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Australian Open day four as it happened

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By Mike Henson

1307:That's all from me. Before you finally get back to whatever you should be doing check out the Quotes of the Day. Kim Clijsters and Todd Woodbridge's little exchange looks like it might have a few more chapters to come.

1300: Perhaps you might also want to check out Serbia's Viktor Troicki and Novak Djokovic going head to head after helping their nation to Davis Cup victory? They are first on on the Hisense Arena and we'll be back here just before midnight to let you know how it pans out.

1255: Tomorrow is where we start to see some of the seeds duking it out. The tasty-looking Stanislas Wawrinka v Gael Monfils match, seeds 19 and 12 respectively, will be available for you live on the red button and on this website. It is due to get underway no earlier than 0800 GMT and has got to be the most entertaining thing on at that time of day. After that there is a chance to see what Venus Williams has got in her wardrobe to follow the nation-dividing "Alice in Wonderland" dress from her previous appearance. She takes on German 30th seed Andrea Petkovic. Full details on the day's play are here.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1244: A very happy Baghdatis plants a smacker on the court surface and salutes his noisy fans. He or Jurgen Melzer could take on Murray in the fourth round. "I would back Andy every time," says Miles Maclagen on 5 live Sports Extra about a possible match for the British number one against the 21st seed. Remember, the value of Murray-based investments may fall as well as rise.

The match is over
1238: Baghdatis racks up three match points, squanders the first as attempts a showbiz ace down the middle, clams up on a backhand on the second, but then sends a serve whistling past Del Potro for the match. 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 are the final details.

1234: Del Potro serves to stay in the match at 5-2 down in the fourth and he imposes himself at the net in the opening point with a deft pair of forehand volleys. Unlike in Murray's match on the Margaret Court Arena, the Rod Laver Arena has the HawkEye system installed and Del Potro mulls over a challenge for a good minute before deciding not to review and moving to deuce. A glaring miss from Baghdatis means it does not matter too much and the Cypriot will serve for the match at 5-3 up.

It's good news for a Briton
1226: Murray has done his post-match press conference, and he sounds pretty satisfied: "I was a little bit tentative, but I played well. A lot of the close games, a lot of 30-all games, deuce game, and I served well when I needed to really. That was the difference."

1221: The Cypriot community of Melbourne are giving some old folk songs an airing as their man consolidates his break and moves 4-1 up with Del Potro to serve. Apparently one of them is about someone's lover asleep deep under the sea. A little bit more poetic than "C'mon Insert name here"

1216: Earlier today Del Potro's countryman David Nalbandian retired from his match against Lithuanian youngster Richard Berankis when trailing 1-6 0-6 0-2. What was wrong with him? "Everything. Nothing specific. Like empty, you know? I toss a ball for the serve and everything was moving around," he said in his post-match interview. I think we all know that feeling.

Argentina
1209: Baghdatis is made to work hard to cling onto his serve in the opening game of the fourth, but he forces his way to break point in the next game. Del Potro is bashing away gamely but still looks like he is getting his bearings a bit and his forehand is well wide to give Baghdatis a 2-0 lead.

1203: For those late to this particular party, save us the excuses and have a look at the Murray match report before asking any silly questions. Plenty of pics in the gallery as well if you fancy some summery shots.

Argentina
1157: Baghdatis looks like he is already mentally into a fourth as he flops a forehand into the net to offer up three set points. Sure enough, he floats long on the first of them and the score is Baghdatis 6-1 6-3 4-6 Del Potro. Where is this one going then? It is time for Baghdatis to call on the services of the trainer, general rub-down of the calf and heel, nothing terminal.

Argentina
1150: A foot fault from Baghdatis helps Del Potro move a break up and he is now serving for the set at 5-4 up. After Federer-Simon and Nalbandian-Hewitt, could we be in for a marathon final game for the third day in succession?

Twitter
JonKAbbott on Twitter: "Just hoping that Murray isn't peaking too soon..."

Come on now, none of that.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1145: No word from Murray himself as yet. A cable pulled out the back of a telly somewhere down under brought his post-match television interview to an abrupt end. Luckily we have Miles Maclagen on hand on 5 live Sports Extra to give us a, perhaps more honest, appraisal of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez: "He is a good solid player but is a match where Andy should be alright. He is a tall Spaniard with a one-handed backhand but he should not have the weapons to beat Murray if he comes out with the same desire and intensity that we saw tonight."

1140: The Argentine is battling for the chance to face Jurgen Melzer in the third round, but his hopes have taken a dent as he surrenders with a double fault on break point and it is all square at 3-3. Lost in all the Murray excitement was the conclusion of Sam Stosur's match against Vera Dushevina. The Australian closed out 6-3 6-2 to the satisfaction of the home fans.

1133: Del Potro has received treatment on that troublesome wrist earlier in the match, but is now a break up at 3-1 in the third. It is a long, long way back from here though for him.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1128: "It is nice to see Andy come out and look so sharp and energised, he is a dangerous player when he is like that," says Murray's former coach Miles Maclagen. Murray will face Spanish 32nd seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez next up.

Argentina
1123: It is not looking great for Juan Martin del Potro on his Grand Slam comeback. He is down 6-1 6-3 down to Marcos Baghdatis on the Rod Laver Arena. Get your ears around 5 Live Sports Extra for radio coverage of that one.

Twitter
Ella Rock on Twitter: "Andy is playing like a man who had more than three weetabix. I love it!"

"I thought that was a consummate performance from Andy Murray there, Marchenko played his heart out but got nowhere near Murray. If you control the ball your control the opponent and Murray has that ball on a string," says Andrew Castle on BBC Two.

It's good news for a Briton
Murray 6-1 6-3 6-3 Marchenko
Marchenko is throwing everything he has at Murray now, a dinked volley brings up 15-15, but Murray reads his attempt at something similar in the next point to put himself within two points. The net cord conspires against Marchenko to give Murray two set points. Marchenko then fails to dig out a wide serve and that's the match. Murray chucks most of the contents of his racket bag into crowd, spins to acknowledge all sides of the arena and heads off into the third round.

* Murray 6-1 6-3 5-3 Marchenko
Murray has to hop up to get over the top of a forehand that just about clips the sideline to take the first point. Murray is jammed up by a serve to the body for 15-15 in the next point but the Saltires are fluttering as he flicks a fantastic running forehand past Marchenko for 15-30. Murray almost rips the cover off the ball as he attacks Marchenko's second serve at 30-30, but finds the net. A forehand winner from Marchenko follows and Murray will have to serve out if he wants this one.

Murray 6-1 6-3 5-2 Marchenko *
Marchenko is chasing that break with some intent. Some big shots early in the rallies open up a chance at 30-40, but Murray charges the net and Marchenko can't find the pass that is needed to take the game. The Scot makes no more mistakes and his 16th ace of the match whizzes down the tee to put him within a game of victory.

* Murray 6-1 6-3 4-2 Marchenko
Marchenko appears to have Murray at his mercy but flops a forehand long to give Murray 0-30. Murray shows similar restraint when a giant moth flutters about on the court surface, flicking it to relative safety of a ball boy. Marchenko though, looking increasingly tired, blazes long to hand a break to Murray.

Murray 6-1 6-3 3-2 Marchenko *
Murray rattles off the first three points before his final serve kick up high and Marchenko blasts long. Both players have a firmer grip on their serve now.

* Murray 6-1 6-3 2-2 Marchenko
Murray creates the angle for a winning forehand from out of nowhere at 15-0 down. But Marchenko smash and a wayward lob from the Scot allows his opponent through.

Murray 6-1 6-3 2-1 Marchenko *
An almost lazy ace from Murray to close out the third and he is wrapped up in a towel as he sucks in the evening air during the drinks break.

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OliML on Twitter: "Marchenko keeps celebrating winning points that are clearly out! #shouldvegonetospecsavers"

* Murray 6-1 6-3 1-1 Marchenko
Marchenko is not bowing out of this one just yet though. He holds his serve well.

Murray 6-1 6-3 1-0 Marchenko *
Marchenko wraps a backhand down the line for deuce after dusting off that drop-shot once more. But a precise backhand gives Murray advantage and he cruises through comfortably.

BBC Radio 5 Live

"Marchenko started well in that set, but he just couldn't sustain it and Andy eventually got him on the run," says Colin Fleming.

* Murray 6-1 6-3 Marchenko
Another drop-shot from Marchenko, but this time Murray forces it back over via the tape for 30-30. Marchenko offers up a break point and then fires wide to hand the set to Murray.

Murray 6-1 5-3 Marchenko *
Murray fails to scoop up a dainty drop-shot from Marchenko, but sweeps up the game. One more service game like that and the second set is his.

* Murray 6-1 4-3 Marchenko
Murray pulls out of a tempting backhand volley and is rewarded as Marchenko's valiant chasing forehand drifts long. Two break points for Murray and he will be serving for the set if he takes either. The pair serve up a series of sliced backhands and Murray makes the first mistake to lose the point. A more aggressive approach in the second but Marchenko matches him to take it to deuce. The Ukrainian picks off Murray at the net to take the game and that is good grit from Marchenko. Elsewhere Juan Martin del Potro is a break down to Marcos Baghdatis, 3-1 to the Cypriot 21st seed out on Rod Laver.

Murray 6-1 4-2 Marchenko *
After a slow start to this set, Murray is finding his rhythm. The first serves are thudding in and he takes the game with a pinpoint second. Marchenko is distinctly patchy; a lovely crouched winner is followed by an ugly one that almost passes the backcourt ball boys on the full.

* Murray 6-1 3-2 Marchenko
Marchenko is the one fuming after umpire Carlos Ramos overrules a forehand winner in the opening point and glowers up at the chair after a fizzing ace makes it 15-15. Marchenko fails to win another point in the game though and trudges back to the chair a deeply unhappy man. "Could be plenty of fireworks here," predicts Jeremy Bates on 5 Live Sport Extra.

Murray 6-1 2-2 Marchenko *
"No flash photography please," the umpire reminds the crowd. It is just so hard to turn it off on digital cameras though isn't it? Murray is a spectator as Marchenko whips his second serve back past him for 30-30, but he responds with a spick-and-span ace and another monster serve to take the game.

* Murray 6-1 1-2 Marchenko
It is Marchenko's fists that are doing all the clenching and pumping as Murray nets to make it 40-30 while Murray is looking a little sorry for himself. Marchenko lets him wriggle off the hook a bit as he needlessly plants a forehand between the tramlines though. Big puff of the cheeks from Murray as the linejudge calls Marchenko's serve in to give him advantage. Murray again escapes, this time with the match's first double fault from Marchenko. Murray makes the most of it as he probes either side before slapping a winning forehand for break point. He duly takes it with a smart return and Murray recovers the break.

Murray 6-1 0-2 Marchenko *
Interesting times here as Marchenko slugs his way to three break points. Murray possibly allowing his concentration to slip, surely not? Murray's serve redeems the first, the second follows despite a hefty clip on the net cord, but can't keep the third alive as a forehand finds the net. The Scot changes his racket at the end, let's see how that works out for him.

*Murray 6-1 0-1 Marchenko
A flashy forehand brings up 40-15 for Marchenko, but he gives Murray a sniff with one that is slightly less clever. "A settler for the Ukrainian at the start of the second set, something he very much needs," reckons Andrew Cotter on BBC Two.

Twitter
SSLushCCool on Twitter: "Come on Andy - I'm out of a job in 6 weeks and need to be cheered up - help me for a few hours"

Murray 6-1 Marchenko *
No video review here on Margaret Court Arena and Murray has already swapped sides before he realises his serve has been called out at 30-15. The umpire escapes with his ears only gently warmed. An eighth ace from Murray though and the first set is safely stowed away.

* Murray 5-1 Marchenko
At 40-0 down Murray hits a backhand so smooth he looks like he has cod liver oil for blood. But the Ukrainian hangs on top make a deserved impression on the scoreboard.

Murray 5-0 Marchenko *
Murray serve is ramping up ominously, but a bit of a limp forehand allows Marchenko to get back to deuce. Marchenko's return floats long though and now he will have to hold serve for the first time to avoid the dreaded bagel. But this opening set is not as straightforward for Murray as the scoreline may suggest. Some fine shots from Marchenko.

*Murray 4-0 Marchenko
Marchenko gets a little too eager under a high ball, but then shows his class with a rolling forehand down the line for 30-30. But Murray pings a backhand across court to leave Marchenko scraping around in vain and that is the game. Apologies for any problems you have been having with the live updates, should be smooth sailing from here on in.

Murray 3-0 Marchenko *
Murray stretched by Marchenko's double-handed backhand return as the Ukrainian pulls it back to 30-30. Marchenko is matching Murray's power at the moment as is a whisker away from break point as he chases down an instinctive stop volley. Deuce follows but a big serve digs Murray out of a hole and he is back sipping isotonic. By the way Robin Soderling has eased through to the third round with a 6-3 7-6 6-1 win against Gilles Muller, while Sam Stosur is two games away from beating Vera Dushevina.

*Murray 2-0 Marchenko A cracking opening point with a couple of tickled dribblers into the front of the court from each player. Murray crashed over the top of a cross-court forehand to set up three break points and takes the first with a searing return. Smoothly done.

Murray 1-0 Marchenko * A couple of big serves to kick off from the Scot, but the 23-year-old across the net finds the baseline in the next point and benefits from a fluffed drop-shot to move to 30-30. But Murray gets business-like to push through with a pair of aces.

(* denotes NEXT to serve)

0909: The lime green on Murray's shirt has been reined back to the tips of the sleeves and the trim of the collar it seems. Shame. Before we dive deep into this match you should know that David Nalbandian has been forced to retire with injury in his match against Lithuanian up-and-comer Richard Berankis. The 27th seed was 6-1 6-0 2-0 down at the time and feeling progressively more peaky.

0901: Hang on, could this be it? Safarova hits a clean winner to bring up two match points. The first slumps into the net, but the next is a pearl of a forehand and she, in scenes replicated in front of lots of your computer screens by the sounds of it, celebrates her win over Klara Zakopalova. She faces second seed Vera Zvonereva in the third, and brace yourselves for Murray next up on court.

Twitter
gloscherrybomb on Twitter: "margaret court is full so having to watch on the big screen @ fed square. tickets for saturday sorted though"

Just a quick reminder, it is #BBCAussieOpen for all your wise twitterings this morning.

0853: The wait for Murray continues. Zakopalova never looked like polishing off the match in that service game. She is pegged back to 5-5 by Safarova.

0849: Elsewhere Sam Stosur has taken the first set 6-3 against Dushevina, while Robin Soderling breaks for 2-0 in the third, and probably final, set of his match against Gilles Muller.

0844: Murray is presumably still pacing around somewhere in the bowels of the Margaret Court Arena. But it might not be long to wait now. Klara Zakopalova is serving for the match against 31st seed Lucie Safarova on court now. It has been a messy old encounter though, so don't get too settled in just yet.

0843: Soderling takes the second-set tie-break against Muller with plenty to spare in the end. 7-1 to the big man, who is now 6-3 7-6 up. That might signal the beginning of the end for his world 122 opponent I fear.

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Anonymous, via text: "Tensions growing in office... Anti Murray tablemate v pro Murray me... So much for British solidarity!"

Twitter
Andy Murray on Twitter: "Don't put any of @RoscoHutchins. Tweets on 5 live they have about as much substance as a grain of rice"

I can't guarantee that for this page, never mind the radio.

0831: Sam Stosur is 4-1 up in the first out on Rod Laver against Russian Vera Dushevina. On an unconnected note, have you noticed of the battle between the men's World Tour and eclectic musical gathering, All Tomorrow's Parties, for top search engine spot when you search for "ATP"? The lead seems to change hand almost monthly... Very different scenes I suspect.

0825: Out on the Hisense Arena, it looks as if Robin Soderling is heading for a tie-break in the second set of his match against Gilles Muller. Muller just serves out to love to move 6-5 ahead, having lost the opener 6-3.

0820: Murray's possible fourth-round opponent Jurgen Melzer is on the brink of victory over Spain's Pere Riba. He leads 6-2 6-4 5-2. But Juan Martin del Potro is also lurking dangerously in that side of the draw. The Argentine, former world number 4 and 2009 US Open champion, has been out for almost a year with a wrist injury. He will be on the Rod Laver Arena later this morning against 21st seed Marcos Baghdatis.

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Lindsay, Manchester, via text: "Got into the office just in time with my brew and toast in time for some Murray Magic! Come onnnn!"

0811: If you could keep the stream of texts coming on 81111, I would be much obliged. As I am a bit behind on this social media revolution, we will be experimenting with a Twitter hashtag this morning. If you could put #BBCAussieOpen I will hoover them all up and add them to the mix.

0805: Out on court 18 Brazilian 30th seed Tomasz Bellucci has just been knocked out in a mite over four and a half hours, losing 6-2 6-7 (11-13) 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 8-6. Tiring just to type, never mind play. And if a picture can paint a thousand words, then the live video stream at the top of this page has just rendered me redundant. Time for another refresh to get BBC Two's coverage.

0755: The morning session over in Melbourne may have been one of the quieter ones in Aussie Open history, but the players have been putting on some corking matches as the sun drops in Melbourne. Federer and Simon yesterday, Nalbandian and Hewitt on Tuesday, maybe Murray today? If you could all kindly manually refresh, it should be my name up the top there for you.

By Piers Newbery

0750: Soderling is a set up and Melzer two sets up, so the big guns in Murray's section of the draw are moving ominously through. Safarova and Zakopalova are trying to decide whether to finish in the next 10 minutes or have a three-set epic, so Murray v Marchenko could be anything from 20 minutes to an hour away. With the big moment nearly upon us, sort of, I'm going to hand over to Mike Henson.

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Lindsay, manc, via text: "Got into the office just in time with my brew and toast in time for some Murray Magic! Come onnnn!"

The match is over
0737: Seventh seed David Ferrer beats Michael Russell 6-0 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 49 minutes after the American double faults on match point. Not a great day for the world number 100. Next up for Ferrer is a tantalising clash with either 'been there, nearly done it, want to try and do it again' David Nalbandian or 'up-and-comer' Richard Berankis, with that one about to get under way on Court Six.

0733: If only I had the cool head of Robin Soderling. Actually, scratch that, he's worse than me. For the moment, the fourth seed is calm enough as he leads Gilles Muller 3-2 on serve.

Someone is having a tantrum
0730: Again, apologies for the delay, if I wasn't so weak from tiredness this computer would be five floors nearer the ground right now. Let's hope the technical glitches are out of the way ahead of Murraytime, which remains scheduled for 0800 GMT.

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Ginny, Uttoxeter, via text: "Tried to be sensible and get a proper night's sleep last night, but like Anonymous below have been up since 6 and reading your live text. Is it only Murrays now for us in Seniors?"

Latest scores
0707: We currently have six singles matches going on as the clock ticks past 6pm in Melbourne, and Isner has just broken Stepanek to level at one set all on Court Three. Eleventh seed Jurgen Melzer, who's in Murray's section of the draw, leads Spain's Pere Riba 6-2, and Ferrer is two games from beating Russell.

0707: Right kids, the plan is that Murray v Marchenko will start 'not before' 0800 GMT. They could be delayed by the preceding match but Lucie Safarova has already taken the first set against Klara Zakapalova, so we should be alright.

The match is over
0657: Second seed Vera Zvonareva digs deep to beat 19-year-old Serb Bojana Jovanovski 2-6 6-3 6-1, and she looks a relieved woman at the end of that one. Robin Soderling v Gilles Muller up next on Hisense.

0650: There's no doubt that the man of the moment in Australia is 18-year-old Bernard Tomic, who will play Nadal on Saturday, presumably in the night match. According to his website, Bernie likes "lobster, pizza and sweets" and "has a penchant for Eminem and 50 Cent". And asked just now if he has any chance of beating Nadal, he said: "I believe so. I believe so. I mean, you know, it's an opportunity that I get. He's the world number one. I'll just have a go."

0642: Zvonareva has a break in the second at 2-1 but she's not looking comfortable and there's plenty of work to be done. Less so for Ferrer, who now leads American Russell 6-0 5-1, while Stepanek has taken the opener 6-4 against Isner.

Twitter
Elena Baltacha on Twitter: " My hero..Billy Connolly..what an amazing man. I'll be on 5live with Jonathan at 7pm tonight!! tune in :)"

0634: The show-court schedule is out for Friday and Rod Laver Arena will kick off with Wozniacki v Cibulkova, followed by Henin v Kuznetsova and Federer v Malisse. The night matches are Wawrinka v Monfils and Venus v Petkovic. Not bad. Djokovic, Roddick, Sharapova and Verdasco take the spotlight on Hisense.

0627: The rather bewildering shock graphic might have to stay under wraps as Zvonareva levels at one set all against Jovanovski, but the second seed is in a real battle on Hisense Arena.

0623: If you're just emerging from underneath duvet, remember we've got Andy Murray v Illya Marchenko to come at 0800 GMT (UK only) on BBC Two, this website and 5 live sports extra, with whatever remains from the enticing Juan Martin del Potro v Marcos Baghdatis to follow.

0615: Judging by the texts and tweets overnight, the nation's libraries will be full of snoozing students this morning after a heavy night of cramming while keeping tabs on Rafa & co. And the action keeps on coming, with John Isner now out on Court Three against Radek Stepanek and Ferrer already 6-0 up on Russell.

Twitter
spliton210 on Twitter: "Did Sam finish his essay (see 0007 GMT entry)? Did he get to bed yet? We have a right to know. Concerned from Cape Town."

The match is over
0610: It's been fun and feisty on Margaret Court Arena, and it hasn't felt like a straight-sets win, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has beaten Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6 7-6. In trademark fashion, Big Jo leaps about and applauds the crowd in a boisterous celebration. He loves it.

0558: I see, you lot lounge around in bed all night and I'm supposed to fill you all in with what's been happening, am I? That is what I'm supposed to do, apparently. Well, Nadal and Clijsters won easily, Jankovic went out to Peng, a new generation is emerging with wins for Raonic and Tomic, and Todd Woodbridge became embroiled in a text scandal with Aussie Kim. Honest.

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From anon via text: "Good morning Piers. Is 5.30am the wrong time for some therapy? I think i may need help. For why am I up? Absolutely no reason at all. There are a good few hours til Andy's on court, so I should really get some sleep but I fear I shall just sit here reading the live text instead. Do I need help?"

Kav, Belfast, via text: "Re. 0516: Great result, indeed, and I may never have heard better use of the phrase 'strictly speaking'."

The match is over
0546: Apologies for the delay, if this computer didn't belong to the nation it would currently be lying in 1,000 pieces before me. Still... 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has beaten Kristina Barrois 6-2 6-2, Jovanovski has taken the first set against Zvonareva 6-2, Tsonga is about to serve for his match and David Ferrer is starting his against Michael Russell.

The match is over
0533: Could we be in for another shock in the women's draw? Jovanovski is 4-1 up on second seed Zvonareva on Hisense. Meanwhile, last year's semi-finalist Maric Cilic, the 15th seed, beats Santiago Giraldo 6-3 7-6 6-1. And Mikhail Youzhny has squeezed past Blaz Kavcic 6-1 in the fifth.

Twitter
alex_willis on Twitter: "Arrived on court 10 just in time to see Xav Malisse getting overrun by admiring Belgian fans. Mmm that ponytail. Great play by him + Jamie."

It's good news for a Briton
0516: Good morning Britain!!! Jamie Murray & Xavier Malisse (who, strictly speaking, is Belgian) knock out ninth seeds Dick Norman and & Wesley Moodie 6-4 6-0. A great result.

0512: Tsonga reboots himself and the latest version appears to be in good working order as he rattles through the tie-break 7-1 to take a two-set lead over Seppi. What was all that fuss about, eh Jo? Second seed Vera Zvonareva is under way against talented 19-year-old Serb Bojana Jovanovski on Hisense.

Latest scores
0503: Tsonga is now serving to stay in the second set, Cilic has gone two sets up on Giraldo, and today's contestant in 'who wants to come back from two sets down?' is Slovenian Blaz Kavcic, who is into a fifth with 10th seed Youzhny. Blaz is a tremendous name.

Latest scores
0503: Tsonga is now serving to stay in the second set, Cilic has gone two sets up on Giraldo, and today's contestant in 'who wants to come back from two sets down?' is Slovenian Blaz Kavcic, who is into a fifth with 10th seed Youzhny. Blaz is a tremendous name.

Twitter
5livetennis on Twitter: "Tomic will love the Nadal experience on RLA but Tennis Aus want to see him grinding out results elsewhere. That's the challenge."

It's good news for a Briton
0457: Talking of Murrays, big bro Jamie and sidekick Malisse are a set and 2-0 up on ninth seeds Norman & Moodie. After the last 24 hours in Melbourne, Britain needs a win.

0454: I'm not sure why but it seems especially rowdy out on Margaret Court Arena. It suits Tsonga's mood as he drops serve, only to break straight back and trail 5-4 in the second set. It seems that Seppi has had a word with the umpire about some of the comments from the crowd. Ladies and gentlemen, please. This is where Andy Murray will play later on, by the way.

The match is over
0448: There we have it, 18-year-old Bernard Tomic defeats 31st seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 7-6 6-3 and he will face Rafael Nadal in round three. Night match, anyone? Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beats Eduardo Schwank 6-4 7-6 6-1 and will play Andy Murray or Illya Marchenko next.

0442: Tomic breaks! The Aussie will serve for the match against Lopez... and after playing very well, Tsonga is starting to unravel on Margaret Court Arena.

Jelena Jankovic
0435: Jelena Jankovic on her defeat by Shuai Peng: "The last six months of last year, I had really a lot of injuries. You know, I twisted my ankle and really couldn't move. Then I had an eye surgery in the off season. So overall I had a lot of things that kind of took me off the game and didn't allow me to practice and work as well on my fitness, really work on myself. But now that's the past. Now I really feel good physically. I'm healthy. You know, I can really be on the court and enjoy myself out there."

Twitter
Colin Fleming on Twitter: "Bad day at the office - lost 4-6 6-2 6-2. Strong 1st set but then we dipped a little & they upped their games. So disappointing."

The sun is out
0423: Petrova snaffles the first set 6-4 against Molik on Laver, and that's scheduled to be the last match of what could be a fairly swift day session there. I'm sure something else will turn up. Murray & Malisse have broken for 3-1! And there is sunblock being applied all over the place in Melbourne, striking a neat contrast with Television Centre in London.

0414: Look out, the Aussies are getting excited and understandably so. Their boy Tomic wins a second tie-break against Lopez and he's closing in on round three and.... Rafa.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Twitter: "It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Melbourne. So I'm in my hotel room, with the curtains shut, watching a movie."

It's good news for a Briton
0403: Tsonga wallops down his seventh ace and he's made a flying start to lead Seppi 5-2. Court 10 is about to be treated to Britain's Jamie Murray & Belgian Xavier Malisse against another Belgian, Dick Norman, & Wesley Moodie of South Africa. They're the ninth seeds, so it's another tough doubles draw for a Brit.

0355: So who's doing what? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 13th seed, is taking on Andreas Seppi on Margaret Court Arena, Tomic has broken back against Lopez in the second, and Youzhny is having a bit of trouble finishing off Kavcic.

Spain
0349: "I feel good," says Rafael Nadal after his victory. "Today the serve started to work much better. Only one bad moment, when the sun came in my eyes. It was a positive victory for me, an important victory."

0343: Local favourite Alicia Molik is the focus on Rod Laver Arena as she takes on 13th seed Nadia Petrova, the woman who beat Clijsters 6-0 6-1 in the third round last year. Extraordinary result, that one. "I don't think I've ever played a match like that," says Kim. "So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it."

0336: Out on Hisense, Lopez has taken an early 3-0 lead in the second set after changing his pink shirt for a white one. Tomic has his sleeves pushed up, a thick blue headband and some wraparound shades. He looks like the kid who refuses to play by the rules in a 1980s high school flick. A bit Footloose. Marin Cilic has an early break against Santiago Giraldo on Court Two.

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Kate, Lancs, via text: "What material is Nadal's shirt? You'd think they would provide him with better material, one which wont make him look like he'd just had a shower with his clothes on! Or perhaps they do it on purpose so he'd be forced to change and strip on court? In that case I shouldn't complain:)"

The match is over
0324: Iveta Benesova beats 18th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-1 on Margaret Court Arena. Meanwhile, Bernie Tomic takes the first set tie-break against Lopez, who is sporting a bright pink t-shirt. Nadal has just removed his top on Rod Laver Arena, much to some people's delight, before ringing it out like a sodden towel.

The match is over
0319: World number one Rafael Nadal beats Ryan Sweeting 6-2 6-1 6-1 to reach round three, and 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska beats Petra Martic 6-3 6-4.

Kim Clijsters
0311: Kim Clijsters explains the background to her post-match interview with Todd Woodbridge (see 0135): "I'm obviously very close with Rennae Stubbs. Yesterday after one of my practices, we were sitting around, talking, laughing away. We were talking about like babies, having a second one. All of a sudden she goes, Yeah, Todd last week in Sydney wrote me a message during your match saying that he already thought you were pregnant. I was like, Oh, really? And then she showed me. So I walk out there, it's like, Okay, I'm going to get him back now."

0304: Nadal is closing in on victory and he will next play good friend Lopez or Aussie tyro Tomic. I'm backing Rafa v Bernie for a crackling night match. Meanwhile, Andy Murray's possible third-round opponent is being decided on Court Eight, with Argentina's Eduardo Schwank leading Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez early on.

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Patrick, Belfast, via text: "Piers after looking at nadals draw i didn't realise how tough it is isner/cillic nalbo ferrer muzza sod melzer tsonga del potro all potential opponents from now until final that is a very tough draw for a man chasing the rafa slam without even thinking about fed novak a rod or berdych!! Do not envy him!!"

0252: Youzhny is powering along on Court Six, leading Kavcic by a set and 3-0, with the winner to face Raonic in round three. Benesova has 18th seed Kirilenko in trouble after taking the first set on Margaret Court Arena. Nadal has a break in the third.

0244: Nadal cruises into a 6-2 6-1 lead after 66 minutes, despite qualifier Sweeting putting up a decent fight. Bernie Tomic has raced to a 3-0 lead against Lopez on Hisense and, following Raonic's earlier win, could we be seeing a new generation starting to come through?

The match is over
0235: Canada's 20-year-old Milos Raonic beats 22nd seed Michael Llodra 7-6 6-3 7-6, Alexandr Dolgopolov beats Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-0 3-6 7-6.

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Stephen, Manchester, via text: "Is it ominous for the rest of the field that nadal now seems to have developed his serve? Certainly puts murrays grand slam chances into perspecti ve when you consider the size of the gap last yr and how much fed and rafa have improved!"

From Sam via text: "Anyone else keep thinking Nadal's playing against one the ball kids?"

It's bad news for a Briton
0230: Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram, the 14th seeds from Israel, beat Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins 4-6 6-2 6-2, which is a real disappointment after the Britons' fine start.

Latest scores
0222: It's not looking good for Fleming & Hutchins as they now trail Erlich & Ram 4-2 in the decider. Other names now out and about are 10th seed Mikhail Youzhny, 18th seed Maria Kirilenko and 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Nadal gets the double break and he's won six games in a row now.

A celeb has been spotted
0218: It's celeb watch time, and sandwiched on my list between actor Sullivan Stapleton and boxer Susie Ramadan is none other than "Scottish comedian, musician, presenter & actor" Billy Connolly, who's taking in Nadal's demolition job on Sweeting (currently 6-2 2-0).

A shock result
0211: I'm rolling out the confusing shock graphic as world number 54 Shuai Peng beats seventh seed and former semi-finalist Jelena Jankovic 7-6 6-3. Big smiles and waving all round from the orange-clad Chinese player.

0208: Jankovic saves a match point but Peng will now serve for the match....

The sun is out
0205: Nadal takes the opening set 6-2 with an ace on Laver and looks like he's enjoying the sunshine. After 28 minutes he's sweating like a race horse. That's just run a race. Fleming & Hutchins are into a third against Erlich & Ram.

0159: Peng breaks Jankovic to lead by a set and 4-2 and the seventh seed could be on her way out here. Would that be a shock? I can't say I'd be shocked.

0153: As well as a unique way with nicknames, Mr Gilbert obviously knows his stuff on court, and 20-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic is currently showing why those in the know are talking about him as he leads Michael Llodra by two sets and a break. By the way, Weekend At Bernie's refers to Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic, who plays Feliciano Lopez after the Jankovic match. Weekend At Bernie's - what a film. Especially the speedboat bit.

Twitter
Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Excellent match today is rising star Weekend At Bernie's vs Lopez. the 6'5" Tomic has a very ecclectic game, similar style to Andy Murray. i'm going with Tomic, we'll call it a minor upset, in four sets... and keep an eye out for young Canadian Raonic to maybe upset Llodra today.'"

The match is over
0145: Tenth seed Shahar Peer beats Sorana Cirstea 6-3 6-2 on Margaret Court Arena and goes through to face Pennetta. Iveta Benesova and Maria Kirilenko up next on MCA.

0140: If you do have to play Nadal, trading groundstrokes and offering up a couple of double faults in your first service game is a bold strategy. Nadal breaks.

0135: Nadal and Sweeting are knocking up on Rod Laver Arena, Rafa decked out in orange and Ryan going for yellow. Everyone's very brightly clothed this year. The American is 23, from the Bahamas, ranked 116 (seven places below his career high), and his hobbies include "watching movies and going spearing". I don't know what "spearing" is but it sounds illegal.

Twitter
DavidLawTennis on Twitter: "Kim: 'Rennae Stubbs showed me a text you sent in which you said you thought I looked pregnant.' (Laughter). Todd: 'Well, are you?' Kim: 'No.'"

Laura, Edinburgh, via text: "More than anything I want to get my name on the bbc website but I would also really enjoy it if Andy was to win!"

The match is over
0129: The 22nd seed Flavia Pennetta beats Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 6-2, while on Hisense a flustered Jankovic breaks Peng to force a tie-break but plays a bit of a shocker and the Chinese player takes it 7-3.

Things have taken a turn for the worse on Court 14 as Fleming & Hutchins slip 4-1 down against Erlich & Ram in the second set. Peer and Pennetta remain on course for straight-set wins. Next up on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal v Sweeting.

The match is over
0112: Don't worry, Vika, it's all smiles here. It's one of the rules. Kim Clijsters plays a beautiful cross-court backhand winner for 0-30 as she closes in on victory, and after 61 minutes she wraps up a 6-1 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Victoria Azarenka on Twitter: "Hey guys! How you all doing? Had an early practice and play doubles later. Nice weather today! Keep smiling :))))"

Latest scores
0103: Fleming & Hutchins take the first set 6-4 against Erlich & Ram. I can't see Hisense Arena at the moment but Jankovic has let a double break slip and it's now 5-5 against Peng, so it sounds like classic JJ. Elsewhere, first sets have been wrapped up by Flavia Pennetta and Shahar Peer.

0059: Clijsters gets a bit impatient and a couple of mishits help Suarez Navarro end a run of eight games against her. The Spaniard then comes through a tough service game to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second set.

0053: Ukrainian Illya Marchenko on facing Andy Murray later today: "It's a good chance for me to do something, it's really important for me, for my career, to play this match. I know him better than he knows me but he doesn't really care how I play. He will focus on his game and I will focus on mine. We are the same kind of player. He likes to defend, he returns well, he serves well, he is a top player and, for me, it will be a very difficult match to beat a guy with a similar game."

It's good news for a Briton
0047: Kim Clijsters - so nice, yet so ruthless. They should make a film about her. She leads 6-1 3-0 after half an hour and shows no sign of hanging around today, despite Suarez Navarro hitting her first winner of the day with a sweeping backhand. I told you, good shot that. Just not good enough. Good news on Court 14 as Fleming & Hutchins break for 4-3.

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Jack, Edinburgh, via text: "Joining the 'poorly organised student' bandwagon, I'm just kicking off a long-overdue essay while hoping that Andy gets on better than his football team did last night ...."

0037: Aussie Kim is a reference to the days she was stepping out with a young Lleyton Hewitt and so became the darling of the fans in Melbourne. In fairness, I think she still is. She breaks at the start of the second and Rafa needs to start sorting out his water bottles, it might not be long.

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Tin Tin, Lewes, via text: "Aussie Kim? She may look like a fair dinkum sheila but I reckon she's from Belgium."

0032: Yuck. Suarez Navarro drags a forehand into the bottom of the net to drop serve again and Clijsters serves out the first set after 21 minutes. Fleming & Hutchins are 2-2 with Erlich & Ram, while Jankovic has the double break at 3-0 against Peng.

0024: Suarez Navarro hooks a forehand wide under a Clijsters barrage and the Belgian breaks, quickly moving 4-1 up. Jankovic is under way against Shuai Peng on Hisense and that could be an interesting one. Peng won their last match in Beijing a couple of years ago, while Jankovic ended a six-match losing streak with her first-round win. I hope the trainer's on standby.

0020: Suarez Navarro holds for 1-1, so she's already avoided the fate of Dinara Safina. Poor old Dinara. Carla SN is still coming back from a bad ankle sprain that saw her out for most of last spring and summer and she's ranked 62nd. She's only 5ft 4ins too. Clijsters holds again for 2-1.

John Isner on Twitter: "Will be playing my 2nd rd match vs Stepanek while most of yall will be sleeping. Lets do this!"

It's good news for a Briton
0015: The big match for Brits on day four is Murray v Marchenko, and if you're in the UK that will be live on BBC Two, this website and 5 live sports extra from 0800 GMT. Basically, if you stay here you'll be able to see, hear and read about it all at once, although that might give you a bit of a headache. Staying on a Brit tip, Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins are about to play the very handy 14th seeds Jonathan Erlich & Andy Ram on Court 14. I'll keep you informed....

0011: I'm tempted to suggest that our student friends should simply organise their time more effectively, but casting my mind back to my own days in higher education that would be monumentally hypocritical. So good luck. Clijsters holds in her opening game.

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Ben, Newcastle, via text: "Spending the night in the library revising finite element analysis and fracture mechanics! Hoping the tennis will make it more bearable, shame we have to wait 8 hours for Murray! Coffee and cold pizza time I think!"

Sam, Bristol, via text: "In the uni library with 2500 words of essay to write for a midday deadline tomorrow. I'm currently on zero. Let's see who's going to bed first, you or me."

Latest scores
0007: After Aussie Kim we will see Rafael Nadal up against American hope Ryan Sweeting, before Nadia Petrova and Alicia Molik complete the day session on Rod Laver Arena. Jelena Jankovic, Bernard Tomic, Vera Zvonareva and Robin Soderling will be bossing it on Hisense Arena, and throw in the odd Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Nalbandian and we have a busy night ahead.

0004: Clijsters looks towards the sky rather bemusedly as the sun has finally turned up, and temperatures are predicted to hit 29C today. The Belgian is decked out in green once again, while the crop-haired Suarez Navarro has gone for white. The Spaniard beat Venus on her way to the quarters here a couple of years ago and has a great, and very Spanish, one-hand backhand brimming with topspin.

2358: Let's hope she's hard at work on a new creation for her third-round match, although it will be hard to outdo yesterday's Alice In Wonderland dress. Any ideas on a theme for her next get-up? I can't decide between Anne Boleyn and Lady Gaga. There will be no such nonsense from Kim Clijsters when she takes on Carla Suarez Navarro any minute now.

The sun is out
2355: Evening all, just over eight hours until Andy Murray rejoins the fray against Illya Marchenko and plenty to keep us going until then on what looks like being the first scorcher of the week in Melbourne. I must admit I'm a bit disappointed Venus isn't playing today though.



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