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I am checking out now, but you can continue to watch live streaming of Karolina Sprem v Casey Dellacqua
if that floats your particular boat. Tomorrow looks set to be a cracker and begins with Elena Baltacha's encounter with Dinara Safina at midnight GMT. Don't be late, will you?
And while all that was going on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
completed a 6-4 6-3 6-3 win over big-serving American Taylor Dent. And just now, Fernando Verdasco
polished off a crushing 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Ivan Sergeyev. Fed faces Albert Montanes next. Jo-Willy gets Tommy Haas. Nando's up against Stefan Koubek.
Some more Federer titbits. On his wedding: "It was obviously very nice. I got a little emotional. I can't believe I did that! It was a beautiful day. I'm happy I did it. I still am!" On the birth of his twin daughters: "We found out here in Australia last year it was going to be twins. It was a bit of a shock. It was a very intense phase for me - from here through to Wimbledon. It was beautiful. It's amazing." On whether he changes nappies: "I've done it before and I'll probably do it again tonight. There's probably about 24 a day. I don't do all of them - but it's intense."
Quite bizarre on-court interview between Jim Courier and Roger Federer, which ends with the American asking the world number one to "welcome Prince William into our world." A bemused Federer begins: "Erm..." before sort of getting into his stride: "Your Royal Highness, welcome to the world of tennis. Thanks for coming."
Inspired perhaps by the presence of Prince Will.I.Am, Victor Hanescu engineers a break point. He doesn't take it though and Roger Federer completes a 6-2 6-3 6-2 win.
Back to tomorrow's action: the Hisense Arena hosts Jelena Jankovic, Justine Henin and Andy Murray before a night session of Kim Clijsters followed by Ivo Karlovic in an all-Croat clash with Ivan Ljubicic. Other Brits in action: Laura Robson and Sarah Borwell in the doubles. But not together.
Over on Hisense Arena, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
leads 6-4 6-3 4-2 against Taylor Dent. Sounds like an impressive performance from the 2008 finalist. Fernando Verdasco,
who took Tsonga's surprise package role last year in reaching the semis, is 6-1 6-2 3-2 to the good against Ivan Sergeyev. Federer
about to serve for victory against Hanescu.
From anon via text:
"Re Davydenko at 0906: Andrey Arshavin was saying the same thing this week. Used to get paid 75 grand a week in Russia, in cash, no cheques. Big pockets."
Hurray. After eight deuces, Victor Hanescu holds serve to trail 4-1 Roger Federer in the third set. Think that was probably more about avoiding the bagel than any sign of a comeback. Also in action tomorrow: Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro on Rod Laver Arena, where the night session features Rafa Nadal and, er, Svetlana Kuznetsova v Angelique Kerber. Do the Aussie Open schedulers know something about Angelique Kerber that I don't?
From Andreas in North London, via text:
"Re 0808: On the subject of James Keothavong being a pussycat. I went to university with James and he is a great guy. I'd say he is more of a lion than a pussycat!"
Let's look ahead to tomorrow. Brits first: Elena Baltacha
faces world number two Dinara Safina in the first match on Rod Laver Arena. That will be live on the Red Button and online. Andy Murray
meets Florent Serra in the third match on the Hisense Arena, after two women's matches. That will be live on BBC One or Two, online and on BBC 5 live sports extra.
That was a bit like when Pete Sampras arrived at the Wimbledon final last year. Sort of. Is Victor Hanescu inspired by the presence of royalty? Is he 'eck... He promptly goes 4-0 down in the third set
0926: PRINCE WILLIAM ARRIVES AT ROD LAVER ARENA
Massive cheers around the stadium at the changeover. Has Federer taken his shirt off, I'm wondering? No, Prince Wills takes his seat on the front row of the posh seats. At this rate, he's not going to see much of Roger Federer, but maybe he's a big fan of Karolina Sprem.
Don't think Fed fancies hanging around long. Not sure Hanescu does either. The world number one crunches a 40th winner of the night to go 2-0 up
in the third set. Maybe this blue theme at Melbourne Park this year is inspired by Avatar? Saw that film the other night. If you're planning to see it, take a few cushions and a sleeping bag. It's life-crushingly long.
And Roger Federer has no trouble serving out the second set to take a 6-2 6-3 lead
over Victor Hanescu. Should Fed come through this match - and I'm willing to place a fairly large bet that he might - he will face Albert Montanes in the third round after the Spaniard came back from two sets down to beat Stephane Robert.
Classic Fed. The top seed breaks at the perfect time to take a 5-3 lead in the second set. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
has the break in the second against Taylor Dent and Fernando Verdasco
- in quickfire fashion - now leads 6-1 6-2 against Ivan Sergeyev. The Spanish ninth seed must have won four games in a row there.
So Federer, Tsonga and Verdasco all broke early in the first set of their respective second-round matches. And now they're all still on serve in the second set. Meanwhile, bad news for fans of 39-year-old tennis players who have come out of retirement... Kimiko Date-Krumm and Yayuk Basuki have gone out of the women's doubles, firmly reminded of their advancing years by 10th seeds Sania Mirza and Virginia Ruano-Pascual in a 6-4 6-2 thrashing.
Part two in the World According to Nikolay Davydenko
(see 0827 for part one). Why does he always talk about money? "Because we are Russian! Russian always talking about money. And you know all Russian can get only cash, not like you guys, only credit cards also. But not always getting money." No, I'm not sure what he means either...
Victor Hanescu stops the point to go to HawkEye - but Fed's forehand has clipped the back edge of the line. The Romanian smiles - just about - and then show-boats with a slam-dunk smash as he goes on to hold. Federer leads 6-2 2-2.
Must just tell you quickly about a women's doubles match on Court Eight. I know. Women's doubles... But bear with me. Kimiko Date-Krumm and Yayuk Basuki are bringing a combined 78 years to the court. I'm telling you quickly because the 39-year-olds are on the verge of defeat against the sprightly Sania Mirza and Virginia Ruano Pascual.
And now top seed Roger Federer
breaks for the second time to pocket the first set against Victor Hanescu 6-2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves for the first set against Taylor Dent.
Fernando Verdasco is making mincemeat of Ukraine's Ivan Sergeyev, taking the first set 6-1. Sergeyev is unheralded as well, if you ask me. Maybe I'm losing touch with tennis...
Victor Hanescu realises that sitting behind the baseline and patting the ball back isn't going to bother Roger Federer that much, so the Romanian mixes it up a bit, a neat-chip charge earning him three break-back points.
Fed soon reasserts his dominance though, his serve doing most of the damage. The world number one could face Albert Montanes or the unheralded Stephane Robert next. Montanes is fighting back after losing the first two sets, and has a break in the fourth. And yes, when I say unheralded, I mean I've never heard of him.
Well it's all going very nicely for the seeds: Federer, Verdasco, Tsonga all up a break in the first set. How about some sizzling chat from Nikolay Davydenko?
Here are his thoughts on the demon drink: "No, I don't drink really. I don't drink so much because, you see, I'm skinny. I mix only. Sometimes I drink clear vodka, sometimes mixed with Red Bull. Little bit get power in night club or disco. Because if I drink only vodka I go sleep straight." I know what you mean NiDav.
Blue court, linespeople in blue, Hanescu and Federer both in blue. There's a lot of blue around. That's all I'm saying. I mean, someone should really have thought this through.
Scratchy opening service game from Victor Hanescu and Roger Federer takes advantage, breaking immediately for a 2-0 lead.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has the break against Taylor Dent too.
James Keothavong is in action straight away as Roger Federer asks HawkEye to have a look at a serve down the T. Fed's right too. It was in. Federer wins the game for the loss of a point.
Look who's in the chair! It's only James 'Brother of Anne' Keothavong. Roger better watch himself today. Keothavong rules with a rod of iron I hear... Not really. No idea. Might be a pussycat, to be honest.
Still to come then: Roger Federer faces Victor Hanescu on the opening night match on Rod Laver Arena. In fact, there they are now. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets Taylor Dent in what should be a fairly powerful encounter on Hisense Arena. Last year's semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco is up against Ivan Sergeyev on Margaret Court Arena. Ooh, and in a masterful piece of scheduling, the Federer match is followed by Casey Dellacqua v Karolina Sprem. I know...
Hello there. Usual plea: a manual refresh of this page. Thanks. Just logged in in time to see Serena Williams
polish off Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-1 in just over an hour. The defending champion meets Carla Suarez Navarro in the next round.
Good timing there from Tommy, I will now hand over to BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese and go and lie down for three days. Tipsarevic appears to be wheeling his racquet bag off the court. Weird.
0749: Tommy Haas
needs five match points in an epic final game but eventually serves out a 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3 victory over Janko Tipsarevic, and the German will play Taylor Dent or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in round three.
Tipsarevic gets the break back against Haas on Margaret Court Arena, but then thumps a backhand wide to return the favour. The Serb then absolutely hurls his racquet into the court and it bounces about 10ft in the air. Haas has already had a point penalty, so this is a feisty one.
Serena has her game face on, winning the first set 6-2 with little fuss, while Haas takes a 4-2 lead in the fifth set against Tipsarevic on MCA.
A rasping forehand winner gives Lleyton Hewitt
a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-1 victory over Donald Young. The Aussie says: "The Americans have always talked him up, so he's always had a lot of pressure on him, but he qualified at the US Open and here so he's a lot better than where his ranking is." And on Baghdatis: "It's going to be a popcorn match."
Hewitt is racing away now at two sets and 4-1 up, and a tantalising clash with Baghdatis looms in the next round. Serena is being held on serve by Kvitova midway through the first set.
"Marcos Baghdatis you're our greatest athlete ever! Typical lion's heart performance. From all of Cyprus, thanks."Nick, Cyprus, via text
I think Hewitt has fashioned some form of subtle mohican in a 'fashionable' haircut. Anyway, Young dumps a volley into the net on set point and the former Wimbledon and US Open champion is two sets up.
Defending champion Serena Williams is out and about on Hisense Arena against Petra Kvitova. The Czech put out the top seed Dinara Safina at the US Open and, my WTA spy tells me, she has just recovered from acute tonsillitis. So there you go.
Young had been starting to look very impressive with his lefty serve and instinct to attack the net, but it all falls apart in game eight of the second set as he's broken to love and Hewitt is back to 4-4. Haas is two sets to one up on Tipsarevic but 3-0 down and that one looks set for a decider.
"First all nighter of 2010 at uni in prep for exams. Thank god for time zones, the Aussie open, the BBC text service and caffeine to help me through it all!! "Andy, loughborough, via text
Sixth seed Venus Williams
beats Sybille Bammer 6-2 7-5, and her sister Serena will be on Hisense next against Petra Kvitova. And Young has moved 3-1 clear of Hewitt in the second set on Laver.
Speaking of Australians, Bernard Tomic
showed why he's touted as the next big thing down under by taking 14th seed Marin Cilic to five sets on day three. The teenager has had plenty to say since. "To finish at that time, it's tough. Look, I have no excuses, but I think if I'd have played during the day, which I requested, it could have been all changed. I think I should have won. After 1am, 2am, for a 17-year-old to go out and play, it's difficult. For the people I requested to play during the day, and it didn't happen, I think it's ridiculous."
A reminder that today's feature match, unless your Australian and fascinated by Casey Dellacqua against Karolina Sprem, will be Roger Federer v Victor Hanescu
, live on the red button, website and 5 live sports extra from 0800 GMT
Theoretically, Bammer is under pressure when serving to stay in the match against Venus but the Austrian comes through comfortably and there is more work to be done by the American at 6-2 5-5.
That's a big old "Cmaaaaawwnnn!" from Hewitt as he sticks away a smash for 6-3 in the tie-break. Young plays a loose one on the first set point and the Aussie battler is ahead.
After her dramatic defeat by Gisela Dulko, more from Ana Ivanovic
: "I start well and I play good, and then, because I have no expectation, I just go out there to enjoy. Then I think 'I can play like this all the time' and then I get tense and I start making mistakes because I want to play like that. I just have to get rid of that a little bit and just try to play consistent all the time. It might not be at the highest level, but I have to just build on it. I think when I actually let go of my emotions, that's when I play my best."
Young earns a set point but Hewitt gets out of trouble to force a tie-break, but this is all a lot tougher for the Aussie than it had looked 20 minutes ago. Haas has come roaring back to lead Tipsarevic 3-0 in the third after levelling at one set all, and Venus is just a couple of games away.
"All this talk of Aussie jingoism is getting me psyched up for my trip down under for the Melbourne and Sydney Ashes tests in roughly.... 337 days!"From Phil, Singapore, via text
"Morning Piers, I thought it was 3 MOTHERS in the draw, Bammer, Klijsters and Rosanna de los Rios, who has a 12-year old daughter I think."Alistair, nervous about an assignment presentation, via text
5 live's Steve Rudge on Twitter:
"Baltacha gets to play on RLA 1st up tomorrow against Safina. Murray 3rd on Hisense - going to be a fun day on BBC TV and Radio."
We have something of a surprise developing on Rod Laver Arena as Young battles back to lead 5-4, prompting some enthusiastic but incomprehensible chanting from the American contingent in the crowd.
"Yessssss!" That's Donald Young's chosen celebration as he gets a break back against Hewitt on Rod Laver Arena, but he still trails by a break at 4-3. It's hard not to be more interested in the crowd and their incessant chanting, screaming, whooping-and-a-hollering. One man has painted his entire head green.
What's the best way to recover from a five-set marathon? Nip out and thrash someone 6-2 6-1 6-1, as Mikhail Youzhny
has just done. Poor old Jan Hajek cannot be happy with that.
Somebody puts it to Caroline Wozniacki
that not too many people are tipping her for the title. "I don't read too many newspapers when I'm down here ," says the 19-year-old Dane. "I like just to focus on myself."
"C'maaaawn!" It's the first of the day from Hewitt as he breaks Young to lead 3-1. Venus seals the first set 6-2 against Bammer, and Tipsarevic has already got a break in the second set against 18th seed Haas. Meanwhile, marathon man Mikhail Youzhny is clearly over Tuesday's epic win against Richard Gasquet as he leads Jan Hajek 6-2 6-1 3-1 on Court 3.
"so pumped right now for bagdhatis the man is a legend great match!"From Patrick in Belfast, via text
The Aussie fans on Rod Laver Arena bellow out Advance Australia Fair
. Very moving. "USA! USA USA!" It seems there are plenty of Americans on Laver as well. Tipsarevic wraps up the first set against Haas on MCA, while Venus is 3-1 up on Bammer.
Katie O'Brien on Twitter:
"Made a quick dash to the shops this morning. Got myself not 1, but 2 pairs of Ugg boots. What a result!"
The increasingly interesting Nikolay Davydenko has been talking to the press about his desire to have children. Well, who better to discuss the subject with? "Really, I would like to have kids now, like Federer already has two, or Hewitt," he says. "But my wife don't want to stay at home. She travel with me now. Now I'm top 10. She scared if with kids I start to lose tennis and go down."
Venus is making plenty of noise in the early stages against Austria's Bammer, who is one of two mothers in the draw - she has an 11-year-old daughter called Tina. Hewitt and Great American Hope, Young, are making their way through the bowels of the Rod LAver Arena.
Australia's Sam Stosur
gives the yellow-clad hordes on Rod Laver Arena plenty to cheer as she beats Kristina Barrois 7-5 6-3, and the good news for the Aussie army is that Lil' Lleyton Hewitt is up next against Donald Young.
A swift manual refresh might be in order if you can see strange numbers floating on the page. You're obviously over tired. Richard - my commiserations, that sounds rubbish; Kieran - yes, I'd say there are seven real contenders for the men's title and two or three live outsiders.
"Just finished writing an article on Aussie open for student newspaper. Described it as most competitive mens event for years do you agree?"From Kieran in Glasgow via text
"Loving the updates on bagdhatis comeback theyre keeping me awake as i sit in a south london a and e with a broken ankle."Richard in london via text
Ninth seed Vera Zvonareva
thrashes Czech Iveta Benesova 6-0 6-3. Zvonareva is returning after right ankle surgery to remove scar tissue at the end of last year, and she retired in first match back at Sydney. And the WTA informs me that she and Azarenka swapped coaches during the off-season. I hope they asked them if they wanted to swap.
So it's taken a while but we've now got through the opening matches on all the show courts. Stosur is a set up against Barrois on Laver but making heavy weather of it, Tipsarevic and Haas are just starting on MCA, and Venus Williams is about to take on Sybille Bammer on Hisense Arena.
He can! Despite hobbling around between points, Baghdatis saves a break point and fires one incredible forehand winner on the run before converting his second match point. The Cypriot fans go bananas and their man responds by whipping off his shirt and chucking it to them. Marcos Baghdatis
beats David Ferrer 4-6 3-6 7-6 6-3 6-1.
Drama! After taking treatment for cramp at the changeover, Baghdatis breaks serve again to lead Ferrer 5-1 in the final set only to fall to the ground behind the baseline when preparing to serve for the match. Under new rules, players can only be treated for cramp at the changeover (and only twice in the match, I think). He hobbles on but can he make it through one more game?
Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki
beats Julia Goerges 6-4 6-1, and after missing two break points Baghdatis converts his third to move 4-1 ahead. Ferrer doesn't look like a man who is ready to fight back.
Baghdatis saves a break point to inch 2-1 clear in the final set, and then calls for the trainer to attend to his, er, groin. And Ana Ivanovic has been facing the press after her dispiriting loss to Gisela Dulko. "I just need to keep my head up and improve," says the Serb. "There are things I'm working on but I'm just not consistent. It might just take some time."
"Baghdatis has only come back from 2 sets down once in is career before. Will he make it 2 today? Come on ferrer!"Dominic, perth, via text
"Andy murray and justine henin are clear champions this year."From toby strutt working at itn through the night!
The unheralded Alejandro Falla
and Li Na
have both just sealed wins on the outside courts, and can now consider themselves slightly heralded. Falla was the man who came back from two sets down to beat Soderling in round one. Hardly seems worth it now. Vera Zvonareva is storming past Iveta Benesova, having won of 11 games on Court 18.
Everyone on Hisense Arena is jumping now, at least everyone who's Cypriot, as Baghdatis makes it two sets all. Victoria Azarenka
beats Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-0, and Wozniacki takes her first set.
Argentina's 30th seed Juan Monaco
completes the comeback to beat Michael Llodra 3-6 3-6 7-6 6-1 6-3 on Court 6. The prize for Juan is a match against Davydenko, so a bit more running to be done.
"Loving the epic rallies on Hisense. Come on Baggy, I want a fifth! And Fed, please don't scare me this time."Kim, Hertfordshire, via text
Baghdatis is well and truly on the march now with a break early in fourth set against Ferrer. And my mistake, it's Sam Stosur v Kristina Barrois on Rod Laver Arena now. The Williams sisters are both in action on Hisense later. Caroline Wozniacki has sneaked onto MCA and raced 4-1 clear of Julia Goerges, while Wozza's best mate Victoria Azarenka is a set and 2-0 up against Stefanie Voegele on Court 2.
"I was well aware of his quality and he played extraordinarily well, especially in the first set and at the start of the second," says Djokovic. "I was very lucky to get to 2-1 and struggled in the fourth again."
It wasn't the easiest day's work for Novak Djokovic
but the 2008 champion books a place in the third round with a 3-6 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Marco Chiudinelli, and he plays Denis Istomin next. Serena up soon on Laver.
Spain's Nicolas Almagro
beats Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-3 on Court 8.
Tonetoise on Twitter:
"i cant believe how ridiculous yet exciting and thrilling the ivanovic-dulko match was...feel sorry for ivanovic though."
"The line judges and umpire should be ashamed of themselves in the Ivanovic game. Poor calls. Bad form. Feel sorry for Ana."Rob from Reading via text
"That last set summed up everything I love and hate about Ana - going 2 breaks down, a glorious comeback, and inevitable doom. I get my hopes up every time."Ian (again) via text
Baghdatis takes the third set against Ferrer and the Cypriot contingent on Hisense is winding itself up into a frenzy. Good stuff. Meanwhile, those dastardly Aussies have been tying to reclaim our Laura Robson
. Apparently the fans at her doubles match chanted Robson's name while one jokingly handed THE BRITON a certificate to change residence to Australia. "It was pretty interesting," she says. "I was handed a certificate to sign to be an Australian but they said if I wanted my birthday present I had to sign it, so I didn't."
Spot on Claire, that match was weird but oddly compelling. It will be interesting to hear what Ivanovic says in her press conference as it's hard to know where she goes next. Over on Rod Laver Arena, NoDjo is now sporting a baseball cap and looks like he's finding it hard going in the fourth set against Chiudinelli. It's a hot day and he's been known to suffer in these conditions, not least 12 months ago when
his title defence ended with a withdrawal against Andy Roddick.
"Watching dulko v ivanovic - this has to be one of the weirdest matches i've ever seen and def the worst line calls."From a confused Claire in Bristol via text
Predictably unpredictable - what a brilliant, ridiculous game. Ivanovic double-faults twice on her way to 0-40, then hits an ace and scrapes the line with a forehand as she battles back to deuce. Dulko screams "It was out!" Match point number six arrives moments later and the Argentine finally converts with a forehand return after two hours and 42 minutes. Bonkers. Gisela Dulko
beats Ana Ivanovic
6-7 7-5 6-4.
As you can see from my last post, I have the word 'break' on the brain after this match. A manual refresh will correct that blunder. Guess what, Ivanovic breaks serve again and she's back on serve at 5-4 down. The next game could be tortuous.
The crowd hold its breath when Ivanovic faces second serve at match point down but she saves it, and another soon after, to trail 5-3. Baghdatis goes two sets and a break down against Ferrer but breaks back for 4-4 in the third, so hopefully that will cheer him up a bit. And out on Court 8 the previously unmentioned Nicolas Almagro and Benjamin Becker are starting a fifth set after the German recovered from two sets down.
Dulko breaks again, this time with a cross-court backhand past a stranded Ivanovic, and leads 5-1 with her serve to come. She is then broken, obviously. Djokovic moves two sets to one up against Chiudinelli on Rod Laver Arena.
An absolutely shocking call at deuce understandably upsets Ivanovic - replays show the ball landed smack on the line - and Dulko moves 4-1 clear in the final set. Seventh seed Victoria Azarenka is up and running against Stefanie Voegele on Court Two.
Ivanovic's ninth double-fault of the day gives Dulko her seventh break point of the set. The Argentine powers over a heavy forehand and finally makes the breakthrough to lead 3-1. Three solid service games and she's there. Uh-oh, double-fault...
It can't be much fun being part of Team Ivanovic or team Dulko. The Argentine cannot convert any of six break points at the start of the final set and it's 1-1. Oh lovely, they're testing the Television Centre alarm system.
Sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko
steams past Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 6-3 6-3 6-0 on Court Two. The Russian will play Juan Monaco or Michael Llodra next
And that's the hat-trick. Sarah Borwell
and American Raquel Kops-Jones
beat Petra Martic and Polona Hercog 6-4 7-6 on Court 13, and there is a graphic for each in recognition of their teamwork.
Ferrer moves two sets up on Baghdatis and the fuming Cypriot sits at the changeover and smashes three racquets in succession, two still in their plastic wrappers. Brilliant. Djokovic is a break up in the third against Chiudinelli.
Dulko breaks serve for the 57th time after a couple more Ivanovic double-faults on MCA and we're heading into a final set. The tennis may be pretty ropey at times but it's certainly hard to call.
"Pretending the Brits are winning doubles matches solo was funny once. It is grating after an hour!"David, London, via text
5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter:
"Even the Aussie press having a go at the biased scheduling. And no it isn't the same at Wimbledon! If O'Brien draws a nobody in R1 or R2 they play on Ct 13 or 18. Only if a Brit draws a name do they get on centre. Dellacqua on centre court against Sprem is a total joke!!!! Even the Aussies think so!"
Djokovic takes the second set 6-1 on Laver and it's one set all against Chiudinelli, and Davydenko is two sets and 3-0 up on Marchenko.
I knew if I stuck at it long enough, this day would come. Elena Baltacha
continues what can only be described as the procession of British victories with a 7-5 6-2 win over Lucie Safarova and Aleksandra Wozniak. Latvian Liga Dekmeijere was also on Court 7.
Birthday girl Laura Robson
completes her demolition of Jill Craybas and Abigail Spears with a 6-3 7-5 doubles victory. And well done Sally Peers, I suppose. Ivanovic breaks back and trails 4-3 after Dulko dumps a volley into the net. I can't see either of these two ever serving this one out.
For a match that was billed as being very watchable, I'm finding it rather uncomfortable viewing as the Ivanovic serve disintegrates and she looks increasingly upset. She's got the yips. Maybe Eric Bristow could help. Anyway, Dulko isn't exactly on top form but she's now 4-2 clear and heading for one set all.
"Ana needs to just spend a few days practicing throwing a ball straight up in the air!"From anon via text
dwoodsy90 on Twitter:
"ivanovic's expectations is probably only 3rd round in tournaments now. difficult to support recently, such a bad dip in form "
Back in the madcap world of Margaret Court Arena, Ivanovic gets an early break in the second set and saves a break point with an ace. The ball toss then goes completely haywire - she basically throws it in the air and wanders around the baseline waiting for it to come down. Dulko breaks back and it's 2-2 in the second set. And the AFL player in attendance today is Garry Lyon, former AFL player & host of Channel Nine's The Footy Show
. I have no idea.
Ferrer takes the first set against Baghdatis on Hisense, Davydenko has eased a set and a break clear of Marchenko on Court Two, and the British women are still carrying their international partners towards victory.
And there's more drama on Laver as Chiudinelli serves out the first set against Djokovic, who cracks his racquet onto the court in anger. As illustrated.
It's a festival of nerves on Margaret Court Arena as Ivanovic and Dulko stagger through the tie-break, gripped by tension. Ivanovic gets to set point and promptly double-faults, then comes up with a big second serve before Dulko double-faults to hand over the set anyway. Dulko swats her racquet angrily as she heads to the chair.
"Piers what afl players? I am stuck in the library once again just like 2 nights ago..so things like the idea of hot footie players may just get me through another 2000 words..."From Sophie, still stuck in a library in Cambridge, via text
"Me and my girlfriends anniversary and shes got me watching djokovic,who said love is dead?!"From Ewan via text
Britwatch: Robson (and Peer, admittedly), Baltacha (and Dekmeijere), and Borwell (alright then, and Kops-Jones) all lead by a set.
It's pretty hard to pick this one - a double-fault and an error from Dulko hand Ivanovic two break points and the Serb plays a blistering forehand cross-court winner. After six breaks of serve it comes down to a tie-break. And third seed Djokovic lets a break slip away against Chiudinelli on Laver.
As you were, Ian. Ivanovic double-faults and then plays a woeful drop volley that sits up and begs to be put away. Dulko obliges and the Argentine will serve for the set.
I'm already fond of day four but day three captured heart. After a busy night I got home to catch the end of Murray's match, before
the brilliance of Henin and Dementieva
kept me unexpectedly awake along with
the drama of Delpo v Blake
. And that was all before Marin Cilic required until 2am to beat Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic. "I feel very tired," was Cilic's main thought after a match that lasted almost four hours. At least he didn't have to get a bus home.
Maybe not, Ian. Ivanovic suddenly finds the kind of form that won her a French Open and made her world number one, albeit briefly. The Serb breaks to love and then reels off what must be her best service game for a year, smacking down an ace to lead 5-4. And Davydenko is now 5-2 up on Marchenko.
"Supporting Ana is just too painful these days..."From Ian via text
Don't worry, Ni-Dav fans, your man is back on track at 3-2 and remains on track for the Federer quarter-final showdown, which I'm already excited about. Djokovic is on serve on Laver, Baghdatis and Ferrer are 2-2 on Hisense, and birthday girl Laura Robson is 5-3 up against Craybas and Spears. Sally Peers might be helping her a bit.
It's another let-down as far as celebrities go, I'm sorry to report. Swimmers, TV hosts, AFL players. AFL players! I ask you. The real glamour is out on Court Two and we have an early surprise as Davydenko is broken by Ukrainian Marchenko in game three. Ivanovic misses a break-back point and trails Dulko 4-1.
Ivanovic plays a much better second service game but Dulko, sporting a sort of burnt orange number, leads 2-1. And Gary, you are probably already asleep and heading to Aberdeen or Penzance.
"Maybe had a couple of sherbets too many tonight. When do any Brits play today, is it worth me staying awake for a while and then sleeping at my station before heading back to the City in a few short hours?"From Gary, sitting on a train home, via text
"I just hope Ivanovic-Dulko ends 7-6 6-7 12-10... Dont care who wins!"From Stewie in Reading via text
I nearly forgot the all-important coverage details. I will be honing my typing and tea-making skills throughout the night, obviously, while the 5 live team will be giving regular updates on Up All Night
. The feature match at 0800 GMT
on the red button, website
and 5 live sports extra
will be Roger Federer v Victor Hanescu
The sun is beating down on a packed Margaret Court Arena and it sounds like there is a rowdy bunch in to watch as Ivanovic makes a nervous start, double-faulting on her way to dropping serve to love.
There's no rest for British legend Elena Baltacha as she teams up with Latvian Liga Dekmeijere to open the action on Court 7 against Aleksandra Wozniak and Lucie Safarova, while Sarah Borwell and American Raquel Kops-Jones are about to take on Petra Martic and Polona Hercog on Court 13. And Laura Robson celebrates her 16th birthday by teaming up with Aussie Sally Peer against Jill Craybas and Abigail Spears.
As I say, there is unexpected interest from my departing football colleagues about the opening match on Margaret Court Arena between Dulko and Ivanovic. "I didn't know you were a fan of women's tennis," I say. "I'm not," one responds, hurrying out the door.
Djokovic opens proceedings on Rod Laver Arena against Marco Chiudinelli in a few moments, while in-form title contender Nikolay Davydenko sees his star quality showcased on Court Two against Illya Marchenko. Marcos Baghdatis and David Ferrer have got five sets written all over them on Hisense Arena, and Ana Ivanovic versus Gisela Dulko is attracting some attention on Margaret Court Arena.
2357:2355: Hello again. Haunted by the tortured face of Vera Dementieva as she watched her daughter pummelled by Justine Henin, it was another day of fitful sleep for me. However, the imminent appearance of my tip for the title has sharpened my senses. Novak Djokovic, my reputation is in your hands...
We also have Roger Federer, the Williams sisters, Lleyton Hewitt, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga..... it's everywhere. I demand that you
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