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Wimbledon day two as it happened

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By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

2100: Well, that was a truly uplifting way to end the day and means we have two British men into the second round, with Murray to face Malisse and Eaton up against the wildly inconsistent Dmity Tursunov. An appropriate way to sign off with just a few matches still going. Join us tomorrow morning for Federer, Djokovic, Serena and Elena (Baltacha).

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2056: There's real drama out on Court Three late on day two as the frankly unknown British qualifier Chris Eaton gets to match point against Boris Pahsanski. The 20-year-old from Surrey cannot take advantage at the first attempt but his Serbian opponent spoons a forehand long on the second and the place goes bananas. Eaton's dad leads the celebrations and it seems every member of the family and friends are on hand. A glorious 6-3 7-6 6-4 win. "A British guy won!" shouts someone in the crowd in amazement. Lovely stuff.

2043: Darkness is descending but there is still a decent crowd on Centre Court watching Venus and Serena demolish Poutchek and Rodionova. James Blake has just seen off Christophe Rochus in four sets and late starter Elena Dementieva leads Maria Elena Camerin by a set.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2037: It's all over for Jamie Baker as he loses the third set and goes out 6-4 6-2 6-3 to Stefano Galvani.

2027: Fabrice Santoro has no complaints after his defeat by Andy Murray. He tells the press: "We played quite a good match. I had chances in the second set but didn't take them. Andy was moving well and returning good."

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2017: Amazing scenes as Chris Eaton shrugs off the disappointment of squandering a set point at 6-5 to wrap up the tie-break 8-6 and go two sets up. Happy days!

2013: Now that Andy Murray is safely back in the locker rooms, British attention turns to Eaton and it is standing room only on Court Three. Photographers are also arriving and squeezing into spots on the side of the court.

2009: Crucial few minutes await on Court Three where British qualifier Chris Eaton, who won the first set against Boris Pashanski, has taken the second to a tie-break.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2000: Jamie Baker faces an uphill task to stay in the Championships now as he loses the second set of his match with Stefano Galvani.

1954: "Poor old Pashanski must feel the whole world is against him - the court is packed with people willing him to lose and when he complains about a very dubious line call, one Eaton fan tells him to 'get over it.' That didn't improve the Serbian's mood, funnily enough."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Tim Henman
1946: "It was a fantastic start, great for Andy. He'd been wanting to get that match under his belt for a week or so. He's really getting a lot of pop on his serve and his game looks in good shape."
Tim Henman on BBC Two

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1944: The good news for Britain - Andy Murray has finally seen off Fabrice Santoro 6-3 6-4 7-6, a win greeted by cheers around Centre Court and also in Commentary Box 3 as it allows Tom Fordyce to go and get a stir fry from the restaurant. Chris Eaton is also doing sterling work at a set up against Boris Pashanski on Court 3, but Jamie Baker is struggling at a set and a break down against Galvani on 19. "Bring on the stir fry!" they cheer.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1932: There we have it, Katie O'Brien sticks a forehand long to lose her seventh straight game and hand Shahar Peer a 6-3 7-5 victory. The Israeli looks understandably delighted after that second set while O'Brien troops off disconsolately.

1925: "Great serving by Eaton so far, he's powered down ace after ace and is looking cool, calm and collected. I'm sitting next to his mum and dad, and they seem pretty happy. The Brits are out in force on Court 3, including one bloke who appears to be wearing union jack pyjamas."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1920: Oh dear. Katie O'Brien is going backwards fast, this is painful. The Brit has seen a 5-0 lead in the second set disappear and Shahar Peer is two games from victory. Still, Delgado and Auckland have levelled at two sets all against Paes and Dlouhy, and Murray is one match from a place in the second round. So no graphic.

1907: Andy Roddick has finished off loose cannon Eduardo Schwank, who doesn't play by the rules but is irresistible to women. Possibly. British qualifier Chris Eaton is under way against Boris Pashanski on Court Three, Jamie Baker is a break down against Stefano Galvani, and Katie O'Brien is trying to close out the second set against Shahar Peer. It's a Britfest.

Tim Henman and John McEnroe
Proof that Henman and McEnroe really do get along
1901: The Henman/McEnroe match that we never got to see on Centre Court is now taking place in the BBC commentary box, with plenty of spikey chat as Andy Murray takes on Fabrice Santoro. If you're looking at this on the web or most phones you should be able to see a lovely pic of the two great men in their new environment.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1856: Apologies for my massive error but Auckland and Delgado are far from beaten, as it's best of five isn't it? My humble apologies to the British pair, who are two sets to one down but a break up in the fourth. Have a graphic in..... apology.

John McEnroe
1854: "I had a number of conversations with (Murray's temporary clay coach) Alex Corretja in Paris and he expressed his frustration at his inability to get inside Andy's head."
John McEnroe on BBC Two

1850: Murray recovers from a break down to take the second set with a beautiful lob. O'Brien is a set down but 2-0 up against Peer on Court 17.

1844: "If Wayne's World had a tennis playing professional, Eduardo Schwank would be the dude."
From Cen via text on 81111

1842: Great news! Gisela Dulko has battled back to beat Aravane Rezai in three sets. Oh, and former champion Lindsay Davenport is through too.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1834: "Having gatecrashed the Keothavong family party earlier, I've now infiltrated the O'Brien camp in the corner of Court 17. Peer has just broken back for 3-3 but Katie's coach is telling her to 'Keep calm!' Easy for him to say."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1831: Murray is a break down in the second, as Tom Fordyce will tell you in more detail elsewhere. Otherwise, Donald Young (see 1620) will have to wait a bit longer for career lift-off after losing in four sets to Jessie Levine. Dlouhy and Paes have seen off Brits Auckland and Delgado in three sets. And Davenport is a break up in the decider against Voracova.

1825: "We are guestimating 1378 people on Henman Hill where all faces are glued to the screen. I feel a little rumble of Brit fever beginning. One of the teenagers (see 1808) has passed out now - I hope I'm not to blame for this."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1820: Jonas Bjorkman will never win the Wimbledon men's singles title - it's official. The 36-year-old Swede who retires at the end of the year has lost to Arnaud Clement. But he'll be back for the doubles, rest assured. Meanwhile, Gisela has come roaring back to take the second set 6-0 against Rezai, and Roddick has snaffled a two-set lead against Senor Schwank.

1814: "Katie hasn't got much support on Court 17 - more empty seats than Union Flags. All the Brits must be watching Andy."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1812: Britian's Katie O'Brien is under way against Shahar Peer and is quickly into a 2-0 lead against the 24th seed. Impressive.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1808: And lo and behold, Murray wraps up the first set 6-3. Meanwhile, Lindsay Davenport, who just served for the match, has now lost that set and is level with Renata Voracova.

1808: "Murray will win in straight sets - this is a warm-up for him - say four Scottish teenagers on, um, Henman Hill. Though one adds that he's making too many unforced errors."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1802: News just in for stats fans - Julia Goerges' 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 16-14 win over Katarina Srebotnik was nothing compared to the 1995 classic that saw Chanda Rubin beat Patricia Hy-Boulais 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (5-7) 17-15 in a thrilling three hours 45 minutes.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1755: It's all a bit 'after you' on Centre Court as two of tennis's touch players try and see who can come up with the cutest angle. I reckon Murray needs to start smacking it about, as they say in the coaching manuals. Anyway, Santoro recovers an early break and it's 3-3. Dlouhy and Paes take the second set 6-0 to level against Auckland and Delgado. And lovely Gisela has dropped the first set 6-1 against Aravane Rezai.

Mole
1747: "Wowsers. One of Roger Federer's already legendary cardies has appeared in our production office and boy is it an absolute beauty. It feels wonderful to the touch. I want one. Hmmm, mind you I've just been told it costs £260 so think I might swerve it. Get slated for wearing cardigans as it is."
BBC Sport mole

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1741: James Auckland and Jamie Delgado have done well to take the first set against Dlouhy and Paes. Over on Court one a relaxed Andy Roddick is coolly bouncing a ball on the side of his racquet frame after taking the first set against Eduardo Schwank, the 1970s maverick cop and playboy. I made that last bit up. And lovely Gisela Dulko is just starting on Court 9. Where Caroline Cheese has Feliciano Lopez, I have Gisela.

1735: "When it comes tennis & Britain, we have no choice but to put all our eggs in one basket. Come on Andy! Bring it home laddie!"
From Ryan via text on 81111

1731: A standing ovation and endless cheers on Court 16 after world number 102, Julia Goerges of Germany, beats 23rd seed Katarina Srebotnik 16-14 in the final set.

Tim Henman
1724: "People say Murray has variety and likes to change the pace but Santoro has lots of tricks and will never give Andy the same ball twice. I'd like to see Murray be proactive and dictate, and then I think he'll be OK. I think he's got a little bit too much firepower."
Tim Henman on BBC One

1720: "I was invited to Thorpe Park today, but realised that Murray's match will be a much more thrilling roller coaster than any theme park can offer!"
MagpieMatt on 606

1716: We will obviously be covering Murray in glorious isolation through the tireless Tom Fordyce elsewhere on the site, but I'll keep you updated with the basics. Elsewhere around the grounds, Roddick is on serve against Schwank, Davenport has taken the first set against Voracova, and dear old Jonas is two sets to one down against Clement.

1712: "Looks like a couple of ladies earning their pay on court 16."
From Del, Chelmsford, via text on 81111 (Indeed, Srebotnik and goerges are tied at 13-13 in the final set)

1711: "Murray looked lean and in very good shape after his practice session up at Aorangi Park earlier today. When he came off court he had a quick word with BBC Sport. He said: "It was tough last year watching my brother win a title at Wimbledon. Unfortunately I was not playing because I was injured so I'm looking forward to getting back out there this year. Santoro is a tough player. He has a strange game so there should be some fun points but I'm feeling confident."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1710: Xavier Malisse has just beaten Denis Gremelmayr to set up a second-round clash with Fabrice Santoro or.... Andy Murray. Speaking of which, after a tricky third set Nadal has just seen off Beck 6-4 6-4 7-6 and we are all set for the British number one.

Mole
1700: "Another foray over to the practice court and the latest player to face a tough grilling and the withering stare of the BBC Sport Mole is Marco 'Captain Pugwash' Baghdatis. He grinned manically throughout my punishing list of questions which I think he was doing to deliberately unsettle me. It worked, the swine. However, it was still better than the Kuznetsova debacle (see 1532). Shiver."
BBC Sport mole

1650: Fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko explains his surprise defeat by Benjamin Becker. "He played good but I played very bad." Pure gold.

1646: The quality keeps coming on Court One, which is good as Ma Newbery is there for the day after regaling her youngest with tales of the traffic/car park/next door having their roof done etc. Next up is Andy Roddick against the magnificently named Argentine, Eduardo Schwank.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1644: You think it's been a bit quiet on the Brit front? Well, unfortunately Sarah Borwell and Jocelyn Rae have just gone out of the ladies' doubles to Poland's Domachowska and Radwanska. We still have Andy Murray and Katie O'Brien today though people.

1638: "It's a tuxedo look," Sharapova confirms to BBC Sport. "I was very inspired by menswear this year. I'd never worn shorts before at a Grand Slam and if there's a place to do it, it's Wimbledon."
Sharapova on her tuxedo look

1633: Sharapova wraps up a straight-sets win over Stephanie Foretz on Court One, takes the applause of the crowd and then has to work out how to put her 'tuxedo-style' jacket back on. Once she's done the belt up and put a couple of massive racquet bags over her shoulder, some of the grace is lost.

1631: "My work colleague who only this morning said that a Davydenko straight sets win was 'safe money' has just packed up and gone home red faced!"
From Paul, in Atherstone, via text on 81111

1628: The dream is over. Russians will have to make do with trifiling matter of Euro 2008 now as Nikolay Davydenko, the world number four, has been beaten 6-4 6-4 6-4 by Benjamin Becker.

1620: American teen hope, sensation and future world number one Donald Young is ready to take Wimbledon by storm. Poor old Donald has been touted as the next Borg/Laver/Sampras/Federer since he was about 12. Now about to turn 19, the Chicago native is out on Court Five against fellow American Jesse Levine. Levine leads 3-0.

1614: "Should that not be "AndyMOANium"? Sorry couldn't resist..."
From Andrew, Cheshire, via text on 81111

1608: Rafa takes the second set against Beck and we're closing in on Andymonium.

1606: "Piers, surely we dont have any right to mock feds cardigan. He is so good that he should be allowed to wear an alan partridge style peep-hole pringle and not expect any banter!"
From Eoin via text on 81111 (As long as he doesn't wear the accompanying underwear)

1602: Anyway, back to the tennis. Benjamin (no relation to Boris) Becker is two sets up with a break now on Davydenko, and Radek Stepanek has finished off Jan Hernych so quickly he's still got time to get down the shops and buy something nice for Nicole (see 1543 entry). The old dog.

1600: "Don't think i didn't notice the mix up with the connors/becker graphic on 1538. You thought busy projects execs like me had better things to do with their time didn't you! Wrong......"
From John in work via text on 81111

Jimmy Connors
1553: "Why have you got a picture of jimbo next to boris beckers remark?"
From lynne, at work in hinckley, via text on 81111 (Thought I'd got away with that. Nice to see the old boy briefly though, eh?)

1552: Hopefully, Caroline Cheese will get over her wedding ring envy sharpish and get back up here to fix my TV, with which she has a magic touch. Nikolay Davydenko appears to be heading for the door marked 'Nalbandian' as he's two sets down now to Benjamin Becker. Sharapova and Nadal are both a set and a break up, captain inconsistent Paul-Henri Mathieu has just beaten Oscar Hernandez, and Court 14 is the land of the giants, with Ernests Gulbis leading John Isner by two sets to one.

1543: "Just at Court Five where Radek Stepanek is in action, watched by current squeeze Nicole Vaidisova, who is sporting a diamond ring the size of a fist on her wedding finger."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese

Boris Becker
1538: So we've had Roger in his cardie, Serena in her trenchcoat, Sharapova's tuxedo... what is going on out there? I'm hoping Andy Murray will come out in a frogman's suit or dressed as a medieval jester for the knock-up. We should know soon enough as Nadal has wrapped up the first set against Beck. "The longer the rally, the better Nadal gets," as Boris Becker says on BBC One.

Mole
1532: "Just been over to the practice courts to conduct what turned out to be a tortuous interview for all concerned with fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Flagging spirits and wounded egos were soothed by watching Andy Roddick show off some outrageous left-handed shots in a Kevin Pietersen-esque switch-hitting manner. Also Daniela Hantuchova was deep in practice with an diminutive fellow who looked like a cross between Terry McDermott (Scouser, perm) and Barry Chuckle (of Chuckle Brother infamy)."
BBC Sport mole

1528: "Re 1415, i may be wasting time in work by reading the web, but young alex is both watching tv AND reading the web AND texting in school! It's certainly changed since my day. Happiest days of your life."
Patrick, Tyne and Wear, via text on 81111

1526: A quick scoot around the grounds tells us that Nadal has broken big bad Beck and is close to sealing the first set on Centre Court, Nikolay Davydenko has dropped the opener to Benjamin Becker on Two, old man Bjorkman is up and running in his final Wimbledon and is a set up on Arnaud Clement on Court 15, and Sharapova is already 2-0 up on Stephanie Foretz, who has countered Shazza's fancy get-up by wearing glasses.

1520: Asked what Naomi Cavaday needs to do to get to the Williams sisters' level, Venus tells the press: "I'd say she would need to train with Mr Williams." Touche.

1515: So while Caroline attempts to find some sandwiches in the canteen that cost less than £4.35, I will step into the breach. And I concur with my unnamed colleague (Tom Fordyce) over the sauciness of Sharapova's get-up.

By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1510: After all the build-up, Shazza's outfit is a bit of a disappointment... until she takes off the belted jacket to reveal a tuxedo-style top to go with the shorts. Apart from the tuxedo bit at the front, the top appears to be made of netting."That's a bit saucy," notes a male colleague. Piers will tell you more...

1505: "Gasquet was truly brilliant. Murray definitely won't make the quarters as he'd come up against him in the fourth round if they both get that far."
MagpieMatt on 606
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1502: Richard Gasquet - a semi-finalist last year - eases to victory over American Mardy Fish. He'll face fellow Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean next. But more importantly, Gasquet's win means we are about five minutes away from seeing Shazza's tuxedo-inspired 2008 outfit. The anticipation is killing me.

1458: Upset fans, you might want to keep your eye on Court Two, the fabled Graveyard of Champions. Fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko, or Ni-Dav as we know him, is 5-1 down against Benjamin Becker. Richard Gasquet is a game away from a straight-sets win over Mardy Fish. And Jonas Bjorkman - playing in his last Wimbledon - is level at 1-1 with fellow old-timer Arnaud Clement.

1449: "My sister's boyfriend's mother met some chap called Nadal yesterday evening, touched his arm."
David via text on 81111

1442: Great news Vicky (see 1131), heeeeeeeere's Rafa. No bold fashion statement, a la Fed's cardie. In fact, he looks like he's just dug out the same kit he wore last year. Knee-length shorts, sleeveless top, bandana. Standard Raf.
Live - Nadal v Beck

1436: An anonymous texter wants to know how Anna Fitzpatrick is getting on over on Court 10. It's not good news I'm afraid. Fitzy, a former BBC Sport columnist no less, and Anna Hawkins are being hammered by Nathalie Dechy and Casey Dellacqua. First set gone 6-1.

1428: The dream dies for Naomi Cavaday, beaten 7-6 6-1 by Venus Williams, but the Kent battler gets a huge ovation from an appreciative - and somewhat surprised I would think - crowd. I refuse to publish the 'Brit down' graphic. It just doesn't feel right. Damn you naysayers (of which I admit I am one).

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1424: British number one Anne Keothavong reaches the second round for the second time in eight visits with a three-set win over Vania King. Fear us world.

1420: Paul on text wants to know when fellow Hull resident Katie O' Brien is on court. Just to keep you in suspense, Paul, O'Brien's match with Shahar Peer will be played on a court yet to be decided, not before 1700 BST.

1415: "I'm watching Wimbledon at school. The Williams-Cavaday match is intense."
Alex, Portsmouth, via text on 81111
Watching telly at school? Tsk. This country.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1406: A ruddy good effort from Naomi Cavaday on Centre, taking the champion into a breaker but losing it 7-5. She's going to keep Venus on court for well over an hour - which is as close to a victory as the world number 197 is going to get. Anne Keothavong is now a break up in the decider against Vania King, but don't hold your breath. That one's had more breaks than a dodgy builder.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1401: "More celebrity chat!! Lots of mentions of hat-wearing 80's pop loon Grace Jones knocking about Wimbers. As regular readers of the Wimbledon 2007 text commentary will remember (hi mum) Jones was in all the time tottering around the press area like a batty old aunt. Who on earth was she writing reports for? Would love to have read one. Anyhow it's good to have the fruitcake back. I'm going to be honest here, the only reason I've brought her up was to remind everyone that she is banned from all Disney parks for life after baring her breasts at Walt Disney World in 1998. What possessed her? Mental."
BBC Sport mole

1353: Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak has just booked a second-round match with Danish rising star Caroline Wozniacki. "Should be fun for the umpire," says Phi in Baker Street. Indeed.

1347: Tommy Robredo - who posed nude in Cosmo last year - has got his mind back on tennis and is a game away from thrashing Kristof Vliegen. Flaky Frenchman Richard Gasquet is a set up on Mardy Fish, who looks like he could be spending a lot more time with his lovely missus (see 1320) very shortly.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1334: Anne Keothavong holds serve with ease to wrap up the second set against Vania King and they're into a decider. The winner of this match faces Naomi Cavaday or Venus Williams in the next round. At this rate, it could be an all-British clash. What's that? I'm getting ahead of myself?

1332: Bad news for the Sun newspaper (see 0913), Yanina Wickmayer - nicknamed the Belgian Sharapova - is out, beaten by Japanese veteran Ai Sugiyama. Wickmayer suddenly found herself as Belgium's number one following Justine Henin's retirement and reached the final in Birmingham in the lead-up to Wimbledon, but she's on her way home now.

1327: "I've been waiting five years and finally it happens: Roger walks past me at the practice courts. But my mouth won't open. It really is like being in the presence of royalty. He makes a massive error by trying to get to court through the public gallery but as soon as the first shout of 'Roger' goes up, he realises his mistake and turns back. He's got one of his own 'RF' baseball caps on back to front - but no sign of the cardie."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

Mole
1320: "Keep your eyes peeled for crowd shots in the Richard Gasquet v Mardy Fish match. While at Queen's, some exhaustive picture research, following a tip-off from Mark Petchey no less, led me to discover Fish's fiancée is a bit of a hit Stateside. Turns out Stacey Gardner is a snazzy 'briefcase model' on America's version of Deal or No Deal (Noel wouldn't stand for such razzmatazz over here). By my reckoning, she's quite a catch for Fish. Fish - catch. Arf arf."
BBC Sport mole

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1314: Amid stunned silence - in this commentary box anyway - Cavaday breaks serve. I cannot believe what I just typed. Meanwhile, Anne Keothavong is battling back at 3-1 in the second set against Vania King. Let's remember this moment.

1310: Naomi Cavaday has invited Jane O'Donoghue to sit with her support camp on Centre Court. In 2002, O'Donoghue lost 6-1 6-1 to Venus. Will Cavaday do any better? I have boldly predicted she'll keep the champion on court for more than an hour.

1301: A respectable crowd has made it to Centre Court nice and early in time to see defending champion Venus Williams make her entrance. Behind her is the player they're really here to see: Kent's Naomi Cavaday.
Live - Venus v Cavaday

1253: We have our first winner of day two and it's Finland's finest Jarkko Nieminen. He is the beneficiary of Wayne Odesnik's retirement after only one set of their match. Nieminen is a former quarter-finalist here, lest we forget.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1247: So far, every game in the Keothavong match has been won at the same end. Poor old Anne has to serve from the cursed end at 4-5 down - and promptly drops serve for the third time. "Good hustle," shouts Vania's coach as King takes a one-set lead. Indeed.

1243: "Finally made it to the back of the queue where I found two Frenchmen, a girl from Poland and one from Wolverhampton. They won't get in before 5pm but remain positive - although one of the Frenchmen is blaming the other for not getting up early enough."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1239: It's a break-athon over on Court Two. Keothavong and King have swapped breaks again and it's 4-4. Meanwhile, Nicolas Kiefer has raced into a 5-1 lead against Julien Benneteau, which is bad news for the person on 606 with a bet on the Frenchman.
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1239: "Just spotted a frail old lady, who must be at least 80, heading for Centre Court, clutching two brand new cans of tennis balls. Does she work here? Is that legal? A random sight..."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce

1234: "Re 1204 and Sarah Holt's relentless pursuit of Rafael Nadal: given the thronging crowds at Wimbledon, I guess trying to spot him must be like looking for a Nadal in a haystack?"
Chris, St Albans, via text on 81111

1229: "Keothavong's dad is filiming every point with his camcorder. She made a great start to break in game one but King hit back immediately, prompting the American's coach to shout: "That's a go Vani, good job, c'mon."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1225: "Re 1151: I'm pretty sure the umpire will intervene at the sight of Cavaday's Super Soaker 10,000."
Mark, New Brighton, via text on 81111

1221: Ah. Anne Keothavong drops serve in the second game. As you were.

1220: Boom. Anne Keothavong breaks serve in the first game.

1216: "Keothavong's grandparents have turned up now, talking about the possibility of her playing Venus Williams if she wins this one. Her sister is sitting next to me. Lucky her."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1213: "Am sat behind Anne Keothavong's mum and little brother on Court Two. They look nervous. (Because of the match, not because I'm sitting behind them)"
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Mole
1204: "Re 1135: Er, I'll try. Suppose there are worse things to be obsessed with. However, I read a rather scary item in a newspaper today that police have warned off 11 'fixated individuals' (stalkers to you and me) who are known to be a threat to players at Wimbledon so I better not get too close to Djoko. Maybe just a pat on the bonce as he walks by rather than a full on ruffle? Thoughts? P.s no word from the authorities as yet whether BBC Sport's Sarah Holt is one of the 11 'fixated individuals' following her relentless and damaging pursuit of Rafael Nadal."
BBC Sport's mole

1202: Here comes our heroine Anne Keothavong, wearing a relaxed smile as she strolls onto Court Two. No sign of her opponent Vania King yet. She's probably cowering in the locker room.

The view from the fans
1157: "Ross - a legend of the queue - says Murray will win in straight sets but will spend half the match moaning about it. He reckons Cavaday will win four games only."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1151: Less than 10 minutes to go until play begins on the outside courts... Meanwhile, ahead of her big match against defending champion Venus Williams, Naomi Cavaday tells BBC Radio Kent she has "some things in my game that can really upset her".
Cavaday ready for biggest match

1146: "Latest from the queue... Like a marathon runner, I was handed free squash as I worked my way up. There are 9,000 in it now which is near capacity - but it's moving quickly."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1135: "Has anyone out there actually touched Djokovic's hair? Is it as soft as it looks? Can the sports mole find out for me? I'm obsessed..."
Anon via text on 81111

1131: "Well, today's the day Rafa starts my heart racing again! Never mind 'skirt-watch' (see 1005), can we get someone on 'Rafa-watch' please! Anyone know what outfit Rafa is donning for Wimbledon this year?"
Vicky via text on 81111

1118: As a fan of great names, I've just been scanning today's order of play - and Julie Ditty's caught my eye. I hope she's not a miserable sort. It just wouldn't do with a name like that.

1113: "Just brushed past Richard Gasquet walking through the punters. Now, there's a man who needs a haircut. He was being followed - in a non-sinister way - by Anne Keothavong, who was all smiles."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1104: "Yesterday, I stumbled upon the great clay-courter, Guillermo Vilas, outside Centre Court... got him to sign my shirt when people start asking me 'Who is he?' They don't know him? And they call themselves tennis fans? I had a good laugh!"
tiagoph on 606
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1053: "Just spotted Tracy Austin trying to engage in some banter with a stern security guard as he checked her bag. 'Ooh don't take my bananas,' she joked - to a completely blank face. Austin looked crestfallen and walked off."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce

1044: "Re 0944: What on earth are the likes of Rhys Ifans and Kimberley Stewart doing at Wimbledon? Have they got it mixed up with a Kate Moss garden party? is Wimbledon the new place to be seen? Will we be seeing the likes of Peaches Geldof and Mary-Kate and Ashley next? Obscene."
jeranberan on 606

1035: As if Murray and Eaton weren't enough to leave us bursting with national pride today, there are four other Brits in singles action: Jamie Baker, Anne Keothavong, Katie O'Brien and Naomi Cavaday. Cavaday is up against four-times champion Venus Williams in the first mismatch, er I mean match on Centre Court today.

Mole
1022: "On the subject of celebrities, a colleague has just told me that he thought he walked past Peter Beardsley yesterday but didn't say anything as he couldn't be 100% sure it was him. Couldn't be 100% sure that you've seen Peter Beardsley? Really. Is there someone out there who's the doppelganger of Beardo? No. It was him. Said colleague has been sent to the opticians."
BBC Sport mole

1013: The first Andy Murray fan has been spotted, decked out in Union Jack jester hat, Union Jack shorts and Union jack waistcoat with the slogan 'Go Andy Go' (no doubt hastily taped over 'Go Tim Go').

1005: "Re 0913: Time to get the Mole on the case with a new feature "skirt watch", so we know which game to watch live on the BBC website!"
Alex, Surrey, via text on 81111
(Believe me, there will be no need to get him on the case. He's on it. But many thanks for plugging our excellent live coverage...)

0957: What do I know about Chris Eaton (tennis player, not cheesy song writer)? He's ranked 659 in the world and came through qualifying after getting a wildcard. He's got a big serve. He went to the same school as Tim Henman. But he's not as good. He plays Serb Boris Pashanski in the fourth match on Court Three.

0950: Being a pro, I thought I'd just do some research on British qualifier Chris Eaton. With surprise, I stumbled upon what I thought was his official website - only to discover Chris has a namesake, who boasts he has written more than a dozen songs for Sir Cliff Richard. And to think I was hoping to get through a Wimbledon without mention of the tiresome pop warbler...

Mole
0944: "Morning all, bit aggrieved about the amount of celebrities in SW19 yesterday that I missed. Rhys Ifans (Welsh, stupid hair) was in Centre Court, obviously using tennis to get over his split with Sienna Miller, with none other than Rod Stewart's daughter and 'girl about town', Kimberley. Anybody see Rod in the tabloids on Sunday? He has lost none of his sauce has he? He should know better at his age."
BBC Sport mole

0938: "I'm at home due to illness, missing double science and maths! Looking forward to Murray's match. I think he'll drop one set. Well played Baltacha yesterday, and good luck Chris Eaton for the week."
Cherub10 on 606
(Illness eh? A likely story...)

0930: Those of you have been following our Euro 2008 coverage will know we've been picking a Champagne Moment from every game - and how about this one from day one at Wimbledon? Roger Federer sticks a lob over Dominik Hrbaty but the Slovak runs back and plays a blind passing shot. Ooh, I say.
Watch Hrbaty's moment of magic

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
0922: Incidentally, when I left you yesterday, Britain's Ross Hutchins and his Aussie partner Stephen Huss had just taken a two sets to one lead over KJ Hippensteel and Tripp Phillips (they're American if you hadn't guessed). Well, Hutchins 'n' Huss wrapped up victory so I'm bringing out the 'Brit up' graphic early doors.

0913: But it's not all about Murraymania, Andymonium, whatever you want to call it. Yes, today we get to see Maria Sharapova's new outfit, which she claims is a "tuxedo look" inspired by classic menswear. In other words, she's wearing shorts. This has The Sun up in arms. "Where are the tiny skirts we love so much?" cries the newspaper.

0906: Justin C's favourite Andy Murray is up against Fabrice Santoro in the third match on Centre today. The French magician doesn't have a great Grand Slam record in singles but he can cause nightmares with his slice and dice tactics, particularly if your name's Marat Safin. The big Russian once said: "Being told I had to play Fabrice was like being told I would die." Never one for understatement is Marat.

0900: Crikey. This must be the earliest text in the history of, er, live text commentary thingies. So congratulations Justin C. "Settling in at my office in Twickenham. Sunny here too. I'm backing Andy Murray to do it in straight sets today." The number's 81111 folks. Don't leave me hanging.

0850: You'll be pleased to know the security guard and his dog have been through our commentary box here on Centre Court and found no suspicious packages - apart from the embarrassing amount of freebies I managed to stuff in my bag on the way from Southfields this morning.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0840: After yesterday's sun-drenched start to The Championships, I can confirm that it is another scorcher. Or at least it's sunny. And on the menu today are defending women's champion Venus Williams, former champion Maria Sharapova, the indestructible Rafael Nadal, and British hope Andy Murray.

- We'll be here throughout the day to bring you the latest news from around the All England Club, both on the courts and off, so whether you're settling down at home, stuck in the office or queuing on Church Road, send us your thoughts.


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