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Wimbledon 2007
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By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon


2010: Well, men's semi-final day proved quite a day. We do at least now know who will be in the men's semi-finals, which will start at 1200 BST tomorrow ahead of the women's final. We'll be back, too, but for now it's au revoir.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

2006: Just a quick British update before we sign off: Cornish and Rae have lost. Curtis and Fitzpatrick are 4-3 on serve, having lost the first set. Pauffley and Willis are a set down but James and Thornley are a set up.

2002: With a sizzling cross-court winner (about his 100th of the match), Gasquet earns match point. Roddick approaches the net and plops a volley into the net. It's the second major French shock of the evening.

1959: Roger will be in front of the TV with his dinner on a tray (bet Mirka does a mean cottage pie) just loving this. Gasquet leads Roddick 7-6 in the fifth.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1955: It's 6-6 between Roddick and Gasquet. Jessica Jackson has gone out of the girls' doubles. Cornish and Rae sound more like a firm of solicitors but they are in fact a British girls' doubles partnership. They're about to lose in straight sets.

1950: The stubble Roddick had at the beginning of this match is turning into a full beard. It's 5-5 in the final set.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1947: Fitzpatrick and Curtis have lost the first set on a tie-break. But it's OK, this is a day of comebacks.

1945: "Back from the shop. Did I miss anything?"
LC by text on 81111. (No, don't worry, just one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history. More importantly, did you buy any mole traps?)

1940: The imaginative chant of "Gas-quet! Gas-quet! Gas-quet-et!" starts up on Court One as the Frenchman moves 4-3 ahead in the final set. It's still on serve, though.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon

1934: "My game was not on at all in the first set. Then I saw Pierce Brosnan (in the Royal Box). He is one of my favourite actors so I thought it would be good to play a bit of tennis. I tried to play a little better and here I am."
Marion Bartoli tells the BBC about the motivation behind her shock defeat of Justine Henin. (Wonder what her favourite James Bond film is? On Her Majesty's Secret Service? Thunderball? Dr Non? Forehands Are Forever?)

1927: Anna Fitzpatrick (yes, the BBC Sport columnist) is now on court for her third match of the day. She's partnering Jade Curtis in the girls' doubles. Can she make it three wins? Course she can!

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1924: With Roddick's match stretching on, Pauffley and Willis' star billing (see 1814) has been downgraded to Court Three.

1922: Just so you know, Federer is 5-1 on Gasquet, including beating him in straight sets in the first round at Wimbledon last year.

1918: Beginning to regret the cakewalk comment (see 1758). It's more of a sticky toffee pudding at the moment for Roddick, who's just lost the fourth-set tiebreak. Gasquet is in inspired form, blazing winners all over the shop. Court One spectators have had value for money today.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1914: Roddick and Gasquet are in a fourth-set tie-break. Things aren't going so well for the Brit girls in the doubles. Broady and Moore have just gone out. Jackson (who's playing with Canadian Voicu) has lost the first set and Cornish and Rae are a break down in the first set.

1909: Before the tournament we thought we might see a French woman in the final but nobody (except maybe papa Bartoli) expected it to be this one. Move over Mauresmo, Marion's in town!

Tracy Austin

1904: "If Bartoli wins this third set (and the match), it will be the upset of the year."
BBC Sport analyst Tracy Austin

1900: "Bartoli is really playing awesome tennis from the back of the court - Henin doesn't know what to do, and her forehand has gone walkabout."
Five Live analyst Judy Murray

1859: Bartoli is now a double-break up on Henin. Roddick and Gasquet are locked at 4-4 in the fourth set.

The view from the fans

1855: "Please tell us about the man in the hat in the players' box on Centre."
Fiona by text on 81111.

1852: The usually unflappable Henin is, well, flapping. She stuffed Bartoli 6-1 6-3 when they met at Eastbourne a mere fortnight ago but now the French player leads 3-0 in the final set. And the sun is still shining. What is the world coming to?

1841: Bartoli has taken the second set against Henin and gone an immediate break up in the decider.


1838: "LC (1806) many thanks for your kind offer. Could you nip to the travel agents and book me a long holiday to a country where no one will talk or care about tennis after Wimbledon finishes (A week at Butlins in Skegness would do it). Failing that, anything containing some vitamins would be nice. Due to catering issues here I have resorted to getting my five a day from fruit flavour penny chews that someone brought in."
BBC Sport's malnourished mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1833: Dyce and Evans have been rolled out of the boys' doubles.

1829: Dyce is, er, dicing with defeat in his doubles match. He and Evans took the second set but are down in the super tie-break.

1826: Gasquet takes the third-set tiebreak against Roddick. Guess I'd better look up his head-to-head record with Federer...


1820: "A whole day of play today. Huzzah. There are people in the Broadcast Centre being treated for shock. The only dark cloud in this otherwise peach of a day is being provided by the people who are still texting and emailing in to ask who that guy in the hat is in the Players' Box (see 1343). I'm pretty sure a few of you are doing it to try and get a rise out of me. It's working. Please stop. You know who you are."
A cheesed off Mole

1814: A chance to sample the showcourt big time for Neil Pauffley and Marcus Willis - the GB boys' doubles match against the wonderfully named Arsenov and Kecki will now follow Roddick's match on Court One.

1809: All that cakewalk talk (see 1758) has led to Roddick getting broken back. Dyce and Evans are a break up in the second set.

1806: "Moley, I'm just popping out to get some shopping. Do you need anything?"
LC by text on 81111

The view from the fans

1802: "What is Justine Henin drinking at the changeovers? It looks like chocolate milkshake."
Toby by text on 81111. (We don't have a chocolate graphic, will strawberry do instead?)

1758: Roddick is a break up in the third set. It's been a cakewalk - just as well as Roddick will next meet Roger Federer, who has a 13-1 career record against him.

1752: Boo! Alex Bogdanovic and Melanie South's mixed doubles quarter-final has been cancelled until tomorrow. And it's a let-off for the umpires on duty today as Jonas Bjorkman's mixed match has also been postponed.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1746: Graeme "The Dice Man" Dyce is back for another roll. This time he's in the boys' doubles with Dan Evans. But they've lost the first set to that Lithuanian/Indonesian combo Berankis and Rungkat.

1740: Roddick takes the second set against Gasquet. There's a full house out on Court Two where Goran Ivanisevic is in doubles action, partnering Cedric Pioline against the Woodies.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1735: Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic wrap up a 6-3 7-6 victory and are now in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles. He said earlier he hadn't bought a ring yet but maybe the extra three grand he's just earned will change his mind.

Pat Cash
1728: "Mental meltdown - a couple of shocking drop shots to give away the game."
Pat Cash on Five Live as Gasquet is broken by Roddick in the second set

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1720: Anna Fitzpatrick roars into the semi-finals of the girls' singles. A 6-2 7-5 winner over Gail Brodsky. Her BBC Sport column should be a cracking read! The 18-year-old from Sheffield will face top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or sixth seed Urszula Radwanska in the last four. Meanwhile, Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic are 6-3 5-5 up against Knowle/Sun. Heady days indeed.

1716: Ridiculous (see previous entry) is a little harsh although it is a bit jerky - and not very effective either as Henin breaks to love.

1713: "Get ready for Bartoli's ridiculous service action. I spent the whole of her previous match watching it with a mixture of amusement and bewilderment."
via text on 81111

1711: "Are you making up this Anna Fitzpatrick? I can't see her on the women's draw or order of play, now I know British tennis is poor...but making someone up!"
Baffled Tom, via text on 81111 (As if! She's in the girls' singles and this is her second match of the day so it might not have been on the original order of play. She's now 6-2 5-5 up. Hurrah!)

John Lloyd
1708: "The bottom line is Roddick is serving so well - his winning percentage is 79% on his first serve, and 74% on his second, and there's nothing Gasquet can hurt him with."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd as Roddick takes the first 6-4

1704: For those of you unfamiliar with Marion Bartoli, here's some facts... She's actually the 18th seed here. Her dad's a doctor who quit his job to travel with his daughter. It was Daddy Bartoli who persuaded her to hit double-handed off both sides after watching Monica Seles play. She often practises using a big stick. Not sure why.

1701: Justine Henin and Marion Bartoli are due out on Centre Court in the second semi-final, as Andy Roddick serves for the first set against Richard Gasquet.

1656: Ana Ivanovic saves three match points but Venus Williams finally serves out a 6-2 6-4 victory in one hour 26 minutes. She'll go for her fourth Wimbledon title in the final on Saturday.

1653: "Re: Fred's text (1615). In case you had forgotten moles are blind. You sightist. How was I suppose to find my way to the toilet when your flat is clearly a maze and is not designed for habitation by moles? And I refute your allegations - I was merely emotional after England's stirring win over the West Indies. PS please apologise to your fiancee, she shouldn't have had to witness what she did. I fear my wedding invitation may now fall foul of a 'postal strike'."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1649: "Who thought Ana could win Wimbledon? I've been saying all day this game would be a no contest."
nottsfhj on 606 as Williams goes 5-3 up in the second set

1646: "A work colleague just pointed out the startling resemblance Roddick has to Stiffler (of American Pie fame)."
James, still bored, still at work, via text on 81111

1640: The Brit-march gathers pace. Petch and Wilko beat Cash/Krajicek in straight sets, Anna Fitzpatrick takes the first set against Gail Brodsky 6-2 and Murray/Jankovic are 5-2 up already against Knowle/Sun.

1635: Juan Carlos Ferrero is asked if he is happy to have taken a set off Roger Federer. "I was trying to win the match, not a set," he replies politely.

1631: Bit more information on Anna Fitzpatrick's opponent Gail Brodsky. She's 16, American and in her spare time, she likes "hanging out".

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1622: Is this Britain's most successful Wimbledon since Ginny Wade's glorious cardie-wearing march to the 1977 title? Almost certainly not. But by jove, Anna Fitzpatrick is doing the nation proud. She's 4-1 up against Gail Brodsky. And over on Court Three, Petchey and Wilkinson (remember?) are a set and a break to the good against Cash/Krajicek. Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic are on serve in the first set against Knowle/Sun. I've got tears in my eyes.

1620: Roger Federer on his enforced five-day break: "It's been OK for me, it's been nice. I've been waiting at home instead of the locker room, which is cosier. I went to the city a couple of times, the hairdresser, watched movies, hung out." Basically, he did what Mirka told him as we established (see 1050 entry).

1617: "At this point I'd bet my mortgage on Ivanovic winning the next two sets."
A lovesick sirPaulScholes on 606

1615: "I went to the cricket with Moley last Friday and he stayed over at our flat. Never again. He was found at 2am half drunk, half asleep by my fiance in our wardrobe. She had to lead him back to his room like a confused pensioner. My dad says moles are a pest and the best thing for them is a spade over the head. I can now see what he means."
Fred via text on 81111

1610: Novak Djokovic completes an incredible 7-6 7-6 6-7 4-6 7-5 win over Marcos 'Pugwash' Baghdatis in a minute under five hours. Standing ovation for them on Court One. Djokovic will have to recover quickly in time to face Rafa Nadal tomorrow.

1606: Venus bags the first set against Ivanovic in 36 minutes. Can she break the hour mark?

1605: Baggy sticks an easy-as-you-like forehand into the net to give the Djoker three break points. The Serb takes the first with a steaming return and he'll serve for the match at 6-5.

1603: "Is that another baby Krajicek on Court 17?"
via text on 81111 (It's Austin Krajicek, an American, and no relation to Richard or Michaella. Bit of public service broadcasting for you there.)

1557: As several of you clever people have already suggested, Henin v Bartoli has been moved from Court One to Centre. At this rate, Venus will be done and dusted before Baggy and the Djoker have got through their fifth set.

1553: "Over on Court 18 and we are subjected to more geriatric doubles. Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd v Paul McNamee and Peter McNamara. Can't help but notice McNamee has a bit of a silver Kevin Keegan perm going on. A soporific-looking crowd stare on vacantly. One young schoolboy looks like he is being forced to do his homework, as if watching this wasn't punishment enough. Bates and Jarryd are one set up people - we are living the dream."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

Marcos Baghdatis and Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash and Marcos Baghdatis
1549: And there we have it. A BBC Sport website poll decides Marcos Baghdatis looks like... Captain Pugwash. And he does a bit. Cat Stevens was a good shout though. Meanwhile Baggy and the Djoker are still on serve in the decider.

1548: "Venus is unstoppable - she's fluent and everything is clicking against Ivanovic."
Five Live's Jonathan Overend as Williams goes 4-0 up

1544: "Re Baghdatis: bit late in the day I know, but I'm amazed no one's mentioned the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens."
Ewen via text on 81111

1539: Bad news Ana Ivanovic fans. And I know there are a lot. She's 3-0 down inside 10 minutes against Venus.

1535: Old Man Bjorkman has been fined a whopping $1,500 for his foul-mouthed outburst at the umpire during his defeat to Tomas Berdych yesterday. The Swede called umpire James Keothavong "absolutely useless". Disgraceful.

1530: "I can't help but see a distinct resemblance between Baghdatis and a young David Gest judging by your photos."
Carl via text on 81111

1525: OK, people. Stop texting in about Jamie Murray. He and Jelena Jankovic will be on Court 14 after a girls' doubles match. Rest assured you haven't missed the Scot sizzler. Anna Fitzpatrick plays her quarter-final against American Gail Brodsky on Court 7 shortly.

1519: Plenty of time to worry about who Baghdatis most looks like... our man takes Djoko into a decider. Roddick and Gasquet twiddle their thumbs in the locker room.

1514: Roger Federer made it fun for a while by actually losing a set but he's through to the semi-finals after a 7-6 3-6 6-1 6-3 win over Juan Carlos Ferrero. He awaits Roddick or Gasquet. Ivanovic v Williams up next on Centre.

1509: Into four hours' action over on Court One where Djoko has just surrendered his break in the fourth set and it's 4-4.

Steve van Zandt
1501: Captain Pugwash is bossing the Baghdatis lookey-likey poll. It's almost a landslide. Steve van Zandt, of E Street Band 'fame', is lagging behind - and I'm not sure publishing his picture for those of you unfamiliar with his work is going to change that. Elderly colleague (see 1223, 1238) is losing his eyesight, bless him.

1456: "Time for me to reprise the role of Jeff Banks, circa the Clothes Show 1991, and wax lyrical about fashion in a way that never compromises my masculinity. Yep, it's Boris Becker time! Today the high priest of cool is decked out in a crimpled (is that a word?) cream suit and black loafers. A look that gives the impression that a time machine has lifted him straight from drinking lashings of Ginger Beer after a game of Fives at Eton in 1927. Tremendous scenes."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1450: "Federer is just using Ferrero for match practice."
Demontagnac on 606

1446: It feels like we've been staring at Marcos Baghdatis since the very dawn of time, and jolly good fun it is too. It has also prompted some bizarre lookey-likey chat in commentary box four - Steve van Zandt (who?), 'Captain' Jack Sparrow (bit flattering), Captain Pugwash (that's more like it) and Johnny Vaughan (!). You be the judge, it's website vote time!

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1443: Sheffield steel from Anna Fitzpatrick. She's a BBC Sport columnist - had we mentioned it? Fitzy's through to the quarters after a 6-2 0-6 10-8 champions tiebreak win over 13th seed Ksenia Lykina.

1442: In the blink of an eye, Federer wraps up the third set 6-1 against Ferrero. King back on track. Nothing to see here now.

1438: Controversy! And it doesn't involve the weather or the schedule. During a ladies' doubles on Court 3, Nadia Petrova whacked a ball straight at the unsuspecting Liezel Huber. MissSospanFach texts in: "There's tears, shouting and ice!" They're playing nicely again now though.

Greg Rusedski
1437: "Djokovic has lost his patience - it's almost like he's hit the wall."
BBC Sport's Greg Rusedski

1433: Baghdatis misses two set points but he holds his nerve and we're into a fourth. Federer a break up in the third against Ferrero.

1428: If Baghdatis doesn't win this set... well he might be a very angry young man. He's already served for it and now he's a mini-break up in the breaker. But remember that last tiebreak?

Boris Becker
1425: "I expected this to be a tough match. Ferrero has been getting better and better with each match in this tournament and he has the heart of a champion."
BBC Sport pundit Boris Becker

1422: "When will you commentators learn not to tempt fate? Anna Fitzpatrick now down 5-0 in the second set (see comment at 1352)."
Ruth via text on 81111 (She lost that set 6-0. Don't worry, she's probably saving herself for the decider)

1421: Lordy. I can hardly believe my eyes. FEDERER HAS LOST A SET! As predicted, the King of Wimbledon is struggling in the wind and Ferrero has taken advantage.

1417: Baggy looked like he'd really got the measure of Djoko then, reeling off five games in a row, but he's broken as he serves for the set and he now looks, well, broken. It's a cracking match.

1411: The graveyard of champions claims yet another victim. On Court 2, Croft and Durie go down 6-1 6-2 to Novotna/Sukova. On the plus side, it's a round-robin tournament so plenty more opportunities to see the demon duo in action. They've still got to play Conchita Martinez and Gretchen Magers. Hurray!

Boris Becker
1407: "Ferrero has no choice but to be patient, keep holding serve, and then hope Federer starts making mistakes because the Swiss is looking in prime shape at the moment."
BBC Sport pundit Boris Becker (Federer 7-6 3-3 Ferrero)

1403: Baghdatis does a funny sort of twirl as he celebrates going up a break. Djoko is rattled.

1400: BBC commentators Petchey and Rusedski are perplexed. "Why oh why didn't Djokovic come to the net?" they chorus. If only Djoko had the cool head of Petch and Ruser... the Serb's been pegged back to 3-3.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1352: Change in tone? Doubt it. We'll still be banging on about Sheffield's Anna Fitzpatrick. She's a set up now and closing in on the quarter-finals.

1350: Britwatch - Fitzpatrick leads Lykina 5-2 with a double break in the girls' singles, Croft and Durie have Novotna and Sukova exactly where they want them at 1-6 0-1. Tomas Berdych is asked how the conditions were on Centre Court. "Windy," he replies. Great stuff. See if you can spot the subtle change in tone as we change shifts here on the live.

1347: Djokovic goes a break up in the third set and leads 3-0 - a semi-final with Rafa beckons. Federer takes the first set against Ferrero in the tie-break, 7-2.

1343: "Emails to the BBC TV tennis team from the Great British Public are not particularly varied. In fact, the hottest topic of discussion year in, year out goes roughly like this: 'Who is the elderly man with the large hat who sits in the Players' Box every day?' Well, his name is David Spearing, he looks after the Players' Box and he has been doing it for 34 years. ARE YOU SATISFIED NOW?! Let this subject never, ever be discussed again."
BBC Sport's TV Mole (what about Boris?)

1340: Roger Federer resumes against Juan Carlos Ferrero on Centre Court at an apparently tricky 5-5, 40-40. He whacks down an ace and holds. Croft and Durie fans, look away now... they're a double break down to Novotna and Sukova.

1338: "Enough of this tennis nonsense! What's Boris wearing today?"
From James via text (quite right, where's ratboy when you need him?)

1333: When do you play next, the press ask a defeated Jamie Murray: "In about 10 minutes, so if we could wrap this up...." And on the burning Jelena Jankovic issue: "She's fun but I haven't quite bought a ring yet."

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1329: The sun is out and Britain's last remaining junior singles competitor, Anna Fitzpatrick, is under way against Russian 13th seed Ksenia Lykina on Court Six. And the BBC Sport columnist (we'll let that go in a bit, don't worry) breaks in game three. "C'maaawwwwnnnnn!" as Lleyton Hewitt would say. Croft and Durie, meanwhile, are beginning their inevitable demolition of Novotna and Sukova.

1327: Golly. If that doesn't wipe the smile off Baggy's face, nothing will. Baghdatis goes 6-3 up in the tie-break and misses a total of six set points before Djokovic nicks it 11-9. A two-set lead for the fourth seed from Serbia now.

John McEnroe
1325: "Rafael Nadal is not just a claycourt player. He's proved himself unbeatable, literally, at Roland Garros, but on grass he is making a real believer out of me. He can win this tournament, without a doubt."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1320: Rafael Nadal completes a surprisingly easy 7-6 6-4 6-2 victory over Tomas Berdych on a sedate Centre Court and he will play Baghdatis or Djokovic next. That is if they ever finish their tie-break - 8-8 now.

1317: Baghdatis is dangerously pumped up, he could do himself a mischief. He gets to 6-3 up in the tie-break against Djokovic but it's soon back to 6-6. Crumbs. Nadal misses a match point on Berdych's serve but it won't be long.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1310: Butorac and Murray are out, as ninth seeds Dlouhy and Vizner do the business 7-6 6-3 3-6 6-2. This will probably get a lot more attention later on when there is a change at the helm of this live and much cooing over 'poor Jamie' will follow. For now, we're looking forward to Croft and Durie. Lovely Annabel. And Jo.

1308: Nadal breaks 'never again to be considered for the honour of being commentary box four dark horse' Berdych and is strolling now, two sets and two breaks up. "This is just turning into a practice session for Nadal - it's like having a day off but inviting Berdych to play a few sets," says Five Live's Jonathan Overend. Tie-break time for Baggy and NoDjo (?).

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1303: Djokovic almost gets the crucial break in game 11 of the second set against Baghdatis but the Cypriot makes a surprise visit to the net and sticks away a volley, and follows up with a big serve, to save two break points - it remains on serve. Djokovic throws his racquet in anger and gets a code violation - old school! Butorac and Murray are a break down in the fourth now.

1254: And still they chant, "Marcos Baghdatis, Marcos Baghdatis!" on Court One. The Cypriot Steve someone or other lookalike (see 1238 entry) leads 5-4 but trails Novak Djokovic by a set. Nadal has wrapped up the second and is making short work of 'former commentary box four dark horse' Tomas Berdych, breaking again at the start of the third.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1250: On your feet you lot, someone stick the national anthem on.... Butorac and Murray have got a set back against Dlouhy and Vizner, who still lead by two sets to one on Court Two.

1245: "You do get the feeling that Baghdatis is in danger of losing his way in this match. He's dwelling on the bad shots a little too much and not patting himself on the back over the good ones."
BBC Sport commentator Simon Reed

1242: Leaving aside the Saxondale thread below, Nadal continues to be a set and a break up on Berdych and is looking really impressive, coming into the net a lot, and Baghdatis and Djokovic are on serve in the second. Butorac and Murray are two sets down but a break up. And Armitraj/Armitraj against Smith/Nastase is tottering towards a tie-break on Court 11.

1238: "I did, of course, mean Steven Van Zandt of E-Street Band fame before any smart alecs point out my error. I'm just not old enough to really be across that sort of fact, you see..."
Elderly colleague (we think it's lovely that he can use the internet at all)

1236: "Er, esteemed elderly colleague (see 1223 entry), are you referring to blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughn? Or E Street Band alumni 'Miami' Steve van Zandt??"
From The Boss via text (one of several texts that have already pointed this out)

1230: "Important update on the woman from the queue who has been wearing the same trousers since Tuesday 26 June. Just seen her and yep, you guessed it, she has still got them on. Frrrrrrrresh.
BBC Sport's TV Mole

Greg Rusedski
1227: "We didn't see one serve and volley from either player in that first set, and that's an aspect they both need to add to their game if they're going to take that next step."
BBC Sport analyst Greg Rusedski on Baghdatis v Djokovic

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1225: A couple of decent days of weather have put paid to British hopes in the boys' singles - Graeme 'I rolled the dice and it came up 1' Dyce loses in straight sets to Ricardas Berankis.

1223: "With that bandana Baggy (see 1212 entry) is a dead ringer for Stevie Ray Vaughan of E-Street Band fame," says an (elderly) colleague. One for the kids there.

1220: Butorac and Murray are now two sets down to ninth seeds Dlouhy and Vizner on Court Two and The Dyce Man is a game from defeat in the boys' singles on Court 10. Still, Croft and Durie will be on soon. Baghdatis saves a break point in the opening game of the second set - "Marcos Baghdatis, Marcos Baghdatis!" chant his fans, correctly.

1218: Berdych drops serve at the start of the second and we may be needing the tantrum graphic soon.

1215: "So what has Kuznetsova got in place of the corn rows, although anything would be an improvement!
From Karen, who will miss Wimbledon when it's over as reading the live text makes work a much happier place, via text (well Karen, it's sort of blond and floppy and not in corn rows. I dunno, I'm male)

1212: And Nadal follows up by taking the opening set on a tie-break against Berdych. Meanwhile, an apparently fully-sighted colleague suggests Marcos Baghdatis is a dead ringer for Jonny Vaughan. I ask you.

1210: OK, apologies to all those wanting a Baghdatis v Djokovic live - staffing issues - but we'll do our best to keep you regularly updated here. If it's any consolation, it's a cracker. No, thought not. More ball-boy based drama as Baghdatis is interruped at 3-6 down in the tie-break when one of the little chap's caps blows off onto the court. Djokovic takes the breaker 7-4 but they could be out there for a while.

1203: "When can we have Rog's comments on the poll?"
From Roxy, Rackham, via text (when he's allowed?)

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1157: The Dyce Man loses the opening set on a tie-break against Master Berankis. 7-0.

1155: Drama on Court One - a ball boy injures his leg and hobbles off court! Is it serious or was he faking? What will Michael Stich have to say? Will the little fella be back for finals weekend? Oh, and Baghdatis saves two set points to level at 5-5.

John McEnroe
1152: "With all the breaks in play that have occurred these past two weeks, I can only credit the players for how well they are performing match after match. It must be so tough and yet they keep producing."
BBC Sport pundit John McEnroe

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1150: The girls' world number one wins (see 1126 entry for her name). Meanwhile, Butorac and Murray have dropped the first set against Dlouhy and Vizner.

1147: Baghdatis almost looks angry for a moment over a 'not-up' decision - almost. He cheers up pretty quickly as he breaks Djokovic's serve to love and they're back on serve at 5-4 to the Serb. The Cypriot contingent on Court One goes bananas and there's a chant of "you're not singing any more!"

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1145: Bad news Britain - out on Court 17 Marcus Willis goes down in two tie-breaks to Gastao Elias in the boys' singles, although it does mean he avoids a quarter-final with number one seed, and possible Bond villain, Vladimir Ignatic. That leaves just The Dyce Man in the boys' singles - he's 4-4 with Berankis.

John McEnroe
1140: "Berdych can go all the way to the top of the game. He's got all the tools, he's trading shots with Nadal - one of the best passers in the game - and if he can conquer his nerves, he is on track to be a top, top player."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1136: It looks like Nadal and Berdych are settling in for a long morning/afternoon of multiple breaks - if that's your bag the relatively amusing Sam Lyon will give you game-by-game updates. We will be sticking with an eclectic mix of facts, opinion and rubbish.

1131: "Just been hanging with my main man Greggy R [he means hassling Greg Rusedski]. He had to nip off early last night to film '8 Out of 10 Cats'. He said understandably that it was hard not to be outwitted by the four comedians on the panel. Fortunately the other guest was Trisha, so I'm sure Greg will come up smelling of comedy roses. I can think of no better reason to watch it tonight than it is up against that atrocity of a film, 'Wimbledon'."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1129: Djokovic is racing away with the first set against Baghdatis, leading 4-1, and Berdych breaks back against Nadal.

1126: Stretch and Booty - really not sure about that - have made a steady start against Dlouhy and Vizner out on Court Two, Graeme 'The Dice Man' Dyce has shared the first two games with Ricardas Berankis in the boy's singles and...deep breath... girls' number one Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes the first set against Arantxa Rus. We will not be returning to that match until it's over (ova?). Nadal breaks Berdych.

1121: Berdych misses two break points against Nadal in game one, although we're slightly more concerned with the way our temporary accommodation feels like it's moving in the wind.

1113: Finally, after a seemingly endless knock-up, we're off on Centre Court. And if anyone saw the umpire apparently autographing Tomas Berdych's cap, he was actually inking out one of the sponsor's ticks because there was one too many.

The view from the fans
1110: "Breaking tennis news - Kuznetsova has got rid of the corn rows!"
From MissSospanFach, at a windy Court Three, via text (now THAT, people, is the kind of text we're after!)

1105: "Does anyone else think Baghdatis is a legend? Brings a bit of light to a gloomy Wimbledon. Marco to dethrone the Fed!"
From Brian via text (the Cypriot fans on Court One clearly agree)

1100: The ball boys and girls are out on Centre Court, shivering, and here come Rafa and Tommy almost unnoticed by the handful of spectators.

1050: A thumping 56% of you think that Roger endured five days being told what to do by his girlfirend Mirka during his epic rain break, while 20% of you went for the more sensible option that saw Rog lying on the sofa watching Hollyoaks and taking no notice of any pretence at a storyline. Surprisingly, 16% of you think he required five days for a sightseeing bus tour of London, which is pushing it even with the congestion charge, and only 8% swear blind you saw the Wimbledon champion 'avin it in Ibiza. Rinsin'.

1043: Well, we've left it late because past experience has taught us that by the time you've finished typing out the official weather forecast you might as well chuck it in the bin, but things are looking better today so here goes.... "A good chance of an uninterrupted day's play, rather cloudy and windy with just a 30% risk of catching a brief light shower." Blimey.

1040: "I find myself rather wishing for a third week. I'm going to miss the airy banter when the tournament finishes. What am I to do with my days (apart from work)??
From Nix via text

1035: The net's being unrolled on Centre Court, where it is distinctly parky in the howling wind. It will definitely favour those with a low ball toss. There's your serious tennis point for the day. One of the groundstaff just fell over, ha ha ha....

1030: "Kirsty (see 0933 entry) - I'm not going to get into a tawdry battle for your affections with Alex Bogdanovic. If you are happy to choose a man not even good enough to make Great Britain's Davis Cup team or the world's top 100 ahead of someone who has overcome the prejudices of being a Mole to reach the very peak of his professional then fine. Your loss."
A haughty BBC Sport TV Mole (who has already told us he is "laden with utter nonsense" to do today - he means work)

1025: "You'd think Rafa would have had enough of this place but with an 1100 start, he's out on Court Nine getting some extra hitting in and generally belting the ball about as if his life depended on it in front of a big crowd. Opponent Tomas Berdych and fourth seed Novak Djokovic are warming up unnoticed nearby. Presumably Baghdatis is making hair-restraint contingency plans - it's blowing a gale."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

1020: Clearly you lot don't think Rog is quite such the master of his domain off the court as on - the vote is heavily favouring "did what Mirka told him" during his five days off, but there's still time to change all that.

1013: Rafael Nadal was asked last night how he would schedule Saturday's play: "I put two men's semi-finals - one on Court One the other on Centre Court at same time, and after the final of women's. You like my schedule?" We do Rafa, and clearly so did the schedulers. As if he didn't have enough to do, eh?

1010: "Well, we're still on schedule - just about - with all the singles that had to be concluded yesterday in the nick of time before the rain arrived. The rain may have caused havoc but it means a fabulous last few days with action everywhere. The five hours of play yesterday were sensational, with thrilling comebacks, match points saved, and Rafael Nadal the pick of the performers with three sets of the best grass-court tennis he's ever played."
Five Live's Jonathan Overend

1002: "There is unbelievable optimism for unbroken play today in the BBC Production office and seemingly around Wimbledon as a whole. The incredibly posh Honorary Steward's regular morning greeting outside the front gates of 'Tally ho everyone, pip pip' etc was remarkably even more upbeat than normal. Perhaps it's just me that thinks its going to belt down and we are all going to be here until Christmas."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

0954: "To stokecity_potter (see entry below), maybe this would explain his lacklustre start against Juan Carlos yesterday."
From, er, yellowfurryballs on 606 (easy lads, we'll have no trouble here)

0952: "I reckon Roger (see 0938 entry) was watching Stoke City's 1972 League Cup Final over and over again."
From stokecity_potter on 606

0945: More Brits to watch out for - it's the last 16 stage in the girls' and boys' singles and we still have BBC Sport's very own columnist Anna Fitzpatrick, Graeme Dyce and Marcus Willis going strong.

0938: Poor old Roger Federer has to get himself off the sofa again today - after his exhausting 10 games yesterday. Can't have been easy off the back of five days sitting around. Or was he? What did Rog get up to with five days to spare? Maye a quick trip to Ibiza, a chance to catch up on all those episodes of Hollyoaks he's missed, or a trip round London on a "red bus thing", as Andy Roddick suggested. Or Maybe he was just bossed around by his missus and can't wait to get back on court. Time for a (website) vote!

0933: "As Moley is cagey re his marital status, may I ask if there's a Mrs Bogdanovic? I likes what I see. More please! He's winning, you know. I propose a poll - Mole or Boggy? Sorry, I think all this rain has rendered me unable to handle rational sport analysis.
Love (especially to Alex) Kirsty, v bored at work, via text (get a grip woman, Mole or Boggy?)

0925: Tournament referee Andrew Jarrett has announced that the schedule on Saturday will see the two men's semi-finals begin at 1100 BST, on Centre Court and Court One, with the women's final at the traditional 1400 BST on Centre Court. Great news for tennis early birds, not so for those hoping for a lie-in.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
0915: Continuing the positive theme, it's another big day for Britain in what some incorrectly consider to be the 'lesser' events. Jamie Murray and pretend Brit Eric Butorac take on Dlouhy and Vizner in the first match on Court Two - and they're followed by the return of Croft and Durie! Humbled by the evil Bollegraf and Lindqvist the other day, they're back (it's a round-robin) to play Novotna and Suker in the second match on Court Two. Easy.

0910: So, it's an early start for Rafa today but he won't care, he laughs in the face of sleep. He's up against 'official commentary box four dark horse' Tomas Berdych on Centre at 1100, while the cheerful duo of Baghdatis and Djokovic kick off proceedings on Court One.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0900: Morning, and welcome to the wackiest tennis tournament in the world. It's men's semi-finals day, so we have four men's quarter-finals and two women's semis. The wrong line-up but a very good one. And the sun is shining, the forecast is good and Radio Wimbledon is pumping the unlikely sound of Tupac around the All England Club - it's party time!

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