2138: Another fine day that peaked right at the end with two incredibly dramatic matches that will resume on Saturday. There's also the small matter of Andy Murray taking on Viktor Troicki, Venus Williams resuming her title defence, and Tracy Austin continuing to try and avoid the Mole. Caroline will be here from 1000 BST (it's the weekend, you'll all be in bed) to take you through it all.
2133: Ridiculous. Cilic fires a blistering forehand down the line at 30-30 and it's match point, in almost total darkness. Haas wallops down a big serve that Cilic would like to challenge but it's too dark for Hawkeye. Who knew? Deuce, and Cilic smacks an incredible return for match point number two... a desperate, epic, tense rally that has me grinding my teeth, let alone the players, and Haas wins it with an unreturnable forehand. The German finds a big serve and a winner and Haas will return with Cilic on Saturday with the score at 7-5 7-5 1-6 6-7 6-6. Incredible, and both men get a well deserved ovation.
2127: I can see very little out of my window, just the vague outline of the tent over Centre Court. Cilic does well to come through a testing service game and he leads 6-5 in the fifth. Just one more game to go tonight.
2124: This is all too much... Andreev gets a break-back point but looks to have fired a forehand long. He goes to Hawkeye and literally stands with his hands in prayer, and it works! He goes bananas, it's 5-5 in the fourth and they pack up for the night. "Where are the floodlights?" comes one rather boozy shout. I think you've all had enough for one day. They will return with Andreev leading Seppi 6-1 7-6 4-6 5-5.
2119: Tommy Haas and Marin Cilic look like they will have to play another two games after the German races through a love hold for 5-5. He should have taken his time. But hang on... Tommy wants to stop so the referee is out, amid much booing. They soon turn to cheers when it's signalled... two more games. Come on!
2116: Everyone who stuck around on the off-chance of catching some late action made a good decision, incredible stuff. Cilic double-faults on break point when serving for the match, after choosing not to go to Hawkeye when the first serve was in. It's 5-4 and Tommy wants the umpire to knock it on the head but he'll have to level it up first. Court One, Seppi nets a backhand and it's back on serve at 4-4 in the fourth against Andreev.
2112: "Saw Jamie and Judy Murray in Wimbledon Village earlier, asked if i could have a photo awkward decision had to be made over which one of them i wanted it with...I plumped for Jamie. Luckily Judy offered to take it!" From Will, Wimbledon, via text
2110: Oh my. Haas double-faults to slip 15-40 down, saves the first break point with a brave forehand but can do nothing about Cilic converting the second with a fabulous scrambling rally. The Croat will serve for the match.
2108:Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"On the tube home with the young Spanish fans from earlier on Court 3. They're exhausted after all their singing - they're not so loud now."
2106: Seppi is in charge for the moment on Court Two and at 4-2 in the fourth set it's heading for a decider, which will be tomorrow I can assure you. Cilic leads Haas 4-3 on Court One amid much excitement.
5 live's Wimbledon Revolution
2101: It's the time of day when everyone left at the All England Club goes a bit loopy. There's a Mexican Wave on Court one, why not get in the spirit of things by taking a listen to 5 Live's chat with comedians Dara O'Briain, Dom Joly, Adam Hills and Michael McIntyre.
2059: Great stuff on Court One, where Haas still appears to be a man on the edge but he's scrapping and scrambling for everything. He does not want to lose another five-setter, and gets a break-back point... and Cilic goes long! We're back on serve, 3-2 to Cilic. Meanwhile, Seppi has a break on Court Two and leads 3-2 in the fourth set.
2053: I hope the Mole is OK, the last we heard he was hunting down Tracy Austin. Actually, I hope Tracy's OK.
2051:Andy Roddick on Twitter:
"I wish I was going to the Dave Matthews Band show in Brixton tonight.... duty calls tomorrow ... watching superbad again.. first 45 minutes. unreal"
2048: Look out, Tommy's going to blow. Fiancee Sarah Foster bites her tongue in the stands when her man makes a couple of errors to slip 2-0 down in the fifth against Cilic. Earlier this month, Haas lost a two-set lead against Federer at the French Open. It's going to get on your nerves.
2045: Anne Keothavong & Ross Hutchins bring our brief run of mixed doubles success to an end as Anne buries a forehand return into the net on match point against Bruno Soares & Alisa Kleybanova on Court 18. Ho hum.
2038: Ouch. Tommy gets 3-1 up but then the nerves take a grip, and a minute or two later a dodgy volley sees the German lose a fifth straight point. Cilic holds three set points at 6-3 but takes the first with a big serve and the Croat is back from two sets down to force a fifth. Tasty.
2030: Tie-break time for Haas and Cilic on Court One...
2028:Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Spotted: Fernando Verdasco climbing the stairs to the player lounge wearing over-sized headphones and talking on the phone."
2024: James Auckland & Elena Baltacha beat Travis Parrott and Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 6-2 to continue a golden day of mixed doubles for Britannia. Unless you're a Hutchins/Keothavong fan - they're a set and a break down. Haas holds so Cilic must serve to stay in the match again. Loving this one.
2022: It's squeaky bum time for the Cilic camp when their man dumps a backhand in the net for 30-30, and he then plays a shocker of a high backhand volley to face match point. Haas misses with the return by some distance but goes for Hawkeye, maybe to unsettle Cilic. The German then thumps a magnificent backhand winner down the line for a second match point... but he slices a backhand into the net and Cilic saves. Drama.
2016: Tommy Haas is one game from victory on a tense Court One. Cilic's coach Bob Brett sits in the stands looking nervous and not unlike Alan Curbishley from a certain angle.
2013: Some football chat from Bayern Munich board member Boris Becker, who says, "We are trying to keep Franck Ribery away from Chelsea and Real Madrid." Good luck with that. Hutchins & Keothavong have dropped the first set on Court 18, but Baltacha and Auckland are a set and a break up on Court Six.
2005: I've had half an eye on Cilic v Haas throughout and now I've got one-and-a-half eyes there, and I like what I see. It's a nice contrast of personalities - Cilic is a cool customer, Haas is not. Tommy leads by two sets to one and it's 3-3 in the fourth. Andreev has taken a two-set lead against Seppi on Court Two.
1955: We're on the march! Fleming & Borwell beat Vemic and Pennetta 7-5 in the third, while Auckland and Baltacha take the first set against Parrott and Bondarenko. And
England U21s win on penalties!
You don't get this with Cheese.
1950: "Lots of love to dudi (never moody!) from the Israeli branch of 606. Made us proud. Don't stop before the semis dud." From tennisfan11 on 606
1947: On Court One, Cilic has taken the third set to trail Haas by two sets to one. "Interesting match," says Boris Becker. "Tommy is serve-volleying a lot but it's a risky business when his second serve is 110mph."
1945: "You're crazy. I'm going to show you how bad you are... I'm going to show you how bad you are," says Victor Troicki to the umpire after he is called for a double bounce in his doubles match on Court 14. Quite the charmer. Big Vic plays Andy Murray tomorrow.
1942: "Very solid," is how Novak describes his performance. "I was always dreaming of winning Wimbledon, I think it's the most prestigious event and hopefully I'll have the honour one day."
1940: Novak Djokovic completes an impressive 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over Mardy Fish as predicted by, er, me. It doesn't happen often so I thought I'd point it out. Cilic has raced 5-0 clear of Haas and we're heading for a fourth set there, while Britons Ross Hutchins and Anne Keothavong are under way against Bruno Soares and Alisa Kleybanova on Court 18.
1935: Mrs Fish appears to be putting things in her handbag and getting ready to go, which does not bode well for husband Mardy as NoDjo serves for the match.
1932: Cilic breaks to go 3-0 up in the third against Haas and we could have plenty more to come from them on Court One - good match so far.
1930: Tommy Robredo, the 15th seed, smacks a forehand into the net to slip match point down and then sticks one over the baseline to give Israel's Dudi Sela a four-set win on Court Two in two hours 58 minutes. Dudi is in a very, very good moody as he chucks his sweatbands into the crowd. It's the first time the Dude has made the fourth round of a Slam. Next up for him is Djokovic or Fish, and the Serb has just broken in the third.
1923: It sounds like Stuart Pearce could do with a swarm of bees to help the
England U21s in Gothenburg
at the moment, but I'm sure Fleming and Borwell will raise the nation's spirits by taking the final set against Vemic and Pennetta on Court 11.
1921:Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Flavia Pennetta gets chased by a bee at a changeover on Court 11. Good to see that British insects are helping out Fleming and Borwell."
1917: Andreev has rattled though the first set 6-1 against Seppi on Court Two, with the winner to face Haas or Cilic - and it looks like being Haas after the German breaks for 6-5 and takes the second set, despite missing three set points in a lengthy game and aiming a volley of 'colourful language' towards someone. Hence the delay.
1903: "Has Garrido found Cheryl Cole (see 1501)? If he has I'll be fuming. What with Dulko going out it really would be too much to take. Hmmm, has the air con been fixed up there? I was going to come and check but the prospect of Dirs in his smalls terrified me." BBC Sport Mole
1900: If you predicted that Andy Murray would be the third match on Centre Court tomorrow, well done. His encounter with Viktor Troicki follows Venus v Carla Suarez Navarro and Andy Roddick v Jurgen Melzer, with play beginning at 1300 BST. A real treat for Court One where Nikolay Davydenko v Tomas Berdych opens proceedings, followed by Kuznetsova v Lisicki and Fernando Gonzalez against Juan Carlos Ferrero. There will be more harumphing in the Dinara Safina camp. The world number one is out on Court Two, where Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt are also in action.
1857: Look sharp, Britain, James Auckland and Elena Baltacha are knocking up with Travis Parrott and Kateryna Bondarenko on Court Seven. Francesca Schiavone completes a good 7-6 6-0 win over former finalist Marion Bartoli on Court 18.
1853: I think I bumped into that group of Spaniards earlier, they were tiny, aged about 15, with Spanish flags painted on their faces, and strong in number. Poor old
Novak Djokovic almost got trampled by them
as he came off the practice court. They scared me.
1850:Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"A gang of vocal Spanish fans in Court 3 watching Tommy Robredo on the comeback trail. You can hear the chants of 'Robbie' from miles off."
Ross Hutchins on pink hats, liver and Andy Murray's wind-ups
1847: Fish is making a bit of a comeback on Centre, back to 4-3 down from 4-0. The BBC cameraman is getting plenty of shots of Mrs Fish, Stacey Gardner. I've no idea why. And Fleming and Borwell have slipped a break down in the second set, but console yourselves with finding out what's on Sarah's ipod. She's after Ross Hutchins, who plays later.
1841: Ivo Karlovic has just reached the last 16 at Wimbledon for the second time in seven years. Does he crack a smile in his post-match presser? Just the once actually, after he is asked whether he's annoyed that people say he's just a big server. "No, actually I like it because if I can win with only one shot, I'm a genius no?"
1838: Djokovic is now 4-2 up in the second set and no lesser expert than Ben Dirs has confirmed the Serb is "looking like a real contender". And Britons Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell are battling away on Court 11, taking the first set against Dusan Vemic and Flavia Pennetta when our Sarah punches away a forehand volley.
1827: It might be a bit more of a Bad Moody Dudi Sela right now as Robredo storms 4-0 up in the third set on Court Three. Igor Andreev and Andreas Seppi have emerged into the bright sunlight (weather people) on Court Two, Djokovic is now a set and 3-0 up on Fish and playing beautifully.
1825: Baked crisps, what's the story? I like 'em, and so does
Ben Dirs as he breaks off from Djokovic v Fish
to grab a convention-flouting handful and then complains that they don't go with tea. Haas gets a big break on Court One and takes the first set against Clic.
1819: Moody Dudi Sela (still no confirmation of his moodiness) is now two sets up against 15th seed Tommy Robredo on Court Three. Tim and Lucy Henman look on from the Royal Box as Djokovic takes the first set on Centre, while Haas and Cilic look to be heading for a tie-break after the German gets the break back.
1756: It's all over on Court 14, Pavel and Tecau beat Butorac and Lipsky 15-13 in the fifth set. I imagine they are all a bit pooped now, although I'd still venture that I feel worse after a day without air con. There's steam coming off
Ben Dirs to my right.
1751:Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"A lot of Croatia football shirts suddenly visible on Court One. Most people here were on Tsonga's side but Karlovic is an ace-machine."
1750: So what happened to all this rain, eh? Those in the know said we were dead certs to get a downpour today but.... nothing. Roof shmoof. Marin Cilic has made a cracking start against Tommy Haas on Court one, breaking to go 3-0 up and missing two chances to get the double break. Djokvoic and Fish are 1-1.
1736: "Boris watch! (see 1156) BB drifted into the office leaving broken hearts scattered in his wake. His outfit of choice: A suit that looks like it was crafted by the finest tailors Saville Row has to offer teamed with a pink striped shirt. So cool, so suave. In other news,
I see that stupid F1 Mole is rubbing my face in it." BBC Sport Mole
1733: "Court 14 currently witnessing an epic doubles game." From Craig, Liverpool via text You're not wrong, Butorac and Lipsky have just made it 12-12 in the fifth against Pavel and Tecau.
1730: Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas are out on Court One for the final match of the day on there, and here come Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish on Centre. I'm not going with the theory that this will be a close one and back Djoko in three. See you in five hours...
1722: Victoria Azarenka finishes off Sorana Cirstea 7-6 6-3 and looks very pleased about it too. She plays Petrova next after the Russian beat Dulko. Sorry to remind you, Mole.
1719: Another seed bites the dust - French Open semi-finalist Dominika Cibulkova loses to Elena Vesnina in three sets on Court 18. The Williams sisters have kicked off against Lisicki and Wozniak on Court Two, and Azarenka closes in on victory. When I say 'kicked off' I mean, 'started to play tennis'.
1714: "On the grass I play really well, so my confidence is up. Everybody from now is really tough but if I serve like this, why not?" So says Ivo after his win. Nice chap, if you don't have to get his serve back.
1711: Too right, Bevo. Ivo Karlovic smacks an ace down the 'T' to win a third tie-break in four sets and knock out ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 6ft 10in Croat celebrates with some fist pumping and the first row of the stand take evasive action.
1706:Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Tsonga a bit subdued on Court 1. Usually he bounces around but facing Ivo Karlovic's serve for two-and-a-half hours must have deflated him."
1703: Bogdanovic and Ward will not be lifting the men's doubles trophy this year, despite Boggo's decision to concentrate on the four-man game in future. The Brits lose in four sets to Soares And Ullyett. Back to the drawing board.
1658:Verdasco wraps up a four-set win over Montanes and signs a few autographs on giant tennis balls for the kids. Still no hair gel from Verdy this week. Interesting.
1656: Well, brief resistance... South nets a forehand return and she and Rae lose in three to Groenefeld and King. Don't worry, Boggo and Ward are still out there. Oh dear, they're a break down in the fourth to Soares and Ullyett.
1652: Azarenka takes the first set against Cirstea in a tie-break, but I didn't see what happened because BBC Sport's Sarah Holt has paid us a visit. A stream of utter nonsense has enveloped us, but we battle on. South and Rae putting up stern resistance in the final set on Court Four.
1646: "Can we have an update on david garrido's flirting challenge? Im listening to tennis rather than radio 1 this week so havent heard Edith. Thanks!" From Faye in Reading via text
1644: Some optimistic girls are holding up a Will U Marry Me? sign on Court Two, presumably for Fernando Verdasco. Let's hope he's not a stickler for grammar, eh girls.
1640:Caroline Cheese on Twitter:
"Beautiful sunshine, fluffy white clouds. Rain? Pah! And there's Michael Stich! I am a tennis pundit magnet."
1636: "I can't see anyone taking three sets off Roger even on one foot. He is that good. Karlovic Vs Tsonga. Thats a 5 setter. The way they are going they will play for the next 5 hours."
1634: Shock news on Court One - we have a break of serve! Karlovic sticks away a volley and gives it some "C'mmaawwwnnn!" as he takes a two sets to one lead over Tsonga. That gets a shock graphic (for anyone wondering...)
1632: "Not commentating on the Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs Shvedova/Tanasugarn match Piers? I wonder why... " From Anna, Brum, via text on 81111
1629: If you wish to be sure that a) this is no longer Caroline Cheese and b) I can spell my own name correctly, please manually refresh the page. Bogdanovic and Ward appeared to be trundling out of the men's doubles at two sets down to Soares and Ullyett but the British boys have snaffled the third set. Fellow Brits South and Rae are a break down in the final set against Groenefeld and King on Court Four.
Tarango: is pressure a privilege?
1622: "Pressure is a privilege." It was quite a nifty phrase when Billie Jean King came up with it, nowadays every player rolls it out in their press conferences. Does it actually mean anything? 5 live's Wimbledon investigator Jeff Tarango headed to the practice courts to find out, and if you're a web user you can see what happened.
1617: A quick score update, for anyone interested in that sort of thing - Tsonga and Karlovic are 4-4 in the third after taking a tie-break apiece on Court One, Verdasco is now two sets to one up against Montanes on Court Two, and in front of me are teenagers Azarenka and Cirstea at 3-3 on Centre.
1610: Maybe it's the heat, maybe it's all the emotion since the last time I was here, but for some reason it just took 12 minutes to log on. During that time I watched Gisela Dulko's reign as the Queen of Wimbledon come to an end as she lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 to Nadia Petrova on Court Three. "Oh, Dulks!" cries Radio One's David Garrido. I fear for the Mole's state of mind...
By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon
1556: The first pair of twins in action on Court 5 are triumphant, the Bryans Bob and Mike beating Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-0 6-2 6-4, and simultaneously ending Netherlands Antilles' interest in these Championships. Piers Newbery is here, which is just as well, as I am becoming tired, irritable, and somewhat delusional in the rising heat.
From TC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, catching up after a leisurely lunch: "Re 1147: Prince Bruno Gomez-Acebo Borbon is a nephew of King Juan Carlos of Spain. He's apparently a big tennis fan. Sra Barbara is his wife."
BBC Sport Mole: "I have just been up to Commentary Box 4 on a mercy mission and can confirm that it is a sweltering jungle up there. Dirs is on the verge of writing live text commentaries in his underpants, whilst the smell of month-old gym kit hangs heavy in the air. In the interests of health and safety, this must be fixed soon."
1550: Boggo 'n' Ward lose the second set against Bruno Soares and Kevin Ullyett. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is level against Ivo Karlovic, winning the second set on a tie-break. Bad news Dulko fans, she's a break down in the decider against 10th seed Nadia Petrova.
Federer on Murray: "I'm sure Andy would definitely be the favourite in the other section of the draw. Obviously my focus is elsewhere and getting to the final."
Roger Federer speaking to BBC Sport: "It's been a good first week, it's nice to be through. Pretty convincing today. Even though I lost a set, I thought it was my best match of tournament. I felt a lot of pressure two years ago when I was going for my fifth, but this time I feel relaxed. I'm happy to be here, the crowds are always great, the sun is out. It's nice to have Saturday, Sunday off, get rid of pressure for day or so. I'm happy, feeling great physically too."
1541: A small hiccup but Roger Federer is through to the fourth round after a 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-1 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. A rematch of the French Open final next for Fed as he faces Swede Robin Soderling.
1534: See? I told you nothing could go wrong. Jamie Delgado nervelessly serves out the win for he and Jonny Marray, beating the 13th seeds 2-6 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-2. Almost at the same time, Mel South and Jocelyn Rae serve out the first set against 12th seeds Vania King and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2. Has the curse lifted?
1531: All square on Court 3 as Nadia Petrova takes it into a third set against Gisela Dulko. Fernando Verdasco storms back against Albert Montanes, taking the second set 6-1. Looks like we'll have another tie-break on Court 1, where Tsonga leads Karlovic 5-4 on serve.
1528: What am I like? I hadn't even clocked Court 4 - formerly the graveyard of Brits - where Jocelyn Rae and Mel South are up 5-1 in the first set. NOTHING CAN GO WRONG!
1523: To hell with it, I'm going Brit Up crazy - Jamie and Jonny are two breaks up at 4-1 in the decider... But seriously, does anyone know an air-conditioning engineer in the SW19 area? This is inhuman.
1516: Yes, Boggo and Ward have lost the first set 6-2 against the fifth seeds, but hear this: Jamie and Jonny are a break up in the fifth set against Cermak/Mertinak.
1514: Much oohing and aahing on Centre as King Rog drops his first set of the tournament - on a tie-break against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Ben Dirs is absorbed.
1511: Remember Serena was a bit late getting to Court 2 earlier? Turns out she wasn't lost. "I thought someone was coming to get me," she has just explained. "I was warming up and waiting but nobody did. I didn't know what to do, so in the end I just walked out there on my own." She wasn't upset about having to play on new Court 2 then? "I always played on (the old) Court 2 anyway," she added. "It's not a court for Roger but it's a court for me - I guess winning two titles is not enough - but I liked it, it had a challenge system (Hawkeye) and it worked for me."
1507: While I was gripped by events on Court 7, Ivo Karlovic snatched the first set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (on a tie-break of course). On Court 18, unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina takes the first set against Dominika Cibulkova 7-5. Albert Montanes has the first set against seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. Potential shocks all over the place - not least on Court 7.
1502: Absolutely sensational backhand return from Jamie Delgado, words that probably haven't been written since his 1991 win in the 14-and-under Orange Bowl, sets up a a fourth set point for the Brits - and they take it! Fifth set decider. Everyone over to Court 7 to cheer the boys on.
1501: Unbelievable drama on Court 7 where Jamie D and Jonny M have already squandered three set points - but saved a match point - in an epic tie-break.
BBC Sport Mole: "One of life's hard and fast rules is never employ me as a wingman. Radio 1's David Garrido, having learnt a valuable lesson during yesterday's Gisela Dulko debacle, is hunting SW19 for Cheryl Cole as a lone wolf. Fine David, may the best man win."
Andy Roddick on Twitter:
"Settled in to watch some tennis this afternoon... hoping Fishy can pull out a W." (W=Win in American)
1453: Good question that, Ann, I've always wondered myself. I'll get Moley on the case. In the mean time, I can tell you that they're fairly rattling through it on Court 1 where it's 5-5 all between Ivo 'The Serve' Karlovic and Jo-Willy Tsonga. Gisela Dulko is a set up against Nadia Petrova. Fernando Verdasco is a break down against Albert Montanes.
From Ann, via text on 81111: "Who is the man sitting behind the trainers in the dark suit and line-dancer hat?"
1446: Incidentally, for those of you fretting about Venus Williams' rather dramatic strapping on her left knee yesterday, Venus - who is looking to match Billie Jean King's record of six Wimbledon titles - was quite coy about the whole thing. Q: "Can you tell us about the knee strapping? Preventive? Something bothering you?" A: "Yeah, I felt really comfortable in the strap, and it was really nice." Q: "What's the problem?" A: "Yeah, just for support." Q: "There's nothing you aggravated, was there, the other day?" A: "No. You know, just for support. That's all."
1440: Oh Lordy. More Brits, more certain doom. Alex Bogdanovic and James Ward are knocking up against fifth seeds Bruno Soares and Kevin Ullyett on Court 16. They've probably lost the knock-up as well. Still, Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray haven't lost serve - yet - in the fourth set against Cermak/Mertinak.
From unproductive city chick, via text on 81111: "Madam Cheese, is it just me, or does Djokovic look like a Serbian, slightly yummier Henman? Think about it!" I want you to know I did think about it, and the answer is still an emphatic no
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Richard Williams gave Court 2 his stamp of approval before Serena played there today. 'I checked it out last night it's a really good court.'"
1430: Action on Court 2 after that unexpected delay due to Vera Zvonareva's withdrawal. Slick-haired Spaniard Fernando Verdasco facing compatriot Albert Montanes. Not sure what Albert's hair is like. Entirely sensible, I should imagine.
1427: Air conditioning bust in Comm Box 4. Beginning to feel woozy... send water... or cake. Cake, actually, don't worry about the water.
1423: A stampede over to Court 3 where the nation's new darling (see you later, Shazza) Gisela Dulko is poised to slay 10th seed Nadia Petrova. Two breaks already in that match and it's only two games old. A classic.
1415: Jonny Marray and Jamie Delgado lose the third set against 13th seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak on a tie-break. I stress: 13th seeds. It's not like the Brits are expected to win. The departure of Elena Dementieva from Court One heralds the arrival of Ivo Karlovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, which is a potential cracker. Bit gloomy out there but still no rain, so the Centre Court roof remains frustratingly inactive.
1409: Barely breaking sweat, Beyonce fan Elena Dementieva blasts her way into the last 16 with a 6-1 6-2 win over Regina Kulikova, now playing under the British flag. The fourth seed awaits the winner of the match on Court 18 between Dominika Cibulkova and Elena Vesnina.
1405: Easy street for Robin Soderling, a 7-6 6-4 6-4 winner over Nicolas Almagro. The 13th seed is through to the fourth round at Wimbers for the first time in his career. Up next: a probable repeat of the French Open final against Roger Federer, who leads Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 4-1.
Dirsy will tell you more.
Which Grand Slam champion is a 50 Cent fan?
1357: Just while Elena Dementieva is making mincemeat of honorary Brit Regina Kulikova over on Court 1, leading 6-1 4-1, why not find out what music she listens to her on her iPod? It's what you always wanted to know...
1348: All over on Court 18 where Daniela Hantuchova beats doubles partner Ai Sugiyama 6-4 6-3. Serena up next for Hantuchova, against whom she has a 6-1 losing record.
1343: Good news if you're a Robin Soderling fan. The Swede is 7-6 6-4 2-2 up against Nicolas Almagro as he continues to laugh in the face of my claim that he is the 2009 Martin Verkerk.
BBC Sport Mole: "Walked past the fragrant Annabel Croft being congratulated by a couple of identikit middle England tennis fans for sleeping rough as part of the BBC1 show, Famous, Rich and Homeless. Caught a bit of that last night, thought she came across quite well. As did Les Battersby, who I have always had a strong affinity with after he bought me a pint at a university ball."
1334: A rare bright spot on another day of British gloom as Jonny M and Jamie D pilfer the second set against Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak. They won't win though. Not if I have anything to do with it.
1330: Two bagels snatched away within minutes of each other... Philipp Kohlschreiber breaks Roger Federer to trail 4-1 (over to
Ben Dirs for more
) while Regina Kulikova finally holds serve after a series of deuces to trail 5-1 against Elena Dementieva.
1325: That was Serena's 200th Grand Slam match apparently. The lucky folk on Court 2 were expecting to watch seventh seed Vera Zvonareva against Virginie Razzano next, but the Russian has withdrawn with an ankle injury. Razzano will go through to face Marion Bartoli or Francesca Schiavone.
1322: Two-time champion Serena Williams books her place in the fourth round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Roberta Vinci in one hour seven minutes. Job done. Serena will face Daniela Hantuchova or Ai Sugiyama in the last 16. Hantuchova leads 6-4 4-2 in that match.
1319: Georgie Stoop and Laura Robson lose the last three games and fall 6-3 6-4 to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo. In my defence, I don't think anyone could honestly say they expected the British pair to win that one. Right? Even the mention of her name and Britain the same sentence appears to have put paid to Regina Kulikova's hopes. She trails Elena Dementieva 3-0 over on Court 1.
1313: As predicted, Stoop and Robbo's 3-0 lead has evaporated - but they are still on serve, so there's hope yet. Serena was 4-1 up against Roberta Vinci, but has been pegged back to 4-3 in the second set. Jamie D and Jonny M are on serve in the second set against the Czech/Slovak duo.
From anon via text on 81111: "I decided to try to disprove the Curse of Cheese. Unfortunately I think I've added weight to the argument. Win-loss records are as follows so far: Newbery 4-3, Bevan 2-5, Cheese 3-12. Sorry Caroline. Yikes... people with too much time on their hands will be the death of me
1258: What on earth? Robbo and Stoop are 3-0 up in the second set against the might of Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova. They'll probably collapse now - but we'll always remember the time we saw a Brit Up arrow on a Cheese live text won't we?
1257: Strange scenes on Court 3. Robin Soderling takes a 5-1 lead in the tie-break, then promptly loses five points in a row against Nicolas Almagro. The 13th seed eventually takes it 97. Daniela Hantuchova recovers from a break down to take the first set against Ai Sugiyama.
From a sadly ticketless Archi in Notting Hill, via text on 81111: "Where exactly is Commentary Box 4? During Centre Court matches I keep noticing two attractive women in a box to the left of the royal box. I like to think they're Cheesy and another BBC Sport goddess. Tell me I'm right!" Spot on, Archi. The other BBC Sport goddess is probably Piers Newbery
1249: Not even an hour gone, and already two arrows of doom. Ho hum. Jamie D and Jonny M lose the first set against their Czech/Slovak opponents. Looks like we'll be pinning our hopes of Regina Kulikova, who once played tennis in Britain.
From Chris in Harrogate, via text on 81111: "I didn't believe in the Curse of the Cheese but I'm starting to. I'm sorry :( " Believe it, Chris. If it wasn't for me, we'd be celebrating British wins all over the place
1246: Halfway there for Serena as she rattled through the first set 6-3 against Roberta Vinci. Yesterday, she tweeted that she would be busy "working" today. Not bad work if you can get it.
1245: Laura Robson bangs a forehand past Amelie Mauresmo to save a second set point - but then sticks a simple forehand into the net to give the French/Russian pairing a third opportunity. A netted volley by Stoop gives Kuzy/Mauresmo the set.
1238: Serena Williams back in control on Court 2, leading 5-2 now. Not looking good for Jamie D and Jonny M, trailing 5-1 now. And more bad news for the Brits as Stoop/Robbo drop serve against Mauresmo/Kuznetsova, who will now serve for the first set.
1229: Score update: Serena has been broken back and leads 2-1, Soderling and Almagro on serve, Sugiyama a break up against Hantuchova. Brits: Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray a break down against Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak, Robbo and Stoop on serve against Kuznetsova and Mauresmo.
From Curious of SW1, via text on 81111: "Anyone know why Robbo and Stoopo both appear to be wearing red arm bands?" I'm on the case. And it's Stoop Dogg.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan
has just tweeted that Serena actually left Vinci waiting "for ages" on Court 2 before making her entrance. Maybe she really did struggle to find it.
1218: I'd like to have seen Serena Williams' face when she saw the order of play for today. I bet she didn't even know there was a Court 2. Anyway, she's managed to find her way there and she's won her opening service game against Italian Roberta Vinci.
1215: No idea if that last text is true. But I do know that Kulikova got married at 19 and her husband works for Rolls Royce, so it's plausible. Other things: this is her first Grand Slam, and she once had tea with Boris Yeltsin.
From anon via text: "Re 1002 text from Rob: I believe Regina Kulikova was a member of the Rolls-Royce tennis club, which practically makes her British. Cmon Regina!!!"
1208: That man Rockin Robin Soderling. Well done the Swede, up against Spain's Nicolas Almagro for a place in the fourth round.
1206: Almost missed this: play is under way. The race to win the first point is won by...
1156: Ha! And to think they said Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket wouldn't catch on. God bless you, 'anon'. Today's COGT is Court 5: where not one, but TWO pairs of twins will be in action. The Bryans (Mike and Bob) and the Ratiwatnas (Sanchai and Sonchat). And you get a double-dose of the Netherlands Antilles's only representative at Wimbledon: Jean-Julien Rojer.
From anon via text on 81111: "What's Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket for today?"
BBC Sport Mole: "Joe via text (see above 1116 entry): How dare you! No self respecting German tennis player would dream of trying to out-smooth the high priest of smooth. For those of you bemoaning the absence of Boris fashion updates, he was off yesterday, but don't worry fashion slaves! The moment he is in, from head to toe, I shall give you a Gok Wan-esque run down (minus underwear of course, I know my limits)."
1147: Just realised I haven't actually contributed to this commentary for half an hour. Thankfully, the Royal Box list has been delivered to Commentary Box 4, and in among the many Baronesses, Lords and Air Marshalls, I spy a Sir Bobby Charlton and, praise be, a Terry Wogan. More intriguingly, Sr Gomez-Acebo Borbon and Sra Barbara Cano de la Plaza. No idea who they are, but I think I might have been to Cano de la Plaza on my holidays.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"More Brit fans on Court 7 for Delgado/Marray. A huge Union Jack was draped over seats but it's now being used as a blanket - very practical."
From Blue_Phoenix on 606:
"I'm still thinking Djoko is going out today or he's going out in the next round. Karlovic v Tsonga could definitely be one to watch. Followed by another potentially great game in Haas and Cilic."
From Dean, squirming on court 12, via text on 81111: "Waiting for the Robson/Stoop match to start. Stewards will not let you out to go to the toilet. Can't reserves seats apparently..."
From Ellie, Suffolk, via text on 81111: "First time at Wimbledon, just saw Federer knocking up on court 9, could be the best day of my life!"
From Joe, via text on 81111: "Re 1104: I've just checked out his website and my head feels ready to explode. Love the German voice. I bet he's a hit with the Bavarian ladies - smoother than Boris Becker?" No-one is smoother than BB
1116: Rog's pregnant wife Mirka did not watch his match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Wednesday because she wasn't feeling too hot. Fed is refusing to reveal the baby's due date. "Is it still 'til 10 August, more or less?" he was asked the other day. "I never said it," came the reply. "I don't know who told you, but you can speculate as much as you want." Another rumour is that it's due in the next week or so.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Rog just been warming up on Court 9. A group of excited women wearing matching red Fed t-shirts hand his coach some flowers - 'for Mirka'."
1108: Whoop, whoop. A shadow is moving across Centre Court - and that can only mean one thing (I think), the lid is off! Still a
threat of more showers later,
although clearing through the afternoon.
1104: Sensational. Philipp Kohlschreiber's website is everything you'd expect from the world number 32 - and so, so much more. Just hover your mouse over the links with your sound on, hours and hours of fun.
From triple P fan, Wapping, via text on 81111: "Do yourself a favour and check out www.philippkohlschreiber.de. Make sure you have the sound on..."
1056: The Mole, along with the rest of Gisela Dulko's legion of fans, will be heading Court Three-wards today where the Argentine takes on 10th seed Nadia Petrova. They follow Rockin' Robin Soderling and Nicolas Almagro on to court. That starts at 1200 BST, so I'd say be ready for Dulko-time from about 1430 BST.
From Norman, bored at work, via text on 81111: "What time-ish can we expect to see delicious Dulko today pls?"
From Chris in Blackheath, via text on 81111: "Cheeser, what's your prediction for the Fish-Djoker game? I reckon the big Fish in four and an injury for Novak." Djoker in four
BBC Sport Mole: "Re 0953: look, it's been a trying week. The knowledge that the Hoff (see 0937) won't be coming down to Wimbledon thanks to America's Got Talent, being forced to interview a glove puppet and getting blown out by Gisela Dulko have all left me asking some soul-searching questions. But, and I stress it's a but, things are looking up. Cheryl Cole is due in today!"
1034: Apropos of nothing - and because there are criminally few texts to publish - here are Ernests Gulbis's thoughts on his Centre Court debut: "To be honest, when I went on the Centre Court, I was a little bit scared when I saw the atmosphere there, because it's really something special. Because I just saw it on TV when they bring you through the locker room to the entrance of the Centre Court. Well, I had a little bit butterflies in the stomach."
were also busy tweeting last night. Roddick watched America's Got Talent, Serena is missing her dogs. Fascinating insight into the world of a top tennis player there.
1016: Yesterday, the
entertained themselves by making food puns with tennis players' names. Imagine my surprise when I logged into Twitter and found
... making food puns with tennis players' names. That's the power of 606, folks. Highlights from Murray: Cod Woodbridge, Prawn Borg, Martina Haggis, Juan Martin del Popcorn.
From Haydn, London, via text on 81111: "Is it true that The Curse of Cheese is the next Wallace and Gromit film?"
From Rob via text on 81111: "Regina Kulikova did her warm up at our club last year (Rolls-Royce in Derby), she's got enough power to hit Dementieva hard if she can hold the consistency."
1002: Bally, Stoopy, Keo, Boggo... they can all attest to the phenomenon many (no-one) are calling the Curse of Cheese. I can only apologise to those
Brits in action early today.
I will, of course, carry the can should they fall.
0953: Just seen the Mole. He's half a mole, to be honest. I think it's the rain. Another part of me wonders if he's still reeling from
the Dul-KO yesterday.
BBC Sport Mole: "A sombre and melancholy walk down from Southfields tube, glum faces everywhere, even the Honorary Stewards' usual chipper greeting of 'Tally ho, pip pip, what oh' was somewhat muted. Come on people, it's only a few spots of rain, let's face it, everyone wants to see the roof in action just once don't they?"
0937: Are there Brits in action, asks
Blue_Phoenix on 606.
Are there ever... Jocelyn Rae and Mel South on Court 4, Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray on Court 7, Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell on Court 11, Laura Robson and Georgie Stoop-Dogg on Court 12, Alex Bogdanovic and James Ward on Court 16. Anne Keothavong and Ross Hutchins, and James Auckland and Elena Baltacha are also in action on courts to be arranged.
From Dave in The City, via text on 81111: "I'd like to know if the Mole has seen The Hoff this year or if it is true he is currently serving a lifetime ban from the All England Club."
0931: An arresting sight on the way into Wimbledon... Just as I approached the hallowed grounds, a man cycled past wearing nothing but a Union Jack thong. My eyes are still recovering. Something to do with a cycling initiative I think. Don't know, was a bit distracted - as were the gaggle of open-mouthed teenage schoolchildren.
0926: Hello? Don't leave me alone, people. I need your texts on 81111 or your thoughts on
Don't be shy.
0921: Obviously, there's only one man dominating the newspapers this morning... and that's Andy Murray. "Majestic Murray" trumpets the Sun, a reference to the letter Murray received from the Queen, while the much more sensible Guardian reckon Murray's performance was one of "lucid and austere authority... this was Murray at his very best". Murray's own verdict
on his display against Ernests Gulbis
is: "very good".
0913: Serena Williams, second favourite for the title, will have to get the map out today and find her way to the new Court Two, to where she has been shunted for her third-round match against Roberta Vinci. Later in the day, she'll be able to show sister Venus where it is when they play in the doubles.
0908: Chin up Wilk, that sounds like a decent number to me. One of my colleagues received unlucky 9586 yesterday.
From Wilk, in the queue, via text on 81111: "Arrived just before 7am. Got assigned queue position 3495. It then immediately started to rain. Today will be a good day."
0902: Court One ain't too shabby either. Providing it stays dry, those lucky ticket-holders will take in improbably tall man Ivo Karlovic against the always entertaining Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, followed by resurgent German Tommy Haas v 11th seed Marin Cilic. There's also a women's match. It doesn't look all that enticing, but again, you never know...
0852: The Wimbledon gods have provided a cracking order of play for the probable debut of the Centre Court roof. First up, King Rog up against Philipp Kohlschreiber, the man who knocked Novak Djokovic out of the French Open and beat Andy Roddick in Melbourne a couple of years ago. Then, a tea-break as Victoria Azarenka meets Sorana Cristea (sorry, it might be a classic, you never know). We finish with fourth seed Novak Djokovic facing grass-loving American Mardy Fish. A potential thriller, I think you'll agree.
0844: When I say rain, it's now barely spitting after an earlier downpour - but nonetheless, the ROOF IS ON! Unbelievably, we don't appear to have a graphic to celebrate. John Ketley, the Wimbledon weatherman, says "interruptions are expected" and we are almost certain to see the roof in action during play. A warning from me: the frizz-ometer reads very high. Muggy and damp. Hat essential.
0840: I am shocked to my very core... yes, after four days of glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures, it's raining at Wimbledon folks.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.