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Jonathan Jurejko

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    And that's everything from us on another day of Murray magic. The British number one will face sterner tests as the days go by in Melbourne, that's for sure.

    Join us again for his third-round match against Portugal's Joao Sousa and, in the meantime, keep an eye on our tennis page for all the latest fun and games from Melbourne Park. Bonza.

  2. Elsewhere today

    Following Maria Sharapova's scare against Alexandra Panova on Rod Laver Arena, the showpiece court will be towelled down and the red carpet will be rolled out for Roger Federer.

    Simone Bolelli has lost on his previous three visits to the court of King Fed. Will it be different this time? Don't bet on it.

    Rafael Nadal has been playing down expectations surrounding his run in Melbourne. Is he genuinely worried or is it gamesmanship? A meeting with in-form American qualifier Tim Smyczek might offer a few clues.

    And then Simona Halep, ranked third in the world and chasing a Grand Slam she is good enough to win, brings down the curtain against Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova.

  3. Klizan up next for Murray

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "On the far flung court 19, Slovakia's Martin Klizan finally gives up the ghost and retires against Portugal's Joao Sousa after looking in some distress. Sousa goes on to face Murray in a repeat of their second-round match from two years ago. I seem to remember Joao is a big football fan."

  4. Sharapova sneaks through

    Panova 1-6 6-4 5-7 Sharapova

    A gripping few minutes of Grand Slam tennis end with second-seed Maria Sharapova sneaking past Alexandra Panova after saving two match points, something that will surely haunt the world number 150.

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    Matt McGladrigan: That was a joke of a performance by Matosevic. Basically just hit as hard as possible and see what happens. So easy for Andy.

  6. Game, set and match Murray

    Murray 6-1 6-3 6-2 Matosevic

    Andy Murray: "I started the match very well. Marinko was slow at the beginning and improved as the match went on. There were tight games in the second and third sets and they could have gone either way. But they went my way and it was a good match.

    "I'm pumped to be into third round and thankfully it was quite quick because it was warm out here today."

  7. Game, set and match Murray

    Murray 6-1 6-3 6-2 Matosevic

    More loose play from Matosevic hands two match points to Murray. But both go begging as the Australian shows as much fight as he has throughout the previous 94 minutes.

    Into deuce, before Murray earns a third bite of the cherry. Matosevic goes long - and Murray raises his arms in the air. The Briton is into round three with a routine win.

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    Murray 6-1 6-3 5-2 Matosevic*

    Wondering who Andy Murray will face in round three (barring a scarcely-believable comeback from Matosevic)? Wonder no more.

    Martin Klizan retires so Portugal's Joao Sousa would be the Briton's next opponent for Murray in a repeat of their second-round match in 2013.

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    Murray 6-1 6-3 5-2 Matosevic*

    Unconvincing stuff from Murray. He tries a tricky cross-shot dropshot which is pounced on by Matosevic for 30-30, then a long backhand takes this one into deuce.

    His mum Judy Murray grimaces as she watches on from his box. Don't worry Judy. Son digs in to win the next two points and move within a game of the match.

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    Panova 1-6 6-4 5-5 Sharapova*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park


    "'Oohs' and 'Aahs' ring around Melbourne Park with every point on Rod Laver Arena. There is a moment when every Grand Slam comes alive and Sharapova and Panova are obliging in the afternoon sun. Second seed Sharapova twice faces match point, and twice finds thumping forehand winners, while Panova's ball toss has not surprisingly gone walkabout under the pressure. It's 5-5 and the 2008 champion must be a strong favourite now."

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    Murray* 6-1 6-3 4-2 Matosevic

    Marinka Matosevic's army of fans sounds like they have been sinking a few nectars. They are told to pipe down by the umpire as the Australian hangs on to his serve once again.

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    Murray 6-1 6-3 4-1 Matosevic*

    More on Sharapova's demise/revival* in a moment. Let's scoot back over to the Margaret Court Arena where there is no such drama for Andy Murray.

    After Matosevic holds serve, Murray follows suit. The British number one needs two more wins to wrap this up.

    * delete as appropriate in a few minutes or so

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    Panova 1-6 6-4 5-4 Sharapova

    Tense times in the Rod Laver Arena. World number 150 Alexandra Panova is serving for a shock win against second-seed Maria Sharapova...

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    Murray 6-1 6-3 3-0 Matosevic*

    First sign of real frustration from Andy Murray. The Briton slams his racquet into the blue-surfaced court after failing to connect cleanly with a backhand which hands a break point to Matosevic.

    The Australian lets him off the hook though, and Murray regains his cool to hold serve after deuce.

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    Murray* 6-1 6-3 2-0 Matosevic

    "Ah, technique," groans Matosevic as a rogue forehand contributes to him squandering a 40-0 lead. Murray, who has been as excellent as Matosevic has been terrible, forces deuce with a dipping, cross-court backhand.

    Both players trade grimaces as neither can turn an advantage into the game. Murray wins another break point on the third deuce - and Matosevic crumbles with a double fault to meekly hand over a sixth break to the Briton.

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    Sam Barker: Matosevic clearly not at the races but good to see Murray looking sharp and punishing the Aussie! Court movement is looking good.

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    Murray 6-1 6-3 1-0 Matosevic*

    Never mind silver service - Murray's service has been gold. Routine stuff at the start of the third as the Briton holds.

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    Panova 1-6 6-4 4-1 Sharapova

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "Sharapova battles away grimly but eventually hammers a backhand well long to fall 4-1 down in the third set against Panova, who is on the verge of one of the great Grand Slam shocks. The world number 150 will do just that if Sharapova continues to add to her error count, currently standing at an ugly 42.

  19. Murray wins second set

    Murray 6-1 6-3 Matosevic

    Murray is a picture of concentration as a double fault from Matosevic hands him two break points for the second set. The Briton darts forward to the net as he smells blood, but is livid with himself as he volleys into the net.

    But he makes no mistake with the second opportunity. Instead it is another Matosevic error that puts him within a set of the third round.

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    Murray 6-1 5-3 Matosevic*

    Here's a decent stat as Murray serves for the game - Murray and Matosevic have equally shared the last 30 points.

    But an ugly backhand from the Australian, who shanks his effort well wide of the line, hands the game to the Briton.

    Cue expletives.

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    Murray* 6-1 4-3 Matosevic

    Murray, as you would expect with such a commanding lead, looks unruffled by that break. But he cannot hit back as Matosevic holds serve. to remain the one break down.

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    Murray 6-1 4-2 Matosevic*

    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Signs of life from Matosevic that's what.

    The Australian, to the delight of the Melbourne crowd, earns two break points and snaffles the first chance quickly.

    He wins with an inch-perfect forehand down the line, despite a rogue call from one of the officials.

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    Allan Brown: If this game keeps progressing at this rate I could be back in bed before I got up.

  24. Best of the rest

    Panova 1-6 6-4 2-0 Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova

    Over on the Rod Laver Arena, second seeded Maria Sharapova is taking on fellow Russian Alexandra Panova.

    Their nationality is about where the similarity ends.

    Sharapova has five Grand Slam titles, £21.4m in career earnings and sponsorship deals that more than keep her in tennis vests and sugary sweets.

    Panova is based in Moscow and her 7-5, 6-0 win over Sorana Cirstea on Monday was her first in singles at a Grand Slam. She has career earnings of £336,000.

    But guess what? Second seed Sharapova has a fight on her hands. She is a break down in the deciding third set...

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    Murray* 6-1 4-1 Matosevic

    Murray threatens to break Matosevic's serve for a fourth time in the match as the pair are locked at 30-30.

    The Australian puts Murray on the run for the first time and the Briton can't reach Matosevic's backhand drop-shot. He battles back to deuce though and then eases to the next two points.

    While Murray is cruising towards the second round, another big name is entering some choppy waters...

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    Murray 6-1 3-1 Matosevic*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "The Matosevic player box is full to the brim, with a line of likely-looking fellows across the front leaping to their feet at every opportunity. Admittedly, Marinko is not giving them much to get excited about but a good forehand brings a cacophony of "C'mon Rinko!" and "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!" They're having a cracking time."

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    Murray 6-1 3-1 Matosevic*


    Murray half-volleys his way into a 30-0 advantage, but is pegged back by a stinging cross-court return from Matosevic. That travelled.

    But his demons return in the next point, slapping a routine return into the net. Here's a rare sight in this tournament...Murray double faults. Then, he goes from the ridiculous to the sublime by finishing the job with an ace.

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    Murray* 6-1 2-1 Matosevic

    That's more like it from Matosevic. He races into a 40-0 advantage, before hammering down a hefty serve that Murray can only weakly find the net with.

    Matosevic looks up to the heavens (think he will need divine inspiration to win this match) and then smiles wryly as he returns to his seat.

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    Murray 6-1 2-0 Matosevic*

    "Come on Marinko!" shrieks one female Aussie in the Margaret Court crowd. The local lad finally shows signs of life, keeping Murray within sight at 40-30 on the Briton's serve, then undoing his good work with a long forehand return.

    That's his 21st unforced error. TWENTY-ONE! And that tells you everything you need to know about this 'contest' so far.

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    Graham Fairweather: Matosevic not pushing him but to be fair to the guy - Murray looks clinical.

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    Murray* 6-1 1-0 Matosevic

    What Matosevic needs is a quick breather. Time to reflect, compose himself and come out all guns blazing at the start of the second set.

    Ah. The Australian does not appear to have done any of that - handing Murray three break points straight away. He fights back with more game than a bouquet of pheasants, including an entertaining fifth point full of Murray lobs and Matosevic smashes, to force deuce.

    But Murray swats him off to claim another break.

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    Murray 6-1 Matosevic

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    "In an extraordinary breach of tennis etiquette, the Andy Murray singers who creatively chant for their hero on changeovers were loudly shouted down by Matosevic fans. A bit of 'Mad Dog' intimidation. It does not appear to have helped Matosevic, who is getting thoroughly outhit so far."

  33. Mad Dog Matosevic

    Marinko Matosevic

    Marinko Matosevic doesn't like being called 'Mad Dog'. And when someone who has gained that nickname decides they don't like it, that is good enough reason to stop using it.

    The 29-year-old reckons that he has mellowed in his old age. But his previous rap sheet includes kicking over Rafael Nadal's water bottles in an attempt to throw the Spaniard off his game. Unsuccessfully it should be added.

    Last year at the Australian Open, he left the court after arguing with fans, umpire and his own coach Mark Woodforde and he greeted Murray's appointment of Amelie Mauresmo by saying simply that "he didn't think highly of the women's game".

  34. Murray wins first set

    Murray 6-1 Matosevic

    Normal service resumed as Murray glides into a 40-0 advantage. But he is forced to wait for a moment before celebrating the first set as Matosevic pounces on a loose return to spank down a forehand winner.

    Not for long. Matosevic goes big and that wraps up the opening set in 21 minutes. Murray looks sharper than a brand-new kitchen knife.

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    Murray* 5-1 Matosevic

    Can someone go and fetch the real Marinko Matosevic? Because this imposter is not playing like the world number 81.

    The Australian double faults with his opening serve, but then rallies to win three straight points within another of his first game. That's more like it.

    Murray responds with a passing forehand winner, before Matosevic serves closer to the baseline than the service line. Seriously. But Murray goes long and a loud cheer from the Margaret Court Arena greets the home player's first point on the electronic scoreboard.

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    Murray 5-0 Matosevic*


    Impressive. Very impressive. Murray has not dropped a service point in 12 attempts as he moves within a third break of the opening set. The Briton has only been on court for 14 minutes...

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    Murray* 4-0 Matosevic

    A nervy Matosevic is making more errors than a nervous schoolboy on his first day at work. He hands two more break points for Murray, who has barely broken sweat. Despite temperatures of almost 30C.

    Another enforced error from the Australian on the first gives Murray a fourth straight game.

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    Aidan Williams: Sleeping pattern levels: Australian. Ah go on then. Come on Murray!

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    Murray 3-0 Matosevic*

    Blink and you'll miss a Murray service game. The British number one was pleased with his serve against Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri on Monday - and carries on the same sort of form here.

    Matosevic has no answer to the booming bombs that are coming at him.

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    Murray* 2-0 Matosevic

    Murray is pinned back well behind the baseline, but is firmly in control as a slinky volley and two more loose returns hand the Briton two early break points.

    Can he take one of them? Not the first. Murray's first unforced error lets the Australian off the hook. The second? Yes. A wild cross-court backhand from Matosevic flies out of the court - and almost skips over the doubles line. Advantage Murray.

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    Murray 1-0 Matosevic*

    Matosevic shows his intent from the start moving up to the net, only to find the wire with a volley. Two more unforced errors can't make it over into Murray territory.

    But the Briton does some of the hard work himself by finishing off the game with a thumping ace. Barely 60 seconds on the clock.

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    Show time. Andy Murray to toss the ball up first....

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    Andy Murray and Marinko Matosevic

    Andy Murray's record against Matosevic is pretty much spotless.

    Three meetings, most recently at the Hopman Cup earlier this month, and straight-sets wins in each.

    Matosevic has won 16 games across seven sets against Murray. Bearing in mind he will need a minimum of 18 today to progress and you realise that record is none too clever.

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    Andy Murray resembles a Choc Limes sweet packet as he limbers up in a contrasting fluorescent green and dark coloured T-shirt.

    The Briton is knocking up with Marinko 'Mad Dog' Matosevic (more on that nickname later) as the umpire gives a five-minute warning.

    That's enough time for you to grab another strong caffeine-packed coffee before we start. Don't you dare fall asleep on me...

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Russell Fuller and the BBC 5 live sports extra team have cranked up the generator and are broadcasting loud, clear and maybe with a hint of upward inflection from Melbourne Park.

    You can tune in on your digital radio, but, if all that seem like too much hassle, then just click on the play button at the top of this page. Don't forget to keep reading though.

    Never forget that...

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    #bbctennis and 81111 on text

    It is sub-zero in Blighty. It is north of 20 degrees Celsius in Melbourne.

    Let's try and at least right that balance a little bit by revving up some social media heat.

    Use #bbctennis on Twitter to tell us your thoughts with 81111 the number of texts.

    In honour of Andy Murray's opponent today, why not send over your favourite on-court pieces of madness?

    This meltdown and disqualification for John McEnroe at the 1990 Australian Open is right up there with his finest work.

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    Andy Murray

    So not for the first time in his career, Andy Murray is forced to enter stage left and stand solo on the British stage at a Slam.

    The 27-year-old has already eased through his opening number, beating Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri on Monday, and now is hoping to hit the high notes in another straightforward match.

    Standing in his way? Australian world number 81 Marinko Matosevic. The 29-year-old is a local boy, growing up in the Second City after his family moved from Bosnia when he was a whipper snapper. Expect plenty of raucous support from the home fans in the Margaret Court Arena...

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    Kyle Edmund, Heaher Watson and James Ward

    Swap Paul, George and Ringo for Heather Watson,James Ward and Kyle Edmund, and our Beatles analogy is complete.

    Unfortunately the three British tennis players did not have anywhere near the scale of success enjoyed by the Liverpudlians, who conquered a hysterical Australia in 1964. In fact, they didn't have any success Down Under at all.

    Watson, Ward and Edmund were all sent packing in their first appearances at the Australian Open yesterday. Now they are doing the packing - their suitcases ahead of their long flights back to Blighty.

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    John Lennon

    Have Andy Murray and John Lennon ever been compared before? Probably not. Am I going to do it now? Afraid so.

    Thankfully, the British number one has not grown a mop-top and released a cover of 'I Saw Her Standing There' in tribute to fiancee Kim Sears. Nor has he claimed that he is more popular than Jesus.

    But, like Lennon, Murray has been left to go solo. Tuesday saw the break up of British tennis's very own Fab Four.