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Wimbledon day three as it happened


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By Chris Bevan at Wimbledon

2136: Phew! It looks like we're done too folks. Hope you enjoyed the last few hours and we've seen some classic matches - the best being Gisela Dulko's thrilling win over Maria Sharapova. It's going to be even better tomorrow, of course, as Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha are both in action, along with Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Dinara Safina. I look forward to seeing you all then.

2130: I've just ventured out of our Centre Court commentary box for the first time in six hours and it is now very dark indeed outside. Andreas Seppi and Marc Gicquel have just finished for the day out on Court 14, and how they've seen anything at all for the last 20 minutes is anyone's guess. Still, Seppi leads by two sets to one and it is 5-5 in the fourth - that one will finish tomorrow.

The match is over
2120: You know what? Wimbledon might just be a quieter place for the rest of the fortnight. Michelle Larcher De Brito's hopes have just bitten the dust - our eardrums are safe folks. Francesca Schiavone comes through in two tie-breaks, winning them 7-2 and 7-4 and she will play France's Virginie Razzano next.

2115: Tie-break time for Schiavone and Larcher De Brito. If Schiavone wins, then that's that obviously - she will have won the match. If Larcher De Brito takes it then I expect the deciding set will have to wait until tomorrow, unless the players have brought night-vision goggles with them.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2111: I actually meant to tell you this a lot earlier but better late than never I suppose. Elena Baltacha - our sole survivor in the women's singles - is second on Court Four tomorrow against Kirsten Flipkens. Her match will follow Jurgen Melzer's clash with Benjamin Becker. Can I be the first to say 'Come on Bally!'.

2105: Someone pass me some earplugs - Larcher de Brito is still fighting hard, and screaming even louder. She saves two break points - and now leads 6-5. By the way, 12th seed Marion Bartoli is also through to round three - she beat Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-5 6-1.

2100: The drama switches to Court 12 now folks, where Michelle Larcher de Brito is fighting for her life - and turning up the volume - against Francesca Schiavone. The Italian serves for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Larcher de Brito, amazingly, breaks to love. She was never going to go quietly, was she?

2056: In all that excitement, I almost missed Elena Dementieva's progress - she fought back well in the second set in the end, recovering from 3-1 down to complete an impressive 6-1 6-3 victory. The Russian fourth seed will play compatriot Regina Kulikova next after she beat Alisa Kleybanova 0-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The match is over
2049: And seconds later, tonight's Centre Court epic ends too. Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey gave the crowd their money's worth, in a match that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours, but Querrey puts a backhand long to put the Croatian into round three, courtesy of a 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-4 victory.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2045: Wow. It's finally all over on Court One. Georgie Stoop and Laura Robson finish what was an incredible match with fellow Brits Jade Curtis and Anna Smith when Robson steps in to put away a volley - Stoop had just missed a sitter on their third match-point too. The third set alone took 106 minutes but Stoop and Robbo are through, 6-4 3-6 13-11. Now they can go and have a lie-down.

2041: Andy Roddick is enjoying the Querrey-Cilic match too by the looks of things, and the Confederations Cup final too, of course. From in front of his TV, A-Rod tweets: "In the fifth set with Cilic and USA up 1-0 on Spain in 'soccer' - good viewing on the tube right now."

2036: Still no end in sight for the all-Brit epic featuring Curtis, Smith, Robson and Stoop on Court One. It's 11-11 in gathering gloom in the decider, and it looks like Robbo will be taking her A-levels by the time this one has finished.

2032: Elena Dementieva is having a bit of a wobble on Court Two - she took the first set 6-1 but is a break and 3-2 down in the second against Aravane Rezal. And, noisy or not, Michelle Larcher de Brito is in a spot of bother on Court 12 against Francesca Schiavone - she trails the Italian 7-6 2-1.

2025: "Oh dear Spadea, look what Igor's made of ya…..Come on Vince, you're making us wince. Wow, they are truly dreadful. Curses for my middle class upbringing in Cambridgeshire forever hindering my career as a serious rap/hip-hop artist. Anyway laters Vince, it was fun while it lasted, please keep up the rapping. Court 18 has been a graveyard of Mole favourites today. Hope the same fate doesn't befall Ana Ivanovic tomorrow."
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2022: BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "A crowd gathers outside the media centre just to stare at Roger Federer standing above them dressed in pristine white. A religious experience.."

2019: Blimey, Querrey-Cilic has turned into a bit of a classic and the crowd on Centre are lapping it up. Querrey looked down and out in the fourth-set tie-break but fought back to win it 7-4 and is now level at two-sets all. The way the American ran to his chair at the end of that set suggests he is still feeling fresh, even after almost three hours of play. More twists to come in this one.

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2015: "Cilic bang and the Querrey was gone!....Not yet, though, and it is closer than ever. Tie-break time and it could go either way."
From Tim, on Centre Court, via text

The match is over
2010: Oh dear, poor old Vince Spadea. Yep Cheesy's mate is out - he's just lost 6-3 7-5 6-2 to Igor Andreev and perhaps he will now have time on his hands to do more rapping for BBC Sport later this week, just in case you missed his earlier efforts.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
2003: Were you wondering how Britain's Jamie Murray and Jonathan Erlich were getting on? I thought so. Sadly, I bring bad news about Andy's big brother - he and his Israeli partner lost 6-4 6-3 6-1 to Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach and are out of the men's doubles. I suspect my colleague David Ornstein may have been concussed after all (see 1940), he has just returned from watching Jamie's defeat (on Court Five) to tell me that they stopped play because of bad light...or maybe it was because the match was over Dave?

2000: Wow, all sorts of drama on Centre Court where Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic are doing their best to keep the crowd entertained all night. Cilic leads by two sets to one remember but, after a succession of breaks and break-backs, is serving at 4-5 to prevent Querrey taking him to a decider. As for Ivo Karlovic? Well, he failed in his mission to give BBC Sport's David Ornstein concussion but he did seal a 7-5 6-3 6-4 win over Steve Darcis.

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1957: "Great tennis coming from all four British girls on Court One - this match could go all night!"
From Tom Kingham, on Court One via text

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1955: Oooh. Robson and Stoop see two match-points come and go against Curtis and Smith on Court One, where it is now 7-7 in what has been a thrilling third set. A few mistakes being made on both sides of the net from what I can see but some cracking shots too and everybody is enjoying themselves. Hooray!

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1949: "Have got a front row seat for Larcher de Brito, strangely quiet so far but noise level certainly rising as she warms up the vocal chords."
From Anon, on Court 12 via text

Russian pair Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva takes BBC Sport's Last Word challenge

1942: Womens fourth seed Elena Dementieva has also just started her match, against France's Aravane Rezai. Elena, who reached the semi-finals here last year, has not made a bad start either, breaking twice to lead 3-0. But, what you really want to know is what the Russian listens to on her iPod...don't you?

1940: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "An Ivo Karlovic ace bounces out of Court Four and almost hits me on the head. Might've knocked some sense into me."
A shame Karlo missed, I'm sure you'll agree.

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1936: "Awesome turnaround for Cilic. He's making Querrey look like he's winded."
From Andrew, in Newcastle via text

1933: You might be forgiven for thinking things are beginning to quieten down at Wimbledon wrong you are my friends. The sonic boomer that is Michelle Larcher de Brito has just begun her match with Italy's Francesca Schiavone - and, whatever happens there, there will be noise involved.

1930: Cilic and Querrey are still slugging it out on Centre and it is the Croatian who is well on top now. He leads by two sets to one and, after just saving a break point, he is 2-0 up in his fourth. As further compensation for my Croat mix-up earlier, Cilic's compatriot, and fellow giant, Ivo Karlovic is also cruising - he's two sets up against Steve Darcic.

1924: So, do you think Andy Murray is nervous ahead of his second-round match with Ernests Gubins tomorrow? Not according to his latest Twitter update, he isn't. Murray tweets thus: "Got a putting competition going with Daniel Nestor. They've got a putting game in the lockers. Could get interesting. Just done the ice bath."

The match is over
1920: There's no stopping Robin Soderling at the moment is there? - after a slow start he polishes off Marcel Granollers 4-6 7-6 6-4 7-5. Next up for Rob-Sod is Nicolas Almagro who, as Will correctly predicted below, finished off Beck almost simultaneously.

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1916: "Almagro's not a happy customer, but he's playing well and looks the more likely winner here."
From Will, on Court 12 via text

1913: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Fernando Gonzalez looks half asleep as he takes a stroll outside Court 3 but the amiable Chilean stops to sign tons of autographs."

1912: Rob-Sod is serving for the match now, while Nicolas Almagro and Karol Beck are involved in something of an epic - that one is 5-5 in the fifth set.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1905: Phew. The Brits are serving up a mini-cracker on Court One. Curtis and Smith have just taken the second set to level up the match - don't worry, though, Robson and Stoop are still smiling.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1900: Apologies, I've been neglecting Jamie Murray and his partner Jonathan Erlich in their men's doubles match on Court Five. Even worse, they are a set down to Kubot and Marach - hopefully things will improve soon. It's too late for Naomi Cavaday and Katie O'Brien, though - they were beaten 6-4 6-3 by Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Poutchek.

1857: "Yikes, just walked out of the office on my way to get some dinner and I bumped straight into Roger Federer on his way into a chat with Sue as you will see on BBC Two now! Stone the crows, I have legends all around me. Spadea outside and Fed next door. Whatever next?"
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1855: Roger Federer, speaking after beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to reach round three, on keeping his Facebook profile up to date:
"I have a person who helps me do it but I try to update as often as possible. It's amazing how the fan base grows quickly. I like to interact and the support means a lot to me, both on the internet and in the stadium."

1849: No doubt incensed that I got him mixed up with Mario Ancic earlier, Marin Cilic is making a stirring comeback against Sam Querrey. The American served for the second set at 5-3 but Cilic eventually took it on a tie-break. All-square on Centre Court then.

1843: As Rafael Nadal found out in Paris, Robin Soderling is not a man to be trifled with. The Swede used to be a tad flaky but he has got a bit of steel about his game these days and is demonstrating that again against Marcel Granollers. Rob-Sod lost the first set but has taken the next two. He's serving very well at the moment too.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1835: Good news and bad news for the four Brits on Court One - it couldn't be any other way. Robson and Stoop took the first set 6-4 against Curtis and Smith - that's a women's doubles match for those of you that asked. But it's misery all the way for Katie O'Brien and Naomi Cavaday on Court Three, I'm afraid. They trail Koryttseva and Poutchek 6-4 5-2.

1833: "Mathilde, Mathilde, Mathilde that was rubbish. Luckily I can console myself with Vince Spadea, who casually strolls onto Court 18 still wearing his accreditation round his neck and looking for all the world like he has just been woken up on a night bus. But who cares - it's Spadea time! Chris please provide another gratuitous video link to his mind-boggling interview."
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1829: Oh no, not another beanpole Croat!? That's all I need. Yep, it's Ivo Karlovic - who is 6ft 10, but DEFINITELY did not beat Federer here in 2002. Ivo has just taken the first set 7-5 against Belgian's Steve Darcis. Back on Centre, his compatriot Cilic is in a bit of trouble - Querrey is serving for the second set at 5-3 up.

1824: BBC Sport's Ian Westbrook on Twitter: "Three guys with tennis balls apparently glued to their checked caps desperately try to peer over the wall on to Court 14."

1818: Breaking news of Andy Murray's match with Ernests Gulbis on Thursday. Our man will be third on Centre Court, after an enticing looking clash between Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt and Caroline Wozniacki's clash with Maria Kirilenko. You'll be able to follow Murray on BBC One, BBC HD, Red Button, 5 Live and right here on the website (UK only) - he should be on around 1700 BST.

The match is over
1811: Oh dear, all the men gathered around Court 18 will be extremely disappointed. Zvonareva serves out for the match to complete a straight-sets win. And, even worse, I've got my Ancic's mixed up with my Cilic's (see 1757). Apologies - it's been a very long day, and it's now corrected. Mario is the injury-prone Croat I was thinking of. Cilic is, of course, the NEXT new Goran Ivanisevic. They're all tall, it's an easy mistake to make, isn't it?

1808: The Mole might be shedding a few tears in the next few minutes - Zvonareva is serving for the match against Johansson, leading 6-1 5-3.

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1804: "I agree with the Mole (see 1745), Mathilde Johansson is stunning...sadly her time is running out on Court 18."
From Tim, watching from near the Mole at SW19, via text

1802: Talking of ding-dong battles, Robin Soderling is fighting back on Court Two and, after a real scrap of a tie-break, he is level at one-set all with Marcel Granollers.

1757: If I peer through the window of our commentary box on Centre Court, I can see two of the biggest servers in tennis - Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic slugging it out. As you might expect from a match featuring two 6ft 7in players, rallies are a bit thin on the ground but they are having a real ding-dong battle and Querrey has just taken the first set 6-4.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1754: Alona Bondarenko would probably disagree that British tennis is struggling. Having lost to Elena Baltacha in the singles last night, she teamed up with her sister Kateryna to take on Jocelyn Rae and Mel South in the doubles today - and the Ukraine duo were promptly dumped out 6-1 7-6. Good news for our girls but, if you see Alona, hide those Union Jacks.

1745: "My mind has been elsewhere over the past half hour as the wonderful Mathilde Johansson is playing outside my window on Court 18. Mathilde, I have invested a lot of time in following your career, now don't go do let me down right before my very eyes. 1-6 1-2 to Zvonareva, ugh."
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1744: Serena Williams has been tweeting about a new rule that forbids players to eat in the changing rooms. Asked about it by the press, she says: "They have bananas in there and I don't know why, unless they've found another way to consume them. And if they have, I don't want to know about it."

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1742: Even more doubles news - but don't worry, this is more exciting than it sounds. For a start we are guaranteed a winner from the all-British clash between Jade Curtis and Anna Smith and Laura Robson and Georgie Stoop and, even better, it has been moved to Court One and you will be able to watch it live online and on the red button on satellite and Freeview. That one is due to start in the next few minutes, I'll keep you posted.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1737: No danger of any rain today anyway - it's still scorchio at Wimbledon and the only people moaning about the weather are the ones who forgot their sun cream (me included).

1734: Erm, bad news for those of you waiting patiently to see the roof on Centre Court shut for the first time this fortnight...even if it rains during Sam Querry's match with fellow giant Marin Cilic, it can't be closed for fear of causing them an injury. Both of those guys are just too darn tall.

The Last Word with Katie O'Brien

1727: What's this? More Brits in action in the doubles - and more good news, well sort of anyway. Jocelyn Rae and Mel South took the first set 6-1 against the Bondarenko sisters but are 5-3 down in the second. Meanwhile, Naomi Cavaday and Katie O'Brien are just about to start their match against Koryttseva and Poutchek. These names mean nothing to you? Fear not, BBC Sport caught up with our girls pre-tournament to, er, get to know them better.

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1720: "One word about Roger Federer's match...routine."
From Tim, at Centre Court via text

1714: Oh dear. It's all over for Michael Llodra too - he cannot continue after that nasty collision with ball-girl and umpire's chair and hobbles off court. His opponent Tommy Haas is handed a place in round three and celebrates by knocking up with a ball-girl - not sure whether it was the same one that nobbled Llodra, that would be rubbing his nose in it a bit.

The match is over
1708: Nope, there is just no stopping Roger Federer, who sees off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-2 6-4 to ease into round three. Oh, and Fernando Verdasco is through too, edging past grass-court specialist Kristof Vliegen 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-4.

First aid
1708: Ouch! Poor old Michael Llodra - he runs headlong into a ball-girl and - probably more painfully the umpire's chair. He seems to have hurt himself quite badly too - don't try that at home kids. He's receiving treatment on Court Three, but looks in trouble.

1705:Gisela Dulko enters the lion's den as she faces the British press, many of whom we're guessing wouldn't have been able to pick her out of a line-up about four hours ago. Now she's being lined up as the new tabloid Queen of Wimbledon for Thursday. 'How does she feel about people thinking she's attractive?' "I've always said that I am a tennis player but I'm also a woman." Uh-oh, red rag to bull scenario. 'Have you got a boyfriend?' "We're talking about tennis here, that's personal.

1702: Early days in two other men's second round matches on Courts Two and Three. Michael 'I beat Josh Goodall in five sets' Llodra is 2-3 on serve with Tommy Haas and Robin 'I beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open' Soderling is a set down to Marcel Granollers. Soderling is a tad erratic, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he lost that.

1657: Yep, you guessed it. Fed is a break up in the third set now. Garcia-Lopez reached the third round here last year - he's highly unlikely to repeat that now. Tom Fordyce on Federer v Garcia-Lopez

1655: I would like to point out that Tim Henman, in conversation with my goodself, (see 0937) told all you lovely people that Sharapova v Dulko was the must see match of the day. Bang on, top marks Timothy. I caught up with him earlier to ask him his views on why British tennis is such a ruddy shambles. Watch his eloquent and well balanced opinions here.
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1653: Novak Djokovic after beating Simon Greul in straight sets to reach the third round:
"I don't think it was easy. I made it more difficult for myself and made mistakes, which was the wrong thing to do as he was going for his shots. He put a lot of pressure on my serve and I was dropping service games in the third when I was up and this really shouldn't happen."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1649: Drat. It was all going too well, wasnt it? Britain's run of wins in the men's doubles comes to an end with a defeat for Ross Hutchins and his Australian partner Stephen Huss - they lost 6-4 6-7 (12-14) 6-4 3-6 6-3 to Prakash Amritraj and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureschi. I suspect Cheesy was loitering somewhere near Court 17 when that happened...

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1646: "Re 1612. At my tennis club anyone losing to a double bagel had to drop their shorts for the walk off court. Do the same rules apply here?"
From Bob in Edinburgh via text

1640: Fed's been playing for just 59 minutes and is already two sets to the good. Can't see a turnaround there, can you? It's a lot closer over on Court Three, however, where seventh seed Fernando Verdasco has just taken the third set against Belgium's Kristof Vliegen to lead 2-1. They've all gone to tie-breaks too.

1636: 2004 champion Maria Sharapova following her defeat by Gisela Dulko:
"The losses are tough, more here than at any other tournament. It puts some perspective into your life. It was just unfortunate the timing of this being only my fourth tournament back after injury but this is just the way it is."

The match is over
1631: As suspected, Serena Williams did not hang around before finishing off Jarmila Groth, dropping only three games in a one-sided 6-2 6-1 win. She plays Roberta Vinci or text commentators' nightmare Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in round three.

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1628: "Surely our success in the doubles today just proves that it was indeed Caroline Cheese's fault that our boys and girls did so badly yesterday! I don't know what she was doing, but kindly tell her to stop it, please!"
From Matthew, in London via text
Yep, I also blame Cheesy for the state of British tennis - it's clearly all down to her.

1625: Curses, it appears Cheesy wheeled out the double bagel yesterday. I didn't make history after all. Meanwhile, Fed is a break up in the second set against Garcia-Lopez and is making things look easy. Anyone would think he was a five-time champion or something... Federer v Garcia-Lopez

1620: Here's some long overdue news of Serena Williams, who is sprinting towards the finish line against Australia's Jarmila Groth - Serena, champion in 2002 and 2003, leads 6-2 5-1 on Court One and that one will be over very soon I suspect.

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1614: "Re 1600.. Is it allowed for a doubles player to retire but their partner to carry on solo?!"
From Daryl in Longfield via text
I'm afraid not Daryl...although the injured player could just stand in one place I suppose?

A bagel
A bagel
1612: Well folks, I have to say I feel honoured - yes, I'm the first person to get to use the double bagel graphic. That's all down to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who - very loudly and very easily - polished off Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-0 6-0.

1605: Ah, there's something so right about watching Roger Federer in full flow on a sunny day at Wimbledon. He's just taken the first set, almost effortlessly. Follow Fed with Tom Fordyce

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1600: So British tennis is still in the doldrums? Not in the men's doubles at Wimbledon it's not. Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray have just become our second pair to make the second round today - they were leading Devilder and Rochus 6-1 4-1 when their opponents retired because of an injury.

A bagel
1555: Fed and Garcia-Lopez is going with serve on Centre but there's a bit of excitement on Court Two - apparently the crowd there have taken to imitating Victoria Azarenka's (rather loud) grunts. Not that it's bothering her...she's on course to dish out a double bagel to Ioana Raluca Olaru, and leads 6-0 3-0.

1551: Oops. Sorry about that delay - I had a few teething technical problems but they are now ancient history - I'm back with you - and, if you give this page a cheeky refresh, you'll see who I am.

The match is over
1544: It seems a very long time ago that I was getting sunburnt over on Court Four, watching Stefan Koubek against Tommy Robredo. At the time, Koubek was two sets up against the 15th seed but, as soon as I left, Robredo came roaring back - eventually winning 3-6 4-6 6-4 7-6 6-1.

1537: Yep, it may be all over for 'Pova but there is plenty more to come from the sun-drenched courts of SW19 today - starting with Rog on Centre. Are you on Fed-Alert? Tom Fordyce is...right here.

By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1531: I don't know about you but I need to go and have a lie down. Federer - wearing shorts - comes onto Centre Court, along with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Chris Bevan will take you through that and much, much more. Phew!

1528: "It's the biggest win of my career at the biggest tournament in the world - I was really nervous at the end, she's very tough, and the crowd was fantastic with me," Dulko tells BBC Sport's Phil Jones. Lucky beggar. Roger Federer up next on Centre, and it's not often watching Rog feels like an anti-climax.

1523: Well, it doesn't get much better than that. A great match ends in a truly dramatic final game that sees Sharapova save four match points before Dulko seals arguably the biggest win of her career when the Russian sends a forehand long. Two hours and 13 minutes that have won a few new fans for the 24-year-old Argentine, I would think.


1517: "Just ventured over to the practice courts for a pre-arranged interview with Dinara Safina only to be blown out with an icily menacing, 'I only here to sign autographs.' Fair do's Dinara, who am I to argue. After cursing our bad luck who looms into view? Only BBC Sport's own personal rapper Vince Spadea!! After hastily cobbling together some questions (sprinkled with some rappers' buzz words) I approached him but he wasn't having any of it! Even when I named dropped Caroline Cheese. Crushed."
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It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1513: Robredo and Koubek go into a fifth set on Court Four. And yet more great news for British doubles fans as Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray lead Belgian duo Devilder and Rochus 4-1.

The match is over
1508: Well, Djokovic finally sees off Greul in straight sets but it was another scratchy performance from the fourth seed. Dulko comes back from 0-30 to hold and go 5-3 up against Sharapova in the final set.

1508: BBC Sport's David Ornstein tells me that Bogdanovic has just told a news conference he will concentrate on doubles in the future.

1506: Look out, a double-fault sees Sharapova slip to 0-40 and she nets a backhand to give Dulko a break for 4-3 in the decider. Djokovic is slipping and sliding all over the place as he tries to finish off Greul.

1503: It's getting very lively on Centre Court now as Dulko levels at 3-3 and we are agreed in Commentary Box Four that this is the best match of the tournament so far, at least on Centre Court. Djokovic stares into the middle distance on the changeover as he prepares to serve for the match against Greul on Court One.

1458: Up-and-comer Victoria Azarenka is under way against Romania's soon-to-be-nicknamed Ioana Raluca Olaru on Court Two. Azarenka has been one of the players of the year and is not short of self-confidence. Sharapova saves break points to lead 3-2, and floppy-haired Verdasco wins the first-set tie-break against Vliegen.

1452: Djokovic is enduring a frustrating afternoon on Court One, despite being two sets up on Greul. For the second time in the third set he lets a break advantage disappear as the German belts a forehand past him for 3-3. And Sharapova breaks for 2-2 against Dulko in a match that, judging by the texts, has captured the hearts of the nation.

1447: Mardy Fish beats Janko Tipsarevic 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-4 on Court Two, and wife Stacey has the camera out in the stands. Taylor Dent's run ends in the fifth set against Daniel Gimeno-Traver. And Dulko breaks Sharapova to lead 2-1 in the decider.

1442: Dulko stops a run of seven games against her and it's 1-1 in the decider. There's relief all round as we still have a match on our hands.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1438: A quick break for refuelling, and I'm told one of my collagues has tracked down Anne Keothavong, who is bearing up well. "Look at all the girls that got career highs this year," she told BBC Sport. "There is a lot of pressure. We want to do well and we want to please the fans."

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1432: "Sharapova and Dulko looks like going the distance...there is a god!"
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1430: Sharapova converts her fourth set point of a lengthy game and we're into a decider. And Verdasco appears to have left the hair gel behind, his fringe is flopping around like a schoolboy's on Court Three. Maybe it melted.

1425: Djoko moves two sets up against Greul on Court One and it might be time for Serena Williams to get her gear on, she's up next there against Jarmila Groth.

1420: Never rule out Sharapova, she's nails. Dulko crumbles with a couple of double-faults and falls a break down in the second set. Five games in a row now for the Russian. And Dudi Sela has seen off last year's semi-finalist, Rainer Schuttler, 7-6 6-3 6-2 on Court 12.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1413: Djokovic gives it some racquet abuse as he drops serve at the start of the second but immediately gets it back and leads 2-1. Sharapova has got the break back and is now level with Dulko at 3-3 in the second set. And a word for Taylor Dent, who has suffered terribly with injuries over the years but came through qualifying and has just forced a fifth set against Gimeno-Traver on Court Five.

1409: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "A mystery on Court 7 - Craybas gives the umpire a pen and asks her to scribble on her hat. Why didn't she take it off and do it herself?"

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1404: I bring you glad tidings, Bogdanovic and Ward have beaten Martin and Scherrer 6-4 6-4 6-4. Even the score looks classy. And there's good news for Court Three fans - seventh seed, mighty hitter and fan of hair gel, Fernando Verdasco, is about to start against Kristof Vliegen.

1402: "Eating strawberries out of tuppawear and watching Sharapova on BBC live feed in my office. It's not quite the same but better than nothing!"
From Bekki in Sheffield via text

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1400: "I remember seeing Dulko play in the juniors a few years back. She won the girls doubles title, so she can certainly play on the grass."
From Steveo77 on 606

1357: Djokovic has taken the first set against Greul 7-5, while Dulko continues to impress everyone - especially Radio One Newsbeat's David Garrido nearby - as she goes a set and a break up on Sharapova. It's the Dulko forehand that's doing the damage.

The match is over
1354: Daniela Hantuchova enjoys a fine win over last year's semi-finalist Jie Zheng on Court Two, after a fairly tortuous final game on Court Three. The Slovakian looks thrilled with that, pumping her fist before giving a big wave to the crowd. Meanwhile, Tipsarevic is getting attention on his arm from the trainer on Court Two.

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1348: "Re: Mole at 13.37. Surely Brucie's there every year because it's always nice to see him?!"
From John in Guildford via text

1344: Do not bait me during Dulkotime, Mole. The 24-year-old from Buenos Aires is also living up to the second piece of information about her that I earlier passed on to Tom Fordyce, that she's a really good player. Sharapova is having a bad day, mind, and Dulko takes the first set 6-2. Better news for Djokovic, who gets the break back to level at 4-4 when Greul double-faults.

1337: "Sheesh, unfortunate feeling of Groundhog Day as the first name I spy on the Royal Box list for today is Bruce Forsyth. Every blimmin' year. A further perusal, however, brings joy as everyone's favourite Brian Clough impersonator, Michael Sheen, is in the doubt turning his talents to do a darn fine impression of Roger Federer. Less glamorous though is Piers's wordsmith of choice, Richard Stilgoe."
BBC Sport Mole

1334: A quick scan of the other courts tells me that Austrian Stefan Koubek is two sets up on 15th seed Tommy Robredo, Fish and Tipsarevic are at one-set all, Hantuchova is two games from beating Jie Zheng, and Moody Dudi Sela leads Schuettler by a set and a break. I've no idea if he's moody but it would help me out.

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1328: "I reckon Sharapova v Dulko has to be the best looking match ever played on Centre Court." From Jamie, at Centre Court, via text

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1328: Cometh the hour, cometh the man... Boggo steps up to the plate and serves out to love, only for me to remember that they play best-of-five in the doubles at Wimbledon. No matter, he and Ward will surely see off Martin and Scherrer from here. Surely...

1325: Nadia Petrova wraps up a 6-3 6-2 win over Shahar Peer on Court 14, while Dulko is looking really good as she leads Sharapova 3-0. And Boggo and Ward are just one game away, people....

1316: Yes, yes, the arrow was the wrong way up for Keo and Borwell. Wishful thinking maybe, a manual refresh should see it return to the traditional negative position. And in front of my eyes, Dulko breaks Sharapova to lead 2-0, while Greul is 2-0 up on Djokovic. Blimey.

1312: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Sat next to Koubek's coach on Court 4. He's annoying me by bellowing in my ear but Stefan's happy: he's a set up against Tommy Robredo." And then.... "Much better news from Court 4. Koubek's coach has shut up + Patricia Mayr, who beat Keo yesterday, is now sat next to me - she's lovely."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1309: It's been another bad day for Anne Keothavong as she and Sarah Borwell go down 6-2 6-3 to Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs on Court Five.

1305: Djokovic and Greul are out on Court One - Greul is the world number 106 from Germany and has won one Grand Slam singles match. Djokovic should have few problems but he hasn't been on tip-top form recently.

1300: Right on cue, Sharapova and Dulko emerge into the scorching sun of Centre Court. Sharapova quickly whips off the military-style jacket, Dulko is going for a bit of a 1970s headband look. It's all good. And this could be a decent match with Sharapova at less than 100% and Dulko a feisty competitor. You can follow it exclusively with Tom Fordyce

1255: Bad news for people on Court Three, good news for French tennis - as if they needed it. Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gets a free passage through to the third round after opponent Simone Bolelli pulls out with a back injury. Shame, could have been a good one.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1253: Enough nonsense, some tennis - Fish has broken Tipsarevic in a rather scrappy encounter on Court Two, and the American will serve for the set. Keothavong and Borwell have dropped the first set but, praise be, Boggo and Ward have snaffled the first set against Martin and Scherrer. The comeback starts here.

1249: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Dinara Safina having the most intense practice I've seen all week. Sweat, screams & sensational groundstrokes aplenty."

1244: "Re:12.34 my 2 yr old son, calls his dummy a dudi, not sure how he spells it in his world??"
From Mike, Cambridge, via text

Boris Becker
1244: Bally is getting the star treatment as she is congratulated and questioned by Boris Becker and Tracy Austin. The Mole will be fuming. Meanwhile, Times correspondent Neil Harman is asked about the British tennis situation. "The situation really is that bad and it's been going on for years and years. Somebody's got to take the rap." BBC 5 Live's Jonathan Overend tells us that Alex Bogdanovic will definitely not get another wildcard next year.

Sue Barker
1238: BBC Sport legend Sue Barker has grabbed a few words with national heroine Elena Baltacha, who had "a couple of glasses of wine" after yesterday's win and got to bed at 2.30am. Still, she did beat the world number 33, and as she says: "Fingers crossed it means direct acceptance for the US Open."

1234: A quick search for the BBC coverage on my monitor left me stuck with John Bercow for a while there. He's the British number seven, kids. Last year's surprise semi-finalist Rainer Schuettler continues to defy both time and logic as he cruises into a 4-1 lead over Dudi Sela on Court 12. Good name, Dudi.

1230: Cibulkova - a semi-finalist at the French Open recently - is giving Radwanska the runaround on Court Seven and leads 3-1. Meanwhile, opinion is divided over Nadia Petrova's frilly number but she leads Shahar Peer on Court 14.

1225: Good to see BBC Sport's Chris Bevan making more friends there after being in the frame for making Anne Keothavong cry last night. It turns out it wasn't him (it was a newspaper journalist) but we're not letting him off the hook. Bogdanovic and Ward are up and running against Martin and Scherrer. You've got to say, Boggo's due one.

1223: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Bumper crowd on Court 5 for the Brit-Aussie women's doubles showdown. 'I can't even see any grass,' complains a voice behind me. Unlucky."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1220: Right, we've already got some bad news for Britain as Keothavong and Borwell are broken straight away. Still, chin up. Elsewhere, there is an interesting looking match under way between Dominika Cibulkova and Urszula Radwanska on Court Seven, while Jie Zheng has got an early break against Robson-slayer Daniela Hantuchova.

1216: Just a reminder that we will have action on Centre and Court One from 1300 BST on BBC One, BBC HD, Red Button, 5 Live and right here on the website (UK only) - Sharapova v Dulko up first, with Djokovic v Greul on Court One.

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1212: "Piers, just a suggestion in Pat's pursuit of a name for junior Federer - Tomsk; the athletic one of the womble clan if memory serves me correctly (if it 's a boy). No, probably not!"
From Jez, in sunny bournemouth, via text

1209: Mardy Fish and Janko Tipsarevic are out on Court Two for what should be an entertaining clash. Mardy looks like he's dressed up as a tennis player to go on a stag do, Janko has his trademark shades in place. A shot of the crowd gives us a glimpse of Mardy's wife, Stacey Gardner. Suddenly the 'Mardy Fish' look seems a bit more appealing.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1203: The players are making their way to the outside courts, with the galleries heaving around Court Five where Brits Keothavong and Borwell are knocking up ahead of their doubles clash with Stosur and Stubbs.

1202: "I also saw Mr Laud (see 1114) in the Press Centre, but deemed him unworthy of mentioning as it would denegrate the quality of this fine text commentary. No doubt David's Blackberry is bursting at the seams with pictures of him and the 'electric' Daniela Hantuchova. Anyway, where is Toffee Crisp hating Greg 'The Ruser' Rusedski?! (see 0937) I had brought him in a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer especially."
BBC Sport Mole

1159: Regular followers might have detected a hint of Fordyce in the last few entries but the byline is accurate again after I successfully negotiated the process of greeting Mama Newbery. Meanwhile, Richard Williams has had his say on burnout in the women's game. "No child should be pinned down, running from country to country, from state to state. I wouldn't do it. If you go back and look at Martina Hingis, Justine Henin, you look at Kim Clijsters and other girls. Why is it they had to quit at 25? Tennis has burned you out, tennis will kill you. Venus is 29, she is ready to play. She didn't burn out at an early age."

1150: Ah, the aural duvet that is The Voice Of Wimbledon. He speaks of warm weather, show-court decorum and possible strong breezes later. Delightful.

1145: Down on practice court eight, Richard Williams is hobbling round in ankle-high white socks while Venus spanks balls at him from the other side of the net. If you want to make it in this game, you've got to suffer. Fame costs - and right here's where you start paying. In sweat.

1140: What do you mean, where do the other 3% happen? This is Wimbledon, not the National Audit Office.

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1138: This from Phil at Baker Street via text: "Morning Piers. I'm so excited. Not too sure with what, but I just love Wimbledon! Gonna watch and follow t'internet from the garden today. Tough life."
Watch out for that power-cord, Phil. 97% of domestic accidents happen at home.

1122: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Just walked past Derek Laud, the gay ex-Tory speechwriter from Big Brother 2005, by Court 14. Looked miserable as sin."

A name for Baby Federer

1118: Roger Federer will continue his campaign for a sixth title this afternoon against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, but the Swiss star has other things on his mind as his wife, Mirka, is expecting their first child. 5 Live man (and 1987 champion) Pat Cash has been getting suggestions from stars of the tennis world, including Amelie Mauresmo and Sania Mirza, for a name for the Federer baby.

1114: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Sharapova looking a bit grumpy this morning. Been watching her practice on Court 8 for 10 minutes now and she hasn't smiled once." And then... "'Pova all smiles now though. She's also hitting some cracking forehands, just as 2 men dressed as Admiral Nelson arrive and ruin my view."

1110: We're back! The flux capacitor has been recalibrated and we are now ready for hyperspace. Or something. What we are ready for is some tennis but Wimbledon continues to turn a deaf ear to my calls for 24hr play, so we'll just have to wait for another 50 minutes.

1059: We are one hour from the start of play, so I think we all need to take a moment and pause to contemplate what is to come. We also need 10 minutes to do something highly technical that you wouldn't understand. I know I don't. Meet you back here in a jiffy...

1052: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Major Aussie presence in SW19 today, judging from my walk up from Southfields tube. Are they all here to see Jarmila Groth?"

1049: "The countdown to Friday begins here as strong rumours reach the Mole from an exclusive source (the free paper you get on the tube) that the X-Factor (other reality-pop-talent shows are available) judges are coming down to SW19! That means Cheryl Cole! Wowser. Simon Cowell has apparently promised Cheryl and Louis Walsh tickets, but not Dannii Minogue (oooh, controversial). Imagine acid-tongued Cowell let loose on the British tennis failures. Anne Keothavong would be weeping in the Priory quicker than SuBo (Susan Boyle to all you non BGT fans)."
BBC Sport Mole

1040: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Hantuchova knocking up in electric blue shorts, electric green top & electric yellow hat. Not that she's trying to stand out or anything..."

The view from the fans
1032: "Would the stewards please open the gate now," says a Voice of Wimbledon. She sounds like a nice lady but she's not Nicholas Parsons. The spectators begin to make their way in, doing their best to walk extremely quickly while not contravening the "no running" convention. And BBC Sport's Sarah Holt (see 1024 entry) has chosen to follow the Formula 1 path, and therefore her name is now mud in these parts.

Get involved on 606
1026: "If I was at Wimbledon today I'd go and watch Haas v Llodra - should be a great match full of good attacking play, plenty of volleys, and some nice single-handed backhands."
From MrInvisible on 606

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1024: "Where's sarah holt to deliver the tea this year? Reckon there'll be another 2 upsets today with the freakishly tall querrey top pick."
Dave in the city via text on 81111

1017: The All England Club is gently stirring into life and I can exclusively reveal that the first net of the day is going up on Court Five. Less than two hours until play starts now but we'll have big names practising beforehand. Take a look at BBC Sport's flickr photos to get a closer view of the players off court, as well as an idea of what BBC Sport's David Ornstein gets up to all day.

1007: "I shall certainly not being 'harassing' Tim (see 0927). Investigative journalism is not harassing Piers. Harassing is the domain of practice courts stalker, BBC Sport's 'Dangerous' David Ornstein, whose selection of photos on his Blackberry reveals a terrifying insight into the mind of a man obsessed with Uzbekistani tennis players."
BBC Sport Mole

Wimbledon fans play 'grunt tennis'

1003: Radio One Newsbeat's David Garrido arrives, out of breath after several flights of stairs but keen to pass on the news that he was out among yesterday's 45,955 fans (a record for the first Tuesday) getting them to grunt, scream and squeal in the style of an international tennis player. Web users can judge the results for themselves...

0955: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Sat in a sun-drenched Wimbledon village & not a single cloud in the sky. Is this really the 1st week of SW19?! Incredible scenes."

0949: One man who slipped under the radar yesterday was Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth seed who has replaced Rafael Nadal at the top of the draw and is a potential semi-final opponent for Andy Murray. The 6ft 6in 20-year-old, who nearly beat Federer in the French Open semis a few weeks ago, thrashed Arnaud Clement 6-3 6-1 6-2 yesterday and plays Lleyton Hewitt next. "I want to improve my game in this kind of surface," he said. "With the serve, my movements, my volleys, I think I have an advantage over small players." Look out, Lleyton.

Wimbledon Day Three - Pundit's Picks

0937: Henman managed to escape the clutches of the Mole long enough yesterday to give us his tip for today's match of the day, and he went for Sharapova v Dulko. I'm with him on that one. The Mole confirmed to us that Tim is "such a nice bloke" before regaling us with a tale about Greg being less than chuffed with the chocolate bars on offer yesterday. And that's an exclusive.

0927: What a bonus or those of us in Commentary Box Four, an early morning visit from the BBC Sport Mole. He has plans to harass Tim Henman today - good news for Greg.

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0921: "Hi piers in queue in wimbledon park. I swear im like 4millionth! Its a beautiful day thou the sun is shining! hoping to see Ivo smash some aces later!"
From Tom kingham, queuer number 4856, via text

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0919: "I've been thinking! What the LTA should do is hold a reality tv style competition where they choose a member of the public who will be trained and skilled how to play tennis, culminating in being given a wildcard to next years tournament in an attempt to "Beat the Boggo" and get to the second round!"
From Lord Beer!! on 606

0915: Let's cheer ourselves up with some video, UK web users. A quick manual refresh should bring the magic of moving pictures to the top of this page and yesterday's round-up show. The rest of you will have to soldier on, I'm afraid.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
0909: Well, we can't avoid yesterday's British blowout forever - six more singles defeats and just Murray and Baltacha through make this year as bad as the all-time low of 2007, when Tim Henman and Katie O'Brien were the only ones to win. Although they both lost in the second round, so just one win from Muzza or Bally and it's a bumper year, no? Andy is certainly not impressed with the situation or, presumably, having to talk about it every year.

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0900: "Great weather again, apparently michael ballack is in the morning tennis queues at the wimbledon golf park. He lives round the corner anyway."
Andi Miller from Raynes Park via text on 81111

0858: The big names kick off at 1300 BST, with Maria Sharapova against Gisela Dulko on Centre Court and Novak Djokovic against Simon Greul on Court One. You will be able to follow all that and more on BBC One, BBC HD, BBC Red Button, 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra and streamed on the website for UK users. The chat will continue here, of course, although without Caroline Cheese as she's been given one day's compassionate leave following the departure of Marat Safin yesterday.

0853: It's the usual plan today, with play on the outside courts getting under way at 1200 BST and on Centre and Court One at 1300 BST. For any queuers, I'd suggest heading for Court Three, where you will see Daniela Hantuchova, Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in action. Or out on Court Five you can get behind Anne Keothavong, who teams up with Sarah Borwell in the doubles.

0848: It's another scorcher in SW19 and the weather has prompted some naysayers to mock the construction of the new roof over Centre Court. Well, the roof actually made its competitive debut yesterday as the world's most expensive parasol when it was edged forward several feet to give shade to the Royal Box, where among those with seats were Prince Michael of Kent. The All England Club are now rumoured to be working on a £400m drinks holder.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
0842: The weather is set fair again, but then you knew that, and if any first-time visitors to these shores are wondering - yes, it's always like this here. The official forecast says: "Another dry day with long spells of sunshine, although some medium level cloud is expected to move in early evening. It will again be warm with maximum temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius." We laugh in the face of your 'medium level cloud'.

0840: Hello everyone, I don't know about you but I'm feeling particularly chipper this morning. Maybe it's the afterglow of last night's Baltacha Ballyhoo, maybe it's a mild but increasingly serious case of Murraymania, or maybe it's just because I'm sitting on Centre Court on another beautiful morning with still 10 more to go after today. And in front of my bleary eyes on day three will be Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic, among others.

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