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Australian Open day one as it happened


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By Aimee Lewis

1224: Right, now that Wozniacki is back in the locker room it's time for me to say adios. There's one game still being played and that's the match between Alize Cornet and Monica Niculescu, which has gone into a third set with Niculescu a break up and leading 4-3. Thanks, as always, for all your contributions. Keep them coming throughout the week - don't let wacky time zones stop you!

1220: Just before I leave, let me tell you about the tantalising tennis in store for you on Tuesday. Set your alarms early to join my colleague David Ornstein because second on Rod Laver Arena is defending champion Novak Djokovic, who plays the unseeded Paolo Lorenzi. And third on the Hisense Arena is Britain's solitary hope Andy Murray, who is set to battle against the American whipper-snapper Ryan Harrison. Tuesday's evening match will be Lleyton Hewitt versus Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe followed by Serena Williams and Austria's Tamira Paszek.

Australian Open on Twitter: "So, game, set and match for @CaroWozniacki 6-2 6-1. Top seed looking good heading into round two of the #AusOpen..."

1207: Wozniacki will next play Georgia's Anna Tatishvili, who earlier beat Ashleigh Barty in straight sets. It should be a routine win for Wozniacki against the world number 83, with the true test probably coming in the quarter-finals where, if all goes to plan, she will face defending champion Kim Clijsters.

Falcky on Twitter: "Woaza always starts well but does she really have what it takes to win a slam?"

1200: Wozniacki gives an appreciative wave to the spectators and thanks them for their support. The left wrist did not seem to pose her too many problems during that match, but tougher tests to come, I'm sure. Wozniacki is asked about her designer dress, and says: "Not only does the dress look great but it's comfortable to play in. I think every girl here knows what it feels like to look pretty." Errr...

The match is over

1154: The Wozniacki backhand is a potent weapon and a masterful display from the baseline sees her race to 40-15 for two match points, and just the one will do when Rodionova tamely shoots a routine forehand long. Game, set and match to Wozniacki.

1154: A bug flies onto the azure court and delays play but not for too long, folks. Rodionova looks to have the game in her back pocket but Wozniacki, stepping into her opponent's serve, battles back to deuce. The Australian eventually prevails, though, to huge cheers from the partisan crowd. So, it's 5-1 Wozniacki to serve for the match...

1147: Wozniacki is playing splendid tennis and Rodionova has to serve to stay in the match. That was a crisp service game from the Dane. Maybe the necklace she's wearing, a Christmas present from the other half, Rory McIlroy, is proving to be a lucky charm.

1143: Rodionova's bottom lip is beginning to wobble as Wozniaki breaks again for 4-0 and we're looking at a bagle. The Dane, who hasn't reached a major final since she was beaten by Kim Clijsters at the US Open in 2009, is swinging from the hips and hits a series of knockout blows from the baseline.

Lee McBride on Twitter: "If you turn your monitor upside down when reading the live Aussie Open text commentary, it's looking pretty rosy for us Brits!"

1137: Wozniacki is crunching through the gears and breaks early in the second set to lead 3-0. The Dane, still of course searching for a first Grand Slam win, has received a lot of attention during the build-up to this tournament, with John McEnroe saying he sympathises with her. "In a way I don't think she wants to be number one," said McEnroe over the weekend. "She hasn't yet added things to her game, like a better serve that she needs." Wozniacki's serve wobbled at 30-30 in that third game but she pulled through and looks set for the second round.

Paul Reader on Twitter: "Wozniacki you have to raise your game if you are ever gonna win a slam, world number 1 needs cementing."

1130: Wozniacki won that set with just a 64% success rate on her first serve and seven unforced errors. Lucikly for the world number one, her opponent's stats were worse with Rodionova making 22 unforced errors and winning just 54% of points on her first serve. The Australian, though, did hit 13 winners, while Wozniacki hit merely six. Just call me Motty.

1121: While Howard Scott and Tom McWhirter (see below) have a debate about the state of British tennis on #bbc tennis, Caroline Wozniacki clinches the first set 6-2 in 42 minutes. A fist-pumping celebration from the and she skips back to her chair, eyes glistening with determination. What wrist injury?

1121: While Howard Scott and Tom McWhirter (see below) have a debate about the state of British tennis on #bbc tennis, Caroline Wozniacki clinches the first set 6-2 in 42 minutes. A fist-pumping celebration from the and she skips back to her chair, eyes glistening with determination. What wrist injury?

Australian Open on Twitter: "Record first day #AusOpen crowd of 45,361, up more than 3,000 from the previous record in 2009 of 42,426. Thanks for coming everyone!"

1112: With regards to Nadal (see 1056), I've been told that as MRI scan and an ultrasound are different which, when I think about it, makes sense (Thanks NorthLdn_RD). Back to medical school for me. But Nadal was happy after his straight sets win and the MRI/ultrasound/body scanner/x-ray showed no damage to the knee so you Nadal fans can relax. Wozniacki has broken her diminutive opponent and is now in charge of the first set, as you'd expect.
Tom_McWhirter on Twitter: "In regards to Howard Scott's tweet, that's all well and good, but surely the 'had' part is worrying. Blink and you missed it."

1106: Karthi's tweet (below) has reminded me to remind you, not that you need reminding I'm sure, that you can listen to the Wozniacki match on Radio 5 live Sports Extra. Nice little Monday morning bonus for you. The Dane faced two break points on her serve in the fifth game but battled back to deuce. Rodionova, ranked 107th in the world tamely hit a forehand into the net for advantage Wozniacki and the world number one then prevailed to keep the match on serve at 3-2. A nervous start from the top seed.

Karthi Gnanasegaram on Twitter: "Enjoying the all-male cast of @bbc5live & @BBC5LSX attempting to describe the players outfits & hairstyles #isthatredororange?"

1056: Rafael Nadal has revealed he had an MRI scan on his right knee late on Sunday after injuring it when sitting on a chair in his hotel room. The ultrasound showed no major damage, but the Spaniard admitted he was "nervous" ahead of his first-round match against Alex Kuznetsov which, as you know, he won in straight sets. Nadal went on to say: "After the first 10 games... I started to play with normal conditions. The best thing is I felt the knee very well. I am really happy that today I was ready to play and I played a fantastic match.''

Howard Scott on Twitter: "Everyone stop having digs on British Tennis when they know nothing about it! We had 6 players in the main draw! So calm down."

1045: Inforstrada Sports have informed me that Federer's win over Kudryavtsev was his 60th at the Australian Open, which equals his winning tally at Wimbledon. He now has 60 or more victories at three of the four Grand Slams. I'd be happy with just one victory at the local park to be honest with you. A taste of victory just the once is all I ask. Anyway, while I was waffling, Wozniacki - sporting a Stella McCartney dress - won the opening service game against home favourite Rodionova.

1039: If Wozniacki doesn't complete this match then she will lose her world number one status as the Dane needs to reach the fourth round at least. Five other players have a chance of usurping Wozniacki at the top by the end of the tournament and they are Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Sam Stosur and Agnieszka Radwanska. They've warmed up and play is about to begin...

1036: World number one Caroline Wozniacki is now out on court, wearing a fetching rose-coloured dress with matching visor. She's currently warming up and bashing some balls with her first-round opponent Anastasia Rodionova. Rumours are Wozniacki hasn't fully recovered from the wrist injury she sustained in Sydney. Will Wozniacki break her Grand Slam duck here in Melbourne? Will she even finish this match? Tweet me @aimee_lou_lewis using the hashtag #BBCTennis or text in on 81111 (UK). Tweet! Text! Go on. Please?

Justin Gimelstob on Twitter: "Excellent start for Federer, looked sharp, nice first day of tennis down under, the "HAPPY SLAM" off to a good start."

1028: "It's not easy to get out and all of the sudden hit screamers down the line, but he was doing that," says a beaming Federer. "He did well, but maybe after best of five it's difficult to keep that up. I kind of knew what to expect [from him] but it's not easy, that's why I'm relieved to go through."

1025: Federer had two break points but only needed one as a Kudryavtsev forehand sailed into the tramlines for game, set and match to Fed. Brave effort from the Russian against a man who is chasing a 17th Grand Slam title. Warm applause for both players as they head to the net for the customary handshake. Afterwards Federer admits he had did his research for this match on the internet as he knew little about his opponent.

The match is over

1018: There is no need to get that coffee for Pat Cash (see 0957) as the game he is covering has ended with Nieminen, who had made a brilliant start to the season, departing early because of a strain. He was trailing 6-4 in the second against Nalbandian, who now progresses to the second round.

The match is over

1010: Only a sprinkling of matches being played as darkness falls over Melbourne. On a floodlit Rod Laver Arena, Roger Federer makes easy work of the second set, winning 6-2, and races to a 3-1 lead in the third. Kudryavtsev clearly tiring after exerting so much energy in trying keep apace in the opening set. Meanwhile, on Court 7, Eric Pordon has just won the third set 6-4 after losing the opening two sets to fellow qualifier Andreas Beck. Tantalising.

0957: Right, I fancy a change of scene so let's go to the Margaret Court Arena where Argentina's David Nalbandian is playing racquet duel with Jarkko Niemien. Nalbandian won the first set 6-4 and it is all square in the second set so, by the time I put a full stop at the end of this sentence, the match will be evenly poised at 2-2 with Niemien next to serve. Pat Cash is watching that game and has tweeted to say he needs coffee so if anyone out there can help the former Wimbledon champion...

Sarah MacDonald on Twitter: "Yet again the Brits are Abysmal in the Grandslams! Is there any coaching of tennis in GB? Yet again all pressure on @andy_murray"

0957: Right, I fancy a change of scene so let's go to the Margaret Court Arena where Argentina's David Nalbandian is playing racquet duel with Jarkko Niemien. Nalbandian won the first set 6-4 and it is all square in the second set so, by the time I put a full stop at the end of this sentence, the match will be evenly poised at 2-2 with Niemien next to serve. Pat Cash is watching that game and has tweeted to say he needs coffee so if anyone out there can help the former Wimbledon champion...

New York Times' Christopher Clarey on Twitter: "Nadal said knee was wrapped because he felt a crack in it while seated yesterday, then stood up & had it lock on him, causing pain."

0945: Take cover! Kuryavtsev is back on his feet and his backhand return misses a startled ball boy by a whisker. The young lad puffs out his cheeks but eventually smiles and the spectators warmly applaud. Federer is in control of the second set, leading 4-2. Easy peasy for Fed.

Text in your views on 81111
John via text on 81111: "I would still back Robson to be our best British female player for a long time. She has the weapons but needs to move better. This will come with time and hopefully a proper fitness regime. Heather Watson moves well but has no weapons so will never go far in the game."

0936: Wow, Kudryavtsev had break point against Federer but the third seed survives, wrapping up the game with a menacing serve into the Russian's ribcage and then dispatching the qualifier's reply with neat volley. Kudryavtsev, wearing a white sock on his left foot and a black sock on his right - zany - is now flat on the floor, receiving treatment on his groin. I shall keep you updated. Obviously.

Sanj on Twitter: "I'm not sure the most pessimistic of British tennis fans would have predicted 0-10 in sets won/lost inc. three 6-0 sets! #Ouch"

0928: Federer coolly secures the first set, winning 7-5 in 38 minutes. Kudryavtsev belied his world ranking by competing with the Swiss up until the final game. Meanwhile, Marcos Baghdatis has defeated Benjamin Becker 6-1 7-6 (5) 6-2, while Ivan Ljubicic has lost 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to Lukas Lacko.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "And Keothavong retires at 6-0 down - GB 0-9 in sets on day one. Still, weather looks lovely."

Stuie Neale on Twitter: "shame about @annekeothavong retiring real shame. I thought women's tennis was on the up #bbctennis"

It's bad news for a Briton
And so British hopes in the Australian Open rest on Andy Murray's broad Scottish shoulders as a poorly Keothavong calls it a day. She was struggling out there, poor thing. My flat-mate was suffering with food poisoning last week. I won't go into details but, needless to say, I do sympathise with Keothavong. Yet again I'll plonk another downward arrow into the live text. Pah.

The match is over

Martin Daniels on Twitter: "6 Brits in the Aussie Open this year and 5 of them are all but out before I'm even at work. #allhopeonmurrayagain"

Roland Godfrey on Twitter: "Laura's got to be disappointed with that performance, no patience and kept going for silly winners. Too naïve."

0905: Kudryavtsev is surprising many on Rod Laver. If Roger Federer has done his homework then he'll know his opponent likes watching movies, listening to music and playing computer games. The married father of one, ranked 179th in the world, has apparently never graced the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. In fact, he is so unknown there isn't a picture of the Russian Qualifier on the Australian Open website.

0900: The sun is setting in Melbourne, creating beautiful golden glow over the Rod Laver Arena where, in Federer's match, the first set is on serve. I've not mentioned much about Baltacha, have I, who looked a little tearful as she departed Court 11. The British number one would have expected to have progressed to the second round, I'm sure, but paid the price for an awful start against her lower-ranked Frenchwoman Gacon.

Kelvin Mulungu on Twitter: "To compensate for this BAD opening day for Brits, I forsee a GOOD closing day for Muzza in the finals."

It's bad news for a Briton
So that's four British defeats on the opening day so far with Anne Keothavong who, by the way, has food poisoning, due to play Germany's Mona Barthel on Court 11 very very soon. Robson gloomily trudges from the court after being comprehensively beaten by former world number one Jankovic. I guess she can put that defeat down to experience.

0849: Underway on Rod Laver Arena is Roger Federer's match against Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev. Federer is looking as dapper as ever in a scarlet t-shirt and white shorts, with a black bandana keeping his mane away from his perspiring brows.

The match is over

0847: Underway on Rod Laver Arena is Roger Federer's match against Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev. Federer is looking as dapper as ever in a scarlet t-shirt and white shorts, with a black bandana keeping his mane away from his perspiring brows.

0843: There's no easy way of saying this. It isn't looking good for Robson as the Brit now trails 4-0 in the second set. Meanwhile, world number Caroline Wozniacki is said to be struggling with her left wrist, although it is understood that she will attempt to battle through the pain to play Anastasia Rodionov on Rod Laver after Roger Federer's match. Oh, and I need to apologies to Ryan and Nick (below) I got my tweets mixed up. Sorry [adds smiley face]. All sorted now.

Ryan Greenway on Twitter: "My year career break happily finds me in Melbourne currently. Ticket booked 4 Muzza & Dulko v Shara."

Nick Neil on Twitter: "I'm backing Andy Murray to get the only Brit 'up arrows' of the tournament. Sadly."

0834: A stern-faced Nadal quickly takes off his top as he strolls to his chair after what was a straight-forward win, if truth be told. The second seed was not at his primeval best, but he didn't need to be as his American opponent caused few problems. Meanwhile, Robson has been broken early in the second set. Can the Brit bounce back?

The match is over

0828: And there's another result just in... Want to know how Rafael Nadal got on? Of course you do.

The match is over

It's bad news for a Briton
Laura Robson has just lost her first set 6-2. I guess I'll have to add the dreaded Union Jack downward arrow. Grrrr. Not a great opening day for the Brits. To cheer us up why don't you text and tweet me your musings. Tweet me @aimee_lou_lewis using the hashtag #BBCTennis or text in on 81111 (UK).

0817: Good morning! Sorry, was that a little too bright, a little too breezy for a crisp Monday morning? I'll calm it down but, I'll be honest with you, I don't know for how long I'll be able to contain my excitement because we have an engrossing fortnight of tennis ahead of us. As if you didn't know. Come on, let's lose ourselves in live sport.

0813: Firm grip around the live text baton... changeover completed... successfully. Thanks, David. If you would be as kind as to manually refresh this page just so David doesn't get the blame for my unforced errors that would be grand.

By David Ornstein

Text in your views on 81111
Ed, Southampton, via text on 81111: "Two Brits out already. Come on... Robson to win, she can pull it out of the bag. Something needs to brighten my day in the library."

Latest scores
0802: Back to more pressing matters... it's 4-4 in the second set between Baltacha and Foretz Gacon, while Nadal is two sets and a break to the good against Kuznetsov. Robson fighting hard to prevent Jankovic snatching the double-break... she's just held firm for 2-3, still down a break.

0755: Fluorescent clothing all the rage with the players this year. Verdasco set the tone with a dazzling yellow and red number that looked like an 1980s lollipop (the Rocket?). Robson and Jankovic playing their part too, while Victoria Azarenka weighed in with an electrifying headband early doors. I feel like digging out my shell suit.

0745: Time for Brit number four... Laura Robson. She's up against 13th seed Jelena Jankovic on Margaret Court Arena. The Serb leads by a break already. Still early days, though.

It's bad news for a Briton
0730: Solid if unspectacular from the defending champion, who has still not dropped a set in her opening match at a Grand Slam since 2002. Next up for Kim, Baltacha or Foretz Gacon. Bally's dropped the first set 6-2, going with serve in the second.

The match is over

Latest scores
0715: Talking of five-setters, 25th seed Juan Monaco and Philipp Kohlschreiber are into one themselves on Court Six. As are Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov on Court Eight. Not to mention Donald Young and Peter Gojowczyk on Court 13. All the rage, these marathon matches. Meanwhile, Clijsters is serving for the match, Nadal for the set and Foretz Gacon for the opener against Baltacha. Bad day for Britain so far.

0711: It looked as though we had a shock on our hands at Margaret Court Arena, where 13th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov dropped the first two sets against Australian wildcard Greg Jones. But the ponytailed Ukrainian has picked up the third and fourth, and is now a break up in the decider. Many tipping him to go far. Agree?

DoctorYueh on Twitter: "Elena already a break down. My money is on Laura Robson for a Brit win today. Tough match for her, though..."

0700: Not the best of starts for British number one Baltacha in her match with Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France. Foretz Gacon won their two previous meetings and is on course to make that a hat-trick. She leads Baltacha 3-0 on Court 11.

Latest scores
0655: Scores on the doors... defending champion Clijsters has taken the first set against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal on Rod Laver Arena. How about this for a stat: Kim hasn't lost a set in the opening round of a Grand Slam since 2002. Fact. She doesn't look in top form today but all she'll care about is getting the win under her belt. Over on Hisense Arena, world number two Nadal is a break to the good against Alex Kuznetsov.

0650: We've seen plenty of action on the women's side too, but let's focus on the here and now. Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters are under way in their opening matches, and Elena Baltacha is about to get going. Time for you lot to step up as well. Got any thoughts, observations or predictions? Tweet me @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCTennis or text in on 81111 (UK).

0645: Early risers in the UK might have caught the back end of Bernard Tomic's outrageous five-set victory over Fernando Verdasco. Came from two sets down, the young Aussie. Stunning win and what a way to get the tournament up and running.

The sun is out
0630: Not only has it been rather blustery out there today but also uncomfortably hot. We're talking low 30s - and they're expecting the temps to rise a few more notches on Tuesday. Sun hats and tanning lotion at the ready? Good.

It's good news for a Briton
0630: Three of them are in action today; Elena Baltacha, Laura Robson and Anne Keothavong coming your way. On Tuesday it's the turn of Andy Murray - he's third up on Hisense Arena after two women's matches, so we're expecting a 0200ish GMT kick-off for the great Scot. Now fewer than six Brits in doubles action this week as well. Union Jacks flying high in the Melbourne breeze.

0620: And now for the bad news... two of those six have already been sent packing. Heather Watson was obliterated by Victoria Azarenka and James Ward succumbed to the brilliantly-named Blaz Kavcic. Played two, lost two, four to come.

0615: Lambasted in some quarters, derided in others, British tennis has had little reason to be cheerful in recent times. But a new year marks a new start and how better to begin it than with some positive news from our racquet-wielding men and women? For the first time since 1992, six British players qualified by right for the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. Welcome to the 2012 Australian Open.

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