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By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon
2130: Well, where to go after that? Home? 'fraid so. What a way to finish a packed day two. All sorts of treats in store tomorrow, including King Rog and the return of his controversial Sgt Pepper jacket. I shall be continuing the Bally-bonus celebrations long in to tonight, so I'll see you again on Thursday.
From kokamoa on 606: "YYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
2124: Elena Baltacha sinks to her knees and looks to her support camp on Court One after forcing Alona Bondarenko into one, final error. She looks close to tears. Absolutely sensational win - and sweet relief after the doom and gloom of six earlier defeats for our boys and girls.
2122: ELENA BALTACHA BEATS ALONA BONDARENKO 3-6 6-3 6-4
2117: Fist pumps all round Commentary Box Four as Bally bangs down a booming serve out wide to take a 5-4 lead. One more game, one more game.
From Cathy via text on 81111: "Rate Bally's going we'll be here til midnight. Hope u get paid overtime!"
2113: Back to 4-4 between Bally and Bonders.
Marat Safin: "I probably should have won a couple more Grand Slams, but I'm pretty satisfied."
From anon via text on 81111: "I'm still with you Cheesy. Am still gutted about the exit of my own favourite Russian god - Mr Youzhny. Praise be for the Bally bonus."
From Phil, watering his garden in Baker St, via text on 81111: "Re 2059: I'm still here Cheesy." Ah good
Marat Safin on what he'll do next year: "Definitely a huge vacation. I need to cool down. There've been a lot of tough emotions, difficult moments, a lot of second serves. I need to start from a new page. I need a couple of months, probably more, to start all over again."
2104: Another great roar from Court One as Elena Baltacha breaks again in the third set. She leads 4-2.
Marat Safin on how he feels after his last Wimbledon: "Relieved. Pretty much relieved. It wasn't my day today. It wasn't the way to finish my Wimbledon story. But anyway, that's it."
2059: Hello? Anyone still there? I think I can hear my typing echoing around Centre Court... Court One, meanwhile, is rocking to the sound of Elena Baltacha giving it a big "come on" after moving to 40-15 and then holding for a 3-2 lead.
2051: Bally broken back. Forgot to tell you fifth seed and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Akiki Morigami 6-3 7-6. Can't imagine how that slipped my mind.
2045: Alona Bondarenko losing it a bit on Court One, and Elena Baltacha now leads 2-0 in the decider. With Bally's booming serve, there's only one winner... probably. Stirring stuff from the British number two.
Serena Williams on Twitter:
"If I can't eat in the locker room & those items are edible, I dare to think how I am supposed to "eat," when the rule states, 'No Eating'."
2036: She doesn't need another chance. Elena Baltacha breaks for a third time in the set to level the match against Alona Bondarenko. It really is a Bally-bonus for those ticket-holders who have hung around on Court One.
2034: Gah. Elena Baltacha broken as she goes to serve out the second set. She'll have another chance though: now leads 5-3.
2028: Elena Baltacha skips and a-jumps across Court One after winning an epic point, which also gives her a second break. She now leads 5-2 in the second set...
2025: But good news for Ana Ivanovic's legion of fans. The Serb squeaks through 5-7 6-2 8-6 against Lucie Hradecka after saving two match points.
2022: Deep breaths everyone (just me, probably). Marat Safin loses 6-2 3-6 7-6 6-4 to American Jesse Levine in his last match at Wimbledon. The Russian, at match point, puts a lame forehand return into the net - rather summing up his attitude to the Wimbledon lawns. Safin was seeded to meet Murray in the fourth round.
2020: Crikey, where to look... Ana Ivanovic is serving for the match, but of course, all (my) eyes are on Court 18 where Marat Safin must break Jesse Levine if he is to extend his stay at his last ever Wimbledon.
2018: If you thought you'd seen the last of Georgie Stoop, think again. Fresh from stretching seventh seed Vera Zvonareva to three sets, she
spoke to BBC Sport
- and she'll also team up with Laura Robson in the ladies' doubles.
2016: Over on Court 18, Marat Safin lives to fight another day as he gets one break back to trail 5-3 in the fourth against Jesse Levine. Elena Balatacha breaks to lead Alona Bondarenko 3-2 in the second.
2015: Late, late drama over on Court Four where Ana Ivanovic has saved two match points against the unheralded Lucie Hradecka. Massive support for the Serb. It's now 6-6 in the third.
From SJ, Peckham, via text on 81111: "Watching the Safin match and clearly there have been some dubious calls. All courts should have the benefit of HawkEye!"
2010: Marat Safin is a game away from exiting Wimbledon for the final time. This is all too upsetting. I may have a Keothavong moment. Especially as I've just lovingly cut a picture of him...
2005: Ana Ivanovic is no longer serving for the match. She's made a mess of it and it's now 5-5. Come on people, we've got homes to go to, you know? Did I tell you Amelie Mauresmo won? Well, she did. Radio Wimbledon reports that Margaret Thatcher is recovering from a broken arm by eating strawberries and cream. Unusual. Wouldn't a plastercast be better?
2002: Easy for eighth seed Gilles Simon as he comes through 6-4 6-3 6-3 against American Bobby Reynolds. Ana Ivanovic is serving for the match...
Ernests Gulbis on facing Andy Murray on Centre: "The crowd in Wimbledon, actually they're pretty fair. They will cheer more for him. But you know, they will not disturb my game somehow. For me it doesn't matter if somebody is for my opponent. Like I played once in Macedonia, they were like showing fingers and laughing like that..."
1954: I knew it was going too well. Elena Baltacha loses the first set to Alona Bondarenko 6-3 on Court One. And Marat Safin has lost the third set - and been broken in the fourth - against the increasingly popular (with me anyway) Jesse Levine. Winning two sets late in the day on an outside court is not really Marat's thing.
Andy Murray speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a tough match - I expected it to be. He served great and made it very difficult, played very aggressive. I didn't return as well as I would have liked, but I served well throughout. There were a lot of big points - it's good to have them early in the tournament. I knew I would have to play well."
1947: Phew-ee. Andy Murray is through to the second round, but only after four sets against Robbie Kendrick. Finally, we have a British winner. Kendrick makes the most of his moment, dropping his bag in comedy fashion before chucking his hat into the crowd with a flourish.
1943: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic is back on level terms against Lucie Hradecka. I don't think I told you. I can only apologise. Gilles Simon two sets to the good against Bobby Reynolds. Marat Safin and the evil Jesse Levine are into a third-set tie-break.
BBC Sport Mole: "Still packed to the rafters on Court 18 as the sun slowly begins to dip. Marat is prowling the baseline a mere 10 feet away from me, albeit through tinted glass. Speaking of which, at some point today during a match, a player has smashed a tennis ball onto the ledge outside my window. Don't worry All England Club, I have absolutely no intention whatsoever of climbing out and stealing it as a memento. That would be both a) foolish and b) illegal?"
Michael Llodra's views on Court Two: "It's only the second day and Court Two is already damaged. I don't know how they are going to be at the end. Year after year, the courts are getting worse."
1932: Court One tomorrow will take in Djokovic, Serena and Tommy Haas. Cheesy's outside court golden ticket is Three: Zheng v Hantuchova, Verdasco then Tsonga. Entertainment guaranteed.
1929: Got a ticket for tomorrow? Centre Court looks like this: Sharapova, then King Rog, then Marin Cilic... Marin Cilic? He's playing big American Sam Querrey, so potentially a decent match.
1926: Ah, that may be the answer. I think Dmitry Tursunov must have picked up an injury. He has retired from that match against Mischa Zverev. The Russian was a possible third-round opponent for Juan Martin del Potro.
1917: What is up with Dmitry Tursunov? The Russian won the Eastbourne title last week - perfect preparation, you might think - but he's trailing Mischa Zverev 6-4 6-2 3-0. Curious. No such problems for Stan Wawrinka, a 7-5 6-4 6-1 winner over everyone's favourite Argentine, Eduardo Schwank.
1912: It is indeed a Bally-bonus for Court One ticket-holders. The British number two is heading there to face Alona Bondarenko.
1906: Sighs of relief on Centre, as Andy Murray edges the third set.
Tom Fordyce is among those sighing.
1901: Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero sees off Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 7-6 6-3 over on Court One. A Bally-bonus may well be coming their way. Gilles Simon, the eighth seed don't you know, is a set to the good against Bobby Reynolds. Ana Ivanovic in a bit of bother against Lucie Hradecka after losing the first set 7-5.
1859: I've taken my eye off the ball, big time. Marat Safin has levelled up at one set all against the dastardly Jesse Levine. I haven't got a graphic to celebrate. Not sure what would be appropriate...
More from Alex Bogdanovic: "I'm not concerned about that (his record at Wimbledon). All I can do is go out and try to do my best. It doesn't matter if I lose eight times, 10 times. They're just tough matches. It's just if I'm making progress, getting better - and I think I am. I believe I can get back into the top 100."
1854: These journalists want blood today, I tell you. Two examples of questions for Boggo: "You have the worst record of anyone at Wimbledon, how does that feel?"and "Why do you think it is you do so badly here?" No tears from Britain's number two though.
Alex Bogdanovic on losing eight straight matches at Wimbledon: "It's difficult, it's tough. I come here every year expecting to win. I look back at the draws and they haven't been easy. These guys are all top players. All you can do is go out there and try your best."
BBC Radio 1's David Garrido: "Just seen a girl with a Spanish flag on her cap and a T-shirt with "Vamos Rafa" on it. Must still be in mourning, bless her."
1841: There go Elena Baltacha's hopes of getting on to Court 14. Svetlana Kuznetsova's match against Akiko Morigami is moving there from Court Two. 'They' are probably hoping the matches on Centre or Court One finish quite soon, so one of those courts gets a Bally-bonus.
BBC Sport Mole: "The cheers that greeted Safin's arrival on Court 18 were deafening. Women must outnumber men by 5-1. They are all fanning themselves, not sure if it's due to the heat or Marat's smouldering charms. There is so much drool about that I'm thinking of handing out bibs. Perhaps it's putting him off, looking at the score "
1826: Tsk, Annie (see below), let's not re-open that particular can of worms... Back to the action and both Ana Ivanovic and Marat Safin are on court, so something for everyone there. If you want to catch Safin in his last Wimbledon, I'd get a move on. He's just lost the first set against Jesse Levine - who is, all of a sudden, my least favourite player. Ivanovic on serve in the first set against Lucie Hradecka.
From Annie, BBC Scotland, via text on 81111: "Would it be wrong of me to point out that the only two Brits left, are er... Scots?"
1820: Lee, do I look like the All England Club scheduling committee? DO I?? Sorry... They haven't announced which court Bally and Alona Bondarenko will be on yet. Court 14 is free, so they could have a bash out there.
From Lee, Essex, via text on 81111: "Cheese, when is Baltacha on? Been unscheduled all day"
From relieved addict, Wapping, via text on 81111: "Re 1807: Thank you Boggo! Knew I could rely on you (see 0959)."
1811: Zut alors. Fabrice Santoro's never-ending retirement tour goes on... The 36-year-old slicing-and-dicing Frenchman leaves Nicolas Kiefer with a headache - and a 6-4 6-2 6-2 defeat in the first round. If you happen to see Kiefer, I'd give him a wide berth. He'll be furious.
1807: Please make that the final arrow of doom of the day... Tomas Berdych beats Alex Bogdanovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 to hand the Briton his eighth straight defeat at Wimbledon. Boggo has already admitted he doesn't expect another wildcard, so that could be the last time we see Boggo in singles action.
1804: Tomas Berdych serving for the match against Alex Bogdanovic. Mmmmmarat Safin is in action on Court 18, up against someone, don't really care. This is the magnificent Russian's last Wimbledon. Sniff.
1800: Number 23 seed Radek Stepanek will be doing his trademark 'worm' celebration over on Court Four (possibly) after romping to a 6-4 6-4 6-1 win over Alejandro Falla. Czech media have reported that Stepanek's love match with Nicole Vaidisova is over. Why doesn't anyone stay together anymore?
1742: Alex Bogdanovic does indeed lose the second set against Tomas Berdych and now trails 6-3 6-4 on Court Two. Not looking good. Juan Carlos Ferrero has taken the first set against Mikhail Youzhny. Youzhny was once so furious with himself, he battered his head with his racquet. He then had to have a medical time-out for a cut on his forehead. Popular video-sharing website, that's all I'm saying.
1733: Also, to correct a few people, that question to Anne Keothavong was not from anyone at the BBC. It was from a Daily Mirror journalist in the general press conference. Ooh, I've gone all serious. Tommy Berdych is serving for the second set against Alex Bogdanovic. Victor Troicki is through to the second round after a 6-4 6-4 6-3 win over Brian Dabul. Troicki could meet Murray in the third round. Ernests Gulbis awaits in round two.
1731: Look, I'm not saying it's not pretty depressing that we're probably only going to have one Brit in the second round of Wimbledon, but Anne Keothavong has made impressive strides over the past year, breaking into the top 50 and generally making the best of what she's got. She's had a bad couple of weeks. That's all. Wimbledon isn't the be all and end all.
1722: Poor Anne. Journalists are mean. Nicolas Kiefer appears to be trapped in the web of confusion that is Fabrice Santoro. The wily Frenchman leads the 33rd seed 6-4 3-1. Court One are watching Juan Carlos Ferrero take on Mikhail Youzhny, which might be quite a nice match.
1715: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan returns from the interview area with some troubling news about Anne Keothavong. The British number one left the room in tears after being asked whether she "had let a few people down". She did return though, and all credit to her. Seems a little on the harsh side to ask a 25-year-old if they have let people down. But there you go.
1707: Just turned away for a chat with BBC Scotland's Annie McGuire, and I look back to find Alex Bogdanovic has lost the first set to Tomas Berdych - 6-3 if you're interested.
Boggo spoke to BBC Sport yesterday
and admitted this is probably the last time he'll get a wildcard. This is his eighth, and he is yet to win a match.
1655: Coincidentally, I'm just tucking into a Drifter. I don't think I've had one of those since the 80s. (Other caramel/wafer chocolate snacks are available). Now then, you're about to have a very difficult decision to make: you can follow
Murray v Kendrick with Tom Fordyce,
or stick with me for Bogdanovic v Berdych and Santoro v Kiefer. Your call.
BBC Sport Mole: "It's chocolate time in the office (I wanted ice cream, but minions can't be choosers apparently). The selection that arrives divides opinion with Greg 'Ruser' Rusedski expressing consternation at the concept of a Toffee Crisp, calling it 'a fake chocolate bar' and then 'something you'd eat in the 70s.' Picky. Didn't stop me wolfing it down."
1649: Top seed Dinara Safina is a 7-5 6-3 winner over Lourdes Dominguez Lino on Court One. Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios next for the Russian. De Los Rios beat Nicole Vaidisova earlier. And just as I'm typing, Andy Roddick wraps up a 6-3 7-6 4-6 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy and that means... oh, you know what that means.
From Dan in Banbury, via text on 81111:"Q: what time will Sean Connery get to Wimbledon? A: tennish!"
From Ali, London, via text on 81111: "Re 1524: Wimble-Don Juan...? Sincerest apologies."
1640: Georgie Stoop is in the interview room after her agonising three-set defeat by seventh seed Vera Zvonareva earlier. She's very, very disappointed, but adds: "I can take a lot of confidence, a lot of positives. To be here next year is a massive goal of mine." She also admits she was listening to Spin Doctors as she went onto court.
1636: The epic over on Court Five has finally come to an end, Romanian Victor Hanescu winning 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-7 12-10 against Ivan Navarro. France's Nicolas Devilder up next for Hanescu.
1633: If there's one man you can rely on to keep his head when all around are losing theirs, it's probably not going to be Alex Bogdanovic. Added to that, he's up against 20th seed Tomas Berdych on Court Two. Still, let's remain positive yes?
1629: We're hearing rumours that Sir Sean Connery will be supporting Andy Murray from the Royal Box this afternoon. The only other sniff of celebrity we've had today is Geri Halliwell. And someone from Coronation Street. Lean times.
From Stephen F, London, via text on 81111: "Re 1524: How about 'Centre Courting'? Wimbledon is such a hard word to make a pun out of."
1621: And Josh Goodall is broken, sticking a backhand into the net to lose 4-6 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 to France's Michael Llodra. Nipped out for a comfort break earlier and the crowds are thronging to Centre Court where they're hoping to see Andy Murray shortly. They'll have to wait a while though: Jeremy Chardy has just
won the third set against Andy Roddick.
1617: Squeaky bum time on Court Two where Josh Goodall must serve to stay in the match against Michael Llodra. Fans of unorthodox shot-making and/or ageing Frenchmen, head to Court Three where Fabrice Santoro will be waving his magic wand against Nicolas Kiefer.
From George, Wakefield, via text on 81111: Has anyone noticed the epic battle going on between Navarro and and Hanescu on Court 5? 9 games all final set!" I can't say it had caught my eye... It's 10-10 now. Hanescu served for it and but lost it to love.
From Will and Pete, gettin sunburnt, via text on 81111: "On court 6 watching Gulbis being made to look good against a poor opponent. He's got a dangerous serve and may trouble Murray in the next round in my opinion..."
1605:Former champion Lleyton Hewitt crushes Robby Ginepri 6-4 6-1 6-1 to set up a second-round meeting with fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro. Should be tasty. Dinara Safina has scrambled through the first set against Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
From Annie, BBC Scotland, via text on 81111: "Re 1524: I was just in David Garrido's commentary box and he steadfastly refused to flirt with me. Too easy apparently."
1559: BBC 5 Live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend likes a sausage roll... who knew? Always had him down as a bacon sandwich kinda guy. You can read more behind-the-scenes gems in
his latest blog.
BBC Sport Mole: "A tall, rangy, sunkissed Laura Robson just breezed into the production office looking for Tim Henman. Seemed like a lovely lass, had a massive pair of almost Stevie Wonder-esque dark glasses on the top of her head. Teenagers huh?"
1555: And good news for those of you doing proper work too, Jeremy Chardy has slowed the Andy Roddick train - although the American has now taken the second set on a tie-break. Over on Court One, top seed Dinara Safina is in a bit of a battle against Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 5-5 in the first.
1550: Well, I may have mistakenly used it for Anne Keothavong earlier (sorry), but this time, it's genuinely good news for a Brit. Josh Goodall takes the fourth set against France's Michael Llodra and they're into a decider.
From Colin, Liverpool, via text on 81111: "British tennis reminds me of the charge of the light brigade - sending troops into battle and certain doom."
1547: Fresh from yesterday's controversy over the new 'shock' graphic, it's the 'game over' picture (see 1528) which has got them all talking today. It's not for me to comment... unfortunately.
1544: Disappointing. Anne Keothavong goes out 7-5 6-2 to Patricia Mayr, who is ranked lower than the British number one. Still no Brits through to round two.
Anne Keothavong admits she's a Rafa fan
1536: I'm going to publish this little video of Anne Keothavong (and Elena Baltacha) in happier times, see if it doesn't inspire our Anne over on Court Four. She's now serving to stay in the match at 5-2.
1539: Lleyton Hewitt seems to have shaken off that sluggish start and is now cruising 6-4 6-1 against Robby Ginepri.
1528: The dream is over for Georgie Stoop, dropping serve at the death to allow seventh seed Vera Zvonareva to serve out a 7-6 4-6 6-4 win. Anne Keothavong now 3-0 down against Patricia Mayr in the second in what appears to be some kind of meltdown. Sometimes, I wish I wasn't British... then I see a man in union jack shorts and everything is alright.
1524: A word of warning if you're roaming the Wimbledon grounds: BBC Radio 1's David Garrido has been challenged by Edith Bowman to flirt with at least one person a day. Garrido claims to be annoyed by this, but, believe me, it's all in a day's work for him. Tentative name for said feature: Love Flirty. I'm sure you can do better.
1513: Is it me? Am I making them all lose? Anne Keothavong has lost the first set despite having led 5-3, and her mood won't be at all helped by a screeching celebration from opponent Patricia Mayr. Josh Goodall is two sets to one down to Michael Llodra. But my new hero Georgie Stoop is 4-3 up against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva. No pressure, Georgie, but I'm depending on you...
From Rob in Peterborough, via text on 81111: "Re 1456: I've just negotiated 4pm finish to watch Murray. Should be good as long as one-day overdue Mrs Rob doesn't go in to labour!"
1505: And if the Mole had heard the comments in here about Mathilde Johansson yesterday... Anyway, I hardly dare bring you this update but here goes: Anne Keothavong has had a set point but has now been pegged back to 5-5 against Patricia Mayr. Michael Llodra serving for the third set against Josh Goodall. Georgie Stoop, of course, is magnificently on serve against Vera Zvonareva.
BBC Sport Mole: "The women in the office are temporarily resting their eyes from the view over Court 18 as Zvonareva and the StoopDogg get underway. They see this game very much as the filling in the Gonzalez then Safin ogle-fest. Honestly, if I made comments about female players similar to theirs about Safin I would get called all sorts. Double standards."
1458: Anyone out on Court Six? Last year's junior champion Grigor Dimitrov - the new Federer, if you believe what you read - has just retired while trailing Igor Kunitsyn 3-6 6-0 4-0. Heartbreak for the Bulgarian.
1456: If you're at work and wanting to get home to watch Andy Murray later, time to start backing Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman is already 5-1 down against A-Rod in 15 minutes...
Tom has that story.
1451: Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro lays down a marker with a crushing 6-3 6-1 6-2 win over Arnaud Clement. The Argentine will face former champ Lleyton Hewitt or Robby Ginepri - a match which the latter rather surprisingly leads 4-1 at the moment.
1442: Gonzo's quick win means that Court 18 will now be witnessing the denouement of Georgie Stoop v Vera Zvonoreva. Stoop improbably levelled at one set all against the seventh seed before darkness stopped play yesterday. Stoop, as we learnt yesterday, is obsessed by even numbers: she has to set her alarm to an even-numbered time and taps both sides of the net with her racquet on every changeover. She also seems to say 'fish' every now and again while hitting the ball.
1436: Tenth seed Fernando Gonzalez safely on his way, winning 7-5 7-5 6-3 against Teimuraz Gabashvilli. Gonzo a potential quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray. Andy Roddick is out on Centre Court, much to the delight of Tom Fordyce
who'll be watching his every move.
1434: I have had it confirmed by my fashion buyer friend that the Fed-style multi-pocketed jacket is indeed a key trend for 2010 - although, she adds, "not in white". I don't think she's familiar with Wimbledon tradition. Back on court, British number one Anne Keothavong is up and away against Patricia Mayr on Court Four. Dare I say, that is a match she will expect to win.
1430: So relaxed, he's almost horizontal, Andy Murray looks bemused as the BBC's Garry Richardson asks him what he's been up to this morning. "Er, nothing," replies the British number one. "Just woke up, had breakfast, practised." It's Wimbledon, Andy, you must understand we crave every tiny detail... You'll learn.
Venus Williams after beating Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-2: "It was great to be out here and come back as champion. This is the best place to be as a professional tennis player, I enjoy every blade of it. I want to make the crown mine again."
1423: Juan Martin del Potro isn't hanging around on Court One, already 6-3 6-1 up against Arnaud Clement. The Argentine will have more difficult matches. Britain's Josh Goodall and Michael Llodra have returned to Court Two to finish their match, which was one set all when darkness fell yesterday.
1415: Ugh. I feel physically sick. Katie O'Brien is beaten 6-2 5-7 6-4 by Iveta Benesova to become the fifth Briton to bow out of the 2009 Championships. Good effort by the Brit, but I'm starting to feel like I've said that a lot over the last 12 hours.
1410: Bad news for 38-year-olds still hoping to rekindle their tennis careers, Kimiko Date Krumm loses 5-7 6-3 6-1 to Caroline Wozniacki, losing nine of the last 10 games. Bethanie Mattek-Sands saves a match point against Sam Stosur and is now into a third set over on Court
From tjgills on 606:
"Thought Dan Evans showed promise, his groundstrokes are good, he just came up against someone who is much more experienced and much more consistent, seems like someone who has the potential to be top 100."
From Sarah, London, via text on 81111: "Yippee, Jankovic is through! I'm hoping she'll be a contender for a Court One match on Thursday, which is where I'll be! Come on O'Brien, you can do it!"
1402: Nikolay Davydenko ruins 18-year-old Dan Evans' Wimbledon main draw bow with a standard 6-2 6-3 6-3 win. Ni-Dav, you big bully. Katie O'Brien has been pegged back to 3-3 in the decider.
1356: Guess what I'm eating? Strawberries! I'm like a walking Wimbledon cliche. Just as we were pondering how on earth you pronounce Julia Goerges's surname, the mysterious German loses 6-4 7-6 to Jelena Jankovic. Katie O'Brien leads 3-1 against Iveta Benesova. Come on Katie, all of Hull is counting on you...
1349: Juan Martin del Potro is up and running on Court One, easing to a one-set lead against bespectacled Frenchman Arnaud Clement. Ningun problema for Fernando Gonzalez either, the Chilean blasting his way into a one-set lead against Teimuraz Gabashvilli.
1347: Incidentally, to those of you who mocked me for liking Fed's jacket yesterday, I read in the paper this morning that the multi-pocketed jacket is set to a key trend for spring/summer 2009. I am checking with my fashion buyer friend as we speak.
BBC Sport Mole: "Hums 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Roger Federer's 2009 Beatles-inspired garb has appeared from nowhere in the office, waistcoat and all. Brilliant. Everyone is trying it on. Look out for TV's Rishi Persad modelling it around the grounds of SW19 later. He is currently refusing to put the trousers on though, despite intensive peer pressure."
1340: Just flicked over to Court 12 where Bethanie Mattek-Sands has opted for a disappointingly standard white dress - although it's quite frilly I suppose. The American number three is 6-4 5-6 down against Slammin' Sam Stosur (yes, that is her actual nickname). Kimiko Date Krumm appears to have Krumm-bled and drops the second set 6-3 against Caroline Wozniacki. At her age, she's probably ready for an afternoon nap.
1320: Kimiko Date Krumm is 38!! Hope for us all there. Well, those of us under 38 anyway... Bad news for Dan Evans as he drops the second set against Nikolay Davydenko 6-3. Katie O'Brien has allowed her break advantage to slip and she now has a slender 5-4 lead in the second set against Iveta Benesova.
1317: I wandered past Court Two earlier and there was a gaggle of photographers and cameramen jostling for position. They were, of course, awaiting the arrival of Japan's top lady Kimiko Date Krumm. The formerly retired Date Krumm isn't playing Krummily at all, snaffling the first set and taking a 3-1 lead in the second against ninth seed - and winner of Eastbourne - Caroline Wozniacki. That would be some upset.
From Alex, hating temping, via text on 81111: "Re 1251: Oh Hannah I sympathise! This is my first year not doing medical testing at Wimbledon and I am on the verge of tears. Will be heading down later. Don't let Andy start till 6!"
1308: Brit-watch looking a bit brighter now... Dan Evans is on serve against Nikolay Davydenko in the second (although he has squandered a break) and Katie O'Brien has stormed into a 4-1 lead against Iveta Benesova in the second. Venus Williams is about to annihilate Stefanie Voegele.
Thomas Fordyce is watching...
1305: Dammit. Just as I was looking forward to a triple bagel over on Court 11, hapless Spaniard Oscar Hernandez puts a game on the board against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer. Oscar - probably still quite grouchy I'd imagine - trails 0-6 0-6 1-3.
1302: Hello. You know what to do by now right? No?? Manually refresh this page please... and then we can begin.
By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon
1256: O'Brien drops the first set 6-2 against Benesova, Evans is happily an early break up in the second against Davydenko, and I am a sandwich down and about to rectify that situation. Over to Cheese...
1251: "As a 2008 graduate used to long and lazy summers, i have never rued my new working life quite as much as today. Oh well, this work won't administrate its self..." From Hannah, London, via text on 81111
1244: Centre Court is filling up ahead of the arrival of Venus Williams and Stefanie Voegele for a 1300 BST start, which BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce will take you through. He is currently researching Miss Voegele. Apparently she likes Friends. Davydenko seals the first against Evans 6-2.
1237: A big cheer on Court Four as Evans gets the break back against Davydenko but the Russian responds immediately to lead 4-2. Embattled Aussie/Serb Jelena Dokic takes the first set against Tatjana Malek on Court Seven, and Jankovic is demolishing Julia Goerges on Court Three.
1228: Apologies for the delay but we've had a couple of titanic games. Katie O'Brien sees a break point go begging in the second game against Iveta Benesova and is then broken to trail 2-1, while Evans gets off the mark after saving another break point but trails Davydenko 3-1.
1221: "I like jelenas outfit! Janko to win this year - lets see her smiling at wimbly again." From anon via text
1218: "I think playing Kendrick, a guy with a big serve, Andy just has to concentrate on his own game. If he executes his shots the way he can, I think he'll be OK." Tim Henman on BBC Two
1215: Play is under way, with 19th seed Na Li getting the first break of the day against Galina Voskoboeva on Court Six. And Davydenko gets a break straight away against Evans.
1212: "Just been up to the Broadcast Centre roof where an incredibly slim Martina Navratilova is holding court for a rival broadcaster. Martina, what is your secret? So svelte." BBC Sport Mole
1208: "Whatever happened to Andy Murray listening to his ipod as he comes on court? Maybe Murrs can provide the music for Vince Spadeas raps!" From Steph in also sunny Glasgow! via text
1202: Most of the courts appear to have tennis players on them now, which is a good sign. Caroline Wozniacki plays a few practice strokes on Court Two, Jelena Jankovic appears to be knocking up while wearing a smock on Court Three, and British teenager Dan Evans has his game face on as he trades forehands with Nikolay Davydenko on Court Four.
1158: As well as the live video, UK users can also access BBC Radio 5 Live coverage from the right-hand side of this page. Or you could just stay here as myself and, soon enough, Ms Cheese take you through the afternoon.
1155: Here's Dutch Dirk! Five minutes before kick-off and he strolls back in. You've got to love the Dutch. More importantly, we are good to go with live video if you're a UK web user. Just manually refresh this page and hopefully it will appear at the top. Otherwise, I'm in trouble again.
1153: Right people, we're nearly there. "Today, you're very much in luck as the met office has promised us long periods of sunshine - I've even been asked to advise you to apply some sun block," says Nichola Pars.... the Voice of Wimbledon. I think it might be the first time he has ever said the words 'sun block' together. "Don't forget that sun block," he adds. He's loving it.
1148: "According to
people don't recognise del Potro. How can you not? He's taller than a mountain and stronger than a polar bear." From JMDP fan, Surrey, via text
1140: "Highlights of day one: Federer's Sargeant Pepper blazer. Magic - and then he took it off to reveal that waistcoat. Julien Benneteau, damn good show. Highlights of day two: Murray should go through, but Kendrick did take Nadal to five sets in 2007, so it won't be the cruise it's been built up to be. Ferrero v Youzhny should be a great match. Goodall to finish the job on Llodra." From andrewtheboom on 606
1131: With half an hour until the start of play on the outside courts, the stands and galleries around Court Four are heaving. They must all be big Davydenko fans.
1125: One man who is quite happy to stay out of the limelight, for now, is fourth seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Julien Benneteau in four sets on Monday. "Right now, Andy Murray is in the spotlight, and he deserves it. He was playing fantastic tennis in the last seven, eight months. It's good. It releases a little bit of pressure off me so I can play relaxed on the court."
1121: "In complete contrast to the serenity of Commentary Box 4, the BBC Sport production office in the Broadcast Centre has gone mental. In fact it was so noisy and frenzied in here that a terrified Caroline Cheese was forced to curtail a rare visit and scuttle back to the safe confines of Centre Court ..giving the fractious Piers a wide berth naturally. No sign of Boris, or more importantly, the Ruser as yet." BBC Sport Mole
1118: If I have been unable to quench your thirst for trivia, don't forget that we have a
Wimbledon: Live map
that is being constantly updated with tweets, flickr photos and more professional snaps from around the All England Club.
1108: So amid the growing sense of Murraymania, which to be honest hasn't really taken off yet, there are some players on the Briton's side of the draw who could cause some serious problems. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro is the man who replaced the injured Rafael Nadal at the top of the draw and he opens play on Court One at 1300 BST against Arnaud Clement.
1057: "63. The number of minutes before 1 can scuttle away from my desk and wander over to SW19." From Najma, White City, via text on 81111
1052: All is calm in Commentary Box Four as Radio One Newsbeat's David Garrido complains of a twisted ankle, BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce guffaws while watching the Vince Spadea video for the 50th time, and Dirk - of Dutch radio fame - remains the picture of serenity as he flicks through the tabloids.
Katie O'Brien's holiday from hell
1041: We have a number of Britons in action today, among them Katie O'Brien in little over an hour. In the search for truth, we determinedly sought out the British players in the lead up to Wimbledon and gave them a right old grilling. Not for us, this backhand/forehand nonsense. What was the last film you watched, Katie?
1029: The gates are open and the fans flood in. "Please don't run," says the Voice of Wimbledon rather optimistically.
Federer makes Gonzalez lose his cool
1023: Speaking of Gonzo prompted me to dig out a bit of world-class racquet smashing from the Chilean at last year's French Open. I once did something very similar on a public court in Ramsgate and got told off.
1018: So we're less than two hours from the start of play on the outside courts at 1200 BST, and there are some big names in action early on. Ninth seed, rising star and last week's Eastbourne winner Caroline Wozniacki is first up on Court Two against Kimiko Date Krumm, former world number one Jelena Jankovic takes on Julia Georges on Court Three, and Fernando Gonzalez plays Teimuraz Gabashvili on Court 18. Gonzo beat Andy Murray at the French Open and is in the same quarter of the draw here.
1012: "Queued overnight and managed to get our hands on the hallowed centre court tickets! Brilliant weather and great tennis to watch. Certainly beats being at work!" From Chris, Surrey via text
1007: We have proper sunshine at the All England Club for the first time this week. As the official weather forecast states: "A fine day in prospect. Sunny and very warm in the afternoon with a gentle breeze picking up. Afternoon temperatures reaching a high of 24 Celsius." I fancy an ice cream.
1002: "Morning all. Questions bothering me on the walk from Southfields tube today. 1) To what extremes will Caroline Cheese's Vince Spadea obsession (see yesterday) go to before the week's out? 2) Why was the only freebie on offer outside the grounds a South African newspaper? 3) Is Mathilde Johansson single? And does she like Moles? And 4) is BBC Sport's Piers Newbury in a better mood today? Answer: Categorically not." BBC Sport Mole(Mood not improved by mole's inability to spell my name right after five years)
0959: "I rashly promised I would quit smoking if Bogdanovic ever won a match at SW19. Now I'm panicking. Don't let me down, Boggo!" From Addict, Wapping, via text
0958: And apparently it is Safin's last Wimbledon, although you never know with him. If this is to be his last Wimbledon I hope he will leave with a characteristic outburst about the food/weather/grass. We're going to miss him when he's gone.
0951: "When is the lovely marat safin playing today? is this his last wimbledon?" Heather, at work, Manchester via text(The big man is fourth on Court 18 against Jesse Levine, which will not have gone down well)
Wimbledon Day Two - Pundit's Picks
0945: Boris is back and on fine form, and we nabbed him on the roof of the Broadcast Centre for his thoughts on the big match of the day. Strangely, he elected to go for Murray v Kendrick rather than Stepanek v Falla.
0938: As usual, Cheese is right. Court Four is a pretty good bet if you haven't got show-court tickets as it kicks off with Brit teenager Dan Evans against 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko, followed by British number one Anne Keothavong against Patricia Mayr, maybe go for a wander during Radek Stepanek and Alejandro Falla, but hurry back for Ana Ivanovic against Lucie Hradecka.
0930: The great grunting debate has kicked off in earnest already this year, with 'Queen of Scream' Maria Sharapova and up-and-comer Michelle Larcher De Brito both in action yesterday. The Sun says Michelle "was smashed in the Wimbledon screeching stakes" by Maria. The Portuguese remains defiant. "Nobody can tell me to stop grunting. If they have to fine me, go ahead because I'd rather get fined than lose a match because I had to stop grunting. If people don't like my grunting, they can always leave."
0921: "If Georgie Stoop has an obsession with even numbers, let's just hope she makes it to two sets! Hope Boggo can cause an upset too." From EdTennisFan on 606
0919: "Wonderful day, ivanovic on an outside court, looking forward to watching murray." From Liam in the queue via text on 81111
0904: In disappointingly traditional style there were no British winners on day one, but it was not all bad news.
Laura Robson impressed on her Grand Slam debut
against Daniela Hantuchova, while Georgie Stoop - she of the even-numbered obsession - returns today at one-set all against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva, and Josh Goodall does the same against Michael Llodra. And we also have Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha and Katie O'Brien in first-round action.
0858: Seven wildcards, seven defeats. Can Boggo finally break his Wimbledon duck? Alex Bogdanovic has been handed an eighth and, quite possibly, final wildcard this year and takes on 20th seed Tomas Berdych in the third match on Court Two. "As far as wildcards are concerned I think this is it for me,"
the 25-year-old told BBC Sport on Monday.
"It's probably my last chance, I've had plenty and I don't expect any more."
0849: There is no better way to start the day than with a burst of positivity from Nick 'The Don' Bollettieri. The great man is in top form on BBC Breakfast and holds court on... grunting: "It has got to the point where it is distracting. It's not cheating - no-one could call Seles, Agassi, the Williams cheats, but has it got out of proportion? Yes. Sharapova let out a few squeaks yesterday but when you look that beautiful, people don't mind." On Laura Robson: "The circular swing on her backhand is a little too big but she's definitely a candidate for the future, she was magnificent yesterday." And on Andy Murray: "If I wanted anybody to be in my foxhole, it's my man Andy Murray."
0842: So, today is the day - a nation holds its breath. Can Alex Bogdanovic finally win a match at Wimbledon? If not, we'll have to rely on Andy Murray. Scotland's world number three begins his campaign against Robby Kendrick in the third and final match on Centre Court. It''s likely to begin at some time after 1600 BST and you can follow it via the live video stream if you are a UK web user, as well as on BBC Two, BBC HD, BBC Red Button and BBC Radio 5 Live.BBC coverage in full
0840: Morning all. "We expect it to be dry, sunny and warm," says BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood. She's having an easy time of it at Wimbledon so far this year. It is indeed a warm one and if you're heading down here, bring water. After Roger Federer and Serena Williams eased through on day one, while Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova looked less convincing, attention turns to the other side of the men's and women's draws today. And you know what that means...
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