streamed right here as soon as it starts, as well as 5 live sports extra.

0337: Sharapova spoons a backhand over the baseline to fall 15-40 and two match points down and, after Kirilenko misses on the first, Sharapova hooks a forehand wide. Sharapova makes a swift exit, while Kirilenko looks.... tired. "It's never easy, we're good friends, but we always have close matches and I came here quite confident," she says.


The sun is out
0332: Well, it does not come as a total surprise that Kirilenko becomes a bit timid with victory in her sights and Sharapova takes full advantage to break back, but she must still hold serve to level things up. And play has resumed on the outside courts. What ridiculous weather they have.

0326: Sharapova arrows a backhand down the line on her way to a battling hold and Kirilenko will have to serve this one out from 5-3.

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0305: "All this talk of watching tennis in the sun has made my heart sink a little. I'm in my tiny student room at brighton waiting to watch murray even though I have to be up at 8. Now that's dedication."
Ricki, brighton, via text

0318: Another scream signals a Kirilenko hold and she leads 5-2 in the final set.

0312: Kirilenko is well and truly bossing it on Rod Laver Arena right now, thumping away short balls like Sharapova in her pomp. She holds to love for 4-1 and marches briskly towards her chair. And apparently it's stopped raining.

It's raining
0306: The rain has returned and play is suspended on all the outside courts, with Baltacha and Parmentier locked at 3-3 in the decider. The action continues under the roof on Rod Laver Arena though, and Sharapova is in big trouble at 3-0 down to Kirilenko in the final set.

0304: "Sitting at work in very sunny Melbourne wishes was at the tennis but your commentary makes it worth. Come on Maria."
From anon in Melbourne via text

0301: There are reports filtering through that 11 spectators have been thrown out of Melbourne Park for "unruly behaviour" - more on that as soon as I get it. Meanwhile, Safina is cheerful enough after her opening win and seems to have put memories of last year's thrashing by Serena Williams in the final behind her. "I'm really happy to be back," said the Russian. "People here, they love my brother, so thanks for giving me the same support you give my brother."

It's good news for a Briton
0256: Baltacha breaks back for 2-2, huzzah! Kirilenko breaks for 2-0 up against Sharapova. And to the texter trying to backtrack after initially calling me Piers Morgan, it's too late now. The damage is done.

0251: Sharapova gives a line judge evils after Hawkeye proves the official to be well off the mark, but the Russian decides against 'doing a Serena'. Kirilenko gees herself up as she takes the first game of the decider and she's not giving this one up.

paulp1989 on Twitter: "Huge elena fan....have a friend texting me game by game and occasionally point by point....starting to feel this slip away."

0245: Sharapova and Kirilenko go into a third set after two and a half hours on Rod Laver Arena. Stefan Dennis must be loving this. Roddick is in typically clinical mood, wrapping up the first set 6-1 against De Bakker on Hisense, while Wickmayer has forced a decider but is 2-0 down against Dulgheru.

Latest scores
0241: Sharapova saves one break point with an ace and a second with a big serve down the middle before levelling at one set all. Karlovic has taken the second set against 13th seed Stepanek, not unsurprisingly in a tie-break, so the pair are one set all on Court Six. And Baltacha saves break points at the start of the decider before finally dropping serve to trail 1-0.

The sun is out
0232: "The sun is back out Piers, do not worry, and it will be here all day! Hoping it will improve for Weds when I am going!"
From Heather, in not so sunny Melbourne, via text

0225: A break point goes begging for Baltacha and she's going to a third after Parmentier takes the second set 6-3. Sharapova has control of her second set against Kirilenko at 4-2 but it's still scrappy stuff, and Andy Roddick is under way against former junior star Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands.

It's bad news for a Briton
0218: Baltacha is broken for the first time today and Parmentier leads 5-3 in the second. I feel a bit queasy but it's probably the cashews. Sharapova edges 3-1 up in the Rod Laver marathon, while Ivan Ljubicic has beaten Australia's Jason Kubler 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Court Three.

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0215: "Dont worry piers, your not talking to yourself. Im following the text whilst watching the sharapova match. Come on andy murray!!"
From Dominic L H in perth, aus, via text

0211: "No mention of sharapova's outfit yet? Not quite sure about the translucent material... "
From Robyn, Mississauga, Canada via text

0204: Kirilenko lets out a blood-curdling scream as her tireless defence draws an umpteenth error from Sharapova and the less-heralded Russian is back on serve at 2-1 down. Baltacha and Parmentier are 2-2, while Wickmayer is a double break up in her second set.

0201: If my words are failing to paint a picture for you, BBC Sport's Chris Bevan has kicked off a day one photo gallery to help out.

0158: That was an epic game. When I say epic, of course I mean long. Sharapova is having a right old struggle, missing three break points before finally converting the fourth to lead Kirilenko 2-0 in the second set. And in celebration of Bally's efforts so far, I've just demolished 150g of cashew nuts in under five minutes. She trails 2-1 on serve in the second set.

It's good news for a Briton
0147: Baltacha converts her second set point for 6-4 against Parmentier, and the unstoppable juggernaut that is British tennis cranks into gear. There's no stopping us now.

The match is over
0144: Second seed and last year's runner-up Dinara Safina beats Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4 6-4. Next up on Hisense Arena - Roddick v DeBakker.

DavindaAulak on Twitter: "First shock at the Open being Sharapova or Wickmayer?"

Latest scores
0135: Let's take a (virtual) stroll around the grounds... Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru has taken the first set 6-1 against in-form 16th seed Yanina Wickmayer; Fernando Gonzalez leads Olivier Rochus 6-3; Radek Stepanek has taken the first set against Ivo Karlovic; and Shuai Peng wins the first set 6-0 against fellow Chinese Jie Zheng.

0129: Sharapova makes a good start to the tie-break but plays a howler of a drop shot to let Kirilenko back in. From 4-2 down, Kirilenko comes storming back and her compatriot dumps successive backhands into the net to give up the set. On Court Seven, Baltacha leads Parmentier 4-2.

It's good news for a Briton
0123: Baltacha breaks! The British number one leads Parmentier 3-2 in the first set. More celeb news - sitting directly in front of Stefan Dennis is Felicity Whelan, weather presenter on Weekend Today. Australia's Carol Kirkwood. Probably.

0119: Our friends at the WTA have furnished me with all manner of factoids, eg. this is the first time since the 2006 Aussie Open that Sharapova, Henin, Clijsters and the Williams sisters are in the same Grand Slam. Sharapova is going to have to work hard to take that stat into round two but she forces a tie-break against Kirilenko.

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0114: "Unbelievable scenes on court 6, karlovic broken first game aganist stepanek. Their last match contained 4 tie breaks, with 16-14 in the 5th!"
From Will, Oxford, via text

0110: It's all getting a bit tense on Laver as Sharapova has to serve to stay in the set, having led by a break twice, but she comes through with flying colours and it's 5-5. Safina is a set and a break up on Rybarikova, while Baltacha and Parmentier are 1-1.

0103: Sharapova double-faults to hand back the break and is soon 5-4 down against Kirilenko, while Safina eventually serves out the first set 6-4 against Rybarikova. Meanwhile, the outside courts are finally in use, with the likes of Fernando Gonzalez and Radek Stepanek among those in action and Baltacha taking on Parmentier on Court Seven.

A celeb has been spotted
0056: Things are picking up a bit on Laver, where Kirilenko smacks a backhand winner past Sharapova to stay in touch at 4-3 down after saving a break point. The fans at Melbourne Park today will see bona fide Aussie legends Frank Sedgman and Neale Fraser in the crowd, but the biggest thrill of all must be Neighbours actor Stefan Dennis. Row B, seat 246, if you're there. Wasn't he in panto over here last month? His agent must be working overtime.

BathAlex on Twitter: "Hello from Melbourne, just rained again! nothing happening on outside courts, baltacha made to wait!"

0048: Rybarikova breaks back for 4-4 against Safina. If anyone could do with a couple of easy wins, it's Dinara. Other big names in action on day one are defending champion Rafael Nadal in the first late match at 0800 GMT (live on red button, website, 5 live sports extra), Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Roddick, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The sun is out
0038: Safina gets the first break to lead Rybarikova 4-2 on Hisense, while Sharapova and Kirilenko struggle to get any rhythm going on Laver, but the former world number one finally comes up with a couple of decent serves to move 3-1 ahead. And the rain has abated outside so Baltacha and co are about to begin. Kettle going on...

0036: F1 might have Schumacher but Justine Henin's comeback is just as significant for women's tennis. She plays fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens on Hisense. Hers is just one potential blockbuster storyline that will unfold over the next fortnight. Others include Murray and the Holy Grail, Federer/Nadal Strikes Back, Clijsters Reloaded, Anger Management (starring Serena Williams). Er, anyway, they would all be better than Wimbledon, Kirsten Dunst or no Kirsten Dunst.

0031: "I have put my £700 holiday fund on Murray to win in straight sets. Profit £250. My wife will divorce me if I lose it. Come on Andy."
From jimmy, tottenham, via text

0026: Yikes. New year, same problem for Sharapova as she makes two double-faults on her way to 0-40 and soon drops serve for 1-1. The 2008 champion was unable to defend her title last year and while her groundstrokes have returned after that serious shoulder problem, the serve remains a worry. Still, Kirilenko's form has been poor over the last year and a third break quickly follows.

Kopmatt09 on Twitter: "Can the tennis match the snooker excitement? I doubt it. Come on murray, do a Selby!"

padawanbeck84 on Twitter: "With 606 closed for the day, I'd like to say a big "VAMOS RAFA!!" on behalf of all of the 606 Rafateers."

It's raining
0017: Sharapova gets the 2010 Aussie Open under way by breaking Kirilenko's serve on Laver, while second seed Dinara Safina is in action against Magdalena Rybarikova on the evocatively named Hisense Arena. Otherwise, it's rain stopped play, meaning Baltacha must wait for now.

It's good news for a Briton
0011: Must add that Murray v Anderson will be on 5 live as well as here and BBC2. At 0330 GMT. I'll stop going on about that now. We begin with Sharapova v Kirilenko followed by Clijsters v Tetreault on Laver. And due to kick off first on Court Seven in Britain's very own Elena Baltacha against Pauline Parmentier of France, the world number 105. Katie O'Brien plays Austrian Patricia Mayr, ranked 90th, in the third match on Court 10. All of this is weather permitting, which is not something I expected to be writing.

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0009: "Day off work tomorrow. Gonna stay up all night watching the tennis. Hope my bets come in & it's a good night."
From Jim, yardley wood, birmingham via text

0009: "Just want to say good luck to andy murray in 4 hours, am missing sleep for ya."
From Robin via text on 81111

0006: Maria Sharapova and fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko are out under the Rod Laver roof, swishing away at imaginary tennis balls as the umpire explains the new cramping rules. Basically, there will be less sympathy for it this year, which seems sensible.

5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "This time last year it was about 42 degrees.. today it's 20 tops. Roof closed after morning rain. Indoor tennis to start the GS year!"

2357: After the US Open, I requested - in fact demanded - a glamorous assistant for the Aussie Open nights. I am joined by BBC Sport's Chris Bevan. To take my mind off this, please get in touch through Twitter or send your texts in to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

2352: The day one line-up is a belter, with big names everywhere you look, among them Andy Murray in his opening match against Kevin Anderson at around 0330 GMT on Rod Laver Arena. That will be covered game-by-game here, streamed at the top of this page, live on BBC2 and on the red button (UK only). The Scot has a tough draw but appears in confident mood.

2350: Evening all, and welcome to day/night one of the Australian Open 2010. I've got a feeling this could be a good one. I'll be here all night, with Caroline Cheese taking over for the distant night/morning session at 0800 GMT.

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Tennis on the BBC
26 Oct 11 |  Tennis
Rampant Murray races to victory
18 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Champion Nadal wins opening match
18 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Sharapova slumps to shock defeat
18 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Baltacha battles into round two
18 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Australian Open photos - day one
18 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Men's doubles latest
02 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Women's singles latest
23 May 08 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Order of play
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