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Live Commentary: Australian Open day six - as it happened

Sports Mole brings you live text commentary of day six of the Australian Open.

A marathon day six at the Australian Open saw British interest in the tournament enjoy mixed fortunes.

Andy Murray overcame Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis in straight sets but Laura Robson crashed out to Sloane Stephens despite putting up a spirited fightback.

Elsewhere at Melbourne Park the biggest surprise of the event so far saw Juan Martin del Potro crash out to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Roger Federer eased past Bernard Tomic in the evening session before Gilles Simon edged countrymen Gael Monfils in an epic five-set battle.

Look back at a day full of quality tennis with Sports Mole's live text commentary below.

Good morning tennis fans! Welcome to Sports Mole for live coverage of the Australian Open.

Tonight we have action from Andy Murray and Laura Robson, but first up is Victoria Azarenka, as she continues the defence of her crown against Jamie Hampton of America.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Elena Vesnina and Roberta Vinci.

It's Jamie Hampton's first time in the third round of a Grand Slam. She reached the second round here last year, as well as at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams is next match on after this one. She takes on Ayumi Morita of Japan. Then it's time for Murray. So fear not, I don't think it will be too long before he's on. If you have stayed up this late, you may as well stay up a little later...

Laura Robson will be on pretty late. Around 5.15am by estimate. But if you can, we'd love for you to join us.

But now down to action, with Azarenka serving first.

A confident start from the American to take the first point, but Azarenka comes back to take the next four points to hold serve.

No signs of nerves so far from Hampton. She goes long with a forehand, but doesn't mind going for another one straight after. Then she nearly finds the line with another, which might have been worth a challenge.

Wow, you cannot give Azarenka an inch it seems. She'll take a mile. Brilliant forehand of her own and we're at deuce.

A good hold from Hampton there. Azarenka got in, but she kept her cool and finished the game off. Still might to have enough to win this, but her forehand looks pretty tasty.

Quick hold from Azarenka. Her first serve percentage reads 100%, which isn't bad...

Couple of break points for Azarenka due to some unforced errors from Hampton...

Azarenka wastes both though. She fired long after a decent rally with the second. You expect Azarenka to win those points of attrition.

BREAK! She doesn't make the same mistake... well, thrice. She gets the break at the third time of asking after Hampton dumps the ball into the net.

Yannina Wickmayer and Maria Kirilenko are underway over on Hisense, while Svetlana Kuznetsova and Carla Suarez Navarro are away on court number two.

I don't think Hampton has quite got enough to trouble Azarenka, especially when she looks in this form. Formidable. A few mistakes, but not sloppy ones really. She's perhaps just going for a bit too much.

As I say that, Hampton strikes a lovely cross-court winner to bring up deuce.

Break point Hampton. Commentator's curse?

Azarenka slams the door shut. She puts in a wide serve, forcing her opponent to stretch for the return. She then comes to the net to kill the point off.

What a rally! Hampton was on the offensive, pulling Azarenka all over the court. Just at the right time, she steps up into the mid-court and dispatches another sweet forehand.

Azarenka replies with a textbook forehand of her own. This has been some great tennis so far...

Hampton flicks a half volley at the net just wide and Azarenka holds. A big hold in the contest of the set, maybe. We'll see if Hampton can hold, and then if she can trouble Azarenka once more. We'll know a lot more at the next changeover.

Azarenka quickly gets to 0-30.

Two break points Azarenka.

Superb running forehand from Hampton! Azarenka was completely in control of that point, but a flick of the wrist and she gets the ball back in play. Azarenka wasn't set for it. One break point saved.

BREAK! A simply gorgeous lob by Azarenka. Hampton's approach shot let a little to be desired, but the Belarusian's lob landed flush on the line. She'll serve for the set now.

Two double faults in a row from Azarenka. We're at 30-30 now. Surely she's not getting tight?

Another double fault brings up deuce. What's going on here?

Break point Hampton. Azarenka's first serve deserted her again, and her second was tentative and bounced awfully close to the line.

It was there for Hampton, but her cross-court forehand strays just an inch or two too far! So very close to getting one of the breaks back there.

Another break point for Hampton. She latches onto a short ball, running around to whip the forehand away. But an ace from Azarenka gets her back to deuce.

Break point number three for Hampton. She's certainly testing Vika here.

BREAK! Finally, she gets the breakthrough she probably deserves. She was helped by some really lax play from Azarenka, but still trails by a break in this set.

SET! Kuznetsova 6-2 Suarez Navarro

Hampton wants to bottle that forehand, she could make a fortune. What can she do on Azarenka's serve now?

Hampton is up 0-30. Is the defending champ flapping slightly?

Another double gives Hampton three break points.

BREAK! Amazing. We're back on serve and have a game on our hands.

All the momentum is with Hampton now, but she mustn't take her foot off the pedal.

This time it's Hampton's turn to double. It's her first of the match, but it gets Azarenka to 0-30 up.

Two set points for Azarenka.

SET! A double fault gifts Azarenka the first set. And after all that work to get back from 5-1 down. That's a sickener for the American.

The forehand of Hampton is still in fine fettle. She quickly gets to 0-30 on Azarenka's serve.

Two break points for Hampton now.

BREAK! This time it's the American's backhand that does the job. It was a fine return of serve and she edges in front early in this second set.

Azarenka now has three break points.

BREAK! The Belarusian breaks straight back. It could be 'one of them matches'. The ones where service holds are like breaks.

Three break points for Hampton.

Oof! Tight call there as Hampton goes very close to the baseline. One break point left...

BREAK! Azarenka goes just wide wide a deep backhand and Hampton makes it three breaks in a row. She's back ahead in this second set.

Good start on serve for Hampton. She puts away a backhand to go 15-0 up. The first step in the right direction.

Another backhand has Azarenka stranded on the opposite side of the court.

Hampton is having trouble closing this game out now. We're at deuce.

Eventually, she gets the job done. A little stutter, but she records the first hold of serve in the second set.

Hampton is starting to work the backhand side now. Azarenka is going to have to find another gear if she wants to win this one, it seems. Hampton is giving her all sorts of problems.

The world number one finally holds serve in this set. She trails by a break.

SET! Kirilenko 7-6[4] Wickmayer

Brilliant get from Hampton! She had to be on her toes to reach Azarenka's return, but dug out a forehand into the empty court.

You can't do anything with a shot as precise as the one Azarenka just hit. A backhand right into the corner of the box. Deuce.

The American keeps her cool and keeps her nose in front. Work to be done for Vika.

A quick hold to love for Azarenka. Just what she needed.

Well, what she really needs is a break back, but the Hampton serve is susceptible.

Hampton prevails after a decent rally. Azarenka challenges, and it's possible one of the worst I've seen. The ball was about a mile inside the baseline. Clutching at straws.

Break point for Azarenka.

That was a wayward forehand at a crucial moment from Azarenka. She swipes at the floor with her racquet in frustration.

Wow! Gutsy play from the American. A big second serve helped her set up game point, and she found another forehand winner after stepping up to the net. She's now just one game from levelling the score.

Two set points for Hampton. She brings it up with a quite stupendous forehand return that Azarenka doesn't even see.

Hampton goes long with a couple of shots and we're back at deuce.

Hampton flinches with the finishing line in sight. She misses four forehands in a row, but will now serve to force a third set. Can she hold her nerve?

SET! Kuznetsova 6-2 4-6 Suarez Navarro

Hampton has called for the trainer. The problem is with her lower back. She hasn't really been struggling with it, not visibly anyway. A full medical timeout of three minutes has been called for as she leaves the court for treatment.

Hopefully Hampton won't be forced into a retirement. That would be so unfortunate, given that she has the world number one on the ropes.

The American returns to the court, which is great. How much will that problem be affecting her? We're about to find out...

Wow! That was a seriously well-disguised drop shot from the baseline by Hampton. The crowd really are behind her now. But a second drop shot in a row might be a sign that her injury is affecting her...

Two set points for Hampton. Azarenka went too long, but decided to challenge anyway. It was unsuccessful.

SET! We're going to a decider! Hampton grimaced for the first time in the last game. She's getting more treatment at the changeover now.

Hampton finds the corner with another delicious forehand. Another grimace, though. 0-15 on Azarenka's serve.

The American goes for another drop shot, but this time cuts it into the net. Her face is contorting at the end of each point now, I'm not sure how much longer this'll last. It's such a shame, because she has the measure of Azarenka at the moment.

Azarenka holds, but Hampton is hardly moving now.

She's soldiering on though. Credit to her.

Hampton runs around to get on her forehand and casually swipes a winner. Azarenka isn't really taking advantage of this situation.

Hampton was break point down then, but her trusty forehand comes up trumps yet again. She follows that with an ace.

Hampton holds. The 23-year-old from Alabama is giving a fantastic account of herself here, as another forehand passes by Azarenka. That's 22 in total from that side alone in this match.

Azarenka cuts a rather frustrated figure out on court now. She's unable to read the American's forehand, which has amazing disguise on it. Hampton now has two break points...

BREAK! Hampton breaks! Amazing scenes on Rod Laver. The crowd are absolutely loving it, while Azarenka looks ready to burst.

The defending champion is in deep trouble at the moment. Apart from grimaces, Hampton's back doesn't really look to be troubling her.

This is stunning tennis from Hampton.She can put that forehand on a sixpence. But she has to fight off a break point here...

BREAK! And there it is, Azarenka breaks straight back. The crowd hardly clap. They're right behind Hampton in this one!

Quick hold for the world number one. She served up her sixth double fault in that game, but she gets it on the board.

BREAK! Hampton's back problem is clearly evident now, as she swings at the ball rather than the fluid motion we've become accustomed to in this match. Azarenka edges ahead.

Hampton strokes another forehand winner. That's 26 now. Amazing.

Three break points Hampton. This truly is unbelievable. The American is playing inspired tennis.

All three gone. Azarenka digs deep, but in truth Hampton was at fault.

Advantage Azarenka. If she holds here, I think that'll be game over.

The forehand deserts Hampton this time. She got too much on it and the ball sailed past the baseline. It's not over 'til it's over... but it might be over...

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Kirilenko 7-6[4] 6-3 Wickmayer

SET! Dodig 6-4 Gasquet

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Kuznetsova 6-2 4-6 6-3 Suarez Navarro

Two match points for Azarenka...

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Azarenka 6-4 4-6 6-2 Hampton

Commiserations for Hampton, she played beautifully. What could've been if not for the back problem. She's won plenty of friends in Melbourne and no doubt has a bright future in the game.

But it's the world number one who wins through to the next round, where she will play either Elena Vesnina or Roberta Vinci, who are fighting it out on Margaret Court. It's currently on serve in the first set.

Serena Williams is up next on Rod Laver. She faces Ayumi Morita. I can't see Serena having the same problems that Azarenka just had, but then again I didn't think Hampton had enough to trouble the Belarusian. So what do I know?

As you're no doubt aware, the second part of Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey is currently airing on TV. We have live coverage of that with our Editor, Neil Wilkes.

But at Melbourne Park, Vesnina is serving at 5-4 down in the first set. Both players have broken once.

Juan Martin del Potro and Jeremy Chardy are underway on Hisense. The Frenchman has an early break and is facing the Argentine's serve at 3-0 up.

Andreas Seppi and Marin Cilic have also began their match on court number two.

SET! Vinci 6-4 Vesnina

Right, we're back off to Rod Laver for Serena Williams and Ayumi Morita.

Serena holds in her opening service game.

Super cross-court forehand by Williams. It was offered to her on a plate though.

Williams looked to be in control of that last point. She tends to gain the upper hand when the rallies get beyond a couple of shots. But Morita hung in there and eventually prevailed.

Morita holds, though Williams doesn't look like she's firing on all cylinders just yet. Feeling her way into this one.

Williams serves her second ace. Nothing unusual there.

Morita has clawed it back to 40-30 on the Williams serve. There was a chance for Serena to put the game to bed on that last point, but she fired into the net with an empty court at her mercy.


Break point Morita.

Ace. That's what the best players do time and time again when faced with break/match points. Awesome.

Superb hitting from Morita. She finds the corner with a a nice double-handed backhand. Deuce.

Break point Morita. The Japanese player looks like she has a bit of power herself. She seems willing to trade with Serena.

A big serve gets Serena back to deuce. Morita got her racquet on it though.

Serena's serve is a potent weapon, and it came to her rescue a few time in that game. She holds to a 2-1 lead, but Morita looks a wily opponent.

SET! Dodig 6-4 3-6 Gasquet

Williams turns the screw on the Morita serve. She's up 0-30.

Three break points for Williams.

She only needs one, taking the lead with a deep backhand that left Morita powerless.

Williams consolidates the break with little trouble.

The Sunday Times tennis correspondent Barry Flatman on Twitter: "No wonder Jamie Hampton looked in pain against Vika. She was playing with two herniated disks in her lower back. Hampton has had that condition since last year's French Open."

Well, there you have it. What a trooper, to quote Caroline Wozniacki.

SET! Chardy 6-3 Del Potro

Meanwhile, Serena is threatening the Morita serve. 40-30.

Morita goes close to the baseline with a routine put away. Serena's challenge is successful, as hawkeye shows that the call was a hideous one. It was comfortably out. Deuce.

BREAK! Serena secures the double break with a booming forehand.

Williams has stepped up a gear now and is dominating. A 128mph ace brings up three set points.

SET! I don;t think we'll be having to wait too long for Mr Murray. Serena is answering the challenge put down by Maria Sharapova here.

Five aces and 15 winners will please Serena. 12 unforced errors will not.

Morita holds her opening service game.

Nice play by Morita, working Williams side to side before forcing her into the net.

Morita sniffing an opening here at 0-30. Williams produces another ace to reduce the deficit.

Two break points for Morita.

BREAK! A double fault gifts Morita the break of serve.

Morita finds the line with a lovely forehand pass.

Morita backs up her break with a hold of serve, though it wasn't without a spot of bother. She has Williams at 40-0, but dropped two points before closing out.

Great return from Morita! She took the ball high and found the corner of the court. Williams needs to step it up again here. No need to panic, though.

A couple of big serves puts down the marker once again. 40-15.

Serena holds.

BREAK! Willaims breaks to love... rapidly. Morita's advantage wiped out in an instant, and we're back on serve.

UPDATE! Jeremy Chardy has gone up a break in the second set against Juan Martin del Potro. He also leads by a set. Meanwhile, Seppi and Cilic are involved in a first-set tie break.

Back to Laver, and Serena has comfortably held once again. Morita just can't impact that ferocious serve.

Two break points for Williams.


BREAK! Serena is motoring now. She's stormed back to grab the initiative in this second set. She's on course for a meeting with Maria Kirilenko.

SET! Cilic 7-6[2] Seppi

Williams holds to move within one game of victory.

Morita's second serve is punished by Williams, who swats it away with a backhand down the line.

Two match points for Williams.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Another backhand from Morita's second serve - this time cross-court - seals the deal for Williams. Comfortable match, really. A bit of trouble at the beginning of the second, but nothing she couldn't handle.

SET! Dodig 6-4 3-6 [2]6-7 Gasquet

SET! Vinci 6-4 [4]6-7 Vesnina

Andy Murray is next on Rod Laver. We'll go straight to that, but let's check in on the potential shock over on Hisense, where Del Potro is a set and a break down to Chardy.

Delpo, facing two set points, has just hit a marvelous cross-court forehand winner. Can he do it again?

SET! Wow, the Argentine is in deep trouble. This match is in Murray's section of the draw. It would of course be a massive boost for the Scot if Del Potro was to be sent crashing out here. Although you can't take anything for granted with the draw - he has to navigate Ricardas Berankis.

There must be something in the air at Melbourne Park today. With Azarenka being pushed hard and Del Potro in a spot of bother, Murray will need no further warning to stay on his toes. I'm sure Mr Lendl is right in his ear in the locker room.

BREAK! Chardy fluffs his lines with a backhand volley at the net. That gives Delpo two break points, and a double fault puts the bow on top of that game for the Argentine. Maybe that's the catalyst for a comeback. We'll see...

BREAK! Chardy breaks right back. Delpo just doesn't look himself out on Hisense. He double faults at a the crucial moment, just as the Frenchman did in the game previously.

Chardy holds to stay on serve in the third and pivotal set. But now, we're going back over to Rod Laver for Andy Murray's clash with Ricardas Berankis.

Murray to serve first. Here we go...

Confident start from the Lithuanian, who dispatches an overhead smash to win the first point.

Murray holds with little trouble.

Murray very quickly brings up three break points.

BREAK! Murray draws first blood, but it was Berankis who made the errors.

Murray comes to the net for the first time and Berankis steps into mid-court before whipping a forehand past the Scot.

Murray's serve has vastly improved in recent times. He sends a curving one down the T which gives Berankis absolutely no chance.

The world number three makes it 3-0 and has started in business-like fashion. Berankis looks like he has a few errors in him, while Murray looks cool as a cucumber.

SET! Cilic 7-6[2] 3-6 Seppi

The spin Murray can generate on his slices is absurd. He's taken absolutely no time to settle here and looks in cruise control, even at this early stage.

The Lithuanian gets his first game on the board, but had to work for that last point despite dictating it. Murray's defence is another aspect of his game that's become a major plus point. But Berankis got the job done.

Brilliant double handed backhand down the line from Berankis. Just a snapshot of the ability he has.

Berankis now takes full advantage of Murray's second serve to move 15-30 ahead.

Murray fails with a drop shot and must face two break points now.

It was there for Berankis! His return forced Murray well wide, giving him a lot of court to aim at, but he fired wide.


Another break point for Berankis. A few errors just creeping in now for Murray, while the first serve seems to have deserted him. He's also holding his shoulder.

Brilliant rally! Berankis comes out on top after 22 shots and Murray faces another break point...

Ace. Right down the centre.

Berankis hits the net with his return. Advantage Murray.

The world number three holds, but it was a bit of a struggle.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Dodig 6-4 3-6 [2]6-7 0-6 Gasquet

Berankis goes wide with a forehand. He challenges, but hawkeye sides with line judge's call. Two break points for Murray.

BREAK! Another wayward shot gives Murray the double break. He'll now serve for the first set.

Berankis finds another winner. He's certainly dazzled the Rod Laver crowd, but errors have cost his dearly so far. He's got quite a few shots in his repertoire, though.

The Lithuanian is troubling Murray's serve once again here. The Scot put far too much on a backhand. Berankis watched it all the way off the court. Two break points.

BREAK! Sloppy play from Murray. He goes long and wide with a forehand to give Berankis one of the breaks back.

He's switched off Murray. It looked like a potential 90-minute match, but now who knows?

Murray comes into the net but Berankis ties him up with a backhand down the line. Murray couldn't quite stretch far enough.

Murray carves a sliced backhand into the net to give Berankis the game. So, Murray will serves for the set part two.

Superb play from Berankis yet again. He's got the tools this lad. He generates quite a bit of power on his shots and had Murray worried at 30-30.

Break point Berankis.


Murray produces another big serve to fight off break point.

A 129mph serve brings up set point. That's as fast as Serena's serve earlier. So credit to Serena.

SET! Well he takes the set, but there are definite warning signs. Berankis has grown in confidence and is producing some fine shots. He'll have to be alert in this second set, he doesn't want to go four... or five... or lose...

SET! Cilic 7-6[2] 3-6 6-2 Seppi

The Lithuanian serves up his second ace to register the first game of the second set.

Murray challenges after his first serve is called out. Unsuccessful, but he leads 40-15.

Berankis this time challenging a call. The ball was called in, but hawkeye shows that it was out. 40-30.

Murray goes into the net. He's struggling at the moment, and not looking very comfortable at all. His shoulder seems to be giving him a few problems as well. Deuce.

Again Murray fires into the net. He's beginning to get frustrated.

I say beginning, he has looked frustrated since the end of the first. Correcting myself. That's sleep deprivation for you.

Superb shot by Bernakis. He swats away another forehand that clips the line on its way through. Deuce.

Murray. Net. Again.

Bernakis fires long after a rally in which neither man really wanted to take the lead. Both players were waiting for the mistake there, and it came from the Lithuanian.

Eventually, Murray manages to hold. He's not having it all his own way here. Berankis is definitely a live opponent, while the Scot doesn't look quite on his game.

An ace rounds off a quick hold of serve for Berankis.

SET! Chardy 6-3 6-3 [3]6-7 Del Potro

Tsonga and Kavcic are underway on Margaret Court.

"Come on! Do something" Murray shouts to himself. He needs to step it up here, because this is not the kind of performance he'd have hoped for. 30-30.

Murray holds. His serve is working well for him, and has got him out of a few sticky situations. The errors are prevalent in his game at the moment.

Super point. Berankis brings him into the net with a good drop shot, but Murray is as quick as anyone on tour and reaches it, clipping a lovely backhand wide. However, Berankis is positioned perfectly and clips into the open court.

Murray misses with a forehand down the line and smashes his racquet head on the plexicushion. Things aren't quite going his way at the moment, despite him leading by a set.

Break point Berankis.

Another big serve at a crucial moment from Murray. He needs more though. Deuce.

Great return of serve from the Lithuanian. He stepped up and took it early. Murray stretched for it but was never getting there.

BREAK! Berankis deservedly breaks. He had to take at least one of the chances, by the law of averages. The Lithuanian is the man on top in this set - by score and by performance.

A few jitters on his own serve now, though. 0-30.

Three break points for Murray. A serve down the T saves one.

BREAK! Well, that's what separates the good from the bad, I suppose. Murray didn't particularly do much in that last game, bar the final point. Berankis came into the net, and Murray executed a gorgeous lob. The Lithuanian tried a hotdog shot, but he's no Rafa Nadal...

A bit of luck for Berankis, as the net cord takes all the power off the ball and drops it on Murray's side of the net. 30-30.

Murray drags a forehand well wide of the mark. He's hitting the ball better now though. Deuce.

Another swinging ace down the centre and Murray holds serve.

SET! Tsonga 6-2 Kavcic

Berankis took his foot off the pedal after breaking the Murray serve. The Scot has regained a measure of control now, and all the errors are coming from the Lithuanian.

Berankis is ruthless overhead, as he puts away another smash from the baseline. Deuce.

Break point Murray.

Murray's backhand return strays too long. Deuce.

Great point there. Both men were all over the court, with no one really in control. Murray forced the error from Berankis, who fires past the baseline. Another break point.


Probing play from Murray. He's putting it in the areas now and waiting for the mistake. Passive, yes. But it's not always a bad tactic. Break point.

BREAK! Berankis dumps into the net from Murray's return and the Scot will now serve for the second set, in which - for large parts - he's been second best.

SET! Chardy 6-3 6-3 [3]6-7 3-6 Del Potro

Apologies, that last score reads wrong. A manual refresh will do the trick. It's going the distance on Hisense.

Back on Laver, and Berankis is up 0-30 on Murray's serve.

Murray's second serve is a good one, kicking up and bringing the error from Berankis, who goes beyond the baseline with his return.

The serves are really working for Murray now. Another big 'un brings up set point now...

SET! The net cord this time comes to Murray's aid. The Scot is now two sets to the good.

Berankis was on his way to a love hold before finding the net with his last shot.

But he gets the job done on the next point.

SET! Cilic 7-6[2] 3-6 6-2 4-6 Seppi

A beautifully weighted sliced lob by Bernakis, which betrays his lowly 110 ranking, takes the first point on Murray's serve.

The two play some dinky tennis at the net, with Bernakis coming out on top. He's won the battle at the net, has the Lithuanian. Can't take that to the bank, though.

Murray comes into the net to punish a poor drop shot from Bernakis. He has the chance to close out the game on his serve now.

A mishit return sees Murray hold his opening service game of the third set.

It's not been pretty at times, but Murray has shown glimpses of his real self. The last point was evidence of that. He worked the angle brilliantly before flashing a backhand pass.

Berankis went for a backhand down the line on break point and made it. Murray challenges, but hawkeye shows that it hit the line.

BREAK! Murray gets the break early in the third. He's well on course, but not out of the woods yet.

SET! Tsonga 6-2 6-1 Kavcic

An easy hold for the world number three. The fight seems to have left Berankis now.

Shocker! Berankis hits the net with an overhead smash. 30-30.

An ace down the centre wraps up the game, but he still trails by a break in this third set.

Stunning return from Berankis, as he rips a forehand past Murray.

Sumptuous shot from Murray! Berankis looked in control of the point, coming into the net off a good approach shot, but Murray found the line with a fantastic forehand. Great stuff!

Break point Berankis. This isn't over yet.

Another lazy error from Berankis. Deuce.

Murray's serve keeps him in front. If nothing else, he can be pleased with that today. Everything else has been a bit of a struggle at times, but he's battling through it. Let's not underestimate Berankis either, he's a tricky opponent. Not been easy to play against.

Swift hold of serve from Berankis. Murray can put himself within a game of victory if he does the job with the ball in his hand now.

Very accurate service game from Murray. He took speed off it, but flighted them beautifully to hold rapidly.

Bernakis serves up his third double fault, letting Murray into the game at 30-15.

Bernakis manages to hold, but now Murray will serve for the match.

UPDATE! Jeremy Chardy will serve for the match against Juan Martin del Potro. Andreas Seppi is a break up the the fifth-set decider with Marin Cilic.

Wow, another great return from Berankis. He's up 0-30. A late twist perhaps?

Murray cuts a backhand marginally wide, giving two break points for Berankis.

BREAK! Murray misses another shot and this game is still alive.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Chardy 6-3 6-3 [3]6-7 3-6 6-3 Del Potro

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Tsonga 6-2 6-1 6-4 Kavcic

Berankis drops a forehand wide and Murray is smelling blood at 0-30.

Three break points...

Berankis pushes Murray wide, and the Scot can only find the net with his forehand.

BREAK! Bernakis pushes wide and Murray will now get another chance to serve the match out.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Cilic 7-6[2] 3-6 6-2 4-6 2-6 Seppi

Two hours and 12 minutes and we have two match points for Murray...

GAME, SET AND MATCH! He only needs one to book his place in the last 16. He'll face the winner of Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils.

Murray: "I need to strike the ball better. My timing was off, I left a lot of balls short."

Murray (On who he'd like to play in next round): "It's a tough one, both have a tough style. Gael is just coming back from injury. Gilles is a hard worker and chases down every point."

Click here to read the report on Murray's victory over Bernakis. He got the job done.

Well the ending of that match coincides perfectly with the end of the match between Del Potro and Chardy on Hisense. It's perfect, because that means we can get all of Robson's match against Sloane Stephens. Woohoo.

The players are having their pre-match hit, so we're not long from the first serve. Where's your money going? I'm backing Robson.

Right, it's Stephens to serve first. Game on.

An easy hold in the first game of this match.

Robson did well to reach Stephens's mishit return, which dropped just over the net. The Brit whipped a vicious forehand into the American, who fired wide as a result.

Brilliant defensive play from Stephens. She chased down everything Robson threw at her to win the point. It's currently 30-30.

Robson saves break point with a good serve. Another one sees her take advantage, but Stephens's goes deep with a powerful forehand to bring it back to deuce.

Robson fluffs a forehand into the net. It was quite badly mistimed. She saves another break point with a huge forehand from the baseline.

BREAK! Stephens makes the breakthrough at the third attempt. Robson was on the back foot in the rally and was clinging on. She eventually put too much into a forehand to cede the early ground.

BOOM! Monstrous return from Robson, who was all over Stephens's second serve like a rash. She pumped a huge forehand down the line to get to 30-30.

Stephens replies in kind with two easy points to consolidate the break. She's in front early in this match!

Stephens rattles away another forehand in the opening point. Robson didn't even move for it. The Brit looks tight as she strays wide with an overhead smash. Perhaps the arm injury is taking its toll slightly. She faces three break points.

BREAK! This set is getting away from the 18-year-old now. It was a strange point, with both players looping the ball onto the baseline. However, the American dispatched another forehand cross court to get the double break.

That's more like it! She got both hands on that raking forehand, putting it right in the corner, giving Stephens no chance. 15-15.

BREAK! Robson gets a break back. She was far more proactive in that game, and cut down on the errors that have plagued her early in this set. If she can hold now then she's back within touching distance.

Robson has the trainer on court working on her arm.

The doctor is out there too and it looks like she's having some painkillers. A medical timeout is called.

Stephens has definitely made the brighter start, of that there can be no doubt. The signs from Robson were positive in the last game, as she got one of the breaks back. There's a long way to go in this set, unless Robson's injury becomes too much for her. I doubt that it will, but it could be enough to put her off her game.

Robson serves her first double fault.

A long rally ends with Stephens finding the net. Robson more than held her own. Her serve looks to be working for her so far. The American begins to make a few mistakes, but Robson serves another double fault. 40-30.

Robson was in control of that point, but didn't take her chance to come in. In the end, Stephens makes the error and it's a crucial hold for Robson.

Robson has arrived in this contest now. She's getting so much power into her ground strokes. She gets 0-30 up, but then a long rally ends with her finding the net. Stephens was patient, although she didn't look to force it at any issue. Robson was doing all the probing. 30-30.

The umpire overrules the line judge to give Stephens the chance to close out this service game at 40-30.

All the aggressive play is now coming from Robson. Deuce.

BREAK! Robson gets back on serve and is well in the ascendancy now! Stephens looks a bit shell shocked, while the Brit is covering the ground well and putting plenty of venom into her strokes.

Robson edges ahead as Stephens fires into the net after the pair exchange a few shots. Robson then follows her in to level it up. The unforced error count is gradually creeping up from Stephens though. 40-15.

It's four games in a row for Robson! She's the one with the momentum.

Robson is putting everything into her shots, but when the balance is slightly off that means it goes awry. When she gets it right, Stephens is struggling to cope. 30-15.

Robson is also finding the net with a bit too much regularity. A big return from the backhand side has Stephens scrambling to ill effect. A double fault then brings up deuce. The American is wobbling.

Stephens holds with an ace at just the right time. She pumps her fist and lets out a little scream. She knows that Robson is on the warpath.

SET! Wozniacki 6-4 Tsurenko

Robson's serving brilliantly. Her footwork is rapid as she runs around Stephens's return to dispatch a forehand. Stephens shows now signs of giving in easily, however, as she replies in kind with one of her own. 30-30.

Robson fights off set point with more aggressive play.

This is a topsy-turvy game, with both players having chances to win it, which for Stephens would mean the first set. It's become a marathon game. Deuce.

A dipping forehand from Robson hits the line and Stephens mistimes her shot, firing into the net. Robson holds crucially.

Robson gave up on the first point, but there was nothing she could do about Stephens's deep forehand to bring up 30-0. Robson produced another fizzing backhand as the American served for the game, before finding a forehand winner to make Stephens slightly twitchy. 40-30.

Robson looks tentative coming forward and volleys into the net. Stephens holds. The Brit needs to do likewise to force a first-set tie break.

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Stephens looks just as worried when coming into the net. Her approach wasn't all that good either. Robson turns the game around to lead 30-15.

Stephens works the ball nicely around the court, but again her net play left something to be desired. Robson had half a chance to pass, but couldn't quite make it. 30-30.

Stephens comes out on top after a long rally and brings up a third set point.

SET! Robson goes too long with a looping forehand and the American takes the first set! This one is far from over though, as Robson only woke up at 4-0 down.

Robson unloads with a couple of deep shots that tease the baseline. Stephens looked like she was about to hold, but an unsuccessful challenge sees us at deuce.

These two are exchanging some mighty blows. Stephens eventually wins through after a couple of deuces.

Stephens forces deuce but Robson sends a couple of tasty forehands her way to get on the board in this second set.

GAME, SET AND MATCH! Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 Tsurenko

Robson did excellently to turn that point around, although she was allowed back into it rather. Robson got just enough racquet underneath the ball to loop it into the air, and Stephens failed to put the smash away. 40-30.

But it's Stephens who edges back in front in this second set.

Right folks, I've enjoyed the time we've spent together but it's now come to an end. I leave you in the capable hands of Liam Power, who will be your eyes and ears for the rest of this match, as well as Roger Federer's encounter with Bernard Tomic. Thanks for joining me, and I'll be sure to see you all soon... on here. Liam...

Good morning tennis fans. I join you with Robson struggling on serve in the fourth game of the second set.

BREAK POINT! Stephens keeps up the pressure and forces a second break point.

Robson hangs on in there with a big forehand but quickly gives up another break point with a poor forehand up the line.

BREAK! Laura makes an early decision to be aggressive at the net but this time it doesn't pay off. A big break for Stephens who is now three games away from securing the match.

Stephens is back on serve and wins three quick points as a challenge goes her way. Robson needs to put pressure on serve to have a chance of getting back in the match.

Robson wins a point but it only delays the inevitable as the American wraps up a comfortable hold with a passing forehand winner. Stephens now has a big advantage and Robson will need to repeat her heroics in the last round to survive.

This game is must win now for the British teenager and she starts strongly. 30-15 Robson after a pair of powerful first serves.

A clever crosscourt winner keeps Robson down by a single break and still in contention at 4-2 down in the second set.

Stephens is back on serve and loses the first point, but quickly responds with a fierce backhand winner to level things up.

In the end a routine hold for Stephens, who is now just a single game away from a place in the fourth round.

Robson is now serving to stay in the match and opens up with an lovely forehand pass.

A pair of unforced errors keeps the game interesting at 30-30. Big pressure now on the Robson serve.

Some brave defending at the baseline earn Robson an important point under pressure. 40-30.

Stephens steps inside and thunders a forehand down the line to bring the game to deuce.

Robson survives on serve under intense pressure. Stephens will now serve for the match.

An important call from the line judge puts Robson 15-30 ahead. Signs of nerves from the American on serve.

A double fault from Stephens hands the Brit two break points at a crucial time.

A superb rally but Robson fails to seize an advantage with a poor drop shot and Stephens recovers to earn a match point.

Stephens looks to have the point sewn up but with the court gaping she mistimes a volley at the net. Robson lives to fight another day.

GAME SET AND MATCH! Robson sprays a forehand wide at match point and Stephens ends the British challenge in the women's singles.

A gutsy effort from Robson to make a match of that after going 4-0 down in the first set. Ultimately Stephens proved too strong and capitalised on a string on errors at key times from the British youngster.

Let's head over to the big match of the night in the men's draw and catch up with Roger Federer against Bernard Tomic.

Federer broke serve in the opening game to hold an advantage on Rod Laver. Tomic has the home crowd behind him but will need to serve to hang on in the first set.

Tomic has had a big build up from a passionate Australian press but is up against one of the greatest players ever to play the game today. The pair are currently locked at deuce as Federer tries to win the first set with a second break.

Two volleys at the net keep Tomic alive by the skin of his teeth.

Tomic shows nice variety to save three set points and force Federer to serve out this opening set.

Federer smashes a 127mph serve down the middle to quickly establish an advantage in this vital game.

A rare double fault gives Tomic half a chance in this game and brings him back to 30-30.

SET! Federer recovers and closes out the first set in efficient fashion. An uphill task for Tomic to fight back from here but the young Aussie does not seem overwhelmed.

Important for Tomic to get on the board early in this second set if he wants to make a match of it. Easier said than done though against Federer.

Tomic comes up big at break point down, unleashing a forehand before matching it with a backhand winner to earn an important hold.

UPDATE! An update from the other match in the men's singles currently being played. Milos Raonic has just gone two sets up against Philipp Kohlschreiber. He leads 7-6(4) 6-3 after 97 minutes of play.

A routine hold brings the match level early in the second set. Tomic failed to apply any pressure on his opponent's serve after winning the opening game.

More pressure on serve for Tomic, who is break point down again in no time at all.

Impressive fighting spirit from the home favourite in that game, showing nice touch at the net to keep the second set on serve.

In the blink of an eye Federer secures a hold with minimum fuss.

Tomic has a foothold in this second set and looks more confident on serve.

A hold to love for the young Aussie has the crowd feeling more optimistic about this match.

In a flash Federer holds again, only allowing Tomic a single point on serve. The second set is still finely balanced at this stage.

Early pressure on serve for Tomic as he slips 0-30 behind.

A fine response from Tomic to rattle off four straight points and secure a vital hold. Still with serve in a second set which will go a long way to deciding if Federer has a fight on his hands today.

Federer peppers an ace down the line before forcing a pair of unforced errors for a 40-0 lead.

Once again Tomic is unable to apply pressure to the Federer serve and the second set stays all square.

Tomic misses two forehands and goes 15-40 down on serve. Federer with a chance to take the lead in the second set.

Two huge serves gets the Aussie out of trouble and back to deuce. Still work to do here for the hold though.

A topsy-turvy game sees Tomic and Federer trade chances to win but end up back at deuce for the fourth time.

Chances missed for Federer as Tomic stays alive with a big hold. That makes it just one break point taken from a possible nine so far for the Swiss star.

GAME SET AND MATCH! Milos Raonic has completed a straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in surprisingly easy fashion. He will now await the winner of our feature match between Federer and Tomic in the fourth round.

All too easy for Federer on serve as he keeps the second set alive in style.

Big pressure again for Tomic, who falls 0-30 behind on serve before battling back to 30-30 with some powerful shots at the net.

A truly special shot from Federer on the turn earns him break point.

Tomic shows impressive powers of recovery to battle back and earn the hold. More chances missed for Federer to break the youngster's serve.

Federer rattles off a quick hold and we need a tie break to settle this second set. You feel Tomic has to win this breaker to maintain a realistic chance of winning the match.

An awesome shot with power puts Tomic 2-0 ahead early in the tie break.

Tomic goes 4-1 up with a relentless display at the baseline. A big chance to restore parity now for the Aussie.

A wasted challenge from Tomic hands Federer the mini-break back and we are level at 5-5 in the tie breaker.

Tomic sends a forehand long and Federer has a set point.

A lengthy rally forces Tomic out wide and in trouble. His hopeful slice drifts wide and hands Federer a two-set lead after 87 minutes of the match.

That second-set defeat will be tough to take for Tomic, who battled hard to earn a 4-1 lead in the tie break. Federer has not had things his own way but finds himself two sets to the good.

Tomic has not let his head drop early in the third set and takes advantage of a slack service game from Federer to earn a break point.

Tomic can't make the chance count and lets Federer back in to win the opening game on serve.

More pressure for Tomic on serve early in the third at 0-30 down. The Aussie responds to level but still concedes a break point.

Federer squanders three break points, but quickly earns a fourth with a fine passing forehand.

A wonderful point finally gets the job done for Federer, who scrambles at the net after a long rally which saw both players show fine touch. Tomic is finally broken for the first time since the opening game of the match.

Update! A quick check on the match at the Hisense Arena, where Gilles Simon has taken the opening set against compatriot Gael Monfils by six games to four.

Yet again Federer holds without any pressure and Tomic looks to have faded in this third set. He trails 3-0 and will need a miraculous recovery to keep this match alive.

Tomic tries to battle back and put a game on the board in the third set, he leads 40-30.

Federer is given the runaround as Tomic sends a backhand winner down the line to win his first game of the set.

No sign of a reprieve for Tomic on the Federer serve as the Swiss seed holds quickly. He is now just two games away from wrapping up a straight-sets win.

Tomic serves up his eighth ace of the match but can't prevent Federer pegging him back to deuce.

All too casual by Tomic at the net as his short volley gifts Federer a break point.

A ruthless forehand finishes the job for Federer, who will now serve for match with just under two hours on the clock.

GAME SET AND MATCH! A hold to love rounds thing off for the phenomenal Federer.

Tomic battled bravely and showed flashes of the talent which sees him held in such high regard by the Australian fans.

Let's hear from Federer now in the post-match interview.

Federer: "I think that was a great match, Bernard got the best out of me. He's a big guy with a lot of power and he'll be tough to beat in the future."

Federer continued: "I've played Milos three times before and every one of them was extremely close. That's gonna be a tough one but I'll get some rest and be ready."

As Federer just eluded to he will play Milos Raonic in the fourth round on Monday. The Canadian beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets earlier today to set up that last 16 clash.

Let's head over to the Hisense Arena for our last match of the day in the men's singles. We are into the second set of all-French clash between Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon, with the latter leading 6-4 3-3.

Monfils is on the comeback trail in this one, having trailed by a break in the second set. He is back in touch at 4-3 down but has the chance to level things up on serve in the next game.

The French pair have Hisense on their feet with a super exchange which included passing shots, volleys and a forehand winner from Monfils. He now leads 40-15 on serve.

Monfils holds serve to keep this second set competitive. You never quite know what to expect from the eccentric Frenchman other than entertainment in spades.

Back to Simon on serve and he duly responds with a pair of passing winners to take control of the game.

A long baseline battle earns Monfils a break-point chance, one he badly needs to take.

Simon fights back with an blistering backhand down the line and we are level at deuce.

Monfils looks tired as he gives up successive points with unforced errors to hand Simon the advantage.

Simon makes an aggressive start as he looks to earn the break that would win him the second set. Monfils swats two forehands aside to build a 30-0 lead on serve.

A punishing rally goes Simon's way to bring him level at 30-30 and two points away from the second set.

Monfils puts in a lazy effort on serve and is made to pay the price. Simon kept putting his opponent under pressure consistently and is rewarded with the breakthrough. He now has a two-set lead and looks in control of a bruising encounter.

Simon looks pretty relaxed in the interval, while Monfils receives treatment on his back. He has to dig deep now to try and find a way back into the match but is no stranger to five-set marathons.

Simon is on serve in the opening game of the third and immediately finds himself under pressure at 30-30.

Monfils showed some fight in that game but couldn't do enough to force the break.

In less than a minute Monfils secures an important hold to get off the mark in the third set. That was much more like it from the former world number six.

Once again it's a rapid-fire hold early in the fourth set, with Simon taking his turn to look strong on serve.

Both players are looking to conserve energy early in the fourth but Monfils needs to try and respond sooner rather than later. The crowd have gone quiet and need a lift.

Early trouble for Monfils on serve as he quickly slips to a 15-30 deficit.

Simon looks to be in some discomfort, perhaps a touch of cramp as he calls for the trainer.

Monfils takes advantage to get the crucial hold and now needs to apply pressure to the Simon serve as he waits for some treatment.

Simon is getting an easy pass on serve as Monfils fails to seize the initiative to trail 40-15.

Another forehand sails wide for Monfils to gift Simon the lead and a welcome chance to receive treatment.

Simon has elected to take a medical timeout and seems to be complaining of some pain above his knee.

Monfils looks impatient to get back underway as he serves with new balls as 2-3 down in the third set.

A hold with energy and purpose from Monfils as he looks to build some momentum in a third set still on serve.

Simon loses the first point of his next service game but responds to draw level. Despite being two sets to the good Simon still looks to be struggling with a leg injury.

A fine response from Simon to hold and go within two games of clinching a place in the fourth round.

Monfils is really struggling in this game and quickly concedes two break points. He has to dig deep here or the match is effectively over.

Simon wastes a golden opportunity with an unforced error into net.

Four points in a row get Monfils out of jail and just about keep him in the match. Simon may rue letting his compatriot off the hook there with a 15-40 advantage.

Monfils stays strong at the net to secure a break point.

Simon fails to keep the rally alive with a mistimed volley at the net and Monfils makes the breakthrough. He leads 5-4 in the third and will serve to take the set.

A tame effort from Simon as Monfils races into a 4-0 lead to earn three set points.

SET! Monfils is well and truly alive in this match as he gets a set on the board in emphatic fashion. He may trail 2-1 in sets but the momentum is with the erratic Frenchman.

Simon needs to regroup on serve early in the fourth, he is still a set in front and has time to get things right.

Monfils earns a quick break point with Simon's movement restricted by that injured knee.

An early break in the fourth for Monfils and he is now in with a great chance of completing a comeback win.

Simon is struggling to get up and down the court and is making no secret of the fact he is in pain. Despite struggling he puts in a brave effort at the net to go 15-30 up on the Monfils serve.

Monfils is now in trouble with an injury of his own as he complains of pain in his right hand. Simon is in no mood for sympathy and has a point to break straight back.

An instant reply from Simon, who forces Monfils to make a mistake at the net to draw level early in the fourth set. A war of attrition has both men struggling to survive in Melbourne.

Once again the server is failing to make their advantage count in this match, with Simon the guilty party on this occasion. He trails 15-40 to a resolute Monfils.

Make that three successive breaks of serve in the fourth set as Monfils picks the right time to launch a huge serve just inside the line. He now leads 2-1 and looks on course to level the match.

Monfils is receiving treatment on court to his hand, with a bandage being applied to what looks like blisters on his palm.

The bandage looks to have done the trick for Monfils has he secures a quick hold to take charge of this fourth set.

Just a minute later Monfils makes it a double break with relaitve ease. Simon's knee problem leaves him looking increasingly unlikely to whether this storm and we heading rapidly towards a fifth-set decider.

During the change of ends Simon has apparently asked the umpire for a chocolate bar. He needs more than a sugar boost to recover in this match and looks to be slumping towards a frustrating defeat.

Monfils is wasting no time wrapping up this fourth set and is 4-0 up at 5-1.

I spoke too soon. Simon saves three set points on serve and you have to admire his fighting spirit to carry on swimming against the tide.

SET! At the fourth time of asking Monfils levels the match and now looks a hot favourite to go on and complete a comeback victory.

Simon has eaten his chocolate, but will it make any difference? Monfils has rallied and unless he capitulates should complete the win in and with it gain a place in the fourth round.

Monfils is first to serve in the decider and quickly has Simon in trouble with a 40-0 advantage.

An easy hold for Monfils and he will now look to apply pressure to Simon's serve and take control of the match.

Simon keeps plugging away and lets out an anguished cry as he reaches for a forehand winner at the baseline. He leads 30-15 but for how much longer can he keep battling against his injured knee?

This time its the arm which causes Simon pain as he sends a slice into the net at deuce.

Simon goes for broke at game point and extends his knee to get to a forehand on the line. He makes the shot but fails to win the rally before slipping to break point in the very next exchange.

Monfils earns break point for a fourth time as he sends Simon all over the court with a variety of well-timed shots.

All pain no gain for Simon in that game as a spirited effort amounts to nothing. He now looks destined for an agonising defeat to his compatriot in this match.

Quite incredibly Simon finds the resolve to secure two break points in the next game as he chases down a shot at the net.

Monfils misses a forehand volley and Simon ends a run of seven successive losing games with an unlikely break. Plenty of life left in this match yet.

Simon keeps hanging in there and forcing Monfils into mistakes. A great effort at the baseline puts him 40-30 ahead.

A terrific exchange at the net sees Simon show a deft touch to clip a volley out of reach and secure the hold. All square now in the fifth set.

After seemingly being down and out Simon has summoned the strength to make a fight of this fifth set. An impressive return earns him another two break points.

BREAK! A thumping forehand earns Simon a vital break and once again the pendulum swings in this all-French clash.

Simon has now won three games in a row after losing the previous seven, what a turnaround!

Monfils stays pretty defensive at the baseline but it pays off to put him 0-30 ahead on the Simon serve. Is the momentum of this match about to change yet again?

Simon survives both break-point chances thanks to a thumping forehand down the line.

BREAK! The run of breaks continues as Monfils responds with a big winner. Six games in this set have produced four breaks of serve.

Simon gets the better of a marathon 47-shot rally to force deuce on the Monfils serve. He has definitely found a recovery from somewhere, maybe the chocolate bar did the trick.

Gael gets the crowd going as he responds to their chants at game point. After a quiet period the Hisense Arena has come to life for this one.

Another lengthy rally full of quality sees Simon leap at the net to claim the point and bring us back to deuce.

Monfils saves a pair of break points to claim a vital hold. He is clearly fired up with that one and acknowledges the crowd's support as he races back to his chair.

Back on serve with Simon and he winning the first two points thanks to pair of unforced errors from Monfils.

Monfils produces a minor miracle to reach a shot at the baseline, but it's all for nothing as Simon responds with an efficient winner to the other side of the court. An even game is now locked at deuce.

Simon concedes a break point with a mistake of his own at a crucial time.

Monfils misses two break-point chances in quick succession and for the fourth time in this game the pair are deadlocked at deuce.

Simon makes the most of a reprieve to hold on in the fifth set. We have now been playing for well over four hours and still we do not have a clear winner.

Monfils serves his 10th double fault of match to gift Simon two break points.

A huge effort from Monfils at the net forces deuce and saves what effectively serves as match point on serve.

BREAK! Simon looks in better shape than he has at any point in the match as he secures the break with a forehand drive. He will now serve for the match after looking in real trouble less than 30 minutes ago.

Monfils is now receiving treatment for an injury to his forearm but must find a third break of serve in this set to stay alive in the Australian Open.

At 15-30 down Simon comes up huge with a thunderous forehand to draw level. Another long rally at 47 shots more than four hours into the match. Quite incredible.

Monfils earns a break-point chance but sends a slice into the net just when his luck appears to be changing. Typically erratic play from the mercurial Frenchman.

BREAK! Monfils responds and cracks a forehand down the line to earn yet another break at a crucial time. All square once again in the decider.

And instantly the server is under pressure once again, this time its Monfils who falls 0-30 behind thanks a pair of careless shots.

Simon earns two break points but fails to convert after timing his dash to the net too late at 30-40.

Monfils recovers to hang on in the fifth and put all the pressure back on his opponent. This is easily the most dramatic match of the tournament so far.

The trainer has to administer treatment to both players, with Monfils grimacing through the pain barrier. Simon will now serve to stay in the match.

Simon just chased down a high backhand to round off possibly the best point of match. Monfils had his back turned thinking the point was won but he was proven wrong by his spirited opponent and trails 40-15.

Simon clinches the game and with no tie break in the decider, we will play on until someone secures a two-game advantage. Both men look exhausted.

Monfils is under pressure straight away on serve, going 15-40 behind to hand Simon two break points.

BREAK! Monfils tries to end a long rally with a high lob but his attempt drifts wide and Simon has the crucial break of serve.

For the second time Simon will serve for the match. He was pegged back within sight of the finishing line before, what does Monfils have left in the tank?

Simon wins the first two points and is closing in on victory!

GAME SET AND MATCH! Monfils sends a forehand long and Simon has clinched an incredible victory against the odds. A superb effort from both players but it's Simon who goes through to face Andy Murray in the fourth round.

Simon had to overcome a knee injury which looked to have him floored in the fourth set. Monfils will be desperately disappointed to lose that match, which was a joy to watch.

Andy Murray will be delighted with the punishment Simon had to endure to win that match ahead of their last 16 clash on Monday.

That brings an end to a marathon day six of the Australian Open and a close to our live text commentary. Thanks for joining us, hope to see you tomorrow as the fourth round begins in Melbourne. Good afternoon!

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