Because of a major systems failure there was no internet access around Melbourne Park for more than four hours yesterday. Officials here at the Australian Open had to stay in touch via walkie-talkies, umpires had to record scores with pen and paper.
Two five-set contests in three days proved too much for John Isner on Friday and his exit left the United States without a single man standing in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time since 1973.
Bernard Tomic has had negative press aplenty – he's walked off court, berated officials and fallen out with Lleyton Hewitt – but can he now make happy headlines and sate desire for a home hero?
It is part of the charm of any sport that a contest apparently heading in only one direction can suddenly be transformed, often with no obvious explanation. While the Centre Court crowd were experiencing something similar yesterday, it happened twice in the same match on Court One before Novak Djokovic, seeded second, saw off the 18-year-old qualifier Bernard Tomic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach his fifth successive Grand Slam semi-final.
British player agrees a short-term plan to use Adidas's team of trainers ahead of clay-court season
One of the spectators in Andy Murray's courtside box during his win over Jürgen Melzer had a funny turn here last night. Billy Connolly, who is on a tour of Australia, performed at Melbourne's State Theatre after spending the afternoon watching Murray, having accepted his fellow Scot's invitation to join his entourage in Rod Laver Arena.
The 18-year-old has the talent to restore the fortunes of men's tennis Down Under – if he can just behave
The Wimbledon files
Andy Murray believes skipping his title defence in Doha this week will better prepare him as he aims to claim his first grand slam title at the Australian Open.
The pain in his left knee dominated his thoughts here last night, but as Andy Roddick heads for home after his retirement from the Shanghai Masters he might consider that his scathing criticisms of the gruelling tennis calendar were perfectly timed.
The top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-3, 6-2 late on Wednesday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the American's first match since losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.
Former champion shows his class on grass to teach young pretender a lesson
Exclusive briefing from the man who has coached players from Agassi to Sharapova and the Williams sisters
By the standards of the Pimm's set who frequent these parts a riot nearly broke out here yesterday when the start of the third-round match between Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt was delayed because of a security alert. Thankfully, however, the slow-handclapping died out before anyone sent for the water cannons.
Laura Robson, Britain's junior Wimbledon champion, will play in the main draw at this year's Championships after the All England Club decided last night to award her a wild card. At 15 years and five months, Robson will be the youngest Briton to play at Wimbledon in the Open era and the youngest from any country since Martina Hingis played in the 1995 tournament at 14 years and nine months.