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Summary

  1. Heather Watson loses in three sets to Timea Babos
  2. Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-7 Babos
  3. Federer, Kyrgios & Sharapova win in straight sets
  4. Serena Williams through after tense win
  5. Kyle Edmund suffers cramp in five-set loss

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer....THROUGH.

Novak Djokovic...THROUGH.

Serena Williams....THROUGH.

Heather Watson....OUT

Kyle Edmund....OUT

That's where we're at after day one of the Australian Open. Catch up all the latest from Melbourne by heading over to our tennis page.

And make sure you return tomorrow (in the very early hours if you're in the UK) for another feast of action. See you then!

Brits abroad

Konta v V Williams (Tues, approx 02:00 GMT)

Johanna Konta, who meets Venus Williams on Rod Laver Arena, says she will not allow sentiment to affect her performance against the seven-time Grand Slam winner.

She played 34-year-old Williams for the first time at Wuhan in October, exchanging hugs in the locker room with the American after her 6-4 3-6 7-5 quarter-final defeat.

"The experience will be different," said the world number 47.

"It was the first time I played her and she was one of the players I grew up watching when I was younger, so it was definitely a different experience to where I'm at now."

Brits abroad

Konta v V Williams (Tues, approx 02:00 GMT)

Other than Murray, all British eyes will be on Johanna Konta tomorrow.

The British number one enjoyed a memorable 2015, climbing over 100 places to 47th in the world rankings.

And she faces childhood heroine Venus Williams in the first round of the women's singles of 2016's first Slam.

Brits abroad

Bedene v Johnson (Tues, approx 04:30 GMT)

Britain's final male contender is Aljaz Bedene, who follows Dan Evans on court three. The Slovenian-born world number 49 meets American Steve Johnson.

"I know Johnson plays well," says Bedene. "He hasn't started the season that good, but he has a great serve, a great forehand. But I know his weaknesses and I know that if I play well then I've got a good chance."

Brits abroad

Lopez v Evans (Tues, 02:00 GMT)

As well as Andy Murray, there are also three other British hopes playing tomorrow.

He is joined in the men's draw by Dan Evans, who was 772 in the world rankings as recently as May. But the 25-year-old from Birmingham has regained his form, beating Bjorn Fratangelo 7-5 4-6 6-0 in the final round of qualifying to book his spot at Melbourne Park.

He meets Spanish 18th-seed Feliciano Lopez on court three at about 02:00 GMT.

Zverev is ever-improving - Murray

Murray v Zverev (Tues, approx 02:00 GMT)

Muzza should breeze past this German kid, shouldn't he?! Probably, but Alexander Zverev is classed as one of the rising stars of the men's game.

And the Scot believes 18-year-old Zverev will cause him "a few issues" in the Australian Open first round.

Murray, who beat him 6-3 6-4 in the Hopman Cup last week, says the 6ft 6in-tall youngster is an ever-improving player.

"He's still filling out his physique but he's got a very good game and he serves well," said Murray.

"For a big guy, he moves pretty well too. He's obviously improving all the time, so it will be a tough match."

There is good news for British tennis fans - there's an extremely good chance of one of your favourites winning at Melbourne Park tomorrow.

Some guy called Andy Murray? The second seed plays German teenager Alexander Zverev about 02:00 GMT on Tuesday - set your alarm clocks. Or don't go to bed...

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Joel Newnham: Poor start for British tennis on first day of Australian Open praying for a reversal of fortune on day two.

Brit bother

Just tuning in? I'm afraid there's some bad news (from a British perspective). Not only has Heather Watson bitten the Melbourne dust - so too has Kyle Edmund.

The 21-year-old Yorkshireman was hampered by cramp as he lost in five sets to world number 81 Damir Dzumhur on day one.

He led by a set in hot conditions but the problem with his left leg helped Dzumhur fight back for a 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3 6-1 win. 

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-7 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Babos is the more aggressive of the two players, and we saw how the fine margins can make a difference. She got the down-the-line winners when it mattered. Heather fought so hard to get back into the match, but that one is going to hurt a lot. It's another one that has slipped away when she was in a winning position."

Game, set and match

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-7 Babos

Heartbreak for Heather Watson! Timea Babos has the bit between her teeth, ramping up the pressure as the British number two crumbles.

The Hungarian finishes the job with a smart backhand winner, shrieking in undulated pleasure as she moves into round two.

Watson looks drained as she quickly disappears into the locker room. Where she'll probably smash a racquet or two and possibly kick a bin in frustration. (Well that's what I'd do.)

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-6 Babos*

Nervy times. Heather Watson looks in control as she digs deep to lead 30-15.

But an inside out forehand winner from Babos flashes across the court like a shooting star...30-30. And the Hungarian cracks another winner to leave Watson stunned...match point.

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-6 Babos

Anyone dare to guess which way this match is going to go? Nope, me neither.

Babos starts to serve and volley like Stefan Edberg, regaining her composure to hold her serve to love. Four wonderfully-crafted points from the Hungarian there.

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 5-5 Babos*

Perhaps Heather Watson can hear those words of wisdom from Leon Smith. Because she does rediscover her service game, forcing Timea Babos into a couple of errors to lead 30-0. 

Babos continues to pepper the baseline with deep forehands, but Watson has an answer to everything. She moves 40-15 ahead and then smashes down a sizzling ace - her eighth of the match - to level the deciding set.

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 4-5 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live

"Heather has to get more of her first serves in. She's getting caught on her second serve too often. She doesn't have to get an ace; she just has to make Babos work."

Watson breaks back

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 4-5 Babos

Watson shrugs off that error to nick a 40-30 lead - and a break point.

Babos smashes down a thunderous serve which is called out. Babos shrieks. She thinks it is in. She challenges - and is proved right. It dusted the tiniest part of the T line.

Watson is not deterred, however, winning another chance to keep this match alive. And she gets it! Babos steers a forehand into the tramlines and on we go...

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-5 Babos*

This is tense. Good start for Heather Watson, who leads 15-0 and then goes 30-15 ahead.

The Briton is dominating the rallies, pressing the Hungarian back, but then blows a great chance by palming a forehand into the net....

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-5 Babos*

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's so tough when you've been chasing the match for so long, to go 0-15 on serve. It started on the first point when she pulled a sitting forehand an inch wide, and the pressure was on from there."

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-5 Babos*

This match has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.

Watson tumbles 30-0 down...make that 40-0. Three break points for Babos...she needs just one.

The Briton tenses up, clubbing a routine forehand too long. Now the Hungarian serves for the match...

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-4 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"What an amazing response from Heather. She bossed most of the points and made Babos do the work. She was so gutsy and brave with her play."

Watson breaks back

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 3-4 Babos

An instant break back? That's exactly what the tennis doctor ordered. 

Heather Watson wrestles two break points from Timea Babos, who then decides to go for broke with two massive forehands down the line.

Deuce. Watson goes on the attack, charging into the net, unsettling Babos who misses the line.

Ooof! Take that. Gutsy play by Watson who hammers a backhand back at the Hungarian - and she can't deal with it.

We're back on serve...

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-4 Babos*

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Heather must have been very clear that ball was long. But when you're desperate to win the point, sometimes you can see something that isn't there. That's a big moment, because she was on top in that point."

Babos breaks

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-4 Babos*

Oh no! Heather Watson looks crestfallen as she pulls out of a shot to challenge a Timea Babos forehand on the third break point. Watto thinks it is long, Babos looks confused. And Watto is wrong - Babos wins the point and the break. Big turning point.

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-3 Babos

First break point for Babos....disappears. The Hungarian spanks a forehand down the opposite line...is it in?! Nope. The ball just misses the whitewash.

Break point two? Also goes begging! Watson forces Babos into a wayward forehand and wriggles out of tight spot.

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-3 Babos

Watson finds herself in deep trouble. Her first serve goes missing, leading to a 30-0 advantage for Babos

Then the Briton manages to turn defence into attack, forcing Babos to crack a forehand into the net for 15-30.

That should give her a boost but then, rather inexplicably, Watson slaps a backhand volley into the net. That's two break points for Babos...

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-3 Babos

"Aaaargh!" Heather Watson screams out, slapping her left thigh in frustration.

That's because she looked to be on top in a rally at 40-30 on Timea Babos' serve, only to blow her chance of forcing deuce by drilling a forehand into the tramlines. 

Babos sighs with relief - she knows she has been let off the hook.

*denotes next serve

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-2 Babos*

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Generally speaking, it's better to serve first in the final set, to be ahead and pile the pressure on your opponent to stay in the match. Babos has a good first serve and that's going to help her. She had a 70% first serve in that second set, and that's excellent for someone who's really going for it."

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Luke Jones: Heather needs aggressive body language: lots of jumping on the spot, fist pumps and lots of noise! Take momentum away from Babos.

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 2-2 Babos

Heather Watson looks pretty unflustered as she serves for the second time in this deciding set. The Briton is chasing the set again - but it isn't a problem. Another impressive service game sees the Guernsey girl wrap up a hold to love.

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 1-2 Babos

Oooh hello! Heather Watson has a sniff of a break. The British number two forces Timea Babos into a pair of rogue forehands that fail to land where she intended. 

But that 30-0 lead for Watson quickly disappears down the plughole as Babos rattles off four straight points to hold.

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 1-1 Babos*

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Good serving there from Heather. It's good to see she's got over the disappointment of losing the second set. She's making more balls and the footwork is back to being precise."

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 1-1 Babos*

Any nerves that jangling inside Heather Watson's mind disappear after a routine hold. Now can she dig out a break and pile the pressure on the Hungarian??

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 0-1 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Watson will need to fight. She has good crowd support out there. She'll get energy from them, she'll get energy from Judy Murray. She'll make a lot of balls, extend the rallies and try to take Babos' legs away from her."

* Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 0-1 Babos

Testing times for Heather Watson. She bounds out of her seat for the deciding set - she loves a scrap, we know that.

The British number two makes a couple of inroads into the Babos serve, but not enough to threaten a break at the first attempt.

A sloppy forehand goes long as Babos waves a clenched fist at her team.

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Alex Haworth: From 30-15 serving for the match. Watson won 2/14 points to surrender the set. What a choke.

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"You can see the body language has changed with Babos. She's full of energy, she's doing the fist pumping and she's making every shot. Heather wasn't able to dominate on serve when she served for the set. From that moment, Heather's form and focus dipped a bit. Babos was fighting for every ball and ultimately applied too much pressure. She will have some good momentum going into the third set."

Game and second set - Babos

Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 Babos

Oh no! What's happened here?! Heather Watson loses her way at the crucial point of the second set, allowing Timea Babos to tee up three set points.

A deciding set is looking inevitable, although the Briton staves off one of the set points. The Hungarian is not to be deterred, however, but Watson is the architect of her own downfall.

There's a gasp of horror from the predominantly Watson-supporting crowd as she smashes straight into the net to hand the second set to Babos.

Kyrgios through in straight sets

Comfortable passage into round two for home favourite Nick Kyrgios...

Aussie Aussie Aussie! #Kyrgios is through to 2R defeating Carreno Busta in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. #AusOpen

Aussie Aussie Aussie! #Kyrgios is through to 2R defeating Carreno Busta in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. #AusOpen

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-6 Babos

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Momentum is talked about an awful lot. Things can change so quickly in this game. When Heather couldn't serve out the match, she needed to lock down and not give Babos an easy service game. But now the pressure is back on Heather."

*Watson 7-6 (7-4) 5-6 Babos

My word - Timea Babos has a set of lungs on her. The Hungarian lets off some steam with a loud roar when she breaks back - most of Melbourne will have heard her. She mops up an easy hold in the next game to pile the pressure back onto Watson.