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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Djokovic 6-1 0-0 Nishikori*

    We continue. Nishikori has some strapping added to his right thigh and is ready to start the second set. You don't beat Novak Djokovic if you're injured though.

    Anyway, let's see how this game goes.

  2. Post update

    Djokovic 6-1 Nishikori*

    Nishikori is still on his back, grimacing every time the physio prods, presses and stretches different points on the right thigh. He has been on court for 14 hours in this tournament and now his body may well have had enough.

    Kei Nishikori
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    Djokovic 6-1 Nishikori*

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    I remember playing matches where you just know your legs don't have the power to play at the intensity they could at the start of a tournament.

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    Djokovic 6-1 Nishikori*

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori was barely moving (in that last game) - something is wrong here.

    Kei Nishikori
  5. Nishikori gets treatment

    Djokovic 6-1 Nishikori*

    Nishikori gets the trainer out, and indicates he has a problem with his thigh. He is then on his back with the physio getting to work on the right thigh. Will this one even continue for a second set?

  6. Game and first set - Djokoivc

    Djokovic 6-1 Nishikori*

    It only took just over half an hour and Novak Djokovic has stormed through that opening set, winning it 6-1.

    Novak Djokovic
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    *Djokovic 5-1 Nishikori

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Nishikori can't get the cheap points at all.

  8. Post update

    *Djokovic 5-1 Nishikori

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori looks absolutely exhaused already.

  9. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 5-1 Nishikori

    A two-handed backhand down the line from Djokovic is good, and that's 5-1 in the opening set with the world number one serving for a one-set lead.

  10. Post update

    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori*

    And now Djokovic has a break point.

  11. Post update

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Every game is an event at the moment.

  12. Post update

    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori

    Nishikori is having to dig really deep, even on his own serve. This game alone is already at the four-and-a-half minute mark (deuce).

    Kei Nishikori
  13. Post update

    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori*

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Nishikori likes to play deep from the baseline but when he's pushed into the corners, he's not as lethal.

  14. Post update

    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori*

    It's a packed Rod Laver Arena and it looks a fantastic sight. Surely one for the sporting bucket list.

  15. Post update

    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori*

    A double fault from Nishikori is not what he needs. A lovely backhand from Djokovic finds the corner and a sliced forehand from Nishikori can only reach the bottom of the net. (30-30)

    Novak Djokovic
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    Djokovic 4-1 Nishikori*

    A missed overhead smash for Djokovic is not what you would expect to see. Nishikori had stopped running expecting the point to be over, but instead has deuce on the Djokoivc serve for the first time in this match. Nishikori had only picked up three points in the opening two Djokovic service games.

    But it is only a temporary respite as Djokovic quickly then takes the game for a 4-1 lead.

  17. Djoko in sync

    *Djokovic 3-1 Nishikori

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Everything is working very nicely indeed for Djokovic at the moment.

  18. 'The dream goes on'

    The winner of this one takes on Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a winner over Milos Raonic earlier on today. Pouille, who had never won a match here before this year, has just tweeted this...

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  19. Waiting for the adrenaline

    *Djokovic 3-1 Nishikori

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Nishikori is going to be fatigued in the early stages. He needs to let the adrenaline kick back in.

  20. That hat...

    *Djokovic 3-1 Nishikori

    It's fair to say Nishikori always gets decent support in Melbourne...

    Kei Nishikori