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By David Ornstein at Wimbledon
I'm afraid that's your lot ladies and gentlemen. Day six of Wimbledon 2009 is at an end. Today's attendance was 43,432 - a record for middle Saturday and an increase of 2,556 on the same day a year ago. The attendance for the week 266,264 - a record for the first week and an increase of 24,002 on 2008. Don't forget, Sunday is a rest day
so we'll be back on Monday to continue our comprehensive coverage of the Championships. See you then!
Andy Murray has just addressed the media in his post-match press conference. "All I wanted to do in the first week was win matches and I am very happy I won the three," said Murray. "I hope I can keep it going next week as my performances were pretty solid. Matches will get tougher. I have served very well so far and I think I am able to raise my game to the quality of my opponent and I will try to do that the best I can. It would have been a nice bit of history to be the first man to play under the roof but I was not that worried about it."
Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber win five games in a row to beat Zimonjic and Yan 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3. One match point is saved before the British-American partnership come through in near-darkness on Court Two. Murray is the only British winner is doubles today.
So here's the fourth round line-up on the women's side. Safina-Mauresmo, Wozniacki-Lisicki, Venus Williams-Ivanovic, Radwanska-Oudin, Razzano-Schiavone, Vesnina-Dementieva, Azarenka-Petrova and Hatuchova-Serena Williams.
Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber against Zimonjic and Yan is the last match being played at the All England Club this evening. Murray and Huber have come back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 in the deciding set.
So, the fourth round line-up is complete. On the men's side it's Hewitt-Stepanek, Berdych-Roddick, Murray-Wawrinka, Ferrero-Simon, Andreev-Haas, Sela-Djokovic, Verdasco-Ivo Karlovic and Soderling-Federer. Women's to come.
Andy Murray has even more reason to be cheerful. His potential quarter-final opponent Fernando Gonzalez, who emerged triumphant when they met at the French Open, has been beaten. The Chilean lost 4-6 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-4 to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Spanish former world number one fell to the floor in star fish formation on sealing his win and will now play Gilles Simon. Ferrero was comfortably beaten by Murray at Queen's a couple of weeks ago and should hold few fears for the British number one if they meet in the last eight.
We're set for a tense finish out on Court Two. Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber have just lost the second set of their mixed doubles match against Zimonjic and Yan. And it gets worse for the Brits as Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell slump to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 defeat by Bhupathi and Mirza. Andy Murray aside, British tennis (at senior level) is looking as gloomy as the SW19 skies.
"I think I played ok in the whole match - Andy just played better," says Viktor Troicki after his defeat by Britain's finest. "He is for sure one of the favourites to win the title here, he has confidence. I am a little bit disappointed I didn't perform a little bit better but the third round for me is the best result here. I am satisfied I was an outsider in this match and he was the favourite. I gave everything and tried to the last point this is why I am not disappointed so much. Andy knows what to do. He is reading the game great and I didn't have a chance on his serve. The one break point that I had he served an ace. I could not read his serve throughout the match it was really tough for me. The crowd is behind him everyone is supporting him he might be a champion if not this year then the next year even this year he is looking good."
From Anon via text on 81111:
"Here is a little statistic for you - so far at Wimbledon 09, Murray's opponents have collectively taken just 38 games - but for Fed that number is 31. "And that's why Fed is a place above Murray in the ranking and the tournament favourite. But statistics aren't everything, you know...
In the absence of a Cliff Richard sing-along, let's hear what Britain's Andy Murray told BBC Sport after his match: "Each win is a big one here. I am going to have to play better next week if I want to win the title. Towards the end I played some good shots. I played one very good game and served well for a couple of games in a row. I always watch highlights of tournaments wherever I am but I won't dwell on it too much as I want to get ready for my next match. I expect a lot of myself. If I play poorly I am very disappointed with myself and if play well I will be happy. With Rafa not playing I need to get to the semis for that to make a difference. I know I play Wawrinka next. My coach always goes and watches the match before me to see what is going on and to get the tactics right but I don't know much apart from that."
Centre Court is now air conditioned and ready for play. BBC Sport understands that if rain arrives at the All England Club while the match between Gonzalez and Ferrero is still in progress, it will be moved 'inside' and finished tonight. We've learned that Wimbledon officials planned for no extra matches to be played on Centre today in order to save the court for next weekend's finals... but that has now gone out the window.
More good news for the Murray family as Jamie and his mixed doubles partner Liezel Huber take the first set against Zimonjic and Jan on a tie-break. No cheers from the British fans on Court Four, however, as Fleming and Borwell lose the first set to Bhupathi and Mirza on a tie-break and go a break down in the second.
An epic is developing on Court One, where Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Ferrero are into a fifth set. Meanwhile on Centre, most people are remaining in their seats - staring at the roof and taking photos. A big cheer went up when the roof closed. Some people are so easily pleased.
The roof is supposed to take eight minutes to close but up here in commentary box four we reckon it only took about five. Another 30 minutes are required for the air to be properly conditioned before play can begin. As things stand, we will not be seeing a match played under the roof, which is a shame. But if the heavens open outside then a match will be moved 'indoors' to Centre Court. I must say the lighting looks some way from being natural but hey ho.
We've just witnessed an landmark occasion in Wimbledon's long and illustrious history. The Centre Court roof has been closed for the very first time during the actual Championships.
Unfortunately for the Brit pack, Skupski and O'Brien have been beaten 6-3 7-6 (7-4) by Sa and Sugiyama.
1947: ANDY MURRAY BEATS VIKTOR TROICKI 6-2 6-3 6-4.
The British number one and world number three is into the fourth round, where he will play Stanislas Wawrinka.
From Lydia via text on 81111:
"Shud b Henman hill (see 19818) until Tim renames it himself - n only when Andy wins Wimby - then it shud b Mount Murray"
Shall we go around the courts? Let's. Juan Carlos Ferrero, dispatched by Murray at Queen's, has moved into a two sets to one lead against Fernando Gonzalez. Chile's Gonzalez has been carrying a knee problem but I tipped him to go far this fortnight. I saw him beat Djokovic in an exhibition match at Stoke Park last week and he looked sensational. But in Ferrero he appears to have met his match. Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber are 3-3 in the first set against Nenad Zimonjic and Zi Yan, while Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell's match against Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza is also going with serve. Sa and Sugiyama are about to serve for the match against Ken Skupski and Katie O'Brien.
The Centre Court crowd get excited as Murray faces break point for the first time in the match. He saves with an ace. That put Viktor in his place. Murray mouths the word "focus". He doesn't want to be losing concentration at two sets and 3-1 up.
Just to remind you, if the roof is closed it will not be reopened, even if the rain stops. The match will effectively become an indoor affair and it will finish as such.
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Uncertainty on Centre Court. Some drops of rain. Umbrellas are going up and down."
Many Wimbledon-goers who have been quizzed by me on Murray Mound, Henman Hill (call it what you want) this week have hardly talked of Andy Murray in the most glowing terms. I've definitely sensed a groundswell of support for Roger Federer while, when speaking about Murray, the line "we liked Tim Henman, it's not so easy to warm to Murray" has often cropped up. But here on Centre Court you guys are absolutely loving the bloke! And it's great to see. The 22-year-old from Dunblane has taken the second set and had the crowd jumping with joy as he went a break up in the third. Murray is cantering through to round four.
The light seems to be improving slightly on Centre Court but, are we to believe the weather men, the rain is going come. If so, we can hardly complain. Since an overcast but rain-free opening day on Monday, we have been able to enjoy almost unbroken sunshine down here at the All England Club. I cannot remember such a glorious first week of Wimbledon. Sunday is, of course, a rest day and then the weather forecast for next week is fantastic. More clear skies and soaring temperatures are on the way so, if you're coming down, don't forget your suntan cream and liquids.
Spain's former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero takes the second set against number 10 seed Fernando Gonzalez. Bit of a surprise that. Elswhere, Kuznetsova and Mauresmo are a break up in their ladies' doubles match against Australian pair Sam Stosur and Rennae Stubbs. Out on Court 14 the British pair of Ken Skupski and Katie O'Brien are down a break against Andre Sa and Ai Sugiyama.
Two mixed doubles matches involving British players have now been allocated courts. Jamie Murray and his partner Liezel Huber will play Nenad Zimonjic and Zi Yan on Court Two at 1900 BST and Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell are to face India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza on Court Four at the same time.
I almost forgot a certain Mr Murray. How dare I. The unstoppable Scot is destroying Serbia's Viktor Troicki. He raced through the first set and is already a break up in the second. If Murray fails to reach round four then I'll eat my Wimbledon ground pass. The British number one looks as though he's trying to wrap this up before rain - which one texter claims has reached Wimbledon village - arrives at the All England Club.
Top seed Dinara Safina is through to the fourth round, where she will play former champion Amelie Mauresmo of France. The Russian world number one beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 6-1 and might just be finding her feet on grass. Gilles Simon, seeded eighth, is another comfortable winner - 6-2 7-5 6-2 against Victor Hanescu.
From irishjoe3 on 606:
"Im not impressed with Federer so far at SW19. I cannot put my finger on it but I just don't think he will win it this year. It's like what Mats Wilander said after Fed had beaten Del Potro in the French semi: "He cannot keep on slowly starting a race and winning at the death - sooner or later someone is going to be too far ahead". He is not himself at the moment. He is def not focused so far and Soderling in the next round is more of a challenge on grass than clay."
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Oh dear. We have just seen thunder and lightning in the distance. Murray Mound is going to be a mud bath!"
Fernando Gonzalez is a set up against Juan Carlos Ferrero, Safina is storming to victory over Flipkens and Simon is almost their against Hanescu. Stan Wawrinka, the 19th seed from Switzerland, has gone through with a 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-3 win against Jesse Levine. Wawrinka will play either Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki for a place in the quarter-finals.
Nealy everyone on 81111 is reporting torrential rain in London. I'm most worried about the description by one texter who says "the rain in East Finchley is of almost Biblical proportions." That's where I live!
BBC Sport Mole:
"Proof that Timberlake (see 1451) is the building! Knew I'd find him. JT, you are a style icon, but that hat is awful. GQ must be thinking about rescinding the Most Stylish Man in America award they gave you the other month. There is a lookalike in there somewhere? Blakey from On The Buses maybe?"
Anxious looks all round as rain clouds gather above the All England Club. Just to remind you - if it does rain play will continue on Centre Court once the roof has been closed and the air flow regulated. The ground coverers are at the ready but no rain yet. Tournament referee Andy Jarrett briefs Andy Murray and Viktor Troicki on what will happen should it arrive. And here they come. Murray given a huge ovation by the Centre Court crowd. The players begin their warm-up as the crowd start a Mexican Wave.
Andy Roddick goes through with victory over Jurgen Melzer and the Centre Court crowd are on their feet. After breaks were exchanged in the fourth set, Roddick got his neck ahead at 5-3 and then served out for a 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-3 win. The American will play Tomas Berdych in round four and tells BBC Sport he was desperate to get off court before any rain arrived so that he and Melzer didn't become "the famous two" i.e. become the first to players to play under the Centre Court roof. Good job, A-Rod.
Well done, Agnieszka Radwanska. The Pole sets up a fourth-round meeting with Melanie Oudin after beaten Li Na 6-4 7-5.
It's absolutely bucketing it down everywhere apart from Wimbledon, although Caroline Cheese reports drizzle in the air. That aside, here are the scores on the doors. On Centre Court, Roddick has been broken back by Melzer and we're back on serve in the fourth set. Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Ferrero are going with serve in the first set on Court One. Safina is serving for the opening set against Flipkens and Gilles Simon is a set up against Victory Hanescu. Stan Wawrinka is on course for victory over unseeded American Jesse Levine.
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Whispers of drizzle near court 7. Is it really going to happen? Is the roof about to make its grand entrance?"
A texter in east London has reported hail and rain with thunder and lightning. Ominous signs.
My colleague Rob Dugdale back at Television Centre informs us that Svetlana Kuznetsova has been eliminated on the day of her 24th birthday. Not quite the gift she was looking for.
Some texters on 81111 are reporting rain and dark clouds. Sightings include Muswell Hill, Surbiton and Wandsworth. I feel some roof action might not be too far off. Meanwhile on Centre Court, Roddick has broken Melzer for a 3-1 lead in the fourth set.
From Chris in mid-Wales via text on 81111:
"Hi, can you explain what the little number 2 is between the previous sets on the new scoreboard on Centre Court, for instance Roddick-Melzer between the 7-6 7-6."It refers to the score the losing player got in the tie-break.
"I am just so happy," Lisicki told BBC Sport after her 6-2 7-5 victory over Kuznetsova. "I had six or seven match points but kept fighting and at 5-5 it was tough. I told myself to just play one point at a time and that I have nothing to lose. This is a huge win for me as before I came into this Wimbledon I had not actually won a match on grass. I can't believe I am in the fourth round."
We have the biggest shock
of the championships so far. Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the French Open champion, has been beaten by world number 41 Sabine Lisicki. The unseeded German looks set to be a future star of the women's game.
Unfortunately we could have some rain on the way but, of course, that would mean first use of the Centre Court roof. I was chatting to Gilles Simon down at the Aorangi Park practice courts on Wednesday and he said that the glorious first week of sunshine we have had is all well and good but it has resulted in the courts deteriorating much quicker than usual. Looking down on Centre Court from commentary box four, the baselines seem as bare now as they usually are by the end of the fortnight.
What a crucial hold from Kuznetsova. It's 5-5 in the second set and a break now for Sveta would make things very interesting. Elsewhere, Amelie Mauresmo has seen off Flavia Pennetta 7-5 6-3 and she will play either top Dinara Safina or Elena Baltacha's conqueror Kirsten Flipkens. It is going with serve in the first set between those two.
At last we have a break in the Roddick-Melzer match. And it's gone to the Austrian, wh is serving for a 4-2 lead in the third set. Over on Court One Kuznetsova broke back but has been forced to save a couple of match points on her own serve.Bit of a Twitter post error on my behalf. Just refresh your page and it will all be sorted.
BBC Sport Mole:
It's interesting you are in the hot seat David while your nemesis Andy Roddick is in action. Reader, let me take you back two weeks to a Queen's Club press conference. Picture the scene, BBC Sport's intrepid reporter David Ornstein asks Andy Roddick a perfectly reasonable question, Roddick's response: to toy with David like a cat with a ball of string. It was very mean and totally unnecessary (I inwardly sniggered). But BBC solidarity means I want Roddick to lose - Go Melzer!"
Hewitt's fourth-round opponent will be Radek Stepanek, who wowed the Court 18 crowd during a thrilling 7-5 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 victory over Spain's David Ferrer. Lisicki serving for the match on Court One.
Kuznetsova was talking about how bored she's been in Wimbledon village this week. The French Open champ was planning on going into central London to "spend some cash" after her second-round victory on Thursday - and it looks like she'll have plenty more time to hit the shops now. Lisicki, the unseeded German is a set and 5-2 up out on Court One.
From TadpoleThe1st on 606:
"There's a thunderstorm rumbling around NE Birmingham at the moment and it's not being quiet about it (no rain yet though). Any rain expect at Wimbledon any time today though?"We've been informed there may be some showers this afternoon/early evening. Could Andy Murray be the first player to play under the Centre Court roof?
Britain's Nicola George bows out in the first round of the girls' singles, losing 6-4 7-5 to Slovakia's Vivien Juhaszova.
Let's hear what Jelena Jankovic has to say about her exit: "The conditions were tough but that was not my problem. In the first set I felt really dizzy and felt like I was going to end up in the hospital. I started to shake and that I was losing my consciousness. I thought I was going to fall down or have to call the ambulance or leave the court but I came back and started to fell a little bit better. However I felt weak and did not have the power in the shots and I was not the same player. It was very difficult for me to play in the circumstances and it made me as well quite nervous. I tried my best but did not have enough energy to hit the shots and go after the shots."
Hewitt salutes his jubilant supporters after breaking Petzschner in game eight to win 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. Did you know that Hewitt's sister Jaslyn, a former tennis player, is now a bodybuilder? Now that's an irrelevant piece of information for you.
Roddick takes the second set tie-break and is bang on course for round four.
Things are hotting up out there and I don't just mean the temperatures. Kuznetsova is broken for a second time to lose the first set against Lisicki. There is still no break of serve in the Roddick-Melzer match and they're into a second set tie-break. And a resurgent Lleyton Hewitt is almost looks set to wrap up a straight sets win against Petzschner.
From Sharon in Guilford via text on 81111:
"Anyone else think Melzer looks like Phil aka Pants Man from The Apprentice?"
I always did have faith in Steph Cornish. The British junior beats Alexandra Krunic 6-3 6-3 to reach round two of the girls' singles.
At 1550 I accidentally wrote that former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo was playing Sveta Kuznetsova. I'm not quite sure where I got that from, although they are playing doubles together later. She's actually up against Flavia Pennetta of Italy and is a set up.
Cheerio Bally and Auckers. I'm sorry to report the British pair are out of the mixed doubles after losing 6-1 6-2 to Nestor and Vesnina.
BBC Sport Mole:
"Was stood next to Robson about an hour ago at the practice courts, if she had just met Justin Timberlake (see 1451) she was playing it mightily cool. Most 15-year-olds after an incident like that would be hopping around screaming OH. MY. GOD at the top of their voice, if she was anything like me back in the days of East17. In other news, Caroline Cheese has just been in spoiling the rugby for everyone by being a complete sourpuss about the Lions."
Oudin, whose French ancestry seems to be fascinating the gathered journalists in her presser, says her idol is Justine Henin because "she proved you don't have to be tall to win things". She says it is her aim to become number one in the world.
Roddick edged the first set against Melzer on a tie-break and it's 4-4 in the second. Out on Court One we could have a shock on our hands. French Open champion Kuznetsova - another who I watched have an excellent practice session this morning - is 4-1 down to unseeded German Sabine Lisicki.
Bad news for Auckland and Baltacha. The Brits have gone a break down to Nestor and Vesnina in the second set. Wimbledon 2009 could soon be over for Bally.
"I went out there and did really well with thinking she was just another player," says Oudin. "My first top 10 player, but yeah, I think I handled it really well. I'm thrilled."
Oudin is giving a press conference after her victory over Jankovic. She came into the room like a kid in a candy store but is actually very calm and composed. She cites speed around the court as being key to her game. The 17-year-old gives the normal spiel about taking "each match at a time" but then explains her approach and mind-set quite articulately. Nice.
For those of you wishing to relive the Lions' defeat why not read my colleague Mark Orlovac's text commentary.
Steph Cornish must have been reading my text commentary during her match (see 1534). She takes the first set of Krunic and goes a break up in the second.
I lied about Lleyton Hewitt (see 1550). He might well beat Philipp Petzschner after going two sets to love up but he isn't there just yet.
BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese on Twitter:
"Massive crowd gathered around telly in Broadcast Ctr. A shock on the cards, I wonder? No, rugby. Criminal."The Lions have lost the second Test and series with the final kick of the game after Ronan O'Gara conceded a penalty. Sad times for the British and Irish. Anyway, back to the tennis.
James Auckland and Elena Baltacha are going to have to produce a superb recovery to repeat Friday's victory in the mixed doubles as they have just lost the first set of their second round match 6-1 to fifth seeds Daniel Nestor and Elena Vesnina.
Women's fifth seed and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has just got her third-round match under way against former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo on Court Three. Lleyton Hewitt is edging towards victory over Philipp Petzschner
There it is - Tommy Haas has done it. The German beats Marin Cilic 7-5 7-5 1-6 6-7 (3-7) 10-8. Haas was 30-0 up in the final game, Cilic turned it around to engineer a break point but then Haas fought back to come through. After winning, he told the BBC he thinks Wimbledon should play a tie-break if the fifth set goes to 6-6. Basically, Haas is absolutely cream crackered.
From Kim via text on 81111:
"This is truly unbelievable. The one day of the fortnight (apart from the finals) when I can watch the tennis all day, and my entire street's power is down. It is infuriatingly unfair.
Stephanie Cornish of Great Britain went a break up against Serbia's Alexandre Krunic but she's been broken straight back. Come on Brits, step it up!
In the marathon on Court One Tommy Haas breaks at 8-8 and is now serving for the match.
Brit Nicola George loses the first set against Slovakia's Vivien Juhaszova out on Court 17.
Andy Murray on Twitter:
"Grabbing some food in the player lounge. Justin timberlake is around apparently. Haven't seen him myself."
From Dan in Kent via text on 81111:
"Give Melanie Oudin 2-3 years and she'll be world number 1. For her age, she's fantastic, despite Jankovic's problems. Dan, Kent."
Last night Halle champion Tommy Haas and Croatia's Marin Cilic went off court at 2133 BST with the score at 6-6 in the fifth set. What an epic. They're back on Court One as we speak with the score now 7-7. Could be over soon but I wouldn't bet on it.
Roddick and Melzer looks set to be a corker. On a bathed Centre Court both men are serving a dream and Roddick has just taken a 3-2 lead after saving two break points. The winner will meet 20th seed Tomas Berdych, who comfortably beat 12th seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-2 6-3 6-2. I watched Berdych earlier in the week and I can see the big-serving Czech, a quarter-finalist in 2007, going far. Earlier today
that Davydenko was looking excellent in practice. Either I know nothing or Berdych is extremely good.
Bad news for Brits Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky. They've been dumped out of the men's doubles with a 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-0) defeat by Czech pair Leos Friedl and David Skoch.
A BIG shock from Court Three. Number six seed Jelena Jankovic
is out, losing 6-7 (8-10) 7-5 6-2 to 17-year-old American qualifier Melanie Oudin. I'm told Jankovic required treatment during the match so maybe injury or illness may have played a part in her demise. But its the world number 124 who goes on to face Agnieszka Radwanska or Li Na.
Sixth seed Andy Roddick has just taken the first game of his third round match against Austria's Jurgen Melzer. The A-Rod revealed on Twitter that he was gutted he couldn't attend a gig with the Bryan Brothers last night because he had to get a good night's rest ahead of this match. It's not going to be easy
Hello there. The first thing I've got to do is ask you to refresh the page - press f5 - otherwise you won't know it's me and we wouldn't want that!
By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon
And on that bombshell, I will hand over to Dangerous Dave Ornstein. Lleyton Hewitt is a set up against Philipp Petzschner. Tomas Berdych serving for victory against Nikolay Davydenko.
I'm bringing sexyback. Guess who's in town? It's only Justin Timberlake
! Wait til Radio 1's David Garrido hears about this. He may actually explode. Timberlake has just sought out 2008 junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson for a photo, a top LTA source has just revealed. Or it might have been the other way around. Not sure. Mole, consider your so-called 'investigative' services no longer required.
Carla Suarez Navarro made a much better fist of it in the second set but Venus Williams makes it into the last 16 with a 6-0 6-4 win on Centre. And she will face Ana Ivanovic on Monday.
From Kevin, Crawley, via text on 81111:
"Berdych is looking good. I think he's a good shout for a semi-final match up with Murray."
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki
is through to the last 16 for the first time after a routine 6-2 6-2 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues. Wozzy will face Svetlana Kuznetsova or Sabine Lisicki next. Jelena Jankovic is 2-0 down to Melanie Oudin in the third set. She has had treatment for heat exhaustion and a knee injury, apparently.
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Nikolay Davydenko, losing his cool on Ct No.1. Fight with the ump and he's just smashed a ball into the crowd. Ooh!"
Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky have a mountain to climb against Friedl/Skoch at two sets down. Still, if anyone can climb a mountain... Tomas Berdych is a break up in the third against Ni-Dav, but David Ferrer is fighting back against Radek Stepanek, leading 4-2 in the third.
Decider on Court Three where Melanie Oudin, who has a twin sister called Katherine, has take the second set 7-5 against Jelena Jankovic.
And apparently, Ni-Dav doesn't much like the sunshine either. The Russian is poised to go two sets down against Tomas Berdych.
Just ventured out of the Commentary Box for the first time since 10am, and I find a woman is being treated by St John's Ambulance for heat exhaustion in the toilets. We Brits are just not designed for these temperatures. The rest of the world looks on and laughs.
Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky drop serve at the death to lose the first set against Friedl/Skoch. Radek Stepanek appears to have got over the knee injury he needed treatment for at the end of the first set and now leads David Ferrer 7-5 7-5.
Russian Igor Andreev
has wrapped up victory over Andreas Seppi. The match was stopped last night with Andreev leading 6-1 7-6 4-6 5-5, and he took the fourth-set tie-break on Court Two to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in his career. Andreev will play Tommy Haas or Marin Cilic, who were 5-5 in the fifth when darkness fell last night. They'll be back out on Court One after Berdych-Davydenko.
Gloom and doom for Ni-Dav on Court One. The Russian trails Tomas Berdych 6-2 1-1. I imagine he's not used to the surroundings. Court 18 more his kind of stage - where Radek Stepanek and David Ferrer are now level at 5-5 in the second set.
Mel Oudin has the break in the second set against Jelena Jankovic, but the Serb appears to be hanging in there, trailing 2-1. Caroline Wozniacki, a possible semi-final opponent for Venus Williams, leads Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-1 on Court Four.
From Lou, getting tanned in east London, via text on 81111:
"Can you create a 'dash in' graphic so i know when to put my iPod down, put my bikini top back on, get of my sun lounger and dash indoors to switch the telly on for unmissable action? Would be very useful."
Gisela Dulko and Shahar Peer are beaten in the ladies' doubles. Don't panic, Piers Newbery/Mole/Radio 1's David Garrido, she's still in the mixed doubles.
BBC Sport's David Ornstein:
"Murray knocking up with Miles Maclagan on practice court 16. A few cameras filming but all very chilled. AM looks in fantastic shape."
From Jason D, via text on 81111:
"Missed my flight to the USA by 2 mins. Thank goodness for the mobile Internet. Let's hope for some British success today (let's hope I also catch my flight)"
Just stood up to stretch my legs while chewing a mouthful of sandwich to be confronted by Judy Murray. Managed an awkward half-smile. Not one of my finest hours... Anyhoo, drama on Court 3 where Jelena Jankovic has had the trainer out and appears to be struggling in the heat. Forget the roof, we need an Aussie Open-style extreme heat policy here. The Serb leads 7-6, but in trouble now.
Double boost for Serbia. Number 13 seed Ana Ivanovic
beats Sam Stosur 7-5 6-2 and will face Venus or Carla Suarez Navarro next. Jelena Jankovic wins an epic first-set tie-break 10-8 against Melanie Oudin. Radek Stepanek has had the trainer out on Court 18, and now trails 3-0 in the second set against Dave Ferrer.
BBC Sport Mole:
"By the power of Greyskull it is hot outside. But sunstroke seems worth it simply for the view from the roof of the Broadcast Centre. If I turn left it's Court 18, the notorious heartbreak kid of the ladies' locker-room, Radek Stepanak (whose unfathomable powers to go out with attractive players needs to be bottled) against David Ferrer and if I turn right it's Court 14 and Gisela Dulko! I feel faint."
Ana Ivanovic is storming it against Sam Stosur. No offence, Sam, but I'm delighted to see Ivanovic back in a bit of form. The Serb leads 7-5 5-1. Radek Stepanek has taken the first set against David Ferrer 7-5. The length of names in the ladies doubles' match on Court 7 means the scoreboard reads like the bottom row of an eyesight test. Suffice to say, I won't be keeping you up to date on that one.
Hang on... free wine? I might head down there myself later. In the meantime, can I just say: Sir Christopher Hoy, I love you.
From Lou, Jake, Deb & Dave, via text on 81111:
"Hiya! It is 1250, arrived at 9am for Monday's play! We are numbers 14-17 in the queue next to two Swiss lads! The sun is beamin'! The free wine is flowin' freely, the cider is chilled happy days! Come on Murray! Up the Brit!"
It's 6-6 between Oudin and Jankovic. Tie-break time. Meanwhile, a host of sporting greats are being introduced to the Centre Court crowd. Massive cheer for Martina Navratilova and Maria Bueno. Bueno came to my school once. I didn't really know who she was.
Melanie Oudin is 17, hails from Atlanta, and is only 5ft 6ins tall. Aw, bless. "I'm, like, shorter than most of the players, so I kind of take that as an advantage that I'm already lower to the ground and I can bend easier," says the world number 124. She leads Jelena Jankovic 6-5 and it's deuce...
Ana Ivanovic pinches the first set against Sam Stosur 7-5. Radek Stepanek was a break up against Dave Ferrer, but the Spaniard has only gone and pulled it back to 5-5. Vamos! Jelena Jankovic 5-5 against Melanie Oudin... Melanie Ou? Indeed, I am going to carry out some extensive research.
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery:
"All set to spend a glorious day off at a Lions BBQ, only to find out Gisela's still in the doubles. Court 14 will be in my thoughts."
The Aussie 'Fanatics' are out in force on Court Two, where they have just witnessed Slammin Sam Stosur break back against Ana Ivanovic. She now leads 5-4. Lil Lleyton Hewitt is in action on that court later.
Score update: Ana Ivanovic a break up and leading Sam Stosur 4-2, Jelena Jankovic on serve against Mel Oudin, Stepanek and Ferrer level at 1-1.
Umbrellas are up on Centre - but only because it's so terrifyingly hot out there. "29 degrees!" exclaims Radio 1's David Garrido. Boris Becker, wearing what looks like a disappointingly sensible grey suit, remains ice cool as he prepares to chat to Sue Barker courtside.
I don't think Dave Ornstein is really entering into the spirit of Challenge Dave (see 1035). Here's his "effort" from Court 12: "Nothing to report from 12 but Caroline Cheese has challenged me to Tweet from every court." Dave, return to base camp, we need to talk.
Just over an hour gone, and already two Brits gone. This must be some sort of record. Even for me. Aussie Bernard Tomic - who almost qualified for the main draw here - beats George Morgan 7-6 6-2.
BBC Sport Mole:
"Apologies for the delay I have been imparting my wisdom to a work experience girl. After that chat, she will go a long way in this industry. Arrived back at my desk to find BBC reporter Rishi Persad sat at my desk with two chocolate fingers stuck up his nose, the crazy cat. Somewhat irresponsible though, I was taught as a child never to put anything up my nose, a rule I follow to this day."
Hannah James beaten by 15th seed Daria Garilova 6-2 6-2. Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky are up next on Court 12, where they will march to certain victory over Czech pair Leos Friedl and David Skoch.
Play about to start on Courts 2, 3, 5, 14, and 18, which is the cue for Dirk from Dutch radio to stroll into Commentary Box 4. The man laughs in the face of preparation. Quick announcement: if you're wanting to watch the Ivanovic v Stosur stream, you'll have to be patient for 10 minutes or so while the MotoGP finishes. Sport hurts sometimes.
From Matt, Anika, Mark and Jen, via text on 81111:
"Re 1140: Ah OK we feel a bit stupid now. Only one missing. 'Narrow water passage' *T*A** Hopefully not as easy as last. Must be the sun. 8000 and we're close to the bridge."Strait? Not sure about that one.
Natchanok Saenyaukhot can start planning a shopping trip (see 1134). After less than an hour, she has been routed 6-0 6-1 by Richel Hogenkamp.
It's about time we saw our first arrow of doom: Hannah James is a set down against 15th seed Daria Gavrilova. George Morgan also loses the first set, on a tie-break against Bernard 'A' Tomic.
And here is one of Dave's photos as a gust of wind catches a ball-boy unawares over on Court 17. Said ball-boy was attempting to protect Austrian Tristan-Samuel Weissborn from the sun. Tristan-Samuel likes snowboarding.
Not only is Dangerous Dave Ornstein tweeting from around the grounds, he's
also frantically flickr-ing.
I'm not sure where the line is between flickr-ing and stalking, but he must be very close to it.
From Matt, Anika, Jen and Mark, via text on 81111:
"Hi Caroline! Number 8125ish in the queue, need to finish our crossword before we get in. 'Relating to Spain', eight letters starting H. Thanks!"Hispanic. Too easy. Give me another
Bad news for Natchanok Saenyaukhot over on Court Nine. The 17-year-old Thai is munching on the day's first bagel. Her hobbies are singing and shopping, I can exclusively reveal.
Radio Wimbledon report that Indian superstar Sania Mirza is poised to get married to businessman: Sohrab Mirza. Handy for future autograph-signing.
From Marianna via text on 81111:
"Challenge Dave would be much better if he had to visit every court between two and four this afternoon. Anyone can get around quickly at this time!"True. I didn't give it much - or indeed, any - thought
Blimey, Challenge Dave is proving far too easy. He's done Court 18 and 19 now. I'd bring you the tweets, but I don't think they'd particularly enrich your lives. The action is now under way on Courts 6-12, 15, 17 and 19. Potential future Wimbledon champions all over the shop.
BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter:
"David Ferrer knocking up with mini-me version of himself on practice court 2. They look & play extremely similarly. Ivanovic hitting superbly with Adidas coaching team on practice court 3. Huge crowd watching the smiling Serb."
From Beth on Court Three, via text on 81111:
"Best day ever, joined the queue as number 12088 but within a minute of joining was offered a ground ticket for face value by a very kind man. Now waiting for play to start on Court Three. Thank you very kind man!"
If you thought there couldn't possibly be any more Brits still surviving at Wimbledon to suffer the Curse of Cheese, I've got news for you: the junior tournaments start today! Eight young scamps from these isles will be in action today (in fact, one of them, George Morgan, is up against Bernie Tomic on Ct 7). As well as that, in doubles: Baltacha/Auckland, Eaton/Slabinsky, Skupski/OBrien, Fleming/Borwell, Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber, who will become more British the further they advance in the tournament.
"Risk of a shower later," says pessimistic Voice of Wimbledon. Frankly, after yesterday's 'definite interruption' debacle, I refuse to believe any of these so-called weather forecasts. John Ketley, you may be a weatherman, but you're no friend of mine.
"What about Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket?" absolutely no-one is asking. Court 7 is today's lucky court: five bumper matches, play starting at 1100 BST. You begin with Aussie wonderkid Bernard Tomic, have a Pimm's during the women's doubles, return for a possible last sighting of the lesser spotted Fabrice Santoro, and some other 'fun' doubles.
Today sees the first (and almost certainly last) Challenge Dave.
BBC Sport's David Ornstein has promised to tweet from every single court. I've told him he's not getting the (imaginary) prize unless I receive a missive from every one - including the elusive Court 13.
BBC Sport Mole:
"My word it is sultry today, I have a right bead on. Anyway, while I cool off by squatting by an air con unit, ladies and gentleman do we have a treat for you today. There are more Olympians in the house than you could shake a stick at. By my count there are 24 British gold medallists including Sir Chris Hoy, Christine Ohuruogu, Dame Kelly Holmes and a bevvy of rowers. Oh, and special word is reserved for Victoria Pendleton. Hi Vicky."
Commentary Box 4 has just been graced by the presence of 'Grinning' Greg Rusedski, who has managed to escape the Mole's clutches for once. Greg tells Radio 1's Vernon Kay it'll be a Murray-Fed final, with Fed to win, and a Venus-Serena showdown in Saturday's women's final. He also thinks King Rog has gone "too far" with the jacket this year. Chilling words from the former US Open finalist.
Reckon you'll be OK, Neil and Olly. Not sure about Ben though. I am told they are now turning people away from the queue, so if you were planning to crawl out of bed and potter SW19 way, head for the 'on' switch on your telly instead. Or watch live streaming on the excellent BBC website (UK only, you knows the rules).
From Neil, Olly, Ben, via text on 81111:
"In the queue and ticket number 7872. Wow, will we get in?"
Nick, I've got bad news for you: Marat Safin went out on Tuesday... But I can offer you Serbia's Ana Ivanovic on Court Two, or you could join the Mole on Court 14 where Gisela Dulko is in doubles action.
From Nick from Manchester, via text on 81111:
"Morning, been in queue since 4.30am, number 3000ish, sun out, looking forward to a victory for Murray, but any Russian beauties to keep me occupied before then?"
Morning all. "If you're heading to the queue, you won't get in before 4pm," boomed a voice as I emerged blinking into the sunshine at Southfields tube this morning. I'm told there are now 12,000 people in the queue, 4,000 of whom queued overnight. Welcome to middle Saturday.