Australian Open - Hewitt v Tipsarevic

Janko Tipsarevic beats Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open after Britain's Heather Watson progresses.

14 January 2013 Last updated at 11:34 GMT

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  1. 1128: 

    Righto, I'm going to call it a day. Quick round-up of the matches still in play before I shoot off - former runner-up Marcos Baghdatis is involved in an arm-wrestle against Spaniard Albert Ramos on Margaret Court, 7-6 6-7 so far; Viktor Troicki has broken back against 31st seed Radek Stepanek in the deciding set; South African Kevin Anderson is 2-1 up in sets against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. On Rod Laver now is the game between Ana Ivanovic, the 13th seed, and Melinda Czink of Hungary. Night...


    Jamie Scott โ€on Twitter: "If it wasn't pummelling 1 of my favourite players, I could watch #Tipsarevic's backhand down-the-line all day. World class."

  3. 1120: 

    You have to wonder how much more Lleyton Hewitt has got left in the sport - more money than King Solomon, a family at home, younger men circling him like sharks on the ATP Tour. Then again, playing Hungry Hippos with three toddlers doesn't carry with it quite the same thrill.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Hewitt 6-7 5-7 3-6 Tipsarevic

    Not a great day for Australian tennis - eight competitors, one win, seven defeats. We could be witnessing the eighth as Hewitt pushes an attempted forehand winner down the line for 15-15. Fist pump/maniacal stare from Tipsarevic as the Serb skims the sideline with a backhand winner and a wide return by Hewitt hands Tipsarevic two match points... Hewitt blazes into the tramlines with a backhand return and that's game, set and match Tipsarevic.

    Hewitt 6-7 5-7 3-5 Tipsarevic*

    More duelling racquets from behind the baseline, a duel Hewitt wins, before the Aussie makes it 30-30 with a limp backhand into the middle of the net. That's a snorter from Tipsarevic for break-point, a hooked forehand winner down the line, and a spooned backhand volley by Hewitt means the eighth seed is serving for the match.

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-7 3-4 Tipsarevic

    Tipsarevic unbowed and he wraps up that service game with an ace down the middle... Radek Stepanek on the verge of sealing a great comeback against Viktor Troicki, the 31st seed a break and 3-1 up in the fifth...

  7. 1104: 

    Heather Watson has been speaking to the press about her dramatic three-set win over Alexandra Cadantu, and the medical time-out that changed things in her favour. "At the beginning I definitely wasn't there," said Watson. "I wasn't playing well; I didn't have much energy today. I don't know what it was. I think I'm going to see the doctor. When I started cramping, I had to start hitting the ball because I couldn't move. I'm kind of thankful that I did cramp today, otherwise I don't know how that would have ended up. I think the break did help me. It gave me time to eat, get some fuel in me and just get recharged."

    Hewitt 6-7 5-7 3-3 Tipsarevic*

    This doesn't look good for the home fans, Hewitt falling behind 15-30 on serve, but that delivery has got too much heat on it and it's 30-all. Hewitt is all over that forehand volley but Tipsarevic retaliates with a backhand down the line for deuce. Break point for Tipsarevic and the eighth seed looks rabid... well done Hewitt, break point saved. Hewitt has a moan-up after Tipsarevic appears to ask his trainer whether to overrule a serve or not and the home favourite appears to be energised by the Serb's apparent shenanigans, putting away a screaming forehand winner to hold.

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-7 2-3 Tipsarevic

    Hewitt's wife Bec Cartwright still believes, inching forward in her seat as her boy cleaves open two break-back points. Tipso saves the first courtesy of an overhead but he can't save the second, Hewitt finishing things off with a Hammer of Thor of a forehand. If you're wondering what that sound is it might just be nails popping out of a coffin, from the inside...

    Hewitt 6-7 5-7 1-3 Tipsarevic*

    Baghdatis is a break up in the second set against Ramos over on Margaret Court. Hewitt in a hole so big he can barely see out the top of it but that's a fairly easy hold, Tipsarevic aiding his survival with a few unforced errors...


    Dennis Ethan on Twitter: "The hard fought win of the second set by Tipsarevic is a knockout blow to Hewitt. I expect Tipsy to win the match comfortably now."

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-7 0-3 Tipsarevic

    Hewitt almost underground now, Tipsarevic starting to shovel in the dirt. Ace Tipsarevic down the middle for 40-0 but some remarkable scrambling from Hewitt makes it 40-15. What a shot that is, a whipped backhand lob for the game - Hewitt being made to look old, and I never thought I'd write that.

    Hewitt 6-7 5-7 0-2 Tipsarevic*

    Hewitt into the net with a backhand volley before Tipsarevic goes long with a shovelled backhand to make it 40-30. It's deuce as Hewitt tugs a backhand into the net and he hands Tipsarevic a break point with another limp double-fister. Tipso misses with an attempted backhand pass before framing a forehand return long. Another iffy backhand from Hewitt brings out one or two expletives and he follows that with a double-fault. What a shot that is from the Serb - miles out back, miles out wide, backhand winner down the line to break.

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-7 0-1 Tipsarevic

    Hewitt has got the backbone of a shire horse but Tipsarevic is coming at him with hammers - horse hammers. Searing cross-court backhand winner from Tipsarevic but Hewitt takes the game to deuce as his rival goes long with a double-fister. But Janko holds... Stepanek about to drag Troicki into a deciding set... former finalist Marcos Baghdatis lost his first set against Albert Ramos 7-6...


    Mark Woodforde on radio 5 live sports extra: "Hewitt is out there fighting, but he's against someone who has so much trust in his fitness. There has been no hesitation by Tipsarevic at all. He's grabbed this match by the throat."

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Hewitt 6-7 5-7 Tipsarevic*

    Not much fizz about the Melbourne crowd this evening, almost as if they don't want to commit to Hewitt because they know it's a hopeless cause. Sensational rally, Hewitt pulling rabbits from his hat from behind the baseline only to hand his rival set point with a forehand long. Hewitt comes up with a plum of a first serve to save before Tipso goes long with a forehand return. Rasping backhand winner off the back foot by Tipsarevic, followed by a forehand winner down the line, a second break point... AND ANOTHER! Hewitt got bashed up at the back end of that set, which doesn't bode well for the next.

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-6 Tipsarevic

    Tipsarevic has slipped up a gear heading into the home straight of the second set and there's a hold to love - Hewitt serving to stay in the set and the pendulum very much in Tipsarevic's court...

    Hewitt 6-7 5-5 Tipsarevic*

    Hewitt leaves Tipsarevic flat-footed behind the baseline with a well disguised backhand before the Serb hits back with a square cut of a backhand struck crisply through point. Break-back point as a Hewitt backhand finally melts under the heat of Tipso's hitting but Hewitt saves it with a barnstorming backhand winner cross court. Every point a major punch-up at the moment, every game like a round of boxing. Hewitt lunges but finds the net with a volley and Hewitt hands over the game with an errant backhand - the eighth seed very much back in the set.


    Mark Woodforde on 5 live sports extra: "The amount of time Tipsarevic is looking up to the official isn't going to endear himself to the crowd."

    *Hewitt 6-7 5-4 Tipsarevic

    Tipsarevic is winding up those top-spin forehands like a man revving up a chainsaw and he moves to 40-0 with an ace down the middle. Cross-court forehand winner from Tispo, Hewitt to serve for the set... Stepanek has won the third set against Troicki but trails 2-1...


    Bibhash Dash on Twitter: "Tipsarevic looking good against Hewitt. First set in the bag. Wonder what the odds are on him reaching the final."

    Hewitt 6-7 5-3 Tipsarevic*

    Tipsarevic finishes off a 32-shot rally with a well-directed top-spin forehand winner that leaves Hewitt rooted to the spot. Brutal stuff out there on Rod Laver as the Serb goes 0-30 but Hewitt claws his way back to 30-30 courtesy of some early hitting from well inside the baseline. Ace down the middle from Hewitt - challenge from Janko, and it's successful. Magnificent scrambling from Hewitt from behind the baseline but Tipsarevic takes the game to deuce with a crackerjack backhand winner down the line. Attempted lob by Tipsarevic, put away by Hewitt, and the home favourite holds courtesy of an ace out wide...

    *Hewitt 6-7 4-3 Tipsarevic

    Tipso playing some unorthodox shots in this second set which suggests Hewitt is getting to him a little bit. But the eighth seed holds...

    Hewitt 6-7 4-2 Tipsarevic*

    Marcos Baghdatis, runner-up in 2006 and the 28th seed, is on court against Albert Ramos of Spain, the first set going with serve. Cute wrong-footing forehand volley from Hewitt before Tipso finds the net with an attempted pass down the line. This pair could still be kicking and a'gouging in the blood and the mud and the beer at 4am...

    *Hewitt 6-7 3-2 Tipsarevic

    Only one point between these two players as I write, 61-60 to Tipsarevic. Sharp work at the net from Hewitt, playing in his 17th Aussie Open, but Tipsarevic finds a good serve on game point and is suddenly right up Hewitt's backside in this second set...

    Hewitt 6-7 3-1 Tipsarevic*

    If Ferrer likes getting down and dirty in the trenches, Hewitt is the sort of man who would have complained his trench wasn't muddy enough. Tipsarevic takes Hewitt to deuce as the Serb hooks a forehand long and here's a fourth break-back point... rasping backhand down the line from Tipsarevic...

    *Hewitt 6-7 3-0 Tipsarevic

    Janko's rather gone off the boil in this second set, it's like someone upstairs has blown his lights out. The Serb finds the net with a backhand volley and Hewitt has a double-break. Twentieth seed Sam Querry took the second set against Daniel Munoz-De la Nava and is a break and 4-2 up in the third...

    Hewitt 6-7 2-0 Tipsarevic*

    ... Hewitt holds serve to move into a 2-0 lead in the second set...

  29. 0935: 

    Lukas Lacko has beaten Gilles Muller 6-2 6-4 7-6 to advance to the second round of the men's singles. An early break for Hewitt in the second set, I think it's probably time we went shot by shot on that match...

  30. 0927: 

    Fourth seed David Ferrer is through against Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-4 6-2 on Hisense Arena. Pretty comfortable victory for Ferrer, although the Spaniard manages to make comfortable victories look like a stint breaking rocks in a labour camp.

  31. 0921: 

    David Ferrer is a break and 4-2 up in the third set against Olivier Rochus and on the verge of going through to the second round. Tipsarevic has taken the first set against Lleyton Hewitt on a tie-breaker. It took almost 70 minutes, back-breaking stuff...

  32. 0913: 

    Madison Keys of the United States has seen off Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-4 7-6...

  33. 0905: 

    Men's 31st seed Radek Stepanek, who I think is the oldest player in the tournament, is in a spot of bother against Serbia's Viktor Troicki, trailing 7-5 5-2. American Sam Querrey, the 20th seed, lost his first set against Daniel Munoz-De la Nava 7-6. Hewitt saves a break point against Tipsarevic, leads 6-5 in the first.

  34. 0900: 

    Someone or other in our office has written a report about Heather Watson's first-round victory over Alexandra Cadantu and here it is. Not a good day for the world number 44 Daniela Hantuchova, the 2008 semi-finalist going down 1-6 6-1 1-6 to Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan.

  35. 0854: 

    If tennis did such things, David Ferrer's court walk would be Led Zeppelin's Heartbreaker - Rochus started out by looking chirpy and optimistic, began questioning his future after losing the first set 6-3 and looked like he might start crying after being broken by Ferrer in the second. The small Spaniard with the colossal engine has just taken the second set...


    Stevie B on Twitter: "Gutsy from Heather Watson, showing maturity and class in the last two sets..."

  37. 0845: 

    Women's number 32 seed Mona Barthel lost the first set against Ksenia Pervak but is 5-2 up in the second...

  38. 0838: 

    British number one Heather Watson has wrapped up her first-round match against Romania's Alexandra Cadantu 2-6 6-3 6-2. A solid win for Watson, although being world ranked 50 to Cadantu's 91, it's the sort of game she should be expected to win nowadays.

  39. 0835: 

    ... it's all over on Show Court 2, Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov, the world number 79, has polished off 11th seed Juan Monaco 7-6 6-1 6-1. Monaco the first biggish name to fall in Melbourne this year...

  40. 0832: 

    I do apologise - not 10 minutes ago I said 11th seed Juan Monaco led Andrey Kuznetsov 2-0 in sets. He doesn't. The Russian leads 7-6 6-1 and is about to serve for the match. It's 2-2 between Hewitt and Tipsarevic in the opening set, fans on Rod Laver might need cocoa and slippers.

  41. 0827: 

    Britain's Heather Watson is a break and 3-2 up in the deciding set against Romania's Alexandra Cadantu. David Ferrer in typically persistent form on Laver, battering away at Olivier Rochus, point after point after point, like a man tamping down concrete. The Spaniard leads 3-1 in the second.

  42. 0820: 

    David Ferrer, the fourth seed, is on Hisense Arena against Belgium's Olivier Rochus - the Spaniard won the first set 6-3. Other men's seeds in action are Argentina's Juan Monaco (11), who leads Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 6-1 2-0, and American Sam Querrey (20), who is 2-2 in the first against Daniel Munoz-De la Nava. Feliciano Lopez, officially the most handsome human being in the men's draw, is through to the second round after a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over fellow Arnau Brugues-Davi.

  43. 0806: 

    However, I'm not going to be doing a shot-by-shotter on Hewitt-Tipsarevic because we've still got British number one Heather Watson on court against Romania's Alexandra Cadantu - that match is one set all and rumbling into a decider. Alas, I can't see it because it's on Court 13, which is basically Geelong.

  44. 0802: 

    Morning. Evening. Afternoon. It's been an opening day of the Australian that will live in the memory for hours and next on Rod Laver it's local hero Lleyton Hewitt, the most doggedest tennis player in history according to some stats, against eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, that chap who wears the glasses. This one could run and run and run.

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