Australian Open day three as it happened

Live text commentary as Novak Djokovic beats Ryan Harrison, after wins by Heather Watson and Venus Williams.

16 January 2013 Last updated at 11:54 GMT

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    Don't forget to join us bright and early tomorrow for a big day for the British challenge. Andy Murray will play Joao Sousa of Portugal in the second match in the Hisense Arena at approximately 02:00 GMT (1pm locally).

    And later on Laura Robson faces former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second night match on Rod Laver Arena, at around 10:00 GMT. Rest well.

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    And thus ends another fascinating day in Melbourne, which saw British number one Heather Watson fight back from three match points down to beat Ksenia Pervak and reach the third round. There were wins for Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, who will meet on Friday night, and a shock defeat for home favourite Samantha Stosur, who crumbled to Zheng Jie of China despite serving for the match at 5-2 in the final set.

    On the men's side, Radek Stepanek was hugely impressive in beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain in straight sets but he will now face the imperious Novak Djokovic, who is is bidding to be the first man in the Open era to win the Australian Open three times in a row.


    Ellie Lambert on Twitter: "Although he was magnanimous in his Tennis Breakfast interview about his draw, hope Harrison gets some better GS draws this year."

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    Janko Tipsarevic, the eighth seeded Serb, beats Lukas Lacko 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-5 to reach the third round, where he will play Julien Benneteau of France.


    Novak Djokovic: "I managed to make very important breaks at the start of the match and then I was set up after the first 25 minutes and I had the mental advantage. It is a pity for him - I don't think he played at his best, probably because of the occasion playing on centre court, but I wish him the best - he has a good future.

    "You can see the players are so committed and so professional in every single aspect of their life, especially the guys at the top. We pushing each other and making each other better players. It's that passion for the sport, it is a big challenge to keep performing at this level around the world. "

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "An amazing result, the standard never really dropped too far for Djokovic, unfortunately for Harrison he had that difficult start, maybe struggling with his emotions, and he has learnt there are areas of his game he needs to strengthen."

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    It really was an awesome display from Djokovic against the highly-rated Harrison. He will play Radek Stepanek in the third round. Anyone give the Czech a hope?

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 6-1 6-2 6-3 Harrison

    Here we are then 30-all on the Harrison serve and entering the end game perhaps. Djokovic approaches the net but Harrison pushes his attempted passing shot wide to give the Serb match point. Harrison saves the first but Djokovic quickly earns himself a second, which he takes with a brutal forehand down the line.


    Stephanie Siu on Twitter: "Is a second round match between the World No.1 and No.62 ever terribly exciting? Not really but I still love to see him MOVE!

    Djokovic 6-1 6-2 5-3 Harrison*

    Djokovic is back in the groove now, serving hard and hitting his shots even harder. Another routine hold takes him to within a game of round three.

    *Djokovic 6-1 6-2 4-3 Harrison

    Credit to Harrison, he's still giving it everything out there with booming serves and groundstrokes galore. But 40-15 soon becomes deuce as Djokovic outmuscles his opponent in successive rallies. The pair trade blows across several deuces in the longest game of the match before Djokovic fails to clear the tape and Harrison holds. The crowd roars its approval for the plucky American, who celebrates as if he'd won the match.


    Padraig on Twitter: "Re Scott Hooker's comment, Djokovic's efficiency is brilliant and beautiful but is not exciting as a match."

    WHAT A SHOT!- Djokovic 6-1 6-2 4-2 Harrison*

    Harrison serves notice of his talents with an amazing winner from behind the baseline, whipping his wrists over the ball and creaming it past the Djok. But once again he's dragged around the court by the merciless world number one, who holds serve again for a 4-2 lead.

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "A little different play from Ryan Harrison in that game, realising it's not just power to win games against Djokovic, you don't have to just zing it back, maybe take some pace off and allow yourself to take up the net."

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    Have you got a burning question for US Open champion and British number one Andy Murray? Well here's your chance to have it answered as the Olympic champion will be doing a Q&A for us later in the week.

    Tweet your questions, however serious or quirky, using the #askmurray hashtag and we'll pick the best ones to ask.

    *Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-2 Harrison

    Better from Harrison as he takes a 30-0 lead on his serve, only to find Djokovic at the net somehow fending off a fierce forehand. The American keeps pace in a high-quality rally and earns a game point, which he converts as Djokovic's lob goes long.

    Djokovic 6-1 6-2 3-1 Harrison*

    Djokovic's tactics are pretty simple here. Big, deep groundstoke to one corner, then a big deep groundstoke to the other. It's simple, but it's also ruthless and Harrison has no answer. In the blink of an eye it's 40-0. Blink again and the game is in the bag.

    *Djokovic 6-1 6-2 2-1 Harrison

    Wow - Djokovic somehow gets his racquet behind a ferocious serve and blocks back for a return winner. But Harrison bends his back to send down two aces and takes his first game of the set.


    From Colin in Ormskirk, via text: "Is it definitely Ryan Harrison on court? Starting to think Audley has taken up tennis it's so one-sided."

    Djokovic 6-1 6-2 2-0 Harrison*

    Djokovic sends down an ace out wide to lead 40-15 but Harrison stretches himself to pull off a superb crosscourt forehand winner. Djokovic says enough is enough and sends his opponent sprawling in vain over the advertising hoardings with a delightful whipped winner.


    Scott Hooker on Twitter: "Re David Dawber's comment, I disagree. The sure efficiency of his tennis makes it a brilliant spectacle to watch. Efficiency is beauty."

    *Djokovic 6-1 6-2 1-0 Harrison

    Djokovic continues to pull his opponent this way and that like a puppet on a string. An extraordinary backhand pass has his opponent clutching at thin air before a more straightforward pass seals the early break of serve.

    When you Djokovic him play like this, you realise just how good Andy Murray had to be to win that US Open final.

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm sure Ryan Harrison started this match really believing he was going to give Djokovic a big test, if not take a couple of sets, but it's gone downhill very quickly and he's got to be scratching his head. Where does he win points now? Now it's not about winning this match, it's about winning a set."

    GAME AND SECOND SET- Djokovic 6-1 6-2 Harrison*

    Djokovic makes very light work of serving out for the set, whipping a forehand past his opponent for 40-0 then finding an impossible angle with a forehand.


    They are into a fifth set on Court 2 after Lukas Lacko wins the fourth 6-4 to square things up with Janko Tipsarevic.

    *Djokovic 6-1 5-2 Harrison

    Now then, he really is making a couple of unforced errors now and Harrison follows up with a serve into the body to take a 40-30 lead. Another sharp serve and Djokovic's return lands long to give Harrison only his third game of the match.


    Arya Tabrizi on Twitter: "BREAKING NEWS: @DjokerNole has just made an unforced error. Interview with Oprah scheduled to explain why and answer qs."

    Djokovic 6-1 5-1 Harrison*

    Djokovic has hardly broken sweat out there whereas Harrison is being made to run around like a mad man in the Melbourne heat. The world number one easily serves out to love for a 5-1 lead.


    Fernando Verdasco of Spain beats Xavier Malisse 6-1 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round.


    David Dawber on Twitter: "As good as Djokovic is, he's more efficient than exciting."


    Jordan in Northampton, via text: "Saw Harrison and Djokovic play at Wimbledon. Harrison put up more of a fight though!"

    *Djokovic 6-1 4-1 Harrison

    Harrison shows impressive pace across the court to put away a mis-judged drop shot for only his second winner of the match. At 30-30, Djokovic gets his opponent exactly where he wants him and effortlessly puts away a backhand volley. Harrison forces deuce but Djokovic wins his first advantage with a flowing backhand down the line.

    Djokovic 6-1 3-1 Harrison*

    Harrison is yet to make any inroads on the Djokovic serve and the Serb closes out another routine service game with two consecutive aces down the middle.


    Hussain Federer on Twitter: "Ryan Harrison can give Djokovic some problems, but Djoko is serving incredibly well!"

    *Djokovic 6-1 2-1 Harrison

    Harrison is not helping himself here, wildly slashing an overhead from the back of the court miles long, looping a forehand beyond the baseline and dragging a volley wide. Break point now, but he saves it with a bullet of an ace down the centre. Another ace and an unreturnable serve get Harrison on the board in this second set.

    Djokovic 6-1 2-0 Harrison*

    Djokovic is targeting the Harrison forehand here and the American is obliging with some wayward shots. Djoko seals a 2-0 lead with an ace down the middle.

    *Djokovic 6-1 1-0 Harrison

    Harrison is up against it again here as he quickly falls 15-40 down but he hauls it back to deuce when Djokovic pushes a backhand long before the American serves an ace. Djokovic responds with a simply unbelievable lob, which drifts in the air like a Shane Warne leg-spinner and somehow lands in the corner of the court. Harrison errs and Djokovic claims the early break.

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    There's a decent game unfolding on court two where Lukas Lacko of Slovakia has won the third set 6-3 to reduce the defecit to 2-1 against eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I don't think Ryan Harrison will stop giving 100% effort in this match, the way he has been brought up he will try something different and I'm looking forward to see how he tries to go about making in-roads."


    Hilary Bray on Twitter: "Federer - Feisty Elegant Dedicated Explicable Roaring Extraordinary Rottweiler!"


    Paul Denny on Twitter: "Heather Watson you beauty. Fighting spirit of the highest order! Well done girl."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Djokovic 6-1 Harrison*

    Djoko moves 30-0 ahead with some more regal groundstrokes but Harrison pegs a point back at the net. More power play from the Serb gives him two set points but he only needs one of them as Harrison's return is a yard long.

    *Djokovic 5-1 Harrison

    Harrison falls 15-40 behind before aceing down the middle to give himself a sniff. The American tamely plants a backhand into the net and Djokovic is serving for the set.

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Djokovic landing a lot of first serves into the corners, making it very difficult for Ryan Harrison to have any weight of shot on return."

    Djokovic 4-1 Harrison*

    Harrison is doing all the running here, but he is gifted a surprise point as a Djokovic smash is dumped into the net. But it's a rare blip as the Serb slams a forehand into the open court to take a 4-1 lead.

    *Djokovic 3-1 Harrison

    Harrison finds his range as he hurries Djoko into a wayward return but the Serb whips a forehand down the line for 30-30. Djokovic nets a crosscourt forehand and puts a return long to give Harrison his first game of the match. Huge cheers from the female contingent in the crowd - it seems they see Harrison as a bit of a dish.

    *Djokovic 3-0 Harrison

    Another nice and easy service game for Djokovic as he races into a 3-0 lead. Harrison needs to settle here or he could be blown away without so much as a whimper.

    Mark Woodforde, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Djokovic is really pushing and probing him and extracting a few early errors."

    *Djokovic 2-0 Harrison

    Ominous, really ominous. Harrison falls 0-40 down against the best returner in the game and double faults to concede his first service game in the meekest of manners.

    Djokovic 1-0 Harrison*

    Ryan Harrison gets a brief cheer for the underdog as he nails a smash but it's an otherwise extremely comfortable opening service game for the world numero uno.

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    What do we know about Harrison then? He is 20 years old and ranked 62 in the world. He is yet to win a title and is on a seven-match losing streak against seeded opponents at Grand Slams. Tough ask for the American against the imperious Serb. Here we go...

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Sorry I'm late!" says Heather Watson as she bounds into her press conference, beaming from ear to ear. "I do make it hard for myself but a win's a win, no matter how you do it," she tells BBC 5 live. "It was a very tough one today. I wasn't sure whether I was going to get through it but I did, I kept fighting, the crowd was amazing and kept pushing me on from start to finish, and I've put myself in a position to play another match here."

  53. 0949: 

    Ok then folks, stand by for the big one. Next up in the Rod Laver Arena it's defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic against Ryan Harrison of the USA. Game by game commentary coming your way right here.


    Will from Cambridge via text: "Would it not optimise the TV revenue for the Australian open if they were to put certain nationalities on court at times that were watchable back home? For example American players would be on first while the big Europeans would play predominantly in the night sessions. Just a thought (that was in no way inspired by noticing that Murray is due to play at about 3am GMT tomorrow)"


    Kevin Anderson of South Africa beats Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1 7-5 6-4.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'd favour Maria but what's certain is we're in a for a real cracker of a match."


    Venus Williams on her 13th appearance at the Australian Open: "Thirteen has to be my lucky number! I love it down here, thank you God I'm alive. Tennis is about winning when it's not your best day I got a win. I look at the draw, I'm playing against Maria and I better bring my best game against her. I'm fighting the wrinkles and the battle of the bulge and everything but I'm still thin and trim!"

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    A pretty slick performance there from Williams to set up a mouth-watering clash with Maria Sharapova on Friday night. The Russian is yet to lose a game all tournament but she knows that a rejuvenated Venus Williams will present her with her first serious test.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Venus came up with the shots on the points that mattered."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Williams 6-3 6-3 Cornet

    It's a stroll for Williams as she opens up two match points and takes the first when Cornet's return catches the net. There's a pirouette from the American, a beaming smile and a warm handshake for her young French opponent.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I was having a chat with David Witt, the hitting partner who has been with Venus for eight years, and he said we've all seen these articles about what the Olympics meant to her and she wants to stay around until Rio and I said to him 'do you think she's going to motivated for that long?' He was very cagey about his response. Four years is a long time."

    *Williams 6-3 5-3

    A wonderful drop volley earns Venus a break point but she nets a backhand return to take us to deuce. Two enormous forehands earn her another break point, which she converts when Cornet nets. The fat lady is warbling...

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Venus realises Cornet's main threat is from the back of the court."

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    To court two, where eighth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic has taken the second set to lead Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4 6-3.

    Williams 6-3 4-3 Cornet*

    Too many unforced errors are costing Cornet here as another forehand lands well long. Williams attacks the net and puts away a backhand volley for 30-15 but Cornet lands a crisp volley of her own for 30-all. Cornet messes up a lob and a drop shot and Williams edges another step closer to round three.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If the serve's on Venus Williams is a threat to anyone in this tournament."

    *Williams 6-3 3-3 Cornet

    Williams is back on the offensive as she attacks the Frenchwoman's serve and swiftly earns herself three break points. Williams then lands a brilliant crosscourt forehand winner from midcourt to take us to 3-3.


    Amy via text: "I love Venus Williams! Her tennis is just incredible right now and she deserves another slam fighting an injury and coming back like she did. What a superstar!"

    Williams 6-3 2-3 Cornet*

    Cornet is playing the better tennis now, really trying to force things. A chip and charge earns her three break points and she gobbles up the first one to take a 3-2 lead.

    *Williams 6-3 2-2 Cornet

    Cornet opens up a 40-0 lead then nets a backhand and has another Gallic rant at herself. Williams gets a backhand all wrong, pushing it wide of the tramlines and we're back level at 2-2.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "While Venus is making solid progress towards a third-round place, Aussie hope Sam Stosur suffered a shocker as she lost to Jie Zheng from 5-2 up in the final set. "You make an error and you tighten up a little bit," she said. "But you try and focus and reset before that next point. Unfortunately it just kept happening point after point. Then crazy things start happening and before you know it, you're back on even terms and have lost a lead that, with two breaks in the third, should never go away."

    Williams 6-3 2-1 Cornet*

    Williams dumps a drive volley into the net and falls to 0-40 down. A chance for Cornet but she can't control her first two returns and erupts into a stroppy rage with herself. Williams senses the fragility of her opponent and closes out for a 2-1 lead.

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    Elsewhere, Verdasco leads Malisse 4-1 in the first set and Tipsarevic and Lacko are tied at 4-4 in the second after Tipsarevic took the first set 6-3.

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    *Williams 6-3 1-1 Cornet

    Cornet lands a few first serves just when she needs them to level up at 1-1. At game point, her first serve is right in the corner and Williams - at full stretch - loops long.

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    Williams 6-3 1-0 Cornet*

    Flying start to the second set for Williams as she holds her serve to love.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "After a very promising start from Cornet, Williams has taken control of the match. She looks totally relaxed out there and is going about her business in a thoroughly professional manner."

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Williams 6-3 Cornet

    Williams shows the still plenty of life in her ageing legs as she flings herself to her right to glance a volleyed winner. At deuce, Williams charges in to the net again and lands another crunching crosscourt volley to bring up a set point. Another winner and the set is in the bag.

    Williams 5-3 Cornet*

    Williams looks calm and composed out there against an opponent she has beaten in both of their previous matches. The American storms to a 40-0 lead before dumping into the net. A rally follows with loopy groundstrokes from both ends but Cornet is the first to break with a rather tame forehand which lands well beyond the baseline.

    Jeremy Bates, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alize Cornet really is someone who puts her heart on her sleeve out on the court and is not frightened to be out there for two or three hours grinding her way through matches. The majority of her wins have come on clay courts and to do that you have to be a phenomenal athlete."

    *Williams 4-3 Cornet

    Cornet breezes through a service game to narrow the gap to a single game.

    Williams 4-2 Cornet*

    Venus falls 15-30 behind but gets a lucky net-cord to square up at 30-30. Cornet rallies to force a break point but plants a forehand very long to let Williams off the hook. A powerful serve gives Venus the advantage and she closes out the game when Cornet can't keep her backhand return to a second serve in the court.

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    The late match over on the Margaret Court Arena sees Xavier Malisse of Belgium take on Spain's Fernando Verdasco. And the Spaniard has broken serve in the first game to steal an early march.

    *Williams 3-2 Cornet

    Cornet pushes a forehand wide and looks absolutely livid with herself as she falls 15-40 down. Another forehand error from the Frenchwoman gives Williams a 3-2 lead.


    Tim via text: "Looks like Heather is adopting the Man United approach to winning ! Will go far."

    Williams 2-2 Cornet*

    I'm all over this Williams match now. The American, kitted out in a characteristically garish short dress, breaks back at the first time of asking and holds her serve to love to level up at 2-2. She's back.

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    Over on court two, Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic has taken the first set 6-3 in his second round encounter with Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

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    Cornet is only 22 but she made the fourth round of the Australian Open four years ago. In football parlance, she's no mug and Williams is going to have to be at her sharpest to set up that mouth-watering clash with Sharapova.

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    Cornet breaks the Williams serve at the first attempt to take a 2-0 lead in their second round match.

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    No pictures yet from the Rod Laver but I can tell you that Alize Cornet, ranked 41, has held serve in the opening game of her second round match with Venus Williams.

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    Ana Ivanovic, the 13th seed, has beaten Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Tapei 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

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    There are a few Aussie fans crying into their Fosters in the evening Melbourne sun after a shock defeat for home favourite Sam Stosur. The ninth seed, who suffered first-round flops at WTA events in Brisbane and Sydney this year, was leading 5-2 in the third set but choked in front of her home fans and double faulted to hand China's Zheng Jie victory 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

  92. 0810: 

    It would great to get some reaction to Watson's win from all you early birds. Get in touch with us via Twitter on #bbctennis or text on 81111 (UK).

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    If you're just waking up and wondering what you've missed, I'll come straight at you with the big story of the night. British number one Heather Watson is through to the third round for the first time. She did it the hard way, saving three match points before overcoming Ksenia Pervak in three sets. If you want to catch up with the story of that match or find out what else you've missed from down under, you can relive it all with Aimee Lewis's commentary.

  94. 0801: 

    Yes folks, Venus Williams is in the house, still taking on all-comers after 20 years on the women's tour. Today the 32-year-old American meets Alize Cornet of France in the second round of the Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena. And the prize for the winner (if you can really call it a prize) is a third round meeting with the formidable Russian Maria Sharapova, who is yet to lose a game at this year's tournament.

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    Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the grand old dame of women's tennis.

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