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Australian Open day 10 as it happened


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By Caroline Cheese

1345: It must be lunchtime now. A million thanks to you for your tremendous contributions today. Even the aggressive real tennis fans. I must make it a hat-trick of reminders: Andy Murray v Marin Cilic tomorrow at 0830 GMT on BBC Two (and HD), Online and BBC 5 live. Before that, Piers Newbery returns at 0230 GMT for the women's semi-finals, featuring Serena v Li and Henin v Zheng.

1340: Tsonga also says he feels fine physically, adding: "I think I was in good shape, maybe better than him [Djokovic]." Poor old NoDjo can expect a grilling at his post-match press conference. The world number three has not reached a Grand Slam final since winning in Melbourne in 2008.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Djokovic's problems: "I saw he was not very good. But sometimes, you know, he do that and he win... I have a lot of sympathy for him. We had a lot of things together, we played the final here [in 2008]. I won my first final in a tournament against him and yeah, he's a good player, he's funny. You have to applaud him."

1334: Novak Djokovic is off the court as quickly as his legs will carry him. leaving Jo-Willy to face Jim Courier. Good luck, JW, you may need it...

Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-6 Tsonga
Tsonga threads the needle with a magical forehand pass down the line and with the clock reaching four hours, we're finally seeing the best of the Frenchman. That's match point and Djoko's volley sits up to be hit - which Tsonga gladly does. Jo-Willy celebrates in trademark fashion, leaping about, pointing to his back and blowing kisses to an adoring crowd.

Djokovic *6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-5 Tsonga
Finally, the crowd are on their feet screaming as Tsonga chases down a drop volley and flicks it crosscourt for a lights-out winner. The Frenchman struts jubilantly back to the baseline, urging his fans to make some more noise. Huge serving again and Tsonga is within touching distance of a semi-final against Roger Federer. Might be best he doesn't think about that though.

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From mfnipper via text: "My mate is a member of a gentlemen's club in New York with real tennis courts and beat me easily when we played. He didn't make one school sports team in seven years, yet I played tennis for my Uni... proof that real tennis is not a proper sport."

Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-4* Tsonga
Another break would surely finish this one off. Tsonga flings himself at a forehand winner and it's 0-30. Djoko puts a loose backhand over the baseline and it's three break points. Double fault... oh dear.

Djokovic *6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-3 Tsonga
This match will do nothing for Djoko's reputation... He's huffing and puffing between points, but moving pretty handily during them. It may be a 'boy who cried wolf' situation but still... The Serb pulls off a spectacular pass to put the pressure on Tsonga, but the Frenchman slams the door with some brutal serving, roaring his approval.

From Hairs_ on Twitter "Life of a live text minion - one day bored by Federer's brilliance, the next day bored by amateur mistakes. It's a hard job."
Two things: I am never bored by Federer's brilliance. And 'live text minion'???

Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 1-2* Tsonga
Trouble for NoDjo, who needs to find his mojo - and quick. He's 0-30 down but a smart net attack, and a backhand pass make it 30-30. He seems sprightly enough during the points, but not so in between. A double fault - his eighth - gifts Tsonga a point for the double-break, but a big serve out wide from Djoko does the damage. Forehand misses after an 18-shot rally and it's another break point. Tsonga takes control, comes into the net, but his drop half-volley sits up beautifully for Djoko and despite an elaborate dive, Tsonga can't control the volley.

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From anon via text: "Re text at 3-5 in the fourth set: I can't agree with anonymous texter, beef is better than apples or pears full stop. In the same way, darts and real tennis are not proper sports."

Djokovic *6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 0-2 Tsonga
Djoko came in for a lot of criticism for retiring from his quarter-final last year with heat exhaustion. That was his seventh retirement, and fourth in a Grand Slam. He may want to avoid another blot on his copybook here. He has a sniff of a chance in this game, but Tsonga holds from deuce.

From seanmolyneux on Twitter: "Tsonga will be feeling confident here, he has a 100% record in five set matches ;)"
Indeed. He's only played one: his fourth-round win over Nicolas Almagro

Djokovic 6-7 7-6 6-1 3-6 0-1* Tsonga
Djoko swings a forehand into the trams, and immediately looks very sickly, drawing deep breaths as he collects the balls for his next serve. Into the net and Tsonga immediately has a break point. And into the net again. Tsonga breaks. This may not be a classic but I know someone who'll be loving it: Roger Federer.

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 3-6 0-0 Tsonga
An ace down the middle - his 16th of the match - earns Tsonga two set points and Djokovic nets an attempted pass. Fifth set here we come...

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 3-5* Tsonga
Delicious drop shot takes Djoko to 30-0 and he holds to love. Lots of you still suggesting amazing sport stats to rival Fed's 23 Grand Slam semis in a row. Phil Taylor (15 world darts titles), Rob Fahey (37 grand slams in real tennis)... But an anonymous texter finishes the argument with this: "Apples are better than pears, but beef trumps the lot when it comes to protein. In much the same way as achievements in different sporting fields can be compared."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 2-5 Tsonga
I say Tsonga's doing well to keep his concentration and he goes and smashes a mid-court forehand wide. He's making me look a fool. And that's not easy*. And now he hits another short ball straight at Djoko, who plonks a volley into the open court. Two break-back points. On the second, an explosive forehand forces Tsonga to net. Just when you thought this match couldn't get any weirder...
* It is, actually, very easy

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 1-5* Tsonga
Bagel averted... which reminds me, is it lunchtime yet? The serve does the damage, but Tsonga still a marginal favourite to take this set.

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-5 Tsonga
Think Djoko might - MIGHT - have said goodbye to this set. Barely moving now. Tsonga doing well to keep focused.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-4* Tsonga
Ah. Double fault from Djoko and he faces three break points. Return into the net from Tsonga, but then a lazy drop shot into the net by the Serb. I spy a bagel.

From PhotoKaren on Twitter: "Roddick was ill during a Davis Cup match and he did it between change of ends in a bin. None of this hiding away nonsense."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-3 Tsonga
Well, Djoko looks a bit better - apart from being annoyed with himself after missing a return to give Tsonga the game. The trainer is by the chair, but Djoko is more concerned with continuing a running commentary of his emotions for his coaching team as he munches on an energy bar.

It's bad news for a Briton
1236: Djoko's back and will continue. Laura Robson and Sally Peers' run in the women's doubles has come to an end, beaten 6-4 6-1 by Kirilenko/Radwanska. Robson returns tomorrow for her quarter-final match in the juniors.

1234: The umpire tells a confused Tsonga that Djoko has taken a medical time-out. The 5 live team reckon Djoko has gone to throw up in the locker room. Lovely.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-2* Tsonga
Something is definitely, definitely up with Djoko. He's in a spot of bother at 15-30, but finishes off a gruelling rally with a magnificent lob on the run. The Serb is bent double though, looking desperately towards his coaching team who tell him to take deep breaths. Tsonga senses blood, roaring back to earn a break point. FABULOUS rally, and Tsonga wins it with a volley on the stretch. NoDjo marches straight to the chair, picks up his towel and heads for the tunnel, pausing briefly to tell the umpire what's up...

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 0-1 Tsonga
Tsonga takes a lengthy toilet break there. Hopefully, he rediscovered his mojo while he was at it. Good enough start, holding to 15, and Djoko heads to his chair holding his stomach... Not sure what that's about. Should we call it a draw between Fed and the Don then?

From Ramchander, via text: "The Don's stat is particularly impressive - in cricket, as a batsman, there is no scope for error whereas is tennis you can be two sets down and still win! The Don's stat therefore has to hold greater significance. Add the wars lack of technology etc."

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From Laurence, London, via text: "If you're looking for amazing, try Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak for the Yankees. Unbelievable."

From anon via text: "Re amazing sport stats: Fangio won 24 of his 51 grands prix- 47.1% compared to Schumacher's 36."

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1* Tsonga
Tsonga takes to crunching every ball as hard as possible. It's a hit-and-miss tactic, as you might imagine. Djoko keeps his cool though, a glorious off-forehand taking him to set point before Tsonga mis-hits a return. The world number three is in charge. Sadly, Laura Robson and Sally Peers are not. They trail 6-4 3-0 against Kirilenko/Radwanska.

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 5-1 Tsonga
Tsonga's gold necklace comes flying off mid-rally at deuce and Djoko goes on to earn another break point, but he attempts a lob when the pass was probably the better option and Tsonga slam-dunks the smash. The third seed engineers another one though and this time he's got it, chasing down a drop shot, with Tsonga netting the easy response. Robson and Peers now 6-4 2-0 down against Kirilenko/Radwanska.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 4-1* Tsonga
Crikey. I've got my scores in a muddle. Was trying to focus on two matches at once. Could you manually refresh please and then we should be back on track? Tsonga struggling to hold again here.

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From Tom via text: "Bradman may be amazing but the next longest run after Fed's is Lendl with just 10 consecutive semis. Fed has more than doubled the record - absolutely extraordinary."

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 4-1* Tsonga
Tsonga beginning to shoot desperate looks at his support camp, while shouting the French for "this isn't going very well" (presumably). Djoko holds to love.

It's bad news for a Briton
Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 3-1* Tsonga
Djoko begins with a sensational lob on the run. He's a different player now. Booming backhand return rocks Tsonga and the world number three has three break points. Tsonga goes wide with a backhand. For the third time, NoDjo has the break in the set - can he close it out this time? Laura Robson and Sally Peers drop the first set 6-4 against Kirilenko/Radwanska.

From mozartface on Twitter: "RT @HolterMedia Perspective on Fed's 23 Slam semis streak: Pete Sampras reached a TOTAL of 23 Slam semis in his career!"

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 2-1* Tsonga
I hesitate to say it, but Djoko appears to be finding some form, battering forehands this way and that to move to 30-0 before serving out to love, finishing off with a gorgeous crosscourt backhand.

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From anon via text: "Re HFDSP on Twitter and Fed's semi-final run: Bradman 99.94. Nothing in sport can march that for a mind-blowing stat."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 1-1 Tsonga
Zut alors. Epic game. Tsonga finds the net with a bread-and-butter forehand. He's well on his way to a half-century of unforced errors now. Half-volley onto the trams gives Djoko a break point but the Serb can't get the return in. Lordy. Tsonga virtually hits the advertising hoardings with the wildest of backhands, but Djoko nets a return to miss out on another break point. Tsonga saves another with a risky forehand down the line, and after a couple more deuces, levels up the set. Laura Robson and Sally Peers have seen their advantage slip away against Kirilenko/Radwanska and they now trail 5-4. I blame the Aussie.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 1-0* Tsonga
Djoko holds. I wasn't concentrating again. Best to be honest about these things, I reckon. Laura Robson and Sally Peers are back to a one-break advantage against Kirilenko/Radwanska, leading 4-3 in the first set.

From HFDSP on Twitter: "Fed's 23 consecutive Grand Slam semis: the most insane stat in all of sports?"

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From Nick in the Hague, via text: "Accompanying students at the model United Nations conference in the Hague. I'm glued to this so much that all efforts of promoting international diplomacy are failing miserably."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 0-0 Tsonga
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, etc etc... eventually Djoko serves, but it's a wild double fault. This has been a truly dreadful match by the world number three. Tsonga now with a mini-break, but he slaps a backhand into the net. An 11th ace puts JW 5-4 ahead. BBC 5 live's Ali Eykyn counts 17 ball-bounces from NoDjo as he prepares to serve, the Serb finishing off with a lovely dinked pass off a Tsonga drop-volley. Brutal baseline rally, Tsonga brain-cramping (thanks John Lloyd!) again with an awful drop shot. Djoko's reply isn't much better - but Tsonga can't do anything with it, handing Djoko an easy put-away and a set point. Ridiculous forehand over the baseline. It's one set all. Usually, I would be pleased - but the quality of this match is such that I'm not sure I can sit through another two sets (at least). Better than proper work, I suppose.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 6-6 (3-3) Tsonga
Djoko has the early mini-break after Tsonga dumps an easy volley into the net. The world number three quickly into a 3-0 lead, Tsonga muttering angrily to himself. Ah oui! Fabulous forehand down the line at least gets him on the board - and a tentative Djoko is forced to net a forehand to concede the advantage. They switch over all square, NoDjo shouting furiously at his support camp.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 6-6 Tsonga
Djoko ruins a love service game with a terrible attempt at a drop volley, which some-time coach Todd Martin will be wincing at. Tie-break it is though.

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From Mike via text: "I'm suspicious about how truthful Pierre is (see end of first set). I live in Runcorn and camels are very scarce round here. It's all Marlboro or Lambert & Butler..."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 5-6 Tsonga
Is this really a Grand Slam quarter-final? Two amateur errors from Jo-Willy allow Djoko back in at 30-30, but that's more like it: a tidy volley into the open court off the back of a big serve. He closes the game with a screaming backhand winner. He'll get a tie-break at worst.

It's good news for a Briton
Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 5-5* Tsonga
After playing possible his worst ever service game last time around, Djoko now holds to love. Still a very strange match. Laura Robson has broken again to lead 3-0 in her doubles quarter-final (with Sally Peers) against Kirilenko/Radwanska.

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From Nigel via text: Re Pierre's text at the end of the first set: itinerant camel seller here. I have two models available, the premium and deluxe. Which one would Pierre like to put a down-payment on?"

It's good news for a Briton
Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 4-5 Tsonga
Not easy, but Tsonga holds to 30 and suddenly he's a game away from a two-set lead. Laura Robson has broken in the opening game of her doubles quarter-final! Her Aussie partner Sally Peers may have had some input, but I doubt it. They lead 2-0.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 4-4* Tsonga
Oh dear. Djoko double-faults and then goes for too much on a forehand and he's 0-30 down. Another double! And now a backhand into the net and he is broken to love. What's up with Nole? "You don't often see this sort of game from a world number three," notes Chris Bailey on BBC 5 live Sport Extra. Indeed you don't.

It's good news for a Briton
Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 4-3 Tsonga
Tsonga in real trouble at 0-30, but he steels himself to win the next three points in a row. Booming forehands from Djoko and he gets back to deuce, but then pushes a pass wide. The women's doubles is just getting under way over on Margaret Court Arena. Laura Robson and Sally Peers have won the first point - which is worthy of a 'Brit Up' graphic, right?

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 4-2* Tsonga
Tsonga has a little whinge to the umpire about a pocket of Serbian fans, who keep shouting out between first and second serves. Djoko holds to love, Tsonga beginning to look very frustrated.

BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden on Twitter: "Tuesday we had Nadal's German tourist shorts. Today it's Djokovic's shiny black combo with red motif fresh from Fosters Menswear circa 1985."

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 3-2 Tsonga
Double fault from Tsonga and Djoko has a sniff at 15-30. Tsonga comes in off an awful approach shot, and Djoko does the rest with a pass down the line. Two break points. Wild forehand on the first, but Tsonga hits the net on the second. After the first set, I wouldn't be counting any chickens if you're a NoDjo fan. Time for reminder number two from me: Andy Murray v Marin Cilic begins at 0830 GMT tomorrow. That match will be live on BBC Two (as I cleverly predicted earlier), Online and on BBC 5 live.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 2-2* Tsonga
I'm wondering if everyone's dashed off to catch Laura Robson in action on Margaret Court Arena. It's awfully quiet on Rod Laver Arena. Not surprising. This match is yet to come alight... but that might help, a flashing backhand pass down the line from Tsonga. Djoko closes out the game with an ace though.

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 1-2 Tsonga
Tsonga's serve is really firing now and he's back to the chair double-quick, sending a couple of racquets off for a re-string as he sits down.

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 1-1* Tsonga
Missed that game. I was chatting. I'm sorry. I'm a woman. It's just what we do. I can tell you that Djoko held to 15 though, if that helps.

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From Tom, London, via text: "Please drop this Djoko jocularity and go with his authentic Serbian nickname, Nole. Which rhymes with ole. Ole Nole!"

Djokovic *6-7 (8-10) 0-1 Tsonga
Tsonga double-faults to let Djoko back in at deuce, but the Frenchman's serve comes to his rescue again. To no-one's surprise, Laura Robson and Sally Peers' doubles quarter-final against Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanksa will not now follow this match. They're heading to Margaret Court Arena and will start at 1100 GMT. I'll keep you updated, do not worry.

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From Pierre, Runcorn, via text: "Zdravo and bonjour Caroline. If Smokin Jo Willy wins this match, I'll buy my wife her own camel."

Djokovic 6-7 (8-10) 0-0* Tsonga
Tsonga at the net again and he puts the volley away at the second attempt - and now he has a set point on his own serve. And he's done it! The big serve does the damage before he cuts off the volley. Djoko will be fuming after having two set points, and serving for it at 5-4. One hour and seven minutes that set took.

Djokovic 6-6 (8-8) Tsonga
Tsonga goes for broke, charging the net twice to hold his two service points and earn a set point at 6-5. He finds a good return - but now he throws himself at a forehand, which goes wide and long. Sometimes, just sometimes, he could do with playing the percentages. Djoko now with a second set point after putting away a volley. Serve-volley from Tsonga and it's 7-7, before Djoko nets a backhand pass to give Tsonga a second set point - saved with a first serve out wide.

Djokovic 6-6 (3-3) Tsonga
Djoko gives up a mini-break immediately with a careless forehand into the net, but Tsonga has a brain cramp (copyright: John Lloyd) and tries a drop shot - into the net. Tsonga now with a terrible forehand into the net and they'll switch over all square. Chris Bailey describes this as a "cloudy" set of tennis from both players. I see what he means.

Djokovic 6-6 Tsonga
Huuuuuge serve down the middle gets Tsonga to 40-15 and Djoko sticks a backhand into the trams to set up the tie-break. Weird set of tennis this.

Andy Murray on Twitter: "Not much else going on but did get a text from Chris Hoy saying well done. He's in Perth on training camp. Ricky Hatton's so nice too."

Djokovic 6-5* Tsonga
The more tense he is, the more Djoko bounces the ball before serving. It's fair to say he's bouncing it a lot now, but he comes through the game, sealing the hold with a big backhand down the line.

Djokovic *5-5 Tsonga
The serve appears to be back in the groove now and Tsonga holds to 15. Djoko is OBSESSED with the drop shot. He plays another one at 40-15 down, and Tsonga reaches it, tipping it over with the end of his racquet and off the top of the net for a fortunate winner.

Andy Murray on Twitter: "Watching Djoko v Tsonga in the apartment. Miles cooked dinner for us tonight, but so far everyone feels OK."

Someone is having a tantrum
Djokovic 5-4* Tsonga
Bah. At 30-30, Djoko flops an awful midcourt forehand into the middle of the net. Break-back point again but Tsonga blasts a forehand, miles over the baseline. Umpire warns the crowd not to make noise between points and there is now a huge round of applause as a man in a red top is ejected from the stadium. Naughty boy. Set point for Djoko, but he's put a forehand long. Ridiculous rally! About a thousand shots, backhand to backhand to backhand to backhand etc etc. Djoko changes it up with a drop shot but Tsonga gets there, and Djoko puts a lob long. He challenges - but it's about three feet long. Oh, apparently it was 32 shots in the rally, not a thousand. Anyway, break-back point and this time Djoko errs again. The sulking Serb throws his racquet at his chair as they sit for the changeover.

Djokovic *5-3 Tsonga
New balls - and a new Tsonga? For the first time in the match, a comfortable service game for the Frenchman as he holds to love.

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From Sarah, London, via text: "If I were Djoko or Jo-Willy, I'd avoid going a set and a break up. On today's form, you're bound to lose from there!"

Djokovic 5-2* Tsonga
Hold to love, sealed with a brutal forehand winner onto the sideline. Tsonga is not at the races yet.

Djokovic *4-2 Tsonga
Gruelling opening point, won by Djoko with a huge forehand which Tsonga can't handle. Backhand slice into the net and Djoko has two more break points. Tsonga needs some first serves - and he finds an ace on the first. Djoko gets a second serve on the second, but a couple of huge forehands allow Tsonga to take control. Forehand error - another break point and this time Tsonga volleys long. Can Djoko hang on this time?

Djokovic 3-2* Tsonga
Djoko holds to 15. As far as I know, Laura Robson and Sally Peers' doubles quarter-final is still scheduled to follow this match. It's nearly 9pm in Melbourne. Is Robson allowed to stay up that late?

Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "its my daughter scarlett 4th birthday today. hope the matches dont go to long so i can make the party."

Djokovic *2-2 Tsonga
NoDjo asks for a white towel at the changeover, prompting Jonathan Overend and Chris Bailey on 5 live Sports Extra to discuss the merits of the white towel over the official tournament towel. The white towels, explains Bailey to a disbelieving Overend, have been washed and therefore absorb more sweat. I believe Bailey is entirely correct on this. That is why you should always wash a brand new towel. Onwards to tennis: after a dazzling opening two points, this match has gone a bit scrappy. At deuce, Tsonga chases back to a lob and flicks the ball back, but Djoko is there with the volley. Another break point. Tsonga challenges a serve down the middle - and HawkEye agrees this time. Danger averted.

Djokovic 2-1* Tsonga
Djoko is in his evening wear of all-black, with Tsonga providing a contrast with a bright yellow t-shirt. Odd game by Djoko. Two desperate drop-shots allowing Tsonga to go 15-30 up before a double-fault gives JW two break-back points. He only needs one, forcing Djoko to go long with a backhand.

Djokovic *2-0 Tsonga
Tsonga wallops an ace down the 'T' to open the game, but Djoko puts some pressure on, pegging the Frenchman back to 30-30 before nailing a backhand right onto the baseline. HawkEye refuses to come to Tsonga's aid and break point down, the Frenchman nets a forehand. Great start by NoDjo.

Djokovic 1-0* Tsonga
What a start to the match, Tsonga winning the first with a neat chip-charge and Djoko taking the second after a rat-a-tat at the net. Let's hope that's a sign of things to come. The Serb holds to 15.
* denotes next to serve

0938: Off we go then. Jonathan Overend and Chris Bailey on 5 live Sports Extra are tipping Tsonga to win... NoDjo to serve first.

0936: While they knock up on Rod Laver Arena, here's reminder number one: Andy Murray meets Marin Cilic in the semi-finals tomorrow at 0830 GMT. That match will be live on BBC One or Two (I'm going to guess Two) and on BBC 5 live and Online.

0933: Revealing stuff, as ever, in the pre-match interviews. Jo-Willy says: "I will try my best like every time. Novak is a very good player so it's gonna be tough but I'll do everything to win." NoDjo says: "I've had a good tournament so far. I'm feeling confident and fresh. It's going to be tough tonight."

0928: The 'adults' in the office have gone for their morning meeting. I could write anything I like... like Djokovic and Tsonga's head-to-head record. Djoko, of course, defeated Tsonga in the 2008 Aussie Open final, but the Frenchman has won four of their five meetings since then. By the way, could you manually refresh the page, please? Thanks.

By Piers Newbery

0922: OK, the stadium is filling up and we have a projected start time of 0940 GMT for Djokovic v Tsonga, with Laura Robson's women's doubles quarter-final still scheduled to follow that, although it must surely be subject to change. It seems an appropriate time to hand you over to BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese, but I'll be back for the women's semis from 0230 GMT. That's right, 0230 GMT.

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0918: "Thanks for the updates. Hope it carries on till end of play. Good luck to muzza and laura!"
Al in retford via text

0908: The Rod Laver Arena is just being tidied up ahead of the arrival of the night crowd, meanwhile Serena Williams has been talking to the press about her earlier win over Victoria Azarenka that followed sister Venus's demise against Li Na. "It was obviously on my mind," Serena said of Venus's defeat. "I saw maybe one or two points, maybe three. I don't want to watch too much, I get too nervous watching. Obviously I was incredibly disappointed."

0859: That match might have been enough for some people, but not us. We push on with Djokovic v Tsonga, but apparently there will be a break of around 45 minutes while the day session crowd leave the Rod Laver Arena and the night owls arrive. Which is fair enough.

0856: Now the ultimate ordeal for Federer, a post-match chat with Jim Courier. "I've played him many times and I know he goes through phases, you just try to stay positive," says the Swiss. "I wasn't playing terribly, just struggling with the sun coming across. It's like a rain delay, you just wait."

The match is over
0852: World number one Roger Federer beats Nikolay Davydenko 2-6 6-3 6-0 7-5. It took a while but this time he serves out to love, letting out a roar after a forehand winner on match point.

0849: Davydenko gets low for an awkward but effective backhand volley but puts a backhand just wide moments later and it's break point for Federer... the Swiss appears to clip the baseline with a mishit backhand and heads to the chair thinking he has the break, but Davydenko goes to Hawkeye and the computer backs him. Federer returns to the court and sees two more break points slip by before we get to break point four... and Davydenko catches the tape with a forehand that loops long. Federer to serve for the match. Again.

0839: Davydenko saves the first match point with a streaky backhand return and follows up with a forehand for break point.... and the Russian hammers another winner to level at 5-5! This is getting silly. Great, but silly.

BBC Radio 5 Live
0834: Davydenko nets a cross-court forehand and it's his turn to face break points at 15-40.... and he double-faults! Commentary is now up and running on 5 live sports extra, with Alastair Eykyn and Chris Bailey currently in position. Federer to serve for the match.

0830: Blimey. Davydenko gets the help of a net cord on a return and earns three more break-back points at 0-40... five big serves from Federer and a "C'mon!" He leads 2-6 6-3 6-0 4-4.

0827: As if by magic.... a manual refresh of this page will bring you moving pictures of Federer v Davydenko at the top of the page. I said you wouldn't want it but I was overruled.

ali_bird on Twitter: "How come no Fed v Davydenko on the telly? Not even the Red Button! Some people don't just want to see Murray!!"

0823: Davydenko wins a quickfire rally at the net on his way to 0-40 and three break-back points... and he takes the third with a sweeping forehand! Federer leads 2-6 6-3 6-0 3-3.

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0820: "Anyone know what time Laura Robson plays her Doubles match? Is it live anywhere?"
From anon via text
Robson and Sally Peer are due on after Djokovic v Tsonga on Rod Laver Arena, and if that's the case we will have live streaming, but there's a good chance it will be moved to another court.

0818: A quick hold for Federer as his wife shivers in the stands - shouldn't be too long now Mirka - but Davydenko responds to trail 3-2 in the fourth set. And Victoria Azarenka has been talking about her earlier defeat by Serena Williams in a brilliant match. "I think I played good tennis today," she says. "It was a very high level of tennis from both of us. I knew she would fight until the last point and she started playing unbelievable, I think, from 4-0. I mean, she was really in the zone at that point."

0812: Davydenko stops the rot with a surprisingly solid hold and puts the pressure right back on Federer, sort of. No-one wins 14 straight games in a row against NiDav. Federer leads 2-6 6-3 6-0 2-1 with break.

0807: Federer nets a volley, it's break point Davydenko, Federer is on the run and hoists a desperate lob and Ni-Dav.... thwacks a smash into the net. Federer holds, 13 games in a row now.

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0805: "Hey pee wee I'm sat on my bed in Vancouver BC next to the mrs following the tennis on my blackberry bbc site rules! mrs hid the tv remote!"
akbanie via text

0805: "Huh... When I went for a shower davydenko was one set up with a break in the second... Now he is losing 2 sets to one... Hats off to roger!"
Alex, leicester, via text

0802: Make that 12 games in a row. NiDav's win over Federer at the O2 seems like a lifetime ago as he spoons another shot over the baseline. Federer leads 2-6 6-3 6-0 1-0 with a break.

0759: Still to come today we have Djokovic v Tsonga live on the red button, the website, 5 live sports extra and right here with BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese, who is just going through her pre-match routine. On Thursday, we have the women's semi-finals from 0230 GMT (which I'm especially pleased about, thanks for that), starting with Serena v Li and followed by Henin v Zheng. And then, at 0830 GMT, it's Murray v Cilic. Full BBC coverage details to follow later.

A bagel
0755: And there it is, Federer holds to love and leads 2-6 6-3 6-0 having won 11 games in a row. And thanks to all of you pointing out that tomorrow's schedule is up, bear with me...

0753: Davydenko almost saves himself the embarrassment of a bagel with a nifty drop shot on the first break point, but Federer takes the second soon after and leads 2-6 6-3 5-0. Oh well, at least we should get to see the bagel graphic.

0744: Ugh. Davydenko has a bit of a stinker on serve and Federer leads 3-0 with a double break in the third. Make that 4-0.

hottheadd11 on Twitter: "p-dog any news on the schedule for tomorrow? got to plan my day around andy!"
Not confirmed yet, but I'll let you know as and when. p-dog?

0736: I nipped out for a comfort break and returned to see Davydenko wallop a forehand into the net for 0-40. He repeats the error and Federer has a break at the start of the third set. Even the newly-discovered Davydenko sense of humour might be struggling to see the funny side of this.

0730: The Swiss is on a roll. Sorry, I'm contractually obliged to use that at least once every Slam. Federer's forehand is in the groove and he gets to 0-40 with a beauty that fools the line judge but not Hawkeye. Davydenko cannot contain the top seed and he quickly holds serve to level at one set all.
Davydenko 6-2 3-6 Federer

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0655: "Welcome to 3-time former champion Roger Federer, who has just arrived on Rod Laver Arena. I sincerely hope... Come on Fed, turn on the style!"
Very nervous Kim via text

0725: Federer races through a comfortable service game and is back on track, although Davydenko has let him off the hook a bit here.

0721: Greg Rusedski advising against the sliced backhand there - bit rich. Davydenko is under a bit of pressure at 30-30 and frames a forehand. A first break point of the day for Federer.... and the Swiss hits an absolute belter a forehand winner. We're back on serve. Davydenko leads 6-2 3-3.

Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "federer is getting taken to school! stop slicing your bh so much. davydenko wins this set it will be curtains for fed. cant believe it."

RothBs on Twitter: "Re 0642 good shout, fella. Fed crashed out in 3rd Round of 2004 French Open to Kuerten in straight sets, Rafa was out injured."

0715: Davydenko comes through a tricky service game from deuce with some nerveless hitting from the baseline, and then finds himself 15-40 up on the Federer serve when the Swiss double-faults. For the first time today, the Russian wastes a chance with successive unforced errors. Federer saves a third break point with a solid serve-forehand combination and hits a backhand winner and an ace for the game. Davydenko leads 6-2 3-2 with a break.

0705: When you're having a shocker, Davydenko is the last man you want to see down the other end. The Russian's metronomic hitting is too much for Federer again and it's 0-40, three break points.... and a sweet backhand return down the line does the job. Davydenko leads 6-2 2-1 with a break.

0700: Federer is playing desperately, dropping his service percentage to 40% and facing another three break points, but he does just about enough to hang on. Davydenko leads 6-2 0-1.

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0655: "Piersy! I'm a diehard Federer fan but I don't think I've ever been this angry with him in a match. I've just thrown my RF cap down in disgust. Sort it Roger!"
Dom in Coventry via text
Piersy? Well, it's better than Peas or Piero from yesterday I suppose.

0651: No problem for Davydenko as he seals the first set 6-2 and Federer troops off for a comfort break. The stats say Federer served at 52% in the first set to NiDav's 71%, made 13 winners to NiDav's 6, and 17 unforced errors to NiDav's 5.

0645: Federer stops the rot, confidently striding to his chair while Hawkeye confirms his serve was in, but it's still Davydenko leading 5-2.

0642: Davydenko goes to 5-1 and the Rod Laver Arena is a strangely hushed place right now. A colleague has just asked when the last time neither Federer nor Nadal made the semis of a Slam. Off the top of my head, and I haven't checked, French Open 2004? Anyone?

A shock result
0639: OK, this is now getting a bit serious for Fed. He shanks a backhand high and wild to fall a double-break down at 4-1 to Davydenko. I'm digging out the shock graphic (in case you were wondering).

0633: Davydenko eases into a 3-1 lead. No need for Federer to panic yet, obviously, but a first-serve percentage of 45% and 11 unforced errors in four games needs sorting out.

0630: After a pretty ropey opening service game, Federer goes the whole hog this time and drops serve with a mishit. It's 2-1 to Davydenko.

0628: Davydenko holds easily enough for 1-1. Don't forget you can get in touch via Twitter or with a text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide). You're awake now, so there's no excuse.

0622: Federer has a 12-2 head-to-head record against Davydenko but has lost the last two, prompting many to view the Russian as a real contender for a first Grand Slam title. Well, we're about to find out if that's true. NiDav's cunning ruse of electing to receive nearly works out, but Federer saves one break point with a forehand winner and another with a serve. The Swiss holds for 1-0.

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0620: "Hurry up and get Federer on court! I've been up since 5 waiting to see the great man play. Work begins at 8 as well so need him to finish off Davy in an hour and 30mins. Doable?!"
Catherine in Leeds via text

The sun is out
0610: Fed and NiDav are knocking up a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena. The Russian wins the toss and will receive. It could be a while away though because the stadium announcer has just started listing Roger's Grand Slam titles.

0603: So the first two women's matches of the day take six hours between them, and we've still got two men's quarter-finals to follow. Next up on Rod Laver Arena - Roger Federer v Nikolay Davydenko.

0558: Serena Williams - "I'm surprised, I didn't expect to win when I was down in the second set but at least I'm still in the doubles. I thought if I lost the singles and the doubles, I could catch a flight on Friday - it's not what a champion is supposed to think but I did."

The match is over
0555: Incredible. Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to set up a semi-final against Li Na.

0550: A brief interlude as my esteemed colleagues being to stumble, bleary-eyed, into the office bearing tea. Serena hits an ace to lead 5-1 in the final set and close in on what, even for her, would be an incredible comeback.

0545: A quick Serena hold is ominous for Azarenka, and provides a chuckle when Serena goes to Hawkeye to check a call. The line judge thought Azarenka's forehand was in, Hawkeye says it was about a foot long. Whoops. Serena looks unimpressed but keeps her thoughts to herself, very wisely.

0539: Serena leans into a backhand return and creams it down the line to break to love, and she is a strong favourite now with a break at 2-1.

0537: Azarenka has been a star on the rise for a while, her biggest win to date coming against Serena in the Miami final last April. She has her work cut out here though as Serena looks strong - 1-1 in the decider.

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0530: "Morning Piers. Still here, just about. Can't say I've seen much of Azarenka prior to this, aware of her but only seen bits here and there. Aside from the endless racket, she's been fantastic. Definitely a future world number 1 blossoming out there today. Come on Victoria!"
Matt, Blackburn, via text

0524: Serena battles her way to 6-4 and forces Azarenka to go long from the baseline, and we're going to a third set.

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0523: "I hope these two play for another hour or two. I want to see a glimpse of my hero (federer) play when i get to home from work."
Ahmed from india via text

0520: Gripping stuff. Azarenka screams - in delight this time - after winning a superb rally for 3-1, but moments later Serena has fired another winner for 3-3 at the changeover.

0516: Azarenka seems to have weathered the Serena storm for the moment and clenches her fist on holding serve - tie-break.

0513: Serena is not to be moved, finding a couple of heavy serves to see out the game for 6-5. Meanwhile, her sister Venus has been asked following her defeat by Li Na if she will change her schedule in future to play tournaments on the eve of Grand Slams. "I just am not going to do that," she says. "I won't play the week before hopefully any Grand Slam. I'm just not ever going to do that."

0509: Gutsy stuff from Azarenka who stops the rot with a great hold, arrowing a backhand behind Serena and smack onto the line at game point - she leads 6-4 5-5.

0505: Wallop. Serena cranks her serve up to new levels to seal a fifth straight game and the American now leads the second set 5-4.

0457: And that is why Serena Williams keeps winning Grand Slam titles. The American powers her way to 15-40 and Azarenka, reeling like a boxer on the ropes, double-faults. It's 4-4, and Azarenka can still afford herself a little smile. Not much she could have done about the last four games.

0457: Serena hits ace number nine to trail by a set and 4-3, and we could be in for another epic. I wonder if Lily Allen and The Muse (see 0100) are enjoying this. Maybe they will write a song about it. Pressure on Azarenka now, can she hold...?

0453: Serena may not be moving quite so well but that seems to make her more dangerous as she goes for winners. The champion gets to 0-40 and converts the second break point with a fine angle that Azarenka cannot handle. Azarenka still has the break at 4-2.

0449: A rout looks on the cards when Azarenka earns another break point but Serena is a battler and just about holds serve, but it's 6-4 4-1 for Azarenka. She's playing so well I'd almost forgotten the squealing. Serena might be struggling with her heavily strapped right leg.

0443: Another love hold for Azarenka. 6-4 4-0. Blimey.

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0440: "This is so refreshing and great to see - a player really taking it to Serena Williams, and coming out on top. Go Vika!"
From Kimberley via text

0439: Those gathered in the Azarenka player's box look slightly bemused as their woman breaks again for a 3-0 lead in the second set. She looks unstoppable at the moment.

It's bad news for a Briton
0434: There's bad news for Britain as Oliver Golding fails to serve out the second set on Court 3 and goes on to lose 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 to James Duckworth of Australia. Azarenka hits another ridiculous winner to lead 2-0. Amazing stuff.

0432: The first three women's quarter-finals might not have been up to much but Azarenka's performance so far is making up for the lot of them. Serena is playing well enough to have beaten the other women we've seen over the last two days but Azarenka is just blowing her away. Two magnificent forehands help her to another break at the start of the second set.

0427: Azarenka serves out the set to love and this is highly impressive from the youngest player left in the tournament (she's 20). She takes it 6-4 and Serena has plenty to think about.

0423: Serena is serving at 50% at the moment and it's not doing her any favours as Azarenka is all over the second serve. Two set points for the Belarussian... Serena saves the first with a wonderful forehand and the second with an ace down the middle. Brilliant. Azarenka lets another chance slip with a missed return and Serena cuts the deficit to 5-4.

Someone is having a tantrum
0416: Oh yes. Azarenka chases down a Serena approach and belts a running cross-court forehand past the American at the net. Oh no. Azarenka double-faults and makes a poor error for 15-40. She doesn't exactly smash her racquet, but she does drop it in disgust, so cue the graphic. Serena gets one of the breaks back but trails 5-3.

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0413: "I don't envy Svetlana going home to the cold in Moscow, much as I loved it there, it's -24 at the moment. Hope she does play in the Fed Cup. Good Luck to her."
From Max via text

0409: Judging from their twitter interaction over recent months, these two are pretty good friends, but I don't think Serena is going to be up for too many locker room pranks in the near future if this continues. Azarenka powers into the net and hammers way a smash to break again for 5-2.

0409: And Azarenka gets the break back straight away, to love. Both players are unloading from the baseline and even their screams/grunts are strangely in sync. Azarenka leads with a break and quickly holds for 4-2.

0402: Azarenka eventually cracks and misses with a backhand on the second break point, bringing Serena level at 2-2.

0356: Serena is in real danger at 15-40 but forces an error from Azarenka before sending an ace down the 'T'. The champion cuts the deficit to 2-1 but she is the one under pressure so far.

It's bad news for a Briton
0351: Britain's Lucy Shuker loses 6-3 2-6 6-4 to second seed Florence Gravellier of France in the women's wheelchair singles, and Oliver Golding drops the first set tie-break against Aussie James 'Jack' Duckworth.

0348: Nine deuces in game two and this is good stuff already, very intense. Azarenka puts a smash in the net on a game point, Serena does the same with a backhand on break point, but there's plenty of good play too. Azarenka scrambles when facing a second break point and Serena ends up doing the splits as she reaches for a forehand and sends it long. The Belarussian then fires a forehand winner on the run to save break point three before eventually holding for 2-0.

0345: "This match has already exceeded the last one, intriguing stuff so far, Aza really targeting Serena's backhand."
Will, Oxford, via text

Svetlana Kuznetsova on Twitter: "i'm almost home! we are in Abu-Dabi airport was long flight about 14h and now around 6h left.. Moscow gonna be cold. Have to dress properly. Also my last days to have the final decision on playing in fed cup team. You guys know how much i love it ..."

0333: OK, that delay was due to pitta bread consumption and report cobbling together, but the unmistakeable sound of Victoria Azarenka signals the start of the action on Laver. And the seventh seed is going toe-to-toe with Serena from the baseline, forcing an error for 30-40 but overcooking a return on the break point. A second break point... and Serena balloons a forehand over the baseline. Azarenka breaks for 1-0.

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0329: "It seems to me Andy has the weapons to beat anyone:serve,return and the heaviest backhand.If he plays like last night he will win this Slam. WILL."
Gan, Englishman with a half Scottish wife living in Hong Kong, via text

The sun is out
0321: Serena and Azarenka are out on Rod Laver Arena, which is starting to look rather hot. On Court 3, British junior Oliver Golding has recovered an early break to trail James Duckworth of Australia 4-3, and on Court 10 Lucy Shuker is into a final set against second seed Florence Gravellier of France in the women's wheelchair singles.

0313: I'm quite looking forward to the next one, especially after a fairly tortuous opening match. Serena Williams is about to face Victoria Azarenka for the right to face Li. The defending champion has a 3-1 record against the Belarussian and got past her in Australia last year, but only when Azarenka fell victim to the heat after winning the first set. It could be close.

0306: "It's the best day of my whole life," Li tells Todd Woodbridge. "My coach taught me a lot. Sometimes he tells me too much but - nice guy." Nice lady.

The match is over
0303: She needs three match points but finally Li Na beats Venus Williams 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to join compatriot Jie Zheng in the semi-finals - the first time China has had two players through to the last four at a Grand Slam. She will play the winner of the next match between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. She might want to go and start practising her serve now.

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0259: "Murray could win the whole thing. He might even knocked out on Friday. Federer might do the same. Dav will be no stroll for him but as for Venus - She's embarrassing herself out there. Murray and Henin to slam it."
Roddy, night shift, Peterhead, via text

0259: "Has there ever been a worse set of tennis?"
The body via text

0257: For the love of.... I know it's not easy but serving is supposed to be an advantage, isn't it? Venus double-faults to fall to 0-40 and Li sticks away a backhand. She celebrates but I don't know why, she's got to serve it out yet. Nine breaks in this set. So far.

0254: Li Na is on the brink of a historic achievement as she serves to secure a second place for China in the semi-finals. She is broken to love. It's 5-5 in the final set.

It's good news for a Briton
The match is over
0251: Britain's Laura Robson beats Cristina Dinu of Romania 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the girls' singles. Robbo will be back much, much later with Sally Peer for the women's doubles quarter-final, that's after the late singles between Djokovic and Tsonga so could be around midday UK time. Live on the BBC outlets.

0250: Li finally takes charge to move to 15-40 and two break points, and she bounds in to put away a forehand on the second for 5-4. She must now hold serve to reach the semi-finals. This is not a done deal.

0245: The run of breaks ends on Laver, just, after Venus fails to convert a break point and Li makes it 4-4 in the final set. Things appear to be more straightforward for Robson on Court 6 as she moves a set and 5-3 clear.

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0241: "This 3rd set is a bad advert for women tennis. 1 hold of serve in a 7-game set, double doubles in same game & this is a Grand Slam 1/4 final. Shocking..."
Patrick via text

0235: Well, that was fun. I think we're kind of, sort of, back on track. So to be clear - Venus leads 4-3 on serve against Li after a sixth successive break in the final set, and Robson leads Dinu by a set and 3-2, with a break.

AngelzLT on Twitter: "Looking at Venus/Li stats it looks like they've forgotten about points & are playing to see who can get most unforced errors!"

It's good news for a Briton
0221: Robson moves 2-0 clear in the second set and Venus gets her break of serve back, to love, with one sweeping forehand particularly impressive. She is then broken again and leads 3-2 in the final set. Strange match.

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0218: "How much tennis is Laura Robson (LaRo? Or is that too much like a certain 2009 NME Award winner?) playing here?! Ladies qualifiers, ladies doubles and juniors. None of this 'focusing on work' for her, eh? Leisure activities over academic- perfect training for student life."
Jim (still a student) via text

0217: Li is battling away on Laver, and amid the technical meltdown I am suffering, I see her miss at least two break-back points before converting to trail 2-1 in the decider.

0214: Our colleagues at BBC Sport Scotland got the thoughts of Scotland's leading sports surgeon Gordon MacKay on Rafal Nadal's injury. Both interesting and worrying: "It seems to me that Nadal is struggling to cope with the demands of elite tennis in spite of taking several months away from competition last year. The heavy rallies he faced against Murray and the hard surface in Melbourne clearly put a huge overload on his knee. He appears to be suffering from patella tendonitis, a common condition where the tendon which runs from the kneecap to the shin bone becomes stressed and then damaged," Mr MacKay said. The tendon pathology in Nadal suggests both overload and over use. This has come about from the ferocity of his style of play and the intensity of his training. He will have to modify his technique if he wants a long career."

It's good news for a Briton
0212: Back to Court 6, Robson breaks serve again and goes on to wrap up the first set 6-3. Who was worried?

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0208: "Federer won his first grand slam at wimbledon in 2003 when he was aged 21."
From Declan in Armagh via text

0205: Venus holds to love at the start of the final set and then earns a break point in game two, but nets a pretty tame sliced backhand. She makes no mistake moments later though, hammering a forehand winner on a second break point for 2-0. And Laura Robson is involved in another tough match it seems - she leads Cristina Dinu 4-3 on serve in the first set.


0156: It's desperately tight until Li swats a forehand winner into the corner for 6-4 and two set points. The Venus decibel level rises dramatically but it doesn't help as she nets a backhand, and we're heading for a deciding set.

0152: Venus and Li change round at 3-3 in the tie-break...

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0152: "Amelia, a fine line between a great performance and going out you say? Surely a fine line between greatness and exiting the tournament is what defines greatness? So by that definition murray is destined for great things? Know this-Fed didn't win his first grand slam til he was 23. Murray is 23 later this year. You do the math!"
Pete in london via text

0151: "I think you guys are forgetting how good Roger federer is in grand slams he is definently A level above everyone left in the draw. And he Has the experience so when it gets tight like in The semis or finals you would favour fed to come through. Fed to win this years aus open I 'm 100percent sure."
From adeel bashir via text

It's good news for a Briton
0148: Look out, Laura Robson is under way against Romania's Cristina Dinu on Court 6 and has just recovered an early break to trail 2-1 on serve.

0147: After some Hawkeye shenanigans, Li finds herself at 15-30, works an opening with some heavy forehands and... smacks it about two feet wide. Venus takes the game with a magnificent backhand down the line after a fearsome rally and the tie-break could be a good one.

5 live's Steve Rudge on Twitter: "Headlines waking up in Oz. Herald Sun 'Murray in a Hurry'. The Age 'Power of Scotland - Murray closes in on grand prize'."

0139: Djokovic was my pre-tournament tip. I can't say I'm brimming with confidence. Li had actually got it back to 5-5, as you well know, but it's still a huge game for her to hold. She misses a sitter at 40-30 but recovers her nerve to 6-5 ahead.

sssssarah on Twitter: "So has no one got money on a Djokovic-Cilic final then? It could happen...."

0133: Well, would you..... Li has a chance at 0-30 and plays a brilliant point, chasing down a drop shot and hoisting a lob over Venus that drops smack on the line. The American then shanks a forehand on the second break point and Li is back to 5-5. So, who thinks she's going to hold?

0127: Li is in trouble at 30-30 but arrows a superb forehand down the line and Venus must serve this one out.

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0126: "Whilst i agree that murray deserved the win lets not get 2 British & over state things. The match was really tight with Nadal. up2 the 3rd murray faced numerous break points. It was a fine line between brilliance & broken! Fed wont let him off so easy."
From Amelia via text

0125: Li has a great chance with a mid-court forehand at 30-15 down but buries it in the net, and that pretty much sums up her day. Venus wallops down an ace on game point and she's a game away at 5-3 in the second set.

A bagel
A bagel
0123: Some early British success on day 10 as Peter Norfolk beats American Nicholas Taylor 6-0 6-0 in his first round-robin match in the Quad Wheelchair singles, giving us the chance to enjoy the rare sight of a double bagel graphic.

0117: Venus wins a much more entertaining game from deuce with a lunging forehand volley and leads 4-2 in the second set. And Belgian junior superstar (and adopted nightshift favourite) Arthur de Greef is back in action on Court 19.

grizzlybore on Twitter: "Cilic is not worn out. Nadal came thru a 5-setter to win the finals last year. But then again cilic is not nadal. Go nidav!"

0115: "My money is on a davydenko v murray final. They're both playing awesome tennis. Also, how random is it that Donnie Munro is there? I love Runrig. I need my bed."
Kenneth, Glasgow, via text

0110: Li fires a forehand into the tramlines on break point and she may be back out of the match now. Venus leads by a set and 3-2 with the break.

0107: Are you still eligible for a Pulitzer Prize even if you can't spell it? Probably not. Venus is making harder work of this set and Li breaks back for 2-2 after dominating a lengthy rally. The Chinese player clenches her fist in delight and appears to at least be in the match now.

A celeb has been spotted
0100: BREAKING CELEBRITY NEWS: After nine days of swimmers, AFL 'stars' and seemingly the whole cast of something called Packed to the Rafters, we finally have some big names. Hidden beneath the usual list of Powderfinger guitarists and random actors are two British acts - it's only Lily Allen and Muse! Or The Muse, as is written in the press release. Maybe they're a tribute band.

0057: Fair's fair, Li pushes Venus a bit harder in that game and the American doesn't help herself with more double-faults, but it's another one in the bag for the seven-time Grand Slam champion and she leads by a set and 2-0.

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0055: "Woke up this morning (to the song 'woke up this morning') late, thinking i'd missed muzza, so was very happy to find the match still going when i startedrevision! Always tough to beat Fed, and i rate Cilic, but surely Andy has the grit and bottle!"
From Nic, (still) revising in sheffield, via text

0055: "As much as I would love Andy to win a slam, I'm not sure I can face the inevitable mass hysteria and tediously cliched headlines it would bring come July. Would be unbearable... "
Mac, London SE23, via text

0052: I'm enjoying all your thoughts on Murray v Nadal a lot more than this match at the moment, let's see if we can keep the discussion going until the semi-finals - only about 32 hours. Murray v Cilic will be live on 5 live, the website and BBC TV from 0830 GMT on Thursday. Obviously. And Li has just stuck a backhand into the tramlines to drop serve at the start of the second set. Obviously.

0046: Venus takes the first set against Li 6-2 in 30 very forgettable minutes.

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0044: "Nadal wasn't struggling in the first set, nor most of the second. He was being beaten, and almost certainly would have been beaten even with good knees. Murray was on a mission!"
Alastair, from Yeovil with a day off on Thursday, via text

0044: "This is anon - I can't deny that you're correct. However Federer has beaten Murray at both of their most recent meetings, their only meeting at a slam (USO final 08) and while he has dropped a set, it was the very first, and has since won 12 consecutive, just like Murray. ;)"
From anon, again, via text

0042: Blimey, this is woeful. Li whacks a regulation forehand over the baseline and it's 0-40, and she repeats the mistake on the second break point. Venus leads 5-2.

0039: I think Li may have been employing a tactic I use myself - play so badly your opponent falls to pieces. Venus plays a shocker of a service game and sees her lead cut to 4-2.

0036: Venus has a break point for 5-0 but fires a makeable forehand over the baseline and Li hangs on to register her first game. She trails 4-1. Pretty dull fare so far.

0034: A quick word on our Wednesday coverage - it is Wednesday, isn't it? Apart from this pullitzer prize worthy scrawl, there will be regular updates throughout the night on 5 live before Djokovic v Tsonga on the red button, the website and 5 live sports extra at 0830 GMT, followed by Laura Robson and Sally Peers against Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's doubles quarter-final.

Terkaldinho on Twitter: "Can't see NiDav stopping the Fed; looked awesome against Hewitt.Backing Tsonga to shock Djoko in four though."

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0030: "In reply to Anon: You are forgetting that Murray is the only other player in the top 10 to have beaten both Federer and Nadal multiple times throughout the last few seasons, not to mention the fact he (unlike Federer) has not dropped a set so far! Go Andy!!!"
Sarah from Southport via text

0026: Good to see Caroline Wozniacki is coming to terms with her defeat by Li. It doesn't look like Venus is going to require any retail therapy in the immediate future as she moves 3-0 and a double-break up.

Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter: "Yesterday I went shopping a bit with the Radwanska girls. Bought a pair of nice flip flops. Then we went to see the movie Nine. Not great."

0020: We finally get under way after Venus chooses to take a bathroom break between the knock-up and the first game, bizarrely, and the American breaks serve straight away. She needs three break points but sticks away a volley for 1-0. Li won the pair's only previous meeting at the Beijing Olympics and is aiming to join Chinese compatriot Jie Zheng in the last four.

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0014: "Murray may have beaten Rafa (an ailing Rafa at least for the final set) but any reasonable analysis should tell people he has a long way to go. Murray can never be the fave while one man is still in the draw, and a man who's been playing sumptuous tennis too. I can't say it enough - don't forget about the Fed."
From anon via text

0012: I'm feeling a combination of tiredness, cold and fury at London Transport after my brief sortie home and I need you to give me a boost. You can do so via Twitter or with a text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide).

0010: A Williams sisters semi-final is far from guaranteed, I'd say. Venus has been less than convincing so far, while Azarenka pushed Serena hard in last year's fourth round before succumbing to the heat. The Belarussian is an extremely feisty character and will not be overawed. She is also extremely noisy on court and doesn't appear to give a fig for what anyone thinks about it, which is rather impressive in its own way.

The sun is out
0007: It looks to be a bit cloudier in Melbourne today and Venus is knocking up on Rod Laver Arena in a tracksuit top over the dress which caused some discussion the other night. But I haven't got a cloudy graphic and, let's face it, it's not going to rain, so let's go with the usual sunny outlook.

0005: So to tonight: The Williams sisters can set up another siblings' semi-final with victories over Li Na and Victoria Azarenka respectively in the first two matches on Rod Laver Arena, before Roger Federer attempts to turn around his recent slump against Nikolay Davydenko. Britain's Laura Robson faces another busy day, with her third-round girls' singles second up on Court 6, while top boy Oliver Golding is third on Court 3 and doubles duo Tom Allen and Jack Carpenter are third on Court 18. It never stops. Until Sunday.

It's good news for a Briton
2355: We have a man in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam and a booming economy - Britain is back! I don't know about you but even the nation's collective effort in growing the economy by 0.1% has failed to outshine Andy Murray's performance in beating Rafael Nadal. Bad luck for Rafa, and fingers crossed for his knee problem, but Murray fully deserved the victory.

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