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Australian Open day one as it happened

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By Sam Lyon

1225: So that, ladies and gentlemen, is that for day one of the Australian Open from us. On what apparently is regarded as the most depressing day of the year, there was joy unconfined for British pair Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong, while all your top garden variety seeds in both the men's and women's draw made it through without too much fuss at all. And there was only the odd spot of rain too! All in all, a very satisfactory opening to the tournament - just you make sure you're back here around midnight tonight for day two with Piers Newbery, featuring none other than Andy Murray. I've a sneaking feeling the boy from Scotland might pull up a few trees this year... oh yes, I'm putting that out there people. See ya!

1220: It will indeed be a fifth and final set over on Court 13 as Ivan Dodig serves out in the fourth against Ivo Karlovic. I won't be seeing you out until the end on that one, though, apologies. I can tell you that Karlovic has hit 35 aces so far, though, if that's any use to you? No? None? Ah, sorry. Again.

Anon via text: "Very impressive so far from Fed and Novak. Both serving well and hitting winners for fun. If the draw plays out as it is expected to, their semi-final should be a cracker! So glad the Slams are back!"

1215: An update on matters over on Court 13 - and it looks like they're in for a late night over there, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig standing at 4-6 6-3 7-6 4-5 with the latter serving to take the match into a fifth and deciding set.

1210: NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS
Djokovic 6-1 6-3 6-1 Granollers

Boom. Bosh. Done. And sealed, too, with an ace - the Serbian world number three serving out to love for a comprehensive victory that provides stark warning to his opponents in Melbourne. Novak Djokovic is here to play, people.

1208: Djokovic* 6-1 6-3 5-1 Granollers
He's hit winners all day has Djokovic and after a perfectly disguised drop shot, he hits a backhand winner to bring up his 31st winner of the day. He goes on to seal the break when Granollers double faults and the Serbian is just one game away from the second round now.
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1204: Djokovic 6-1 6-3 4-1 *Granollers
I've said it before today - but it's not like Granollers has been that bad today at all, it's just that Novak Djokovic really has hit the ground running in Melbourne. Granollers hasn't got the weapons to trouble No-Djo - and the Serb's movement, athleticism and shot-making is looking completely primed. He holds to love and this win is just a matter of minutes away now I should think.
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1201: Djokovic* 6-1 6-3 3-1 Granollers
Admirable from Granollers, holding his nerve under a couple of defensive lobs from Djokovic to slam the point home and then forcing the error off his serve to hold serve to 15.
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jeranberan on Twitter: "Re: 1135 - it's quite disturbing isn't it?"
They're practically twins! How have I not noticed this before?

1156: Djokovic 6-1 6-3 3-0 *Granollers
A brief, unexpected stutter from Novak Djokovic as Marcel Granollers - aided by a favourable net cord - forces his way back from 0-40 down to deuce, but No-Djo is in no mood to let the Spaniard back into the set, sealing the hold with a backhand winner down the line.
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1152: Djokovic* 6-1 6-3 2-0 Granollers
Yep, this one's looking a foregone conclusion now, a long forehand from Granollers gifting Novak Djokovic yet another break of serve.
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Ian, Hampshire via text: "Re 11.35 - great shout Sam. Do you think there is any chance Nadal's TV hero was AC Slater, hence the muscle vests?"

1147: Djokovic 6-1 6-3 1-0 *Granollers
As you were in the third set - Novak Djokovic holding off some more impressive resolve from Marcel Granollers, even affording himself an incorrect challenge on a baseline call that costs him a point, holding serve to 30.
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1143: As the players sit themselves down for a well-earned breather, then, may I remind you that our British pairing of Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha both made their way through their opening matches today. Huzzah! "It's obviously a great feeling," said Keothavong. "She's an opponent I've never played before it was an opportunity for both of us, and one I took. You know they are what they (Arina Rodionova and her sister Anastasia) are and everyone kind of knows that. How can I say this diplomatically? I had to just focus on my own game and just leave her to whatever she wanted to do." Baltacha, meanwhile, said: "Oh, my God. Yeah, that was difficult. She just came out like firing. It was just ridiculous. But I remember as a qualifier, you know, you've earned your spot. You're flying high on confidence and have nothing to lose. As for Justine Henin next up, I think I've got to believe that I've got a chance, because otherwise there's no point playing. The chances are probably slim. But I've got nothing to lose at all."

1142: Djokovic* 6-1 6-3 Granollers
Yes, probably not the best time to throw in a double fault, Marcel my son. Especially when Novak Djokovic is in the form he is right now. Double fault he does, though, and Granollers pays the price as Djokovic - pushing and pulling his opponent all round the court - strolls through the game, sealing it with a lovely clipped backhand at the net.
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1138: Djokovic 6-1 5-3 *Granollers
Brutal from Novak Djokovic, a delicious crosscourt forehand winner clipping the line and setting the Serb on his way to a 5-3 lead. There would be no way back from two sets down for Granollers, surely...
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1135: Is it me, or does Novak Djokovic look a bit like Screech from Saved By The Bell?

1134: Djokovic* 6-1 4-3 Granollers
Erm... maybe not. Novak Djokovic bullies his way to three break points and even though his Spanish opponent steals two points back, the Serbian sees out the game on the back of an unreturnable backhand pass.
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1130: Djokovic 6-1 3-3 *Granollers
A chink of light for Marcel Granollers as a Novak Djokovic error and sublime forehand winner hand the Spaniard two break points... and he takes it at the second attempt when Djokovic is unable to keep a backhand volley in court. Game on?
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1126: Djokovic* 6-1 3-2 Granollers
Every single point is a battle but Marcel Granollers is giving his fans at least the odd thing to cheer - and the Spaniard holds serve for a second time in the set on the back of some admirable aggression.
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1124: Breaking coverage news - tomorrow's match between Andy Murray and Karol Beck will be live on BBC Two from 0410 GMT. Happy days.

1120: Djokovic 6-1 3-1 *Granollers
An unforced error from Djokovic! And another! His game is falling apart! Erm, except it's not at all, sorry Granollers fans. The Serbian allows 40-0 to slip to 40-30 with two poor forehands - but a sublime crosscourt backhand winner on the stretch seals the game. His Spanish opponent just has no answers at the moment.
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1117: Djokovic* 6-1 2-1 Granollers
Marcel Granollers gets on the board in this second set with a series of pumped serves, but No-Djo is still looking in complete cruise control.
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1114: Djokovic 6-1 2-0 *Granollers
The errors starting to come a little more regularly now from Marcel Granollers as he strives to force the pace and go for his shots a touch more - Djokovic is just way too good at the moment. Granollers is ranked 42nd in the world you know, but the Serbian third seed is a class above and then some out there.
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1111: Djokovic* 6-1 1-0 Granollers
Brilliant from Novak Djokovic, hanging tough in a couple of absorbing rallies before forcing a couple of errors from Marcel Granollers and sealing another break of the Spaniard's serve with a forehand winner down the line.
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It's raining
1108: The rain has started to fall in Melbourne again - and Novak Djokovic is not happy with his grip on court, asking the umpire whether he might consider closing the Rod Laver Arena roof. We'll carry on as we are for now, though...

Latest scores
1106: In between sets let me update you on a couple of other matches - Fernando Verdasco has seen off Rainer Schuettler rather comfortably 6-1 6-3 6-2, while Ivo Karlovic has fought back after losing the first set to I Dodig, it's one set all in that one. On the women's side, Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 3-6 7-5.

1105: Djokovic 6-1 *Granollers
Just 26 minutes after we started, Novak Djokovic secures the first set - sealed with an ace down the 'T'. Marcel Granollers has not been bad so far today... Djokovic has been that good.
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1102: Djokovic* 5-1 Granollers
A fine net-volley earns applause from opponent Novak Djokovic as Marcel Granollers goes 30-0 up - but No-Djo's two-handed backhand is ticking him along rather beautifully today and, on the back of two delightful sliced approaches, he earns himself break and set point. The Spaniard battles back well, though, and when Djokovic can only send an overhead backhand volley into the net, Granollers is on the board.
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1055: Djokovic 5-0 *Granollers
Novak Djokovic's serene progress continues as he holds to 30 - he's looking note-perfect.
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1053: Djokovic* 4-0 Granollers
It's not entirely one-way traffic - Marcel Granollers is occasionally holding his own in rallies - but Novak Djokovic is romping through this set at a pace right now all the same. Granollers earns game-point with a fine backhand pass, but Djokovic - aided by a couple of fine returns - forces a couple of errors from the Spaniard and the set is heading the Serbian's way.
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John Lloyd on the BBC: "They are both aggressive players, these two, but the difference is Djokovic's athleticism - and his skill is unquestionable, of course. He's settled into this match so quickly, he's looking very good already."

1048: Djokovic 3-0 *Granollers
Blink-and-you-miss-it game for Novak Djokovic as he bludgeons his way to a love win. Granollers' early promise already showing signs of being all too fleeting.
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1046: Djokovic* 2-0 Granollers
Early break to 15, sealed with a delightful cross-court forehand, and Djokovic is into his stride nice and early.
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1042: Djokovic 1-0 *Granollers
A lob and a couple of forehand passes down the line hand Djokovic the opening game, but a delicate touch from Granollers on a drop shot and forehand pass to take it to deuce suggests the Spaniard is not just here to look pretty. Game on.
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1038: Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic to serve first, then, here we go...

NorfolkTennis on Twitter: "Shamed myself by getting pumped when someone from Suffolk (Bally) won. Oh well, bigger picture, go on the girls!"

1030: Decent reception for Novak Djokovic as he and Marcel Granollers make their way out on to court for the last of the day's play in the Rod Laver Arena. With not a huge amount of interest in the other matches still ongoing - though I will bring you the latest from those as and when of course - I'm going to go game-by-game on this bad boy. Don't try and stop me. Oh yes.

The match is over
1026: Round-up, round-up... Janko Tipsarevic beat Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-1 6-4 to secure his place in round two, while Ivan Ljubicic and Fernando Verdasco continue to look more than comfortable in their matches against Peter Luczak and Rainer Schuettler respectively.
Latest scores
It's not so comfortable for big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who has lost the opening set against Croatian compatriot Ivan Dodig, though he does already have eight aces. Small comforts, I suppose...

The match is over
1020: It was a brave effort from Jarmila Groth but Yanina Wickmayer just has too much for the young Australian as she serves out for a 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory. Groth breaks down immediately as events take their toll and the realisation sinks in - but she gave a fine account of herself out there, something not missed by an appreciative Rod Laver Arena. Up next, No-Djo...

The match is over
1013: It's all over in the Justine Henin v Sania Mirza match, the former cruising through the deciding set to progress 5-7 6-3 6-1 in a doozy of a tie. The Belgian 11th seed will now go on to face Briton Elena Baltacha. Meanwhile, Jarmila Groth is giving nothing away for free out in the Rod Laver Arena and twice holds off match points to hold serve to make it 4-5 in the deciding set - Yanina Wickmayer will now serve for the match.

The match is over
1009: Roger Federer's next opponent is decided - it will be Frenchman Gilles Simon as he battles from a set down to beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7 6-2 6-4 6-2. That, I can tell you, might just be an awkward little number for the second seed...

1004: It's all going a touch pear-shaped for Sania Mirza in the Hisense Arena as she slips to 3-1 down in the third and final set against Belgian 11th seed Justine Henin - but home hopeful Jarmila Groth continues to dig deep and hang on to the coattails of Yanina Wickmayer over in the Rod Laver Arena, holding serve to stay in touch at 3-4 down in the deciding set against the Belgian 21st seed. Men's third seed Novak Djokovic continues to twiddle his thumbs in the dressing room.

The match is over
0958: Spiceworld. Arina Rodionova - just as she did in the first set - is undone at the crucial moment by Anne Keothavong and the Briton seals a hard-fought 7-5 6-4 victory to overcome the Russian, ranked 67 places below her in the world.
It's good news for a Briton
I know abzwizard (below) won't like it - but I'm calling that a fantastic win. Sue me. The WTA Tour tell me that win will most likely see Keothavong move back up into the top 100 (she's currently 118)... though for now she can concentrate simply on her next match, a second-round tie against German Andrea Petkovic.

0953: Arina Rodionova is now serving to stay in the match against Brit Anne Keothavong, 4-5 down in the second.

Latest scores
0949: Game very much on over in the Hisense Arena - Justine Henin levels it up at one set all against Indian Sania Mirza after battling through the second 6-3. Russian 23rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, meanwhile, is safely through after beating American Alison Riske 6-3 6-2. With the likes of Ivan Ljubicic, Janko Tipsarevic and Fernando Verdasco on cruise control in their matches, on to Court 13 comes giant man Ivo Karlovic for his match against Ivan Dodig. Spread bets on the number of aces welcome in that one.

0942: I can tell you, by the way, that Andy Murray's opening match against Karol Beck tonight will be broadcast live on the Red Button and Online tonight/tomorrow morning. The Scot is third up on the Hisense Arena court so that match is expected to start at around 0400/0500 GMT. Who needs sleep anyway, right?. Also, from 0800 tomorrow, we'll have Dinara Safina-Kim Clijsters and David Nalbandian-Lleyton Hewitt. Stick it in your diaries, good people. Preferably at the expense of anything work-related. Nice one.

abzwizard on Twitter: "Baltacha beating a player 77 places below her in the rankings is hardly a "fantastic result". More like expected result."
Killjoy.

0935: Bosh. Jarmila Groth makes it five games - and three breaks - in a row to see out the second set against Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 to take that match into a decider.

Latest scores
0932: Round up, round up... Gilles Simon looks on course to set up his second-round match against Roger Federer as he takes the third set against Yen-Hsun Lu to lead 6-7 6-2 6-4 going into the fourth, while Janko Tipsarevic's progress looks even more certain as he leads Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-1. Svetlana Kuznetsova is up a set and a break against Alison Riske, meanwhile, while Ivan Ljubicic is level 2-2 in the second having taken the opening set against Peter Luczak. Fernando Verdasco-Rainer Schuettler is under way on Show Court 2... and it's first blood to the Spanish ninth seed, Verdasco a break up after three games.

5livetennis on Twitter: "Dark and gloomy early evening in Melbourne. Heavy cloud, whirly winds - not great for tennis."

0929: Jarmila Groth is starting to really get the home crowd pumping now, securing her fourth game on the trot to go 5-2 up in the second set against Yanina Wickmayer, having lost the first set 6-3. Turnaround-tastic.

0925: Elena Baltacha will now go on to face the winner of the Justine Henin-Sania Mirza match... and that one is looking tighter than my brother's wallet at 4-2 Henin, a set down, in the second.

It's good news for a Briton
0920: Boomtown. That's the 'yoof' of today say isn't it? Either way, it's rather spiffing news for our British women's pair... just as Anne Keothavong strikes at exactly the right time to break Arina Rodionova and secure the first set 7-5,
The match is over
Elena Baltacha holds firm on serve to see out her match against Jamie Hampton 3-6 6-4 7-5. Terrific win for the 27-year-old - her 2010/11 continues to yield some fantastic results.

0915: Hold up... Elena Baltacha has broken in game 11 of the deciding set against Jamie Hampton and will serve for the match after a bit of a sit down...

0912: It's all rather tight for our Brits on courts seven and 10, where Anne Keothavong's match against Arina Rodionova looks like heading for a first-set tie-break and Elena Baltacha is 5-5 against Jamie Hampton in the third. Something for the home faithful to cheer in the Rod Laver Arena, meanwhile, as Aussie youngster Jarmila Groth makes the most of her first break point against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer to level it up 2-2 in the second set, having lost the first.

Latest scores
0904: Sania Mirza, meanwhile, went on to win that rather epic opening set against Justine Henin 7-5... only to be broken in the opening game of the second. We've now had eight breaks of serve in that match already. Wowzers.

It's bad news for a Briton
0903: Ah. Jamie Hampton breaks back in her match against Elena Baltacha and that is back on serve, 4-4 in the third.

0900: Anne Keothavong is up and running in her match against Arina Rodionova - and it's on serve at 2-1 in the first. British compatriot Elena Baltacha, meanwhile, remains a break up in the deciding set against Jamie Hampton and is just two games away from the second round - which would almost certainly keep her in the top 60 in the world rankings. Which is nice.

0856: Sania Mirza is showing rather splendid wells of resolve in the Hisense Arena as she breaks Justine Henin to keep herself in the first set at 5-5 - that is fast turning into a hum-dinger - while 21st seed Yanina Wickmayer takes the opening set on the Rod Laver Arena 6-3 against Jarmila Groth. Novak Djokovic follows that one...

Reeltime_scot on Twitter: "Any idea why they didn't close the roof before the match started. Madness!"
As I understand it, like Wimbledon, the Australian Open is an 'outdoor' event and is treated thus until such a time as rain forces it indoors.

0849: Just a quick shower in Melbourne, thankfully, and - with the roof still not closed on the top two courts - we're back up and running.

Latest scores
0847: And plenty of interest in the men's matches ongoing at the moment, too - not least on Court 6 where Yen-Hsun Lu and Gilles Simon are battling it out for the right to face Roger Federer in round two. The lad from Taipei took the opening set against expectations in that one before Simon levelled it up in the second, that's 1-1 in the third. Elsewhere, 17th seed Ivan Ljubicic leads Peter Luczek 4-1 in the first, while Serbia's most famous sunglasses-wearer Janko Tipsarevic leads Mischa Zvereva 5-3 - also in the first.

Latest scores
0843: The rain gives me the chance to update you on a few of the ladies matches, then... on the Rod Laver Arena, Yanina Wickmayer leads home hopeful Jarmila Groth 5-2 in the first, Justine Henin trails Sania Mirza 3-4 - with that match still on serve - in the Hisense Arena, 23rd seed Svetlana Kuznetsova leads Alison Riske 4-1 in the first, while over on Court 10 our own Elena Baltacha leads 3-1 in the deciding set against Jamie Hampton.

It's raining
0839: And just as I type that, the light rain returns... cue half a dozen little 'uns being shoved out on to court with mops and towels to clean up the wet stuff. Child labour that is, child blooming labour. I wonder if they're free to pop round to my flat and give it the once-over when they're done?

The match is over
0838: On Show Court 2, Victoria Azarenka, seeded eighth, has made swift work of dumping Kathrin Woerle out of the tournament, the Belarussian through 6-0 6-2.

0835: Tommy Robredo's straight-sets win over Somdev Devvarman means Anne Keothavong's match-up against Arina Rodionova is only moments away now. Keothavong, lest we forget, faced Arina's sister Anastasia last year at Wimbledon and was 4-0 up in the final set... only to go and lose six games on the trot and fall out of the tournament. Word on the Tweet is that Anastasia was not as graceful in victory as she might've been... and Arina, I'm told, is said to have a "similar personality". Could get feisty that one.

England cricketer Graeme Swann on Twitter: "A great day at the tennis. I have to say that after my wife, the lass called Dulko has the most hypnotically beautiful ... on the planet..."

Anon via text: "Sania Mirza is playing damn well. Against almost anyone else and she would win today. You know Henin will up her game and win, though..."

It's good news for a Briton
0827: While Justine Henin and Sania Mirza swap another couple of breaks - there have been four so far, but we're back on serve at 2-3 to the Indian qualifier - Briton Elena Baltacha has snatched the second set against American Jamie Hampton to level it up 1-1, and gone on to break her American opponent in the opening game of the deciding set. Hold on there and Baltacha would line up a dream second round tie against Henin. *Gulp*.

0825: And in the women's draw, top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat her nerves to overcome Gisela Dulko, Venus Williams enjoyed safe passage along with the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Marion Bartoli, while sixth seed Francesca Shiavone survived a scare against Arantxa Parra Santonja to battle through in three sets. As I warned you at 0800 - it's been more comfortable than a pair of Christmas slippers for most of the seeds so far.

0821: Here's a glimpse at what you missed overnight, then, in the men's draw. There were comfortable wins for seeds Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, while Gael Monfils fought back two sets down to progress at the expense of Thiemo De Bakker. Mardy Fish did similarly against Victor Hanescu, but there was no such luck for seeds Nikolay Davydenko (a four-time quarter-finalist) and Sam Querry, who were dumped out in their opening matches by Florian Mayer and Lukas Kubot respectively.

Latest scores
0816: Sania Mirza's fine start against Justine Henin hits a bit of a wall as the Belgian 11th seed breaks back in the third game to get things back on serve at 2-1.

Twitter
garrethhawkins on Twitter: "RE: 0806 - In all fairness Sam, it was you who said cheeky... If you don't know why, we certainly don't!"

0811: So what do I have to offer on this fine Monday morning, I hear you ask? Well I'll be focusing my attention on the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena for the most part, the former staging third seed Novak Djokovic's match against Marcel Granoliers later and the latter currently host to women's 11th seed Justine Henin's match against Sania Mirza - the Indian qualifier has made a flying start in that one against the odds, taking the first two games to lead 2-0. And then, of course, we've got our British representatives - Elena Baltacha currently striving to fight back from a set down against Jamie Hampton, with Anne Keothavong up later against Arina Rodionova. Plenty to keep you away from actual work no?

0806: Your starter for 10... why are internet page refreshes always 'cheeky'?? I mean... it makes no sense at all does it? Huh?

0804: Firstly, a bit of housekeeping if I may. A cheeky refresh of this page will provide you with our video and audio coverage of events out in Melbourne (for our UK users) - and, more importantly as far as my mum is concerned, the correct byline and Twitter link so that you can all send me your thoughts, musings and assessments of all things Australian Open tennis. This is your time to shine people.

0800: Morning all. I expect many of you won't have managed to stay out the night with young Piers so I'll do my best to provide a quick catch-up for you all in a bit. A quick snap-shot for you - the seeds are flying, almost to a man/woman, so if you're a fan of upsets you may wish to look elsewhere. Saying that, we've got a couple of doozies lined up this evening so don't flick the 'off' button yet...

By Piers Newbery

0753: That's me done for the day/night/whatever, I'm now going to hand you over to Sam Lyon for the rest of day one. As a parting gift, I will leave you with video and audio access to the magical world of Melbourne Park. You will need to manually refresh for that. I'll be back at midnight, chest puffed out with pride after a day of British success. Hopefully.

USA
0744: OK, Venus Williams and Sara Errani are back after the briefest of rain delays on Laver and the American wraps it up 6-3 6-2. Don't forget that at 0800 GMT, the people of the United Kingdom will be able to access live streaming of the Red Button and 5 live coverage from the night session, with Aussie Jarmila Groth up against Yanina Wickmayer first.

It's raining
0738: Hampton takes the first set 6-3 and British number one Baltacha has some work to do here. Having reached the third round last year, a first-round loss would mean she dropped from 55 to around 70 in the world. She might have a bit more time to think about that as it's started to rain.....

Twitter
alex willis on Twitter: "Justine Henin warming up in the car park... there's a use for every single bit of space..."

0731: It looks like Britain is in for the traditional rollercoaster as Baltacha recovers the break, only to slip behind again, and Hampton leads 5-3. Victoria Azarenka has just begun her match against Kathrin Woerle on Court Two.

0717: Venus is in command at a set and a break up against Errani, while Baltacha has recovered the early break to make it 2-2 against Hampton.

Switzerland
0710: Roger Federer has been discussing his love of the venerable old game.... "I do follow cricket, yes. I did see a bit of the Ashes at the very beginning. Then after that I didn't see much any more. Yeah, I mean, I always like to watch cricket when I'm down here. Yesterday I was watching the one day match a bit. Yeah, I know it's big news, so you should be happy that you have it. It's not always going to be like that, you know."

0700: We finally have a Briton on court, although it's not the greatest start as Elena Baltacha finds herself a break down straight away against qualifier Jamie Hampton. The WTA inform me that this time last year the American was ranked 726 in the world, but after winning four tournaments and four runner-up finishes on the ITF Circuit she has rocketed to number 132. Bit worrying.

The match is over
0654: Philipp Kohlschreiber becomes the third man on day one to recover from two sets down as he beats fellow German Tobias Kamke 1-6 4-6 7-6 6-4 6-4 on Court 13.

Latest scores
0644: Berdych is over his early struggles and leads Crugnola 6-4 6-0, while it's hard to work out if Venus is struggling more with Errani or her dress. It's pretty even stevens, I'd say, with the score currently 3-3. Germans Kohlschreiber and Kamke are at 4-4 in the fifth on Court 13, while Richard Gasquet has sneaked the first set against Dancevic on Court Eight.

0640: Gael Monfils is asked how he came back from two sets down to beat Thiemo de Bakker: "I know Thiemo a bit. I know sometime he snap in the head. So this is like a strong belief. We know like he can snap. It's a weakness for him. So you play with that."

The match is over
0635: Regina Kulikova beats Daniela Hantuchova 9-7 in the third set and that's Hantuchova's first exit at the first-round stage in Australia since 2001. The increasingly popular Nicolas Mahut beats Brian Dabul 6-3 6-4 6-4, and Grigor Dimitrov defeats Andrey Golubev 6-1 6-4 6-2, which means it's time for Elena Baltacha to do her stuff. Venus leads Errani 3-2.

0628: Kulikova has the break and leads 8-7 in the third against Hantuchova. Errani is giving it a go against Venus and breaks the fourth seed, who looks a tad rusty at 2-1 down.

A bagel
A bagel
0622: Hantuchova is back from a bathroom break and it's now 7-7 in the third set against Kulikova, while Venus and Errani are tied at 1-1, and we have a double bagel 6-0 6-0 win for the in-form Marion Bartoli against Tathiana Garbin, who apparently was playing her last ever singles match. A memorable way to go out, if nothing else.

0612: Venus goes through the knock-up and then heads off for a comfort break - odd. Poor old Sara Errani loiters behind the baseline looking vaguely unamused. Anyway, the American eventually returns and unveils a turquoise outfit. Thankfully, she's remembered to wear shorts underneath.

0610: The nation is waking, bright-eyed fresh-faced types are now wandering into the office, and Hanutchova and Kulikova plough on at 6-6 in the third. Kulikova has form here, as the WTA inform me that her first-round defeat by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova last year took four hours and 19 minutes - the longest women's match in a Grand Slam.

0600: Hantuchova and Kulikova must be setting some sort of record, surely. After three hours and six minutes it's 5-5 in the third set. Dimitrov goes two sets up on Golubev, with Baltacha to follow that one, and the crowd on Hisense waits with baited breath to see what get-up Venus has gone for this year.

The match is over
0550: Judy, the nation demands it. Hantuchova and Kulikova have been out on Margaret Court Arena for nearly three hours now and it's 4-4 in the third, meanwhile Andy Roddick saves four break points before closing out a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Jan Hajek.

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Judy Murray on Twitter: "Someone has just suggested I head down to Heineken Stage Live at MP to see Johnny Wonderpants. U cannot be serious! ....or can u?"

0542: Yep, got those the wrong way round. Roddick leaps for a smash to get the double break and he's nearly done, with Venus Williams to follow on Hisense.

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jjjlee1988 on Twitter: "Shouldn't it be the other way round? Robredo before Keothavong, Dimitrov before Baltacha?"

0536: With the action on Rod Laver Arena done for now, we scoot over to Hisense to see what looks like being the climax of Roddick v Hajek. The American has hit 15 aces so far and leads by two sets and 4-2. Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych is under way against Italy's Marco Crugnola on Court Two.

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Pip in Oxford via text: "Oh no! Devvarman and Robredo could be out there for hours and hours!"

0525: Dimitrov sails through his opening set against Golubev 6-1 in 21 minutes, so we might not be that far away from Keothavong time. Elena Baltacha must wait for Tommy Robredo and Somdev Devvaman to get through their match.

Switzerland
0522: "I'm sure he enjoyed it, somewhat," says Federer of Lacko's afternoon. "I'm really enjoying myself, the last six months have been fantastic and we'll see how far I can go in this tournament." And on how he got together with current coach Paul Annacone: "He was working for the British tennis federation... I think. Yes, he was."

The match is over
0519: And another result as Roger Federer polishes of Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-1 6-3 in 84 minutes. He looked in great form but could face a tricky second round with Gilles Simon or Yen-Hsun Lu waiting. Li Na has beaten Sofia Arvidsson 6-1 7-5.

The match is over
0510: A surprise on Court Seven, at least in terms of rankings, as Germany's Florian Mayer defeats 23rd seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 4-6 7-6 6-4.

The match is over
0505: American 16th seed Mardy Fish 'does a Monfils' and comes back from two sets down to beat Victor Hanescu 2-6 4-6 6-3 7-5 6-3, Davydenko is hanging on by his fingertips on Court Seven, and Lacko is on serve with Federer after six games of the third.

0457: Federer whips up a forehand lob to earn another break point but Lacko holds on and it's 2-1 to the Swiss on serve in the third. I'll be keeping an eye on Court 10, partly because the highly-rated Grigor Dmitrov has just started against Andrey Golubev, and partly because Keothavong follows that one.

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0451: Apparently Johnny Wonderpants will be playing on the Live Stage at Melbourne Park soon. I'm sure he was a Viz character. A couple of matches I haven't mentioned - the in-form Li Na leads Sofa Arvidsson 6-1 4-3 on Court Two, and Daniela Hanutchova looks set to force a decider against Regina Kulikova on Margaret Court Arena. And Fish has just broken for 4-3 in the fifth against Hanescu and we could be about to see the second major comeback of the day.

0445: After 51 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, Federer moves 6-1 6-1 clear of Lacko and sits cross-legged at the changeover swigging on something healthy. A dressing gown and a pair of flip flops wouldn't go amiss.

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From (wisely) anon via text: "Monfils - a Maverick who must have thought his Goose was cooked. Far from a Cruise into round two for him..."

0442: Roddick wins the first set 6-1 against Hajek, while Fish and Hanescu are locked at 3-3 in the fifth

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British number four Katie O'Brien on Twitter: "Federer kicking ass as per usual. I'd take just an ounce of his talent any day."

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British number two James Ward on Twitter: "Watching a masterclass-roger federer showing why he's the best of all time!! Some shocks on the first day already."

0432: Mayer takes the third set tie-break against Davydenko and then moves a break up in the fourth, and the German is well on course for a second-round meeting with Nishikori. Meanwhile, Federer is cruising at 3-0 in the second when he surprisingly drops serve after a Hawkeye overrule. Rog doesn't like Hawkeye. It makes him cross.

France
0424: Roddick is quickly 3-1 up on Hajek and Federer leads Lacko 6-1 2-0. And to those of you haranguing me for my French grammar - it's four in the morning! And whatever 'the rules' might say, it appears Gael does indeed refer to himself as La Monf, and not Le Monf. He's a maverick.

0419: And after 22 minutes, Federer takes the first set. At the moment this match is reminding me of West Ham v Arsenal the other day. Speaking of Gooners, British number two Anne Keothavong has been relaxing ahead of today's match by meeting up with England cricketers Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan, as you can see in our photo gallery.

0414: Lacko comes into the net and Federer leaps out wide to hit a forehand past him, before leaning into another on break point to go 5-1 up. This one could be over quickly. That's not the case on Court Three, where Fish has recovered from two sets down to force a decider against Hanescu.

0407: Federer breaks for 3-1 with a thumping forehand down the line that dips sharply onto the line, a great shot, and he's looking very sharp.

0404: Happy to be of service, Neil! Federer leads 2-1 on serve on Laver, while Hisense is getting ready for the start of Andy Roddick v Jan Hajek. Davydenko is toiling away at 5-4 down on serve in the third against Mayer.

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Times correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Andy Murray read my tweet at 0210 on BBC live text - "I thought Monfils had a chance here". He just won in 5. Guess who reminded me of that?"

The match is over
0355: Federer, wearing a white shirt and yellow bandana, plays a magnificent backhand drop volley on the very first point. Lacko is wearing a flourescent orange number and white headband, by the way. And Gael Monfils comes back from two sets down to beat Thiemo de Bakker 6-7 2-6 7-5 6-2 6-1. We doubted him earlier but, fair dos, that's a good effort from La Monf.

0350: You could be right, Kenneth. Mayer has been in good early season form and now leads Davydenko, who reached the final in Qatar, 4-2 in the third set. Monfils is running away with it on Hisense and is about to serve for the match.

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Kenneth via text: "Been really impressed with Florian Mayer of late. Could he cause the biggest upset of the first round against Davydenko?"

0345: Federer and Lacko walk onto Rod Laver Arena to a healthy cheer and it's fair to say the Swiss appears pretty relaxed. I look more nervous nipping out to the shops. Lacko is 28 years old, ranked 72nd, has never won an ATP title and is just three sets away from one of the all-time great sporting upsets.

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Daily Mail correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "Lukasz Kubot upsets Sam Querrey and then does a Polish folk dance on court."

The match is over
0339: The first minor shock of the tournament arrives on Court Two as American 18th seed Sam Querrey is beaten 8-6 in the fifth by Poland's Lukasz Kubot. Monfils has a break in the fifth against De Bakker, and Davydenko is at one set all against Mayer..

0337: "My dream when I was a little girl was to be number one in the world but now it's a new year and a new start and I'm just looking forward to playing here," says Wozniacki.

The match is over
0335: World number one Caroline Wozniacki beats Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-4 and will be pretty pleased to have got through a tricky first-round draw in just over an hour. And apparently Stella McCartney is responsible for her dress. I'm just saying...

The match is over
0331: Japan's Kei Nishikori wraps up a solid four-set win over Italy's Fabio Fognini, which will please new coach Brad Gilbert and hopefully prompt some wacky tweeting from the great man. Dulko saves a couple more break points before smacking a forehand into the middle of the net, and Wozniakci will serve for the match.

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0326: Wozniacki's father in the stands puts his head in his hands as Caroline dumps a forehand into the net to fall 15-40 and two break points down. Dulko converts the second with a forehand hooked down the line and it's 4-4. Monfils forces a fifth set against De Bakker and, with Querrey and Kubot in the 12th game of the fifth set, can I be the first to raise the spectre of Isner-Mahut?

0319: Dulko shows her doubles skills at the net to hold and trail 4-3. Meanwhile, fellow Argentine Juan Monaco beats Simon Greul 7-6 7-6 6-2, and Monfils breaks for 3-2 in the fourth against De Bakker, who must feel this one is slipping away.

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MarkRobMatthews on Twitter: "Hopeful Brit fan here that Anne and Elena will get to play soon. Upset on cards with Mayer taking first set against Davydenko?"

0314: We get a brief shot of Federer mooching about in the corridors behind Rod Laver Arena - Rog is passing the time in conversation with Barbara Schett before he takes on Lukas Lacko. They might not have to wait long as Wozniacki moves 6-3 4-2 up on Dulko.

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0310: Dulko recovers from 15-40 to hold serve and stay in touch at a set and 3-2 down, after much gnashing of teeth and biting of tongue from the Argentine. Monfils and De Bakker are on serve early in the fourth, Querrey and Kubot on serve late in the fifth.

0305: The order of play for day two is out and we hear that Andy Murray v Karol Beck will be the third match on Hisense, I'm guessing at around 0330-0400 GMT. It will be streamed live on this website (UK only) and on the Red Button.

0259: It's a strange match on Laver, some great points interspersed with a few shockers, but Dulko is troubling the world number one. However, four break points go begging with unforced errors and the generally placid Dulko is giving her team in the stands plenty of dark looks. Wozniacki leads 6-3 3-1.

0252: The latest ETA for Britons Baltacha & Keothavong.... ages away. They both have to wait for the best part of two men's matches, so we're looking at 6am UK at the earliest, I'd say.

The match is over
0248: One Dutchman is through - Robin Haase has beaten Carlos Berlocq in straight sets - but his compatriot Thiemo de Bakker is having one out on Hisense as Monfils reels off five games in a row to take the third set.

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0242: Seeds struggling everywhere - De Bakker fails to serve out the match on Hisense and 12th seed Monfils is hanging on, back to 5-5 in the third set. Mardy Fish, the 16th seed, is having a tough time as Victor Hansecu prepares to serve for a two-set lead on Court Three. Davydenko, the 23rd seed is 5-4 down to Mayer and 18th seed Querrey is on the verge of a fifth set against Kubot.

The match is over
0235: French Open champion Francesca Schiavone is broken when serving for the match, but then breaks Arantxa Parra Santonja to win 6-7 6-2 6-4, while De Bakker finally holds to move 5-2 up in the third. Wozniacki breaks at the start of the second

0229: Dulko stays alive in the set by holding to trail 5-3, but 14 unforced errors have hurt her and Wozniacki serves out the set. Gisela's probably starstruck, she's a massive cricket fan. Epic game going on between De Bakker and Monfils on Hisense.

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England cricketer Tim Bresnan on Twitter: "Not even sunny at the tennis. All 6 male line judges are wearing sunnies. And have not got a call correct yet. #theDulkoeffect"

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Times correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "What the heck is Monfils playing at? Horrible, horrible, horrible. And feigning anger too. I thought he really had a chance here."

0217: Dulko makes four unforced errors to give up the break of serve and Wozniacki is looking very sprightly as she leads 4-2.

0217: Monfils is heading for la sortie - he trails by two sets and 4-2 to De Bakker, and all those hopes of making a concerted run at the top 10 in 2011 look like they will be put on hold. His exit could open up the draw for Wawrinka, or even young star Dimitrov, to make serious progress.

0207: Wozniacki plays a tremendous lunging volley and follows up with some solid serving to lead 2-1, and both women are playing some decent stuff early on. Schiavone is involved in quite a battle on Margaret Court Arena and leads 3-2 on serve in the decider against Parra Santonja. And Nikloay Davydenko is under way against Florian Mayer on Court Seven. Good old NiDav.

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Stew via text: "Just as I'm thinking about sleep the lovely ladies that are dulko and wozniacki appear on my screen. No sleep for at least another hour then."

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Tonetoise on Twitter: "Woznacki in three i remember watching dulko last year against ivanovic she is very dangerous woz though needs this!"

0158: De Bakker moves 7-6 6-2 clear of Monfils, Querrey and Kubot are one set all, and they're under way on Laver. Wozniacki, whose new outfit has a touch of the toddler in ballet class about it, holds serve from deuce in the opening game after a bit of moonballing and a cracking backhand winner.

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Kate, london, via text: "Insomnia before monday work. Thank god for aus open to entertain me! Come on elena and anne!"

0145: Wozniacki and Dulko make their way in silence through the maze of corridors, with Gisela taking in all the posters of former champions. Wozniacki has had a bad start to 2011, getting walloped 6-0 6-1 by Zvonareva in Hong Kong and losing in the first round in Sydney last week. The Dane switched racquet manufacturers in the off-season, which could well be a factor.

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Judy Murray on Twitter: "Is it just me or could Thiemo de Bakker be a blonde Frank Lampard?"

0139: Monfils is in real trouble on Hisense at a set and 4-2 down against De Bakker. Will Gael ever live up to those heady junior days when he dominated? Next up on Rod Laver Arena, singles world number one Caroline Wozniacki v doubles world number one Gisela Dulko.

The match is over
0136: Maria Sharapova beats Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1 6-3 in 79 minutes, which looks a lot more impressive in numbers than it did in reality. Ten double faults is a worry. "I knew I had an early exit last year and I didn't want that to happen again this year," says Maria. Asked what she's been working on in the off-season, she adds: "Staying aggressive and little by little trying to get my game better, maybe to where it was a few years ago and even better."

0130: No word yet on a comeback for Tommy Haas but, judging by his website, he's having a very nice time away from the court. Tanasugarn serving to stay in the match.

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Owain, Leeds, via text: "Hoping Andy Murray can start the year brilliantly with his first ever grand slam! Also hope Lleyton has a good tournament! Does anyone know when Tommy Haas is back?"

0127: A really nice backhand down the line gives Sharapova a break of serve and she leads 6-1 4-3, so a couple of holds and job done. On Court Six, Simon Greul has stepped in after Julien Benneteau withdrew with an infected finger. Ugh. Greul and 26th seed Juan Monaco are into a tie-break.

0121: Thiemo de Bakker takes the first set against 12th seed Gael Monfils in the tie-break, so work to do for the Frenchman on Hisense. Double fault number nine for Sharapova. And there's 10....

It's good news for a Briton
0117: Sharapova gets back on track to break but still trails 3-2 in the second, the three-time Grand Slam champion urging herself on as she stomps back to the chair. Don't forget that later on we'll have Britons Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong in action, Baltacha up against US qualifer Jamie Hampton and Keothavong taking on Russia's Arina Rodionova. Keothavong lost to Arina's elder sister, Anastasia, at Wimbledon last year despite leading 4-0 in the final set. Anastasia is, er, feisty to say the least and we're told that Arina is "similar". Should be interesting.

0110: Blimey. Sharapova double faults for the eighth time and goes through some frustrated motions on her dodgy shoulder before sticking a forehand long to drop serve. Tanasugarn leads 3-1 in the second set. Sam Querrey takes the opener against Lukasz Kubot.

It's raining
0104: She's taken the first set off the sixth seed, so I'm going to have to type out her name. Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja takes the first set off Schiavone in a tie-break on Margaret Court Arena. And some light spots of rain see Sharapova and Tanasugarn head for their chairs on Laver, so we might need the roof.

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0057: Apologies for the delay, hopefully we're getting through our early teething troubles. The same can be said for Sharapova, who breaks at the start of the second set, but then she double-faults three times to hand it straight back. Out on Court Seven Romania's Monica Nicolescu gets the first bagel of the week with a 6-0 set against Timea Bacsinszky. Monfils has been broken back at 5-5 against De Bakker.

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Elena Baltacha on Twitter: "Now on the way to Melbourne Park, thank you to all the good luck messages!! Speak to you after the match xx"

0040: All sorts of fun at Television Centre as our audio veers between silence and an ear-splitting hum, which I have confirmed is not Sharapova. The Russian powers away to take the first set 6-1 in 25 minutes and, after a very dodgy start, looks well set. Monfils has broken De Bakker for 4-2 on Hisense.

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Matt, Blackburn, via text: "My girlfriend reacted with dismay to the return of grand slam tennis. After finally getting me back to a normal sleeping pattern following an Ashes winter i am now, tragically, 'forced' to stay up to see Roger hopefully begin the year in triumph this fortnight. You have no idea how glad she is the next two slams are European-based..."

0029: The volume level is steadily increasing as Sharapova finds some form to move 3-1 clear.

A celeb has been spotted
0027: Exciting celeb news on day one. Aside from the obligatory Neighbours star (Eliza Taylor) and Aussie Rules player (Matthew Lloyd), Rod Laver Arena will be playing host to the England cricket team today. I'm sure the locals will be delighted to see our boys again. The late session will be graced by the presence of Dannii Minogue. And Tottie Goldsmith.

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0022: Yeah, Sharapova breaks back to love. Another year.... Lots of you think that both this match and the following one could bring surprise results, with neither Sharapova or Wozniacki exactly brimming with confidence. We have action across 15 courts right now, with Gael Monfils at 1-1 against Thiemo de Bakker on the Hisense Arena and Francesca Schiavone on serve against... well, she's on serve on Margaret Court Arena.

0016: For those of you interested in this kind of thing, Sharapova is wearing her new salmon & grey number. For expert advice on this I turned to the Tennis Channel's Cari Champion, who told me: "She has the best style on the tour. Trust me on this!" So there you go. Unfortunately, it appears Maria still has last year's serve as she opens with two double faults and is broken to love. Ouch.

0011: All the information you could possibly require about the BBC coverage over the next two weeks you can find here, but basically we will be live texting throughout, with the glamour boys and girls from TV & radio joining in for the night session from around 0800 GMT every day. All Andy Murray matches will be live in the UK on the Red Button and streamed on this website, with selected other overnight matches as well. And 5live sports extra will have the late sessions live, with Judy Murray and Jeremy Bates joining the team on day one.

Paul, Sutton, via text: "Roger for all four slams this year ? Would be nice..."

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seanbhoy87 on Twitter: "Finally, the return of big time tennis. The festive period seemed to last forever. I am looking forward to lots of lost sleep!"

0009: Will Rafa win his fourth straight Slam? Would the Rafa Slam count as a Grand Slam? Can Roger make it 17? Can Murray make it one (just one, that's all we ask)? Will Wozniacki get off the mark, or might a Belgian regain control of the women's game? Who will have been landed with the most hideous new kit for 2011, and what are the chances of our friends down under having come up with a new chant to replace "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi"? Apart from that last question, I have no idea.

0004: Sharapova and Tanasugarn make their way onto a slowly-filling Rod Laver Arena. She might be the 14th seed and former champion but Sharapova could be a bit nervous today, having lost to Kirilenko in the first round last year and made an early exit against the unheralded Greta Arn in Auckland last week. She does have a 3-0 record against Tanasugarn though.

The sun is out
2358: We are told to expect a bit of of cloud cover today but it doesn't sound like rain, and there's plenty of sunblock being applied. Any mention of weather seems a bit trite bearing in mind the recent flooding in Queensland, and tennis did its bit to help out with the Rally For Relief on Sunday. More tweeners than you can shake a stick at, and over AUS$1.5m donated.

Rod Laver Arena
2353: First up on Rod Laver Arena we have 2008 champion Maria Sharapova v Tamarine Tanasugarn, followed by world number one Caroline Wozniacki v Gisela Dulko and then Roger Federer v Lukas Lacko, with Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Justine Henin and more all in action early on. And with Andy Murray given the opening day off, British interest lies with Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha, both of whom are scheduled for the fourth matches on their respective courts. More on them as the night progresses.

2349: Several dozen yellow-clad ball kids have just been out on Rod Laver Arena to pledge an oath that they will "live their Australian Open experience to the fullest", which is rather sweet. They should make the players do the same, I'd like to see David Nalbandian give it a go. Anyway, you're company is very welcome and you can get in touch to share your wisdom by tweeting me or, if you're in the UK, sending a text to 81111. If it's especially wise, I will probably nick it. Sorry.

2345: Good evening and welcome to this year's first Australian Open day session. I'll be here throughout the night, and in the morning a colleague will take you through the night session. All clear? We've got 14 days, we'll work it out...



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