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By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon
2038: There's a gripping match going on on Centre Court, which I know you're all
following with Ben Dirs.
I'm going to now as well, because pretty much everything else is done and dusted. Actually, I might watch it instead. But anyway, the point is, I'm off. Thank you a million times for your company today. See you all again tomorrow, I hope.
2032: Roddick and Hewitt have played each other 11 times, with the Aussie winning six of them. Roddick, though, has won the last four including their last meeting at Queen's a couple of weeks ago.
Roddick on facing Hewitt: "I think Lleyton and I have built up a healthy respect for each other over the years. We're a couple of old guys now. It's something I always look forward to."
Andy Roddick speaking to BBC Sport: "It's definitely the best I've played so far. I'm having so much fun. I love playing here. It's an honour and that's something that's never lost on me."
2022: Twice finalist Andy Roddick is through to the quarter-finals after a 7-6 6-6 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych. The American didn't drop serve, didn't even face a break point, against a player who hadn't dropped a set until today. Impressive. It's Roddick v Lleyton Hewitt in the last eight on Wednesday.
2021: No sign of Sir Sean of Connery on Centre, but another famous Scottish actor is here: Trainspotting's Ewan McGregor is watching appreciatively as Andy Murray tries to take control against Stan Wawrinka. I wonder if there's a rota. Will Billy Connolly be here for the next one?
2017: It was a fine run by Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray - but it's over now. Sounds like a song. No? I'm tired... Anyway, second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic triumph in three close sets, 7-5 6-4 6-4. That leaves only the Murray family still representing Britain in the senior events. Jamie is playing with Liesel Huber in the mixed.
2015: Andy Roddick breaks in the third set against Tomas Berdych and now leads by two sets and 4-2. Edging ever closer to the quarter-finals.
Lleyton Hewitt on the Fanatics: "They've been great, fantastic. I draw a lot of emotion and energy from them. It's been nice playing on Court Two the last couple of matches. I've played in a lot more hostile places than here. I think they've been great. For an opponent, I'm sure they're not thrilled - but they're not in their face either."
1954: Andy Roddick breaks at the death to take a two-set lead against Tomas Berdych, leading 7-6 6-4. The winner of that one will face Lleyton Hewitt in the quarters.
1952: But of course, every silver lining must have a cloud. Tara Moore has to retire from her match against Timea Babos while trailing 6-3 4-0. Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray are now two sets down against Nestor/Zimonjic.
1949: Defying the curse, Laura Robson opens the defence of her junior title with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Katerena Paliivets of Canada. She'll play Aussie Sally Peers in the second round.
1945: The order of play for tomorrow is out. Centre Court: Safina v Lisicki followed by Serena v Azarenka. Court One: Venus v Radwanska, then Schiavone v Dementieva.
1941: Johannes Robert van Overbeek wins the first set in a junior encounter on Court 11. Headline-writers of the world are hoping he doesn't make it. Good news for Laura Robson, who comes through a tight game to make it 4-2 in the second. Roddick and Berdych still on serve in the second set.
1930: Juan Carlos Ferrero is through to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2007. He crushes eighth seed Gilles Simon 7-6 6-3 6-2. Simon had dropped one set in getting to the fourth round, but wasn't in the mood today.
1925: Britain's number one junior Laura Robson takes the first set against Katerena Paliivets 6-3. Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray are on serve in the second set, as is Andy Murray. That's as good as British news gets with me.
1924: Andy Roddick takes the first set 7-4 on the tie-break against Tomas Berdych. Stay tuned, I have some surprising news...
1922: Roddick and Berdych switch ends with the American leading the tie-break 4-2.
1919:Andy Murray is a set down...
Yikes. Juan Carlos Ferrero cruising it and is one game away from the quarter-final, where he could be facing Stan Wawrinka unless we have a turnaround in fortunes on Centre. Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych are into a first-set tie-break.
1914: As Murray continues to toil on Centre, England are about to take on Germany in the Under-21 final. I cannot curse that one from here,
that's Jonathan Stevenson's job.
1912: Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych are still on serve on Court One, the Czech leading 5-4. Juan Carlos Ferrero is already a break up in the third against Gilles Simon and seemingly unstoppable.
1909: Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray narrowly lose the first set 7-5 against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Long way to go, I have complete faith in Jamie 'n' Jonny.
Cash v Tarango
1907: Web users, ever wanted to see Jeff Tarango playing Wii tennis against Pat Cash playing as Pat Cash with commentary from Pat Cash? Thought so...
1900: Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero - a wildcard - is now 7-6 6-3 up against eighth seed Gilles Simon. The winner of that one faces the winner of Murray-Wawrinka.
1856: Andy Murray has been broken twice and trails Stan Wawrinka 3-0. He's not playing very well, Stan is playing like a dream. Cursed roof.
More of that from Ben.
Over on Court 14, Laura Robson is just starting her first-round match against Katerena Paliivets.
1854: A double bagel it is. Venus and Serena, who earlier won their singles fourth-round matches, return to thrash Zi Yan and Jie Zheng 6-0 6-0 to reach the doubles quarter-finals. The Chinese pair are the 13th seeds, so they're no mugs either.
BBC Sport Mole: "It is all kicking off around the Broadcast Centre. Sabine Lisicki has been bouncing around various TV studios with a perma-grin on her face. Venus and Serena are bashing the living daylights out of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng outside my window and are heading for a double bagel. And the legendary Greg 'The Ruser' Rusedski just dropped off a mound of chocolate for the girls in the office muttering, 'and I even got one those silly toffee ones you like'. A Toffee Crisp is not silly, Greg, I'm not going to tell you again."
1848: Aussie Lleyton Hewitt completes a typically feisty 4-6 2-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Radek Stepanek - and immediately goes to celebrate with those troublesome Fanatics, handing out sweatbands to all and sundry. Hewitt will face Andy Roddick or Tomas Berdych next. Those two are 2-2 in the early stages of the first set on Court One.
1842: Lleyton Hewitt has a double break and he will serve for the match against Radek Stepanek.
1831: This could be interesting: the roof is staying on for Andy Murray's match against Stanislas Wawrinka. It is dry outside, but it's getting on a bit, and maybe they're more worried about the light. Should be a cracking atmosphere -
Ben Dirs will tell you more.
1828: The Fanatics will be loving this. Lleyton Hewitt has taken it into a decider against Radek Stepanek and now leads by a break in the fifth. Juan Carlos Ferrero takes the first set against eighth seed Gilles Simon on a tie-break.
1825: Seems a long time since a Brit lost, but unfortunately I must report another defeat on my watch: Liam Broady goes down in three sets to American Alexander Domijan. Salvation, I'm sure, arrives in the shape of Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray in the men's doubles. They're over on Court 15 against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Oh, they're a break down after one game...
Dinara Safina on playing under the roof: "It was great, very nice. It was a really nice atmosphere - the crowd got louder. (The conditions) didn't feel any different. I won, so everything was perfect."
Ivo Karlovic speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a difficult match. I was really nervous but in the end I won. I'm really happy. It's going to be extremely difficult against Federer because he's obviously the best, almost ever, but I'm going to have my chances, so we'll see."
1819: Top seed Dinara Safina comes back from 3-0 down in the third set to get past 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo - and that means Andy Murray will be on court shortly.
1817: Ivo Karlovic takes it 11-9 in the fourth set, celebrating by twirling his arm around. Fernando Verdasco, the latest victim of the big friendly giant, gets a huge ovation as he leaves the court - as does Ivo, to be fair. Karlovic to face Federer in the quarter-finals.
1814: Only one word for this tie-break between Verdasco and Karlovic: epic. Match points and set points have come and gone.
From Dan, London, via text on 81111: "I had to switch over from the Hewitt match because of those pesky Fanatics. Am I just being miserable or are they annoying everyone else too?" Sorry Dan, I'm with Elaine
1811: Terrific atmosphere on Court One where Ivo Karlovic wallops a forehand return into the corner to save a set point in the breaker. And I think we'd all like to congratulate Elaine (see below) for successfully sending a text. I'm joking, of course.
From Elaine, a fifty something British tennis fan, via text on 81111: "They should leave The Fanatics alone! I sat right behind them last year watching Lleyton and they just added to the fun and enjoyment."
1757: And now Lleyton Hewitt is two breaks up - and the stewards are still trying to tell the Fanatics to pipe down. I warned you there'd be trouble. Fernando Verdasco and Ivo Karlovic are heading for another tie-break. Quel surprise. Verdasco must win it or gentle giant Ivo will be through to face Federer.
1751: Oh dear. The Fanatics are in trouble with one of the honorary stewards on Court Two - but that has only made them ramp up the noise. Super Lleyt is now a break up in the fourth against Radek Stepanek.
1747: Look out, Mirka. Serena Williams is asked in her press conference to comment on "some controversy about the Wimbledon order of play committee perhaps picking players for their looks rather than their tennis talent on Centre Court." She responds: "Well, I think Roger's hot but he's married, so "
1744: It is indeed
a set apiece between Mauresmo and Safina
so, Andy Murray fans, we're still looking at an 1830 BST kick-off for his match against Stan Wawrinka.
1742: Lleyton Hewitt wraps up the third set against Radek Stepanek 6-1 and he is now two sets to one down. The Fanatics start a chant of "Super, super Lleyt..." The rest of Wimbledon frowns and tuts.
From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1547: Francesca Schiavone is a Londoner, can you give her a Big Ben symbol at least... she's the nearest thing left to a Brit in the women's." These graphics require literally minutes of work, you know. You'll have to have the old Brit Up one instead
1733: Not a result, but a shock nonetheless. Ivo Karlovic has broken serve! After the rain delay, he came out and reeled off three games in a row to take a two sets to one lead against Fernando Verdasco. Juan Carlos Ferrero and eighth seed Gilles Simon are just starting their match on Court Three.
1730: Djokovic's quarter-final with Tommy Haas is a repeat of the Halle final, which the German won. "I think it was a very strange match for me because I wasn't feeling comfortable on the court," says the Serb. "Here it's a different story. I already played really well the last two matches and I'm quite confident."
1729: Here's Novak Djokovic's reaction to playing out on Court Three: "You have so many important encounters today, so many good players, interesting matches... I'm not annoyed or anything, it's alright. You can't play on Centre Court all the time."
1723: Everyone wants to know what happens if a ball hits the roof. Well, as long as it bounces back down and in the court, that's fine... No, not really, you lose the point.
1713: Covers are off everywhere else and the players are back on court, so we are about to see the competitive debut of Centre Court's roof - WHEN IT'S NOT EVEN RAINING. It's like someone got bored and just pushed the button out of curiosity. Anyway,
Ben Dirs is poised for the resumption of Safina-Mauresmo.
1712: An Andy Murray update: if the weather stays dry, and more rain is not forecast, his match against Stan Wawrinka will probably take place without the roof. Amelie Mauresmo and Dinara Safina look like they might be heading for the third set, so Murray's match may not start before 1830 BST.
From Pete, Banbury, via text on 81111: "Re Sports Fan87 (entry above 1653): The club Manumission in Ibiza opens its roof at about 6am every night. The only other similarity with Wimbledon is that the women wear short skirts."
1708: Right, this is getting increasingly bizarre. It's not raining anymore, but the roof is on, and it's bloomin well going to stay on. The ball boys and girls are back on, as is the ump. We just need some players.
1705: Things you should know about surprise quarter-finalist Sabine Lisicki: she knows Steffi Graf personally and says she is "very nice" and a "big model". She has never met Boris Becker. Her hero is Lance Armstrong.
From Ollie, pretending to work in Newport, via text on 81111: "Re 1627: I love Ivo and his outrageous number of aces! And the fact that he's winding up some of the best players in the world in doing so surely makes it all the sweeter!"
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"So what can you do at Wimbledon when it rains? It's been so long, I can't remember. Most people milling around bars or the shop it seems."
1653: We'll have a delay of about 20 minutes as they sort out the air conditioning inside Centre. And if it's anything like as unpredictable as the air conditioning in Commentary Box Four, that could take some time. They have now stopped playing on the other courts. Lleyton Hewitt is two sets down but leading 4-0 in the third against Radek Stepanek. Fernando Verdasco and Ivo Karlovic are set all and 3-3.
From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1627: Ivo is tennis' answer to Stoke City. Big, strong, and very hard to beat. If he beats Verdasco, I'm putting a fiver on him beating Fed."
1646: I am text-commentating on a roof closing. I never thought this day would come. A big cheer from the folk on Centre as the two sides of the roof meet in the middle. All very weird, and all very British. And it seems apt that Cliff Richard is looking on.
1642: Well, this has caught me quite unawares. The last time I was outside, it was beautiful, bright sunshine, not a cloud in sight. Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo could be about to make history by playing a competitive match under the Centre Court roof... unless the rain stops.
1641: THE ROOF IS COMING ON
1637: Well, this is all very odd. They're still playing elsewhere, but the Centre Court covers are on. They haven't yet decided whether to put the lid on. The camera has panned to Cliff Richard, and now there is a rather miserable Mexican wave going on. My mood has plummeted as quickly as that shower came along.
1635: Shock all round this commentary box as the court-coverers sprint onto Centre Court and whip the covers on, because it's suddenly started raining... and you know what that means... A possible competitive debut for the roof.
1632: Better news for the Fanatics: Lleyton Hewitt, having had some lengthy treatment on his groin, is up a break in the third set against Radek Stepanek. He trails by two sets though.
1629: Fourth seed Novak Djokovic clearly didn't want to hang around out on Court Three for long. The Serb absolutely crushes Dudi Sela 6-2 6-4 6-1. He'll face Tommy Haas next, which should be a cracker.
1627: Poor old Ivo Karlovic is getting it from all sides. Roger Federer could play the big Croat next and admits it's "not a fun match". Anyone want to lend some support to Ivo?
1623: Apparently, four ball boys and girls have been sent home with flu-like symptoms, as a precaution. The All England Club say they haven't been tested for swine flu, nor will they be. Here's Roger Federer's reaction: "I was told about it a few days ago. For sure, it's not good news. But I'm sure the club, the ATP and the ITF try their very best to protect us. Being careful is very important."
1617: Fernando Verdasco wins the second-set tie-break against Ivo Karlovic and they are level. The Croat is still to be broken in this year's Championships. In answer to Will below, even A-Rod admitted that his match against Karlovic at Queen's would be "like watching paint dry". And indeed it was.
From Will, via text on 81111: "Call me a philistine Ms Cheese, but the Verdasco v Karlovic match begs the question: what's the most boring match you've ever seen at Wimbledon? Thoughts?"
1611: Things, stop happening, I can't keep up. Lleyton Hewitt is in all sorts of bother over on Court Two. He trails Radek Stepanek 6-4 4-1 and is now having extensive treatment on a groin injury. Novak Djokovic is two sets up and cruising against Dudi Sela, who may well be moody now.
1609: Well, well, well. Sabine Lisicki completes a 6-4 6-4 win over ninth seed - and Eastbourne champion - Caroline Wozniacki. That, I can exclusively reveal, is a shock. Lisicki, who beat Sveta Kuznetsova on Saturday, had not won a match on grass before coming to Wimbledon this year. Safina or Mauresmo await in the quarter-finals. Mauresmo has taken the first set,
as Ben Dirs will tell you.
1608: Oddly, Soderling was also asked what sport he thought he would beat Federer at - and his answer was the marathon. "I'm quite good at the marathon," he explained."
1605: And now Robin Soderling is facing the media after a three-set defeat by King Rog. One journalist begins by mentioning Soderling's 11-0 record against Fed. "Thanks for reminding me " responds the Swede. "Every time I go on court, I believe I can win. I always believe in myself. I think I'm getting closer. I played better today than the last couple of times. I think I deserved a better ending today."
1602: A puffy-eyed Ana Ivanovic spoke to the press earlier after being forced to retire from her match against Venus Williams with a groin injury. "It was really disappointing. I felt my form was getting better and better. I felt good out there, I was playing better each match, and I was looking forward to the challenge of playing Venus. I'm just disappointed I didn't get the chance to finish the match."
BBC Sport Mole: "People are dropping like flies here, fainting, migraines, exhaustion... and not just as a result of hearing Garrido's sensuous poem (see 1317). The little twee Wimbledon ambulance that looks like a toy van and pootles around outside Centre Court must be creaking under the pressure. Weird thing is, I don't even think it's that hot anymore and I normally keel over and turn into a big girl's blouse when the thermometer goes past 20."
1549: Couple of intriguing scorelines to tell you about: Lleyton Hewitt has lost the first set against unlikely lothario Radek Stepanek, and perhaps even more surprisingly, Caroline Wozniacki trails Sabine Lisicki 6-4 4-2. The Dane was my tip for the semi-finals, so that may explain that last scoreline.
1547: Rejoice, Francesca Schiavone is through to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon for the first time after a 6-2 7-6 win over Virginie Razzano. Elena Dementieva is next for the Italian.
1543: And another... Seventh seed Sloane Stephens puts paid to the hopes of 18-year-old Jocelyn Rae in the juniors. Still, Laura Robson to come later. She's a shoo-in right?
1536: Over on Court One, Ivo Karlovic takes the first set on a tie-break against seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. Fourth seed Novak Djokovic is already 6-2 2-1 up against Dudi Sela. Radek Stepanek is serving for the first set against Lleyton Hewitt
1529: Manually refresh, please. Piers has almost certainly timed this deliberately... British junior Jennifer Ren loses 6-2 6-2 to Nastja Kolar of Slovakia. She was match point down when I started typing. That cannot be my fault.
By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon
1523: OK, a final scoot around the grounds from me sees Hewitt recover an early break against Stepanek for 3-2, Verdasco and Karlovic heading into the inevitable tie-break, Djokvoic 5-2 up on Sela, and Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo out on Centre Court.
Ben Dirs will take you through that one in detail.
And the even better news is that Caroline Cheese will take it from here. Good luck Britain.
1516: "Good practice for Fed having to come through tie breakers... he'll probably need them if he has to face Karlovic in the next round..." From Cogen on 606
1510: Roger Federer looks in trouble at 5-4 down in the third set tie-break but makes a magnificent forehand winner on the run and comes through for a 6-4 7-6 7-6 win. He will play Verdasco or Karlovic next, that one's on serve - surprise, surprise - at 5-5.
1507: Time for a junior Brit update - the good news, lefty Alexandra Walker has beaten Thailand's Khunpak Issara 3-6 6-3 7-5 on Court Nine, taking it with a brilliant lob and a sneaky backhand down the line. Jennifer Ren trails Nastja Kolar of Slovakia by a set on Court Six.
1500: Lisicki breaks to love to lead Wozniacki 3-2 on Court Four and the German looks in determined mood. We're about to get a couple of potentially decent men's matches under way, with Lleyton Hewitt v Radek Stepanek on Court Two and Novak Djokovic v Dudi Sela on Court Three.
1454: American teenager Melanie Oudin is bursting with energy and positivity in the press room, despite her earlier defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska. The 17-year-old lost to Laura Robson in last year's juniors, and is asked about the 15-year-old Briton: "I know Laura's playing well. Different people do well at different ages. There's different things I want to do but this is so worth it for me. I'm hoping to make some new friends on the women's tour."
1450: For some reason I started humming 'We are the World' earlier and now Dirs can't get it out of his head. It's my own fault. I'm told that if web users manually refresh their page they will get an exciting Murray-based vote. Exciting.
1445: Victoria Azarenka beats Nadia Petrova 7-6 2-6 6-3, despite making a noise BBC Sport's Ben Dirs describes as "stupid" every time she hits the ball. The Belarussian takes a heavy fall in missing her first match point but batters her way through the second. She will play Serena Williams next, after the American beats Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-1. They met at the
Australian Open and Serena only went through when Azarenka suffered with heat exhaustion.
We could get a repeat tomorrow.
1437: No sooner is the shock graphic mentioned than Azarenka pulls her socks up and gets two breaks to go 5-3 up against Petrova in the decider. Ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki and Germany's Sabine Lisicki are out on Court Four. And Garrido heads off to "find some food". Hmmm.
1431: Ivo Karlovic and Fernando Verdasco are knocking up on Court One, Serena is a set and 3-0 against Hantuchova on Court Two, and Petrova is now 3-2 with a break in the decider against Azarenka. I'm tempted to dust off the shock graphic for that one, but maybe it's just me.
1428: Super Tommy Haas wraps up a most impressive 7-6 6-4 6-4 win over Igor Andreev and smacks a ball into the Court Four crowd in celebration. Fiancee Sarah Foster is high-fiving in the crowd. Meanwhile, Federer takes the second set against Soderling 7-5 on the tie-break.
1422: "I think she was in a lot of pain and I felt really sad for her, she was really upset," says Venus Williams after Ana Ivanovic retires injured. "This is Wimbledon. She tried to not show it but I guess it was so bad..."
1419: Federer and Soderling head into a second set tie-break, while Serena thumps down an ace to take the first set 6-3 against Hantuchova.
1417: I have been slack in my coverage of temperamental Tommy Haas but will rectify that now. The German has just broken to lead by two sets and a break against Igor Andreev on Court Four. Tommy is in great form at the moment and is on course for a clash with Novak Djokovic or Moody Dudi Sela.
Jonathan Overend's Day 7 preview
1413: If any of you are just joining us, just waking up, or have just returned to the year 2009 from the future in the manner of Buck Rogers, you might like to know what is going on here this afternoon. Great news, web users, Jonathan Overend of 5 Live fame can help you out with that.
1408: "Verdasco and Karlovic is up next on Court One.....could be an interesting game. Hoping for a Verdasco win here....but if Karlovic serve is working then he's going to find it very, very difficult." From Blue_Phoenix on 606
1405: Serena has the first break against Hantuchova at 3-1 on Court Two, and an all-Williams final remains the likelihood. One player I thought might have the grit to take them on was Azarenka, but she's just dropped the second set 6-2 to an apparently ailing Petrova on Court Three.
1403: Garrido returns with news from the front - his poem (see 1317) prompted rejection from Canadian and South African ladies but, unbelievably, two British girls said they would be his 'Wimble-flirt'. Too much Pimm's, surely.
1400: Bad news for Court One, after a second bout of treatment Ana Ivanovic pulls out and defending champion Venus Williams, leading 6-1 0-1, goes through. Poor old Ana looks very emotional as she leaves.
1358:Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Ivanovic has an upper inner thigh injury by the looks. Coach Sven and mum Dragana watch anxiously as she's sprayed and taped."
1351: More medical attention for Petrova on Court Three but she leads Azarenka 3-2 with a break in the second set. Ivanovic now has the trainer out on Court One. They could run out of medical staff soon. Serena and Hantuchova are out on Court Two now - bet Serena's chuffed about that scheduling.
1346: Agnieszka Radwanska, the 11th seed from Poland, ends the run of 17-year-old American qualifier Melanie Oudin with a 6-4 7-5 win on Court 18. "I think the next couple of months will answer the questions for Oudin, can she reach the top 10?" says Pam Shriver on ESPN. "This will show young US women players that if they work hard, good things can happen, and it's the shot in the arm they needed." Federer takes the first set 6-4 against Soderling.
1342: A forehand error from Soderling gives up the break and Federer leads 5-4, Venus takes the first set 6-1 against Ivanovic, Haas is now a set and a break up on Andreev, and Petrova has staged a remarkable recovery after her earlier medical worries and leads Azarenka by a break in the second.
1339: Venus is taking Ivanovic to the cleaners on Court One but the Serb avoids the bagel and gets a huge cheer, while Soderling takes several attempts from the net to save the first couple of break points of the match at 4-4 against Federer.
1334: My LTA appointment is put on hold as Heather Watson belts a forehand wide to go down in three sets to Russia's Valeria Solovieva, and the Briton chucks her racquet in frustration. She was twice a break up in the final set so it's understandable. Maybe she needs some anger management advice from Keith from the Prodigy (see 0930 entry).
Which Grand Slam champion is a 50 Cent fan?
1330: Fourth seed Elena Dementieva beats Elena Vesnina 6-1 6-3 on Court Two and can now hurry off for an ice bath. Or an ice cream. Whatever. You can find out what films she likes and other riveting stuff via the video, web users.
1324: "Can anyone tell me who the elderly gentleman is that always sits in the players box on Centre court? He wears a dark suit and a sort of cowboy hat." From Michelle Bartholomew, Beckenham Kent, via text Well, Michelle, funny you should ask because that is the BBC Sport Mole's specialist subject and we are hoping that tomorrow morning he will finally meet the great man, so keep 'em peeled on Tuesday afternoon for an interview.
1324: Petrova is now officially taking a medical time-out on Court Three. Meanwhile, we're on serve with Rog v Rob and Venus has a 2-0 lead against Ivanovic. And put me down for the hat-trick - Richard Gabb beats young Master Herbert 6-7 6-3 6-4. They should put me in charge of the LTA.
1321: Yes, let's move on.... Azarenka takes the first set when Petrova nets a forehand in the tie-break, and the Belarussian gives it some fist pump. Petrova now has the doctor on and I'm guessing it's heat related. The players are wearing iced towels around their necks - it's just like the Aussie Open, innit? They are now taking Nadia's blood pressure....
1317: Brace yourselves ladies, for I have a self-penned poem by Radio One's David Garrido. He's just headed out to try his luck. I'm expecting him back quite soon... "It's Wimbledon - the sun is out, it's time to get some action... "Plenty of gorgeous girls out here, but you're the star attraction... "I've seen you walking round the courts, you're turning all the heads... "But if my love is unrequited, you'll rip my heart to shreds... "I'm sorry to be so forward, I don't want to give you a shock... "I'm just enthralled by the thought of you grabbing my...attention "I'll pamper you like a princess, and you I'll never hurt... "I don't treat all the girls this way, will you be my special Wimble-flirt?"
1315: "Piers, I thought the promotion you promised me negated me from fanning duties? (1233). Fine, if I have to fan, I will. Mole's are a selfless bunch. Speaking of the Royal Box, in today are perennial favourites, Sir Clive Woodward and Ian Hislop, plus Roger Bannister." BBC Sport Mole
1311: The temperature is 32C in the shade on Centre Court. I don't know what all the fuss is about, but then I've been in Commentary Box Four since 8am. Radwanska came back to take the first set against Oudin on Court 18, while the feisty Azarenka is getting a bit... feisty... out on Court Three, where she fails to serve out the set against Petrova and is taken to a tie-break.
1307: Rog and Rob are out on a sweltering Centre Court, Venus and Ivanovic are knocking up on Court One, and Tommy Haas takes the first set 10-8 on the tie-break against Igor Andreev. And great news, I have convinced Radio One's David Garrido to give me a transcript of his poem, which is coming your way....
1300: All hail Tom Farquharson, who sounds like the heir apparent to Tim Henman. The 17-year-old has beaten Alessandro Bega 3-6 6-3 6-2. David Thomson has polished off Dominik Wirlend 4-6 6-2 6-4, and Heather Watson has regained her break advantage at 3-2 against Solovieva on Court 19.
1251: "Wait, re 12.37 the heat must be getting to you too piers as Vesnina cant be playing on two courts at the same time!" From meltingpot via text
1247: Watson leads 2-0 in the decider against Solovieva, and Richard Grabb serves out to level at one-set all on Court Eight against Pierre-Hugues Berbert. Pierre is from France, in case you were wondering. Farquharson leads by a break in the decider on Court 11, Thomson is closing in on victory.... are you reading all this, Cheese?
1241: "Yes! Go heather watson. Do it for britain. Do it for guernsey!" From a guern in nottinghamshire
1239: "I don't think it's ever been this hot in this country, my calves are burning," says Dirs. Where's Garrido and his poem?
1237: Let's have a score update - Dementieva is already 5-0 up against Vesnina on Court Two, Azarenka has a break at 3-2 against Petrova on Court Three, Haas and Andreev are on serve after six games, and Oudin leads Radwanska 3-2 with a break. And BBC Sport's Ben Dirs blunders in after a visit to the doctor with the shock news that "it is seriously hot out there". You heard it her first. About four hours ago.
1233: Centre Court is beginning to fill up ahead of the arrival of Federer and Soderling in half an hour. I fear for the people sitting opposite our Commentary Box and away from the shade of the roof. Fortunately, we can rest assured the Royal Box will be OK as the roof can be edged a few feet across to provide some shade. Otherwise, I'll send up the Mole with a fan and some cold drinks.
1228: Among the myriad courts and TV stations I can access from here is American channel ESPN, which is understandably all over 17-year-old Melanie Oudin against Agnieszka Radwanska on Court 18. "It's impressive how quickly Radwanska is on her bike after serving," says Brad Gilbert. Oudin breaks to lead 2-1, while Watson takes the second set 6-1 against Solovieva.
1225: "For the first time this tournament the video feed works at my office! And my manager is on leave. La vie est belle, as tsonga might say." From Anthea via text
1219: I told you, stay strong Britain. Heather Watson has gone a break up in the second, David Thomson has grabbed the second set and Richard Grabb is now a break up in the second. Party time!
1217:Wimbledon on Twitter:
"John McEnroe says organisers should have 'paid their respects' to defending champ Venus Williams and put her on Centre Court."
1215: There is world-class knocking up going on out there now, with Victoria Azarenka already making a bit of noise as she practises her serve on Court Three. Opponent Nadia Petrova is sticking with the frilly number that helped her past Gisela Dulko the other day. Ah, Gisela... And Garrido is happy to confirm the brilliance of his backhand drop. Apparently it had "a hell of a lot of disguise". Good grief.
1212: "I can verify David Garrido's badminton prowess (see 1103 entry) - he was my captain at secondary school and had a hell of a backhand cross-court drop." From Keenan, Richmond, via text
1210: Junior update - we've got four of the little blighters out there and they are all a set down. Cripes, Garrido is giving his poem another run-through. Uncomfortable moments in Commentary Box Four.
1206: "An oversight by someone back at Television Centre has scandalously led to the hugely popular feature Pundits' Picks not making into onto the website until now. The culprits are being flayed with twigs as we speak.
We caught up with Sir Tim of Henmanshire
and today he will be avidly glued to R-Sod v R-Fed. Sure, he's commentating on it for work reasons, but even if he wasn't he'd still watch it and you should do the same." BBC Sport Mole
1203: Sorry kids but it's time for the big boys and girls to get going. There are umbrellas up all around Court 18 but only to shield people from the ferocious British summertime as Radwanska and Oudin arrive to polite applause. Haas makes Andreev wait at the net on Court Four. Mind games there from Tommy, like it.
1159: Good news everyone, you can take a break from this ceaseless text updating by enjoying some moving pictures at the top of the page if you just manually refresh.
1156:BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese on Twitter:
"One of the Williams' entourage is flaunting the 'don't wear black in sun' rule. Think she has heels too-on a grass court! Serena has designer bag on one arm, Tesco bag on the other. A woman after my own heart. Hang on, now Venus walks by, also carrying Tesco bag. Have they been stocking up on 3 for 2s?"
1152: Right, Tom Farquharson is now a break down against Italy's Alessandro Bega, David Thomson drops the first set against Austria's Dominik Wirlend, and Solovieva is one game away from taking the first set against Heather Watson. I'm starting to think maybe it's not the BBC text commentators' fault, maybe we're just not very good at tennis.
1147: "Poor Caroline, very soon the LTA will be holding her personally responsible for the alleged decline in British tennis." From Chris in Harrogate via text
1142: Heather Watson smacks a cross-court forehand winner to cut the deficit against Solovieva to 4-2 and the comeback starts here.
1137: Yes, the curse of Cheese. And the bad news is that she will be on the live text for Murray later today. Still, if the Scot wants to win Wimbledon he will have to overcome many obstacles and getting a British win while Caroline is on duty could be tougher than Federer in the final.
1127: "Are you trying to kill me with tennis overload today?! who planned the order of play today? there are at least 6 matches i really, really want 2 watch, 3 of which will probably be on @ the same time & another 4 i would like to keep up to date with! is there anyone left other than djoker 2 play tomorrow?" From kate via text Bad news Kate, NoDjo is playing Dudi Sela on Court Three today, it's women's quarter-finals day on Tuesday
1124: Right, Heather Watson is now a break down at 2-1 against Solovieva but I'm sure it's all part of the plan. After all, Heather did win the British junior champs aged four (see 1040 entry).
1120: OK, Garrido has just insisted on practising his poem by reading it to me. I nearly choked on my biscuit. Look out ladies of SW19, he's heading your way. Meanwhile, the Centre Court roof - remember that? - is being opened for the second time this morning, and we're told they're having a look to see if it provides significant shade in the scorching temperatures. Who'd have thought it...
1114: Heather Watson bags the first point of the day! She holds to love and this one is as good as over, I can tell you. Meanwhile, six feet to my left Radio One's David Garrido continues to work on a poem to aid his 'flirting challenge'. I kid you not.
1111:BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Still plenty of seats left on Court 19 for Heather Watson, Britain's No.2 junior. Laura Robson not on til later so get yourselves down here."
1109: Super Robin Soderling is watched by a sizeable crowd as he knocks up on Court Five, while Heather Watson and Valeria Solovieva are doing the same on Court 19.
1107: "Just had a text from the Mrs telling me she's just got tickets for Court 3. Apparently she's been at Wimbledon since 0330 this morning. I can't believe it....I'm a Wimbledon Widow. And obviously a very heavy sleeper." From nowthennathan on 606
1103: "A visit up to Commentary Box 4 proves to be magnificently inane with Piers bemoaning Status Quo at Glastonbury, Caroline bemoaning the state of British railways .Chris Bevan drenched in sweat. Thank god for David Garrido and his racy tales of being Buckinghamshire's top dog in chess and badminton in the mid 1990s. Can't wait for today to kick off - Dudi Sela to win in five, you heard it here first." BBC Sport Mole
1101: The nets are up, the ballboys and girls are in place, the line judges are taking up their positions and... I can't see a single one on the juniors actually on a court yet. They've probably all overslept.
1056: The warm, comforting tone of the Voice of Wimbledon informs us that the weather forecast is "very encouraging" for today. He then suggests we use "sun cream and a hat". He then suggests that anyone without a hat "pay a visit to one of our shops or kiosks, where I'm sure you'll find something of a suitable style and colour". Alright, Nicholas, you're pushing you're luck now.
1047: "I'm feelin a day of upsets on Centre Court today... Soderling to beat Fed in 5, Mauresmo to do Safina, and Wawrinka to beat Murray... anyone near a bookies...?" From LFCLCCRedDragon on 606
1045: There is much discussion in Commentary Box Four about where we should be looking for upsets today. I have confidently predicted that Venus will see off Ivanovic comfortably, but Safina will go out to Mauresmo. I have also poo-poo'd the notion that Berdych might defeat Roddick. Really, some people...
1040: There are just 20 minutes remaining until play starts with the juniors on the outside courts, among them Britons Richard Gabb, David Thomson, Tom Farquharson and Heather Watson, the 17-year-old from Guernsey. According to Heather's website, she won the British Under-14 championship in 1996. Impressive.
1034: "I feel so sorry for all those people at Wimbledon today who get to sit out and enjoy the sun. I'm not at all jealous that i'm at work in newcastle where its foggy and drizzly. Federer through in straight sets and Murray to struggle before crashing out in 5!" From Sam in Newcastle via text
1027:BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Huge number of Lleyton Hewitt fans - The Fanatics - spotted on my way up from Southfields. Watch out for their yellow t-shirts on Court 2."
1024: "Piers, I'm melting!! Help!" From Sarah, in the queue around 7000 people back, via text
1020: I have it from the highest authority (Radio One's David Garrido) that people are being turned away from the queue.
1018: Unnoticed by some as it happened late on Saturday evening, Juan Carlos Ferrero had a superb five-set win over 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez on Court One.
Gonzo battered Murray in four sets at the French Open
earlier this month, while
Ferrero was swept aside by the Scot at Queen's Club
a couple of weeks ago. Ferrero, who has a grass court at his home in Spain, plays eighth seed Gilles Simon today, with Murray a possible quarter-final opponent. "He played very well at Queen's but I didn't play my best," said Ferrero. "If it happens it will be different. I am playing with more confidence, I am playing very well."
1009: "A refreshing day spent recharging the batteries was somewhat spoilt by being wedged in a moist and whiffy armpit on the District line and a complete lack of freebies on the walk from Southfields (more on that outrage later). But, woes aside, it's a belting day and the second Monday is surely the best day of the Championships, no?" BBC Sport Mole
1006: Lordy, Radio Wimbledon has been playing Toploader and now I'm humming it. This is not good. BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese has just arrived with the news that, "it's seriously hot out there, I'm worried". If, like me, you're wearing a tweed suit, make sure it's of the highest quality. More breathable.
0958: "If I can win with only one shot, I don't know, I'm a genius." So says Big Bad Ivo Karlovic, who is actually an incredibly nice, shy fellow. The Croatian has hit 102 aces in three matches so far and is likely to give seventh seed Fernando Verdasco a tough time on Court One today, with the winner to face Federer. Or Soderling, obviously.
0952: "I really hope Karlovic doesn't win today, got a feeling that if he did he'd beat federer and Karlovic is incredibly boring to watch!" From DannyMoziph on 606
0945: "I'm queuing for my ground pass with mates and have been up since 4.45, and have been queuing since 7! The people next to us are smoking like chimneys! Any ideas what to do to keep entertained? I feel like an impromptu mass football game, spread the word?" From Billy via text on 81111
0941: Three-time champion Chris Evert has been tracked down in Sydney to offer her thoughts on the great grunting debate: "Grunting is one thing but the shrill sound that you hear with players nowadays, and especially when they get louder when they hit a winner, that's the thing that I observe as a player. Really, the next time you watch say Maria Sharapova, the grunting is consistent but all of a sudden when she has a set up, she has a winner, the grunting gets louder. That's a distraction to me because you are hearing a loud grunt before you see the shot. Is it distracting for a player? Yes it is."
0935:Anne Keothavong on Twitter:
"Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray are playing dubs at wimbe later today. Nicest guys in british tennis so go and support them!"
0931: "I see federer dropping at least a set today, and roddick exiting stage left." From myfaceisgreen on 606
0930:Watching Glastonbury last night
I think I may have stumbled upon the answer to British tennis's woes - Keith Flint from The Prodigy. He's just the sort of bubbly character we need, and he's got bags of energy. Get him down to Roehampton I say. He might need to tone down the language, mind.
0927: After an uncomfortably steamy night in south London, I'm feeling less than match sharp this morning. Fortunately, Andy Murray seems to have had better preparation for another big day. He received a congratulatory phone call from Sir Sean Connery, which I can guarantee will be the theme of his post-match press conference, and rounded off the day with a massage and an ice bath. Nice.
Henman reflects on Murray's Wimbledon progress
0923: For those of you eager to get as much Murray info as possible, Tim Henman - of Henman Hill fame - has given us his thoughts on the world number three's progress so far. If you're a UK web user, take a look.
0919: Interestingly, I think, 17-year-old American qualifier Melanie Oudin, who defeated sixth seed Jelena Jankovic on Saturday, was beaten by Laura Robson in the juniors last year. Oudin's earliest Wimbledon memory is watching Venus and Serena on TV. Ouch. She's up against Agnieszka Radwanska in the first match on Court 18.
0914: You can tell it's week two because there is a distinct lack of Britons over the age of 17 still in action. However, there are plenty of juniors getting their boys' and girls' singles campaigns under way, including defending champion Laura Robson in the fourth and final match on Court 14. The junior matches start at 1100 BST, so if you're a queuer I'd suggest heading for Court 19, where Heather Watson is first up against the ominously Russian sounding Valeria Solovieva.
0907: "I can see Murray really struggling today. Wawrinka is a quality player and can cause Murray some Problems." From bates15 on 606
0905: It's big day and we wouldn't want you to miss any of it, so you can follow the action with this rolling text commentary, or later on BBC Two, then BBC One, BBC HD, streamed on this website (UK only), 5 Live and 5 Live sports extra. And you can catch up with anything you've missed on the BBC iPlayer. Or you could just buy a paper.
0902: "On my way into work and I'm genuinely excited about pretending to work on some spreadsheets while actually watching the tennis. Williams v ivanovic is my pick of the day." From Excited Tom, London, via text on 81111
0901: "I've just got to Wimbledon, it's 5am & I'm 2393 in the queue!!" From Toby, London, via text
0900: The second Monday is always my favourite day as it's the last 16 for both men and women in the singles, meaning we should have 16 top-quality matches. First up on Centre Court at 1300 BST we have a repeat of the French Open final between Federer and Soderling, followed by Safina and Mauresmo, and then Murray v Wawrinka. Court One sees Venus v Ivanovic, Verdasco v Karlovic, and Roddick v Berdych. And we still have big matches kicking off at 1200 BST on the other courts, with Dementieva, Azarenka and Haas among the early starters.
0854: The groundstaff are hard at work mowing the grass and painting the lines on Centre Court before me, while BBC Breakfast's Chris Hollins has been out and about by the queue. Needless to say, it's already sizeable. If you were thinking about strolling down late morning and picking up a Centre Court ticket, I'm afraid you're out of luck. On a brighter note, it looks like you would be spending several hours in the hot sun surrounded by dozens of Aussies. Delightful.
0847: Murray and Wawrinka are good mates and regular practice partners, and they've shared a few tight matches in their time. The Scot leads the head-to-head 4-3, but significantly has won the last two and thrashed the Swiss 6-1 6-3 6-3 at the US Open last year. Wawrinka hasn't been pulling up any trees this year but he reached the semis in Monte Carlo a couple of months ago, and he's currently on an eight-match winning streak after choosing to play a clay-court Challenger event after the French Open. It was an unusual move for someone ranked in the top 20 but he won, so it worked as a confidence-booster.
0841: "If you're coming down to Wimbledon today it's going to be hot, with temperatures up to 28C, very gentle breezes and just the tiniest chance of a shower," says Carol Kirkwood on BBC Breakfast. I can confirm that despite being in an air-conditioned and almost empty Commentary Box, I already have a sweat on. It's like being here, isn't it?
0840: Morning all, should be a good one today - local boy. Well, relatively local. That's right, Andy Murray continues his bid to become the first British men's singles champion since Fred Perry when he takes on Swiss 19th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the third match on Centre Court. We're guessing that will be at around 1700 BST.
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