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LATEST ACTION AS IT HAPPENS (ALL TIMES BST)

By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon

606: DEBATE

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2054: Roddick wraps up victory in the tie-break and coach Jimmy Connors looks mighty relieved. That's your lot for tonight. It's been a day of shocks - wonder what tomorrow has in store. See you back here bright and early.

2040: The Roddick match is into a tie-break. It's the only singles match still going on.

2040: Roddick faces a set point but manages to save it. He's obviously keen to finish off Verdsaco tonight. Maybe he is planning a big Friday night out - having to come back tomorrow to play would put a spanner in that plan.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

2033: Andy Roddick is making hard work of his match on Court One. The third seed took the first two sets but went a break down in the third. However, he's just broken his opponent Fernando Verdasco so it's 4-5 on serve. More good news for British doubles - Alex Bogdanovic and Melanie South have just beaten Benjamin Becker and Anna-Lena Groenfeld in the mixed doubles first round.

2018:
Tracy Austin
"The way he celebrated at the end shows what that win meant to Federer. I think he realised that playing against Safin was very dangerous. He was happy to get through it and played extremely well."
BBC Sport's Tracy Austin

2014: Absolute class from Federer in the tie-break as he pummels Safin with some magnificent serves and lashing groundstrokes. He jumps up and down - for a second - salutes the crowd and that wraps up Centre Court for Friday.
Federer beats Safin 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-4)

2008:
Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
Here we go. Safin lets out a huge roar as he fails to make any inroads into Federer's serve. And it's a tie-break in the third.

2000: Jankovic delivers some bad news to doubles partner Jamie Murray, scotching rumours she fancies him. "It was the funniest thing that I've heard lately, somebody said they'd heard on the BBC that I have a sweet spot for Jamie Murray, and I said, where did they get that from? If I don't really know the guy, how can I like him or how can I have a ... and just to confirm that, it's not true."
We think she should be so lucky. He's a lovely, young man with a good sense of humour, prospects and sexy accent.

1954:
John McEnroe
Safin is holding his own out there, surely we're not going to see a late rally? Here's what Mc reckons: "Safin has got his focus now, and he has got to keep that and concentrate on every shot"
BBC Sport's John McEnroe

1945: "Three gongs for Tsonga, on to the 4th round on a wild card and 1st time in Wimbledon."
Via text Here on the live we like to say, let's all do the Tsonga, la-la-la-lah ... or maybe not.

1930: Federer is really steamrolling through his match now. He has taken the second set 6-4 with 57 minutes on the clock.
Tsonga beats Lopez 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3
Hantuchova beats Srebotnik 2-6 6-3 6-4

1925:
Mole
Update from the Mole! "Just spent an hour stuck on a broken train in a tunnel in 45C heat on the Victoria line. Missed 16 overs of the cricket. A RAGING sweaty and hacked off Mole."

1920: Safin got a sniff at Federer in the second set taking an early break, but the Fed Express (did I really write that?) has broken twice to take a 4-3 lead.
Gasquet beats Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-4 6-2.

1913: "Has Moley knocked off early? Doesn't he know his adoring public are waiting with bated breath 4 his next words of wisdom?"
Sad person in Cornwall The Mole has gone to dig up some dirt at the Oval - and before you ask, no it's not Ben Dirs.

1906: "It's all been a bit pants for us at Wimbledon today - blue pants in particular. Dmitry Tursunov and Tommy Haas dazzled us on Court Two as both of them were wearing blue pants under their tight white shorts."
Charlotte and Michelle recovering with Pimms on Henman Hill

1858: And, as if there wasn't enough happening Federer has taken the first set from Safin 6-1, and he looks pretty unflappable out there.

1854:
It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
The Brits are on the up! The lovely Jamie Murray and his American partner Eric Butorac have only gone and seen off the seventh seeds in the men's doubles to make it through to the second round. "Stretch and Booty" beat Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.

1850: Ok folks. Quite a lot happening on the grass, good old Federer has broken Safin to take a 4-1 lead on Centre Court. James Blake is another top 10 player to fall at Wimbledon, the American was ousted by Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-4). And former champion Martina Hingis is also a goner, losing to American Laura Granville 6-4 6-2.

1845: Martina Hingis fails to take advantage of four break points in the sixth game of the second set and now trails 4-2 against G-g-g-Granville.

1841: Incidentally, for the lowdown on Federer v Safin, your host will be Sam Lyon.

1838: Marat Safin gets to deuce on Roger Federer's opening service game. Let's hope that's not as close as he gets to the four-times champ.

1833: The Swiss Miss trails by a break in the second set against G-g-g-Granville. Looks like the injuries are catching up on the former world number one.

1829: "This has been one of the best days of grand slam tennis in a long time."
kim & rafa fan on 606

1826: Huge cheers on Centre Court - were they of relief I wonder? - as Roger Federer and Marat Safin emerge from the locker room. Fasten your seatbelts, folks.

1823: Tell you what, forget Andy, there's a new Murray in town. Jamie and Eric Butorac are now two sets to one up against seventh seeds Jon Erlich and Andy Ram.

1822: "I don't think Martina wants to be out here this afternoon. I don't think she is happy with anything."
BBC Sport's Virginia Wade

1819: Serena Williams does a job for the Federer/Safin fans - destroying Milagros Sequera in 44 minutes. The BBC's Sir Tom Fordyce, a Centre Court ticket-holder today, is still trying to coax Mama Fordyce out of the Pimms tent.

1817: After four days of practically nothing, we could have three shocks on our hands today. Martina Hingis drops the first set against G-g-g-Granville. Blake and Ferrero still on serve in the fourth.

1815: "My family could buy two kilos of carrotts with my father's wages when I was growing up."
Janko Tipsarevic, conqueror of Fernando Gonzalez

Pat Cash
1811: "Apart from a couple of bad games on his own serve, Ferrero is looking in control. Blake won the first set by playing cleverly but he is getting frustrated. He needs to find Plan B but I have not seen that from him yet."
BBC Sport expert Pat Cash

1808: "We don't have one grass court in the country. We have five carpet courts, everything else is clay. How is it possible we have such good players now? I really don't know."
Janko Tipsarevic on the success of Serbian tennis

1805: Serena wraps up the first set 6-1. Milagros needs several miracles here. I've been waiting to use that one (check your Spanish dictionary).

1801: "I think Hingis is really struggling here - almost like she can't release her back and legs."
BBC Sport's Sam Smith

1757: Juan Carlos Ferrero takes a two sets to one lead against James Blake. Martina Hingis is in a bit of a struggle against Laura G-g-g-Granville (check your Ronnie Barker sitcoms if that didn't mean anything to you) - down a break in the first set.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1750: (hums National Anthem) Heroic stuff from Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac. The British/American pairing level up at one set all against seventh seeds Andy Ram and Jon Erlich. James Auckland and Aussie partner Stephen Huss are a set down against fifth seeds Damm/Paes but it's a very tight tussle.

1744: Blimey, we could be in for another shock over on Court 1. The Mosquito takes a 4-1 lead over ninth seed James Blake in the third set.

Martina Navratilova
1743: "Serena's got too much power for Sequera on grass."
BBC Sport's Martina Navratilova as Serena takes a 2-0 lead

1729: Juan Carlos 'Mosquito' Ferrero levels at one set all against James Blake as Ivan Ljubicic joins Fernando Gonzalez in exiting the tournament. The Croat is sunk in four sets by Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Greg Rusedski
1723: "Quite simply, the biggest and best win of Tipsarevic's career so far. Unbelievable."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

1720: Finally! And I say that as a Janko Tipsarevic fan, not someone desperate to see Safin and Federer take to the court. Tipsarevic is the new darling of Centre Court as he gets a standing ovation for knocking out fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 3-6 6-3 4-6 8-6.

1718: British tragedy all over the place. Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac lose the first set against Ram/Erlich. Murray and Jelena Jankovic won't be in mixed doubles action today either as theirs is one of several matches to be cancelled as a result of the earlier downpours. Match point Tipsarevic.

1715: "Fyrstenberg and Kubot are the 16th seeds, ranked 16 in the world the Brits didn't do that badly."
Via text on 81111 OK, fair enough. I take it back. A bit.

1711: "Blake has had less of his first serves in but he has been more effective and is disrupting Ferrero's rhythm. Ferrero is not winning many points on his second serve. He has had his chances in that first set but did not take them."
BBC Sport expert Pat Cash as James Blake wins the first set against Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1704: Jamie Baker and Alex Bogdanovic exit the men's doubles to Polish pair Fyrstenberg and Kubot. I don't even know their first names and frankly I'm so disgusted at the Brits' lame effort, I'm not even going to look them up. Ha.

1701: "The rally of the match and probably the rally of the tournament. What a story this is turning out to be."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski as Tipsarevic breaks Gonzalez. Clearly loving this a bit more than the rest of us.

1658: We love a plucky unseeded Serb as much as the next person, but honestly... Serena, Federer and Safin are twiddling their thumbs in the locker room while Tipso and Gonzo battle it out. And it's Friday night. Still, good on Tipso - he's back on serve at 4-5.

1651: Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac have a difficult task against seventh seeds Jon Erlich and Andy Ram today. They're on serve though at the start of the first set. Meanwhile, Brit pair Alex Bogdanovic and Jamie Baker are teetering on the brink of defeat against Fyrstenberg/Kubot of Poland.

1648: "Henman rock 'n' roll (see poll)? I don't think so! If tennis players were musical acts Tim would be Enya!"
via text on 81111

1643: Gonzo breaks to lead 4-2 and it doesn't look good for Tipsarevic now. Over on Court 3, Ivan 'Ljubo' Ljubicic is in trouble against Paul-Henri Mathieu, two sets to one down. James Blake and Juan Carlos Ferrero are 2-2.

1634: Gonzo's back on track against Tipso - it's two apiece in set five. A very entertaining affair this may be - but it is delaying Serena and the big one: Federer v Safin.

Tracy Austin
1624: "Experience, confidence and closing out matches on a more consistent basis made the difference for Jankovic. Safarova should not hang her head though, she tested Jankovic to the limit."
BBC Sport expert Tracy Austin

1622: Third seed Jelena Jankovic escapes into round four - eventually seeing off Lucie Safarova 5-7 7-6 6-2. "That was the match of the women's championship so far," says BBC Five Live commentator Iain Carter.

1621: Almost got to use the tantrum graphic then - criminally underused at this tournament so far. Gonzo is broken at the start of the final set and fakes as if to smash a ball out of the stadium before thinking better of it.

Mole
1620: "All you Mole fans out there (Hi Mum) that are wondering why there haven't been any updates from the world of TV, it is because Sarah Holt has taken umbrage at me revealing that she is a bit of a weirdo when it comes to hanging round tennis players and won't publish anything of mine. Petty Holt, very pettyż "
BBC Sport's TV Mole Don't worry Moley, Sarah's gone now

1614: Gonzo conjured up three set points against Tipso and all of a sudden we're into a decider. "It could go either way," says a BBC Sport colleague. Indeed.

1613: "Don't know about rock stars but Moya definitely had a Kurt Russell (circa Escape from New York) thing going on against Henman."
Andy via text on 81111

1607: "My money's on Jankovic. In the long run she will prove to be the fitter of the two."
BBC Five Live's Judy Murray. Jankovic leads 3-2 the third set

Greg Rusedski
1553: Here on Centre Court then Tipsarevic is serving at 3-2 down in the fourth, though he leads Gonzalez by two sets to one. Here's what Greg thinks: "It will be interesting to see if Gonzalez emerges from that break with new, aggressive tactics. If he doesn't, I'll be shocked."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

1550: And Gonzo might have started it all but look who's snuck up on the rails for the "most rock n' roll tennis player" vote? Marat Safin gets your vote with 36%, followed by Baghdatis, with Tim "Tiger" Henman third and poor old Gonzo trailing in last. A fix.

1545:
The sun is out again at Wimbledon
Here's some good news for those of you who actually prefer the tennis to drizzle (craziness I say), the sun and the players are out on Centre - and it looks like better weather is on the way too.

1533: The covers are off on Centre. No sign of the players yet though. But never mind that, how's the vote going? Ooh look Marat Safin, who was a bit of a late entry to the list to be fair, is storming into an early lead, surely not with those trim locks?

1530: "Is it me or does Gonzalez look very much like Nick Cave?"
Mike Jones via text. Mr Jones, you have only gone and asked for it haven't you? It's time for a vote! Who is the most rock n' roll tennis player?

1518:
It's raining at Wimbledon
Few spots of rain on Centre and that's it the covers are coming on. Play suspended. Just when it was getting exciting too. Rubbish. The weatherman here reckons it will just be a brief shower though.

1513: "Safarova v Jankovic might just be the best women's tennis match that I have seen in years. Every point is a marathon including about 5 (should-be) winners. Amazing!"
Kim and Rafa fan on 606

There's more to come too as Jankovic has levelled the match, taking the second set 7-6, squeezing through 7-4 on the tie-break.

Tracy Austin
"There is nothing between Jankovic and Safarova, it is a matter of who flinches first. We have seen some real high-quality tennis."
BBC TV's Tracy Austin.

1500: Gonzo has taken a lengthy rest break after losing the third set 6-3 to Tipsarevic. Those tactics certainly helped Feliciano Lopez against one certain Mr Henman.

1456: "Looks like there are some fascinating ladies singles in progress - please, please, please keep us updated on them!
Kathryn, via text

Ok then. The Swiss 15th seed Patty Schnyder came through a close battle with Kateryna Bondarenko to win 6-4 3-6 8-6. Jankovic is still fighting out there - the seventh game of the second set against Safarova lasted 20 minutes!

1453:
Tracy Austin
It's all go here. "This is now a real test of character for Jankovic. She is going to be feeling all the pressure being the number three seed."
BBC TV's Tracy Austin after Jankovic loses a marathon game to go a set and 4-3 down against Lucie Safarova.

1450: "Any star spotters amongst you should get down to the Aorangi practices court right now! Safin, Rafa, Venus, Sharapova and, er, Youzhny are all down here. Shazza's hitting partner is an aging, bald man in a tatty yellow t-shirt, but he's hit two winners past the Russian - much to her annoyance."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese.

1441:
Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
Ooh-er Gonzo throws his racquet to the ground after losing a point, and a ball boy is dispatched to collect it. No wonder the big man is upset, he's 5-2 down in the third.

1429: Er, no. Doherty wins the vote for the person you'd least like to teach your children tennis by 61%. Interestingly, Winehouse and Tarby tied for second while Grace Jones's 10% of votes, must surely mean you wouldn't mind the Slave to the Rhythm icon teaching your kids how to serve then.

1423: Can you stop a Pete Doherty landslide in the vote? Two minutes left!

1415: Gonzo has levelled it on Centre Court. The Chilean fifth seed pounded down some big serves to take the second set 6-3. Here's what Greg thinks, who by the way doesn't fancy copying Tipsarevic and getting a tat done.

"This is the best we've seen Gonzalez play in the Championships so far. He had a tricky few moments in the early stages that he did well to battle through, but now he's really finding his 'A' game."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski.

1407:
Mole
"WHERE IS WINEHOUSE?! There are kids in floods of tears (see 0945 entry). This just isn't on. Who on earth does she think she is behaving like this? I propose a new vote. Who would you least like to teach your child tennis - Amy Winehouse? Pete Doherty? Grace Jones? Or Jimmy Tarbuck?"
BBC Sport's TV Mole. Get voting...

1403: Upset on the cards, folks. Lucie Safarova clinches the first set against third seed Jelena Jankovic on Court 1. It's a tight one though - 7-5. Romantics among you will be delighted to know that Safarova and boyf Tommy Berdych are back on track after a reportedly rocky patch during the French Open.

1400: "What Tim and Greg are saying makes sense (see 1352 entry). Wildcard the first, two years OK but after that they should be on their own."
Maria via text on 81111

1356: "That really was a super set from Janko Tipsarevic. Fernando Gonzalez was just 10-15% off his best, and Tipsarevic made the most of every chance. He really does look to the manor born on the big stage today."
BBC Sport's Mark Petchey

1352: "Tim and I had this conversation before the new LTA regime and we both agree: How can you have players getting wildcards for Wimbledon for six, seven years in row? They have to set themselves goals. They shouldn't need wildcards beyond a certain age."
Greg Rusedski joins forces with Henman in the Brit-bashing

Mole
1349: "What has Tarbuck ever done apart from go to school with John Lennon, some stand-up at the Palladium, wear golf sweaters and have Liza? That is not enough to get in the Royal Box, in my opinion. Adie on the other hand is a national heroine and deserves a season ticket."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1344: "What's happening in the Chakvetadze-Krajicek match?"
Peggy via text on 81111. Since you asked so nicely, Krajicek has fought back from a break down to lead 6-5 in the first set.

1338: "Tipsarevic is like a Serbian Rino Gattuso down there. He's got the tools to trouble Gonzo methinks."
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer on Centre Court as Tipsarevic takes the first set against Gonzalez

1330: Voting over in the website poll and 42% of you reckon the players are to blame for the sorry state of British tennis, so a little bit of respite for the LTA who came in with 36%. Moley, on 22%, will be delighted he's been let off the hook.
Henin bt Vesnina 6-1 6-3

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1318: Time to crack open the champagne graphic... Veteran comic Jimmy Tarbuck and stern news reporter Kate Adie are in the Royal Box!! And they're sitting next to each other!!!! Wonder what they're talking about? Why not text in your thoughts...

1315: Not long to go on the hard-hitting poll. It's a close-run thing - but most of you reckon the players are to blame for the state of British tennis. It could all change though...

1310: Many of you will be familiar with the work of Sir Tom Fordyce on this very website. Well, Sir Tom is down at Wimbledon today with Mama Fordyce. As the Centre Court action gets under way, STF reports: "My mum is officially over-excited."

1300: We're go, go, go. Fernando Gonzalez and Janko Tipsarevic are out on Centre Court, while Jelena Jankovic and Lucia Safarova stroll out on Court 1.

Mole
1253: "Sorry for my recent absence. I have been spying on BBC Sport's Sarah Holt. Saw her hanging round Rafael Nadal and his entourage like a very bad smell. When I first entered the practice area Holty was stood so close to Rafa that she could have told me what deodorant he was wearing. Unbelievable. Not sure if he was happy or not that she was stalking him so blatantly but he didn't hang around for too long."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1247: "Just seen the poll. Can we add "fat middle-aged women who cheer like it was championship point when Tim's opponent dumps a volley into the net at 15 all at 2-3, first set."
Mathemagician on 606. Um, no

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1241: Fanfare please. The rain has abated and the covers are coming off all round the grounds. No word on when play will resume as yet.

1238: I think the 'mole' should spend some time investigating the Murray-Jankovic rumours (see 1123 entry). It would cheer us all up to confirm this new 'love match'!
Stu via text on 81111

It's raining at Wimbledon
1234: The Wimbledon bigwigs reckon it will rain for about half an hour, then be sunny for the rest of the day. Something like that anyway. It's still raining now - but it's also a bit sunny. Crazy!

1231: "My Jack Russel Millie barks like crazy every time Sharapova shrieks when she hits a shot. Other than that Millie likes watching tennis."
via text on 81111

1222: Tim Henman departed Wimbledon yesterday with a salvo for his under-achieving colleagues in the British camp. "Players get very short-sighted around March, April time, positioning themselves to get wildcards for Wimbledon. It's another example of what we've got to get away from," he blasted (well, not "blasted", maybe just "said quite forcefully"). Since it's raining, it's time for a vote.

1214: "What's that coming over the hill is it a Tsonga, is it a Tsonga!"
Jo Wilfried Tsonga Fan Club via text on 81111

1210: "I feel I need to apologise to a lot of people. I live about three miles from SW19 and decided 30 minutes ago to take advantage of the sun and stick a load of washing in the machine. I'm sorry for tempting fate."
Neil, via text on 81111

1203: Bad news folks. It's raining very heavily - and horizontally. There are still some hardy souls sat under umbrellas on Centre Court. Aren't there always? They're just hoping to get into one of those 'it's raining again at Wimbledon' photos.

1158: "All the players are rushing off the practice courts because of the rain. Martina Hingis barged into me - the cheek. I'm off to shelter with Rafa. Cunning eh?"
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

It's raining at Wimbledon
1155: Uh-oh. After all that positivity earlier, the black clouds have gathered and a sudden downpour has the players running for cover.

1154: "One for the ladies this: I noticed a thin scar running up Rafa's spine when he took his top off earlier. I wasn't leering... honestly."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

1150: "Thanks to all you kind folk who have texted in to point out that I should have opted for cheese sandwiches (see 0958 entry). Really has brightened my day. Really."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1145: "Here's my main man Rafa, who announces his arrival by kicking Feliciano Lopez in the, er, rear. That one's for Tim."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

1141: "It has taken just 22 minutes for Henin to wrap up that first set. She looks so comfortable and confident and she hits the ball so elegantly. She is tormenting Vesnina out here. Henin has not allowed her to come forward and it is one-way traffic at the moment."
BBC Five Live's Judy Murray

1135: Latecomers to Court 2 have missed the first set. Henin bags it 6-1 against Vesnina.

1129: "The good news is after indoor practice this morning, the players are back at Aorangi. French youngsters Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are playing nicely together."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

1123: Confusion reins. A rumour emerged the other day that Andy Murray had a new fan in Serb star Jelena Jankovic. Now it emerges that Jelena actually has the hots for brother Jamie - although she claims it's Murray who is keen on her. And guess what? They're playing mixed doubles later today - and that's not a euphemism. Incidentally, the action is under way. Seeds Henin, Schnyder and Chakvetadze all in control.

1119: "They're replaying Henman v Lopez on Henman Hill... Let it go, let it go."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at Wimbledon

1113: "The three orange reindeer are back - today they're on Court 13 in support of Dutch player Michaella Krajicek, who's playing Anna Chakvetadze. It's a contrast in hairstyles - Krajicek's is well-gelled and short and spiky while the Russian has a long blonde plait that would make Rapunzel green with envy."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1057: "The droopy-moustached man in Patty's entourage (see 1031 entry) is her hubby Rainier. Just FYI."
Daniela's No1 fan, via text on 81111

Mole
1053: "Good grief, after the nonsensical drivel that Pete Doherty was going to strum in the queue and Winehouse was going to be teaching nine-year-olds the drop shot (see 0945 entry) we have actually had a genuine pop icon in the grounds. 1980's goddess and all-round barmcake Grace Jones was in yesterday. This sighting of Jones was made by a BBC Sport colleague who now wants to be known as the BBC Sport meerkat (don't worry, I told him to do one). My favourite Miss Jones fact: in 1998, Jones was banned from all Disney properties worldwide after baring her breasts in a concert at Disneyworld. Shocking."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1040: "I reckon today we could see the first major upset in the women's event, with third seed Jelena Jankovic up against the 25th seed Lucie Safarova, and this could be the game where Jankovic's heavy schedule catches up with her."
my name isn't Earl MOT on 606

1031: "Just almost bumped into Patty Schnyder coming into the grounds - her entourage included a droopy-moustached man who looked like he was on his way to a 118 casting. The Swiss player is the first match on Court 18 against Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko, who is the middle sibling of the three tennis-playing sisters."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1025: "Two hours after joining the queue in a soggy field at the back of car park 10, we are so close we can almost smell the strawberries."
BBC Sport's man in the queue - although shortly to be inside the hallowed grounds

1020: "Today will be the day that decides the men's title. This is the last time Roger can be stopped, not only because Safin is arguably the closest to Fed in terms of natural talent, but mainly because as soon as Fed gets to the second week, there's no stopping him."
Tupaki90 on 606

1014: We've got an 1100 BST kick-off today. Justine Henin is among the early birds (so to speak), playing Elena Vesnina on Court 2. Later on Centre Court, Fernando Gonzalez faces Serbian Janko Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic has a tattoo on his left arm reading "Beauty will save the world", a quote from Dostoevsky's The Idiot.

1008: "When I bought my newspaper at 8am this morning, it came with a free poncho. They're now giving out sun cream and some comedy tennis ball-shaped binoculars. I can't help but feel cheated."
BBC Sport's man in the queue

0958: "Because of events in central London, security is tighter than ever inside the grounds today. A dog just came dashing through our commentary position. It had a good sniff of my ham sandwiches but eventually gave them the all-clear."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0950: "Here comes the sun. The raincoats are off and spirits are high in the queue. One of the friendly stewards has just promised us a rain-free day."
BBC Sport's man in the queue

Mole
0945: Morning all, I'm in an above average mood. I broke the two-hour mark for my commute for the first time this week and managed not to drop my coat on the tracks of the Central Line (see Tuesday). Not even a soaking could dampen my spirits as the sun is now shining brightly. I can barely contain my excitement at the prospect of Amy Winehouse's reported appearance in the LTA Kidzone today. I'm going to stick my neck out here - she's not going to turn up is she?
BBC Sport's TV Mole

0935: Amy Winehouse's Rehab is blaring out at Radio Wimbledon. There is a ludicrous rumour that the beehived chanteuse will be at Wimbledon today. At the LTA Kidzone. Winehouse-watch starts here.

It's raining at Wimbledon
0919: Phew, what a scorcher! I jest, of course. It's grey, damp and slightly less chilly than earlier in the week. Still, the Wimbledon weather forecasters remain cautiously optimistic. "Early rain clearing. A few sunny intervals developing." Hurrah! "But also showers for many and some of these showers could be briefly heavy." Boo!

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