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Watch a round-up of the action from day three at Wimbledon

By Ian Westbrook at Wimbledon

2119: Still there? Finally the day's final two singles matches finish - almost at the same time. And it's the two-men who threw away two-set leads who finally triumph 6-3 in their final sets.

So Marc Giquel is through to play Roger Federer and Mario Ancic also wins.

That's it from us until tomorrow. Thanks for reading and for all your contributions.

2103: Today's attendance was 40,835, apparently 3,817 more than this day last year and yes some of them are still here. I'll keep this going until those two matches end.

2042: Does no-one want to play Roger Federer? Ilia Bozoljac throws away a two-set lead losing a fourth set tie-break 7-0 against Marc Giquel and a fifth set will decide who faces the defending champion.

Mario Ancic has also given up a two-set advantage and is also playing on against Philipp Petzschner.

2028: There still nine matches going on on the outside courts - six in the singles and three in the doubles and fans are still here catching some tennis in the shadows.

2010: Top seeds Liezel Huber and Carla Black wrapped up a 6-1 6-0 win over Natalie Grandin and Tsvetana Pironkova here in the women's doubles but a few men's singles matches are still going on.

Mario Ancic has gone into a fourth set against Philipp Petzschner while Marc Giquel has also pulled a set back against Ilia Bozoljac.

2008: Sorry for the break in coverage - a quick dash to get a stir-fry turned into a long wait. In my absence play has finished for the day on Centre Court where the covers are now on.

1937: The battle to be Roger Federer's third round opponent is raging on Court Six where France's Marc Giquel takes on Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia, who currently leads 6-4 7-5 3-4. Giquel is playing in the Wimbledon singles for the second time but his Serb opponent is making his singles debut.

1933: The first stir-fry of the day has made its appearance in our commentary box - but they are not popular with all BBC people here as a source tells me Sue Barker spurned one in favour of a salad for her dinner in the media restaurant.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1925: Meanwhile our own Caroline Cheese has whizzed across London from the green grass of Wimbledon to Shepherd's Bush to keep you up-to-date with all the action from tonight's opening semi-final in Euro 2008 between Germany and Turkey.
Germany v Turkey - live

She also told me how to mend the TV in our commentary box over the phone - what a hero!

1918: Centre Court has emptied out again and that is a shame as there is some good women's doubles tennis being played here. Top seeds Liezel Huber and Carla Black currently lead Natalie Grandin and Tsvetana Pironkova 4-1.

And on court 14 my 'dangerous floater' Mario Ancic (see 1809) is 6-1 6-4 2-3 up on Germany's Philipp Petzschner.

1911: Tim Henman's first column for BBC Sport has just been published. In it he talks about his first experience of commentating at this year's Championships so check it out.
Tim Henman's column

1906: "Yet another foray over to the practice courts, yet more teeth gnashing and expletives. This time the object of our wrath was Sania Mirza. She failed to show for her scheduled appearance at autograph island and an interview for BBCi, letting down a large queue of pen-wielding children and one exasperated mole. One of the kids waiting in the queue sniffly harrumphed after being informed that she wouldn't be appearing, 'I hope she loses'. I concur."
BBC Sport mole

1852: Right - while all that has been happening a few results have passed us by.

On Court One 10th seed Marcos Baghdatis, a quarter-finalist here last year, moved a step closer to repeating that feat when he beat Thomas Johansson 6-4 6-4 6-4.

In the women's singles, eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze beat Edina Gallovits 6-4 6-2 and Amelie Mauresmo saw off Virginia Ruano Pascual 4-6 6-1 6-1 but 20th seed Francesca Schiavone lost to Anabel Medina Garrigues 3-6 7-5 9-7.

1844: That's it - Federer is through. Soderilng will rue the chance he had to take the third set but overall the champion had few problems although he told BBC Sport: "I was quite relieved in the end. Robin is a good player and I was pleased to come through."

1837: Federer wastes little time in holding once again - and it's a tie-break which may decide the match.

1835: In the time it has taken me to type all that plenty has been happening on Centre Court. Soderling served for the third set at 5-3 but was broken by Federer who followed that by holding his own serve to level the set at 5-5. The Swede held his next serve and now leads 6-5 - although he is still two sets down to the top seed.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1827: The singles order of play has arrived for tomorrow and world number 661 and new British hero Chris Eaton has been rewarded for his first round win on Tuesday by being given a Show Court appearance.

The British number 13 will take on 25th seed Dimitry Tursunov in the third match on Court One. Play there opens with Rafael Nadal taking on Ernest Gulbis followed by Maria Sharapova against fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva.

On Centre Court proceedings start with Britain's Anne Keothavong against Venus Williams and then in a British double Andy Murray plays Xavier Malisse. They are followed on court by Andy Roddick who meets Janko Tipsarevic.

Looks like a fantastic day's tennis in store.

Tennis ball
1825: It's all happening on Centre Court now. Not only does Soderling lead Federer 5-3 but, call the police, a female spectator cheekily snaffles a ball which is hit into the crowd. She hides it under her forearm on her lap and looks a touch guilty when TV cameras home in on her. Maybe it's revenge for what happened to various freebies brought into the All England Club today (see 1250).

1818: Soderling has a break point on the Federer serve and looks set to capitalise but an amazing return from the champion saves it and provokes cries of "What a shot!" from Mr Tom Fordyce on my right. Despite that just 60 seconds later Soderling does break to take a 4-2 lead. It is the first service game Federer has lost on grass this year and fans of Liezel Huber (see 1751) may have to wait a little while longer for her Centre Court appearance....

1809: Out on Court 14 Mario Ancic opens up a 3-0 lead over Germany's Philipp Petzschner. Ancic is what is known as a 'dangerous floater' in the draw and has the potential to go a long way in this year's Championships.

1800: Six o'clock comes around and after just one hour and 16 minutes of action Roger Federer moves two sets ahead of Robin Soderling. He didn't face a break point in the second set.

1751: Centre Court fans won't know it yet but an extra match has been moved there to follow Federer. Jamie Murray's new Wimbledon mixed doubles partner Liezel Huber has had her women's doubles match with Carla Black against Natalie Grandin and Tsvetana Pironkova switched to the main arena so let's hope lots of ticket holders stay there to see it.

1747: "For one second I thought I won," Nathalie Dechy tells the press of the much-discussed net-cord against Ana Ivanovic. "It was pretty tough to recover from that one but I think I did that pretty well otherwise I would have taken a 6-0 in that final set."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1745: Chris Eaton now only has one title to go for after his men's doubles challenge ends at the first hurdle. He and Alexander Slabinsky lose in straight sets to the Bryan brothers.

1740: Glorious sunshine in front of us and now not an empty seat in the house. Federer is 4-2 up in the second set.

Not such good news for Chris Eaton though - more of which shortly.

1734: Ana Ivanovic is being grilled by the assembled journalists. She tells them: "After that second set net cord on match point I treated it like a new match. At the end of the match I went over to kiss the net. I felt so lucky to be through today."


A lucky net cord helped Ivanovic save one of two match points

The view from the fans
1727: The transcripts are in from the Marat Safin and Novak Djokovic main interviews to the press. Safin is clearly unhappy about the puddings on offer in the players' restaurant. "The strawberries are too expensive. It's true. They don't have enough for dessert. It's true," he said.

Djokovic tried to joke with the press when asked what he would do now. "I'm going to probably stay another week and watch matches...." before admitting he will be on the next plane home.

"Federer's not hanging around that's for sure."
ruthere909 on 606

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1719: More bad news for fans of Chris Eaton as the second set disappears 6-1 against the Bryan brothers and now he and partner Alexander Slabinsky are really up against it. Still at least he has his second round singles match against Dimitry Tursunov to console him. As soon as the provisional order of play for tomorrow is announced we will let you know where he is playing.

1710: Sixth seed Serena Williams makes sure she does not become a casualty of the notorious Court Two as she beats Urszula Radwanska 6-4 6-4 to move safely into the third round.

1708: "Oh good lord. Mental scenes. The Tux has arrived (see 1412). We have got all three outfits now. The holy trinity. Decided against trying the Tux on as a) it wouldn’t fit and b) everyone would laugh at me. Apparently the cardie also comes in a £50 version for the more hard-up fan. It's not as good mind you, you just wouldn’t feel like the real Roge in it and I feel my backhand would suffer as a result.
BBC Sport mole

1704: Just 20 minutes gone on Centre Court and Roger Federer is already 4-2 up on Robin Soderling.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1657: Bad news for fans of Chris Eaton as he and compatriot Alexander Slabinsky lose the first set of their men's doubles match against the top seeds the Bryan brothers 7-5. Bet he didn't expect his singles campaign to still be going when he played this match.

1655: Celebrity spotting on Centre Court - singer Gwen Stefani is in the crowd and so apparently also is the editor of Vogue magazine. And I thought that the fact three people from BBC Towers had come here on their day off was thrilling enough....

"Baghdatis has just come on Number One Court. The place is practically deserted - not surprising considering the crowd has just been watching a three-hour marathon match. Why is there not more of a break between matches??."
steveo77 on 606

1650: A quick look outside the back door of our Centre Court commentary box reveals hordes of people queuing to get back to their seats. They will have to wait another two games as no-one is allowed on to court for three games once the match is under way.

1642: "I'm sure Ivanovic was just giving us some more much appreciated air time. Her first round, one hour affair was far too brief."
Ben, in Chelmsford, via text on 81111

1638: Meanwhile the fans are filing back in on Centre Court. Those only just retaking their seats have missed the chance to see Federer's cardigan which was discarded as soon as he reached his chair. His second round opponent is Sweden's Robin Soderling, who came on court wearing a simple tracksuit top over his kit.

Tom Fordyce is sitting on my right to provide you with game-by-game commentary.
Federer v Soderling

1636: BBC Sport grab Ivanovic for a quick word after the match and she admitted how fortunate she was on match point in the second set: "The ball hit the net on match point and from that point on I was determined to take my second chance."

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1632: That's it - a relieved Ana Ivanovic is finally through after a marathon 10-8 win in the final set over Nathalie Dechy. The Frenchwoman is devastated and buries her head in her vibrant pink towel in her chair. Deserved champagne for the world number one I think after the match, which lasted three hours, 24 minutes.

1630: It's all over on Centre Court, although a lot of the fans with tickets still wouldn't know it, as fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova completes her 6-2 6-3 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. I think the ticket holders will reappear quickly when word gets round that we are minutes away from the entrance of Roger Federer - and presumably that cardigan.

1627: It is 8-8 now on Court One while out on Court Two Serena Williams takes the first set 6-4 against Urszula Radwanska.

1623: Looking out on Centre Court from our box it is disappointing to see so many empty seats. There was a mass exodus after the Djokovic-Safin match and most of those who left have not yet returned. It means that fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kateryna Bondarenko have a lot of green plastic to gaze at in the stands.

1621: Last year's surprise women's finalist Marion Bartoli is safely through to the third rond with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Tatiana Perebiynis. Meanwhile on Court One Ivanovic holds serve to go 8-7 up.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon

1613: Ivanovic surrenders two match points as the match goes level at 6-6. Meanwhile Britain's Tuesday hero Chris Eaton is back in action in the men's doubles. He and compatriot Alexander Slabinsky are taking on the top seeds the Bryan brothers.

1609: I move into the hotseat to replace Piers as the Ivanovic-Dechy marathon moves into its third hour.

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1602: Ivanovic is going down to the wire here, after being broken back by Dechy it's 5-5 in the final set. Squeaky bum time.

1559:Marat Safin is on top form in front of the press. After the tennis stuff is done with (read it soon in our match report) he is asked if he has changed his mind after some less than flattering comments about Wimbledon in the past. "The strawberries are too expensive, it's true; there are not enough desserts, it's true; only the coaches can come into the locker room, it's true." And what does he like about Wimbledon? "I'd like to thank them for making the courts slower."

1551: Caroline Cheese's brief time in charge prompted an avalanche of texts and comments about the non-sporting attributes of Marat Safin. I have decided not to post any of these as a sign of respect to the big man's sporting ability. It would belittle him.

1549: "Just popped up to the locker rooms to gave Novak one of those hair ruffles you might give a young nephew to help him through his moment of crisis. I can confirm It's like stroking a persian cat. In other news Daniela Hantuchova just stood me up for an interview by the practice courts because she hasn't had a shower. Eh? Neither have I Daniela, neither have I."
BBC Sport mole

1544: Ivanovic makes the breakthrough for a 4-2 lead in the final set against Dechy, to the delight of Serbian fans, tournament officials and male office workers around the country.

1538: Asked to respond to John McEnroe's claim (see 1517) that he looked tired, Novak Djokovic says: "Tired mentally, probably I'd say yes, but physically I wasn't tired. He was just better than me on the court, I had a very bad day and that's it. Safin is known for his mental instability but he's still a great player."

1535: Victory for Hewitt! Ivanovic is in a real ding-dong with Dechy, which has a nice ring to it. It's 3-2 on serve to the Serb. Which doesn't.

1530: Do you think Novak will be depressed enough to let the mole touch his hair?"
From obsessed and now depressed, canary wharf, via text on 81111

1527: "If the big chap (safin) could stay away from late nights wooing women on the london tiles for a couple of weeks he could win this thing!"
From enthralled office drone, glasgow, via text on 81111

1523: Elsewhere, Ana Ivanovic and Nathalie Dechy are at the start of the decider, Lleyton Hewitt is two sets and a break up against Albert Montanes, and Juan Carlos Ferrero has just retired when two sets down to Mischa Zverev. And Bobby 'Burt' Reynolds beat Frank Dancevic.

John McEnroe
1517: "It was really a poor serving effort from Djokovic. He went for big serves, hitting double faults at three crucial times. I think he's played too much tennis and he needs to be a bit careful with his schedule. But he's had a fantastic year."
John McEnroe on BBC One

Boris Becker
1514: No disrespect to Safin but I bet Roger Federer is doing a jig of delight that expected semi-final opponent Djokovic has bitten the dust. "Safin is a former world number one so he knows what it takes," says Boris Becker on BBC One. "He's a good friend of mine and I've asked him in the past when he's struggled, 'Marat, what is going on?' He's put the work in and I'm not totally surprised he won."

1510: Hold the back page, hold the front page, forget Euro 2008 and Russia and Arshavin and all that - Marat is back! The big Russian completes a magnificent 6-4 7-6 6-2 win over third seed and highly-fancied Novak Djokovic, who double faults for the 10th time on match point. Better news for Serbia on Court One as Ana Ivanovic takes the second set tie-break against Nathalie Dechy.

1507: Thank you Cheese. Among the people spotted on my way to and from the restaurant were Larry Stefanki, Max Mirnyi and Fernando Gonzalez, who took a very long, covetous look at my tuna baguette. Hands off Gonzo! In fairness, I've taken many long, covetous looks at his girlfriend, Gisela Dulko, so fair's fair.

By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1502: Serbia will be on the edge of their collective seats. Of the 'big three', two are in all sorts of bother. On Centre, Djokovic is two sets and 4-2 down while over on Court One, Ivanovic is serving to stay in the match again, having saved two match points already. What drama.

1501: "Checking for a picture of Marat has just seriously brightened a very grey afternoon in the north. Put him in Fed's cardy and I think it could be love!"
Semi-conscious, Newcastle, via text on 81111
Oi, hands off.

1452: Incroyable! (As the entire French nation is no doubt saying right now) Dechy has two match points. Ana saves the first with a winning forehand and on the second, sees the ball thwack the top of the net and dribble over. The luckiest shot she will ever play. It's 5-5.

1449: Is this going to go down as Upset Wednesday (probably with a better name than that)? Ana Ivanovic is teetering on the brink and serving to save the match against Nathalie Dechy.

1448: "What's the obsession with Marat all about Caroline?"
Anon via text on 81111
Are you serious? Have you seen him? 'Anon' must be male.

1444: Go on then. Here's what else is going on: Lleyton Hewitt took the first set against Albert Montanes and is already a break to the good in set deux. Stan Wawrinka is through in straights as is American Bobby Reynolds, who makes David Nalbandian's first-round defeat by Frank Dancevic look even more pitiful by sending the Canadian out in four.

1439: Lordy. Saf's only gone and bulldozed his way through the tiebreak to take a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic. That's world number three and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. The Russian celebrates with a cartwheel. No. My mistake, he just waggled his racquet a bit.

1435: Piers has gone for yet another tuna baguette after a mere six hours typing away. Lazy. Don't go thinking that I'll be in any way focused on the action elsewhere at Wimbledon when the maginificent Marat is right in front of me.

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1427: "Djokovic = Screech from Saved By The Bell. But with softer-looking hair. Please win today, Novak!"
From obsessed, canary wharf, via text on 81111 (Looking out of the back of our Commentary Box on Centre Court we get a perfect view of Canary Wharf in the distance, so presumably it works the other way and you're enjoying the match)

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1425: "How to broach this subject tactfully... I take my hat off to yet another gutsy performance from one of the British ladies today, but it seems to me.... How to put this? That the national coaching program is somewhat lacking in the area of general fitness/toning. This is elite sport for god's sake!"
From Ed, Cardiff via text on 81111

1421: Good news Ivanovic fans, she has a break for 2-1 in the second set and is enjoying a well-earned drink at the changeover on a blustery Court One. Aussie battler Lleyton Hewitt is into a tie break against Albert Montanes on Court Two.

1416: "Just don't get the female Rafa thing. Poor lad looks like Ethel's little Willy to me."
From Steve in Reading via text on 81111

1412: "Hold the blimmin phone. The BBC production office has turned into a fashion emporium, we've only got Serena Williams' flashers mac in the office now. It is hideous up close, not a patch on old Roger's cardie. All I need to do now is try on Sharapova's Tuxedo. Would that be weird?"
BBC Sport mole

1407: We need a 'shock alert' graphic. Nathalie Dechy has just taken the first set tie-break 7-2 against top seed Ana Ivanovic. The Serb was 3-0 up and cruising at one stage but has really lost her way.

1406: "Big J (see 1400) has missed out the winner - maria kirilenko. Shame she got hammered on monday."
From Anon, London, via text on 81111

1405: I see out on Court 18 that Frank Dankevic is playing a B. Reynolds. It couldn't be, could it? I think it's time for a remake of the Cannonball Run and here's my cast list: Reynolds - Clooney; Captain Chaos - Jack Black; Roger Moore - Pierce Brosnan; Farrah Fawcett - Cameron Diaz; Dean Martin/Sammy Davis - Vince Vaughan/Chris Rock; Jackie Chan - Jackie Chan. Oh, it's Bobby Reynolds, not Burt.

1400: "C'mon folks there's too much talk of the men's game going on here! Let's get back to the important stuff - who's the queen of the ladies, Ana or Shazza? It's a close call, but I'd go for the delightful Serb!"
From Big J, bored in work, via text on 81111

1358: There has been little or no chat about Ivanovic's outfit this year. It is a white skirt with a white top. I like it. She's leading 6-5 against Nathalie Dechy but looking a bit out of sorts. Nice, but out of sorts.

1355: "Ah piers so glad you're doing this today, the others don't humour us girls when it comes to our adoration of rafa!"
From Vic via text on 81111 (Most male comments are unprintable)

1351: Well, well.... Marat Safin wraps up the first set against third seed Novak Djokovic. We could be on for a major shock, and a potential Caroline Cheese fainting episode. Meanwhile, Nathalie Dechy is quietly fighting back against Ana Ivanovic on Court One.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1348: What a tournament this is for Anne Keothavong! She and Melanie South swat asisde the challenge of China's Ji and Sun, 7-6 6-4.

John McEnroe
1347: "Djokovic is not serving as well as he would like. He has let himself down so far and that is why he is about to lose this set. But you have got to credit Safin. He has come to play, returned well and hit a lot of good shots this set."
John McEnroe on BBCi

1345: "So, when's the sport's mole going to get back to work and rustle us up some gossip, rather than reminisce about a dream he once had? Pimms, anyone?"
From Justanotherspursfan on 606 (Good question)

1344: "The final word (if words are needed) to answer queries as to what I was doing in Preston's Tokyo Joes (not so much a meat market as an abattoir). It was because I was at that last great bastion of education, the University of Central Lancashire. Sporting celebs spotted in there during my weekly Wednesday residency included Andrew Flintoff, Wes Brown, Nigel Benn and er, Kevin Pietersen's wife Jessica Taylor. If only some of them were in here today."
BBC Sport mole

1340: "Reply for steve in reading, nadal can serve me burger and chips anytime - and anything else on offer!"
From Tina, busy not working in shrewsbury, via text on 81111

1337: From the moment I mentioned the tantrum graphic, both Safin and Vaidisova have been playing like a dream. Safin is a break up on Djokovic and Vaidisova has completed an amazing turnaround in the third set to defeat Stosur. I may have to smash something myself.

1335: "My girlfriend is obsessed with safin, but despises Djokovic.......go Djokovic!!"
From anon via text on 81111

1333: "Re steve in reading: hell, yes!"
From Kate in Gateshead via text on 81111

1332: "Re 1319 Nadal question, it depends if he's wearing a sleeveless shirt or not in burger king. If he's showing off those biceps then he would be fanciable in any line of work."
From Pink-Jo, Farnborough, via text on 81111

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1328: "Gareth Edwards and Gerald Davies just brushed past the hoi polloi between Courts Three and Four on their way to Centre."
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer (He likes rugby so we'll give him a graphic)

1325: I am now poised, ready to unleash the rarely seen broken racquet graphic that signifies a tantrum. We have king of the grumps, Marat Safin, against regular racquet smasher Novak Djokovic on Centre Court. A better bet still could be Nicole Vaidisova, who just dropped nine games in a row against Samantha Stosur on Court Three. Ice cool Ana Ivanovic is unlikely to break a sweat against Nathalie Dechy on Court One - she leads 3-1.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1323: Yikes! Baltacha hooks a forehand into the tram lines and it's game, set and match Zheng. The Brit gives Court Two a quick wave and she's gone, for another year. Nice applause for Zheng though and she played well today.

1320: "I think we need more chat on fashion. What is boris wearing today? I think he is the only man who could pull off brown tassled loafers with a don johnson style suit with aviator shades. No socks of course."
From Banksy, Edinburgh, via text on 81111 (Quite right, Moley!)

1319: "Question for the ladies. Nadal is not a tennis player, but works in Burger King. Do you still fancy him?"
From Steve in Reading via text on 81111

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1316: Good news for bunting removal operators, Baltacha failed to serve out the set and two games later must hold to stay in the match. Crumbs.

1314: "That ancedote most certainly is true! (see 1154), why doesnt anyone believe me? Even got a picture of a solitary lipstick mark from her on my face which I forced another housemate to take once I got home. Had to carefully funnel alcopops through the other side of my mouth for the rest of the night to protect said lippy mark until we got home to the camera. Yes, how thoroughly pathetic."
BBC Sport mole (I don't doubt you believe it...)

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1311: Hang out the bunting, we have a Baltacha break of serve. I feel an open-top bus trip to Trafalgar Square looming. She serves for the second set at 5-4. If Novak Djokovic and Marat Safin are more your thing, like BBC Sport's unpatriotic Caroline Cheese, you can follow that one in detail elsewhere on the site.
Djokovic v Safin

1307: Nicole Vaidisova is having a shocker on Court Three. The Czech star has been enduring a woeful season and could be heading for another disaster, having lost the second set to Samantha Stosur by a thumping 6-0. Her coach, David Felgate, former sidekick of Tim Henman, is looking perplexed in the stands.

1305: Apparently there is other sport going on, including cricket if you like that sort of thing. Even if not, there is no better way to spend the afternoon than in the text-based company of Ben Dirs watching England v New Zealand. England have 137 points so far, which sounds pretty good.
England v New Zealand

1301: "Re 1057, surely in swingball the ball doesn't touch the ground?"
From Maria - studying hard in Cambridge - via text on 81111

1258: "Have just been almost knocked over by Rafa, who was running away from the clutches of two 11-year-old girls - no sign of BBC Sport's Sarah Holt. His security guard was struggling to keep up."
BBC Sport's Sophie Brown

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1251: Bally has broken and is 3-2 up in the second set. Meanwhile, drama out on Court 11 where blood has been spilt. Juan Martin del Potro has a nosebleed but is bravely carrying on.

1250: Hallelujah! My daily tuna baguette has arrived, courtesy of BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, just as I was about to see if you could eat a styrofoam cup. Word from the canteen is that Annabel Croft has gone for the cous-cous salad. And apparently the list of freebies being taken off people as they enter the grounds include binoculars, headsets and paper hats being handed out by a leading doughnut manufacturer. Spoilsports.

1244: It occurs to me I have, not for the first time, been exclusively concentrating on the women so, for the record, Andreas Seppi leads Florent Serra by a set while Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro are at 4-4. That's that done.

1241: "Re the mole's tall tale (see 1154), Tokyo Joes was a favourite haunt of many celebs before its closure, including andy from emmerdale, who i bumped into there in 2002. I was suitably starstruck, and told him he was the darling of british soapland, and destined for stardom. How right i was."
From Adam G in Preston via text on 81111

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1237: Oh dear. Jie Zheng has fairly raced through that opening set, taking it 6-2 in 27 minutes, and Elena Baltacha needs to get going here or it could all be over vey quickly.

1235: "Hi Piers, You most certainly can still buy Swingball. One of the highlights of having an 8 year old son was buying him a set. If you hit it hard enough and keep the ball high, it's possible to win every time against youngsters without them even touching the ball. My lad has yet to win a game and with his rate of growth I reckon I'll remain undefeated for a good 5 years longer."
From littleMurgatroyd on 606 (If only other British players had the same killer instinct, eh?)

1233: "Re:1154, did the mole used to live in preston? And what posessed him to frequent tokes?"
From Patrick, Preston, via text on 81111

1233: "Re Swingball text 11:47. I'd take the Swingball one step further and make it the decider for 5 set matches. After all who wants to see those daft 20:18 final set scorelines?! Pull up the net at 6-6, hammer in the swingball in the centre of the court and let the two gladiators slug it out. It would have the same effect on tennis as 20:20 had on cricket - each winning shot could be accompanied by rock music and flashing lights - genius."
From From Alex in Godalming via text on 81111

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1230: The sun is out again and Bally has got two games back to trail 4-2, so things are looking up. A bit. Nicole Vaidisova is busily demolishing Samantha Stosur on Court Three.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1224: "Early days but Mr Baltacha isn't enjoying this too much so far. Zheng well in control at 4-0 and he is watching most points with his head in his hands."
From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1221: "Re swingball 1057. You can still buy swingball but it's not as good as it was in the 80s as i discovered when i broke my nephew's whilst very drunk last week."
From Iain, London, via text on 81111

1220: "How about a masters of the universe style swing ball event? Nadal could be he-man. Also with reference to players in elizabethan style garb (see 0943 entry) i keep thinking of percy from blackadder playing on centre court."
From now exceedingly bored estate agent via text on 81111

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1217: Baltacha drops her opening service game against Zheng. Still, chin up. Most of the other courts are hosting doubles matches - including another GB v China clash as Keothavong and South take on Ji and Sun. I like Chinese names - easy to type.

1212: For those of you who missed it last night there was some belting stuff on 6-love-6, and it's available as a podcast along with Jeff Tarango and Pat Cash's look at Wimbledon. There's Jeff asking Sania Mirza a question in Hindi at a press conference because Pat dared him to, McEnroe tearing into the first caller for having the temerity to ask about Alex Bogdanovic, plus Andy Murray, Fabrice Santoro and Tim Henman as Mac's co-host.
5 Live podcasts

1209: Play is under way!

1206: "Elena's dad Sergei had a few problems getting past security - wrong pass apparently - but is relaxed now, swigging lemonade next to me."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1200: GB Fed Cup coach (and father of Andy Murray's girlfriend, Kim) Nigel Sears takes his seat on Court Two as Jie Zheng ambles on to absolutely no response from a crowd that is mainly rooting around for picnic items. That all stops when brave/plucky/battling Elena Baltacha strides onto court, to cheers all round.

Jamie Murray
1157: "Jamie Murray has already done the McEnroe trick, sporting a lovely head sweatband earlier in the season. Maybe he'll also wear one at Wimbles?"
From Lisa in Camden via text on 81111

1154: "Thin on the ground with celebrities yesterday. Didn't even see Grace Jones! However Davinia Taylor, the ex-Hollyoaks actress, Ryan Giggs' former squeeze and now a fully paid up member of the 'Primrose Hill Set' has been around. She was once kind enough to kiss me in a Preston night club, Tokyo Joes. What should have been a career high was punctuated slightly by one of my housemates refusing to believe that it happened. An ugly melee ensued in a kebab house and the rift created has never fully been healed. What green-eyed monster."
BBC Sport mole (That anecdote is almost certainly not true)

1152: Shockwaves around the grounds when the Voice of Wimbledon, who sounds very much like Nicholas Parsons, announces that there is a 30% chance of a shower "around now". 30%!!!! We've been lied to, people. Hatches are being battened down as we speak.

1147: "Re swingball 1057. I can see a market for ex pro's in a World Swingball Tour. Imagine Cash v Becker in the final of the International Swingball Masters live from the Albert Hall."
From Jamie, Edinburgh, via text on 81111 (Absolutely. The Newbery brothers could replace the Murrays on the WST)

1145: While the nation pores over the ATP points guide and their calculators, an anecdote from Andy Murray's next opponent, Xavier Malisse, on his time with legendary coach Nick, the Don, Bolletieri. "Well, I think it took about two years for him to remember my name. I used to color my hair all the time. He just called me the guy with the different hair. You know, even when I played Sampras, I came back and they made a speech. He had to call me on court and didn't know my name. You know, Nick and names, it's not very good." Bolletieri - the Bobby Robson of tennis.

1138: "Re 10:55 - Eaton's win should take him up to around 390 in the rankings. If he wins the next one It'll be around 300, and if he wins the title inside the top 30!"
From Ed via text on 81111

1137: "Re: eaton's ranking, by my reckoning he'll now get 35 points, to go with the 29 he already has and will move up to around 430 in the world... And yes, i'm really bored at work today..."
From Matt, London, via text on 81111

1137: "Re 1055 comment. Eaton should be have 84 ranking points in total if he loses in round 2, which would make him britains number 6."
From Jay via text on 81111

1133: Yesterday's attendance - 40,653. Which apparently is 1,371 more than on the same day last year. A quick search tells me that on the second day last year, it didn't rain. I don't remember that day.
Wimbledon 2007 day two as it happened

1125: The Royal Box list has landed and I have to say it's a disappointment. I have absolutely no doubt that they are all very worthy invitees but it's a bit lacking in star power. I remember in previous years having to make do with a Richard Stilgoe or a Bishop of Bath but today.... well, I'd kill for a Stilgoe.

1118: "Looking forward to the djokovic-safin match. I have a funny feeling this will be a 5 set match."
From Alex in Portsmouth via text on 81111

1116: "Re 10.25 - the open plan of my office has restricted me to web text, getting agitated every time i was reminded i was missing sharapova's sauciness. Bring back dingy cubicles."
From anon via tex on 81111

1114: "Ref: Murray's hair. Having been buried in work (woe is me) all day i was pleasantly surprised to see on the BBC HD replays last night 'Art Garfunkel' going through to the second round. Well done Andy, 1 down, 6 to go."
From anon via text on 81111

Tim Henman
1108: News reaches me that Sir Tim Henman will be back on commentary duty today and should be watching Lleyton Hewitt against Albert Montanes out on Court Two. I wonder if he's ever been to Court Two before. Not a bad place to be today though as there is Baltacha, followed by Hewitt and then Serena. Centre has the big Djokovic v Safin clash, followed by Kuznetsova and Bondarenko, and then Roger Federer against Robin Soderling. Not such hot stuff on Court One, I'd venture, apart from Ana Ivanovic obviously.

1102: "My housemate refused to leave the house last night when Eaton was playing. He later went on to say Eaton was his god-brother. I never even knew you could have one!"
From growingfeet on 606

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1057: The sun is doing it's best to shine and the ball-bouncing team are out on Centre Court. They come out every morning to, er, bounce balls on the Centre Court with what looks like a large swingball device. Can you still buy swingball? I once had a fight with my brother over a game of swingball.

1055: "Moley, could you explain how Eaton's win will affect his ranking after Wimbledon please?"
Cheers from Gareth the teacher writing reports via text on 81111 (Good luck with that. The mole knows nothing useful)

1049: "I spent most of yesterday watching anon 10.25 pretending to do work! 'twas indeed a glorious day though."
From anon2 via text on 81111

1044: The gates are now open and the fans are flooding in. A good place to head would be Court Two because first up at 1200 BST is Britain's very own Elena Baltacha against China's Jie Zheng. "My next opponent is really, really good," said the Scot. "She's beaten Cibulkova. She's a good player. She's coming up the rankings. It will be a tough match."

1038: "Murray's hair? I've seen better hair on bacon!"
From Amanda via text on 81111

1032: "Dear Mr. Mole Re your comments (see 0937) on affordability/over expense account, please remember we (the general public) are all accountants of the BBC, and rather one's licence was put to better use keeping the Wimbledon team in Champagne and strawberries!!"
From Richard (on line in Turkey) on 606

1025: "I spent most of yesterday pretending to work but actually watching the matches back to back. A glorious afternoon in the office."
From anon via txt on 81111

1022: "With reference to my earlier comment (0953) re andy murray donning a mcenroe style head band, i also feel it may endear him more to the english public when he starts losing his rag.
From Bored estate agent via text on 81111

1015: Tuesday was a truly triumphant day for British tennis (unless you're Jamie Baker, Katie O'Brien, Naomi Cavaday etc), and the star of the show was not Andy Murray but world number 661 Chris Eaton, who looked like a proper tennis player as he beat Boris Pashanski in straight sets. And after pocketing £27,000 for that single win he may well be looking to invest in a new motor, having revealed in his news conference: "I drive a Vauxhall Astra with duct tape on one wing mirror."

1008: "Turns out after Monday's kerfuffle on Court 18 where the legendary Teddy Sheringham and a bevvy of beauties spent 20 minutes searching high and low for something outside my window on Court 18, those sleuths at the Sun have uncovered exactly what it was. Apparently he'd dropped his mobile phone down the back of the stand. Could you imagine the numbers on that?!! Lordy. Sir Alex Ferguson, Jurgen Klinsmann, Colchester United striker Clive Platt, Peter Stringfellow, Danielle Lloyd etc. Would love to have got my mucky paws on it."
BBC Sport mole

1000: "Re 0937: does that mean you actually touched his hair? if not, don't tease a poor girl stuck behind a desk."
From obsessed, "work", canary wharf, via text on 81111

John McEnroe
0953: "With reference to mr john mcenroe. Does he have any sympathy for andy murray's hair? I'd like to see him don a mcenroe style head band what with all the old fashioned gear bein unearthed this year."
From anon via text on 81111

0943: Of course, last year the mole did sterling work in keeping tabs on Boris Becker's daily fashion decisions as he wore a selction of 1920s inspired outfits. What with Roger and Maria's 1930s looks and Serena's apparently 1960s inspired trenchcoat, it's like a trip to the V&A. I think it's time Andy Murray got involved and chose a period from history to theme his outfits during the fortnight. I can't decide between Elizabethan codpiece and 1950s teddy boy.

0937: "Bringing things back to fashion, I endured a sleepless night mulling over whether I can rustle up a spare £260 to invest in one of Roger's cardigans. It is as soft to the touch as Novak Djokovic's hair and it fits like a glove. If only I hadn't recently got drunk and misunderstood the concept of a silent auction at a charity do and blown a stupid amount of money on a (allegedly) signed picture of Pele I'd send a cheque to Nike in a heartbeat. Maybe I could pass one through on expenses....I of course jest, all you BBC accountants out there."
BBC Sport mole

0933: Excellent stuff from legendary coach Nick Bolletieri on Radio Wimbledon. Asked about successful British qualifier Chris Eaton, Don Nick says: "England goes crazy with the hype, you gotta let da kid alone!" And on Murray: "I'd tell him to focus, get into the second week and maybe one day bring the title to England." No-one dares tell him.

0925: "What time do I have to join the queue on Friday morning/Thursday night for Friday Centre court tickets? How many bacon sarnies will I need?"
From Charlie, London, via text on 81111 (Mmmm, bacon sandwich. You will need 15-20 sarnies and should get queueing on Thursday evening if you want one of the 500 Centre Court tickets)

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
0922: LTA head of women's tennis, Carl Maes, is a happy man after his charges' efforts so far. He told 5 Live: "In terms of wins we've got two out of five girls who are still in but the three other girls who lost, lost to seeded players. And I would dare to say that with the level they played they would have beaten most of the other unseeded players. So both result-wise and level-wise I would be close to an eight or nine out of 10."

0914: "How long before feders goes totally old school and starts playing in flannel trousers using a wooden racket?"
From Alastair, Preston, via text on 81111

0907: If it's tricks you want, Santoro came up with a beauty yesterday when he chased down a Murray shot and smacked a backhand pass down the line. We say "formidable" (with a French accent).
Watch Santoro's moment of magic

John McEnroe
0902: Putting 'what not to wear' aside for a moment, you may have noticed that Andy Murray got his Wimbledon campaign off to a winning start against Fabrice Santoro on Tuesday. Here's what John McEnroe thought: "Andy played really well but I just think he goes into his bag of tricks a bit too often with his drop shots. I think he's got a great touch and it can be effective but there are times when he overdoes it. People have said that before, but he stubbornly continues to use it."
Pundits on Murray

0855: The last word on the fashion wars goes to the soaraway Sun newspaper, which has taken the unusual step of printing a highly visible apology. Admittedly across a close-up of Sharapova's thigh. "Shara's shorts: An Apology. Yesterday we may have suggested Maria's shorts weren't sexy. WE WERE WRONG."

0848: You've got to love the way girls can pretend to be polite about each other while actually doing exactly the opposite. Sharapova on fashion rival Serena's white trenchcoat: "I didn't see Serena's raincoat. It's hard to do different things in white." Ouch.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
0843: Four young whippersnappers are currently giving the Centre Court royal box a good going over in front of me. One of them is polishing the hand rails. I imagine there's all sorts in there after a long day yesterday - crisp packets, chewing gum under the seats, fag ends, a lost umbrella.

0840: Rain or shine, there's every chance Serena will be sticking with her trenchcoat for the pre-match warm-up. "It's a very lightweight fabric," she said on Monday. "It's a woven so it has a little give in it as well. On the inside it's stitched with gold. It has a little give on both ways. It's very movable. It's very light. It's just delectable." This is why we love Serena.

0835: A disturbing sight - BBC Breakfast weather lady Carol Kirkwood is wearing her own pullover today as it is in fact blowing a gale and a bit overcast at the All England Club. However the official Wimbledon weather forecast says: "Cloud will thicken during the morning to give a 10% risk of a light shower around midday. The cloud will then break through the afternoon leading to a sunny end to the day. Maximum temperatures reching 23 Celsius."

0830: So to the issue of week so far - cardiegate. Will Roger recover from the critical mauling he received on unveiling his 'classic' cardigan on Monday and give the chunky knitwear another outing this afternoon? He at least has support from fashion fan Maria Sharapova. "I saw Federer's cardigan. I thought that was classic. It was beautiful," said the tuxedo-wearing Russian star.

0825: Morning all, it's another bright and blustery one in south west London and we are ready for a third consecutive full day's play. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Elena Baltacha.... we're too good to you.

- 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.

see also
Safin stuns lacklustre Djokovic
25 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Serena through to face Mauresmo
25 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Tim Henman column
25 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Order of play
23 May 08 |  Tennis
Men's singles latest
02 Jun 08 |  Live scores
Women's singles latest
23 May 08 |  Tennis

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