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By Sarah Holt at Wimbledon
2025: What a day of upsets it's been - not least for the Emo Spaniard outside the toilets (see 1856). Roddick's gone, Sharapova's out, Davenport's knee has packed up and Grosjean's retired with a dodgy leg. On top of all that, Boggo's Wimbledon is over for another year. I'm going for a lie down. The wit and whim of Ms Cheese will be back on Friday to take you through another day at Wimbledon.
2017: "I'm off to a pesky wedding tomorrow and will controversially miss tomorrow's action at Wimbledon much to the chagrin of some of my colleagues. What's a mole to do? It's up north and I'm already making the incredible sacrifice of getting up at the crack of dawn to make it back, er, bright eyed and bushy-tailed for Saturday's play. That's going to be fun."
BBC Sport's Mole
(There are rumours of a Ms Mole taking your place for Friday. So watch this space.)
2011: And right on the tail of that upset, here's another one for British fans. Chris Eaton succumbs 7-6 6-2 6-4 to Dmitry Tursunov. That's a big Brit down arrow for the qualifier and back to the futures circuit he goes.
2010: Two zingers down the line from Tipsy help the Serbian past Roddick and into the third round. Tipsarevic falls to his knees in celebration while Roddick beats a hasty retreat to the locker room. Another seed falls in the women's draw as Daniela Hantuchova loses in three sets to Alisa Kleybanova. There's better news for Russian Nadia Petrova though as she sees off Mara Santangelo to progress.
2002: Eek, another set-point missed for A-Rod and that's 6-6. This see-saw set will be settled by a breaker. The crowd go wild.
1951: Roddick waves goodbye to two set points at 5-4 in the fourth. Is that the end of the road for the sixth seed? Things are looking bleak for Eaton on Court One as he is 3-2 down in the third against Tursunov. And to make matters worse, our trusty Davis Cup captain John Lloyd has just reported spots of rain. Uh-oh.
1935: Arrow of doom folks. Eaton loses the second set 6-2 to Tursunov. Uh-oh, it's not looking good for Britain's new hero. Over on Centre, A-Rod is planted firmly on the baseline as he and Tipsy tough it out at 4-4 in the fourth.
1931: I'd like to update you on some Brit doubles action. Stephen Huss and Davis Cup boy Ross Hutchins have taken the first set from wily doubles specialists Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. Elena Baltacha also has one last roll of the dice alongside James Auckland in the mixed doubles, but it's early days there. Grosjean has thrown in the towel against fellow Frenchman Gasquet. He's retired with Gasquet two sets up, no details of why Le Grosjean is a goner though. Croat Marin Cilic - and a certain Ms Cheese's dark horse of the tournament - has knocked out 24th seed Jarkko Nieminen in a five-set thriller.
1924: "Please don't think I'm cheating on you Sarah, but I'll also be reading Jonathan Stevenson's live updates tonight too. Sorry."
Jinadine on 606
(Tut, tut. Don't you know he's a pesky Forest Fan?)
1920: "Just seen Greg up on the roof. He was about to call security until he saw I was minus a camera (see 1557). He asked when his 'mockumentary' was being aired. Mockumentary? Greg please, this is reportage reporting. Got interrupted just as I was about to pitch 'At Home With The Rusers' to him. Early ideas include Tim Henman living in a granny annex in his house. This could go global."
BBC Sport's Mole
1916: Roddick gives himself a rigourous rub-down with his towel as he plonks himself back in his chair. He's just lost the third set 6-4. A-Rod is raring to get the fourth under way but Tipsy hangs back in his chair. The Serbian is all over A-Rod at the minute and playing some brilliant shots. Over on Court One, Eaton puts a break point chance long and Tursunov takes a 3-1 lead in the third.
1910: Fifth seed Elena Dementieva gets herself out of a spot of bother over on Court 11 - it's the outside show-court don't you know? The Russian comes back from a set down against Timea Bacsinszky to reach the third round. Richard Gasquet is showing no signs of the knee injury that forced him out of the French Open as he is fairly motoring against fellow Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, taking the first set 6-2.
1903: That hot news from Centre is followed by the sad sight of a Brit down arrow as Eaton loses the first set to Tursunov 7-2 in the tie-break.
1856: I think I upset a Spanish Emo teen with long hair on my comfort break by asking him if he was waiting to use the ladies' bathroom. Um. Back to the tennis. And there has been another upset on Centre as Roddick smacks an easy forehand long on break point. A-Rod then whacks a ball out of the stadium and is handed a warning. Tipsy stays cool as he takes a 4-2 lead in the third.
1842: Oooh I forgot to tell you that 16th seed Radek Stepanek survived a five-set ding-dong with Serbian Viktor Troicki. So Radders goes through. On Centre, Tipsy is conjuring some acrobatic shots as he gathers two break-points with a diving volley. He converts it too, so Tipsarevic and Roddick are one-set all.
1837: "I've stuck a tenner each way on Eaton to win Wimbledon, all he needs to do is get to the final. The odds were 1501/1, am I mad?"
Azza_Uk on 606
1830: It's all a bit Take That concert circa 1993 on Court One as Chris Eaton is screamed at by a gaggle of girls. The British qualifier is 2-2 in the opening set. I presume the screams are for Eaton and not for our intrepid reporter Chris Bevan. Here's what he has to say:
"Eaton's family are out in force and making their presence felt. I was sat next to his Dad in Eaton's first-round match and he applauded him after every shot - good or bad. Once he clapped him for taking a swig of water during a changeover. Tim Henman's Mum and Dad have turned up here too. Must be strange for them without Tim here, unless they're here to cheer on his commentating."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
1825: "Good to see Anne K giving Venus a run for her money. I went to Disneyworld with her many years ago and her dad was particularly unkeen on Space Mountain."
Dave via text
1816: Through to the second round sails world number three Jelena Jankovic. The Serbian sees off Carla Suarez Navarro with barely a blip. We will shortly go all Eaton, and for those of you who want to follow a blow-by-blow account, Tom has it all for you.
Live - Eaton v Tursunov.
1812: Here's some news from our old friend Radio 1's David Garrido: "I've been with Team Eaton ahead of "our boy Chris" taking on Tursunov this arvo¿they're all in original "Team Eaton" T-shirts, with the slogan "You got served!" Shame they only printed 10 of them. His mate Will has promised Chris he won't sell them on for profit¿"
Radio 1's David Garrido (We miss you David!)
See the photos and Radio 1's online gallery.
1804: A-Rod takes the first set in the breaker 7-5 against Tipsy. Looks like this one is going to be a big-serving battle. There do seems to be lots of seeds dropping out today - Rainer Schuettler has only gone and knocked out ninth seed James Blake, and he seemed very jolly in practice this morning.
1800: "Wow big shock to see Sharapova go out but Kud's Dad loved it. Not sure why everyone is leaving the court though with Eaton on next. Your chocolate fix will have to wait Holty."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan (Dammit, Bevo)
1754: Oh Maria. Sharapova's gone. Alla Kudryavtseva takes the scalp of the 2004 champion 6-2 6-4. And to be fair, Sharapova was not looking happy up at the practice courts. Kud, who is ranked 154th in the world, says it was the biggest win of her career. But you know what the end of that match means? All rise for Britain's Chris Eaton, who now takes on Dmitry Tursunov on Court One.
1753: It's the end of the road at Wimbledon for Boggo. He and South lose their mixed doubles 9-7 in the third to Allegro and Szavay. Didn't they do well, though?
1749: "Celebrity graphic time, New Zealander cricketers Jacob Oram and Scott Styris are in. No idea if they've hooked up with Collingwood and Sidebottom (see 1255) after their little set-to yesterday. New Zealand tennis players? Now there's a poser."
BBC Sport Mole
1746: I'll have to point the Brit down arrow of doom as Elena Baltacha and Naomi Cavaday have just lost to Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek in the women's doubles. Boggo and South are hanging on for dear life in the third set of their doubles - it's seven games apiece. A-Rod and Tipsy are still on serve on Centre. They're locked at 4-4. Jankovic raced through her first set 6-1 against CSN while Kud and Sharapova are 4-4 in the second.
1737: "A fellow journo has just told me Kud's Dad is a world champion at Greco-Roman wrestling. I've just spotted him across the court and he looks like he can handle himself. Suffice to say, I won't be bothering him."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan (I'm not sure bothering Micah Richards qualifies you as a journo Bevo, but whatever...)
1731: "Re 1705: Never mind Decker, is Janko looking his usual ravishing Rasputinesque self?"
From misses the pictures via text
(He's wearing rather menacing shades and a plaster across the bridge of his nose, so goodness knows what Tipsy's been up too. So to answer your question, um, kind of."
1725: Here on Centre, we're going with serve as tattoed Tipsarevic has a 3-2 lead over A-Rod in the second. Sharapova's problem-solving skills appear to be lacking as she is 3-2 down to Kud. On Court Two, Jelena Jankovic looks to be up-and-running as she takes a 3-1 lead over Carla Suarez Navarro.
1721: "Shara having a nightmare on Court One. She's struggled to hold serve every time. She lost the first set and is having more problems at the start of the second. Shara looks hot and bothered and the crowd are trying to get her going."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
1715: I'd like to draw your attention to some of my colleagues' fine words. There's the Rafa report:
Nadal survives scare to progress.
And some chat from Lindsay Davenport that she might well retire - again:
Davenport drops retirement hint.
1715: Murray tells BBC Sport what he plans to do after his march into the third round. "I have got a little dog, a Border Terrier, I will take it for a walk, play some pool and relax with some friends," he says. If you fancy it, you can read Piers's Murray report for the full scoop (none dog-walking related):
Superb Murray eases past Malisse.
1710: "Did you know Wozniak is the 10th most popular surname in Poland"
From sweatbandsamwe via text
(We do now)
1705: Sharapova does lose the first set 6-2 to Kud. Oh welll at least, she has the chance to prove nobody solves a problem like Maria, eh? Meanwhile, Andy Roddick is on Centre against Janko Tipsarevic, who is serving first. There's a lot of interest in A-Rod's box, um, where his model fiancee Brooklyn Decker is sat. We're trying to confirm reports she is related to Carol of T'Pau fame.
1700: It's another good day for the Safin family as French Open finalist Dinara Safina follows her brother into round three with victory over Su-Wei Hsieh. Sharapova looks like she's a bit of trouble - the former champion is 5-2 down against Kudryavtseva in the first set. But Boggo and South have levelled their match against Allegro and Szavay by winning the second set (we'll hold off on the Brit up arrow for now though).
1645: And that's two-out-of-two for Team Murray and another standing ovation for Andy as the British number one sees off Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour-and-a-half. Murray got to celebrate match point twice. He sent down an ace which he marked with a pumped fist but Malisse challenged, only for the replay to show it was in - prompting another fist pump.
1640: Right then, let's have a quick check around the courts. On Centre Court, Murray is a break to the good in the third (and Mum Judy's here) with a 4-2 lead. Following Rafa on Court One, Maria Sharapova is facing Alla Kudryavtseva. Omnipresent Brit Alex Bogdanovic is back, toiling away with Melanie South in the mixed doubles. They were 4-1 up in the first set - but ended up losing it 7-6. And in the battle of the two Tommys, Haas has knocked out 23rd seed Robredo. Haas is poised to meet Murray next.
1633: "Phew thank god Rafa pulled it out. I knew it would be a loooong and tough day at the office. Well done young Ernie for playing really well and giving Rafa a good fight. I'm sure we gonna hear a lot from him for the rest of the year."
Elfenomeno_9 on 606
1615: "Is there really a match playing in the women's singles featuring Wozniak v Wozniacki? (Is that the Slavic version of Kramer v Kramer?)"
Steven via text
(There surely was Stevie, and Wozniacki of Denmark beat Wozniak of Canada. So that was a victory for Woz not Woz. Um.)
1619: Shall we have another Brit up arrow? Well, Murray's taken the second set against Malisse inside an hour, so why not?
1615: Rafa looks delighted, and rightly so, as he wraps up a testing victory over Ernests Gulbis, winning 6-3 in the fourth. He meets Nicolas Kiefer next. And the beaming Spaniard tells the BBC after his three-hour match: "I'm very happy for the victory. I knew it would be tough against an aggressive player. I started serving so-so today and then I got better." He's now off home to put his pasta on and his feet up to watch Spain v Russia in the Euro 2008 semi-finals. His thoughts on that match? "We hope win." Ahhh.
1604: Judy can make her way over to Centre now with one win safely in the Murray bank. The lovely Jamie and partner Max Mirynyi are through to the second round of the men's doubles with a straight sets victory over Marc "I have to play Federer in the morning" Gicquel and Fabrice "I lost to your younger brother" Santoro. By the way, Jamie, who won the mixed doubles title with Jelena Jankovic last year, is pairing up with Liezel Huber this time around.
1557: "Yesterday myself and a colleague filmed a 'Day in the life of Greg Rusedski' as part of the Wimbledon Unplugged series (found on BBCi and somewhere deliberately hidden on bbc.co.uk/tennis). From the moment the Ruser arrived in SW19 in his Mini he was followed within an inch of his life around Wimbledon using a style of filming my colleague pretentiously refers to as 'reportage reporting', I called it legal stalking. Greg was incredible affable considering the duress he was being put under. The results, to be premiered later, are sure to be spectacular and I'm pinning everything on a full blown series* (working title 'At home with the Rusers') being commissioned for the Living or Bravo channels. *Greg knows nothing about the series idea but he'll love it I'm sure."
BBC Sport Mole
1551: There are a pair of pensioners asleep, asleep (!) on Court One during Rafa's match. How anyone can snooze while the splendid world number two is in action in those pirata pants is beyond me. Murray's broken Malisse twice - at this rate Judy won't make it back from Jamie's doubles match in time to see her youngest son steamroll into the third round.
1545: Oooh I've been waiting to use the Brit Up arrow and Murray gives me the chance as he takes the first set against Malisse. And everyone's second favourite Mikhail, 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny comes through a five-setter against Stefano Galvani, taking the fifth 6-3.
1538: Nadal looks like he's got himself out of trouble as he whizzes through the breaker 7-2 to take a two-sets-to-one lead over Gulbis. Both of them promptly nip off for a comfort break, I'm afraid I cannot confirm whether they employ the usual male etiquette of not acknowledging each other during "comfort breaks". Over on Centre, Murray is a break up against Malisse and has a 5-3 lead in the first set.
1526: Still going to the wire on Court One. It's tie-break time between Nadal and Gulbis. Meanwhile, M&M are level-pegging on Centre Court too at 2-2.
1522: "In light of the bbc's new culture of transparency and accountability, can you reveal what the mole has been doing since 1216? The people have a right to know!"
From a BBC employee wishing she worked in sport via text
(Hold on, it's coming.)
1515: Malisse has opened up his match against someone called Murray on Centre. You can read all the latest on M&M's head-to-head courtesy of my colleague Tom.
Live - Murray v Malisse
1510: Oooh, Dan of 1504 fame, Piers has heeded your advice and he's gone in search of more fish and bread based sustenance. I have been called back from my pursuit of Nadal (well, I know where he is now right?) to tide you over until the tennis guru's return. Speaking of Nadal, Gulbis is 5-4 up in the third, but it's still going with serve.
By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon
1504: "Piers you've really got stamina today. Just ploughing through! Maybe you could share some with the brits?"
From Dan via text, on 81111 (My stamina has run out so I will hand on to Sarah before taking in Murray and Malisse)
1500: Andy Murray spoke to Garry Richardson a couple of hours ago. "It's been good to be back at Wimbledon, there's been a lot of support and I'm looking forward to the next match. I've practised quite a bit with Xavier at Nick Bollitieri's place so I know he's a talented player and has a good serve. My first match was a good test and now it's on to the next one."
1455: So here we go, time for some Andy Murray magic. We hope. Rafa and Gulbis are getting stuck into the meat of their match at one set all and 3-3.
1454: Venus Williams completes a 7-5 6-2 win over British number one Anne Keothavong. I'm not generally one for the 'plucky British loser' thing - a loss is a loss - but I have to say our Anne played really well today.
1450: "Very sneaky Piers, changing that fifth to third! (see 1428) I think us eagle eyed (read very bored) office workers who spotted it should get a prize!"
From Dan, Newcastle, via text on 81111 (Believe me, if I acknowledged every error pointed out to me, there wouldn't be time for anything else)
1447: Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi have taken the opening set in a tie-break against Fabrice Santoro and Marc Gicquel. And the big news - Jurgen Melzer has beaten Jessie Levine in five sets on Court 14. Rafa gets a sniff of a break at 30-30 but Gulbis serves out of trouble and leads 2-1 in the third.
1438: Nadal levels it up by taking the second set 6-2, while Venus is a set and 3-1 up on Keothavong. And a tasty encounter is getting under way on Court 11 - Haas v Robredo.
1433: "Anna 1421 jelena is a goddess and much cuter than other serbs who get more press."
From just another anonymous bored office worker via text on 81111 (Someone needs a hug)
1428: Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez has won the titanic battle out on Court 11, seeing off Sania Mirza of India 9-7 in the third.
1425: OK, Rafa fans, come out from behind the sofa. Your boy has broken again and now leads 4-1 in the second set. He's making a few more unforced errors than usual though and Gulbis looks ready to be a regular threat at this level after his quarter-final run at the French.
1421: "Is jamie m playing singles or doubles? Do we think he is still trying to get with the less attractive serbian player?"
From Anna, London town, via text on 81111 (Doubles, no, and harsh)
1415: Nadal has a break! Relief in many quarters as the Spaniard serves at 2-1 in the second set, having dropped the first to Gulbis, but there's a very long way to go. On Centre, Venus has edged the first set 7-5 against Keothavong after a punishing 68 minutes.
1409: "With all this talk of a British bonanza at Wimbledon today, why is everyone ignoring the fact that our only reigning Wimbledon champion, Jamie Murray, is in action later today on Court 19?"
From Ailsa via text on 81111 (Not ignoring him, we'll get round to it as and when... incidentally, Jamie's mum Judy has told the BBC that she will be heading out to watch Jamie on Court 19 before going to Centre to watch Andy later)
1406: Bad news for Britain as both Bamford and Goodall and Boggo and Marray suffer defeats in the men's doubles. Mirza and MJMS are at 6-6 in the decider on Court 11.
1402: Rafa saves a set point with a big serve but thumps a forehand just long on the second and Gulbis has the first set. Surely not, the day after Djoko went out? Roger must be loving it, just loving it.
1400: Sorry about the delay but I've been waiting for two mammoth games to finish. Keothavong is playing a blinder in her epic with Venus, just failing to convert another break point but 3-4 down on serve. Rafa and Gulbis in a biggie at 5-6 on Rafa's serve.... and Nicolas Kiefer wraps up what can only be described as a comprehensive win - 6-0 6-3 6-1 against Martin Vasello Arguello.
1348: "Re. Collingwood & Sidebottom visiting Wimbledon - do we think they are scouting the ball boys & girls for new fielders, after the shambles that happened yesterday????"
From tortoise17 on 606
1346: "Re 0953: I'd like a letter from the mole and I'm in America! Maybe it's my lucky day and he posted me a note."
From LinesOpen on 606
1341: For those requiring Rafa updates, as expected it's close on Court One, with Gulbis leading 5-4 on serve. Meanwhile, Sania Mirza is enjoying a Turkeyesque comeback and is now at 4-4 in th decider against MJMS.
1337: Anne Keothavong - have a graphic! The Brit wins an absolute marathon fourth game and even though it only makes it 2-2, it feels like she's won a set.
1332: Lindsay Davenport explains why she had to default ahead of her match against Gisela Dulko. "I rested all day yesterday and wanted to see how I was in warm-up today but I felt 20%-30%, which is not good enough in the second round, so it's prescribed rest. The diagnosis is that in three to four weeks I should be fine."
1327: Nestor and Zimnjic are now two sets up on Boggo and Marray, Bamford and Goodall are into a second set tie-break, and Mirza is into a third with MJMS on Court 11.
1322: "Who cares about Rafa? Give me Safin any day!!"
From Annis via text on 81111
1321: "Never mind Piers' job. I want Sarah's job. I may however have caused an incident upon seeing Rog's biceps."
From Linzi, Leeds, via text on 81111
1321: "Sarah:its time to be converted to the church of Fedal! Join us lovers of the past 2 french open and wimby finals."
From Chicara via text on 81111
1320: Anne Keothavong made the expected start against Venus, dropping serve immediately, but she's only gone and got it back! Venus gets lucky with a net cord on the first break point but sticks a backhand out on the second.
1312: To sate the obvious hunger of the nation's females, I can confirm that Rafael Nadal is out on Court One knocking up with Ernests Gulbis. He is wearing his usual attire of headband, sleeveless shirt, knee length shorts. Those are the facts, ladies, do with them what you will.
1309: "Re: 1239 - pictures, Sarah, pictures! help a sister out!"
From bored, canary wharf, via tex on 81111
1306: "Re 1255 - Sarah, perhaps you could knock over Colly on his way to the Royal Box and steal his ticket. If it's alright against the Kiwis..."
From anon via text on 81111
1304: "I just got short shrift from Marat Safin. I asked him what chance of another upset and he just went 'No, no, no..." in a Russian burr. I think he was talking to me, just not about the odds of an upset."
BBB Sport's (delusional) Sarah Holt
1300: Quick update - Boggo and Jonny Marray are doing fairly well, staying on serve in the second set against second seeds Nestor and Zimonjic. Bamford and Goodall are a set down but a break up against De Voest and Kubot. Mirza is battling back against MJMS. And Venus Williams and Anne Keothavong are making their way out onto a sun-drenched Centre Court.
1255: "It's a media frenzy down here. I have some celeb goss for you - Paul Collingwood and Ryan Sidebottom are apparently coming down later..."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt
1250: Bad news for Lindsay Davenport fans - she's pulled out of the tournament with a knee injury. Good news for Gisela Dulko fans - she gets a walkover into round three. That might cheer up boyfriend Fernando Gonzalez, who was last seen throwing his trainers into a bin on Court 18 (see 0839 entry).
1247: "Not so tiny Mirza has lost eight games on the spin!"
From Ken, Edinburgh via text on 81111 (Yep, she's 6-1 3-1 down to, deep breath, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.)
1243: "A big shout of 'C'mon!' from Nestor and Zimonjic after their first break, which prompted a mass exodus from Court Six. I've got room to stretch out on a patch of courtside grass now. The Brits lose the first set 6-4."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan (If you're near Court Six, check his pass and then give him a kick)
1239: "Roger has rolled his sleeve up to reveal some Nadalesque biceps. We don't often get to see the Fed flesh. I could switch my alliegance at this rate."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt
1237: Blimey. Kiefer has wrapped up the first set against MVA 6-0, dramatically reducing my chances of getting to use the tantrum graphic. He was my banker. Bad news on Court Six where Nestor and Zimonjic have broken Boggo and Marray for 5-4.
1234: "Re:1154 Sania Mirza is 5'7" not that tiny, especially for a lady!"
From Alex in Midhurst - relieved Ivanovic will be back for another match - via text on 81111
1228: "A feast of tennis talent at the practice courts. In between Roger and the Murrays is Kuznetsova - what a lucky lady. Roger and his hitting partner are wearing matching outfits of grey t-shirt and white shorts. Before you ask, there's no knitwear."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt
1224: Boggo and Marray have made a steady start against Nestor and Zimonjic, while Nicolas Kiefer has surged 3-0 clear of Martin Vasello Arguello. We've also got Brits Bamford and Goodall against De Voest and Kubot on Court Four. Our boys are a break down though.
1220: "Let's just hope Sarah doesn't find out that Rafa actually landed on his female security guard when he fell down the stairs and promptly helped her up, put his arms around her and fussed over her for the rest of their journey. I fear Piers may lose his assistant to another career if Sarah heard about this!"
From Rafa fan on 606 (I'll lose more than my career if we keep referrring to her as 'my assistant')
1218: Tim Henman on Xavier Malisse: "He 's a seriously talented player but he hasn't played that many big matches recently. He's a relaxed kind of guy though and if he starts playing well, it won't be easy for Andy."
1217: "Re 1154. I always thought the same about daniella hantuchova, a very talented lady."
From Andy, London, via text on 81111
1216: "Desperately need to get hold of Boris today and he's not working. I'm seeing it as revenge for me not waxing lyrical about his attire this year after my fawning over his preppy style cricket garb for the entire two weeks of Wimbledon 2007. Damn you Boris. And to think I was supporting Germany last night in your honour. The German tricolour is in the skip."
BBC Sport mole
1211: "Richard Williams is spotted on the balcony of the media restaurant, sipping meditatively on an orange juice while wearing an ill-advised white socks/sandals combo."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
1206: "Court Six is absolutely packed, standing room only, and one girl has settled from watching inside a hedge. I can barely see the court - how am I meant to bother Boggo's family from here? Boggo and Marray just pushed past me on their way to court. I was quite tempted to elbow them back."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
1202: Others to look out for in early action are Mikhail Youzhny on Court Two, Sania Mirza on Court 11, Arnaud Clement and Benjamin Becker on Court 17, and definite racquet-throwing potential with Nicolas Kiefer on Court Three.
1157: We're moments away from the start of play on the outside courts and surely everyone is heading to Court Six, where the Alex Bogdanovic comeback begins. Boggo and Jonny Marray are up against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Who are the second seeds, incidentally.
1154: "Just watched sania mirza on the practice courts. Looking very hot. Suprised the media doesn't show her more love."
From Jonny C via text on 81111 (Walked past her yesterday, tiny lady)
1150: The soothing Voice of Wimbledon tells us that it's going to be a little bit "breezy". He really does sound like Nicholas Parsons. Lovely.
1146: I've already made a howler and missed cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott on the list for the Royal Box. Not sure a champagne bottle graphic is appropriate for Geoff, bearing in mind the great man's, er, conservative style of play. Hopefully he'll be shouting blunt messages of advice for the Brits on show.
1140: "Piers, lets hope that Sarah Holt avoids Court 15 (see 1030 and 1101 entries) or your tea might arrive a bit cold!"
From readie111 on 606 (Panic over, my lukewarm tea has arrived)
1134: "My mate from uni has been gloating to me that he had tickets for today. Just spoken to him in the queue, and he won't get in before 4 o'clock, the irony. He's a Where's Wally/Sid from Skins lookalike for those also queueing! (Feel free to nick his hat)"
From Chris, Somerset, via text on 81111
1130: Well, it's a bit better than yesterday I suppose. The Royal Box list is in and we have top chef Albet Roux and tennis legend Ilie Nastase. I know, still no sign of Richard Stilgoe.
1120: "Used to work in security escorting the players to the courts through the crowds. I'd have never confiscated juice. Not in my day. Never!"
From Charlie, London, via text on 81111
1115: Following Rafa onto far off Court 15 for a spot of practice is Serena, who looks in fine fettle. Good place to stand for half an hour. There's much discussion about which games to focus on today and I'm making a strong case for Nadal v Gulbis as a potential shock.
1107: "Kettle's on Piers, sugar?"
From Chris via tex on 81111 (BBC Sport's Sarah Holt has been despatched in disgrace, still wittering about her lost mango & apple juice)
1105: You might be at wimbers Piers old bean... But ive got a cup of tea in hand!"
From anon via text on 81111
1101: "Am watching Rafa practice on court 15, makes the vile camping worth all the effort!"
From Heidi via text on 81111
1058: "Talking of the walk from Southfields, I would like to express my satisfaction at the levels of freebies on offer. After the paucity of last year's offerings, with ice coffee being the nadir, we are back to the halcyon days of 2006 where it was wall to wall smoothies, peanut butter flavour chocolate bars and dancing girls dangling from lampposts. So far this week I've been given enough bottles of water to bathe in, 11 packets of chewing gum, muesli bars and a variety of top-notch snazzy puddings.
P.S. It has been pointed out to me that posting a letter to America (0953) will not make annals of history, but considering I class remembering to put trousers on in the morning as a major achievement I'm quite proud of myself. So there."
BBC Sport mole
1051: The rest of the team have arrived and are raving wildly about having all sorts of confectionery and drinks confiscated at the gate because the items were not "official Wimbledon produce". Water, pomegranate juice, mango & apple, chewing gum. All gone. Personally, I think it will do them good. More importantly, in the chaos no-one has brought me a tea. Where's Ralph from Glasgow (1007 entry) when you need him?
1048: "Oh what I would have given to be in that said supermarket (see entry 1030 entry) last night!"
From anon via text on 81111
1038: "Just about recovered from the lovely Safin's win yesterday! Nervous for Rafa today. Gulbis could make it very difficult for him. Got my fingers crossed already - which is making texting quite challenging...! Much as I love him though, I'm hoping he'll be happy to get through his second round match, but upset later this evening - got money on Russia to win!"
From Sara via text on 81111
1031: The gates are open and in pour the fans. It's a scorcher, for the moment.
1030: "Apparently rafa fell down the stairs on the way to his first match. Was he rushing to get away from his bbc stalker sarah? Btw has she spotted him yet today?"
From Jo via text on 81111 (She will be arriving any moment, hopefully with tea in hand. Apparently Rafa was seen in a Wimbledon supermarket at 10pm last night stocking up on pasta and posed for a few photos with fans. Legend.)
1023: "Re comment 0946: I don't think anyone can really learn the game at school. The PE teacher isn't a specialist in all sports! I played tennis for my school team (at 'second racquet') and barely understood the rules... As for my service game, well!"
From Justanotherspursfan on 606
1017: So what of Andy Murray's chances today? Michael Stich tells 5 Live: "Andy should be alright. I think he feels confident on the showcourts and he'll be happy to be out there again. He looked fit, strong and determined in the first round and that's the right way to start a tournament. It won't get any easier as he goes through the rounds, but he looks OK."
1013: "I've yet to hear a player say he watches 'Wimbledon' to inspire himself. Perhaps Kirsten Dunst isn't their type?"
From FiendishFuManchu on 606
1010: "What's the chance of rafa getting his 2nd round game over with in record time today so he can get home in time to put his feet up with a few beers for spains euro 2008 semi final!"
From Vic via text on 81111 (I've boldly predicted that Gulbis will test Rafa, so he's pretty safe)
1007: "I'd have brought champagne and a few cigars (see 0945 entry); reconsider?"
From Ralph, Glasgow, via text on 81111 (Bad timing, very much in a tea mood this morning)
1000: Well, I suppose we can't ignore it all day. Germany won last night and are in their 856th major final in my lifetime. An annoyingly humble Michael Stich tells 5 Live: "We waited for the Turkey team to score and then we scored in the last minute. It was not a great performance, but nobody's going to ask how they won. I was worried. Turkey were much better and had lots of chances and Germany didn't get into the match. But they got through."
0953: "I have to say I'm sharing Piers' surprising and most out of character sense of cheeriness today. And to think he went to a Radiohead gig last night. What a day we have in store! On the way from Southfields tube I managed to post a letter to America, make my mobile operator back down and grovel in a petty row over the delivery of a new phone and I was given free profiteroles and some sorbet, at 8.45am! Sheer opulence."
BBC Sport mole
0951: Maybe it's somewhat appropriate bearing in mind the last post, but here's Paul Annacone on the much-maligned Alex Bogdanovic. "Alex has struggled in the last year or so and dropped down the rankings, but he's a little disenchanted personally with the negative stuff after losing the other day. He played a tremedous match against a guy ranked 40th in the world. Simone Bolelli, who he lost to, has now gone on to beat Fernando Gonzalez yesterday. The guy he lost to is a terrific player. Alex played one of the best matches I've seen, but unfortunately it is another loss."
0946: "Does anyone have a view on why we are generally rubbish at tennis? When i was at school the games teacher used to make us bounce the ball up an down on the racket while walking round an obstacle course. Is this how henman was coached at the age of 13?"
From anon via text on 81111
0945: "You have a genuinely wonderful job, Piers; need an assistant?"
From Ralph, Glasgow, via text on 81111 (Hopefully she's about to arrive with a cup of tea. But, yes, I know)
0939: Tim Henman is getting comfortable after three days behind the microphone and he's been telling us all about it. "I'm looking forward to working with everyone I can," said Sir Tim. "I'm hoping to work with Greg Rusedski at some point but I think we'd need someone else to help us. We'd need a professional to help link us in and make sure we didn't screw up!"
Tim Henman column
0930: Chris Eaton has told The Sun that he uses the film Gladiator to inspire himself. LTA man - and former coach of Sampras and Henman - Paul Annacone, tells 5 Live: "Whatever he's doing, it's working, so he should keep it up. Tursunov is a very difficult opponent - he hits the ball extremely hard and takes you out of your gameplan because of how offensive and athletic he is. It will be an interesting match-up for him, and regardless of what happens today, it's been a great run."
0922: Ah, my morning shot of Nick 'The Don' Bolletieri on the excellent Radio Wimbledon. The legendary coach gives us an insight into his work with a young Xavier Malisse, who said yesterday, "It took about two years for Nick to remember my name." The Don responds: ""I love my Xavier, I brought him to my academy when he was 16. I remember before one match I told his coach, 'You tell Xavier if he doesn't win that match I'm going to beat the crap out of him. And he won the whole tournament!" A little tip there for the LTA.
0916: "In queue next to a grumpy scottish murray fan who disapproves of our 9am beerios. Centre court can keep her. Court one is where it'll be at today. Go eaton!"
From Rich B, the queue, via text on 81111
0913: Andymonium is clearly taking hold already. It's an Andemic. Sorry. For my money, I think it's a safe bet that Venus will have too much for Keothavong, who has a decent game but really lacks power. Malisse is dangerous as he has plenty of talent and experience and I expect him to get at least a set, but reckon Murray will win. And then there's world number 661 Chris Eaton against Tursunov. It should be staightforward for the Russian but from what I saw of Eaton the other day, he's got a great serve and, crucially, seems a calm and focused individual - the exact opposite of Tursunov - so I'm going for two British wins. I should warn you that my pre-Euro 2008 predictions were: Germany are overrated; Spain are overrated; France will win. Yeah.
0907: "Three brits up today, perm any two from three (not talking about andys hair) to win?"
From Keith in Coventry via text on 81111
0906: "Morning Piers, Justin C in Twickenham here. Clear blue sky again and as usual I'm backing our Andy M to do it in 4 sets. Have a great day."
From Justin, Twickenham, via text on 81111 (I definitely will, cheers)
0901: The result of the day yesterday was Marat Safin turning back the clock about three years and hammering Novak Djokovic. Here's what John McEnroe thought: "Safin has played mediocre at a lot of events but that has forced him to get out there and practise. That is part of what we have questioned about Safin. How motivated is he? How hard is he working? How healthy is he? It's nice to see all that work paying off and hopefully he can keep it going for a while."
The BBC team on Djokovic's defeat
0855: "What I failed to add on my text (see 0839) was that a security guard swiftly retrieved Gonzo's trainers from the bin before any riff-raff could get their hands on them."
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer
0849: I am no longer alone on Centre Court as lines are being painted, the Royal Box hoovered, umpire's chair tested, and grass cut. Away from the Britfest today, we have Rafael Nadal facing a real threat, I would venutre, in Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis, and the slightly out-of-sorts Maria Sharapova up against Alla Kudryavtseva.
0839: I feel at this early hour I should make an apology to Fernando Gonzalez. One of my last actions before making an early exit yesterday was to head to the restaurant, and on the way back I crossed paths with Gonzo who was making his way to Court 18 to play Simone Bolelli. The Chilean maestro was briefly distracted by my tuna baguette and could not avert his gaze. I felt a pang of guilt, then, when several hours late I received a text saying, "Gonzo just threw his trainers in the bin after losing, stroppy ***." The big man clearly had his mind elsewhere.
0832: First up on Centre today will be Anne Keothavong giving Venus Williams a lesson, followed by Andy Murray toying with Xavier Malisse. And, weather permitting, the third and final match on Court One will be new Wimbledon folk hero Chris Eaton against Russian funnyman Dmitry Tursunov.
0830: What's this? Apparently I might need the rain graphic today for the first time this week. According to BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood, "Cloud is going to increase during the afternoon and there is a 30% risk of a shower, going up to 60% in the evening." And showers and drizzle for Glastonbury, apparently. They like all that though, don't they?
0825: Can it really be day four already? It's flying by and we haven't seen a sniff of those brave groundstaff haring on to pull across the covers, just a succession of high quality tennis matches. The mole doesn't know what to do with himself. It's another beautiful early morning on Centre Court - perfect conditions for the rarely spotted British tennis success.
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