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Murray faces Federer in Australian Open quarter final

Andy Murray beat France's Stephane Robert to reach the quarter final. Credit: Reuters

Britain's Andy Murray faces four-time champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals today.

Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic's three-year reign as champion was ended yesterday when he was knocked out by the Swiss eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

Murray's match is scheduled to begin at around 8.30am UK time.

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Murray sees off 'lucky loser' to reach Aussie Open QFs

Andy Murray is looking to add an Australian Open title to his US Open and Wimbledon wins. Credit: Reuters/Brandon Malone

Andy Murray's bid for a third Grand Slam title remains on track after he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a hard-fought victory over the tournament's "lucky loser" Stephane Robert.

The British tennis star dropped his first set of the tournament but recovered to claim the fourth-round match 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-2 to end the 33-year-old Frenchman's surprise winning run.

The world number 119 had been elevated into the men's draw at the 11th hour thanks to an injury to the man he lost to in qualifying and overcame three opponents.

Murray, who has reached the Australian Open final three times in the last four years but is yet to win the hard court slam, can expect an even tougher test in the final eight in Melbourne.

The fourth-seeded Scot will face the winner of the fourth-round match between sixth seed Roger Federer and 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Murray wins Aussie Open second round in straight sets

Andy Murray has beaten France's Vincent Millot 6-2 6-2 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open.

The Briton will face world number 27 Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the third round.

Andy Murray was battling the temperatures as well as a Frenchman in Australia. Credit: Reuters

Extreme Australian weather: Lightning over Melbourne

A bolt of lightning appears in the sky as Stephane Robert of France plays Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Credit: Reuters / Brandon Malone

Following an earlier suspension of play due to extreme heat, the tennis was further interrupted later in the day by heavy rainfall.

Reuters photographer Brandon Malone captured a lightning bolt appearing in the Melbourne skyline while Michal Przysiezny played Stephane Robert played on an outdoor court.

Play has currently resumed on the covered showcourts for the evening session. Andy Murray's second round match has been delayed.

Egg fries on court in extreme heat at Australian Open

Temperatures in Melbourne are so hot that an egg has been pictured frying on court at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise tweeted this photograph:

Forecasters suggested temperatures could hit 44C on Thursday and Friday.

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Brit arrested wearing gambling device at Aussie Open

Daniel Dobson, 22, walks away from court in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Reuters

A British man has appeared in court in Melbourne accused of illegal courtside gambling activity at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Daniel Dobson, 22, was arrested on court two at Melbourne Park and discovered to have a device in his shorts which would enable him to transmit the results of points before they were officially distributed around the world, the court heard.

The system, designed to be quicker than the delay on television broadcasts, would be advantageous in in-play betting markets.

Dobson's lawyer said he was simply collecting data for the betting agency.

The Briton has been charged with engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome.

Prosecutors told the court that police were investigating two other British men in relation to the same offence.

Hutchins wins at Aussie Open after cancer comeback

Britain's Ross Hutchins (right) and Colin Fleming on court in Melbourne. Credit: Jon Buckle

British doubles player Ross Hutchins has won his first tour match since his remarkable comeback from cancer.

Twelve months ago the 28-year-old Londoner was beginning six months of chemotherapy to get rid of the Hodgkin's lymphoma that had invaded his body.

Hutchins had to build up his fitness from nothing after being told he was in remission in July but on a baking hot Melbourne afternoon he and Scot Colin Fleming beat Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny 4-6 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open.

"I think we did well to dig out a win today," he said. "It was actually brilliant to be honest, and I'm loving the feeling right now.

"This is a fantastic tournament, and I'm just thrilled to be back involved and back able to hopefully try to win more matches."

Andy Murray into second round with straight sets win

Andy Murray serves beneath the Melbourne sunshine. Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray has cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-1 6-4 win over Go Soeda of Japan.

Murray, making his return to Grand Slam action for the first time since back surgery in September, took just 87 minutes to overcome the world number 112.

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