Early-morning service Down Under

Time is of no essence Down Under. Jelena Jankovic's loss, Roger Federer's escape and a hometown hero's theatrics kept the Aussie crowd awake until the early hours.

Updated: January 25, 2009, 4:56 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Welcome back to the Australian Open All Hours. Love it or hate it, it's fast becoming an annual tradition.

In 2008, the tournament set a record for the latest finish at a Grand Slam, with the first Saturday's action continuing until 4:34 a.m. Sunday. A 4½-hour battle involving Roger Federer had set the whole schedule back, and Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis rode their five-set roller coaster 'til the early hours of the morning.

One year ...

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