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Order of play (outside courts)


Order of play (show courts)


Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of day two of the year’s first grand slam. We’ll be around here to cover the day session at Melbourne Park before handing over to a separate liveblog for all the action under lights.

After yesterday’s rain we’re in for an action-packed session with play getting underway on the outside courts at 10.30am to begin the process of making up lost time. The headline acts hit the show courts at 11am.

Yesterday was as straightforward as an opening day gets for the big names with the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic progressing in the men’s draw and Ash Barty and Serena Williams in the women’s. Federer and Williams in particular looked their vintage selves despite their advancing years.

A few seeds tumbled out but only the departure of 13th-ranked Denis Shapovalov caused anything like a ripple of shock.

Today attention turns initially to Rafael Nadal, and the start of his quest to match Federer’s record haul of 20 grand slam titles. Before we get to him Maria Sharapova has a chance to kickstart her stuttering career on Rod Laver Arena, while second seed Karolina Pliskova will have her hands full against Fed Cup hero Kristina Mladenovic.

If you want to join in at any point throughout the day, you can reach me by email: or Twitter: @JPHowcroft.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is the star attraction on day two of the Australian Open. Photograph: Mike Owen/Getty Images


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