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Murray and Konta lead British charge on Australian Open day six

| 22.01.2016

The main incident on day five of the Australian Open was undoubtedly Nick Kyrgios’ outburst en-route to losing to Tomas Berdych.

Day six is unlikely to provide a similar music-based meltdown, with focus returning to tennis in a number of intriguing clashes.

Andy Murray will be the focus of proceedings, with the 28-year-old the highest-seeded player taking to the court, but there’s more to day six than just Murray.

Here are the three major talking points to look out for:

British stars in action

Fans on these shores will have a lot to look forward to on Saturday, with Murray and Johanna Konta both in action.

The British male and female number ones will be facing Joao Sousa and Denisa Allertova respectively, with the Wimbledon winner and his compatriot favourites for their ties.

Murray is priced at 1/50 to win, while Konta comes in at 1/2 and anyone willing to get up early enough will get some patriotic pride seeing them advance to the fourth round.

Hewitt’s final bow

Lleyton Hewitt finished his singles career with a loss to David Ferrer in the second round, leading to emotional scenes in his homeland.

However, the 36-year-old isn’t finished just yet and has to see out the doubles tournament with partner Sam Groth before he can retire, with Henri Kontinen and John Peers their second-round opponents.

Hewitt and Groth are 7/4 underdogs for the clash, but given the narrative of this match-up, you have to back the former Wimbledon champion.

Keys and Ivanovic set for tight encounter

The two closest-ranked players going up against each other on day six are 15th seed Madison Keys against 20th seed Ana Ivanovic.

When they last met, the Serbian emerged victorious in the Madrid Masters, but Keys excelled in this tournament last year as she reached the semi-final and will fancy her chances to exceed that achievement this year.

The most enticing look for this match is to back the American to lose the first set but emerge victorious, with this possibility priced at 5/1.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.