Australian Open 2013 day two as it happened

Andy Murray and Laura Robson both win but Jamie Baker goes out, while Serena Williams overcomes injury at the Australia Open.

15 January 2013 Last updated at 08:05

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  1. 0800: 

    The sun is toying with the idea of making an appearance in Salford which means it's time to wrap up this live text commentary. There are 11 matches currently being played around Melbourne Park and you can keep up to date with the latest scores on, well, the 'latest scores' section on this very website. We'll be back at around midnight (0000 GMT) to watch Heather Watson, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic. A hat-trick of splendidious reasons not to sleep. Bye bye.

  2. 0750: 

    Goodbye first round, hello second round says 12th seed Marin Cilic after his 6-4 7-5 6-2 win over Australia's Marinko Matosevic.

  3. 0748: 

    The pendulum has swung back in Jarkko Nieminen's favour. The sprightly Finn and the inconsistent German exchanging exquisite shots during the sixth game of the second set before Hass holds. The German a break down in the third set though, with Nieminen leading 4-2.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    On Twitter: "Just made it to ct20 to see Rosol hit 3 screamers and break Jamie Baker, then serve out 7-6 7-5 6-2. Lots of Brits here, great week for JB."

  5. 0735: 

    It's all over for Jamie Baker. The Briton was a break up in the first set... broke Lukas Rosol's serve in the second... but ended up losing 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 6-2.


    Sanj on Twitter: "You mess up in the 1st set having been a break up- it happens...Do it in Set 2 as well & it classifies as a Huge Choke from Baker."

  7. 0728: 

    More from Laura Robson after her first-round victory: "I can hit it pretty hard these days but I think the key is moving around the ball enough to get it to where I want it to go every time. Today I just hit a few balls late here and there, where I should have just moved my feet a little bit."

    The Briton on her second-round opponent, Petra Kvitova: "I'll go in with nothing to lose again. I seem to play pretty well when I do that. It's going to be tough, two lefties playing each other. I haven't played a lefty in a while, so I'm going to have to try as best I can."

  8. 0725: 

    Laura Robson after her straight-sets victory over Melanie Oudin: "I'm pleased with the win, I thought I served well. A little bit iffier than I would have liked on the groundstrokes, but after I came off the match court I went on the practice court for a little bit and worked out a few things.

    "I did think I played pretty well, just not as well as I would have liked. Hopefully in the next match it will be a bit better."

  9. 0721: 

    Lukas Rosol will soon be able to say he was the man who knocked Jamie Baker out of the first round of the Australian Open. Well he will if he maintains his break advantage in the third set. The Czech is 3-1 up. Tommy Haas has changed his shirt, and freshened up his attitude. The German seemed a beaten man when a break down in the second set, but the 19th seed reeled in Jarkko Nieminen and secured the second set 6-4 with a boomtastic ace.

  10. 0716: 

    Love is a powerful flame and it burns burns burns - even during unsociable hours. Well it does if you're Rory McIlroy. The world's best golfer, currently in Abu Dhabi, woke up at 3am to watch his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, beat Sabine Lisicki.

    "I think I've messed up with his sleep a little bit," said the Dane. "That's a true fan. It's great to have that support. I know that he's there watching on TV or on the computer always." Young love. Beautiful.

    And talking of McIlroy... (I know - seamless!) our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has been finding out why Nike have been willing to pay such a staggering amount of money to sponsor the golfer.

  11. 0710: 

    So, remember when I told you Jamie Baker was 4-1 up in the second set... I wasn't lying, but things have taken a turn for the worse over on Court 20 because the Briton has lost the second set 7-5 to Lukas Rosol and the Czech is a set away from victory.

  12. 0657: 

    Tommy Haas has been punished for squandering a set point in the first set. The super charged 31-year-old Jarkko Nieminen won the tie-break 7-6 (7-3) and has broken early in the second set for a 3-0 lead. Haas looks like a beaten old boxer. Juan Martin Del Potro continues on his untroubled path to the second round. The Argentine is two sets up and leading 3-1 in the third against Adrian Mannarino. And thanks to Twitter I learn that the sixth seed is causing former British number one Elena Baltacha to hyperventilate. Judy Murray has tweeted, telling her to calm down. Sound advice.


    Victoria Azarenka on Twitter: "Happy to be back competing! That's what I love to do. Great atmosphere #Australianopen #melbourne thanks for the support. On to the next one."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "The order of play for Wednesday is out and Britain's Heather Watson will play Ksenia Pervak in the second match on court eight, I'd guess at around 02:00-03:00 GMT. The doubles events start and Colin Fleming & Jamie Murray take on Michael Kohlmann and Jarkko Nieminen in the third match on Court Five. The night matches from 08:00 feature Venus Williams v Alize Cornet, and Novak Djokovic v Ryan Harrison."

  15. 0648: 

    Jamie Baker's average earnings since he first stepped onto the senior tour 10 years ago has reportedly been £22,000 a year. The 26-year-old, who is ranked 246 in the world, has already pocketed £18,000 for reaching the first round and might have to put some of that towards staying an extra few nights in Melbourne... maybe... The Briton has consolidated his break of serve and leads 4-2 in the second set against Lukas Rosol.

  16. 0639: 

    Wondrous tennis over on court 20. Jamie Baker, who was told in 2008 he was unlikely to play competitive tennis again after being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood condition, has broken Lukas Rosol in the second set and leads 3-1.

  17. 0635: 

    Tommy Haas lets a set point slip through his fingers like a grain of sand, with Jarkko Nieminen holding thanks to a booming as down the middle. The German, in his Wimbledon whites, responds with a hold to love to edge 6-5 ahead. James Duckworth brings the longest match of the tournament (so far) to its conclusion with a 8-6 win in the decider against Ben Mitchell.


    SH on Twitter: "Well done to our British players Murray, Watson, Robson. Things looking up. Bring on round 2. Not so grumpy this morning."

    Ashley Barnet on Twitter: "Good win for Robbo, Oudin is a solid pro, she'll be pleased to have lost only 5 games, thinking she can get to the quarters."

    Paul Denny on Twitter: "Well played Laura Robson. A magnificent start to the Australian Open."

  19. 0624: 

    Sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro walking along a street named easy after securing the first set 6-1 against Adrian Mannarino of France. It's a scriptwriters dream between Duckworth and Mitchell in the fifth set where it's 6-6. Twists and turns as Ben Mitchell bounced back from two sets down to set up an Eastenders style doof-doof-dum-dum finish.

  20. 0619: 

    Britain's Jamie Baker, a Glaswegian, a qualifier, and a childhood friend of Andy Murray's, has lost the opening set tie-break 7-6 (7-5) to Lukas Rosol. The Czech, of course, famously beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last summer.

  21. 0614: 

    The ink has barely dried on the schedule for day three but news has got out that Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic will be the evening games on Rod Laver Arena (starting at about 0800 GMT). Maria Sharapova will be fourth on Hisense Arena, while David Ferrer is third on Margaret Court Arena.

  22. 0606:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "A good day for Britain continued on a scorching Court Three, with Laura Robson seeing off Melanie Oudin in 75 minutes. The 18-year-old's forehand was responsible for the majority of her 28 winners, and 11 aces kept Oudin on the back foot for the most part. The watching Fed Cup captain, Judy Murray, said Robson had benefited from a winter training block at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, and the former Wimbledon junior champion's easy power was impressive. Judy Murray also exclusively revealed that she's had enough of baseball caps and needs a proper hat. Suggestions of what style and where to find it in Melbourne would be welcome."

  23. 0558: 

    Let me round up a few results for you, just because I want to. One seed has toppled out of the competition and that's Sara Errani. The seventh seeded Italian lost 6-4 6-4 to Carla Suarez Navarro. Ayumi Morita of Japan got the better of Anna Tatishvili, completing a 6-3 6-3 victory over the Georgian. And promising American Sloane Stephens enjoyed a straightforward 6-1 6-1 win over Romania's Simona Halep.

  24. 0548: 

    Britain's Jamie Baker matching Lukas Rosol, a player 171 places above the Scot in the world rankings, blow for blow. It's 3-3 in the first set. James Duckworth streets ahead of Ben Mitchell in the decider on court two. The Australian engineering a commanding 4-1 lead.

  25. 0540: 

    Eleven aces and 28 winners from Laura Robson's potent racquet during her victory over Melanie Oudin. The Briton must now prepare to face the equally big hitting Petra Kvitova. Can Robson defeat the eighth seed and reach the third round?

  26. 0534: 

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga heads back to the locker room a contented man. The 2008 Australian Open runner-up a 6-4 7-5 6-2 winner against Michael Llodra.

  27. 0533: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Laura Robson reaches second round

    Two match points to Robson. She taps her thigh, as if to urge herself towards the finishing line. The Brit dancing on the baseline, ponytail swishing this way and that, and she drags a return long. Oops. One more bite... and she secures her progress to the second round of the Australian for the first time of her career when Melanie Oudin biffs a forehand long. A confident 6-2 6-3 win for the Brit.

  28. 0529: 

    Laura Robson seems tense but does enough to hold serve at 5-3, forcing Melanie Oudin to serve to stay in the match. "Come on, Laura" are the familiar shouts on court three as the Brit is gifted a 30-0 lead in the eighth game.


    Australian Open on Twitter: "Federer: "I'm happy, Benoit is a good player, a good talent, you can see that."

  30. 0526: 

    A pleasant afternoon for Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena as the Swiss squashes Benoit Paire of France 6-2 6-4 6-1 in 83 minutes.

  31. 0523: 

    No such topsy-turvy theatrics on Rod Laver where four-time champion Roger Federer is leading 5-1 in the third set. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also untroubled over on Hisense. The Frenchman leading his compatriot Michael Llodra 4-2 in the third. Oh, and Laura Robson has once again broken Melanie Oudin's fragile serve - but can she consolidate her lead to move 5-3 ahead in the second set?

  32. 0520: 

    Laura Robson had broken Melanie Oudin, but the teenager's forehand and serve - two double faults - then crumbles, allowing the American to restore parity at 3-3 in the second set. Edgy.

  33. 0510: 

    Deep breaths from Laura Robson as she falls 15-30 behind in the fourth game of the second set. The 18-year-old finds her zen with a crackerjack of a backhand winner, leaving Melanie Oudin stranded on the other side of the court. The Briton then advances to the net, and the American can't quite handle the power in Robson's drive volley. It's even stevens at 2-2.

  34. 0503: 

    No concerns for Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena. The second seed was made to work a little harder in a second set he won 6-4, but was never troubled and is a set away from the second round.

  35. 0501: 

    A 7-5 scoreline in the second set allows Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to move two sets up against Michael Llodra and the seventh seed looks likely to maintain his 100% record over the doubles specialist.

  36. 0455: 

    Laura Robson, of course, defeated Melanie Oudin in the opening round of qualifying for the 2012 Australian Open. This is Oudin's first match of the season and the venom in Robson's strokes is making the world number 84 look as rusty as an old tin can, although she does win the opening game of the second set.

  37. 0451: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Robson secures first set 6-2

    Melanie Oudin apparently always eats raisins during changeovers. Not doing her much good against Laura Robson. The court three crowd, the majority in the Robson camp by the sounds of it, get a tad jittery when the American drags her way back to 30-30. "Come on, Laura," shouts one lone fan and Robson ruthlessly brings an impressive first set to a conclusion with her seventh ace of the match.

  38. 0448: 

    Laura Robson bullying Melanie Oudin and the Briton is about to serve for the set. Over on Rod Laver Arena, Roger Federer has broken in the second set and leads Benoit Paire 4-2.

  39. 0446: 

    "Oh, I'll be out there," said Serena Williams when asked if she would be playing her next match on Thursday, against either Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova or Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

    The favourite for the women's title needed treatment on her right ankle during the 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Edina Gallovits-Hall.

    "I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there's no way I'm not going to be competing," said Williams. "I'm alive. My heart's beating. I'll be fine.

    "I've been injured before," she added. "I've played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top. So for me it's just another page and a great story to tell the grandkids one day."


    Ruairidh in Edinburgh on text: "Just back from a night out and am getting ready to follow Laura Robson. She better appreciate this dedication!"


    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Robson's style is just so pleasing to watch. Aggressive and attacking. The only thing that can stop her progress is her own belief."

    Tom Stanley on Twitter: "Can't help but be optimistic about Robson's future, counter attacking, big hitting style could really upset the top players."

  42. 0438: 

    Plenty of interest in the match between Duckworth and Mitchell, mainly because of their names rather than their tennis prowess. That match on court two turning into a bit of a soap opera (I'm sorry) as Ben Mitchell won the third set to prevent James Duckworth from securing a straight-sets victory. Could Mitchell fight back to cause a doof-doof-duff-duff ending? Stay tuned.

  43. 0433: 

    Crunching forehands from Laura Robson, who has hit 12 clean winners so far in this match. A faultless start from the Brit. Melanie Oudin looking rather cumbersome. Robson races into a 3-0 lead in the first set after just 16 minutes.

  44. 0430: 

    It must be nice to be Roger Federer. The second seed makes a nerveless opening to his tournament and is a set to the good against Benoit Paire. 6-2 was the score in that first set.

  45. 0428: 

    Laura Robson, white dress and sunflower yellow bandana, makes a fabulous start against Melanie Oudin. The 18-year-old pounced in the opening game to break the American's serve and is now 2-0 up.

  46. 0420: 

    Roger Federer, aqua t-shirt and white shorts, gliding around the court as is his way. The Swiss, who could become only the second man in history to win five Australian Open singles titles, is 4-2 ahead against Frenchman Benoit Paire.


    James Naylor on Twitter: "Not very often you expect a male and female British tennis player to win in straight sets in a major tournament."

  48. 0411: 

    Did you know it's been nearly 10 years since Roger Federer last lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament? It's true and it's quite incredible. The second seed a break up in the first set against Benoit Paire and is leading 2-1.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Murray is understandably satisfied with his opening effort against Haase, but admits he still gets nervous despite all his success. "I started the year well in Brisbane but obviously coming into the Slams, the first match is normally pretty tough. There's nerves in the build-up. You've just got to try and focus and play solid, not make too many silly mistakes. I did a good job of that today. It's always nice to get through the first round of a tournament, but especially here."

  50. 0405: 

    Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eventually sees off the tireless Francesca Schiavone 6-4 2-6 6-2. The eighth seed could play Britain's Laura Robson in the second round.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    On Twitter: "Murray suitably satisfied with his "good start". Asked if he has bulked up: "The T-shirt I'm wearing is tighter." We've all tried that one."

  52. 0401: 

    It's time to wave goodbye to Jan Hajek after Milos Raonic defeats the Czech 3-6 6-1 6-2 7-6. Not a great surprise. The 13th seed's victory means Laura Robson must make her way onto court three.

  53. 0358: 

    Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, sporting a yellow bandana, and his compatriot Michael Llodra exchanging sublime shots on Rod Laver Arena. Tsonga, seeded seventh, has won his last three matches against French opposition. It's with serve in the first set.

  54. 0351: 

    Victoria Azarenka is one step closer to retaining her ranking as the world's best player, but she needs to reach the final to maintain any hope of retaining her number one ranking. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams could snatch her crown in two weeks' time. The Russian second seed needs to at least reach the semi-final to have a chance of returning to the top spot.

  55. 0347: 

    For those of you wondering when the devil Laura Robson will make her first appearance in this year's tournament then I must confess I simply don't know. Milos Raonic and Jan Hajek are still toiling on court three, unaware of the problems they're causing Robson fans on the other side of the globe. It's with serve in the fourth set, with the unseeded Hajek having just held for a 6-5 lead.

  56. 0343: 

    Monica Niculescu biffs a backhand into the tramlines to end a tasty match. It ends 6-1 6-4 in Victoria Azarenka's favour. "I'm glad I'm still here and winning," she says. "I'm here to win not to defend [my number one ranking]."

  57. 0339: 

    Serena Williams will play either Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova or Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round after the 55th victory of her career at the Australian Open.


    Venus Williams on Twitter: "Wow, @serenawilliams is so awesome, to finish her match with injury with out loosing a game, a true champ!"

  59. 0334: 

    Victoria Azarenka seems to have overcome her second set hiccup and will soon serve for the match. The pride of Belarus has broken Monica Niculescu for a 5-4 lead in the second.

  60. 0321: 

    Serena Williams, the third seed and the overwhelming favourite, battles through the pain to beat Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0 6-0.


    Ryan on Twitter: "Not much of a challenge 4 @andy_murray. Next round there could be a few donuts appearing. Another 2 to go. Yawn!! :)"

    Luce Fenner on Twitter: "Why are only women blamed for grunting? Both men & women grunt but as is biology, women have higher pitched voices. It can't be helped."

  62. 0317: 

    Victoria Azarenka places a towel over her head. Exhausted perhaps after exerting so much energy in breaking back against Monica Niculescu in the second set. It's with serve in the second. Laura Robson might have enough time to go on a tour of Ramsey Street because Milos Raonic and Jan Hajek have just embarked on a fourth set. And it's a right ding dong between Francesca Schiavone and Petra Kvitova on Margaret Court. Kvitova, the eighth seed, took the first set 6-4 - but it's the Italian who is dominating the second, leading 4-2.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Joao Sousa is the man next in line to take on Andy Murray, and the Portuguese number one knows he will be up against it on Thursday. "He's one of the best players in the world," said the 23-year-old. "He showed that, he won a lot of big tournaments. He's a very strong player. And weaknesses? I don't know if he has it, but I'll try to find it. He looks to be in very good shape and probably had a vey good pre-season and feels confident about this match."

  64. 0308: 

    How do you beat Serena Williams? Former world number one Martina Hingis has a few ideas. Edina Gallovits-Hall clearly hasn't taken any notice. "Stay steady, put as many balls in play as possible and focus on your serve," is the advice from the Swiss Miss.

  65. 0306: 

    You can take a peek at Piers Newbery's report on Andy Murray's straight-sets win over Robin Haase on the BBC Sport website (or the fancy new app). Back on Hisense, Serena Williams has an early break in the second set against the wonderfully named Edina Gallovits-Hall.


    Rory McIlroy on Twitter: "Great comeback by @CaroWozniacki! Off and running at the Australian Open... Now I can get a few more hours sleep!"

  67. 0301: 

    Victoria Azarenka a disgruntled figure on Rod Lager Arena. Her first serve has started to resemble a malfunctioning windmill. The defending champ is 3-0 down in the second set. Over on Hisense, Serena Williams bagels Edina Gallovits-Hall but the ankle injury is affecting her movement.


    Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "The physical trainer treating Serena has the worse case of chewed down fingernails I've ever seen."

  69. 0253: 

    Serena Williams puts her orange trainers back on before walking back to the baseline to face the Edina Gallovits-Hall serve. The physio seems to have worked her magic on the favourite's right ankle. Williams leading 4-0 in the first set.

  70. 0246: 

    I feel it's time for a quick round-up on what's going on around the courts. Third seed Serena Williams has apparently suffered a bad fall and is receiving treatment on her ankle. We'll keep you updated on that. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka is making mince meat, as they say, of Monica Niculescu, securing the first set 6-1.

  71. 0241: 

    Caroline Wozniacki after her victory over Sabine Lisicki: "I kept fighting, kept playing for every point out there. It's not easy playing a girl like her because she can make some amazing shots. It's always tough, she should really be seeded. It definitely gives you some confidence going into the tournament after a tough round like this."


    Mark on Twitter: "Good to see a bit of Eastenders against Coronation Street as Ben Mitchell is facing Jack Duckworth."

    Jamie Lynch on Twitter: "Just stepped out of the office for lunch. Jeez, its hot. Fair play to @andy_murray for cruising to a win in this."

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has never played a competitive match against his second-round opponent, Joao Sousa - who is ranked 100th in the world

  74. 0230: 

    Joao Sousa of Portugal sets up a second-round tie with third seed Andy Murray after beating home boy John-Patrick Smith 6-4 6-1 6-4.

  75. 0226: 

    Apologies for the lack of updates during the last 15 minutes or so. I've been chomping on an egg sarnie and the system which generates this live text commentary was in a "hung state" apparently, whatever that means. We're on song now though, as is Victoria Azarenka, who has raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening set against Monica Niculesco of Romania.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    On Twitter: "Great stuff from Kimiko Date-Krumm on winning aged 42, says talking to other players is "like your daughter". Met a mother younger than her."

  77. 0205: 

    I hope you're not thinking of going to bed just because Andy Murray's match is done and dusted. There will be no sleeping tonight. In a couple of hours, Laura Robson and Jamie Baker will be attempting to follow Murray into the second round, while Roger Federer and Serena Williams will also entertain us at some stage.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "That was as solid an opening win as you could wish for at a Grand Slam tournament, Murray looking a class apart and more physically imposing than ever. A few wayward drop shots and slip-ups on serve will give coach Lendl something to glower about in the post-match debrief, but Joao Sousa or John-Patrick Smith will have to come up with something pretty extraordinary if they are to trouble the Briton in round two."

  79. 0158: 

    Another seed bites the dust in the women's singles. Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro has knocked out seventh seed Sara Errani of Italy 6-4 6-4. And confirmation that Kimiko Date-Krumm, who beat 12th seed Nadia Petrova earlier in the day, is the oldest woman to win a main draw match at the Australian Open. The 42-year-old surpassed Britain's Virginia Wade as the oldest winner. Wade won in 1985 when 40 years, 138 days.

  80. 0157: 

    Coach Ivan Lendl departs from his seat but he's forced to stop because a few fans want to take a picture of him in his white Legionnaire hat. On the court, Murray is jotting his signature onto the camera lens before heading back to the locker room for a well-earned rest.


    Michael Willis on Twitter: "Very disappointed with Andy! Should have been 6-1 6-1 6-1. Get out on the practice courts and hit some second serves, boy! ;-)"

    Stephanie Siu on Twitter: "Nicely done Andy. Crocodile Dunblane is done in under 2 hours."

    Fraser Woodward on Twitter: "Too easy for Andy!"

  82. 0154: 

    "It was a good start. It's nice to win in straight sets," says Murray before cheers ripple around the stadium as interviewer congratulates him for winning the US Open.

    "He works me very hard," adds Murray of Lendl. "We've had a very good relationship so far. He's very honest, he's very open. He doesn't lie to you and tells you exactly how it is. It's what I needed."

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live at Melbourne Park

    "That was a very professional performance. He took charge early on and it became a very one-sided affair. He's managed to do that by the control and approach he had throughout the match. His focus and concentration was exactly what he needed.

    *Murray 6-3 6-1 6-3 Haase

    Oh Robin. A double fault from Haase's not so reliant serve gifts Murray three match points. The Scot pins the Dutchman to the baseline and the backpedalling Haase can do little but send a forehand bouncing beyond the baseline. Game over.

    Murray 6-3 6-1 5-3 Haase*

    First glimpse of Murray's lady friend, Kim Sears. She's wearing giant aviator sunglasses and is applauding her beau as he moves 30-0 ahead. The third seed varying his tactics, dashing to the net to whip away a forehand winner, and the game concludes when Haase is unable to direct the ball beyond the net. Murray muttering to himself despite easing to within a game of victory.

    *Murray 6-3 6-1 4-3 Haase

    A hold to love from the rejuvenated Haase as Murray plonks a forehand return into the tape. The Scot, biting his lip, walks purposefully towards his chair at the changeover, looking determined to ensure the sixth game of this set was just a minor blip.

    Murray 6-3 6-1 4-2 Haase*

    A reprieve of sorts for Haase as Murray's forehand falters. A forehand winner into Murray's backhand corner from Haase drags him to 30-30 and a couple of Murray errors allows the Dutchman to overtake his rival. He's broken back!

    *Murray 6-3 6-1 4-1 Haase

    The duo have been playing in the baking heat for nearly 90 minutes, but the man from Dunblane is as sprightly as he was in the opening minute. Another break of serve from Murray and the Scot's fans once again break into a not-so-tuneful song.


    Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one, has levelled her match with Sabine Lisicki at one set all. The Dane took the second set 6-3 to take her German opponent into a deciding set on Hisense Arena.

    Murray 6-3 6-1 3-1 Haase*

    Murray's fourth ace of the match, this one down the middle, nudges Murray to 30-0, another unreturnable serve down the 't' moves him further ahead and the Scot ruthlessly hold to quickly heap the pressure back on his bedraggled opponent.

    *Murray 6-3 6-1 2-1 Haase

    The 25-year-old underdog eager to prove there's plenty of bite left in him, clinically winding up the game with a neat volley for his first hold of the third set.


    Kimiko Date-Krumm thrashes 12th seed Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-0 to reach the second round for first time since 1996. Impressive work from the 42-year-old Japanese player, who made her first appearance in Melbourne way back in 1990.

    Murray 6-3 6-1 2-0 Haase*

    Seems like a practice session for Murray now. The Scot making Haase look like an apprentice. The Dutchman wipes his brow, stoops to prepare the Murray serve, which only adds to the impression that the world number 53 is wilting like a week-old tulip. Although, having typed that he forces the game into a tie-break and the pair embark on an entertaining rally before Murray says 'enough is enough' and doubles his advantage.


    Rob Brown on Twitter: "After two comfortable sets for Murray I feel safe to get some kip now and hope I don't get a shock in the morning!"

    Adam Stubbings on Twitter: "Andy Murray looking superb atm, accomplished and assured. This is a great start to his Oz Open campaign."

    *Murray 6-3 6-1 1-0 Haase

    Haase giving the impression that he'd rather be anywhere else other than on Rod Laver Arena than playing Andy Murray. The Scot effortlessly breaks his opponent and a clenched fists suggests he knows the end is within sight.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live at Melbourne Park

    "There's an expectation about Andy Murray, but he has quietly got on with his business and this has been an impressive display. He's a got a good first serve percentage, no double faults and only four unforced errors. That makes you pretty hard to beat."

    Murray 6-3 6-1 Haase*

    Murray had to come back from two sets down to beat Haase in their last encounter, at the US Open in 2011. No such dramatics in Melbourne. Haase, shoulders slumped, places his hands on his hips as he watches another groundstroke whizz out of play. Another return bounces long, awarding Murray a simple hold for a two-set lead.

    *Murray 6-3 5-1 Haase

    Murray content to remain on the baseline, forcing Haase onto the back foot - and the Dutchman seems helpless as the Scot engineers a break point. A serve into the Murray ribcage rescues the situation for Haase, but his opponent is relentless and a Haase forehand into the net secures a double break for the third best player on this planet.

    Murray 6-3 4-1 Haase*

    The camera finds coach Ivan Lendl, arms folded and motionless as he peers down onto the court from behind his shades. The Czech has opted for headwear more often seen on a French legionnaire. His man striding towards the second round as he holds to consolidates his lead with aplomb.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live at Melbourne Park

    "Haase is strolling back to his chair completely baffled as to what Plan B is because Murray has all the answers and is in control."

    *Murray 6-3 3-1 Haase

    In the time it takes me to type these eleven words, Murray earns himself three break points. A marvellous lob saves one... but Haase can do little but plonk an attempted crosscourt volley into the tape to concede the game. Ivan Lendl can start preparing for the second round, you feel.

    Murray 6-3 2-1 Haase*

    The curly haired Dutchman seems to have adopted a devil may care approach, stepping in from the baseline to send a crunching forehand beyond Murray for 30-30. The man from Dunblane remains unfazed and closes the game with little fanfare as Haase sends a return into the tramlines. Over to you, says Murray as he strides towards his seat.

    *Murray 6-3 1-1 Haase

    The Dutchman has conjured some impressive shots in the early stages of this match, but they've been too infrequent. He produces some magic in this game, though, and holds to love to restore parity in the second set.

    Murray 6-3 1-0 Haase*

    More chance of fish learning to climb trees than Haase causing an upset on this balmy afternoon in Melbourne. A love service game from Murray causes the Scot's faithful fans to break into a chorus, in the tune of Old McDonald. Cheers of appreciation from other spectators.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live at Melbourne Park

    "Andy Murray started from the beginning with aggressive, consistent tennis. There was a just a slight lapse for a game at 5-2 but that's a set of tennis he will be very pleased with. Now it's important he puts on the gas and really takes over control from here onwards."

    *Murray 6-3 Haase

    The pair have met on two previous occasions with both enjoying one victory each. Murray victorious at the US Open back in 2011, while Haase got the better of the third seed in Rotterdam in 2008. Haase looks in trouble when he loses the first two points and a wayward forehand awards Murray two set points, which the Dutchman concedes with a whimper.


    Meanwhile, some disappointment for Rory McIlroy as Germany's Sabine Lisicki wins the first set against his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki - the 10th seed - by 6-2. Nadia Petrova, the 12th seed, is also in trouble after losing the first set 6-2 to 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm. Date-Krumm is seeking to make the second round in Melbourne for the first time since 1996.

    Murray 5-3 Haase*

    Murray has new fluffy yellow balls at his disposal and he launches one down the middle which is the start of a long, strange rally which eventually ends when Haase, running towards the tramline, directs his forehand wide. A first double fault of the match from the Briton gives Haase a sniff at 15-30... the Scot's first serve is faltering and a super duper forehand winner into the corner from the Dutchman earns him a break point. And it's a damp squib of an ending for Murray as a sloppy drop shot gifts Haase a break of serve.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live at Melbourne Park

    "Murray has a good demeanour, he's looking very positive and has set his stall out very early and this is a commanding lead. Djokovic dismantled Mathieu yesterday and got his campaign off and running straight away and we need to see the same from Murray so that he can show his level is there and he's settled into the Slam again."

    *Murray 5-2 Haase

    Mr Robin Haase is currently using the drop shot with more frequency than the man across the net from him and the ploy is paying dividends. The game moves to deuce but Haase - aiming to record his first victory against a top four player - closes out the match when Murray plonks a return into the barrier.

    Murray 5-1 Haase*

    Haase's best result in Melbourne Park was two years ago when he reached the third round, eventually losing to Andy Roddick. His hopes of reaching the second round this year seem to be collapsing like a souffle, although the unseeded 25-year-old earns himself two break points with a winning return. A wild forehand from Haase followed by an ace down the middle from Murray and danger is averted. Haase forces Murray onto his heels as the duo embark on a baseline slug-fest and the unseeded Haase has his third break point of the game! An ace comes to Murray's rescue but it's a fourth break point for Haase... a fifth break point... before Murray settles matters when Haase's backhand falters and we hear the first "come on" of the match from Murray.


    Darren Rennison on Twitter: "A pair of glasses with eyes painted on will be needed tomorrow as I will be asleep in the office because of the #australianopen."

    Jarleth Eaton on Twitter: "Feels weird not seeing tweets asking 'is this Andy Murray's time to get his first Grand Slam?' Refreshing, but weird."

    Lee Aspinall on Twitter: "Murray dictating points against the big hitting Haase very well here. Very encouraging for the next two weeks."

    *Murray 4-1 Haase

    The British number one seems to be exerting little energy out there in the Melbourne heat, gliding around the court as he forces his rival to make most of the work. He quickly ekes a break point and Haase meekly surrenders with a lazy backhand into the tape.

    Murray 3-1 Haase*

    Murray's Australian Open adventure has started in the most awesome way. A bodacious forehand winner into the corner leaves Haase looking slightly flat-footed on the baseline and the US Open champion wraps the game when Haase sends a return long. A most excellent start for the British number one.

    *Murray 2-1 Haase

    Murray - who is bidding to become the only first-time Grand Slam winner to immediately claim a second major at the next opportunity - produces a drop shot for the first time in the match, but Haase scampers towards the net to win the point. Haase adopting a Billy the Kid approach from the baseline, shooting on sight however dangerous it might be and Murray engineers two break points... the Dutchman produces a sublime volley to save one but the Scot soon has his opponent in handcuffs as Haase sends a wild volley long. Careless from the 25-year-old.

    Murray 1-1 Haase*

    Murray has opted for the white kit with gold and grey trimmings today and is ice cool in his opening service game, although his opponent nicks two points before the Scot finishes proceedings with an unreturnable 174kmh serve down the middle.

    *Murray 0-1 Haase

    Haase, 53 in the world rankings, produces a phenomenal second serve to advance to 30-0 and it's first blow to the Dutchman after Murray fails to return another great serve. Short, sharp and confident stuff from the underdog.

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    I've finished my double chocolate cookie. The players have finished their warm up. Let's go!


    Stuie Neale on Twitter: "Andy in straight sets."

    dirtymikehunter on Twitter: "Last year, I was nervous for Murray in the opening stages but he is a new man following the Olympics and US open. 3 set walkover."

    Laura Lambert on Twitter: "Nightmare clash of Australian open and uni exams...definitely staying awake for Murray, but quick 3-setter too much to ask?"

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "It's a beautiful morning in Melbourne, with temperatures expected to reach around 30C this afternoon, and there's a big cheer for Murray as he walks onto a Grand Slam court as a Grand Slam champion for the first time. Like every British man in Melbourne Park, Murray is sensibly sporting a cap and, hopefully, a full coating of factor 50."


    Author Irvine Welsh on Twitter: "Go on Andy son! (And a shout out to Mr Baker & Ms Robson too.)"

    Judy Murray on Twitter: "Red Devils ready to escort players to courts. Let's get this show on the road..."

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    Those of you have been doing your research will know that Dutchman Robin Haase is hoping to avoid a third straight first-round defeat at a Grand Slam. Also, the 25-year-old plays right-handed but is actually left-handed.

  123. 0005: 

    Andy Murray has trotted out onto the sunkissed court. Current temperatures are, I'm told, about 29C which explains why the Scot is wearing a white baseball cap to protect his bonce. He places his tan leather tennis bag by his chair and heads towards the net for the coin toss.

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    Live now

    As well as reading this very live commentary for a game by game update on Murray's match, you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Jonathan Overend and co are in the commentary box and their vocal chords have been warmed.

  125. 2359: 

    Laura Robson is scheduled third on Court Three and will play American Melanie Oudin, while British qualifier Jamie Baker is preparing to face Lukas Rosol on Court 20 at about 0400 GMT. There will also be cameos from Roger Federer, Bernard Tomic, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  126. 2357: 

    Andy Murray will be making his way onto Rod Laver Arena in about 10 minutes, after wrestling with crocs in the outback of course. The US Open champion is not the only Brit who will be swinging from the hip today as Laura Robson and Jamie Baker are also in action.

  127. 2350: 

    A very good day to you wherever you may be on this planet. The spoof poster depicting Andy Murray as Crocodile Dundee with the slogan "he's here for your trophy...and your Sheilas" has caused quite a stir during the last 24 hours. The Briton has taken it all in good spirit though, writing on Facebook: "Not sure who's put this together, made me laugh."

    British tennis fans will be hoping Murray can swat away Robin Haase in the no-nonsense manner of Mick Dundee.

  128. 2345: 

    Crocodile Dunblane is sharpening his racquet and preparing to utter the enduring words "that's not a Grand Slam champion - THIS is a Grand Slam champion" to today's nemesis Robin Haase. Or something like that...

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