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Summary

  1. Lleyton Hewitt through after straight sets win in final Australian Open
  2. Nadal loses to Verdasco in five epic sets
  3. Halep also out after losing to Chinese qualifier
  4. Andy Murray beat Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-2 6-3
  5. Johanna Konta shocked Venus Williams 6-4 6-2

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Lleyton Hewitt
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Lleyton Hewitt has waved goodbye to Grand Slam tennis...but only for today. He will be back on Thursday, as will British pair Andy Murray and Jo Konta.

We will return tomorrow as will Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. 

Head to our tennis page to catch up on all the big stories from Melbourne Park - and for Wednesday's order of play. Make sure you join us then!

Day two at a glance

Hewitt...THROUGH!

Murray....THROUGH!

Wawrinka....THROUGH!

Konta....THROUGH!

Nadal.....OUT!

Venus Williams....OUT!

Halep....OUT!!

What. A. Day.

Hewitt through

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-6 Hewitt

The noise inside the Rod Laver Arena finally troubles the decibel meter as Lleyton Hewitt concludes his on-court interview. He waves to all sides of the arena, and to his box where his actress wife Bec (she starred as Hayley in Home and Away, of course...) and his children wave back.

"This win is great for me," he says. "It's great for the kids, as they are old enough to remember it all now."  

Hewitt through

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-6 Hewitt

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Lleyton Hewitt on his playing career continuing after beating James Duckworth: "It was a tough situation to block out everything else that is going on. It's not like the last round of a football season when you know that it is all over after the last game of the season. I've prepared as normal, came out and stayed in the moment. I blocked it out pretty well."  

Tursunov pulls out

Tursunov 6-7 (2-7) 3-6 Wawrinka

The Russian has made it even easier for the already dominant Wawrinka - he's pulled out. Injured. Tough break. 

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

"This is an important win for Hewitt. It's an important win for Australia."

Hewitt through

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-6 Hewitt

James Duckworth exits stage left rather sharply, allowing his Aussie Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt to soak up the glory. Hewitt is retiring after this tournament remember, but not yet. Victory means he now has a second-round tie against David Ferrer, the eighth seed from Spain, to prepare for.

Game, set and match - Hewitt

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-6 Hewitt

Duckworth poops the party with a forehand winner at the net - but the Hewitt celebrations aren't put off for long. The 34-year-old cracks a forehand winner on match point #2 - collapsing to the blue acrylic court in celebration, arms stretched out.

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-5 Hewitt

James Duckworth appears to have lost his head. He plants two balls into the net, then misses the line with another stray backhand. Three match points for Hewitt....

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-5 Hewitt

"Better serving, more aggressive with his forehand." That's why Lleyton Hewitt is only a game away from the second round now, according to GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith on 5 live sports extra.

Hewitt bashes out a third game on the trot, entirely thanks to forced errors from his young Aussie opponent James Duckworth.

Former British player Anne Keothavong has been juggling tennis with motherhood this morning...

Whilst I tried to settle a screaming baby, Simona Halep crashed out of Aus Open. Didn't see that one coming.

Hewitt breaks back

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-4 Hewitt*

Duckworth plucks out an ace - his 14th of the match - to swat away one break point. But then he self-combusts. He looks livid with himself as a double fault gifts Hewitt a way back into this third set.

Just chillin'?

*Tursunov 6-7 (2-7) 1-4 Wawrinka

Meanwhile, Tursunov has just taken some time out for attention from his trainer to something that's causing him trouble.

If Stan doesn't run away with this now... 

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*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-3 Hewitt

Turned into a strange old atmosphere in the Rod Laver Arena. It has been rather quiet as the two Australians battle it out. Most want Lleyton Hewitt to win, but also have plenty of respect for James Duckworth.

But they find their voice when a scrambling Duckworth plucks out the 'hot dog' shot, allowing Hewitt to smash in for 0-15.

That sets the platform for Hewitt to win two break back points at 15-40...

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-3 Hewitt

A row of blokes inside the Rod Laver Arena are wearing green and gold shirts with 'Fight Till The End Lleyton' printed on the back.

I'm sure he will. But the problem is that the 34-year-old rarely wins these days when his matches go right to the end. Hewitt has lost his last six five-setters...

Duckworth forces deuce in game seven, only for Hewitt to save his skin with an ace on the final point.

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 4-2 Hewitt

Sealed with an ace. James Duckworth spanks down an unstoppable serve, just inside the T, leaving Lleyton Hewitt flat-footed, to hold the sixth game of the final set. Hewitt did have half a glimpse of breaking back at 30-30, but couldn't convert.

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 3-2 Hewitt

Hewitt needs a comfortable hold here - and that's what he gets. Duckworth returns his serve into the net for 40-15, Hewitt wrapping up the game as a forehand return goes long.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Melbourne

"I've been in the commentary box less than five minutes and I've been hit by the ball straight in the forehead."

Luckily Russell's forehead is protected by a perspex window...

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 3-1 Hewitt*

Duckworth saves that second break point with a forehand volley - then goes to game point with his second ace of the game. Hewitt survives again with a forehand down the line, but is again pegged back by an unreturnable serve. Hewitt goes long in the next rally and the chance disappears...

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 2-1 Hewitt*

Well, well, well. The Duckworth, ahem, method is not quite right. He hands a break point to Hewitt, although he redeems himself with a crashing inside-out forehand down the line for deuce.

He spanks a thunderous ace into the commentary box behind Hewitt, but then dumps a forehand off target. Hewitt takes on the ball early, inside the baseline, Duckworth going wide with an ambitious cross-court backhand. Another break point...

*Tursunov 6-7 (2-7) 0-3 Wawrinka

Stan has just eased into a higher gear. Activate: cruise control. 

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain

"There was a real weak forehand from Hewitt at deuce. Maybe he's fatiguing."

Duckworth breaks

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 2-1 Hewitt

Classic Lleyton Hewitt - well, initially, at least. The veteran Aussie digs in, sliding all over the blue acrylic court, to save a second break point. James Duckworth looks to the heavens, gesturing with his hands (not a rude one I must add).

But the emotions switch within seconds. Duckworth wins a third break point after a weak Hewitt forehand - and then he's gifted it! A double fault from Hewitt is met by virtual silence in the Rod Laver Arena.

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 1-1 Hewitt

Nervy times for James Duckworth as he teeters on the edge at 30-30. But he keeps his nerve to clinch the hold with a pair of winners - one with the backhand, one with the forehand. That's takes his total number of winners to 33, compared to Hewitt's 21.

Tursunov 6-7 (2-7) Wawrinka

OK, here it is. But don't laugh - Stan's loud number has just helped him to to first-set win.

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*Tursunov 6-6 Wawrinka

Tie break. Wawrinka was supposed to boss this one - Tursunov has been injured for ages. But without match practice, the Russian is holding on well.

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 0-1 Hewitt

Boom! Boom! Lleyton Hewitt brings a pair of aces out of his pack to seal a hold in his opening service game of the third set.

One feels that he is desperate to wrap up victory in three - because you'd fancy the younger Aussie Duckworth if it goes the distance...

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 Hewitt

Leon Smith

Great Britain Davis Cup captain

"Hewitt's making Duckworth do all the work and asking questions. Duckworth is not quick enough with his execution." 

Game and second set - Hewitt

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 Hewitt

Duckworth saves the first set point...a thumping double-handed backhand leaves Hewitt swinging at fresh air.

But his back is against the wall as Hewitt wins another set point. This time he can't stop Hewitt! The veteran Aussie scampers all over the court, reaching everything thrown at him, eventually sending a forehand fizzing down the line which Duckworth cannot return.

Cue dad dance and vigorous fist-pumping.

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-5 Hewitt*

Right then....Duckworth serving to stay in the second set. Hewitt draws first blood for 15-0, before a crunching inside-out forehand into the far corner gives him daylight at 30-0.

He goes long for 15-30, Duckworth drawing level after taking his time to pick the right ball from the ballgirl. Clearly it was the right one.

Uh oh...Duckworth buckles though - a double fault gifting Hewitt a set point...

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*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-5 Hewitt

As you would expect, Lleyton Hewitt is not ready to be sent to the knacker's yard just yet. The gutsy 34-year-old, playing in his final Grand Slam before retiring remember, saves three break points. Duckworth looks bemused by Hewitt's resistance, eventually buckling with a forehand error as Hewitt hangs on.

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*Tursunov 5-5 Wawrinka

Wawrinka levels things.

By the way, we will bring you a picture of Wawrinka's kit as soon as we get it.

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Hewitt: the early years, very reminiscent of a certain Nick Kyrgios. Hopefully he can transfer potential into a similar career #bbctennis

Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 2-4 Hewitt*

Anyone in the Rod Laver Arena who popped off to the loo would have missed James Duckworth's latest service game. He races into a 40-0 lead, although Lleyton Hewitt has the crowd on their feet with a wonderful backhand that arcs around the net post and dusts the whitewash for 40-15. But Duckworth, after a party trick of his own - stopping the ball dead on his racquet, clinches a morale-boosting hold.

Tursunov 5-4 Wawrinka*

Fourth seed Wawrinka had a real chance to break Tursunov then. But just went off the boil. The bad version of a Barcelona away kit could be causing problems for the Swiss... 

*Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 1-4 Hewitt

What's the perfect way to follow up a break? A hold to love of course. Lleyton Hewitt eases to 40-0, going wide with his next serve. James Duckworth can only guide a cross-court backhand over the baseline.