That brings to an end our rolling coverage of the day two action at the 2014 Australian Open. And what a day it was .... none the least the epic five-set clash involving Lleyton Hewitt and Andreas Seppi. It was a disappointing exit for the veteran Australian but fans at least got to see another memorable comeback from the Aussie. That set the stage for the much-awaited clash between Bernard Tomic and Rafael Nadal but, sadly, that ended in an anti-climax as the young Australian was forced to withdraw with an upper leg injury after losing the opening set.
It wasn't all bad news for the local brigade as the two special Ks - Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios enjoyed four-set victories. Stay with this website for full scores, breaking news, expert analysis and plenty more. Good night.
Linda Pearce reports on Lleyton Hewitt's exit: Expect Lleyton Hewitt to be back, for he is adamant he is not finished, but the 32-year-old has departed the Australian Open at the first-round stage for the second successive year. In brutal conditions, Hewitt held a match point, but lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5 to Italian Andreas Seppi. Farewell. For now, anyway.
The late-afternoon slot on Rod Laver Arena has been Hewitt's haunt for so long that only on debut, as a 15-year-old, has he played anywhere else. The times have varied, but never the attitude of leaving it all out there, and so it was again. The 32-year-old trailed by two sets to love and a break in the third before gritting and sweating his way into a fifth, the 53rd match in his career to go that far. Six times before, he has won from 0-2 down, but not this one.
"I'm very sorry," Rafael Nadal says of Tomic's plight during the on-court interview with Jim Courier. "I know how tough is this situation. I had the same situation here in this fantastic stadium (in reference to a situation a few years ago)."
TOMIC pulls out ... the injury is too much.
He goes over to Nadal and the Spaniard offers a consoling hand on the shoulder. Tomic mouths words of apology to the capacity crowd. Touching scenes really. This is pretty new territory for Tomic. The frustrations of injury can bite. Particularly at a home grand slam.
GAME & SET, NADAL ... Tomic in big trouble. Looks troubled.
The 'other Aussie' is already drawing rave reviews ....
Anyone who didnt watch Kokkinakis win, he was cramping, could not run, and just stood and delivered. #ausopen— Martin Blake (@martinj_blake) January 14, 2014
Nadal up 5-4 ... At the break Tomic looked exasperated. His leg injury continues to trouble him and he was sweating like a machine. The trainer could offer some consoling words, but this shapes as a night of frustration.Back to top
Tomic v Nadal: It's 4-4 in the first set. After the Australian's early injury fears, he would have taken that scoreline in a heartbeat. Tomic still moving with a little trouble. One to watch ...
Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis wins! Before a growing crowd on show court three, the wildcard recipient gets through after three hours and four challenging sets. Kokkinakis wins 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 against Dutchman Igor Sijsling. Great scenes on the outside court as the youngest player in the men's draw reaches the second round. And what a boost for the local game!
Tomic v Nadal: 3-2 in the first set. Well, Tomic has revealed his injury complaint as there's significant strapping on his right quad .... the next minute he rips it off. Weird, hey?
Tomic back out on court and games on serve. 2-2 in the first set. The grimacing continues. I'm no doctor but you'd be backing a lower back or hip complaint. His movement is affected.Back to top
Tomic leaves the court for assistance. Significant confusion surrounds his complaint. It's obviously not cramp. The match is barely 10 minutes old.
Tomic holds and goes up 2-1 .... the commentators weren't wrong about Tomic as he calls for medical assistance at the break. He appears to be saying something along the lines of 'it's tightening up'.
OK, we're at 1-1 in the opening set of Tomic-Nadal before a packed crowd on Rod Laver. Already the commentators are speculating about an injury scare for the Australian. He has been grimacing a little. "Beware the wounded bear," warns Brad Gilbert.
Another key match to watch late on Tuesday. Australian wildcard recipient Thanasi Kokkinakis is closing in on victory in his first round match against Dutchman Igor Sijsling on show court three. The Aussie leads 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-1Back to top