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By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
2130: And Youzhny's done it. Nicole Vaidisova is left to represent tennis' love match at Wimbledon 2008 as her furious fiance Radek Stepanek is booed off after smashing a racquet. A tremendous end to a tremendous day.

2129: 'Steps' is having his hand rubbed by the physio as the darkness gathers, but eventually he's ready to go. Really quite dark now. Youzhny serving at deuce and 5-3.

2128: And the celebrations can begin for Marin Cilic - and myself - as the Croat completes victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu. He'll face Arnaud Clement as he bids to live up to my prediction of a quarter-final place. No pressure, Marin.

2126: Oh no. Late, late drama at SW 19. Radek Stepenek takes a tumble and needs treatment. Nicole Vaidisova, huddled in a white towel (along with the rest of her clothes I hasten to add), looks on concerned. Mikhail Youzhny is serving for the match there.

2112: Nicolas Kiefer gives the Centre Court crowd some late-night cheer by fighting back from 5-0 down to 5-3 but Rafa's in no mood for such frivolity and completes a 7-6 6-2 6-3 win. An ominously good performance from Nadal. Kiefer makes himself another friend by chucking a broken racquet into the crowd as he leaves.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2107: Oh dear. Anne Keothavong's tournament is over. After earlier going out of the ladies' doubles with Mel South, she and Ross Hutchins are beaten in the mixed. Thanks for the memories, Anne.

2106: "Hi Cheesy, how about a Brit up graphic for Naomi Broady's win in the girls singles? And do you know if Amanda Elliot is in the girls singles this year?"
Dave via text on 81111
Naomi had her moment of glory (see 1456). And I'm afraid the rules are strict. As for Amanda, I think she's too old for the girls singles.

2100: "Nearly forgot to rise to Cheese's jibes (see 1741) about the Hononary Steward. This is the only time I'm going to mention this as I might morph into Michael Douglas in the film Falling Down if he is brought up again. His name is David Spearing and he has been looking after the Players' Box for 35 years. Sure he is a lovely man, but people of Great Britain I implore you don't ever bring this up again."
BBC Sport mole

Boris Becker
2043: "Ole!" shouts Boris alarmingly after yet another stunner from Nadal, who is on fire with another break at the start of the third set. Stepanek has, of course, won the tie-break on Court Two, taking it to a fifth against Mikhail Youzhny. Cilic is two sets to one and a break up against Mathieu.

2031: Rafa rattles through the second set in double quick time. Marin Cilic is two sets to one up against Paul-Henri Mathieu. Stepanek and Youzhny meander into a tie-break. Heartbreak as Anne Keothavong and Ross Hutchins narrowly lose the first set of their mixed doubles.

2024: BBC commentator Mark Petchey informs us that Nicolas Kiefer learned to make marble cake during one of his injury-enforced breaks from the game. Well I never. Meanwhile Boris Becker is heard to make an alarming "gaaah" sound as Nadal plays "one of the best backhands you'll see at this Wimbledon".

2010: Hurray. Marin Cilic is turning the screw on Paul-Henri Mathieu. That match is one set all, the Croat with a break in the third. Rafa now a break up in the second. The Stepanek-Youzhny match, which seems to have been going on for hours, is on serve in the fourth, with the Russian leading by two sets to one.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1957: A fist pump from Rafa Nadal as he snatches the first set on a tiebreak from Nicolas Kiefer. He'll be keen to wrap this up in straight sets before darkness falls. Meanwhile, activity in the Royal Box as England rugby star Danny Cipriani hobbles over to introduce himself to funnywoman Jennifer Saunders. Now, there's a conversation I'd like to hear.

1952: If you happen to be on Court Three (well, you never know) keenly awaiting the entrance of Anne Keothavong and Ross Hutchins, time to get moving. Their match against Knowle/Chan has been shifted to Court 18. They need your support: they're the last surviving British pair in the mixed, although Jamie Murray is still going with South African Liesel Huber.

Boris Becker
1944: "I've always said it. Kiefer has the talent - I don't know if he has the courage. And you need courage on Wimbledon's Centre Court against Nadal."
Boris Becker (as Kiefer goes 6-5 up against Nadal)
Live - Nadal v Kiefer

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1937: Jamie Murray's ludicrous hair fails to stall his progress in the men's doubles. He and Max Mirnyi rattle through the third-set tiebreak 7-0 to tie up a straight-sets win and they're into round three. Judy Murray is all smiles. And why not?

1930: So what does Andy Murray think of Tommy Haas' claim (see 1902) that his second serve needs improvement? Not a lot, as it turns out. "I'm just looking at the stats... They say I won 56% of points on my second serve - he won 39% on his. So I served better than him. He broke me once in the whole match."

1923: A dark mood descends as my dark horse Marin Cilic drops the first set against Paul-Henri Mathieu. I would like to point out at this stage I didn't actually think he'd win the thing - just maybe make the quarters. Still, I'm keeping the faith. Mikhail Youzhny, a fourth-round regular at Wimbledon, is level at one set all with Nicole Vaidisova's fella Radek Stepanek. The Russian's a break up in the third though. On serve on Centre between Nadal and Kiefer.

1914: "Right, straws are being clutched here. Just seen Mark Foster, the veteran swimmer, knocking about. Is he a celebrity? Shall I just call this off? I'm embarrassing myself here."
BBC Sport mole (You said it, Mole, you said it)

1902: Earlier this year, Roger Federer caused a mini-storm by appearing to criticise Andy Murray for not developing his game. So does Tommy Haas think Murray's got any better? "No, not really. He plays the type of game that is quite unpredictable at times. He has an underrated first serve. He needs to work on his second serve. I don't know if I used it enough. Overall, he moves well and he's a good counter-puncher. If he continues to make shots like he did at the end of the fourth set, he'll be a contender. But it's tough to do that."

1858: "Sorry, I've been distracted by the oddity of writing a story about Danny Cipriani. Outrage, this is Wimbledon not Twickenham, I have celebrities to stalk. Anyhow great scenes, for all you people out there who have been watching BBC1, you will be delighted to see that Boris is back in his old-skool cricket jumpers. Yes! All is right in the world. Boris (as I have said before), if he had been born English, would definitely have made a hostile pace bowler, HOW IST DAS!!!!"
BBC Sport mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1848: The Brit flag of doom hangs over Anne Keothavong and Mel South as they go out of the women's doubles. Oh, and Jamie Delgado and Katie O'Brien have lost too. No need to sink into too deep a depression though. The lovely Anne will be back on Court Three later with Ross Hutchins in the mixed doubles.

1846: The sun is disappearing from Centre Court as Rafael Nadal warms up against Nicolas Kiefer. You can follow the minutiae of that match elsewhere but don't worry, I won't be ignoring it completely.
Live - Nadal v Kiefer

1838: Sir Terry Wogan. He knows how to play to the crowd, doesn't he? Fresh from getting the loudest ovation of a star-studded Royal Box, he tells BBC Sport: "It's rare I get invited anywhere. When you're passe like me, you don't get asked to places anymore." Tsk, I don't believe that, Sir Tel. Wogan says he was decent at tennis but "couldn't serve for buttons". Of his favourite players, he says: "The great tragedy of Wimbledon has been Sharapova's exit followed by Ivanovic's exit - but then I'm a legs man."

Boris Becker
1833: "Andy's mentality has impressed me. He's aggressive but not too much. He gets pumped up at the right moments. If he plays like that next week, a lot of opponents will have a hard time playing against him."
Boris Becker on BBC1

1830: "Gasquet's not had a great year but he made the semis here last year and he's obviously comfortable on grass. I feel I have a good chance if I continue playing at this level."
Andy Murray

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1826: A huge roar from our Braveheart Andy Murray signals that the British number one is through to the fourth round after a 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-2 win over Tommy Haas. Richard Gasquet up next. Murray looked good - except for that blip in the second set, but we'll let him off that. Brother Jamie and Max Mirnyi are a set up on Court One - where Judy Murray is no doubt heading.

1820: "Re 1802: Talking of Nelson Mandela concert, I spotted good old Boris boogeying with his son in the crowd... He missed good tennis last night!!"
DameDre27 on 606
Well, Boris is quite the man about town. I seem to remember him turning up at the Concert for Diana last summer sporting a very ill-advised leather cap.

1813: The number nine seed is gone. Dinara Safina is beaten in three by Israel's Shahar Peer after an epic over on Court 11. Three hours and 25 minutes. They've certainly earned their equal prize money. Safina is the fourth top-10 player to exit the tournament.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1807: Niall Angus, take a bow. The 18-year-old British number four comes through a three-set battle in magnificent style on Court Seven. Keothavong/South have levelled at a set apiece. Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi are a break to the good in the first set. I've got a song in my heart.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1802: A buzz around Centre Court as Kate Middleton is spotted in the crowd. She seems to be sitting with the normal people rather than the Royal Box. Good for her. It's been a busy old weekend for Wills' better half. She also attended the Nelson Mandela concert in Hyde Park last night. Will she make it a hat-trick with a trip to Glasto to see the Verve on Sunday? Unlikely...

1755: Someone get some sunblock to the Royal Box. Sir Terry Wogan has gone a very worrying shade of pink, and Sir Bobby Robson is also sans hat. Honestly, when will we Brits learn?

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1752: Boom. Andy Murray bags the third set, Keothavong/South are serving for the second set and Niall Angus is serving for the match against Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan. Everyone feeling better now? Good.

1747: "So what age does a tennis player become a 'veteran'?"
Rob via text on 81111
Good question. About 31 I'd say.

1741: Earlier, I wandered past the honorary steward who has become the nemesis of our Mole. Every year, thousands of BBC viewers write in to ask who the man with the hat and the beard is who sits in the players' box on Centre Court. And the short-tempered Mole is left to deal with these missives. Anyway, he looked like a very kindly man, certainly not the sort of man you would expect to prompt such fury in a Mole.

1732: Jamie Murray is out on Court One, with now familiar red headband and unruly curls. That hair must be breaking an All England Club rule surely? Anyway, he and Max Mirnyi and are up against James Cerretani and Victor Hanescu in the second round.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1721: Yikes. Everywhere I look, Brits are chucking away leads with merry abandon. If I close my eyes, will it go away? Keothavong/South were a break up and now they're a set down. Niall Angus, sporting some very trendy corn-rows by the way, has lost the second set against Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan. And then there's Andy...
Live - Murray v Haas

1714: Ah, tout c'est bon. Or something. Richard Gasquet hits back to take the fourth set and the match against fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon. He'll face Murray or Haas next - and that match is now in the balance after the Brit threw away a break advantage and lost the second set on a tiebreak.

1711: It really is a cavalcade of fabulously-named juniors out there today. Out on Court Eight, we now have Wu v Klahn. No sign of Tang though. Then on Court Nine, we've got American Ty D Trombetta. And look! Hogenkamp has beaten Babos. Of course, I realise I'm on shaky ground here.

1701: The growing band of (mainly female) Tipsy fans will be pleased. Janko Tipsarevic polishes off Dmitry Tursunov in three sets and will meet German Rainer Schuettler next, leaving Russian funnyman Tursunov to get back to entertaining the web world with his offbeat blogs for the ATP.

1655: Gasps all round Centre as Andy Murray - fresh from conceding his break - takes yet another tumble. He's OK, but the scoreboard's not looking quite as healthy for the Brit. But Anne Keothavong and Mel South boost Britain's flagging spirits by going a break up in the first set.

1647: C'est un meltdown on Court One. Richard Gasquet was cruising against Gilles Simon but he's now a break down in the fourth. Zut alors and all that. Better news for our French neighbours comes from Court 18 where Arnaud Clement finishes off Jurgen Melzer in four. And Alla Kudryavtseva, conqueror of Maria Sharapova, will face Nadia Petrova in the last 16 after a three-set win over Shuai Peng.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1643: If it's celebrities the Mole's after (see 1618), he could do worse than to burrow over to the Royal Box right now. Dame Kelly Holmes is staring blankly into the distance and looks like she might even welcome a visit from our intrepid mammal. Although on second thoughts...

1634: Well, interesting times folks. Andy Murray looks very, very good out on Centre Court and is already a break up in set two. Richard Gasquet - who is likely to be waiting in the fourth round - has carelessly just dropped the third set against Gilles Simon. Brit Niall Angus pockets the first set against the splendidly-named Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan and Anne Keothavong and Mel South are just warming up for their second-round ladies' doubles match. Something for everyone there...

1624: Andy Murray looks very pleased with himself as he wraps up the first set in routine fashion. Meanwhile, the unlikely figure of Arnaud Clement is two games away from the fourth round. The 30-year-old Frenchman hasn't had a sniff of last-16 action here since 2002. And Nadia Petrova, who is wearing Venus Williams-designed kit, has beaten Belarussian teenager Victoria Azarenka.

1618: "Saw Andrew Castle on numerous occasions earlier - he is the king of the couch on GMTV and gets to hang out with Lorraine Kelly - so is technically a celebrity. Does that count? (see 1147) I'm getting desperate here people."
BBC Sport mole (Sigh...)

1609: Hiya. I wish they'd hurry and make us the 'potential upset' graphic because Shahar Peer is now 7-5 4-2 up over ninth seed Dinara Safina. And in yet more good news on the home front, British number four junior Niall Angus is making absolute mincemeat of Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan on Court Seven. I'm willing to bet that this may be the Chilean's first encounter with a grass-court...

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1600: Dust off the Brit up graphic! Dan Evans has beaten Peerakit Siributwong of Thailand in the junior boys. And Murray has broken Haas with an absolutely incredible backhand winner down the line. On that patriotic note, I will sign off for now and hand you over to the safest pair of hands in text-based-internet-minute-by-minute-sports commentary, Caroline Cheese.

1555: It's been pointed out that it was James via text (see 1547) and not the stag do that encountered Sarah, although that does not discount the possibility of alcohol affecting the senses.

John McEnroe
1552: "This will be a good test for Andy to see how far he has come - to see if he has removed the nervous energy that can lead to cramping and if the match gets into its later stages how he will react. Haas has not played as much tennis as he would like so I go for Murray in four sets."
John McEnroe on BBC One

1550: Gasquet is two sets up now on Simon, while Shahar Peer has taken the first against French Open finalist Dinara Safina on Court 11.

1547: "Re 1531 she had a stripy t-shirt on and looked rather pretty. Does that further rule them both out?"
From James via text on 81111 (I refer you to my 1540 answer. I'm on very dangerous ground here)

1543: Murray and Haas come onto Centre Court to, frankly, a bit of a lukewarm response. To be fair, much of the crowd has nipped out for a communal comfort break. My roving colleague Sarah Holt has been sedated and slumped in a chair for long enough to cover the match in all its glorious detail. I will remain here with the basic news from Centre, as well as everything else from around the All England Club.
Live - Murray v Haas

1540: It seems that Valentine Park (see below) did indeed have an encounter with Sarah Holt. He must have had a few to think she looks "official".

The view from the fans
1535: "We were in a Casino until 6am and were 300 sheets down, so we left there to queue up at 6am to come in and see Andy Murray. We did have Centre Court tickets but got "asked to leave". So Murray up! We want to see him play."
Glasgow's Valentine Park and his stag-do crew

1533: Jelena Jankovic wraps up a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, who has certainly made her mark.

The view from the fans
1531: "I may have seen either miss holt or miss cheese being accosted by some men in afros. No idea what either of them look like but she looked official."
From James via text on 81111 (In which case it was definitely neither of them)

1529: That could be it on Centre Court as Jankovic breaks again to go 5-2 up in the decider. I feel a bout of Andymonium coming on. Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova wins the first set against Victoria Azarenka on Court Three.

1524: "All of this tuna baguette talk has given me a craving! Ive found an old tin in my cupboard... looks a bit late 90s-esque. Should i eat it?"
From Mike, Surrey, via text on 81111 (Definitely. Tuna is non bio-degradable, it would withstand a nuclear attack)

1520: Richard Gasquet - a potential opponent for Andy Murray in the fourth round - is in good form, taking the first set against Gilles Simon 6-3, while Janko Tipsarevic wins the first set tie-break against Dmitry Tursunov. Jankovic, who has now had all the strapping taken off her leg, leads 3-2 with a break in the decider against Wozniacki.

1515: "Just seen former tennis player and all round cool cat Vijay Amritraj eating a plate of sausages. Does he count as a celebrity? (see 1147). He was in Octopussy after all. No? This is going to be a long day."
BBC Sport Mole (I went to see Octopussy at the cinema in 1983 at the Ramsgate Classic Cinema and the film caught fire so we were evacuated. I think I cried. And no, mole, he doesn't count)

1511: "It's too tight," says Jankovic to the trainer as she has the strapping on her knee adjusted after breaking again to go 2-1 up. She is becoming increasingly mummified.

1508: Venus Williams on her win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez: "I was happy with that one. The first set was pretty clean and in the second set she changed her strategy and played better and got the break back. I was pretty happy as she put some pressure on me but I had the answers."

1502: I only went for a tuna baguette and I return to find that I've lost Gisela Dulko and Xander Spong. Emotionally, I'm struggling with all this. I stopped by Court 16 to watch a bit of British junior Victoria Brook against Polish seventh seed Sandra Zaniewska and our girl was losing 6-0 3-0, under the watchful gaze of GB Fed Cup coach Nigel Sears. I'm glad to say Victoria has now won a game.

By Ian Westbrook at Wimbledon

1456: Around the courts we are under way in new matches on Courts One and Two. On One Richard Gasquet has an early break and leads Gilles Simon 3-1 while on Two Janko Tipsarevic is 4-3 up on Dmitry Tursunov.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
Good news for Britain as Naomi Broady beats Ana Bogdan in straight sets in the girls' singles.

And finally on Centre play continues - 10 minutes after the second set ends and that is a good point to hand back to Piers.

1455: After the treatment Jankovic is being given an official three-minute medical time-out - once this finishes she has to get on with the match. She is having a tight strapping applied to her left knee.

1452: Jankovic is being treated for an injury to her left knee - she seemed to hurt it earlier in the match. She is lying on her towel while the trainer attends to her and looks quite unhappy.

Tracy Austin
Tracy Austin in the BBC commentary box: "Jankovic cleaned up her game in the second set and is now in the driver's seat and in control of the match. Wozniacki has got to get her foot back in the door. Itís very important these first two or three games of the final set - we will know a lot from that."

1447: In front of us Jankovic does indeed level the match by serving out for the set. However as the players sit down at their changeover, Jankovic calls for the trainer.

1446: It's all over on Court 10 as Xander Spong (see 1430), who did save a match point, cannot hold off Mark Verryth any longer and succumbs 6-2 6-3.

1444: Andy Murray's fans may have to wait a little longer to see their hero as Jankovic is a game away from levelling the match as she leads 5-4 in the second set against Wozniacki.

1440: "Poor Dulko. Beautiful player to watch, but not enough power and a few mistakes at crucial times. I'm sure a comforting hug from Gonzo will make her feel a lot better. Actually, that makes me feel a lot less sorry for her and somewhat jealous!" From Rafafan on 606

1437: Bad news for you Kiwis out there (see 1338) as Marina Erakovic goes out 4-6 6-4 6-4 to Tamarine Tanasugarn, who reaches the fourth round for the seventh time. Bad news for me as I drop yoghurt on to my laptop. For you New Zealanders who are interested in how your cricket team are doing, follow our live text commentary here with Mark Mitchener.
England v New Zealand - live

1432: Barry Cowan hurries past eating a packet of crisps - cheese and onion - on his way to watch Dan Evans on Court 15.
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery

1430: It's 4-2 now to Jankovic in the second set but it's bad news for Piers as his new favourite player Xander Spong (see 1400) looks to be on the way out of the boys singles. He now trails Australia's Mark Verryth 6-2 4-1 and is likely to have more time to hang out with his friends again next week.

1423: It's all happening at the moment as defending champion Venus Williams is now safely through to the second week with a comfortable 6-1 7-5 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

1421: Here on Centre Court Jelena Jankovic easily holds her serve to consolidate her break and now leads Caroline Wozniacki 3-1 in the second set.

1418: While Piers goes for his daily tuna baguette, I am taking over while eating mine. I can immediately bring you two results - Rainer Schuettler has beaten Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets on Court Three while on Court Two fifth seed Elena Dementieva has completed her comeback against Gisela Dulko to move into round four.

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1410: Jelena Jankovic finally gets ahead of Caroline Wozniacki with a break at the start of the second. Venus Williams is 4-4 in the second against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Court One. For our Kiwi friends, Marina Erakovic is on serve midway through the final set against Tamarine Tanasugarn on Court 11. Gisela Dulko is hanging in against Elena Dementieva at 5-5 in the second set on Court Two. And Xander Spong has lost the first set - Eddy Bank will not be pleased.

1406: "So good to have Moley back, we significantly lacked useless information yesterday... where would we be without our Mole?"
From Jez on 606

Tracy Austin
1402: Caroline Wozniacki wraps up the first set against Jelena Jankovic. "The difference here is the unforced errors," says Tracy Austin. "Wozniacki's really going after her shots and has not let up at all. She needs to put that set behind her and continue to play that way."

1400: Spong!!!! We have now adopted him as our favourite player - Xander Spong, aged 18, from Den Haag in the Netherlands, likes computers, music and hanging out with his friends, and is coached by the almost equally well-named Eddy Bank.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1358: A cheeky Brit up graphic - Naomi Broady leads seventh seed Ana Bogdan in the junior girls.

1355: I knew we should have got a 'potential shock' graphic, it would have been all over the place this week. The latest use would be for Wozniacki, who is 5-2 up against second seed Jelena Jankovic on Centre Court. Venus is a set and a break up on Court One. Meanwhile, there is an X Spong in action on Court 10. Caroline is investigating.

1351: Justin Rose was among the star guests at Wimbledon yesterday. Apaprently he enjoyed his day out and told 5 Live all about his favourite Wimbledon moments.
Justin Rose on 5 Live

1347: "My day has been brightened by seeing BBC Sport's glamour pusses Sarah Holt and Caroline Cheese out and about. I will deal with them both individually. Cheese was carrying a now ubiquitous tuna baguette. They are becoming a worrying obsession amongst the BBC Wimbledon team. Holt on the other hand was seedily prowling the practice courts as usual. Some kind of tape recorder in her hand, which she has no idea how to work. She then proceeded to machine gun some nonsense to me about Rafa bending over in front of her. She is dangerous."
BBC Sport Mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1342: The second British junior of the day goes out - Tom Knight loses to Ze Zhang in straight sets. In the real world, Venus storms to a 6-1 set against Martinez Sanchez on Court One, but it's much tighter on Centre where Jankovic and Wozniacki on serve.

1338: "Can we have an update on Erakovic's match for the Kiwis at Lord's please Mr BBC?"
From anon via text on 81111 (Certainly, the Kiwi is a set up and serving at 3-4 in the second)

1336: "Update on the self-inflicted Murray left knee injury (see 1253). He told the BBC after his practice session: "I've got a bit of a bruise, but I'll rub some ice on it and it'll be OK. I feel quite embarrassed about it though."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1333: Justin Gimelstob has got himself into hot water with some, er, interesting comments about women in tennis. The American, who is on the ATP board, said he "despises" Anna Kournikova, among other things. Responding last night, Serena Williams was diplomatic: "Anna is a great girl. For anyone to say that about her is unprofessional. It's just totally uncalled for."
Gimelstob sorry over sexist jibes

John McEnroe
1327: John McEnroe on Andy Murray: "This will be a good test for him to see how far he has come - to see if he has removed the nervous energy that can lead to cramping and if the match gets into its later stages how he will react. Haas has not played as much tennis as he would like so I go for Murray in four sets."

1325: "Just wandered on to the viewing area for the new No.2 court where the terracotta warriors are standing. The grass and terracing are in so far. Round the back I almost ran into a kissing couple and then went past the LTA Funzone where kids are thumping fierce serves into a wall and practising hand eye co-ordination games with plastic cups."
BBC Sport's Ian Westbrook

1321: Jankovic and Wozniacki are out on a sun-drenched Centre Court, while Venus is already 3-0 up on Martinez Sanchez on Court One. I have boldly predicted Venus to win the whole thing. Caroline shakes her head pityingly. "Serena," she says. "It's all about Serena."

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1315: A quick trip around the many TV channels available to us finds Guy Forget staring at a screen, presumably watching the excitement on Centre Court, in complete befuddlement. Maybe Wogan isn't such a big star in France. On Court Two, Dementieva completes her recovery from 4-0 down to take the first set tie-break against Gisela Dulko, who promptly smashes her racquet into the ground a la boyfriend Gonzo.

1312: Without doubt, among the list of Wimbledon and Olympic legends the biggest cheer by far goes to Sir Terry Wogan. It's almost a standing ovation.

1310: "Just narrowly avoided trouble... Rafa stopped in front of me, bent over and started feeling his left knee. Strapping too tight apparently. I think he's doing it on purpose..."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1305: Good old Sue is out on Centre introducing a host of Olympians to the crowd (see 1120), with Wimbledon set to host the tennis event at London 2012. Sir Bobby Charlton is in the house, missed him earlier. Sorry Sir.

1302: Confusion in Comentary Box Three as we try to work out what the six people sitting on the opposite side of Centre Court have marked out on their red-and-white t-shirts. At first it appears to be a horrendous misspelling of 'Roger' but finally we get it - 'roline'. The other two Wozniacki fans have cleary gone for a comfort break.

The view from the fans
1300: "I saw Gisela Dulko for the first time last year at a tier 2 in Slovenia. Narrowly lost to Srebotnik (not many of us watching, infact two cats, a dog, a paper bag, me and about two others) but was well impressed. Not very big, but delightful touch and all court game, and great support team, enthusiastic but not suffocatingly so. After practice round the back she was chatting with spectators for ages, absolutely charming. She's not built for the clay, but I always felt she'd do really well on grass. Hope she does herself justice today."
From hawick on 606

1259: Tommy Haas on Andy Murray: "It will be very tough to play him here as the crowd will be behind him and that is always an extra push for any player. We had some good battles at Indian Wells back-to-back and I'm hoping it is going to be a good one."

1256: Dulko sprays a forehand wide and is pegged back to 5-5 by Dementieva. I feel a trainers/bin incident coming on.

1253: "Concern for Murray's left knee. He misses six serves and on the last one whacks his racquet into his knee on the follow through. He has a little swollen bump there now."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt (getting worryingly close to our Andy)

1247: Big Bernie Tomic, the future of tennis, is a break up on Court 19 but Caroline has just returned to inform that his opponent is the mysterious 15-year-old that many in Spain are touting as 'better than Nadal'. Carlos Boluda-Purkiss - so good they gave him a wildcard.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1243: It's such a perfect day that I think another sun graphic is in order. Centre Court looks beautiful and is filling up nicely, with Jankovic and Wozniacki due on court in under 20 minutes. Court One will open with Venus Williams against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

1240: Mark Petchey on BBC Two raises the point that Gisela Dulko is trying to become the first Argentine woman in the Wimbledon final since Gabriela Sabatini lost to Steffi Graf in 1991. Sabatini, Dulko.... I need to get myself over to Buenos Aires. And apparently the airport is named after a Jorge Newbery. Destiny.

1236: "Its called middle saturday (see 1216) because its smack bang in the middle of wimbledon!"
From anon via text on 81111

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1233: Dulko is doing the business against Dementieva, who so far is enduring one her off days. The Argentine leads 4-1. Bad news for Mathew James, who loses 6-2 in the third to Janowicz. Fellow Brit junior Tom Knights is on serve against Ze Zhang at 3-3 on Court Six, while number one ranked junior Bernard Tomic is under way on Court 19. The Aussie have high hopes for young Bernie.

The view from the fans
1225: "Can I share my Wimbledon experience from yesterday? Slept in and joined queue at 11.45am to be told no entry before 5pm. Left queue in a huff and sat on bench in Wimbledon common when some american dude offers me a ground pass if I tell 6 friends about his tennis website. Great afternoon of tennis ruined only slightly by being hit 4 times by Igor Andreev's serves on court 7 during his mixed doubles with the lovely Maria Kirilenko - still painful today! Be nice to my cousin Annie on 5 live today - she's feeling a bit under the weather."
From LongLostCuz on 606

1222: Some early news from the matches under way - Dulko has an immediate break and leads Dementieva 2-0, Schuettler and Garcia-Lopez are on serve, and British junior Mathew James is into a third against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz.

1218: "Andy Murray's turned up with his man bag. Here's his warm-up drill: stretch out arms and shoulders with big elastic bands; lunge steps backwards down the lines; begin hitting balls. Easy."
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

1216: "Tennis Team. Why and how can it be called the middle Saturday when there are only 2 Saturdays in the tournament and this is the 'first'."
From Stefan in Surrey via text on 81111 (Er, yeah)

1212: Former GB Davis Cup assistant Peter Lundgren is in high spirits - he's coaching Boggo on practice court five, with former pupil Roger Federer on the next court. Everyone seems on very good terms...
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt

John McEnroe
1206: "After all he's been through, this is a golden opportunity for Haas to put a stamp on his career. The similarity for Murray is that he didn't play here last year, so there's a hunger there. I've been impressed with his play but he knows he's at the beginning of his time at Wimbledon. He figures he's got at least another 10 times."
John McEnroe on BBC Two

1202: It is a festival of knocking up now as the early matches are set to get under way. Interesting early starters include Dementieva v Dulko and Schuettler v Garcia-Lopez. On Court Seven, Brit junior Mathew James takes the first set against Janowicz but looks like dropping the second.

1154: "Excitement at the LTA Funzone as a Dutchman called Joosl cracks 100 on the serve speed gun. He later sheepishly reveals he's a pro - which surely eliminates him from the competition."
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese

1147: "Saturday is celebrity day at Wimbledon as Piers has alluded (see 1120) to and it's about blimmin time. It's been a woeful showing this year. The only celeb I have seen since the start of Wimbledon is 'It girl' and plastic surgery victim Alicia Douvall outside Subway in Earls Court. No idea if she was about to buy a Footlong (other sandwich shops are available). I'm on the hunt for celebs today and will not go home until I've found/stalked one. Greg doesn't count."
BBC Sport Mole

1139: "Tendulkar is everywhere these days!! First Monaco for the Grand Prix, and now Wimbledon. What a great person."
From FoxForever (a.k.a sunillcfcp) on 606

The view from the fans
1135: "My husband cliff and kids camped overnight in wimbers park - hope they got on centre court!"
From Lynn via text on 81111

1129: "Hello all. I'm back from my enforced day off due to a wedding in some ludicrous location up north. Would like to concur with Sarah (and that really is a first) about the security down here today. Craziness. I had my bag virtually turned inside out, would have been fine on a normal day but I don't think the guard was particularly enamoured when he pulled out a pair of my dirty underpants. Embarrassing for all concerned."
BBC Sport Mole

1127: Play gets under way early with the start of the junior competitions, and out on Court Seven we have Brit Mathew James against fourth seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland. Meanwhile, Tommy Haas is out practising on Court 15 in front of a large crowd.

1122: "Is it not possible that the bbc could provide wimbledon news coverage without the constant witticisms with regard to the physical attractiveness of the competitors."
From anon via text on 81111 (I have to say, unlikely)

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1120: After a fairly barren week we have Royal Box gold for the weekend. Danny Cipriani, Jonathan Edwards, Mark Foster, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Geoff Hurst, Billie Jean King, Denise Lewis, Victoria Pendleton, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Niall Quinn, Sir Bobby Robson, Count (?) Jacques Rogge, Sachin Tendulkar, Jennifer Saunders. And Sir Terry Wogan! Awesome.

1114: "We are supporting Jamie Cerretani today - mens doubles against Jamie Murray - what should we shout so the Scots dont think we are supporting them?"
From Richard9273 on 606 (Obvious question, why?)

1110: Great news! I have been joined by Caroline, who brought me a piping hot cup of tea, and Sarah, who is offended by the way security took out her lipstick as part of their rigorous regime. Or something. And her phone doesn't work. It's going to be a long day.

1105: "Re Keothavong (1026) - Murray is supposed to play his big singles match on Centre then go straight into a doubles match on Court One!"
From Joe, York, via text on 81111

1100: Away from the main courts there are plenty of interesting matches around today. I fancy the look of Tipsarevic against Tursunov on Court Two, and Caroline's dark horse Marin Cilic will try to overcome that burden against Paul-Henri Mathieu on Court 11, which will also host Dinara Safina against Shahar Peer.

1058: Great scenes on Court 14 a Barry Cowan bravely steps up to the net to face a barrage of passing shots from a succession of opponents no taller than the net. Bazza soon beats a hasty retreat.

The view from the fans
1054: "Anyone joining the queue now is unlikely to get in before 5."
From anon via text on 81111

1051: "Piers you sound like a jedi saying you can sense sarah... should we refer to you as obi wan newbery?"
From returnofthesweatband on 606 (Let it be so)

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1047: The official weather forecast is in: "The sunshine will continue through the afternoon with temperatures reaching 23 Celsius, a little higher than yesterday."

1040: The gates are open and there's plenty of activity around the All England Club, not least on Court 14 where the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative is in full swing. Tiny, enthusiastic people are haring about picking up balls, swooshing racquets and making me feel old, the little blighters. Barry Cowan is keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.

Tracy Austin
1034: It's lucky I had the day off yesterday as I'm not sure I could have withstood the shock of losing Ana Ivanovic the day after Maria Sharapova. "At the end, Ivanovic was making some wild shots and she looked a bit uncomfortable," said Tracy Austin. "That was down to the pressure. She goes from being tentative to going for big shots when completely off balance." If Gisela Dulko loses to Elena Dementieva today, I may well copy her boyfriend Fernando Gonzalez and chuck my trainers in the bin in protest.

1028: "Any sign of the BBC Sport's mole this morning, or is he still recovering from his day off yesterday?"
From readie111 on 606 (He will be back today, ready to resume hassling poor Greg)

1026: "Keothavong has two doubles matches today separated by a single match?"
From BrutalLogiC on 606 (Indeed she does - a doubles with Melanie South on Court Three, a quick break for another ladies' doubles, then back onto the same court for a mixed with Ross Hutchins)

1022: Those of you looking in yesterday will have noticed it was ladies' day on Commmentary Box Three as Caroline and Sarah held the fort magnificently during a long day, and they will be back soon for some more. Marat Safin was the star in last night's gloom and melancholy Russian said afterwards: "You don't want to have a lot of expectations because when you start to have a lot of expectations, you just end up losing to God know's who." That's the spirit, Marat.

The view from the fans
1018: "Delightfully international atmosphere out here in the queue. Can't hear another british accent anywhere! The sun and breeze are keeping spirits up. Is Sarah around today? I want to meet your assistant."
From Matt, via text, on 81111 (She's on her way, I can sense it)

1013: Mark Petchey on Murray: "Even if Andy was to get through today's match he would probably have Richard Gasquet next - last year's semi-finalist and looking very sharp so far - so I wouldn't get ahead of myself and start thinking about a quarter-final with Nadal yet."

Michael Stich
1008: Would you credit it? Michael Stich has only gone and tipped fellow German Tommy Haas to beat Murray. I don't know, football, tennis... they want it all. "If both players play their best tennis, I would still pick Tommy to win," said 1991 champion Stich. "It's a 50-50 chance but I think Tommy is the player with more experience."

1002: We have another great line-up today, with Andy Murray against Tommy Haas the highlight in the second match on Centre Court. They follow our first look on Centre at Jelena Jankovic - the top seed remaining in the women's draw after Ana Ivanovic's exit yesterday. She takes on highly-rated Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki in the first match at 1300 BST, while the indestructible Rafael Nadal and entertainingly unhinged Nicolas Kiefer round things off.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1001: As my colleagues will confirm, I always bring a bit of sunshine with me and today is no different. It's a beautiful day and yesterday's brief rain interruptions were surely just a blip.

0958: Morning all, a more gentle start today as I'm well aware you're all at home, in your underwear, eating cereal and watching cooking-based television. Early sights on my way through the grounds - bleary-eyed public school kids making thier way to concession stands, grounsdstaff sunbathing/sleeping on the very enticing grass verge by Court Six, a lot more police at the gates than usual, and umpires and line judges enjoying a relaxing breakfast in the wonderfully-named "Officials' Buttery". I'm sure they're not really.

- 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
Murray powers into fourth round
28 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Nadal on course after solid win
28 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon photos
28 Jun 08 |  Tennis
Order of play
23 May 08 |  Tennis

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