Australian Open 2013 day eight

Victoria Azarenka strolls into the quarter-finals, while Serena, Murray and Federer are all coming up.

24 January 2013 Last updated at 08:10 GMT

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  1. 0655: 

    Right, Andy Murray is somewhere in the bowels of the Hisense Arena. He will soon trot onto the court to take on Gilles Simon for the place in the quarter-finals, which means we will start afresh with a brand new, all-singing all-dancing version of the live text commentary. See you on the flip side.

  2. 0652: 

    Stephens has shown those watching on Hisense Arena why Serena Williams has taken the 19-year-old under her wing. Plenty of promise. Asked how she is going to spend the bounty she receives for reaching the last eight, the American responds: "I try to save all of my money because I don't want to be old and broke. I'm still trying to save my money but I'll definitely buy something nice."

  3. 0648: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Stephens 6-1 3-6 7-5 Jovanovski

    The grunt-o-meter has swung into burglar alarm territory thanks to Jovanovski's screeching and howling on Hisense Arena. The Serbian, facing match point, is suddenly muted, however, when she can only dab a return into the tape. Stephens advances to her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

  4. 0643: 

    The jovial Tsonga celebrates a comprehensive victory with his trademark jig, skipping and twirling in the middle of the court. The Frenchman will play either second seed Roger Federer or 13th seed Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals.

  5. 0639: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Tsonga 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 Gasquet

    "Oh la la," screams a tortured Tsonga as he misses with an attempted forehand winner into the corner to gift Gasquet his second break point of the game. The seventh seed successfully negotiates the danger. A third break point comes Gasquet's way... and vanishes. There will be no fourth chance for the ninth seed as Tsonga serves tot he wings and all Gasquet can do is direct the return into the tape.

  6. 0632: 

    Jovanovski targeting the Stephens backhand, but her ploy comes to nothing as a forehand drifts into the tramlines for break point. Danger averted and the game unravels into a free-for-all, the pair battling it out from the baseline at deuce and advantage before a Stephens forehand bounces long. It's still on serve, the Serbian leading 4-3. Meanwhile, over on Rod Laver Arena, a hold to love for Tsonga sees him nudge to within a game of victory - but Gasquet wins his own service game to force his compatriot to serve for the match.

  7. 0625: 

    "Fight," demands one spectator of Gasquet before he takes to the baseline to face another howitzer of a serve from Tsonga. He can do little but plonk a backhand into the tape, allowing his compatriot to zoom to a 4-0 lead in the fourth set.

  8. 0620: 

    Tsonga, seeded seventh in Melbourne - his lowest seeding at a Grand Slam event since he entered the draw at numero 11 at the 2011 US Open - ambling towards the finishing line. He sends down a sizzling forehand winner and breaks to love for a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. Gasquet feels he has little option but to take out is frustration on his racquet. Wallop. Unsurprisingly, he changes his weapon during the changeover.

  9. 0614: 
    Live now

    I should have reminded you about 14 minutes ago that you can listen to live coverage of Sloane Stephens's humdinger against Bojana Jovanovski on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Jonathan Overend and co, of course, primed to talk you through Andy Murray's fourth-round battle with Gilles Simon, which follows the Stephens v Jovanovski showdown.


    Stephen Colville on Twitter: "Jovanovski sounds like she is sneezing after hitting every shot. Disgraceful noise."


    Judy Murray on Twitter: "Daveeed Ferrerrrr is in the smoothie queue in the player cafe. Rather apt if u ask me."

  12. 0606: 
    GAME AND THIRD SET- Tsonga 6-4 3-6 6-3 Gasquet

    Gasquet needs to show the world that there's plenty of grit in his guts. A restrained clench of the first from Tsonga as he captures the third set before trotting off the court for some reason or the other.

  13. 0601: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Stephens 6-1 3-6 Jovanovski

    High-fives between those in the Jovanovski camp as their gal breaks Stephens to steal the second set 6-3, taking the match into a decider. It means the wait for Andy Murray will go on a little longer.

  14. 0552: 

    I've been sitting at my desk watching Tsonga bully his compatriot Gasquet and wondering how many all-French clashes there have been at the Australian Open. It's the kind of thing I think about at 5:52am (approx) on a Monday morning. Apparently, this is the 27th all-French battle to have taken place at Melbourne Park in the Open Era. Back to the tennis, Tsonga has a handsome 4-1 advantage in the third set, while Jovanovski has broken Stephens for a 4-3 lead in the second.

  15. 0545: 

    Jovanovski keen to make a match of it over on Hisense Arena. The Serbian broke the promising American in the fifth game of the second set, but allowed Stephens to conjure an immediate response to level at 3-3. Plenty of entertainment on Rod Laver Arena. Gasquet sends a backhand into orbit and there's impressive handling from a spectator who grabs the ball from the grasp of a cluster of other ticket holders. Tsonga has rediscovered his va va voom and snatches the first three games of the third set.

  16. 0531: 

    Caroline Wozniacki after being knocked out by Svetlana Kuznetsova: "Obviously I would have loved to have won today, but it didn't happen. There is still a long year in front of me. There is still a few things I can work on and, you know, it can be better. But at the same time, there are so many things I think I did well at this tournament, as well."


    New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey on Twitter: "Quick chat with Djokovic coach Marian Vajda who said they got to bed at 5am after Wawrinka match. "I hope Novak's still sleeping."

  18. 0527: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Tsonga 6-4 3-6 Gasquet

    Tit for tat on Rod Laver Arena where Tsonga was the dominant force in the first set, but has been reeled in by Gasquet. The ninth seed serves for the second set, holding to 15 by sending Tsonga lunging the wrong way with a canny forehand winner into the corner.

  19. 0524: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Stephens 6-1 Jovanovski

    Teenager Sloane Stephens takes little time in clinching the first set 6-1 against Bojana Jovanovski. Twenty-five minutes to be exact. The American, who trains with Serena Williams, perhaps aware that a number of Brits are eager to watch Andy Murray in action, or perhaps she's just having a good day.

  20. 0515: 

    A fine start for Laura Robson's conqueror, Sloane Stephens, who has raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski. On Rod Laver Arena, someone seems to have let the air out of Tsonga's tyres as the out-of-sorts seventh seed trails Gasquet 4-1 in the second set.

  21. 0511: 

    Jeremy Chardy, who beat Andreas Seppi in four sets to reach quarter-finals: "I always play bad in Australia but this time, I play good. I am feeling very good on the court. It was a very difficult match in the beginning and I was tired, but it was the fourth round in a Grand Slam so I had to be strong in my head."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    There was one member of the Wawrinka family who was not disappointed to see him lose - his daughter Alexia, who turns three next month and was watching from Lausanne. Wawrinka's wife, Ilham, said: 'She encouraged and applauded all her dad's good shots, but in the end she is the only one who's happy. The more the game went on, the more she told me: 'Mum, I don't want Dad to win. I want him to come home!' Of course, it's sad to see Stan lose in this way, but on the other hand, Alexia will see you soon.'


    Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Coverage today: Murray, Serena, Federer matches all live and uninterrupted on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 6am."

  24. 0502: 

    Four years have passed since Gasquet last played countryman Tsonga. The 26-year-old Gasquet has had the better of Tsonga in their previous clashes, winning four of the last seven - but it was Tsonga who won the last time the pair battled it out in Melbourne Park. That was, of course, five years ago when the world number eight advanced to the final.

  25. 0457: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Tsonga 6-4 Gasquet

    Three break back points to Gasquet as the single-handed backhand, a shot of beauty, punishes Tsonga, but the 27-year-old is a cool customer and negates the danger before wrapping up the set with a forehand winner which grazes the paint.

  26. 0449: 

    Sloane Stephens and Bojana Jovanovski have yet to kick off on Hisense Arena which means it may be at least another 90 minutes until Andy Murray makes an appearance. Back on Rod Laver Arena, Tsonga has taken his foot off the pedal, but manages to squirm past Gasquet to hold for a 5-3 lead in the first set. Plenty of support for the seventh seed.

  27. 0441: 

    Tsonga's serve has been on song during his charge to the fourth round, winning 80% of points on his first serve and 60% on his second. The 27-year-old has similar stats so far in this match (83% first serve and 60% second serve). A double fault in the sixth game the only blot on an otherwise wonderful start for Tsonga who leads 4-2 in the first set.

  28. 0434: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Chardy 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2 Seppi

    Two break points to Chardy and he just needs the one to set up a quarter-final showdown with either Andy Murray or Gilles Simon.

  29. 0424: 

    Here we go. Tsonga v Gasquet: Frenchman v Frenchman, the winsome v the enigmatic. A sizeable crowd on Rod Laver Arena to watch the talented duo and it's Tsonga who has stepped out of the blocks like a ravenous greyhound. The seventh seed seems eager to prove he is France's top dog. Tsonga rewarded for his adventures to the net and a double fault from Gasquet gifts him two break points in the third game, but Gasquet drags himself back into contention and holds with an ace to the wings. Tsonga, though, with an early break and leading 2-1.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Tonight's big match between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic is likely to hinge on the Canadian's serve. It's about as big as there is, and he leads the ace count in Melbourne with 71. Federer, who lies in 33rd place with 23 aces, said: "He's obviously got one of the best serves in the game. He's up and coming, so you always feel, especially after an off season like the one we've just had, he's maybe improved again a few things or he's worked on a few things. So you would expect maybe some more unexpected stuff that he didn't do last time around. We'll see how it goes. I'm excited about the match anyhow."

  31. 0415: 

    Chardy has lost only once to Italian opposition in eight previous meetings, which is a boost for the Frenchman considering today's opponent is, indeed, Italian. Plenty of punch in the 25-year-old's return and a tired Seppi forehand drifts into the tramlines to gift the Frenchman a break point. The duo decide to battle from the baseline before Chardy ends a 23-shot slug-fest with an impatient forehand. The Frenchman seems in control but Seppi manages to hold to ensure the fourth set remains with serve.


    Australian Open on Twitter: "I was playing the electric keyboard pretty much all day yesterday with a friend of mine. We played with four hands."

  33. 0403: 

    Victoria Azarenka after being asked about cooking during her court-side interview: "I really love fish and I love Chilean sea bass. I cooked it sometime ago and it was so good. My best friend loved it. The only thing I remember was it was with cranberries."

  34. 0359: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Azarenka 6-1 6-1 Vesnina

    Vesnina can do little but mutter to herself and wonder what if as Azarenka snatches the first of two match points to ensure a trouble-free progression to the quarter-finals. A minor blip for the defending champion at the start of the second set but it was just a little bump.

  35. 0358: 
    GAME AND THIRD SET- Chardy 5-7 6-3 6-2

    Chardy wraps up the third set 6-2 against Italy's Seppi. Should the Frenchman end the match in the fourth set then we should (should) see Andy Murray appear on Hisense at about 0600 GMT.

  36. 0354: 

    Vesnina has her chance, you sense, as Azarenka reins in her opponent, who seems to be troubled by a back problem, and gallops ahead to a 4-1 lead in the second set. The top seed's service woes seems to be a thing of the past. Over on Hisense, Chardy is serving for the third set.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    They don't mess around with their schedules here. Sunday is still fresh in the memory, Monday just getting into gear, and we already know the line-up for Tuesday on the Rod Laver Arena. Great news, Novak, you're on the nightshift again. Djokovic v Berdych from 08:00 UK, after Li v Radwanska at midnight followed by Ferrer v Almagro and Sharapova v Makarova.

  38. 0343: 

    A cheap chardonnay Chardy is not. Plenty of sparkle in the Frenchman's game as he canters to a 4-1 lead against Seppi in the third set. The winner of that match on Hisense will face either Andy Murray or Gilles Simon.

  39. 0339: 

    Double faults have been Victoria Azarenka's weakness in this tournament - 10 on her way to the fourth round - and three double faults in the opening game of the second set gift Vesnina the break. The problem for the Russian is that her second serves can also be erratic.


    Wendy on 81111: "Think Andy should win comfortably tonight. I can't see anyone other than the top four in the semi finals."

  41. 0332: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- Azarenka 6-1 Vesnina

    Defending champion Victoria Azarenka cruising along a street named easy against Elena Vesnina. The pride of Belarus secures the first set 6-1

  42. 0317: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Chardy 5-7 6-3 Seppi

    Chardy, one of four Frenchmen through to the fourth round, is happy to fight for a place in his first Grand Slam quarter-final. The world number 36 grabs the second set 6-3 to level the match.


    Si on text: "Just seen odds of 11/1 on Simon to win. Murray definitely favourite but that's worth a fiver of anyone's money, mine's on. Not condoning gambling of course. Definitely taking a snow day tomorrow."


    Chris Thomas on Twitter: "Seppi vs Chardy is like a classic AC Milan - dogged defense against a modern day PSG - Flashy pretty boys with bags of talent."

    Daniel on Twitter: "Dan in Melbourne (originally Manchester): following the day's events on the BBC even tho I can see the Rod Laver from my office!"

    Jonathan Cardy on Twitter: "Murray's going to storm through later after Djokos marathon. Simon doesn't have the fire power to hurt Murray at all."

  45. 0308: 

    Plenty of empty seats on Rod Laver Arena as Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina begin their battle. Maybe the majority of ticket holders have dashed to the live stage to bop along to acoustic trio Johnny Wonderpants. It's a bizarre name for a band, I agree, but that's the name they've christened themselves with and they're playing at the Australian Open. Honest. A body blow to Vesnina as she suffers stage fright and crumbles in the opening game, allowing the defending champ to race to a 2-0 lead.

  46. 0301: 

    Both Seppi and Chardy upset top 20 seeds in five-setters to reach the fourth round. In fact, six of Seppi's last eight Grand Slam matches have been decided in the fifth set - although Chardy might be happy were this contest to be decided in the fifth as the 25-year-old has won six of his eight career 5-set matches. It's with serve at 2-2 on Hisense.

  47. 0253: 

    If Andreas Seppi were to beat France's Jeremy Chardy he would become the first Italian to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne since [drum rolls, please, just to add a bit of tension] since... since... Cristiano Caratti in 1991. The 21st seed, wearing his Wimbledon whites, draws level at 1-1 in the second set.

  48. 0249: 

    Kuznetsova's quarter-final opponent will be the winner of the match between defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina of Russia. That ding-dong next on Rod Laver Arena. And while I was listening to Kuznetsova, sly old dog Andreas Seppi nicked the first set 7-5 against Jeremy Chardy.

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    Svetlana Kuznetsova on her victory over Caroline Wozniacki: "I'm really happy with the result, but still disappointed with the second set. I've been fighting through the match and won it."

    Kuznetsova on her time away from the sport because of a knee injury: "I never stopped loving this sport. It's an amazing sport. If you work hard you get everything back. I feel just a bit fresher and am really enjoying it."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Wozniacki 2-6 6-2 5-7 Kuznetsova

    A sublime forehand return suggests Wozniacki has plenty of fire remaining in her belly, but the Dane can't prevent her opponent from notching two match points. Kuznetsova needs just the one, sending a howitzer of a serve down the middle and dashing to the net to tap away Wozniacki's desperate return.

  51. 0237: 

    Kuznetsova has three break points in the bag. It seems as though she's going to let the opportunity slip through her fingers but grabs her third chance thanks to a wonderful return which puts Wozniacki on the defensive. At 6-5, Kuznetsova is serving for the match... Over on Hisense, it's with serve at 5-5 in the first set between Jeremy Chardy and Andrea Seppi.

  52. 0234: 

    Kuznetsova made 90 unforced errors on her way to the fourth round, but the 27-year-old right-hander has already made 40 in this match such is the pressure she is being put under by the Golden Retriever that is Wozniacki. The Russian holds to level at 5-5 in the decider.

  53. 0227: 

    "Come on," yelps Wozniacki as she saves break point. Neither player prepared to pull the trigger and end their opponent's hopes. A magical backhand winner leaves the Dane looking as if she has cement in her trainers, but canny Caroline moves Kuznetsova this way and that until the Russian can take no more and is left stranded on the baseline, nearly doing the splits. Wozniacki eventually pulls through and is a game away from victory. It's still with serve, Wozniacki nudging ahead at 5-4.

  54. 0220: 

    Wozniacki and Kuznetsova heading towards the final furlong and although the Russian is hampered by blisters on her feet there's no sign of the world number 75 pulling up lame. The pair tap into their seemingly infinite reserve of energy during an entrancing 27-shot rally which Wozniacki ends by sending a forehand long. The Dane has had chances in this set but once again squanders break point at advantage and it proves costly as Kuznetsova wriggles free and levels at 4-4.


    New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey on Twitter: "Caroline Wozniacki REALLY wants to do well in this tournament."


    Stephen Hay on Twitter: "It'll be midnight Chicago time when Andy plays. Rock, Paper & Scissors with the wife, Loser gets up with the children in the a.m."

    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Had my 1st proper night's sleep since, well, the AO began, last night. Decided not to bother waking up for the evening sesh. Oops."

    Goofball on Twitter: "Watching the NFL and following the Tennis live text. Gonna be a long night."

  57. 0207: 

    Kuznetsova has turned up the volume on the grumbles and groans, which suggests holding serve has become a bit of an effort. The Russian dangling on the precipice, but Wozniacki displaying her softer side by giving her opponent a helping hand and letting her off the hook. The future Mrs Rory McIlroy (possibly) gives her best John McEnroe impression after the umpire awards Kuznetsova the point when replays show the Russian's serve was in by 0.0000001mm, and it's a far from convincing hold for the Russian. 3-3 in the final set.


    Chris Rowlands on Twitter: "Have 2000 words of an Irish Theatre essay to write. Naturally, this means I'm following the tennis in the background tonight."

  59. 0156: 

    Wozniacki nudges ahead at 3-2 and Kuznetsova requires court-side treatment during the changeover on her heavily bandaged left foot. Over on Hisense Arena, Andreas Seppi has broken Jeremy Chardy in the first game of that match.

  60. 0150: 

    Three break points and Wozniacki has engineered an immediate response. But she wastes a hat-trick of opportunities. The pair tussle at deuce until a beautiful winner from the Dane earns her a fourth bite at the cherry, which again she squanders. Wozniacki throws her trusted racquet on the floor before dragging herself back into contention. We're back on serve at 2-2.


    Luke Williams on Twitter: "In Wales, I have college at 9 in the morning... fill myself with coffee and get matchsticks for my eyes out I think, c'mon Andy!"

    Grant Simpson on Twitter: "Djokovic and Warwrinka were on court last night longer than Sharapova has been on all tournament!"

  62. 0142: 

    The first contest on Rod Laver reaching boiling point on a gloriously sunny afternoon in Melbourne. Wozniacki and Kuznetsova trade blows at the back of the court... they're both perfectly matched until the lower ranked Kuznetsova grabs the initiative by breaking the Dane for a 2-1 lead in the decider. Oof the tension.

  63. 0135: 

    Kuznetsova returns from a lengthy break carrying a carrier bag. Seems the Russian has been shopping. The ball boy places the white plastic bag and its contents in the court-side bin. Strange things are afoot at the Rod Laver Arena. Wozniacki has been launching practice serves while waiting for her opponent. The crowd begin to clap slowly in unison as Kuznetsova prolongs the break by taking to her seat. The umpire eventually tells the 27-year-old to hop it and we're under way. First blow to Wozniacki who holds.

  64. 0125: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Wozniacki 2-6 6-2 Kuznetsova

    The 10th seed makes a hash of serving for the set, but stops the Kuznetsova second-set revival by breaking the world number 75 to level the match. Wozniacki platting her hair and massaging her shoulders with an ice pack while she waits for the Russian to return from a break.

  65. 0118: 

    Caroline Wozniacki playing with the elegance befitting of her yellow and white dress. The 10th seed content to fetch and retrieve and patiently wait for her opponent to falter. A wayward backhander from Kuznetsova followed by a thumping ace completes a comfortable hold and sees Wozniacki advance to a 4-1 lead.

  66. 0110: 

    Ladies and gentlemen, it seems we could have a contest on our hands. Caroline Wozniacki has romped to a 3-0 lead in the second set against a deflated Svetlana Kuznetsova.


    Paul on Twitter: "In the States patiently waiting for the start of play and of course Mr Murray flying the flag for Scotland and GB #cmonAndy!!!"

    Kayley Jay on Twitter: "May I have permission to set off the Possible Upset Alert? Please? C'mon, please?"

  68. 0103: 

    It would make our morning/day if you were to lob over your musings either on Twitter using the hashtag #bbctennis or by text (81111). We do sometimes get lonely in live text HQ so let us know where you are, who you're with and any other chit-chat.

  69. 0055: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Wozniacki 2-6 Kuznetsova

    Svetlana Kuznetsova needs only 40 minutes to wrap up the first set 6-2 against Caroline Wozniacki. The 27-year-old, perfect at the net and clinical from the baseline, walloped 18 winners beyond the troubled Dane.

  70. 0047: 

    I've been told there are famous people watching the bishing and the bashing on Rod Laver. If you've heard of Melanie Vallejo, Virginia Gay and Johnny Ruffo then, firstly, I'm relieved (that I've not been duped into typing made-up names) and, secondly, in awe that people have such an encyclopaedic knowledge of celebrity. Vallejo and Gay appear on a programme called Winners and Losers, apparently. I'm now going to stop typing.

  71. 0037: 

    Svetlana Kuznetsova saves a couple of break points to consolidate her early break over former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. The Russian beat the Dane only last week in Sydney and she's dictating play, leading 3-1 in the opening set.


    The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell on Twitter: "At 1hr 44m, the 5th set v @stanwawrinka was the longest of @DjokerNole's career. Bet he never forgets it."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "At the end he was still there," pretty much sums up last night's effort by Novak Djokovic in the eyes of Stanislas Wawrinka. "He was playing great tennis. We were both tired. But I really fight like a dog, like always." Both men came straight off court and were talking to the media within moments of finishing their five hour and two minute epic, and the Djokovic camp were heading out of the car park at 2.50am. Whether the champion can recover to face Tomas Berdych on Tuesday is now the key question of the championships.


    Novak Djokovic on Twitter: "Stan, thank you very much!! I am sorry for your loss.. Wish you all the best for the rest of the season.. It was great pleasure

  75. 0021: 

    The chatter in Melbourne, and in many other towns and cities around the globe (probably) has been about Novak Djokovic's five-hour win over Stanislas Wawrinka. The sport hasn't witnessed such brutality since the Serb defended his crown in Melbourne against Rafael Nadal nearly a year ago. Rip-roaring tennis accompanied by a rousing finale and a ripped t-shirt.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Day eight is sunny, obviously, and should hit a height of around 27C this afternoon. If Sunday's schedule looked a little low key at the outset, today's is packed from the start. Both Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova are looking to re-establish themselves at the top of the game and meet first up at midnight, while we could be watching another epic on Rod Laver Arena 12 hours later if Roger Federer v Milos Raonic lives up to its billing. In between, Andy Murray takes on Gilles Simon 'not before 06:00' - assuming the Frenchman has recovered sufficiently from his own epic win over Gael Monfils.

  77. 0012: 

    What is today's schedule? Well, let me tell you. Caroline Wozniacki warms up Rod Laver Arena against Svetlana Kuznetsova before defending champion Victoria Azarenka takes on Elena Vesnina. Once Azarenka and her Russian opponent have battled it out, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will scoot onto the court for an all-French scrap. The evening matches on the main court involve Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Plenty of arrivals and departures on Rod Laver today.

  78. 0007: 

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Australian Open! A gentleman who goes by the name of Andy Murray competes for a place in the quarter-finals today, but the Brit won't be in action until 0600 GMT. That means you could set the alarm and catch up on a few z's, although that would be foolish because plenty of tennis will be played before then.

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    The field has been clipped, the weeds separated from the cream of the crop. There is still some pruning to be done, however, and by the end of the eighth day of the Australian Open we will know who has been mowed down and who is about to burst into a full bloom.

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