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Novak Djokovic takes on Fernarndo Verdasco, live updates Australian Open 2017
Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are through to Round 2.
17 January 2017 18:16 IST
17 January 2017 07:53 IST
Great Britain's Johanna Konta overcame a contest from Kirsten Flipkens to beat her 7-5, 6-2. Seeds all through for the day!
Aga Radwanska pulls it through in the end, and seals it 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 to Tsvetana Pironkova.
Agnieszka Radwanska has lost the second set to Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6. Pironkova's been a thorn in her side at Slams, and now 'Aga' is forced to a third!
Australian Open 2017: Novak Djokovic wards off the Fernando Verdasco challenge to enter Round 2
Karlovic is the third-highest of all time for most aces in a match, at 78. He could surpass that record today. The record still stands with John Isner though, who leads with 113. Right behind him is his rival in the pair's epic match - Nicolas Mahut, who has 103.
Karlovic now has 73 aces. This five hour epic against Horacio Zeballos sees no end in sight.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska's now on court, against an opponent who beat her the last time they met - at the French Open in 2016 - Tsvetana Pironkova!
20th seed Ivo Karlovic has scored 71 - SEVENTY ONE aces in this match.
You really have to feel for Ivo Karlovic and Horacio Zeballos here. Their match has gone on for nearly 5 hours now, and they're locked in a mammoth tiebreak in the fifth set.
And it's GAME, SET, MATCH Novak Djokovic! The defending champion wins 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2.
Djokovic is on the verge of breaking Verdasco - and this is the big one! For the match!
Right now, the points are coming Verdasco's way more or less because of errors by Djokovic. It's feeling more and more like the Spaniard is just biding his time, waiting to finish. Djokovic is now just one game away from progressing to Round 2.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has a 4-1 lead in the third - and what looks to be the final - set. Verdasco has been a fiery, if mercurial presence here, and although he looked incredibly threatening on multiple occasions, he just was not able to build on it. Crucial errors - and perhaps his own temper - have let him down here.
Verdasco has held serve once in this match; and at 3-1, Djokovic is looking a bit tired but wanting to finish this off. Verdasco is visibly irritated here, and unfortunately that frustration translates into him netting what would've been an otherwise good return.
We've seen Novak Djokovic hit forehand drop shots before - but this time he hits it OVER Verdasco's head. He leads 3-0 now and it's looking like it's coming undone for the Spaniard here...
Third set now underway, and Djokovic straightaway takes the break to lead 2-0. One can't help but feel for Fernando Verdasco, who is visibly frustrated after an excellent attack does not go his way. He looks as though he has given up a little bit.
Fernando Verdasco commits some errors, sending a couple of shots long - and after giving Djokovic a royal scare in the second set, he loses it in the tiebreak.
Novak Djokovic leads two sets to love, 6-1, 7-6(4)
Verdasco's pushing Djokovic to the wall here, sending him running across the court with some well-placed shots. But he errs there, and sends a shot long to give Djokovic a 3-0 lead.
....wait, make that 3-1. There's another one of those rallies right there, and Verdasco has decided to make Djokovic exercise a bit more. He trails 2-3 now.
And he DOES, quickly! A speedy forehand winner to begin the tiebreak from Novak Djokovic, and he leads 1-0.
deuce - and finally, an agitated, on edge Verdasco wins that with a long shot from Novak Djokovic! He leads 6-5, with Djokovic hoping to take this to tiebreak.
That was a 214 km/h ace from Verdasco with a service game at deuce. Great stuff under pressure - let's hope he can keep it going!
Fernando Verdasco looks more than a little angry here, and he's losing his lead. Djokovic has leveled up for 5-5 , and Verdasco is sending some routine shots long.
Fernando Verdasco, take a bow. A solid fight sees him pushed to the limit, and now he leads 5-4 as Djokovic serves to stay in the set.
And it's now dead even at 4 games all. Not as one-sided as the first set, certainly, with some good stuff from Fernando Verdasco. But although he's applying the pressure on Djokovic, he's unable to hold on to leads and breaks here.
The players are now an even keel, as Verdasco leads 4-3 with Djokovic on serve. The Spaniard looked threatening early on, but right now he's missing out quite a bit. That said, Verdasco's putting quite a bit of pressure on and Djokovic is committing a number of unforced errors.
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