Day two live blog coverage has come to an end. It was another hectic day of tennis at Melbourne Park and it continues into the evening. Stay with us for the latest from Bernard Tomic's first round match against Argentine Leonardo Mayer on centre court. But we'll be back again tomorrow with all the happenings from the Australian Open surrounds, from Rod Laver Arena to all the outside courts. See you then!
Another Australian bites the dust. The country's top-ranked male (until yesterday at least) Marinko Matosevic goes down to Croatian 12th seed Marin Cilic, 4-6 5-7 2-6, on Margaret Court Arena. That means the 27-year-old is still yet to go past the opening round of a grand slam tournament. Matosevic must be getting sick of the sight of Cilic after losing to him in last year's US Open first round.
Serena's injury scare was undoubtedly the hot talking point in the surrounds of Melbourne Park today. The multiple grand slam winner was quizzed at length about her tumble following her 6-0 6-0 victory.
Q: Is it too early to call, whether you can play Thursday? A: Oh, I'll be out there. I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there's no way I'm not going to be competing. I'm alive. My heart's beating. I'll be fine.
Q: Is there any pain or swelling there now? A: Obviously there's pain. Obviously there's swelling. So it's going to be really important to see how the next few hours unfold.
Q: You've seen some pretty serious injuries before. Is there something that switches on in your head, I'm injured, this is what I'm going to do? A: Absolutely. I've been injured before. I've played this tournament with so many injuries and was able to come off pretty on top. So for me it's just another page and a great story to tell the grandkids one day (laughter).
The great all-Australian wildcard clash has finally come to an end. The two 20-year-olds, James Duckworth and Ben Mitchell, battled it out for close to four and a half hours but it was Duckworth who progressed to a second round berth. He won the first two sets, Mitchell rallied in the third and fourth sets, but got over the line 8-6 in the final set. The final score: 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 4-6 5-7 8-6 before a boisterous crowd on the Aussie-friendly Margaret Court Arena.
The day three schedule of play has been released. World No.1 Novak Djokovic earns his first feature match in the night session with the Serbian taking on American Ryan Harrison in the second round. The centre court action will earlier feature Agnieszka Radwanska, Tomas Berdych and Australia's Sam Stosur, who takes on China's Jie Zheng.Back to top
Australia's No.1 male player Bernard Tomic (he only regained the ranking spot yesterday) takes to the court for this first round match tonight. Our experts Peter Hanlon and Linda Pearce assess his chances at the Australian Open in the latest edition of Top Spin.
Aus Open Day 2: Tomic has lightbulb moment
Tennis writers Peter Hanlon and Linda Pearce preview Day 2 of the Australian Open with Bernard Tomic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Serena Williams all involved.
The top two players in one quarter of the men's draw, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, are though to the second round after straight sets victories. Four-time champion Federer needed less than 90 minutes to dispose of Frenchman Benoit Paire, 6-2 6-4 6-1, while Tsonga took out countryman Michael Llodra 6-4 7-5 6-2.
The all-Australian wildcard clash enters a fifth set. The two 20-year-olds, Ben Mitchell and James Duckworth, have already been on court for more than three hours after Mitchell fought back from two-sets-to-love down. Australian tennis officials would be loving this brutal clash on show court two. Duckworth is up by one game in the fifth set with the scoreline at 6-4 7-6 (10-8) 4-6 5-7 1-0.
Swiss master Roger Federer doing it all his way on the turf where he is remarkably familiar, centre court at Melbourne Park. The grand slam record holder leads Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2 6-4 after one hour and one minute of play. Looks like we're set for a pretty early finish to the day session on Rod Laver Arena. Bring on Bernard Tomic for his 7pm start in the feature match of the night session.
No.8 seed Petra Kvitova has survived a dangerous first round contest by defeating Italian Fransesca Schiavone in three sets, 6-4 2-6 6-2. In just over two hours on the popular Margaret Court Arena, Kvitova inflicted the Italian's earliest exit from Melbourne Park since 2009. The Czech will now meet either American Melanie Oudin or Great Britain's Laura Robson in the second round.Back to top
This is one way of getting another Australian male into the second round. Wildcard recipients James Duckworth and Benjamin Mitchell are battling it out on show court two with a tough second set just decided in a tie-break. Duckworth, 20, is now up two-sets-to-love, 6-4 7-6 (10-8), after about two hours of court with the temperature increasing in Melbourne.
Serena Williams has already faced the press after her first round demolition but all the answers were about her ankle and THAT tumble during the first set. The red-hot tournament favourite knows she has some treatment ahead of her but she wanted to stress that it would not compromise her Australian Open campaign. "I'm here to compete," she said.
It's one set all in one of the enticing matches on day two at Melbourne Park. Veteran Italian Francesca Schiavone and Czech 8th seed Petra Kvitova have each won a set in their clash on Margaret Court Arena. Early in the deciding set, Kvitova is up a break of serve, leading 6-4 2-6 2-0 after more than 90 minutes on court.
Game, set, match. Double-bagel. Serena makes light of her mid-match ankle treatment and demolishes her first round opponent 6-0 6-0. The first set latest 33 minutes (including a medical time-out) while she needed just 21 minutes in the second to complete the rout. Some interesting match stats? Serena Williams won 52 points to just 18 for her vanquished opponent, Romania's Elina Gallovits-Hall.Back to top
Seems that left ankle concern is not bothering Serena. Not in the slightest. She needed just 33 minutes to take the first set 6-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall and is making equally fast inroads in the second set. Anyone want to jump off the bandwagon of those picking Serena Williams to win another Australian Open?
Got to love this result .... Japan's Kimino Date-Krumm defeated Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-0. What's so interesting about that, you ask, apart from knocking off the 12th seed? Well, Date-Krumm is 42 years old! Great to see a player getting around who first played in a grand slam tournament in the '80s. That's right - the 1989 US Open. Naturally, for a player who last won a match at the Australian Open back in 1996, she was quizzed about the secret to her longevity (she did have a 12-year break from the tour. "It's nothing. Just I eat a lot; I sleep a lot. Last night I was in the bed before 10:00. I finished the dinner already 7:30. Sleep before 10:00 like the kids (laughter). Because always after the match or after the practice I'm tired, so I need time to recover a lot. So I sleep a lot; I eat healthy foods; I drink a lot. It's simple life. That's it. Nothing special."
Injury scare for Serena Williams. The hottest player in the women's game took a tumble and rolled her right ankle in her first round match on Hisense Arena. She took a medical time-out and immediately underwent courtside treatment, including getting her ankle restrapped. HEAVILY restrapped. She also took the chance to have her left ankle restrapped. All this while leading 4-0 against Edina Gallovits-Hall.
Is the Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley getting his sports confused? The latest tweet from @CraigTiley is as follows: Not sure what we are going to do with schedule @AustralianOpen torrorrow. Interesting choices #aleague
The day is only just starting to get to life at Melbourne Park. So let's get nostalgic (well, reflective, at least). There have been countless memorable moments at the Australian Open over the past 25 years at the current venue. Today, as part of the Melbourne Park Memories series, we remember Jelena Dokic's unexpected charge at the 2009 tournament.
Melbourne Park Memories: Dokic's redemption
Jelena Dokic won back many local fans during her run into the quarter-finals at the 2009 Australian Open.