Hutchins and Fleming bow out
Ross Hutchins' hopes of Australian Open progress were ended as he and partner Colin Fleming lost in the second round of the men's doubles.
In the first round, Hutchins had posted his first victory since recovering from cancer, and the British duo took the first set against Indian-Pakistani pair Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi on Saturday.
They also led by a break early in the deciding set but the seventh seeds hit back strongly to win 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Fleming and Hutchins had finished their first-round match with a run of eight games in a row and they picked up where they left off.
But a poor service game at the start of the second set from Hutchins cost them as Bopanna and Qureshi levelled.
The British pair responded in perfect fashion to lead 2-0 but Fleming was broken to love immediately and they did not win another game.
Fleming and Hutchins will now wait to find out whether they have been selected for Britain's Davis Cup tie against the USA in San Diego.
Captain Leon Smith will name his team on Tuesday for the World Group clash, which begins on January 31.
There was also defeat for Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers, who went down 6-4 6-4 to American Eric Butorac and South Africa's Raven Klaasen.
Murray had been unsure whether he would play the match at all on Thursday after suffering heat stroke following his first-round win.
The Scot required several hours of treatment, with his brother Andy saying: "He wasn't in a great way. We just tried to make sure someone was with him throughout the day."
He recovered sufficiently to continue in the tournament, and would have welcomed the much cooler weather in Melbourne.
But he and Peers were undone by a solid performance from Murray's former partner Butorac and Klaasen in blustery conditions.
One British player did make the third round of the men's doubles, Londoner Dominic Inglot, who, with his Filipino partner Treat Huey, defeated Italians Andreas Seppi and Potito Starace 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-1.
Inglot and Huey missed the chance to wrap up the match in the second set but put the disappointment behind them in the best possible way by winning the first five games of the decider.
Inglot, 27, is the top-ranked British doubles player at 28 in the world after he and Huey enjoyed an excellent 2013, reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open and winning an ATP Tour title in Basle.
The pair meet Fleming and Hutchins' conquerors Bopanna and Qureshi next for a place in the last eight.