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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 3-1 Nishikori

    It was a battle, but Nishikori has a game on the board. A couple of fans court-side half-heartily wave a Japanese flag. Their man is up and running.

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    Djokovic 3-0 Nishikori*

    Nishikori already looks a man in pain, grimacing as he sends a forehand well wide. That makes it 30-30 and he then gets a bit of luck as Djokovic sends a half-hearted return into the net.

    But once again we go into deuce on the Nishikori serve. He was broken in his first service game and could be again in the second.

  3. No time for over-time

    Djokovic 3-0 Nishikori*

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Djokovic is cold-eyed. He wants to get off this court as fast as he can.

  4. 'Yard slower'

    Djokovic 3-0 Nishikori*

    Gigi Salmon

    Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori is definitely a yard slower this evening.

  5. Mixed messages?

    Djokovic 3-0 Nishikori*

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    I know body language isn't his (Nishikori's) thing... but is it sending the right message to Novak Djokovic?

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori won just five points out of the first 19.

    Kei Nishiori
  7. Post update

    Djokovic 3-0 Nishikori*

    Nishikori did not win a point in Djokovic's service game, and only takes one point in Novak's second.

    The world number one has raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set. We've had 11 minutes so far, and it is already looking a tough, tough ask for the Japanese player.

  8. Negative Nishikori

    *Djokovic 2-0 Nishikori

    Gigi Salmon

    Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori's body language is negative whether he's winning or losing.

  9. 'Keep your head up, Kei'

    *Djokovic 2-0 Nishikori

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori already looks down in the dumps - come on Kei, it's only the third game of the match. Head up!

  10. 'Make the first serve count'

    *Djokovic 2-0 Nishikori

    Mark Woodforde

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

    Nishikori's second serve of 128kmph is too easy for Djokovic to deal with. He needs to make sure he lands the first one much more easily.

  11. Early break for Djokovic

    *Djokovic 2-0 Nishikori

    A early half chance for Djokovic, who gets to a 30-15 lead and then Nishikori takes us to deuce. A two-handed backhand down the line leaves Nishikori, a tired-looking Nishikori, having to do the splits in an unsuccessful attempt to keep the point alive.

    Djokovic then breaks the serve. Just the start Nishikori did not want.

  12. Post update

    Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori*

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Nishikori looks ginger out there - as if he's tiptoeing on hot coals.

    Kei Nishikori
  13. Must hold serve. Must hold serve

    Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori*

    Mark Woodforde

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

    If Nishikori surrenders an early break, the accumulation of previous matches and Djokovic's record against him will catch up with the Japanese player.

  14. Post update

    Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori*

    How much will being on court for more than 13 hours in this tournament take out of Nishikori? Well, it is a perfect start for Djokovic, taking the opening service game to love.

  15. Post update

    *Djokovic 0-0 Nishikori

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra tennis commentator at Melbourne Park

    Kei Nishikori has a game which allows him to go toe-to-toe with Djokovic. He just needs to stay in the game.

  16. Post update

    *Djokovic 0-0 Nishikori

    Here we go. Djokovic to start us off.

  17. Post update

    Mark Woodforde

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

    There was some concern about Djokovic in his last match against Daniil Medvedev. That match went three hours and 15 minutes and his back was hurting him at the end. Nishikori could perhaps take advantage of that in the early stages of this match.

    This is effectively the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam, so hopefully that'll help Kei Nishikori feel like he's on home soil a little bit.

    Novak Djokovic
  18. Their Australian Open records

    Djokovic has won this competition six times - 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 - while Nishikori is playing his fourth Australian Open quarter-final, but has never reached the semi-finals here, losing in the last eight in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

  19. The baseline battle?

    Mark Woodforde

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

    Nisikori has to work so hard from the baseline - he doesn't have the game to blast his way through his service game. That eventually catches up with him.

    Kei Nishikori