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Summary

  1. Roger Federer beats Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 in first round
  2. Johanna Konta beats Brengle 6-3 6-1 to reach second round
  3. Heather Watson loses 7-6 7-6 to Yulia Putintseva
  4. Djokovic, Wawrinka & Del Potro win
  5. Sharapova & Halep through, but Kvitova out

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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Headlines on day two

Here's what you might have missed on day two in Melbourne.

  • Defending men's champion Roger Federer beats Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3
  • British number one Johanna Konta beat American Madison Brengle 6-3 6-1
  • Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova won 6-1 6-4 against Germany's Tatjana Maria
  • Novak Djokovic returned to action for the first time since Wimbledon with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Donald Young
  • Stan Wawrinka returned from injury to win 6-3 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-2) against Ricardas Berankis
  • World number one Simona Halep beat teenage wildcard Destanee Aiava 7-6 (7-5) 6-1

Del Po on form

Juan Martin Del Potro - back in the world's top 10 for the first time since 2014 - is a set to the good over on Margaret Court Arena.

The former US Open champion leads 6-3 3-1 against American Frances Tiafoe.

Putintseva puts out Watson

That second set alone was an hour and 20 minutes, but it was a memorable first win for Yulia Putintseva in her first meeting with Heather Watson, so it's just Johanna Konta from a British perspective left in the draw.

Yulia Putintseva
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Disappointing for Heather

Watson 5-7 6-7 (6-8) Putintseva

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Heather had chances but didn't execute them well enough. That will hurt after she had a great tournament in Hobart. I would have thought she'd have a good chance today so that will hurt her.

Game, set and match

Watson 5-7 6-7 (6-8) Putintseva

It's not to be for Heather and after two hours 16 minutes on court, a jubilant Yulia Putintseva advances to round two as Watson's forehand goes wide.

Heather Watson
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Watson 5-7 6-6 (6-6) Putintseva*

Set point for Watson but after a long baseline rally, her backhand is millimetres outside the line. Level again.

Watson 5-7 6-6 (5-5) Putintseva*

Watson moves within two points of the set, but typifying the fluctuating nature of the match, Putintseva battles her way back to level.

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

Watson levels again with a double-handed backhand that finds the line, prompting a fist-pump to her team from the Guernsey-born 25-year-old, then latches on to a predictable drop volley from Putintseva to hit another winner and take the advantage.

Watson 5-7 6-6 (2-3) Putintseva*

Watson seizes on a loose drop shot to drill a winner and level the tie-break but is then pushed wide and can only send her return into the net. A mini-break for Putintseva.

Watson 5-7 6-6 (1-2) Putintseva*

Putintseva takes the first two points of the tie break but Watson gets one back as a backhand drop shot from the Kazakh drifts wide.

Tie-break tension

*Watson 5-7 6-6 Putintseva

We're not done yet, Watson finally breaks back by taking her fifth break point chance as Putintseva goes long with a backhand. "The let's go Heather, let's go" is back. Tie-break to decide the second set.

Heather Watson and Yulia Putintseva
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Watson 5-7 5-6 Putintseva*

Watson showing signs of weariness and a backhand flies long to hand her opponent three break points. There are some encouraging cries of "Come on Heather" but Putintseva takes the game to love with a forehand that drops in the corner and she will serve for the match.

*Watson 5-7 5-5 Putintseva

A love game from Putintseva and on we go. Very little appreciation of that service hold from the Court 13 crowd, the majority of whom seem to be firmly behind Watson.

Long night session looms

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Melbourne
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The local time hits 9pm and furious action continues across eight floodlit courts at Melbourne Park, among them court 13, where Watson and Putintseva could well be slugging it out for another hour or more. Meanwhile, Frances Tiafoe and Juan Martin del Potro are just getting going on Margaret Court Arena...

Watson 5-7 5-4 Putintseva*

Racquets being hurled all over the place as the match reaches fever pitch. There are a few choice words and gesticulations in eastern European as well from the Kazakh number one as Watson holds and Putintseva will serve to stay in the set.

All square in second set

*Watson 5-7 4-4 Putintseva

Putintseva bounces her racquet into the blue acrylic surface in frustration and fails to catch it - the equivalent of a bowler flicking a ball up with his foot in his follow through and dropping it - but after the longest rally of the match, Watson's break point forehand goes wide and the Kazakh soon holds, the Briton throwing her racquet disconsolately into the ground, where it remains. All square.

When Ferrell met Federer

Federer 6-3 6-4 6-3 Bedene

So John McEnroe, who isn't wearing a suit because his suitcase was lost en route, has finished interviewing Roger Federer on court.

Now it's Will Ferrell's turn.

Yes, *the* Will Ferrell. Apparently the Anchorman actor is an exceptional player himself and is a big Grand Slam fan.

Federer remains a good sport throughout their bizarre chat, in which they discuss wombat-eating, witches and silky gazelles.

Yeah, I've no idea either.

Will Ferrell
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Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Federer was tested and that's a good first-round match for him to start his defence.

'Last year was a fairytale'

Federer 6-3 6-4 6-3 Bedene

Federer is asked about his epic encounter in the final against Rafa Nadal last year.

"You always need two to tango and with Rafa last year it was epic. The stars aligned for us, it was something very special. Of course I was thinking about it as it was my favourite tournament of the year by far.

"Being back in Melbourne is amazing and hopefully I can keep that going a bit longer."

Is he feeling any pressure after his remarkable 2017? "I'm hoping for it to go well again. I'm worried it won't be as good as last year, I'm a year older and guys are coming back. I can't control it all, it was a fairytale. This year I want to stay healthy and give myself chances and see what happens at the end."

The key to fitness? Holidays...

Federer 6-3 6-4 6-3 Bedene

John McEnroe asks how Roger Federer stays so fit: "I've worked hard in the gym and I've taken a lot of vacations," jokes the world number two.

"My dream was always to play for a long time on tour. I didn't expect to come back as a defending champion this year but I'm loving it."

John McEnroe interviews Roger Federer
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Watson 5-7 4-3 Putintseva*

Two break points for Putintseva and she takes the first of them as Watson's backhand goes long. Suddenly the second set is back in the balance. Only a smattering of applause, with the majority of the crowd behind the Briton.

*Watson 5-7 4-2 Putintseva

Watson attacks the second serve but volleys tamely into the net and Putintseva holds to love. The 23-year-old, yet to win a WTA title, is two years younger than the British number two.

Oh heck, John McEnroe is on court interviewing the victorious Roger Federer...

Watson 5-7 4-1 Putintseva*

Overon Court 13, more delightful clean hitting from the baseline, producing some entertaining rallies. Putintseva battles back from 40-15 to deuce but Watson holds, greeted enthusiastically by the evening crowd.

Game, set and match

Federer 6-3 6-4 6-3 Bedene

One match point is saved by a rising forehand from Bedene.

And then Federer watches his stretching return go millimeters wide. The second match point is in the bin.

On the third...Bedene nets. Game, set and match to the reigning champ!

Roger Federer of Switzerland
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Three match points for Federer

Federer 6-3 6-4 5-3 Bedene*

Bedene plays a delicate slice which ends up being very ugly indeed.

Federer brings up three match points. Here we go...

Federer one game away

Federer 6-3 6-4 5-3 Bedene*

Bedene is given hope with a 0-30, but Roger stifles him immediately to level.

Federer watches his opponent slap the net and another game goes his way.

Bedene will serve to stay in the match.

*Watson 5-7 1-3 Putintseva

Putintseva stops the rot with some strong serving but Heather will have the new balls as the bids to take the match on Court 13 to a deciding set.

Heather Watson at the Australian Open
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*Federer 6-3 6-4 4-3 Bedene

Aljaz Bedene gives a little wry smile to his box. He's just watched Roger Federer screw up a return and yet it's Bedene who loses the point with a poor pick-up at the net.

The Swiss wows the crowd with a backhand for deuce, but Bedene matches that with a delicious shot down the line.

The Slovenian holds and holds well. He's still in this, you know.

Watson 5-7 3-0 Putintseva*

Watson's in the groove now, skipping between the points and taking the game to love with an emphatic running forehand down the line. What a turnaround from 0-30 down in the opening game of the set, having lost the first of course.

Federer 6-3 6-4 4-2 Bedene*

Federer clocks up his 30th unforced error and his face shows he's a bit frustrated by that.

He gets back a bit of bite with an ace, before Bedene executes a brilliant backhand return.

The Swiss goes on to hold, but he's not happy with his performance at the moment. Here comes another new racquet.

*Watson 2-0 5-7 Putintseva

Three break points for Watson and she only needs one of them as Putintseva sends a routine forehand carelessly wide. Chants of "let's go, Heather, let's go" emanate.

Watson 1-0 5-7 Putintseva*

Putintseva has the trainer out between games to inspect her eye but after a few glances to the heavens she is fit to continue. Some inconsistent strokeplay from Watson, resplendent in aubergine and bright flamingo pink, but some strong serving helps her to the first game, in the first meeting between the two players.

Heather Watson at the Australian Open
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*Federer 6-3 6-4 3-2 Bedene

The pair move across the back of the blue court like scuttling crabs. It's Federer who picks the right finish for 40-30.

Bedene remains unnerved and goes on to hold.

'Razor-sharp Federer'

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It looks like Federer is moving better than he did 10 years ago. He looks razor sharp.

Federer 6-3 6-4 3-1 Bedene*

Roger Federer, a 36-year-old dad of four, is moving across the floor like a teenager at the local discotheque.

He comes scooting into the net to slice down for 30-0, and then an ace for 40-0.

Bedene comes back fighting with a scathing backhand but Federer soon sees it out.

Federer breaks

*Federer 6-3 6-4 2-1 Bedene

A few groans from the crowd at the Rod Laver arena as Aljaz Bedene carelessly slams into the net to hand Federer two break points.

An explosive rally, which flits from backhand to forehand, ends with Federer failing to clear.

With one break point remaining, Bedene's serve is held up for a minute as there's a crying child in the audience.

Once the little rugrat is removed, Federer finds a lovely forehand winner down the line to get the break he's been after.

Be more aggressive, Heather

Watson 5-7 0-0 Putintseva

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Putintseva is seriously fired up but if Heather can be more aggressive, especially on the second serve return which is asking to be hit, and can just adjust one or two things, she still has a great opportunity here.

Watson loses first set

*Watson 5-7 0-0 Putintseva

A stunning backhand down the line from the back of the court creates two set points for Putintseva. Watson saves those but the Kazakh enjoys a moment of good fortune with her third opportunity, the net deflecting the ball over Watson's volley attempt and that's the first set to Putintseva in 56 minutes. A smash of the racquet from the Briton as she takes a contemplative sip of water in her seat.