Australian Open 2013 day four morning session

Andy Murray beats Joao Sousa in straight sets to reach the Australian Open third round at a sweltering Melbourne Park.

17 January 2013 Last updated at 08:06

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  1. 0757: 
    BBC coverage

    We are rapidly heading for the evening headliners Down Under and when you are putting together a bill, you can't go far wrong by sticking Roger Federer at the top of it. Ol' 17 Majors will be weaving his Sinatra-like magic around Nikolay Davydenko in approximately 10 minutes time. You can follow that one and Laura Robson's face-off with 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with Ben Dirs' live text commentary which has just got under way.

    If you fancy heading over that way via the scenic route, may I suggest today's Australian Open round-up, featuring the likes of Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, or Piers Newbery's report on Andy Murray's win as good stops on your way.

    See you tomorrow...

  2. 0748: 

    France's Gilles Simon has seen off Canada's Jesse Levine 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to advance to the third round. Upset averted.

  3. 0746: 

    The schedule for Friday's play is out and the only Briton in action is an early one Melbourne time, which means very early Greenwich Mean time. Heather Watson takes on fourth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska at 1100 Friday morning Melbourne time, which is midnight Thursday in the UK. Still with me? Good.

    Elsewhere Novak Djokovic is third on Rod Laver, with Venus Williams taking on Maria Sharapova in the evening's showpiece match.

  4. 0734: 
    Australian fans cheer on Bernard Tomic

    In addition to the conical Chinese hats, there were some green and gold sombreros cheering on Bernard Tomic on Rod Laver Arena. Yet to see one of your classic Aussie, string-and-cork efforts. It's a brave new international world.

  5. 0730: 

    France's Gilles Simon has won the third-set tie-break against Jesse Levine to lead 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 1-1 and hopefully, from his point of view, to break the back of the Canadian's challenge.


    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Loss after loss in the Ashes, behind us in the Olympic medal table, just one Aussie into the 3rd Australia the new GB?"

    James Holman on Twitter: "Really think Laura Robson has got a chance today. A decent outside bet as Kvitova has been awful recently!"

    That peach of a match is up as the final match on the Rod Laver Arena today, with commentary on 5 live sports extra and text commentary on this website.

  7. 0721: 

    If Laura Robson and Heather Watson are the great hopes for women's tennis on this side of the Atlantic, Sloane Stephens is carrying the flame for the United States. The 19-year-old is ranked higher than either Robson and Watson at 25th and is aiming to make it through to the third round for the fifth time in her last six Grand Slam appearances. She is seeded 29th and is taking on Kristina Mladenovic of France out on Court Eight. It is on serve at 2-1 Stephens in the opener.

  8. 0712: 

    Gael Monfils has come through a first-set tie-break against Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu to take a 7-6 (7-5) 2-1 lead. His fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy has pulled off something of a surprise, ousting Spanish 30th Marcel Granollers 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with either Benjamin Becker or Juan Martin del Potro.

    Should he win, Monfils may have expected to be facing another of his compatriots, Gilles Simon, in the next round. He may be disappointed. Simon is knee-deep in a slug fest against Canadian Jesse Levine, level at 2-6 6-3 6-6.

  9. 0703: 

    "Some time it is big flies sometime it is little flies, sometimes it is aggressive flies, all different kinds," Jo Wilfried Tsonga on the insect life that have been buzzing around the Rod Laver Arena. Don't say we don't bring you the big lines.

    In other news Jamie Murray reveals on Sports Breakfast that he has not had any breakfast, after Tsonga has jokingly suggested he like a little 'turtle' early of a day. Maybe he has been reading about the make-up of our cheap burgers over the Channel and is having a laugh at our expense. Touche, big Jo.

  10. 0651: 

    On 5 live sports extra's Sports Breakfast, both Andy Murray and Laura Robson have revealed they will be keeping more than half an eye out for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey in which he is expected to admit doping. Robson has been doing her homework, reading one of Sunday Times' writer David Walsh's books on Armstrong.

    Jamie Murray, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On brother Andy's win: "He's a lot more relaxed and comfortable with everything. I don't think he has to live with anyone asking him 'are you ever going to win a Grand Slam?' or past defeats. He's banished all of that and I'm sure it's a big weight off his shoulders and coming into these Grand Slams now, he knows he can win them, he's been over the finishing line and I'm sure that gives him a real calmness in his mind, knowing that he's been there and done it before. "

  12. 0643: 

    Elsewhere Marin Cilic, who beat Andy Murray in the 2009 US Open fourth round and is a potential quarter-final opponent for the Scot in this year's draw, has advanced with a 7-5 6-2 6-4 win over Rajeev Ram.

    He will face Andreas Seppi who bumped off Denis Istomin in five sets, 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

  13. 0637: 

    Finally James Duckworth folds against Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, losing 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 10-8 in a four hours 52 minute epic. Bernard Tomic is the sole surviving Australian man in the tournament.

  14. 0632: 

    Andy Murray was asked in his press conference if his straight-sets win over Joao Sousa was the toughest conditions he has played in:

    "It wasn't that bad on court. When the sun came out, it was extremely hot. When it wasn't, it was fine. There was no humidity. When you get the combination of the heat and the humidity is when it's normally at it's worst. I've played in worse conditions, but it's still very hot."

  15. 0631: 

    Jonathan Marray and Andre Sa have also been working overtime. Marray, the Wimbledon doubles champion alongside Freddie Nielsen, has had plenty of time to get to know the game of his new partner as they overcome Lukas Lazko Igor Zelenay from a set down, 4-6 7-5 7-6 in two hours 22 minutes.

  16. 0626: 

    James Duckworth and Blaz Kavcic forge onwards in the fifth and final set of their match, as Duckworth pulls himself back to parity at 8-8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga awaits the cream-crackered winner in the next round.

  17. 0624: 

    Gael Monfils, whose contortions at the net make him one of the most entertaining player on Tour, missed three and a half months of last season with a knee injury, seeing his ranking slip to 86th. He is starting the clamber back north against Chinese Taipei's Yen Hsun Lu on Hisense. All on serve at 3-3 in the opener.

  18. 0616: 

    As the clock ticks past 1715 local time, the temperature just keeps on rising in Melbourne Park. Forty degrees is the latest from Down Under. You would struggle to get a sauna up to that sort of temperature in the United Kingdom at the moment.

  19. 0612: 

    If Bernard Tomic found it tough going in the heat then spare a thought for James Duckworth and Blaz Kavcic. The pair have been going for 4 hours and 30 minutes in their second round. Australian Duckworth has saved five match points to take the match to 6-3 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-6. Jamie Murray and Jonathan Overend are commentating on this battle of wills as part of BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Tennis Breakfast.

  20. 0605: 

    Bernard Tomic finally closes out German qualifier Daniel Brands in the fourth-set tie-break to advance to a possible, should we say probable, meeting with Roger Federer in the third round. The Swiss takes on Nikolay Davydenko at around 0800 GMT to decide who will face Tomic.

    "Sat down I didn't feel too good and the last thing you want to do is to get two sets down in these conditions. He played really well and had his chances to win," Tomic said of his win.

    And on the prospect of facing 17-time Major winner Roger Federer?: "I would prefer to play Davydenko! I got my arse kicked both times when I played him last year, but if the opportunity comes then I am playing well."

  21. 0556: 

    Bernard Tomic chisels out three match points, taking a 6-3 lead in the fourth set. But Daniel Brands has some of that Teutonic ruthlessness about his game and saves them all. This one is giving value on Rod Laver.

  22. 0549: 

    Bernard Tomic sees two match points go to the wall as Daniel Brands reels out a couple of big tee-offs and serve out and stay in the match at 6-5 down and take the fourth set to a tie-break. A real arm-wrestle of a match to keep the partisan crowd on the edge of their seats on Rod Laver.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    More from Serena after smashing herself in the face with her racquet: "I think it happens to everyone but I have never busted it wide open like that. I did draw blood but it's OK, it's a war wound. I don't even know why my racquet was even in my face. It's like I have been playing tennis far too long to hit myself. I'm like, 'come on Serena, pull yourself together here'."

  24. 0544: 

    Fans of the fahrenheit temperature scale, brace yourselves. The magic three-figure barrier has been breached in the Melbourne shade. One hundred and two degrees, that is 39 of your new-school celcius points, is the latest reading.

  25. 0540: 

    Donna Vekic has given a good account of herself against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, but the teenager has eventually been outgunned 6-1 6-4. Vekic is rising through the ranks at a rapid rate though and she will get a chance at revenge some time soon.

  26. 0533: 

    Just waking up and want a quick hit of all the headlines so far today at Melbourne Park? Save yourself the risk of repetitive strain injury from scrolling back through this live text and instead take a cyber stroll over to our round-up page that includes news of Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Jo Wilfried Tsonga. It will also direct you to our report on Andy Murray's straight-sets win over Joao Sousa.

  27. 0525: 
    Champagne moment

    Forty-two-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm made her Tour debut in January 1989, seven and a half years before Donna Vekic was even born. The Japanese veteran has secured the place in the third round that looks as if it will be beyond Vekic however, seeing off Shahar Peer 6-2 7-5 to set up a meeting with either Bojana Jovanovski or Lucie Safarova.

  28. 0518: 

    Those patriotic home fans not lucky enough to snare tickets to the Rod Laver Arena and Bernard Tomic's match are best advised to point their toes towards Court 3. Jake Duckworth, whose grandmother Beryl Penrose won the Australian Open singles and doubles in 1955, is into a fifth set against Slovenian Blaz Kavcic who is ranked 130 places higher than the Australian 20-year-old.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Lithuania's Ricardo Berankis is the next man in line for Andy Murray and, despite being a qualifier ranked 110, might well prove his first significant test. The 22-year-old's early rise up the rankings was halted by a serious groin injury, but he is back and finding real form. Berankis came through qualifying and hammered 25th seed Florian in straight sets in round two, saying afterwards: "I'm feeling confident at the moment, that's for sure." He practised with Murray in Brisbane earlier this month, and added: "I feel quite calm, it's not going to be a big surprise to see Andy Murray on the other side of the net.""

  30. 0511: 

    Bernard Tomic pushes up his baseball cap so it is perched on the top of his head in the precarious style favoured by nineties tunesmiths East 17 as he heads back to his chair at the end of the tie break.

    There are those in the crowd who are playing it less cool. For a start their headwear of choice are bright yellow Chinese conical hats and they are also pumping their fists and howling to the skies in celebration of their man's 7-4 win over Daniel Brands. Two sets to one to Tomic and the prospect of Roger Federer and the third round beckons.

  31. 0503: 

    Things are getting raucous out on Rod Laver again. Australia's new larrikin love Bernard Tomic is into a third-set tie-break with Germany's Daniel Brands. They are locked together at 3-3 as the sun beats down and the mercury edges up to 38 degrees.

  32. 0501: 

    Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray and his new new doubles partner Andre Sa, seeded 16th, have lost the opening set of their first-round match against Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay. Marray and Sa trail 4-6 2-2 on Court 13.

  33. 0459: 

    It looks like Donna Vekic may be heading back to base in Northwood, London without the scalp of former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane, the other half of well-remunerated golfer Rory McIlroy, has been left a spectator by a couple of searing groundstrokes from the Croatian teenager, but has had a little more street smarts and has converted her fourth set point to take the opener 6-1.

  34. 0451: 

    Andy Murray has been talking with Eurosport in the wake of his straight-sets win over Joao Sousa and has explained how he has to adapt his game to the baking heat: "I served well, that was important today to get a lot of free points his strength is his baseline game. It is fifteen degrees hotter than when I played my first match - the ball is flying quite a lot today. I tried to play a little more top spin to give myself more margin for error because it was flying long when I was hitting flat or with slice."

  35. 0443: 

    While we were concentrating on all things Andy Murray, a couple of interesting results slipped in under the radar.

    Milos Raonic beat Lukas Rosol, the Czech who will forever be the man who toppled Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2011, 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-3 in a match that made you almost feel sympathy for the poor bludgeoned ball

    In the women's draw, Yanina Wickmayer saw off the determined challenge of Jana Cepelova 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 to book herself a meeting with Maria Kirilenko.

    Unseeded Japanese Ayumi Morita is the lucky lady tasked with stopping the Serena Williams juggernaut in the third round after she beat Annika Beck.

    Britain's Dominic Inglot and his partner Treat Conrad Huey were not able to convert a one-set lead into victory, losing 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 to Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Following Murray onto Hisense Arena is one of a number of intriguing matches in the women's draw, which is shaping up as a bit more interesting than the men's in this first week. Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is trying to get back to those heady heights and today faces the youngest player in the draw, 16-year-old Donna Vekic. The Croatian is working with Tim Henman's former coach, David Felgate, in north London and she has attracted plenty of interest from the British press pack here. But before you ask, no, she has no plans to represent Great Britain."

  37. 0434: 

    Bernard Tomic wobbles a bit, conceding two points in rather casual style, but makes it over the line to draw level at 6-7 (4-7) 7-5. It has been a tough old tournament for the home fans so far with the Aussies falling like mayflies on the first couple of days. He may only be 20, but Tomic is an Aussie sportsman of the old-school, not shy of controversy, an opinion or the opposite sex. A third round clash with Roger Federer, cut from a very different cloth, is an enticing prospect.

  38. 0428: 

    As Andy Murray heads off court, cheers erupt from over the way on Rod Laver Arena where Bernard Tomic, having lost the first set to Germany's Daniel Brands, steals 6-5 ahead with a break late in the second. The yellow-shirted Fanatics in the crowd, and that is most of the spectators by the looks of it, bellow their encouragement. He serves for the set next....


    Michael Willis on Twitter: "Lazy final set from Andy. He knew it was in the bag. Four minutes longer than the first round match... tut tut! Bring on round 3!

    Josh Oates on Twitter: "Who else wants to jump on my bandwagon/hope that we are crowning Murray with end of year Number 1 title at the O2?"


    Andy Murray in his on-court interview: "It doesn't matter how much training you do, it always difficult when the sun comes out here. It is hot in Miami [where Murray trains during the off-season] but it does not get up to 37 degrees. You need to get in control of the points and dictate them because otherwise you will get very tired very quickly in these conditions.

    "I have practised with Richardas Berankis a lot. He is a very hard worker, he has a couple of injuries over the last couple of years and it will be tough."

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was not his absolute best tennis, but you can only beat who is in front of you. Joao Sousa did well hanging in there for the whole match, but it has been an efficient day's work from Andy Murray. He has not played Richardas Berankis who he faces in the next round, but he is such a good tactician on court now, adapting to the opponent across the net."

    Murray 6-2 6-2 6-4 Sousa

    Andy Murray clocks up 30-0 and can afford to allow a Joao Sousa drop-shot die in midcourt before an ace brings up two match points. Sousa claws back the first with a ballsy charge to the net, but his courage has not been enough to derail Murray today. The Scot milks his opponent for an error in the match's final rally and is safely into the third round.



    *Murray 6-2 6-2 5-4 Sousa

    Joao Sousa holds to love as Andy Murray conserves his energy for the last decisive push over the top. The Scot serves for the match next.

    Murray 6-2 6-2 5-3 Sousa*

    Andy Murray rolls on remorselessly, his serve is as impregnable as a White House panic room, but he is doing enough rather than trying to light up the afternoon with any particular fireworks from the baseline.

    *Murray 6-2 6-2 4-3 Sousa

    The match is rather spluttering to a conclusion rather than being dispatched with the signature flourish that Andy Murray would like to apply. The Scot is pegged back from break point by a dogged Joao Sousa whose resolute pounding at the baseline then gives him another game. Is Andy Murray wilting in the warmth? Thirty-seven degrees is the latest reading from courtside...

    Murray 6-2 6-2 4-2 Sousa*

    Andy Murray carves through the game to love, like an ice sculpture artist working on a fresh block of the clear stuff with his favourite chainsaw.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "There is a sleepy atmosphere on Hisense as the smothering blanket of humidity takes its toll - I can see a couple of people who have nodded off from here. The lack of thrills on court is fine as far as any Murray fans are concerned, and those in the arena are puncturing the thick air with a few witty songs. The best retort on behalf of Sousa? "Come on the other guy!"

    *Murray 6-2 6-2 3-2 Sousa

    Joao Sousa's skills may not be at Murray's level but his spirit is 100% proof. The Portuguese keeps swinging and takes the game to keep his hand in the set.

    Murray 6-2 6-2 3-1 Sousa*

    Murray, who is looking like his off-season in Miami was spent putting another layer of muscle across the upper half of his frame, is trying to swat Sousa, but the Portuguese is proving a little pesky. Murray is held up by the bleep of a net cord that rules a perfectly-good looking first serve a let on game point. Andy Murray aims a shrug at the umpire's chair before cracking an ace straight down the middle to render the argument irrelevant.

    *Murray 6-2 6-2 2-1 Sousa

    Joao Sousa holds serve with a decent kicking forehand out wide. It is almost as if Andy Murray is such a gent that he is concerned that to leave his opponent with nothing to show for a set's effort would just not be chivalrous.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is an experience Sousa will learn from but he probably appreciates that this is one step too far for him at this moment of his career, playing someone of Murray's stature."

    Murray 6-2 6-2 2-0 Sousa*

    A rock-solid hold of serve gives Joao Sousa absolutely nothing to nibble on and Andy Murray pulls clear to put fresh air between himself and the Portuguese.

    *Murray 6-2 6-2 1-0 Sousa

    A laser-like forehand from Andy Murray drives Joao Sousa out to the wings and his attempt to summon an unlikely winner leaves him empty-handed and facing an early break point in the third set. The Scot then works Sousa over expertly to seal the opening game, advancing to the net to force the issue and Sousa's attempted lob touches down well over the baseline. Murray is sniffing the sweet sweaty smell of the men's locker room.

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Murray 6-2 6-2 Sousa*

    Andy Murray delivers the knockout blow with a hold to love as he finds his groove once again. Sousa looked content to have taken a couple of games off the Scot.

    *Murray 6-2 5-2 Sousa

    There is nothing wrong with Murray's performance, he comes close to taking the second set with a break of serve, but if you are going to compare him to the best then it he has not routed Jose Sousa in the emphatic style that Novak Djokovic ran through a better opponent in the shape of Ryan Harrison in the last round. Sousa survives another game and the occasional blemish in Murray's game give him just enough to survive on.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray is letting Sousa play a little bit here. I think Murray will want to reverse that immediately and make sure he is the person dictating the points."

    Murray 6-2 5-1 Sousa*

    Andy Murray has dropped a notch, and having handed Joao Sousa the last game, he struggles to get back on the front foot. A lazy forehand is punished by the world number 100 and Murray is pegged back from advantage as he disappears back into his shell and Sousa is allowed to dictate the point. The Scot rouses himself, via a few grimaces, and puts away the game with an ace.


    From Parisi via text on 81111: "Although trying to get the job done quickly to escape the heat he's got to not rush and lose rhythm. All good so far. Ultra professional"

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    Serena Williams has been talking about her bad luck so far after hitting herself in the face with her racquet during her second-round win.

    "One day I twist my ankle, today I hit myself in the face - I don't know what's going to happen on Saturday," she said. "I'm hoping maybe I'll just hit some winners. "I thought if there's swelling, at least I'll get super-sexy lips, right?"

    *Murray 6-2 4-1 Sousa

    Andy Murray looks like he spent that game soaking up some rays as a reward for his second-set work so far. Joao Sousa chips his way to 40-0, encountering minimal resistance, and the Portuguese is on the board in this set.

    Murray 6-2 4-0 Sousa*

    A regulation hold of serve from Andy Murray buries Joao Sousa a foot deeper in the second set. It is going to take a comeback of Elvis in Vegas proportions for the Portuguese to avoid 2-0 from here.

    *Murray 6-2 3-0 Sousa

    Joao Sousa must be looking across the net and wondering what he has got himself into by winning that first round match against John Patrick-Smith. Andy Murray is just three yards quicker and six times cannier than anyone the Portuguese will have faced on the Challenger Tour. Sousa finds himself break point down again, but may have thought he had rescued it with a decent enough drop-shot. No such luck. Murray is onto it in a flash and scoops a dinky one down the line to move a double break up and almost out of sight in the second.

    Murray 6-2 2-0 Sousa*

    Joao Sousa hammers his palm into his strings as he pumps a forehand long to allow Andy Murray to slip past him from deuce. Murray is as elusive as Macavity at the best of times and the world number 100 certainly cannot afford to show him the way to the trapdoor.

    *Murray 6-2 1-0 Sousa

    A shake of his shaggy locks from Joao Sousa as his backhand return nosedives into the net to give Andy Murray break point and a horribly-framed forehand, as Murray gets one right up under his grill on the baseline, surrenders the game. Murray on a roll and a quarter of vested fans, each with a letter of his first name emblazoned on the front, greet the break with a chorus of approval. There is a bit of an Aussie twang to their crowing, it seems Murray is winning himself a bit of a local fanbase.


    Michael Willis on Twitter: "Murray's first match took 97 minutes. Same amount of time as Watson/Pervak second set. Looks like he's out to beat that time today!"

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's brutal out there in heat like this. You have to be meticulous in your preparation, make sure you are completely hydrated because otherwise in a very short time your performance rate deteriorates and you are unable to function. If you get your management wrong you are going to suffer, no doubt about it. That's why you have to put the hard work in to make sure you are in the very best possible shape."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Murray 6-2 Sousa*

    Andy Murray forces Joao Sousa back towards the sightscreens with a barrage of beefy groundstrokes and the Portuguese waves the white flag with a limp fluff into the net. Murray has his opponent in his pocket. Now to put the squeeze on and get himself back into the air-conditioned indoors in double quick-time.

    *Murray 5-2 Sousa

    Joao Sousa digs in his heels and, aided by a hopelessly optimistic challenge by Andy Murray, he delays his execution for another game at least. Murray will have fresh fuzz to try and serve out with next though and Sousa's chances of seeing out the next game are those of a prize Ming vase at the village fete crockery smash.

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    Third seed Serena Williams has beaten Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0 to put at ease any concerns about the ankle she took a tumble on in her first-round match. Everything was looking tickety-boo with her game out on Rod Laver.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's not a tighter shirt that has given Murray such a muscular look. It's an accumulation of a good few years of serious work in the gym."

    Murray 5-1 Sousa*

    Andy Murray's greatest opponent here might be his own concentration. The Scot floats one over the back as he struggles to decide with how he wants to put away Sousa. The Portuguese gets to deuce but once Murray puts his mind to it, he is ushered out of contention. Sousa will have to serve to stay in the set next.

    Murray* 4-1 Sousa

    Andy Murray rattles through four unanswered points, an increasingly desperate Joao Sousa lashing a forehand into the net as he throws the kitchen sink after a game that is disappearing out of sight, to move a double break up. This looks ominous for Sousa and any fans that he has brought along to this one.


    Dan Smith on Twitter: "Tennis in 40C heat? Bring it on, my boilers broken and I can't feel my toes. Murray will drop no more than 10 games, efficient."

    Oli Moore on Twitter: "Just ran around Albert Park lake in Melbourne, I can hardly breath, its pushing 36. Andy needs to get this over quickly."

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    Murray 3-1 Sousa*

    Andy Murray, sensing that this might be the match to try out a few things, works through his repertoire after taking a 30-0 lead. An over-cooked slice backhand and neither-here-nor-there mid-court punt allows Sousa to advance to deuce though. Time to rootle around in the transmission and find another gear the Scot decides, and duly clunks up to another level that Sousa can't live with. A lovely backhand whips round Sousa as he comes forward before a ram-rod ace seals the deal.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Laura Robson described the recent extreme heat in Hobart like playing with "a hairdryer in my face", and the two-minute walk from the media centre to Hisense Arena is enough to know what she means. It's not the scorching sunshine we expected but cloudy and incredibly humid. It looks like Murray doesn't plan to spend too much time out there."

    Murray* 2-1 Sousa

    A double fault from Joao Sousa coughs up two break points for Andy Murray. The Scot is bested by a feisty serve out wide on the first, but once he has drawn the Portuguese into a baseline battle on the next there is only going to be one winner. Sousa is wiped around the court before flopping a backhand into the mesh to give Murray a break of serve.

    Murray 1-1 Sousa*

    Andy Murray slots his own opening service game away with little fuss to pull level. The Scot is moving slickly, no sign of any problems with his neck. It was giving him a little gip against Robin Haase last time out.

    Murray* 0-1 Sousa

    Joao Sousa usually plys his trade on the Challenger and Futures tours, has never played a top-20 player and his first-round win over John Patrick Smith was his first in Grand Slam tennis. But that is a a solid enough start. Andy Murray ratchets up the forehand power as he takes the Portuguese to deuce but he has the door shut on his nose politely and firmly by Sousa.

    * denotes next to serve

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "You feel Sousa will have to take some risks because Murray is in fantastic shape and can keep up this pace for hours and hours. He doesn't look frightened to be out there trading shots with the US Open champion at the moment though."

  81. 0223: 

    Andy Murray is out on court, decked all in white save a yellow flash on the sleeve, and and will receive Joao Sousa's serve in the opening game.

  82. 0220: 

    Somewhere deep within the bowels of Melbourne Park, Andy Murray will be slapping on the last of the factor-50 in preparation for his outing against Joao Sousa. In the meantime Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has shut down Go Soeda after his dangerous-looking second-set rebellion 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

  83. 0211: 

    Serena Williams wraps up the first set against Garbine Muguruza 6-2, losing just five points on that bazooka serve in doing so.

  84. 0210: 

    Russia's Maria Kirilenko closes out a 7-5 6-2 win over Shuai Peng over on Hisense in an hour and 49 minutes. That means that Andy Murray against Joao Sousa is en route tout suite.

  85. 0206: 

    Clonk! Serena Williams catches herself right on the kisser with her own forehand follow-through as she chase down a groundstroke. The American has a dab around her philtrum with one of those manicured hands. No claret to be seen, but she is not having things all her own way against world number 112 Garbine Muguruza. Williams will serve for the set at 5-2 up next but the Spaniard has summoned up some angles and power to give her plenty to chew on in the rallies.

  86. 0157: 
    Starting soon

    Rouse yourself from sleep and sound the Andy Murray alarm. We may not be far away from the Scot's appearance on the Hisense Arena. Fourteenth seed Russian Maria Kirilenko was held up for some time by China's Shuai Peng but now has a 7-5 4-0 lead out on court. Mix yourself a cocoa, this will be a battle of endurance for those of us on this side of the globe as well. Of course 5 live will be delivering 24-carat commentary to keep you looking lively as well.

  87. 0153: 

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has crowbarred his way to a 2-0 lead over Go Soeda out on the Margaret Court Arena, the Frenchman knocking back Soeda as he served for the set at 5-3 up before prevailing 7-1 in a one-sided tie-break.

  88. 0150: 

    Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic have been tucked up 6-4 6-0 by the German duo Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke. Watson takes on the Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of the singles.


    Dennis Ethan on Twitter: "Tsonga should be cruising in these early round matches comfortably to save energy for hectic next week."

    Gustav Grant on Twitter: "Uni lecture at 11 a.m but staying up to see Murray turn on the style against his somewhat unknown opponent."

  90. 0147: 

    If Joao Sousa's name had you scurrying to the ATP website for a bit of research, prepare to retrace those steps for his possible third-round opponent. Lithuania's unseeded Ricardas Berankis has beaten German 25th seed Florian Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-1 to put himself in the Scot's way.

    The 22-year-old former junior world number one's hobbies include spear fishing. Prepare yourself for pun about Murray being the biggest potential catch of his career should the pair meet later this week.

  91. 0141: 

    She may not be number one in the rankings, but in many people's, including you suspect her own, she is the best player in the world. Serena Williams is wielding the graphite in Victoria Azarenka's wake on the Rod Laver Arena surface and the American five-time champion has pummelled an opening break of serve out of Spain's Garbine Muguruza. No sign of any problems with the ankle she turned in beating Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0 6-0 in the opening round.

  92. 0135: 

    So in addition to Laura Robson's wham-blam left-handed baseline blitz against Petra Kvitova, which is last on Rod Laver with live commentary coming at you on 5 live sports extra, what are the other tasty morsels on the Australian Open menu today?

    Australian Bernard Tomic, whose confidence hardly needed the boost of victory in Sydney last week, will be the draw for the home fans when he takes on Germany's Daniel Brands third on Rod Laver. A probable third-round clash with Roger Federer is the prize for the winner.

    Elsewhere it will be worth keeping an eye on 16-year-old Donna Vekic against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. Vekic is a London-based Croatian, coached by Tim Henman's former mentor David Felgate, and has nothing to lose against the Dane's flaky form.

  93. 0126: 

    It looks as if Heather Watson may not have the distraction of a doubles campaign on her mind much longer. The British number one and Marina Erakovic are backed into a tight corner trailing Germans Anna Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke 4-6 0-4. Even Watson's escapology act might not stretch to steering her way out of this sticky situation.

  94. 0121: 

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, never a man to do things the straightforward way, is cruising for a second-set bruising against Go Soeda. The Frenchman has been unable to claw back that opening-game break of serve and Soeda, leading 5-3, will serve for parity in the match next.

  95. 0117: 

    Victoria Azarenka reveals in her post-match interview that a little 'disco' is what is pumping through her earphones pre-match. Brings to mind the Bee Gees in their Saturday Night Fever glory, but I'm sure that she has something a little more modern on the playlist. Either Jamie Hampton or Luksika Kumkhum is next for the top seed. Next for the Rod Laver Arena crowd is Serena Williams against Garbine Murguruza.

  96. 0112: 

    Defending champion Victoria Azarenka clocks up a 6-1 6-0 win over Eleni Daniilidou in 55 minutes. Quick-smart.

  97. 0108: 

    Scott from Scotland via text: "No work or college tomorrow (or should that be later today?). Debating staying up to watch Andy play... Sleeping pattern will be getting messed up in the next two weeks."

    Maria Kirilenko and Shuai Peng are taking their sweet time in the first match on the Hisense Arena, locked together at 4-4 in the first set, holding up Andy Murray's arrival on court. We are looking at the grim side of 0200 GMT for my money Scott.

  98. 0103: 

    The first set has been bagged up 6-3 by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Go Soeda, but the Frenchman has taken his foot of the throttle out on the Margaret Court Arena, shipping a break of serve in the opening game of the second.

  99. 0100: 
    BBC coverage

    Serena Williams is next up on the Rod Laver Arena and might not have to wait much longer as Victoria Azarenka rolls into a 3-0 lead against Eleni Danillidou.

    Maybe Serena is wiling away a few pre-match minutes by checking the day's sports news on the BBC Sport iPhone app. If so she will doubtlessly be using it to tune into 5 live commentary of Andy Murray's match later today, possibly during intervals in her match against Garbine Muguruza. You will be able to coax Jonathan Overend's dulcet tones out of your speakers via this page as well when the time comes.


    Steven Hill on Twitter: "Eleni Daniilidou looks like Emma Watson and I think she will need some Harry Potter magic to have any chance today!"

    Jamie Scott on Twitter: "Oh dear - Azarenka's dropped a game in a set; she's in a totally lower league compared to the double-bagelers, Serena & Maria."

    Laura Lambert on Twitter: "Rosol vs raonic potential to be a cracker, Murray should cope with heat + swipe Sousa aside, plus realistic hope of Robson scalp."

    #bbctennis is the place to share your thoughts.

  101. 0049: 

    Seventh seed and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is on course for the opening set against Japan's Go Soeda out on the Margaret Court Arena, serving at 5-3 up. Another unseeded player, either James Duckworth or Blaz Kavic, awaits the Frenchman should he come through this one intact.

  102. 0045: 

    Azarenka, who needs to reach the final at least to retain her number one status, is being cheered on by one half of the defunct pop-dance duo LMFAO. Redfoo's stonky afro is not a wise choice of haircut for these conditions. How he must be suffering for his fashion...

  103. 0042: 

    It has taken Victoria Azarenka just 24 minutes to steamroll through Eleni Daniilidou in the first set. The Greek smuggled away a single game to avoid the bagel but that may be the limits of her ambitions in the second as well.

  104. 0039: 

    Heather Watson and partner Marina Erakovic are a break down, trailing 3-1 to Germany's Anna Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke out on Court 11.


    Your predictions for messrs Murray and Robson and cunning ways to beat the heat (I'd go for one of those novelty head umbrellas I think) are welcome on 81111 from UK mobiles and #bbctennis on Twitter. Fire away.

  106. 0033: 

    World number one and top seed Victoria Azarenka is not looking keen to be back in the locker rooms before the sun fires down its beefiest rays. She has just moved 5-0 up on unseeded Greek Eleni Daniilidou in 17 minutes out on Rod Laver before diving under an umbrella held by a courtside helper.

  107. 0029: 

    Lots of iced towels and gulps of isotonic are only part of your preparation for playing in a temperature that is more suitable for cooking Baked Alaska rather than playing tennis. String tension and suitable footwear should also be on the checklist according to the experts, including one Martina Hingis, consulted by BBC Sport.

  108. 0024: 

    The mercury is creeping north Down Under. The latest is a court surface temperature of 27C degrees. Toasty.

  109. 0021: 

    The first Briton in action today though is Heather Watson who, after making heavy weather of dispatching her first two singles opponents, is in doubles action alongside New Zealander Marina Erakovic first on Court 11. The duo take on German ninth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke. At the same time, Dominic Inglot and Treat Conrad Puey take on fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau in the men's draw. Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski follow Watson out onto court, with Wimbledon winner Jonathan Marray third on Court 13. Brazilian Andre Sa is the latest man to bump fists with him as a doubles partner.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne ParkMATCH OF THE DAY

    "Laura Robson was born in Melbourne and already has a certain amount of star power here, so much so that her presence surely swung the organiser's decision to have eighth seed Petra Kvitova headline the second night match.

    "It should be a fascinating first encounter between two left-handers whose games are regularly compared. Kvitova won Wimbledon and the WTA Championships in 2011, and was tipped to become number one early last year, but injuries and poor form saw her slip down the rankings. Robson is heading very much in the other direction and will fancy her chances of an upset."

  111. 0010: 

    It could just be that Andy Murray's match is not the most keenly awaited amongst British tennis fans today in Melbourne however. Come Thursday evening Australian time, Thursday morning UK time, Laura Robson faces 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kviotva with a decent chance of adding the Czech to a list of scalps that includes Grand Slam winners Kim Clijsters and Li Na.

  112. 0003: 

    US Open champion Murray is second on court on the Hisense Arena which should work out at about 0200 GMT. His opponent is Portuguese world number 100 Joao Sousa, who is presumably a little more used to the hot weather than the man from Dunblane. But is he used to the white heat of Grand Slam winning tennis that Murray can bring to the party?

  113. 2355: 

    When they are not reminding their fans to slap on the sunscreen, the Australian Open social media bods have been lightening the mood ahead of Thirsty Thursday with some top-quality punnery. With the temperature predicted to top out at around 39C degrees, the pick of the action will apparently be taking place on the Rod Lava Arena and the Hi-Temps Arena.

    We'll see whether Andy Murray will appreciate the joke when he rolls on court sometime shortly after midday in Melbourne local time...

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