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Wimbledon day eight as it happened

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By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

1854: Join us ridiculously early tomorrow for the build-up to the men's quarter-finals, with Federer v Karlovic and Haas v Djokovic first up at 1300 BST, followed by Roddick v Hewitt and Murray v Ferrero. It should be a treat for tie-break fans.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1850: Well, as the sun gently lowers and the odour of stir fry wafts enticingly across the All England Club, we will call it a day. As things stand, there is no news yet on when Jeremy Bates will resume his Gentlemen's Senior Invitation Doubles title quest. With Anders Jarryd. We will have to make do with Wednesday's men's quarter-finals....

1845: Not such good news from Court Three, where Cash & Wilkinson are undone in straight sets by 'veteran' Bjorkman and his partner in crime, Krajicek. Questions will be asked about this charade, Jonas, mark my words. You won't get away with it!

Tim Henman
1843: "Ferrero is the perfect match-up for Murray as he doesn't have the same firepower as Wawrinka," said Tim Henman when we caught up with him earlier for a chat about tomorrow's big match.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1840: Praise be, we have a winner. Britain's Laura Robson beats Australian Samantha Peers 6-3 6-2 in the girls' second round on Court Four. She does this despite being attacked - yes, attacked - by some form of insect at match point. Cool as a cucumber, she smacks a forehand winner, waves to the crowd in celebration and signs a few autographs on her way off court. Classy.

Mole
1834: "Sam Smith receives some consoling words as she traipses through the Broadcast Centre following her doubles defeat from none other than Martina Navratilova! Someone else shouts, 'don't worry Sam it's a round robin, you're still in it'. Who says the media are an unfriendly bunch? We look after our own."
BBC Sport Mole

1827: Robson earns three chances to go a double-break up before a stunning forehand pass on the run brings up number four, and this time the local girl takes control of the rally and moves 4-1 clear in the second set.

1823: An intrepid questioner asks Serena Williams to recall playing Elena Dementieva at Wimbledon in 2003. "Yeah, I don't remember that," says the American. She adds: "I use some of my trophies as make-up brush holders." Asked which one works best, she says: "My Indian Wells 2001." Nice.

1818: I've studied Court Three closely for at least two minutes and I have to tell you that Jonas Bjorkman is pulling a fast one. The Swede, who only retired last year, is feigning being out of breath while he and Krajicek breeze clear of Cash and Wilkinson. Not fair.

1813: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Laura initially looked at her mum and coach for inspiration after every mistake but seems more settled now and serving well."

1810: Robson is stepping up a gear now and she breaks at the start of the second to lead by a set and 1-0.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1809: "Bumped into Patrick Vieira plus entourage near exit gate. Asked if he was returning to the Premier League. Hesitated, then said no. Unconvincing."
From Jon, on Centre, via text

1807: Robson plays a blinder of a forehand on her way to sealing the first set 6-3 against Peers. Meanwhile, we have been on the case ahead of Roger Federer's meeting with Ivo Karlovic, which is first on Centre at 1300 BST tomorrow. Who better to deconstruct the Karlovic serve than Greg Rusedski?

1803: Robson gets the breakthrough to lead 5-3, while Wesley Moodie and 38-year-old Dick Norman finally see of Pavel and Tecau 14-12 in the fifth on Court Two. Pavel looks to be fuming, but then he's probably been out there since midday.

1759: The lefty Robbo serve is causing problems for Peers and the Briton leads 4-3 on serve in the first set. LTA women's chief Nigel Sears looks on from the stands. That's our future, that is.

1756: Pat Cash, trademark headband in place, is teaming up with British, er, man Chris Wilkinson to take on the might of Jonas Bjorkman and Richard Krajicek on Court Three. The visitors lead 3-1. Disappointing.

1752: Victoria Azarenka is interrupted by her mobile halfway through her press conference. Too quick to recognise the ringtone but it sounded xylophone-based. Super Robbo Robson serves out a love game for 3-2.

1748: Robson leads 2-1 on serve after facing an early break point, and there's a doubles epic unfolding on Court Two where Moodie and Norman are 12-11 up on serve against Pavel and Tecau.

1740: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "A bit of Anglo-Aussie banter on Court 4 between Laura's mum and Sally Peers' coach. Laura born Down Under of course."

Who made Bob Bryan 'choke it'?

1737: There's a big cheer for Robson as she gets under way on Court Four, and unfortunately none of the Aussie 'Fanatics' seem to be around to get behind Peers. They are almost certainly queuing up for Hewitt v Roddick tomorrow. Meanwhile, on Centre Court the Bryan brothers are in action, and Caroline Cheese caught up with one of them before Wimbledon. Not sure which one. Oh, Bob.

Mole
1732: "Right it's golfers at Wimbledon time! Here today is everyone's favourite grouch Colin Montgomerie and everyone's favourite cheeky Spanish chappie Sergio Garcia. Garcia of course is best mates with King Rafa….oh, how we miss him."
BBC Sport Mole

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1729: Noooooo! Smith and Croft battle back to level it up on Court Three but then tank it in the 'champions' tie-break. Well, I for one have had enough of the excuses and expect to see them grilled in the press room for this one. On a brighter note, Laura Robson has obviously had her match moved to Court Four behind a veil of secrecy, because she's out there knocking up with Australian Sally Peers.

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1725: "Heading for another Williams final again except Dementieva really steps up her game because Serena looks like the more vulnerable of the two sisters imo."
From fedjon13 on 606

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1720: The bad news - Austin & Rinaldi-Stunkel have edged past Croft & Durie 6-1 6-0. The good news - it's a round-robin! Look out Garrison & Smylie, our girls are gunning for you.

Virginia Wade
1716: "It was crushing, she was just superb and I think she's playing the best tennis of her career," says Virginia Wade on BBC One. "She came off the boil a little bit in the second but she was soon back and it was a magnificent display of power and accuracy. She looks like an absolute champion."

USA
1713: And that, is that. Serena Williams is 40-0 up in the blink of an eye and she rounds of a 6-2 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka with a quite spectacular forehand winner. She will play Elena Dementieva in the last four.

1710: Azarenka opens with a double-fault and it's all downhill from there. Serena breaks to 15 and will serve for the match at 5-3.

1707: Two aces, accompanied by blood-curdling screams, help Serena to a love hold and 4-3. Last night's late finish has just hit me after my demolition of a packet of fruit pastilles wears off. I remember when The Mole used to bring provisions, but now he's too busy with Greg.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1703: I watched Azarenka practise for five minutes this morning. It was intense. Nearby mothers shielded their children's eyes and ears. A wayward forehand sees her slip break-point down, and the racquet gets a good thumping on the baseline, before Serena plays a beauty of a drop shot but then puts the follow-up into the net. Azarenka saves another with a fizzing backhand winner, but cannot control a Serena return on break point three. It's 3-3 in the second set.

1656: OK, we have a match on Centre Court. Azarenka breaks serve for the first time when Serena nets a forehand and the 19-year-old from Minsk moves 3-2 in front.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1653: There is much hugging as Durie and Mandlikova finally get a game, while Croft and Smith have a break in set two. Laura Robson is still to come. I have to keep telling myself that.

1650: Even Venus looks like she's suffering a bit with the heat in the stands, and she lives in Florida. Which is even hotter. A couple of double-faults don't help Azarenka but Serena misses a break point and it's 2-2. Meanwhile, Durie and Mandlikova slip 5-0 down when the normally delightful Tracy Austin smacks a drive volley between them. It's carnage on Court Four.

Text in your views on 81111
1645: "Am I the only one who has noticed that Azarenka's 'yelp' is cut short if the ball fails to clear the net? Foul play?"
From Chris via text

1643: Venus looks on from the players' box as her sister dumps a forehand in the net for 30-30 but Azarenka then sends a return long, and the two-time champion holds for a set and 2-1.

1639: It's hard work for Azarenka but she holds for 1-1 in the second set.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1638: It's all smiles on Court Three and, frankly, it shouldn't be. Never mind Anne Keothavong, Croft and Smith are currently letting Britain down as they trail Conchita Martinez and Gretchen Magers 4-1. Some very rusty volleying from Smudger.

1635: Serena's level dips slightly and a couple of errors hand Azarenka the break point, but the American gets out of trouble with a move to the net. A second break point and.. ace, ace, ace. And a tremendous treat for British fans out on the Court Three/Four axis, as Annabel Croft teams up with Sam Smith on Three, and Jo Durie and Hana Mandlikova pair up on Four.


The view from the fans
1630: "Sitting at the back of centre court, so preoccupied listening to the grunting that we didn't realise serena won that first set! Please would the tournament organisers provide earplugs next year!!"
From Mike and Anna at Centre Court via text

USA
1627: A truly breathtaking set of tennis from Serena, who plays two forehand winners that Fernando Gonzalez would have been proud of. The American takes the set 6-2 in 26 minutes.

Virginia Wade
1624: Serena holds easily to lead 5-2. "She is playing sensational tennis and the big challenge for Azarenka is to withstand the power, not make errors and maybe add some variety," says Virginia Wade on BBC One.

1621: We have an order of play for Wednesday..... on Centre Court: Karlovic v Federer, Murray v Ferrero; on Court One: Haas v Djokovic; Roddick v Hewitt.

1619: Serena gets the first break point when Azarenka nets following a thumping exchange, and the Belarussian sprays a backhand wide to fall 4-2 behind.


It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1615: Still on serve on Centre Court, where the hitting is heavy and the noise level is.... not inconsiderable. Serena leads Azarenka 3-2. But bad news Britain as Alexandra Walker goes down 6-4 7-6 to Chile's Camila Silva on Court 14. That one started a while ago, so very much down to Cheese. And apparently, the auto refresh machine is melting so please manually refresh if things look awry.

1609: "Schiavone was doomed by the Curse of Cheese as soon as you said she lived in London. Poor girl never had a chance."
Fro anon via text

1607: Azarenka comes right back with a solid hold under some heavy pressure from Serena and this could be a cracker. Or over very quickly. Next up for the winner is Elena Dementieva, who has just given Francesca Schiavone a right old going over on Court One. "The weather conditions were pretty tough, I was trying to play very aggressive and put a lot of pressure on and make it as quick as possible, because it was very hot out there. Serena would be a tough challenge for me, she really likes to play on grass, but I just want to enjoy it and give myself another try."

1600: Serena wallops an ace to hold easily in the opening game on Centre Court.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1559: Great news! Jeremy Bates begins his campaign to regain the senior invitation doubles title from Flach and Seguso as he crushes Fleming and Vilas 6-1 6-1 on Court Four. With Anders Jarryd.

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1558: Afternoon. I bring you further evidence that Wimbledon is turning into the Australian Open, following the roof's debut yesterday. Apparently, it's so hot today that the 'heat rule' is in effect, which means that should we get to one-set all between Serena and Azarenka, both players would get a 10-minute ice-cream break before the decider. That's what happened when Serena and Victoria met in Australia at the start of the year, and Azarenka fell victim to the heat. Frankly, if you can't handle Melbourne in January, you've got no chance with south London in June.

By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon


1550: Over to Piers now. See you soon.

1548: There's another Brit in action on Court 14. Alex Walker was a set and a break down against Chile's 10th seed Camila Silva. She's now on serve in the second and leading 6-5.

Wimbledon on Twitter "The serve is there I just have to put the brain there," says Safina of her wonky delivery. "I know what I have to do, I just have to do it."

1542: Francesca Schiavone slices a backhand long on match point and Elena Dementieva completes a very easy 6-2 6-2 win to become the third player into the semi-finals. Dementieva has dropped 20 games on her way to the last four where she'll face Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka, who are on their way to Centre Court now.

1539: World number one Dinara Safina takes victory after two hours 28 minutes, forcing Sabine Lisicki to go wide on her first match point. Sigh of relief from the Russian really, whose serve was very shabby today. She will want to improve that when she faces defending champ Venus Williams on Thursday.

1538: It's a race to the finish between Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina. Dementieva leads 6-2 5-2, Safina 5-1 in the third.

1532: 15 doubles by Dinara Safina. 15. That's not going to get the job done against Venus Williams. She is pegged back to deuce there, but then correctly challenges a call on the sideline and goes on to make it 5-1. Elena Dementieva strolls into a 4-1 lead against Francesca Schiavone.

1528: Sabine Lisicki is on her feet again... but more importantly, take a look at Court Four. Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd, beginning their quest to win back the Gentlemen's Invitation trophy they so famously lifted in 2007, are thrashing Peter Fleming and Guillermo Vilas 6-1 2-1. If you don't remember that heady day in 2007, head to youtube, I'm sure it's there.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "How remiss of me - so spellbound by Bahrami/Leconte - that I have made no mention of the Royal Box today. We have Mole nemesis, garden meddler Alan Titchmarsh (boo!), and Mole favourite, forces sweetheart Katherine Jenkins (yay!). A mixed bag."

First aid
1523: The trainer is on for Sabine Lisicki. The German is lying on her front and is having her calf massaged. Dinara Safina wanders to the baseline and starts sending some serves down. Meanwhile, Ken Flach and Danie Visser, probably blinded by the tears of laughter, are beaten 7-6 6-3 by Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami.

1519: All looking a touch gloomy for Wimbledon's 'breath of fresh air' Sabine Lisicki. She trails Dinara Safina 4-1 in the third set, and it will take some choke by the top seed to throw this away now. I think Lisicki has called for the trainer too.

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From Eilidh, out and about in London, via text on 81111: "Is Pat Cash accounted for? I'm sure i just saw him on the District Line at Earls Court!"
He's not on court until later, and I haven't seen him on telly yet so it's possible... but unlikely

1515: Big serve out wide and Lisicki pushes the return into the net, allowing Safina to hold to 15. She leads 3-1 in the decider.

1511: Hat-trick! Dinara Safina breaks once again and leads 2-1. All a bit scrappy there, as indeed it is on Court One where Francesca Schiavone double-faults on set point to give Elena Dementieva the first set 6-2.

1507: Epic game on Centre ends with a very lucky netcord for Sabine Lisicki and they're back on serve at 1-1. Bit more competitive on Court One at last: Francesca Schiavone pegs back a break and now trails Elena Dementieva 5-2.

1504: Average age on Court Two: 31.75. And it's not even the gentlemen's invitational tournament. 'Quick' Dick Norman (38) and Wes Moodie (30) up against Andrei Pavel (35) and Horia Tecau (a mere 24). Set apiece at the moment.

1501: Dinara Safina has the break in the first game of the decider. Big test for both these players. How much has Lisicki got left? Has Safina got the nerve? Elena Dementieva is now 5-0 up against Francesca Schiavone.

1455: You can make your own minds up about Leconte/Bahrami as they're on the BBC website and Red Button stream at the moment. Not sure if Leconte's had the policeman's hat on yet.

1452: Safina overcooks a backhand to waste a set point, but Lisicki hits the top of the tape with a backhand and it's a second chance for the top seed - and this time, the unseeded German nets a backhand. Decider it is. Elena Dementieva leads Francesca Schiavone 4-0, and I am beginning to feel a bit sorry for Court One ticket-holders. Still, looks like they'll have a cracking doubles match later, and at this rate they might get to see one of the matches yet to scheduled - including Pat Cash and Chris Wilkinson teaming up in the gentlemen's invitational. Lovely.

1446: A double-fault to open from Dinara Safina, but she bounces back to lead 30-15. Wild forehand sails over the baseline and that's 30-30. There follows a 20-stroke rally, backhand to backhand for what seems like hours before Safina finds the net. Break point, but Lisicki slips at the vital moment and mis-times her backhand. Epic game... and it's still going.

1443: Getting very tense out on Centre now as Sabine Lisicki makes it 4-5 and forces Dinara Safina to sit down at the changeover and think about how she's going to serve out the second set. Elena Dementieva already a break and 2-0 up against London's Francesca Schiavone.

1433: Not a break point in sight in the second set on Centre... until now. Sabine Lisicki saves one but a double fault on the second gives Dinara Safina the advantage at 4-3. Only one winner now... but I don't know who it is.

1431: Should you wish to see the fruits of Dangerous Dave Ornstein's so-called labour as he swans around the practice courts, I humbly advise a visit to our flickr feed.

From David Ornstein on Twitter "Banter galore as Team Murray play foot tennis. The losing player will have a bottle of ice cold water poured over his head."

1427: Venus is off court in time for a late lunch. That means Francesca Schiavone and Elena Dementieva are up next on Court One.

From John in Guildford, via text on 81111: "Re 1411: Leconte/Bahrami are playing all the right shots, but not necessarily in the right order..."

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1422: Curses. Ashley Hewitt goes down 3-6 6-3 6-4 against American Harry Fowler. That leaves Tom Farquharson as the only survivor in the boys' singles.

From Emma, Warren Street, via text on 81111: "What has happened to the text feed Cheesy? It's all tennis and no banter!"

Latest scores and results
1419: One more raking forehand from Venus Williams and she completes an embarrassingly one-sided 6-1 6-2 win over Agnieszka Radwanska. She'll face Safina or Lisicki in the semis, but she looks unbeatable.

Someone is having a tantrum at Wimbledon
1416: And a bout of racquet abuse has earned Dinara Safina a code violation. She trails 2-1 in the second set.

1415: Meanwhile, Venus Williams is all of a sudden one game away from the semi-finals, leading 6-1 5-2 against poor Agnieszka Radwanska. Sabine Lisicki holds serve at the start of the second against Dinara Safina.

1411: Leconte/Bahrami are dividing the nation. Some say they're the new Morecambe and Wise. Some... well, don't. I ask you to watch their routines 10 times over and then tell me it's still funny. That's all. The 'breakfast sketch', on the other hand, never loses its magic.

1408: Set point for Sabine Lisicki at 6-4 and she seems to have an easy put-away, but puts it into the trams. She challenges, but that's a desperate challenge - and the call is confirmed. Dinara Safina to serve... and it's a massive, massive double fault from the Russian. Ay, ay, ay. French Open final all over again. Lisicki takes the set 7-6 (7-5).

1404: Double fault by Sabine Lisicki but she still changes sides with a 4-2 lead, which is now 5-2 after Dinara Safina misses by a whisker with a backhand down the line. Venus Williams leads 3-2 with a break against Radwanska.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1401: By all accounts, a nightmare serving display by Britain's David Thomson (see Chris Bevan's last tweet). He is broken six times on his way to a 6-3 6-1 defeat by top seed Daniel Berta.

1400: Apologies, was getting a bit ahead of myself at 1352. It's the quarter-finals, of course. Safina and Lisicki are into a first-set tie-break, prompting much fist-pumping and squealing from the German. All square in the second set on Court One.


BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "A young girl trying to get an autograph off Nadia Petrova at Aorangi just dropped her ice-cream on the floor. Tears by the bucket load."

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From John J, via text on 81111: "Alright Mole, we get the picture, although you seem to protest too much about not enjoying Mansour..."

1352: Sabine Lisicki's first serve deserts her, and Dinara Safina pounces. It's 5-5. You can hardly blame Lisicki for being a touch nervous. This is not only her Centre Court debut, it is also her first Grand Slam quarter-final. You may not be surprised to learn that Venus Williams has immediately broken back against Agnieszka Radwanska, who now leads 2-1.

1347: A stunned silence briefly descends on Court One as Radwanska breaks - to love. She has a 2-0 lead over Venus in the second set. Booming backhand winner from Dinara Safina - but after the changeover, Sabine Lisicki will serve for the first set at 5-4.

From Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Berta is junior Roland Garros champ but Thomson is not helping his cause on Ct6; racking up the double-faults and hardly landing a first serve."

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "Andy Murray is due in the Broadcast Centre soon and will be visiting the BBC studio for a chat with Sue Barker so keep your eyes peeled for that. Let's pray the interview wraps up before Bahrami (see 1234) makes it onto Court 18 outside the window, otherwise everyone will be forced to down tools as some Mansour-madness will make operating a camera or sound boom a health and safety issue as everyone will be shaking with laughter so much."

1343: A huge round of applause on Court One as Agnieszka Radwanska manages to hold serve at the start of the second set against Venus. Dinara Safina still trails by a break against Sabine Lisicki at 4-3.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1341: While we're on the subject of bad British news, Ashley Hewitt is now a set all with Harry Fowler. David Thomson loses the first set against Sweden's Daniel Berta.

1338: Defending champion Venus Williams has a foot in the semi-finals after polishing off the first set 6-1 in 28 minutes. Heartbreaking scenes over on Court Two where Petch and Ruser fritter away a commanding lead and lose the champions' tie-break 11-9. Don Johnson (not that one) and Jared Palmer bring up match point with a very, very lucky return, which just catches the line, and the Brits are done for. Greg's still smiling though.

1334: Germany's Sabine Lisicki saves two break points before making it 3-1 against Dinara Safina. Relief on Court One for Agnieszka Radwanska, who saves a set point on her way to avoiding the dreaded bagel and she now trails Venus 5-1.

1329: A remarkably delicate drop shot from Dinara Safina sets up a break-back point but she whacks a backhand into the net and they're back to deuce. Venus is 5-0 up after 18 minutes.

From Chris Bevan on Twitter: "People are impressed by Hewitt's attacking tennis on Ct14. 'Is he really British?' asks one man. 'I didn't think we had any boys this good.'"

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1325: Magnificent. Petch and Ruser dominate the second-set tie-break - er, 7-5 - and I think they play one of those champions tie-breaks now. Finger crossed, Brits.

1324: Looks like Dinara Safina is feeling the pressure. Three double-faults in one game, the third on break point, and Sabine Lisicki takes a 2-1 lead in the first set. Venus now 3-0 up against Radwanska.

1319: A fourth break point for Venus Williams and this time, Agnieszka Radwanska belts a forehand over the baseline and the third seed leads 2-0. Dinara Safina and Sabine Lisicki all square at 1-1, where the German doesn't seem to be showing many nerves on her debut on Centre.

1315: Incidentally, I think we can stop all this 'Curse of Cheese' talk now. Andy Murray and Laura Robson yesterday, Tom Farquharson today. I am a truly a lucky charm.

1312: Venus Williams has to nip to the loo after the warm-up on Court One, but she's back now and rattles through her opening service game against Agnieszka Radwanska. Dinara Safina serves first against Sabine Lisicki.

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1307: Britain's Ashley Hewitt takes the first set against Harry Fowler. Petch and Ruser are just one game away from levelling matters on Court Two, but the set is on serve. There is some kind of epic going on on Court 17 where Cheng Peng Hsieh leads the magnificently-named Johannes Robert van Overbeek 12-11 in the final set of their boys' match. They started that one yesterday. They may not finish it until tomorrow.

1257: Line judges are trooping onto Centre Court, jackets sensibly slung over their arms in these soaring temperatures. Dinara Safina and Sabine Lisicki are due on shortly, with Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska are heading for Court One. In a break with tradition, I'm going to try to keep you up to date with both of those matches. As well as Petch and Ruser, obviously.

1254: Court 14, and Britain's Ashley Hewitt is 4-2 up against American Harry Fowler in their boys' singles match. There's some soap gags to be made there, but I shall try to resist.

1250: Wisely, rosso_neri_7, they have not put me in charge of the website streams yet. If it were up to me, we'd be watching Marat Safin's heartbreaking first-round exit on a loop... I can tell you that Jana Novotna and Andrea Temesvari are 6-1 2-2 up against Ilana Kloss and Ros Nideffer.

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From rosso_neri_7 on 606: "Can we get Court Four on the website stream? I hear Novotna is a crazy trainer and practice fiend for her senior matches and takes it far more seriously than anyone else. I want to see if her rather endearing dedication is paying off for her."

1242: Petch and Ruser lose the first set against Johnson/Palmer 6-1. Prepare for a backlash, Johnson/Palmer. Zina Garrison and Liz Smylie have put a game on the board against Navratilova/Sukova. Martina will be fuming.

Courtside with Wimbledon ball stars

1238: A treat for you web users: Radio 1's David Garrido has been out to chat to some ball boys and girls.

1234: I do apologise. There may have been a dripping of sarcasm in that last missive from the Mole. Not usually something we sink to around these parts, as I'm sure you'll recognise. Moley has also ruined the surprise for everyone who has yet to see the magic of Mansour. Killjoy.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "Oh joy, it's the second week of Wimbledon and that can mean only one thing - yes it's novelty doubles. My heart skipped a beat when I looked at today's schedule and saw The Funniest Player in the World Ever!™ Mansour Bahrami is in action outside my window on Court 18… and wait for it… he's only playing with fellow professional tennis japester Henri Leconte. Hilarious. Cue much guffawing as Bahrami sits on a line judge's chair mid-game, gives a ball boy his racquet, makes funny grunting noises, etc etc. Someone get me a surgeon, my sides are going to split."

1227: Petch and Ruser may be struggling - but they're in fine shape compared to Zina Garrison and Liz Smylie. They lose the first set 6-0 against Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova and are already a break down in the second. A double bagel beckons.

It's bad news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1225: To my considerable shock, Petch and Ruser are 3-1 down against those dastardly Americans on Court Two. Plenty of time yet, although I'm not sure Petch is relishing these sweltering conditions. In the girls' singles, Stephanie Cornish loses 6-2 6-4 to 11th seed Silvia Njiric. And in the boys, Richard Gabb perishes 7-6 6-4 at the hands of ninth seed Dominik Schulz.

From Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Steph Cornish gives a little squeak after every mistake - a bit like a kitten, according to the women next to me on Court 7."

From Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Ct17 and 'The New Nadal'. Name too long to tweet. Very similar, except right-handed, short & stocky, mucho topspin and impressive grunting."

Wimbledon Day Eight - Pundit's Picks

1213: If you're looking for an upset today, BBC Sport's Sam Smith reckons it will come from Germany's Sabine Lisicki, who faces world number one Dinara Safina in the first match on Centre. She's already knocked out Sveta Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki, so Safina would be a hat-trick of upsets.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Two women in bikinis on Murray Mount. This is the All England Club don't you know?"
I will be sure to remind him it's Henman Hill when he returns. He's only young. He thinks Henman is a part-time commentator, part-time golfer.

1153: Plenty of potential on view at Wimbledon at the moment. Highly-rated Aussie Bernard Tomic is romping through his junior match on Court 12, while Carlos Boluda-Purkiss, who is basically a mini-Rafa Nadal, is on Court 17. Honestly, watch him - similar serve, whipping topspin forehand, incredible defence.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "'Who is the man with the cowboy hat and beard who sits in the players' box on Centre Court?'... For years, those emails have flooded into the BBC Sport inbox… for years I have wept real tears at the mere sight of them. But now in scenes akin to Frost/Nixon the two of us have just gone head-to-head (me as Frost, him as Nixon). Turns out he's a nice guy and not the evil genius I had convinced myself he was. Check out a video of the great man later in the week. And please don't ever email in to ask about him ever again."

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
1147: Can a player be cursed by terrible punnery? If so, Arthur de Greef has just fallen victim, retiring against Tom 'The New Tim Henman' Farquharson while trailing 6-0 1-0. Farqs is through to round three. Tally-ho!

It's good news for a Briton at Wimbledon
A bagel
1141: Please forgive me, I am a little sleep-deprived and the mocha-frappe-choco-latte with an extra shot appears to have worn off. THE TENNIS HAS STARTED. And 17-year-old Brit Tom Farquharson has already handed Arthur de Greef a bagel. A bit of greef for the Belgian there.

1139: Spooky alien-like whistles and bleeps coming from Centre Court. Maybe the large shadow that drifted across earlier wasn't the roof...

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From Stu, at work in Redhill, via text on 81111: "Re Mr Ornstein and his last Twitter post: It is not Murray Mount, it will always be Henman Hill. Tim may have retired but his legacy lives on! I didn't enjoy last night's match as much as a Henman rollercoaster, I always thought Murray would win and unlike watching Tim, at no point did I need to hide behind the sofa and not watch!"

1129: That's two texts I've received about Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket. It'll be in the Oxford English Dictionary before you know it. Since it's my thing, I'm going to cheat a bit today and give you Court Two (which must count as an outside court now that we're in the latter stages). First up, Petch and Ruser in the dream Brit pairing against a couple of Americans. Then you get to see 52-year-old 'Quick' Dick Norman in the men's doubles and last up, future superstar Laura Robson.

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From Claire, pretending to work but really just reading the live feed, in Cardiff: "Hello Miss Cheese. What's Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket today?"

1126: Jamie may be resting up - and incidentally, he was spotted during Andy's match doing something I think can accurately be described as canoodling - but there are a whole host of other Brits to pin your hopes on. That's because the senior events start today. Jo Durie, Jeremy Bates, Annabel Croft, Mark Petchey and Greg Rusedski: your time is now.

1120: Keep up, anon (see below), Jamie Murray and American partner Liezel Huber are already on the march. They face Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round - tomorrow I would think.

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From anon via text on 81111: "When does Jamie 'I won a Grand Slam before my bro' Murray's mixed doubles campaign start?"

BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Scores of sun worshippers have already pitched camp on Murray Mount. Plenty of flesh on show - get that suntan cream on!"

1109: Over on Court One, defending champ Venus Williams faces Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska. Then, unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone - WHO LIVES IN LONDON - meets fourth seed Elena Dementieva, who has dropped only 16 games so far without anyone really noticing. Only Venus has been as dominant.

1104: Second on Centre, spiky Belarusian Victoria Azarenka against second seed Serena Williams. During her three-set win over Nadia Petrova yesterday, Azarenka completely lost her rag when the umpire refused to overrule a line call. She marched up to the ump and accused her of "ruining the game" and then sarcastically shook the line judge's hand. A yellow card offence.

1100: Right then, on to today's matters. Dinara Safina will face Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the first match on Centre at 1300 BST. Unseeded Lisicki hasn't won a match on grass before this tournament. We've also learnt that she knows Steffi Graf but has never met Boris Becker. Don't know of her thoughts on Rainer Schuettler, we might hear later today.

1056: The Voice of Wimbledon recommends everyone has "plenty of water and sun cream on board". Don't get the bottles confused though. Could be nasty.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "I've just met 'the man with the hat' - player box steward David Spearing, what a gent. Even The Mole was charmed by his nemesis."

The sun is out again at Wimbledon
1051: The roof appears to be meandering across Centre Court. No idea why, it's glorious sunshine out there and officially scorching. Back in your box, roof, you've had your moment of glory.

From boringoldblue on 606: "Re 0952: Moles wear pants?"

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From Chip-In via text on 81111: "Check out Andy Murray's profile when he gets excited - looks like The Mole (see 0952)."

1036: Hey, I'm well-known for clutching at hypothetical pro-British straws, and I think Stan Wawrinka played very, very well last night. But Murray did not, as ArgieWizard beautifully explains (see below), and I'm wondering how much of that was down to the conditions under the roof. I really must start talking about the women's quarter-finals soon.

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From ArgieWizard on 606: "Re 1012: Cheese, think you're clutching at hypothetical pro-British straws there. I don't know if anyone noticed, but Murray didn't actually play that well last night - poor first serve percentage, plenty of unforced errors, and far too short with a lot of his shots which allowed Wawrinka to dictate points. Testament to the man's grit and belief to win - I thought there was only going to be one winner after the 4th set, and it wasn't going to be Murray."

1026: All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie is on Radio Wimbledon now, talking about the decision to keep the roof closed last night. He says, basically, that they had no choice, because of the 70% risk of showers. In response to Andy Murray's claim that he was not given enough warning that the roof would stay shut, he says: "Andy's camp rang the referee's office to ask and we told them, as it stood, it would stay closed but we would let them know if it changed."

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From Neville Neville, Neville & Neville on 606: "Re 1003: I still think it's odd that the match should have started under the roof, however ticklish the circumstances. Even with the roof, Wimbledon is still, in principle, an outdoor tournament, so I reckon if there's no rain, a match should start without a roof."

1016: Also, does last night's match give Murray a potentially crucial advantage as he bids to win his first Grand Slam title? He is the only player in the men's draw who has experienced a match under the roof.

1012: I will get round to talking about the women's quarter-finals... soon. Here's a thought: Murray clearly struggled in the indoor conditions last night. If the roof had stayed open for the match, which began at 6.42pm, would Murray have won in straight sets, thereby finishing before the floodlights were even needed? Like I say, just a thought.

1007: Murray himself said he was surprised the roof stayed closed, but there probably won't be any complaints from BBC television who pulled in a peak of 11.8 million viewers last night. Some consolation for the loss of Dom's On the Case.

1003: So why did Andy Murray's match against Stan Wawrinka begin under the roof, when it was bone dry outside? Here's the official line from All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie (please note excellent use of the word 'ticklish'): "We were always going to face ticklish decisions with the roof and the condition but you have to play the percentages. We had a forecast that said 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms, and we had a 6.30pm start meaning there was a reasonable chance the match might run into light problems. Take those together and that's why we decided to do it. It was the right decision."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "In a cab with George, Heli & Seb from Farnham on their way to queue for tomorrow - brave murraymaniacs ready to bait some Aussies."

0952: Just having a little flick through the papers, and they all seem to be preoccupied with the amount of BBC programmes that had to be put back or shelved entirely because of the Wimbledon drama last night. The One Show, Dom's On The Case, EastEnders, Panorama, Crimewatch, News at Ten and Crimewatch Update, according to the Independent, all suffered as a result of the late-night finish.

Mole
BBC Sport Mole: "Tired and red eyes around Wimbledon this morning. At 11.15pm on the tube last night I was surrounded by tired, ratty and emotional public school kids apoplectic with rage that Murray's match had forced them to work late in the Wimbledon food court and therefore ruined their social lives. Welcome to the real world kids. Least you've got your mum at home to do your washing for you - I am heading for a serious pants shortage and there are still six days left."

0943: Apologies Karen, and anyone else who has been forced to find some work to pretend to do this morning. As you may have heard, it was quite a late one last night. I was half expecting to see Piers Newbery curled up under the desk in Commentary Box Four this morning. No complaints though: last night was very, very special, and not just for the sight of one of my colleagues almost being impaled by a fork lift truck on the way out at nearly midnight.

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Karen, distraught in Newcastle, sent via text at 0904 BST on 81111: "No live text? All still in bed after last night's epic? Am a supposed to do actual work today?! Please come back! xx"

0930: Did it really happen? Was it all a dream? A night match at Wimbledon... Never thought I'd see the day. It's only a matter of time before they start playing Black Eyed Peas during the changeovers.



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