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Wimbledon 2007
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By the BBC Sport team at Wimbledon

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1705: Well, with the live starting to resemble the opening sequence to Dad's Army, covered as it is with British arrows, we will be calling it a day. I know, you want to hear minute-by-minute updates from those names we've come to love - Berankis, Rungkat, Arsenov, Kecki etc - but you know it's not good for you. See you tomorrow when we'll do it all one more time, with feeling.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1702: Murray and Jankovic finally see off Matkowski and Black 7-6 6-7 7-5 on a raucous Court Two. Jelena gets the right hump when about two dozen match points go begging but our Jamie calms her down - nice work son - and it's all smiles moments later. Jamie may well have gone in for the full kiss but aborted, can't be sure.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1643: Jankovic is broken and it's 4-4 in the final set. The sun has just gone in - quite a relief as it was getting a bit hot up here.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1630: Murray and Jankovic are edging towards the semi-finals. They're a break up in the final set.

1620: "It appears Moley is finally losing it. He appears totally reliant on Piers for the smallest detail. Not sure if he'll last through the men's final. That week in Butlin's can't come quick enough."
From LC via text (too right - time for a shift change here before he demands anything esle)

1615: "Jack Johnson (see 1456 entry) looks remarkably like Greg Rusedski!"
From Alex, Surrey, via text

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1607: Murray and Jankovic have been pegged back by Matkowski and Black on Court Two, so it's one set all.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1600: "BBC Sport's Anna Fitzpatrick and Jade Jagger [Curtis] have annihilated their Russian/Australian opponents 6-1 6-3. Something approaching a crowd on Court 18 quite enjoyed that. Guess what? Fitzy's only back on this court for the third time today after a rest to play in the next round (Piers - what round will that be?)".
BBC Sport's TV Mole (two weeks of being a gofer for a mole - quarter-fnals)

1555: Great scenes in the players' box as Marion thanks her dad for all his help, and Monsieur Bartoli gets the bonus of a hearty slap on the back from Richard Williams before bursting into tears.

1552: Here's the Duke of Kent, giving the ball boys and girls a thrill with a few quiet words, before the presentation ceremony. Bartoli collects the runner's-up plate before a beaming Venus gets her hands on the big one.

1548: There it is, Venus Williams wins her fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Marion Bartoli. The arms are aloft, followed by a bow to each side of the stadium and some trademark bouncing up and down. Serena looks happy in the players' box, resplendent in a floral number.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1538: Start the car Jeeves, Coupland and Smethers have done it! Our boys' own heroes have thwarted the evil Jones and Klein on Court Six, 4-6 6-3 10-5, and they're into the quarter-finals.

1536: Venus moves 6-4 4-1 in front and a fourth title looms.

1535: "BBC presenter and former GB wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan has had a quick test of the surface on Court 14 where the wheelchair tennis semi-finals are being played and declares it to his liking. The Athens Paralympics bronze medallist played in the recent National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Gloucester - maybe he could line up out here at some stage in the future..."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at Wimbledon

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1531: It's officially a scorcher! Anyway, Venus is up and about again but now it's Jamie Murray who's having his feet attended to out on Court Two. Jelena Jankovic looks in the other direction. Wise move.

1525: Venus is on easy street at 6-4 3-0 until.... the American is the latest player to go down with an injury and she receives treatment to her groin. We think. Bartoli is out and about on court instigating a Mexican Wave. Crackers.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1520: Murray and Jankovic take the first set against Matkowski and Black in their mixed quarter-final. Not surprisingly, BBC Sport legend Anna Fitzpatrick and able sidekick Jade Curtis are cruising into the girls' doubles quarter-finals. And Coupland and Smethers have levelled too! Happy days.

1515: Venus breaks after a lengthy second game and now leads 6-4 2-0. Will Pierce Brosnan be able to inspire a Bartoli revival? Or will it all be over very quickly? Stay tuned.

1510: Richard Gasquet explains his defeat by Roger Federer: "It's tough for me to run in the second and third sets, I was tired, it was Roger....." That's the spirit.

1505: "Big Nuts, aka BBC Sport's Anna Fitzpatrick, is back on Court 18 to play doubles with fellow Brit Curtis (do not have the energy to find out her first name - Piers kindly do the honours) against T Calderwood and E Chernyakova. No sign of the injury that caused her some bother earlier as she starts with an ace. Top banana."
BBC Sport's TV Mole (It's Jade Curtis. Jade. Like Jagger)

1503: Venus takes the first set in the women's final 6-4 but needs 45 minutes to see off Bartoli. She's a battler.

1500: Boris watch! Just walked past BB and holy hell does he look slick. When I slinked past him hanging in the corridor I swear the air temperature dropped as he was breathing pure cool. Here's the details: beige suit, pinstriped blue shirt, tie, brown loafers = fashion par excellence."
BBC Sport's TV Mole (reacting badly to sunlight)

1456: Murray and Jankovic are tied at 4-4, Venus leads Bartoli 5-4 on serve, Coupland and Smethers are a set down against the dastardly Jones and Klein, and Jack Johnson is wowing the people of Sydney with his soporific strumming at Live Earth.

John McEnroe
1449: "The crowd were encouraging Bartoli to win a game and now they're like, hang on a second, maybe she could win this."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1445: Roger Federer is told by the press that Bjorn Borg thinks the Swiss can win several more Wimbledon titles. "It's kind of obvious," says the champion. "I've played so well here you'd always make me one of the favourites. You would have thought the same after Borg won it three or four times, its not that easy."

1440: Bartoli is back in it with a break back - forget Snow Patrol, these two might have to make do with James Blunt at 7pm. That knowledge should get things moving.

1433: Venus moves 3-0 up against Bartoli in the women's final. Maybe she wants to get home in time to watch Snow Patrol at Live Earth, they're on at 2pm.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1425: British boys Coupland and Smethurst, who sound like they've escaped from a 1950s boarding school, are a break down against the more blue collar Jones and Klein on Court Six, but fear not..... love's young dream, Murray and Jankovic, are back. Only they don't fancy each other, honest. They will be crushing Matkowski and Black in their mixed quarter-final.

1425: Venus breaks serve straight away. The word 'cakewalk' was rushed out a bit early yesterday during Roddick-Gasquet but....

1418: "We are so upset about Djokovic, we love him, saw him there yesterday. Magic. Give him a hug from all his fans in Devon."
From Helen, XX, via text

1415: It's all change again in commentary box four as Venus and Bartoli - nickname suggestions please - warm up on Centre Court. To be honest, it's a bit hot here. Who'd have thought it?

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1411: So the top two seeds in the men's draw will contest the final. In the women's draw, we have the 18th seed battling the 23rd seed - who says women's tennis is predictable? Three cheers for equal prize money! (Also it's a good excuse to use the champagne graphic)

1406: While we await Michael Stich's views on Djokovic's injury, British boys George Coupland and Daniel Smethurst are beginning their doubles match against Australian duo Greg Jones and Brydon Klein. And Venus Williams and Marion Bartoli emerge onto Centre Court with huge bunches of flowers.

Jimmy Connors

1402: "Federer took care of business, no more, no less."
BBC Sport pundit Jimmy Connors

1359: Drama on Court One as Djokovic decides he cannot continue because of his toe problem. So Nadal is through to face Federer again.
Nadal beats Djokovic 3-6 6-1 4-1 retired

1357: Mirka blows chewing gum bubbles contentedly as Roger clinches victory. He's a win away from equalling the five straight titles of Bjorn Borg, who has nipped out of the Royal Box temporarily and misses Federer's moment of glory. Still, at least Terry Wogan claps appreciatively.
Federer beats Gasquet 7-5 6-3 6-4

1350: Nadal has gone a break up in the third set. At the moment, it's looking like a repeat of last year's final is on the cards.

1347: Federer breaks with a superb backhand winner down the line. He now leads by two sets and a break and has not just a foot in the final but one of his immaculately-trousered legs there as well. Mind you, I have a vague memory of saying the same thing when Roddick was two sets and a break up on Gasquet yesterday.

1340: Djokovic survives two break points in the opening game of the third set. It's 2-2 between Federer and Gasquet.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1334: Now it's Djokovic's turn to get the trainer out. It looks like he has a blister problem on his left foot - or maybe he's just having a mid-match pedicure. Over on Court Three, Bogsouth's Wimbledon dreams have died. They have lost in straight sets to Nestor and Likhovtseva.

Jimmy Connors

1333: "I keep going back to yesterday when Gasquet came back against Roddick. He just threw caution to the wind and it paid off brilliantly. It's a little different for him today, though, I fear."
BBC Sport pundit Jimmy Connors

1330: "Defending champs Satoshi Saida and Shingo Kunieda win the opening set of their wheelchair doubles game on a tie-break. It's been a top-quality set on Court 14 with some exciting play."
BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at Wimbledon

1327: Gasquet also looks like he is feeling the effects of a hectic Wimbledon. A trainer is giving him some treatment to his left leg. Meanwhile, Federer is bouncing around on the baseline.

1324: Nadal secures a double-break in the second set. Djokovic is looking uncomfortable out there now - the 9 hours he spent on court in the last two days might be catching up with him.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1320: Chest-bumps all round, the Bryan boys are through to the men's doubles semi-finals, beating Santoro and Zimonjic in straight sets. Federer wins the second set on Centre Court.

1315: Bogsouth have lost the first set. It's going with serve in the second.

Bjorn Borg

1313: Why isn't Bjorn smiling? Clearly the Royal Box butler has not yet passed on the news that he has scooped a massive 51% in the greatest champion vote. Poor old Ginny got 4%. Moley has gone to lie down in a darkened room (see 1235).

1308: Federer has gone a break up in the second set.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon

1306: OK, using the smashed raquet is a bit of an exaggeration but Nadal isn't happy when Hawk-Eye dares to disagree with him - cue angry mutterings from the Spaniard. Does the trick, though, as a fired-up Nadal breaks for the first time.

Jimmy Connors

1303: "The key to Grand Slam tennis is taking your chances when you get them. Gasquet has had them, going to 30-30 against serve time and again, and not taken them, while Federer gets a sniff and that's it, set over."
BBC Sport pundit Jimmy Connors

The view from the fans

1300: Heavens, did moley get out of bed the wrong side today?
LC by text on 81111. Moley doesn't get out of bed on Saturdays, he usually falls off someone's sofa.

1253: Djokovic takes the first set. Nadal will probably give up now. Federer takes the first set with his first break point of the match. That's just arrogant.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1248: Federer faces two break points against Gasquet but saves them imperiously. Fitz has been beaten 7-6 6-3 by Radwanska. Oh well, she's still in the doubles. That steel ain't rusted yet.

Jimmy Connors

1241: "I like the patience Gasquet is showing, while Federer is mixing it up quite well. The quality and aggression isn't quite there yet, but it's coming."
BBC Sport pundit Jimmy Connors

1239: It's 4-4 between Federer and Gasquet while Djokovic leads Nadal 3-1.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1237: Radwanska breaks again. Fitzpatrick has a chance to break back once again but it's not to be. She's a set and 4-1 down. "It could be Gustavo Kuertens for Fitz," says a pessimistic and cheesy colleague.


1235: "This vote is a farce. It's the 30th anniversary of Virginia Wade's Wimbledon win and she has only got four percent of the vote. Where is the patriotism? Makes me sick. You people don't deserve a British tennis champion. Take the vote down - wish I'd never suggested it now."
BBC Sport's TV mole

1232: Bogsouth (aka Alex Bogdanovich and Melanie South) have started their mixed doubles quarter-final. They are playing 10th seeds Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva. Djokovic has broken Nadal in the Spaniard's first service game.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1229: The first game in Nadal's match takes nine minutes. We could be here some time. It's 2-2 between Federer and Gasquet while guess what, our Anna has broken back!

Greg Rusedski

1225: "Federer has dominated the head-to-head with Gasquet despite losing their first meeting, and it only goes to show that he will always find a way to beat a player. Gasquet is much improved of late, though, and his performance against Roddick last night shows he is hitting the top of his game. This could be close."
BBC Sport pundit Greg Rusedski

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1220: Good news: Fitzpatrick is up and playing again. Bad news: she's nearly down and out as Radwanska breaks.

1214: Federer and Gasquet are under way on Centre Court. Needless to say, Nadal and Djokovic are taking a more laidback attitude over on Court One. But finally, the Serb finishes bouncing the ball and Nadal stops picking at his racquet and his shorts and we're off.


1208: "Great first set on Court 18. They are applauding each other's shots, which is lovely to see. However, I'd prefer it if Fitzy was fronting Radwanska out rather than tapping her racquet in appreciation as another winner flies past. Those big balls seem to be shrivelling in the face of some top tennis from the Pole. Come on Anna, let's see some true Sheffield steel (Trade Mark)."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1208: After a brave fightback, Fitz loses the first set in her girls' singles semi-final 7-3 to Radwanska. Our heroine then requires on-court treatment on her shoulder. Oh dear.

John McEnroe
1206: "Djokovic is super fit and mentally as tough as they come, but he'll need to be at 150% against Nadal."
BBC Sport analyst John McEnroe

1205: How is Moli managing to entertain us on Court 13 and through day 12 live??"
Boyler in Wandsworth via text (er, I think that's Alicia Molik)

1200: Right on time, Federer and Gasquet stride out onto a sunlit Centre Court ready for their semi-final, while Nadal and Djokovic make their entrance on Court One.

1158: "Court Six is not being used until 1pm so a ball boy is taking advantage to get 40 winks behind a court fence. Curled up in a ball, he reminds me of a hibernating mole.
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1152: Fitz breaks back! It's 5-5 after a display of what we, as seasoned watchers of the 18-year-old long before everyone else got on the bandwagon, know to be typical grit from the Sheffield native. We liked her before she went commercial.

1148: "I really believe I have the chance to win," Marion Bartoli tells BBC kids' news show Sportsround. A lengthy behind-the-scenes feature follows focusing on the Wimbledon changing rooms and towels. Kids love towels.

1144: The spectators are filing into Centre Court, the net is up and all is well. Not long now until the main events of the day begin, and we're not talking about Live Earth where they've cleverly scheduled Genesis to play first - what better incentive to save electricity? And don't leave it on standby either.

1137: "Oooh la la... Wimbledon has a new heart-throb. Gasquet's exit from the practice courts causes mayhem as he is mobbed by a party of excitable French schoolchildren."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon (is there any other kind of French schoolchild?)

1132: Fitz slips a double break down to Radwanska but the fightback begins when she gets one of them back to trail 3-1. This is nothing for Big Nuts.

1128: "Royal Box time and we are blessed with greatness today, Sir Terry Wogan is in. Oh, and Bjorn Borg. Let's hope the wind doesn't whip up too much of a gale over Centre Court otherwise someone will end up with Tezza's syrup on their lap. I demand a vote - who is the greatest Wimbledon champion in today's Royal Box? Martina Navratilova, Bille Jean King, Bjorn Borg or our very own, Virginia Wade."
BBC Sport's TV Mole (go on then, vote on the way)

1118: After Tupac yesterday [on Radio Wimbledon, not in person] normal service is restored a the All England Club and there's a brass band serenading Henman Hill with some waltzing numbers. Forget Mexican Waves, I'm expecting a spontaneous tea dance to break out."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown at Wimbledon

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1115: Hmmmm. Fitz double-faults to drop serve in the opening game against Radwanska, who we should point out is pretty handy. She's two years younger than our girl at 16 and is number eight in the junior world rankings.

1111: They're off! Fitz is underway against Poland's Radwanska on Court 18 and goofy American doubles twins the Bryan brothers are up against Santoro and Zimonjic in the semi-finals on Court Two.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1101: BBC Sport legend Fitz - we'll leave Big Nuts etc to her evil brothers - is out on Court 18. The headphones have been taken off, the knock-up begins and, frankly, Radwanska might as well call it quits now. And more good news for British tennis fans - Croft and Durie are back on later! After frightening the wits out of their first two opponents, albeit unsuccessfully, they're scheduled fifth on Court 13 against Magers and Martinez. It is their time.

1100: "Marion Bartoli played fab yesterday. Promises to be an inspiring final."
Tina Wootton, xxx, via text

1055: "I had a bet on Bartoli at 150/1 a couple of weeks before Wimbledon. Yippee! Also had a small wager on Gasquet at 99/1. Come on Marion and Richard!!"
From icelandic-superlion on 606

1050: "Over at Mole HQ it is with great excitement that BBC Sport's own Anna Fitzpatrick is playing in my back garden, namely Court 18. Apparently the Sheffield youngster is also nicknamed 'fat bloke' by her brothers in a devilishly ironic twist on her slender frame. In fact, 'fat bloke' is a popular nickname amongst many British tennis players, but mostly without the ironic twist."
BBC Sport's TV Mole

1043: The main action starts at 1200 BST with the two men's semis - Federer v Gasquet on Centre and Nadal v Djokovic on Court One - to be followed by Venus against surprise French package Marion Bartoli in the women's final. But the really big match takes place at 1100 BST on Court 18, where BBC Sport columnist (!) Anna Fitzpatrick takes on Urszula Radwanska in the semi-finals of the girls' singles. Come on Big Nuts! (See her latest column for an explanation).

1040: Rafa is up and about early as usual, smacking the living daylights out of everything that comes his way on Court Nine where a big crowd is watching him practise. And about 20ft away we had Roger Federer on Court Eight but he's only bothered for half an hour. He's becoming slothful after his week on the sofa.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1030: It looks like we're going to make it everyone. The sun is beating down on Centre Court, the wind has lessened from yesterday to a stiff breeze, and the outlook is..... "quite bright although there is a 25% risk of showers". Spoilsports.

Murray and Jankovic reach final
07 Jul 07 |  Tennis


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