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First-round defeats and success for next generation send out timely warning to British pair

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Defending champion looked rusty by his high standards

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Both Heather Watson and Laura Robson were knocked out of the Australian Open on the opening day's play

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

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The tournament has an “extreme heat policy” under which the referee can suspend play on outside courts and close the roofs

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic admits Boris Becker link-up is a 'risk'

The German has been drafted in as coach

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Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray hopeful he's ready for heat in Melbourne

The British number one gets underway in Melbourne on Tuesday

Serena Williams has regretted her complaint over the cold temperatures in Melbourne with the heat set to dominate opening week of Grand Slam

Australia Open: Serena Williams regrets 'freezing' Melbourne complaints with temperatures set to soar

Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014

Heather Watson progressed tot he Australian Open main draw after beating Irina Falconi

Australian Open: Heather Watson beats Irina Falconi to join Laura Robson and Andy Murray in Grand Slam main draw

21-year-old had to qualify for the tournament and triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-1) to progress to the main draw

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open: Andy Murray ready for the heat after back surgery pays off

Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.

Boris Becker, top, Ivan Lendl, who had no experience of coaching before joining Andy Murray apart from running a junior academy in the United States, and Stefan Edberg, Federer's newest coach

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Andy Murray started the craze, but is there an advantage to enlisting a Grand Slam winner from over 20 years ago as coach

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