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Wimbledon day one as it happened

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By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

2122: And there we must leave it. Many thanks for your company today. Wins for Fed, Shazza, Serena and the Djoker, three Brits go out, and Vince Spadea lives to fight another day. See you tomorrow...

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2118: The answer (see 2113) is no, unfortunately. Mel South loses 7-5 7-6 to Mathilde Johansson, the Frenchwoman celebrating with a brief dip to her knees. South gets a huge ovation from those brave soldiers still hanging around on Court One, but she doesn't look like she's in the mood to hear it.

Alex Bogdanovic speaking to BBC Sport: "As far as wildcards are concerned I think this is it for me. It's probably my last chance."
Bogdanovic in last chance saloon

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
2113: Mathilde Johansson allows her serene mask to slip as she chucks her bat across the court after allowing a 2-0 lead to slip in the tie-break against Mel South. The Brit leads 4-2 at the changeover... can she hold her nerve?

2109: Jamie (via text) is quite pleased with his 'Stoop to conquer' pun, while Tom is keen for Stoop-Dogg to catch on. Mel South and Mathilde Johansson head into a second set tie-break...

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2108: Is anyone still reading this?! If so, hang out the bunting: Georgie Stoop takes the second set against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva. Unbelievable stuff. They'll come back tomorrow for the decider.

2104: Just discovered that Tom Fordyce can say 'Is there a swimming pool near here?' in four languages. Impressive. Mel South, meanwhile, is level at 5-5 in set deuxieme (French for second set... probably), while seventh seed Vera Zvonareva is improbably serving to stay in the second set against Georgie Stoop.

2102: Mel South serving to stay in the match against Mathilde Johansson... It really is quite dark now.

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From Alex, via text on 81111: "Is it just me or does Georgie Stoop shout 'fish' every so often when she hits the ball?"

2051: The big babies on Court Two may not fancy it, but the action continues around the grounds... Mel South is refusing to capitulate on Court One and is 3-3 with the aforementioned Mathilde Johansson. Georgie Stoop is also staying in touch with seventh seed Vera Zvonareva and leads 3-2 in the second set. Stirring stuff from our girls...

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From IlCucchiaio on 606: "Mathilde Johansson has suddenly made Monday night viewing a whole lot more exciting."

2046: Neither Goodall nor Llodra fancy carrying on, and they tell the referee in no uncertain terms. The ref tells them they've got half an hour so they can get another set in... but wait, ref's on his radio... and does a spectacular about-turn! No more play today. They'll return tomorrow.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2042: Tommy Haas is among those in action as the gloom gathers. The former world number two, who beat Novak Djokovic to win the Halle grasscourt title, is finding it surprisingly tough against Alex Peya, but now leads 6-7 7-6 6-3. Josh Goodall loses the second set on a tie-break against Michael Llodra. Boo. Some discussion on Court Two about whether they'll carry on tonight...

2034: Kevin (see below), the LTA will only consider players ranked inside the top 250 for wildcards, which Chris Eaton is not (he's 318). He got a wildcard into qualifying instead - but got knocked out in the first round.

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From Kevin via text on 81111: "Why is Chris Eaton not playing this year? Surely he deserves a wildcard ahead of Bogdanovic."

2030: Jamie (see below), if Georgie Stoop is going to cause the mother of all upsets, she's going to have to do it from a set down. Having battled to take the set into a breaker, she loses it 7-0. Mel South also loses a tight first set, 7-5 against Mathilde Johansson. Josh Goodall heading for a second-set tie-break against Michael Llodra.

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From Jamie via text on 81111: "At this stage of the day, I'd like you all to scroll down to a text i sent in almost twelve hours ago (see 0944), the first one to be shown this week. Come on Georgie!"

2019: Appalling remarks from the gentlemen in this Commentary Box as they spot Mathilde Johansson for the first time. Genuinely appalling. Mel South saves a third set point against the Frenchwoman with a booming ace down the 'T' and levels at 5-5. Georgie Stoop is also - remarkably - level at 5-5 against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva. If she doesn't win another game, that's a mighty impressive effort.

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "A sticky patch for Josh Goodall on Court Two but Jeremy Bates gets him through by loudly repeating 'C'mon'. I wish someone would do that when I play."

Results
2010: Mel South goes 5-3 down - but pegs Mathilde Johansson back once again and it's back on serve at 5-4. On serve in the second set between Josh Goodall and Michael Llodra. Georgie Stoop has stormed back from 4-1 down to make it 4-3 against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva. Julien Benneteau gets back on his feet to save a match point but Novak Djokovic doesn't hang around much longer, winning 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-4 after an entertaining tussle on Centre.

First aid
2003: Turns out Julien Benneteau is a bit of a clumsy character. The Frenchman, serving to stay in the match against Novak Djokovic, is running back to chase a lob, slips and whacks his knee on the back wall. Ouch. Looks like we might have tears. Follow it all with Tommy.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1954: Boom... Josh Goodall swerves an ace out wide and pockets the first set against Michael Llodra. Goodall has won one ATP match in his entire career... Oh no, no, no, we've got a Mexican wave on Centre Court. Sighs.

Maria Sharapova on why she loves Wimbledon: "It's the little things like living in a house, you know, having a normal key instead of like the hotel key, cooking your own breakfast, I don't know, making your own tea. You feel like you're a little bit - it's a little homely. Everything is close if you're in the village. You don't have to be in too much traffic, unless you're staying in London."

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1948: Before it all goes wrong again, I'm going Brit Up... Josh Goodall is about to serve for the first set against Michael Llodra, Mel South has broken back to trail 2-1 against Mathilde Johansson, while Georgie Stoop has raced into a 1-0 lead against Vera Zvonareva.

1939: The battle of the former semi-finalists is won by Rainer Schuettler, beating qualifier Xavier Malisse 6-7 6-4 7-6 6-1. Schuettler is the 18th seed! The German appears to have crept back into the top 20 without me noticing. The devil.

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Back on Court 2, hoping to end the day with a British victory - come on Josh Goodall! Sadly, there is not a Union Jack in sight..."

Serena Williams is asked if she can keep track of where her opponents are from: "I just know the standard: everyone is from Russia. Sometimes I think I'm from Russia, too. I feel like, you know, OK, all these new -ovas. I don't know anyone. I don't really recognize anyone. You know, that's just how it is. I think my name must be Williamsova."

1929: Britain's Andy Murray, who is third on Centre Court tomorrow, tweets thus... "chilling this evening. hit with miles in the morning, then stretch, chicken pasta 4 lunch, then massage. 3rd on centre tmrw. feel good."

1926: A rare treat for the patriot late on this first day at Wimbledon. Not one, not two, but three Brits in action. Mel South taking on Mathilde Johansson on Court One, Josh Goodall up against Michael Llodra on Court Two and now Georgie Stoop heading to Court 18 to face seventh seed Vera Zvonareva.

Mardy Fish on what he'll say to his mate James Blake: "James is the kind of guy who likes to just get away. He likes to keep to himself when he's down. Andy (Roddick) and I and all of us, we all feel bad for him. Everybody loves James. That's as true as it gets. You can't say it enough."

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "Just had a vigorous debate about the futility and pointlessness of Twitter with the girls in the office and John Inverdale. It was prompted by someone reading one of BBC Sport's Dave Ornstein's tweets from earlier. Harsh on Dave, but thems the breaks. Talking of which I'm been searching in vain all day for Andy Murray's entourage after he tweeted this earlier, 'if you see a man walking around Wimbledon with a bin on his head, its my fitness trainer.' Sounds like bullying to me."

1917: An unexpected bonus for those people still hanging around on Court One: British number four Mel South will be up against Mathilde Johansson next. Over on Court 17, Ivo Karlovic wins the second set against Lukas Lacko - on a tie-break obviously.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1914: As I predicted earlier, seventh seed Fernando Verdasco wraps up a straight-sets win over Britain's debutant James Ward, winning 6-1 6-3 6-4. Tommy Robredo and Igor Andreev follow him into round two. Spadea up next for Andreev. Thems the breaks.

Michelle Larcher de Brito on her grunting/screaming: "I tried to be quiet for you guys today... I didn't think it was necessary to really go any louder than I was today. I was playing good. Like if my body feels like it needs to grunt more, it grunts. If not, it stays quiet."

1907: Fourth seed Elena Dementieva safely on her way after a 6-4 6-1 win over fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva. Next on Court Two: Michael Llodra against Britain's Josh Goodall.

1902: Just braved a look at Court One - and it's looking a bit better for James Ward. He's on serve in the third set against seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. Court 18 are being treated to a battle royale between two former semi-finalists: Rainer Schuettler leading by two sets to one against Xavier Malisse, who had to come through qualifying this year.

1900: What a day for Court Four ticket-holders tomorrow. Not only do you get Britain's number one Anne Keothavong, you'll also see former world number one Ana Ivanovic. And Radek Stepanek.

First aid
1850: Uh-oh, already 3-0 down in the third, Julien Benneteau has taken a horrible tumble on Centre and calls for the trainer immediately. Follow the drama with Tom Fordyce...

Britain's Katie O'Brien and Mel South take BBC Sport's Last Word challenge

1847: No news on Mel South's match against Mathilde Johansson, but the Court One schedule looks like it will shortly come to an end so maybe...? Anyway, have a little video of Mel (and Katie O'Brien) while you wait.

From Dan via text on 81111: "Any update on when Mel South is playing? Seems to have been in 'to be arranged' status all day!"

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Just spotted Judy Murray at the press restaurant. I arrived, she left. Shame. Maybe we could do dinner tomorrow night instead?"

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1839: There's nothing for it, I'm dragging out the Brit down graphic in the hope it inspires James Ward on Court One. The British debutant is 6-1 6-3 down against Fernando Verdasco. There's another all-Russian ding-dong on Court Two, by the way, where fourth seed Elena Dementieva has just nudged 5-4 ahead against Alla Kudryavtseva.

1836: Only one winner in the all-Argentine battle over on Court 19 - and it's Guillermo Canas, leading 6-1 6-2 4-2 against Diego Junqueira, who I'd hazard a guess isn't a lover of the lawns. All-Russian on Court Five where Igor Andreev leads by two sets to one over Evgeny Korolev - and heading for a second round meeting against Vinny Spadea.

From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "The usually quiet backwater of Court 17 is teeming with people gawping at Ivo Karlovic. He's 6ft 10ins you know. "Oh my god," says one lady."

1821: And if you've got Court One tickets tomorrow, you'll be watching Juan Martin del Potro, then Dinara Safina, then what should be a decent match between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Mikhail Youzhny.

1819: Gah... I don't even want to look at Court One, where Fernando Verdasco is making mincemeat of James Ward. Let's look ahead to tomorrow shall we? Centre Court goes like this: Venus followed by Roddick followed by... Andy Murray.

1816: History over on Court 17: Ivo Karlovic wins a set, and it's not on a tie-break. The giant Croat is up against the splendidly-named Lukas Lacko.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "I only watched Capdeville for 20 minutes on Court Six and he went through three racquets. Spadea won in straight sets. Cap needs some new bats."

BBC Sport's Phil Maiden on Court One: "The home crowd are doing their best to get behind James Ward, but he trails 6-1 1-0."

1807: Talking of the V-Dog, Vince Spadea wallops Paul Capdeville 6-0 6-4 7-5 to reach the second round in his 14th Wimbledon - yes, 14th, he's quite old you know. That's the first time he's won a match here since 2004 when he reached the last 16. Spadea, ain't afraid of ya.

1802: Anyone else think the Mole (see below) should concentrate on digging out some high-quality gossip, instead of fretting about his graphic. Big-time Charlie. James Ward is on the board (Spadea, eat your heart out) against Fernando Verdasco but trailing 4-1 in the first set.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "A Bagel graphic now!?! (see 1503 and 1701). Seriously. That takes the biscuit. My toys are going to come flinging out of the pram real soon. I demand a graphic with a hat at the very least."

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Tamira Paszek trails 5-0 to Virginie Razzano on Court Seven and is close to tears. In earshot, a bloke is touting cabs. Paszek may need one..."

1748: Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga drops a set but he's through after a 6-3 5-7 7-6 7-6 win over Andrey Golubev. Er, James Ward is 3-0 down against Fernando Verdasco on Court One. Maybe it's the second set he'll win... (see 1717)

1744: What's this? Julien Benneteau has snatched the first set against fourth seed Novak Djokovic. Follow it with Tom Fordyce...

1736: Crucial news if you were waiting to watch Frank Dancevic against Steve Darcis, that'll be on Court 10 shortly. Steve v Frank... not a pairing you see very often in international men's tennis. Vincent Spadea is now two sets to the good against Paul Capdeville and racing towards a second-round meeting with Igor Andreev or Evgeny Korolev.

1732: She lives to scream another day. Michelle Larcher de Brito sees off Klara Zakopolova 6-2 7-5 on her Wimbledon debut. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is into a fourth-set tie-break against Andrey Golubev.

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "I sit down at Court 8 and poor Edouard Roger-Vasselin promptly turns his ankle. He asks for a medical time-out - I'm going to move on..."

1720: Ivan Ljubicic has withdrawn from the tournament with an ankle injury he suffered at Eastbourne last week. He is replaced by Thailand's Danai Udomchoke, who will be hot-footing it to the locker room as we speak because he's up against Sam Querrey in the next match on Court Eight. I hope he remembered his gym kit today.

1717: No upset on Court One. Robin Soderling sees off Gilles Muller in four sets. The Swede is a potential fourth-round opponent for Rog. That means James Ward will shortly make his Wimbledon bow against seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. I reckon the Brit will at least take a set. I am a bit giddy after the Vinny chat though.

1710: Not sure how Michael (see below) knows what Paul Capdeville was listening to through his headphones... Was he playing it loud like those youths on the buses? Just in case you wanted Vinny's tweet ahead of his match today, here it is: "Getting ready to play steady this game is heady I wont back down like Tom Petty". Truly sensational.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "I always thought Andre Agassi was a real cool cat when I was growing up and loved his rebellious and anti-establishment views. Check his latest quotes about his initial hatred of Wimbledon: "I never understood why somebody felt the need to dictate what I could or couldn't wear, or why I could feel like an intruder in a tournament I was competing in. It was a place I didn't have a sense for, and a lot of times I wanted to run from it." Such a dude… shame though those quotes come from this week's edition of housewives favourite Hello! magazine. Shocking. You're a sell-out Andre."

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From Michael via text on 81111: "I'm sat watching Spadea so unfortunately I'm unable to watch the video, but it was Capdeville who came out with his headphones - listening to what can only be described as gangster rap."

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Wimbledon 2008 junior champ Grigor "the next Federer" Dimitrov having a hit with coach Peter Lundgren over at Aorangi. Looks v good!"

A bagel
1701: Another new graphic! And it's in honour of Vince Spadea, who duly wraps up a bagel first set against Paul Capdeville. I can't wait to hear the rhymes later. Robin Soderling has raced through the third set against Gilles Muller and now leads by two to one.

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From H in the office, via text on 81111: "Why are you trying to make me watch Spadea? I get enough of him on Twitter. Had to stop following him, he was clogging up my updates page so much."
The V-dog is on Twitter? Why did I not know this?

1651: Sorry for the delay. I was watching Spadea for about the millionth time. And just look at him go! Vinny is already 4-0 up against poor old Paul Capdeville! That's cold. Michelle Larcher de Brito - screaming fans will be pleased to know - is 6-2 to the good against Klara Zakopalova. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has edged the third set against Andrey Golubev 7-6.

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G in the office via text on 81111: "Spadea is amazing!!!"

1645: Not much going on. You might as well watch that Vinny Spadea video magic. Look, I'll even give you a link so you can watch it in its own window.

1638: Robin Soderling takes the second set against Gilles Muller so that's one set all now. Could be a long one. Britain's James Ward follows them on court for his Wimbledon debut against Fernando Verdasco. Novak Djokovic is warming up against Julien Benneteau. The ever reliable Tommy Fordyce is all over that one.

1632: Rainer Schuettler against Xavier Malisse on Court 18. How very 2002. Jo-Willy Tsonga in a right royal battle against Andrey Golubev on Court Two. Now 5-5 in the third.

Serena Williams speaking to BBC Sport: "I was trying to work out who that was serving and volleying. It certainly didn't look like me."

1628: Bless. Neuza Silva tries to go through the wrong door as she comes off Centre Court after being beaten 6-1 7-5 by Serena Williams.

American pro - and part-time rapper - Vince Spadea takes BBC Sport's Last Word challenge

1625: So, in the lead-up to Wimbledon, I've been bothering a few tennis players with searching questions like: what was the last film you watched, where did you go on holiday etc etc. All pretty standard - until I came up against Vince Spadea, tennis's very own Snoop Dogg. Watch and enjoy...

1620: Romania's Ioana Raluca Olaru is through, a 1-6 7-6 6-2 winner over veteran Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy. It's Spadea o'clock.

1612: If you thought Sharapova was loud, you ain't heard nothing yet. Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 16-year-old from Portugal via Florida, is about to take to Court 17. I probably don't need to tell you, you'll hear it for yourself. The player I mentioned at 1557 BST is doing Vinny Spadea fans the world over a massive favour by romping through the decider against Nathalie Dechy. That Spadea treat may be only moments away.

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Larcher de Brito has just finished a practice session at Aorangi and not a grunt, screech or scream in ear shot. Funny that..."

A shock result
1600: Bad news, ladies. Feliciano Lopez loses 10-8 in the fifth set to Slovakia's Karol Beck. The Spaniard was the 21st seed, which means we can all have another look at the new 'shock' graphic. And it could be getting another airing shortly: Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan has levelled up at one set all against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Robin Soderling has dropped the first set to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller. Luxembourg, Kazakhstan... never let it be said that this isn't a truly international sport. They'd probably both thrash Britain in Davis Cup too.

1557: Vinny Spadea will be furiously doing high-knees in the locker room. Nathalie Dechy has dropped the second set against Ioana Raluca Olaru (I could do with not typing that again, to be honest) so Spadea's match against Paul Capdeville will have to wait.

From redhotbed100 on 606: "Re 1546: If he wins Wimbledon, Murray will become the new world number one a couple of weeks after Wimby, his Indianapolis 0 point penalty will be replaced with the 250 points he got at Queen's, hence giving him the number one ranking."

1552: "You do so many interviews in so many languages and the one thing you haven't told us is when the baby is due," one bold reporter barks at Roger Federer. "And I'm not going to tell you," laughs the five-time champion. "And now we must move on to the other languages, yes?"

1546: And no, Grant in the office via text on 81111, there is no way Andy Murray can become world number one at Wimbledon. Around the grounds, F-Lo and K-Beck are still at it, now 8-7 in the fifth. Mardy Fish was leading Sergio Roitman 6-3 6-2 4-1 when the Argentine opted not to continue. Janko Tipsarevic is Fish's potential second-round opponent - which should be a very decent match. Tipsy is leading 6-4 2-3 against Jan Hernych.

1542: And in answer to the stream of questions, Andy Murray would be the new world number two if he wins the tournament. He could also overtake Fed if he goes far and King Rog doesn't.

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From Marc, contemplating going along at 5pm, via text on 81111: "Does anyone know what the queues are currently like? How long it would take to get in?"
Marooned in a commentary box, I have no idea. Anyone else?

First aid
1534: Eek. No wonder Severine Bremond Beltrame had to retire (see 1525). She took an almighty tumble on Court Three and despite some treatment, could not continue. Karol Beck and Feliciano Lopez are deep into the fifth set on Court 18, the Spaniard leading 7-6 with serve. F-Lo is twice a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, including last year.

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From Jacky on Court 18 via text on 81111: "Correction - Lopez is no longer the grumpiest player on tour but now looks fired up after breaking back, terrific ending in prospect."

1525: Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka gets an easy route into round two when Severine Bremond Beltrame retires after losing the first set 6-2. Serena Williams is ensuring Neuza Silva's Wimbledon debut is short and sweet - you can follow that one with Tom.

James Blake: "There's 127 people that are going to go home from this tournament a loser."

Daniela Hantuchova on playing Laura Robson: "It's not easy playing a girl 11 years younger than me. Obviously she's got talent and she seems like a very nice girl. She's left-handed, which makes it a bit more awkward. There's still a long way for her to go but definitely she's got potential. Her serve is very good, she did a couple of aces a game and she was very smart how she uses it. She reminded me a lot of myself at 15, and at some points in the match I was thinking, 'Hmmm, it's like I'm playing myself'."

1512: Official Wimbledon Twitter reckons there's rain on the way. Grrr... if only there was a roo... hang on! Meanwhile, Serena and Portuguese qualifier are under way and being lovingly looked after by Tom Fordyce.

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "A Tsonga mis-hit takes out an old lady in the crowd on Court 2. He gives her the ball as a souvenir - that could have been me!"

1506: Serena Williams is warming up on Centre Court, wearing something similar to her 2008 mac. I feel short-changed. I'm not sure she's taking the fashion wars seriously enough. Court One are being treated to French Open finalist Rockin Robin Soderling against Gilles Miller. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has already taken the first set 6-3 against Andrey Golubev.

1503: I have a feeling this won't be the first time this question comes up. 'anon' texts in to ask what Fed needs to do to topple Rafa as world number one. The answer is: win it.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "Re the new 'shock' graphic (see 1419)… harumph… thought there was no 'budget' for any new graphics this year? Nice to see my endless pleas for a more realistic Mole pic have yet again gone unheeded. This further adds to my ire following the F1 Mole (no relation) unforgivably getting a jaunty new graphic (and a hat!) while I am still saddled with this ridiculous picture that makes me look like a withered rat with dental problems. The Mole brand should be consistent across all BBC platforms. Stupid F1 Mole."

Federer on his new jacket: "It's kind of a little bit more of a modern look with the military, but staying true to Wimbledon with the white... It's just for a change. I hope people like it."

Roger Federer speaking to BBC Sport: "Rafa deserved to open Monday, but I feel very privileged and honoured they gave me the chance to do it again. I thought I played really well today. It was an unbelievable feeling winning the French Open. I always put pressure on myself to win it. There's definitely less pressure on me here."

1452: It was far from easy but Maria Sharapova is through to round two, a 7-5 6-4 winner over qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova. Argentine Gisela Dulko - the last person to beat Martina Navratilova in singles at Wimbledon - up next for the former champ. And Roger Federer wraps up a routine 7-5 6-3 6-2 win over Yen-Hsun Lee.
Live - Lu v Federer

From BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "A major kerfuffle outside the media centre - Boris Becker is being interviewed on the roof. Cue lots of jostling for pics."

1446: Nathalie Dechy running away with it on Court Six - which I tell you only because it means that Vince Spadea will hopefully be making his 2009 Wimbledon bow imminently. I have a very special Spadea-related treat for you. Stay tuned...

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Gilles Simon tells me his knee injury is causing him quite a few problems. Didn't sound confident of going too far. Watch this space."

1436: Maria Sharapova now looks to be well on her way in the scream-athon over on Court One, leading 7-5 4-2. Feliciano Lopez - F-Lo to you and me - is two sets to one down against Karol Beck. The Spaniard is not grumpy, more mean and moody. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is already 4-1 up against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

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From anon via text on 81111: "Feliciano Lopez is officially the grumpiest tennis player on tour, but a thrilling game against Karol Beck on Court 18."

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From Neville Neville, Neville & Neville... on 606: "Re 1419: I thought the 'shock' graphic was more of a 'crash', as in 'crashing out'. I happen to be an avid fan of 1960's Adam West Batman, so I know my 'bam' from my thwack'."
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1428: Earlier today, former American pro Justin Gimelstob tipped James Blake for the semi-finals... he's now pinning his hopes on Mardy Fish or Tommy Haas. Personally, I'm backing my old favourite Marin Cilic - even though he lost me money last year.

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From windiesfan on 606: "Terrible from Blake. 5-0 up and managed to lose the next seven points in the third-set tie-break."
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A shock result
1419: Our first seed has fallen and it's the number 17 - and Queen's finalist - James Blake, beaten 7-6 6-1 7-6 by Andreas Seppi. And yes, that is meant to be a 'shock' graphic.

1409: Panic over for Maria Sharapova it would seem - and the nation's tabloids - the Russian recovers to take the first set 7-5 against Viktoriya Kutuzova.

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From Ruppy99 on 606: "Robson is very good and can only get better. Nerves set in on big points (double faults) but that can only improve with more experience. A big player for the future!"
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It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1404: Tremendous effort by Laura Robson but it all slipped away in the end. The 15-year-old double-faults on the last point to give Daniela Hantuchova a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win. Robbo will be back to defend her junior crown next week.

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "A fair few sleepy heads on Henman Hill but the gaggle of Yen-Hsun Lu fans are in full voice as their man takes on Roger Federer."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1357: Ah well, was fun while it lasted no? Laura Robson all of a sudden 5-2 down against Daniela Hantuchova...

1351: Hmmm. Not much support for the Fed jacket so far (see 1344). For what it's worth, the man himself says: "I love that it's more contemporary whilst still looking clean and sophisticated." Righto, Rog. Sharapova has pegged Kutuzova back to 5-4 on Court One. Hantuchova leads Robson 3-2 with serve in the decider on Court Two. Bad news for Becky (see text below), James Blake is now two sets down against Andreas Seppi. Bit of a poor effort by the Queen's finalist, if you ask me.

From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Great battle building on Court 12 between Almagro and Monaco, who gets a big cheer for a 'hotdog' winner. "Vamos!" Crowd are loving it."

Roger Federer
1344: As promised, here's Fed's Sergeant Pepper-inspired get-up. Laura Robson and Daniela Hantuchova are still on serve in the decider, the Slovak leading 2-1. Maria Sharapova is now 5-3 down against Viktoriya Kutuzova.

1337: It's a race between the unlikely figures of Philipp Kohlschreiber and Marc Gicquel for the first winner in the men's singles in 2009... and Gicquel takes it, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2 6-4. And that's probably the last time Gicquel will get a mention on these pages.

1330: Another potential upset - and this really would be an upset. Maria Sharapova is struggling at 4-1 down against Viktoriya Kutuzova. And hold the front page, a double fault costs Laura Robson dear and she has dropped the second set 6-4.

From BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Murray used a back entrance to slip onto practice court 22, which is out of sight of all media & spectators. Feeling the pressure, Andy?"

Text in your views on 81111
From Becky via text on 81111: "Re 1314: Why on earth is Miss Dixon wearing spray on leather leggings? More importantly though why is James Blake losing?...Come on Blake."

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Excellent racquet abuse from Groenefeld on Court 14. Smack! Good crowd on one of the best outside courts, in the heart of everything."

1318: In approximately the time it takes to say her name, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova- the 31st seed - becomes the first person to win a match at Wimbledon 2009, beating Petra Cetkovska 6-2 6-2.

1317: Oh, don't worry, Fed fans, there'll be a picture of his new get-up... patience. Curses, Robson and Hantuchova are back on serve.

Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon tests Wimbledon's all-white clothing rule
1314: "Here is Miss Dixon in all her lithe glory (see 1119). Intense and electrifying indeed. What you can't see just out of shot is me (her mixed doubles partner) poised like a cobra at the net. Can't say I approve of her outfit though, wouldn't see her get within a country mile of playing on Centre Court."
BBC Sport Mole

1307: I'm not getting the Brit Up graphic out, worried it might get worn out, but Laura Robson has broken in the second set and leads 3-2 against the FORMER WORLD NUMBER FIVE!

1302: Minor disagreement in Commentary Box Four. I like Fed's new outfit - although think the waistcoat is pushing it - Tom thinks it's hideous.
Live - Lu v Federer

1256: Potential upset o'clock over on Court Three where Italian Andreas Seppi has nicked the first set against 17th seed James Blake. Having said that, Blake has a pretty shocking Wimbledon record, and has never got past the third round. With serve in the second set of Robbo v Hantuchova at 2-1 to the Slovak.

Get involved on 606
herorooney - AKA Diesel 6CW World Champion on 606: "Very impressed with Robson at the moment. Does anybody else think she could be a dark horse for this?"
Join the debate on 606

1250: Centre Court is ready and waiting for the arrival of King Rog... as is Tom Fordyce, who will take you through that match. For everything else, stick with me.
Live - Lu v Federer

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1248: Nerves. Of. Steel. Laura Robson wallops down two massive serves to move to 40-0. Double fault on the first set point but another Hantuchova error means the 15-year-old is one set up over on Court Two.

1243: Laura Robson may be making her debut in the Wimbledon draw - but it's her opponent showing all the nerves. A couple of wayward groundstrokes give Robbo a set point - but the 15-year-old dumps a backhand into the net. Elsewhere, headline-writers' nightmare Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is a set to the good already against Petra Cetkovska over on Court 5.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1239: And what a sensational start to my shift on the live text. Laura Robson has a 5-2 lead over Daniela Hantuchova. Un-bel-ievable.

1236: I may be more even-tempered, but I'm much more demanding. Manually refresh this page immediately - and see my ludicrous name appear like magic.

By Piers Newbery

1232: Super Robbo Robson breaks again to lead 4-2. I can't take the excitement, or the succession of tedious technical problems, and will hand over to BBC Sport's more even-tempered Caroline Cheese.

1228: Laura Robson looks well and truly cheesed off as Daniela Hantuchova breaks back, but the Briton still leads 3-2. BBC Sport's Chris Bevan is out on Court Two twittering - he's already quite brilliantly mistaken the Duke of Kent for the Duchess of Kent.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1219: Let the hype officially kick into overdrive - Robson breaks Hantuchova to lead 2-0 when the Slovakian bunts a forehand long. The Briton looks incredibly calm. Just a reminder that you can watch the match at the top of this page (UK only), or listen via 5 Live through the links on the right-hand side.

Mole
1216: "Absolute bedlam here in the BBC production office as the great and the good arrive from all over the shop. Never seen so many air kisses. I haven't received one. Typical. Glossing over that snub, passing through in the last 20 minutes alone have been the likes of John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Greg 'the Ruser' Rusedski and…...Boris Becker is here! Tennis and fashion god par excellence! He got married only the other week to Lilly Kerssenberg, hope this isn't his honeymoon."
BBC Sport Mole

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1213: Laura Robson holds serve in her opening game against Daniela Hantuchova, and her mum punches both fists in the air and gives it some "Come on!" in the stands. In fairness, she's laughing while she does it and seems very relaxed.

John McEnroe
1209: "When I heard Rafa had pulled out I was sick to my stomach. It's amazing how much things change, with Soderling beating Nadal at the French and Federer winning. I think the pressure's off for him a little bit here. I can't imagine how bad Rafa feels not being able to defend his Wimbledon title."
John McEnroe on BBC Two

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1206: As Robson and Hantuchova knock up, a star-studded support team looks on. We've got Laura's family, LTA women's chief coach Nigel Sears, former champions Virginia Wade and Ann Jones. No pressure then.

1200: We're off! Laura Robson and Daniela Hantuchova are out on Court Two, along with the Duke of Kent, and BBC royalty Sue Barker is holding court on BBC Two. Magic.

1155: Among the other players getting under way at 1200 BST are James Blake, Feliciano Lopez, an interesting battle of clay-courters between Juan Monaco and Nicolas Almagro on Court 12, and last year' semi-finalist Jie Zheng.


1148: There's a good crowd building up on Court Two as we get closer to the start of action and Laura Robson against Daniela Hantuchova. The press room is a happy place because the biggest UK story of the day will be done and dusted by 2pm. It will be the first-ever match on the shiny new 4,000-seat court, and BBC Sport's Chris Bevan will be among them tweeting, flickring and perspiring heavily.

1140: The Voice of Wimbledon is in a chipper mood, and sounding more like Nicholas Parsons than ever as he tells us the weather forecast is looking good.

1138: "I just overheard a court coverer dishing some Andy Roddick dirt," says BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese. "Apparently, during practice yesterday, he got so furious he slammed his racquet into the turf, leaving a big hole in the court - which means said court is now out of action... Just a rumour, mind."

Text in your views on 81111
1130: "Go on, tell us what we've all been waiting months to hear... Are there tuna baguettes in the canteen this year, or have they been affected by the news about unfriendly fishing methods? If not, what is the sandwich of choice this year."
From Jo via text on 81111(I've been ordered from upon high not to go on about food this year - easy to say from the luxurious surroundings of the BBC canteen)

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1124: One day one we have five Britons in singles action, including Georgie Stoop up against seventh seed Vera Zvonereva on Court Four. The LTA's woman in the know tells me Georgie is obsessed by even numbers, to the point where she can only go to sleep if her alarm is on an even-numbered time, and she taps both sides of the net with her racquet on every changeover. Exclusive trivia for you there.

Mole
1119: "Hold the phone! After a quiet start to proceedings, I have just discovered pop strumpet Alesha Dixon is challenging people in the queue to a game of tennis! With her natural litheness across the court and my brand of power tennis I feel we would make a devilish mixed doubles partnership. She says she finds Wimbledon, 'intense, exciting, infectious and electrifying'. Oooer."
BBC Sport Mole

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1115: Were less than 50 minutes from the start of action, and it's all go. We have been tweeting and flickring around the grounds and you can catch up with all the nonsen... information via our interactive map. BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese tells me she's just bumped into Sir Chris Hoy, who is tipping felllow Scot Andy Murray for the title.

1109: Tremendous news, BBC Sport has been moved one window to the left in Commentary Box Four, while Dutch radio has been shoved along three booths. A manual refresh will allow you to view my archaic name rather than the more sturdy Mike Henson. Dutch Dirk has sensibly chosen to take a break during the chaos but I can't wait to see his face when he returns - he'll be as pleased as punch. In a brief trip outside I saw Vijay Armitraj, David Felgate and Dominika Cibulkova enjoying the sunshine. Not together, though.

By Mike Henson

1058: 5Live and 5Live Sports Extra will also be all over the tournament. My radio alarm woke this morning with a report that claiming that spectators of "all shapes and sizes" were were waiting patiently for the off. 5Live get going at 1230 today.

1056: A lot of you are asking on 606 if Laura Robson's match will be shown live. It certainly will be on both BBC TV and, for lucky UK users, on this website.

1052: Wimbledon's own Twitter stream is reporting that the first people in the queue for today's action were staking out their positions on Friday night. Proper commitment that.


1043: BBC Sport's David Ornstein is prowling round the practice court like a journalistic tiger and has discovered Laura Robson's first-round opponent getting in the mood with some ultra-realistic training. "Daniela Hantuchova's coach is purposefully grunting every time he hits the ball during their practise session. Very strange." BBC Sport's David Ornstein

1037: Piers is is just sorting some technical business at the All England so I'll be taking up the baton for you for the next 15 minutes or so.

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1029: More excitement in Commentary Box Four as we are overwhelmed by technical support people who are about to move us and Dutch radio to different booths. Dirk is remaining incredibly calm, I am not.


Text in your views on 81111
1025: "On my way down to Wimbledon with tickets for Court 1 in hand. I have high hopes for the Muller Soderling match. Hoping for a close match. Could the only sporting personality i can name from Luxembourg win?"
From Daniel via text on 81111


1015: "What joy all this Wimbledon on the internet! Wonder if my boss will notice the difference in my attention to work on the computer the next two weeks? Bring on the murrays!"
From Anne marie in sunny scotland via text on 81111

1011: Right everyone, the first manual refresh of the day will allow UK web users to view the video stream at the top of the page. For now it's running through some classic matches before, at 1030 BST, going into a review of 2008. Once play starts at 1200 BST you'll be able to access all the streams of various courts from there (UK only).

Mole
1003: "Good morning tennis fans. It's Wimbledon!! Ah the smell of freshly cut grass, strawberries and cream, Greg Rusedski's cologne. It's good to be back. Once again I'm in my usual spot embedded deep within Wimbledon's Broadcast Centre with a brief to 'just get out and about and provide us with your usual levels of nonsense'. And to think I used to harbour dreams of a Pulitzer prize. Anyway, with those inspirational words ringing in my ears I'm off rustle up some piffle. Celebrities, I'm coming to hound you."
BBC Sport Mole

The view from the fans
1001: "My mate has just been assigned number 8563 in the wimbledon queue. I think this means he is getting in about 2, so much for the 5 o clock start this morning!!"
From UCN_Wolfie_Who on 606

Training with British women's number one

0955: Radio One Newsbeat's sports reporter David Garrido has just arrived in Commentary Box Four, full of tall tales about how he hit a blistering winner past British number one Anne Keothavong the other day. Highly unlikely, but take a look at the video for yourselves. Meanwhile, Dirk from Dutch radio is taking it very well as we appear to have nicked his seat.

Text in your views on 81111
0944: "First text to be displayed of the championship? I think so.... heading in on wednesday, promises to be a brilliant two weeks! Backing georgie stoop to cause a shock later on!"
From Jamie via text on 81111

0938: BBC Sport's merry band is arriving, and has immediately been sent out into the grounds to deliver piercing insights, vacuous nonsense and dodgy photos via twitter and flickr.

0926: The general view of the experts we spoke to at Queen's Club last week was that Roger Federer and Venus Williams will be crowned champions the weekend after next, although Pat Cash was bold enough to go for Andy Murray.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0914: "Tournament ref Andrew Jarrett is all smiles as he passes through security to the sight of sunshine breaking through the clouds. 'My only concern is too much sun because that could bring thunder storms,' he tells me."
BBC Sport's David Ornstein

0910: So, where were we? The last thing I recall is standing in the middle of Church Road, SW19, at 1am on 7 July trying to flag down any passing car for a lift, adrenaline still pumping several hours after possibly the best sporting contest I will ever witness. The following 12 months were little more than an interlude but, finally, here we are again at the All England Club, Centre Court, Commentary Box Four. Can we top last year's men's final?

0858: And the good news for UK-based web users is that the video coverage will start from 1030 BST with a review of the 2008 Championships, which is also on BBC Two. You'll be able to view that through the top of this page, I'll let you know the moment it's up and running.

0855: Back to basics, the BBC coverage plans for the next two weeks. Basically, it's everywhere - BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD, Red Button, streamed on the website (UK only), Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC iPlayer... and I've almost certainly forgotten something. A BBC sandwichboard service wandering the highstreets of the UK? I have just the man/mole for such a job...

0850: The basics - play starts on the outside courts at 1200 BST, with British 15-year-old wildcard Laura Robson taking on Daniela Hantuchova in the first match on the new Court Two. In the absence of defending men's champion Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer plays Yen-Hsun Lu in the first match on Centre Court at 1300 BST. No Murraymania today as the British number one faces American Robbie Kendrick on Tuesday.


The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0843: The weather is cloudy, muggy, but set to stay dry. We are guaranteed some tennis all day anyway as we now have a roof over Centre Court, in case that information had escaped you. That's worthy of a sun graphic, I'd say.

0840: Morning all, and welcome to day one of Wimbledon 2009 and the first of 13 live textathons from Centre Court. We'll be bringing you all the news and gossip from around the All England Club over the next fortnight, as well as photos and breathtakingly trivial updates on our spanking new interactive map.



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see also
Wimbledon: Live map
22 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Federer opens with easy victory
22 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Battling Robson beaten on debut
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Serena powers into second round
22 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Blake suffers surprise early exit
22 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Order of play
23 May 09 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Nadal wins epic Wimbledon final
06 Jul 08 |  Tennis
Federer v Nadal as it happened
06 Jul 08 |  Tennis
Venus triumphs in Wimbledon final
05 Jul 08 |  Tennis


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