Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski win the tie-break to take the first set against Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut, and that's where they'll leave it. Lazy. I'm carrying on. I want the text commentary record... Who am I kidding? I'm finished in more ways than one. See you at 0900 BST tomorrow sharp (ish).
Easy as that. ELena Baltacha and Ukrainian Olga Savchuk give a sparse Centre Court crowd some late cheer with a 6-3 6-3 win in the doubles. Not such good news over on Court One where Laura Robson and Sally Peers lose 6-2 6-4 against Kanepi/Zhang. Tie-break on Court Isner-Mahut between Flemski and Clement/Mahut.
Elena Baltacha and Olga Savchuk are but a game away from the second round. Laura Robson and Sally Peers are a game away from defeat. Like I say: it's a rollercoaster.
Still on serve over on Court Isner-Mahut between Flemski and Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut. Clement has just been grimacing and flexing his wrist. Not sure he'll get much sympathy from his partner.
Serena on John Isner:
"I've got to give it to the guy, I definitely wouldn't have lasted that long. It was so amazing to see. I was shocked. It shows tennis is a serious sport. Eleven hours ? It's unbelievable. This is a great sport to be involved in."
Serena Williams on meeting the Queen:
"It was really cool. I met her grandson in Australia, so it was awesome to meet her too. I felt so special to be a part of it. I was nervous. Everyone was. We were all sweating and saying 'it's so hot in here' but I don't think it was, we were just so nervous."
No double bagel but still a crushing win for the top seed and defending champion Serena Williams,
6-0 6-1 against poor old Anna Chakvetadze. See? That's what happens when you put Serena on Court Two. Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova stands between Serena and a place in the fourth round.
And Serena takes her foot off the pedal. Anna Chakvetadze smiles sheepishly as the crowd applaud her winning a game at last. Serena to serve for a place in the third round.
Uh-oh. Serena leads 6-0 5-0...
Serena now 6-0 3-0 up. She couldn't... could she? Meanwhile, contrasting fortunes for the Brits. Laura Robson and Aussie Sally Peers lose the first set 6-2. But Bally and Olga Savchuk nab the first set of their doubles 6-3. British tennis: it really is a rollercoaster ride.
Bagel time over on Court Two where Serena Williams is in no mood for hanging around... Anna Chakvetadze is the unlucky victim.
I find myself torn. On the one hand, I obviously want Flemski to win on Court 18. On the other, Nicolas Mahut is on the other side of the net. How much more can one man take?
Stand by your beds, it's the order of play
for Friday... Centre: Henin-Petrova, Monfils-Hewitt and Federer-Clement. Court One: Djokovic-Montanes, Venus-Kleybanova and Kohlschreiber-Roddick.
has just texted in to report that Rodionova and Kuznetsova didn't shake hands. Rodionova has got a bit (ie a lot) of previous: she got chucked out of a tournament for belting the ball at the crowd last year, and in her first-round win over Anne Keothavong, she was yelling and screaming all over the place: at herself, at the umpire, at the gods of tennis in the sky above...
We'll put this under the 'shock' category, but I don't think anyone will actually be that surprised. Nineteenth seed and two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova loses 6-4 2-6 6-4 to feisty Australian Anastasia Rodionova. Kuzy's form is far from solid at the moment.
And guess who's back on Court 18? The scene of his 11-hour 5-minute defeat just a few hours ago? Yep, French superhero Nicolas Mahut is playing doubles
with Arnaud Clement. I imagine Mahut will be shouting "yours" a lot. They're up against Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, or Flemski as they like to be known.
While Serena slums it on Court Two, Britain's Laura Robson is on Court One in the doubles with her Australian partner Sally Peers. And onn Centre, it's Elena Baltacha with her Ukrainian partner Olga Savchuk. Don't go anywhere.
Spaniard David Ferrer
beats Florent Serra 6-4 7-5 6-7 6-3. Jeremy Chardy up next for Ferrer. Serena Williams's second-round match against Anna Chakvetadze should follow on Court Two.
The dream dies. Sam Querrey defeats the heroic Ivan Dodig 6-2 5-7 6-3 7-6 (12-10). Belgium's Xavier Malisse up next for the American. We'll always remember I-Dod though. Just in case you're thinking things are winding down for the day, defending champ Serena Williams is still waiting to get on court.
I-Dod's saved a match point, Querrey's saved another set point... This one could run and run. Hang on, where have I heard that before?
But Querrey puts away a volley and it's all square at 8-8. Nadal serving for the match in the fifth set against Haase.
Stunning forehand winner from Dodig to earn a second set point, but that's an absolutely brilliant running forehand pass from Querrey to be fair. It's 7-7. Another set point for I-Dod...
Ivan Dodig is showing all that Croatian fighter mentality as he comes back from 4-1 down in the tie-break to earn a set point... Querrey saves it with a big serve out wide. It's 6-6. Believe, I-Dod, believe.
Ivan Dodig may be worthy of only two sentences on Wikipedia, but he's still got an
Want to know his best shot? "My serve, my legs and my Croatian fighter mentality play to win until the last point." He and Sam Querrey are into a fourth-set tie-break, which I-Dod must
Serving to stay in the match holds no fears for a man like I-Dod, who does so for the loss of only one point. Dodigitty!
Come on, Ivan Dodig fans of the world, time to get behind our man. He's two sets to one and 5-4 down against dastardly American Sam Querrey. I-Dod is serving to stay in Wimbledon. Crossed fingers everybody...
Elena Baltacha on meeting the Queen:
"It was great in the changing room beforehand. I had Billie Jean King on my left and Martina Navratilova on my right, talking about some of the their great matches back in the day. They really calmed us down and reassured us, which was really lovely of them. And then you had Jelena Jankovic and Serena and Venus putting their dresses on... and Martina Navratilova was showing Caroline Wozniacki how to curtsey. She was like, 'do I put my left foot at the front or at the back?' and Martina was showing her. It was all pretty surreal but such a big privilege."
Anne Keothavong on meeting the Queen:
"We spent a lot of time practicing our curtseys in the ladies' changing rooms, with Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King and Wozniacki and Jankovic. I don't think any of us wanted to mess it up! I've actually met the Queen before, when she came to open the NTC, but I'm not sure that she remembered! Tim Phillips introduced us and he told the Queen that I'd come back from a knee injury and she said, 'that's unfortunate' and asked me how I was now."
Over on Court Isner/Mahut, which it will now surely be renamed, second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan rattle through their first-round match against Marco Chiudinelli and Bobby Reynolds 6-1 6-4 6-4. Disappointing lack of drama. Isner and Mahut would have just been getting started...
Full details have arrived on those gifts given to marathon men John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. After 11 hours 5 minutes on court, they
had to carry off a 10" Tipperary Crystal Bowl (to be engraved) and six Waterford Crystal Wimbledon champagne flutes.
Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani received a bowl, a tie and some cufflinks. "I travel Economy," said Lahyani. "Seven hours sitting still on court is nothing. It has been quite amazing to be involved with such an extraordinary match. I can't imagine seeing another one like it in my lifetime. I didn't get a chance to feel tired, I was gripped by the amazing match and my concentration stayed good - I owed that to the players, their stamina was breath-taking and their behaviour exceptional. When you are so focussed and every point feels like a match point you just don't even think about eating or needing the bathroom."
GAH! Some rather tentative volleying from Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray and they go down 15-13 in the fifth set
against top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. That's still a magnificent effort by our brave boys though.
Someone's had a go at me for not concentrating on Centre Court. I think you'll find
Tom Fordyce is fully concentrating on Centre Court,
where we have a potential upset on our hands, leaving me free to focus on Court Six. Nestor/Zimonjic have a match point at 14-13...
Looks like there's a danger of me being the Queen of England (see 1702). John Isner says he hasn't decided whether to pull out of the doubles. He's playing with Sam Querrey, who is playing singles right now, so they wouldn't have to play until tomorrow anyway... I'm still confident.
Unlucky. Britain's Sarah Borwell and American doubles partner Raquel Kops-Jones lose 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 7-5 to fifth seeds Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in another match held over from last night.
John Isner seems like a very decent fella, by the way. He reveals that Andy Roddick, a good friend of his, came round to his house with "take-out" for him last night. Over on Court Six, Nestor/Zimonjic lead 13-12 against Murray/Marray as they close in on Isner/Mahut's record.
Isner on being involved in a record-breaking match:
"Yeah, it's great. It's something Nic and I will share forever really. I don't think I ever said five words to him prior to the match - not that he's a bad guy, it's just the way it is. Now when I see him at other tournaments, we'll always share that."
Isner on whether Wimbledon should have a fifth-set tie-break:
"I don't think so. This won't happen again, not even close. I think just keep it the same."
John Isner on what he was thinking last night:
"Honestly, I really thought it was a dream. I didn't think it was possible. I went back, I didn't sleep great, probably about four hours. I talked to Nic [Mahut] and he said he slept about three. We're both running on fumes right now."
Both pairs holding serve with ease now. It's hard to know when it will all end... Nestor/Zimonjic lead Marray/Murray 11-10
in the fifth.
From anon via text:
"This Murray/Marray match is an absolute marathon! Will it never end?!"Haha
Ooh crikey blimey, it's all going on. Murray/Marray save two match points as they make it 9-9 against Nestor/Zimonjic.
Rafa levels at one set all against Haase.
And how about our new favourite Ivan Dodig? I-Dod is level at one set all against Sam Querrey, the 18th seed.
John Isner was meant to be speaking to the press about now, but it's just been put back to 1800 BST. Piers wonders if that's because he's walking really slowly to the press centre. Murray/Marray just had two break points for a 9-8 lead against Nestor/Zimonjic but couldn't take them. The top seed lead 9-8.
See? Statistical gold right there. In other news, it's turned out to be a mixed day for Slovakia. Their football team are into the last 16 of the World Cup, but their number one tennis player Daniela Hantuchova has lost at the second-round stage to Barbara Zahlavova Strycova,
who won 1-6- 6-2 6-4. Cripes. Murray and Marray are level at 8-8 in the fifth against top seeds Nestor/Zimonjic. Top, top effort.
Stand by for a killer stat.
You can take this down the pub with you. Think of it as my crystal bowl and champagne flutes to you (although to be fair the credit goes to Infostrada).
From anon via text:
"Isner wins 70-68. Mahut's desperate three-point shot clanged off the rim at the buzzer..."
From Egonporter on Twitter:
"Yesterday, I left the pub after the England game, found out Mahut-Isner were 24-24, I was worried I'd miss the end on my 20 min walk."
Andy Murray on Twitter:
"Not everyday you come off court and meet the Queen instead of the press. Enjoy the match?"
Tim Henman reveals that John Isner and Nicolas Mahut received crystal bowls and champagne flutes to mark their epic (need a new word for epic, really) match. And the records that fell include: longest match ever (11 hours 5 minutes), most games in a set (138), most aces by a single player (Isner's 112), and most aces in total (215).
So just the 11 hours and 5 minutes later, John Isner books a second-round meeting with Thiemo de Bakker. If Isner doesn't pull out of the doubles, by the way, I'm the Queen of England.
BBC Two presenter John Inverdale asks John Isner
how he feels about playing doubles in about half an hour - as he is supposed to do. "That's kind of a mean joke," smiles Isner. "I don't even want to think about that. We'll go back to the locker room and see what happens."
Well this has taken a very strange turn. Nicolas Mahut may have sounded quite chipper just then but he really looks devastated and now he's being asked to have a photo taken by a scoreboard which shows he just lost 70-68 in the fifth set. I'm not sure he'll want a copy.
"At this moment I'm just really thankful. It was amazing today. John deserved to win. He served unbelievable, he's a champion. It was really an honour to play the greatest match ever at the greatest place for tennis. It was very long but I think we both enjoyed it."
"This crowd was fantastic. What more can you say? The guy's an absolute warrior. It stinks someone had to lose. To share this with him was an absolute honour. Maybe we'll meet again somewhere down the road and it won't be 70-68."
Nicolas Mahut and John Isner's names are read out, but neither of them look like they have the energy to collect these momentos. Mahut looks devastated, and I'm not sure he needed to be lugging two massive present off court either.
Men in suits in court, not to cart the two players away, but to present the umpire and Isner and Mahut with a "special momento". Tim Henman and Anne Jones will do the honours. This is a bit bonkers...
Wow. Here's how it happened: Good, deep volley by Mahut - but NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Isner steps back and smacks a desperate forehand pass onto the sideline. A fifth match point
for the American, and he takes control of the point. He has a backhand to put away, and everything seems to go in slow motion as he measures it and then sends it down the line. Isner lets out a yelp before falling on his back and then hugging Mahut at the net.
1647: ISNER WINS 70-68 IN THE FIFTH SET! From Nathan, Loughborough, via text:
"How about at 70-70 it's called a draw and they both go out and face De Bakker?"
Leading 0-15, Mahut goes on the attack, whacking a forehand into the corner to win two points in a row!
Ace number 112 at 135mph from Isner. Not a bad trick to have up your sleeve. Unreturned serve... return drifts wide... return in the net. Isner leads 69-68.
Argh, I need the toilet.
The problem is, each man is saving most of their energies for holding serve and almost none for the return games. It's 68-68.
From anon via text:
"Is this for real? Or some Truman Show stunt? I really don't want to see either lose, all that effort for nothing! On the plus side, at least he won't have to play again!"
From pboreham on Twitter:
"Never going to end is it? BBC will have to show it daily, like the news and we'll still be watching it in 10 years time..."
We believe Ronald McIntosh has entered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest single match commentary. We're up to 11 hours.
Isner leads 68-67.
Sweden's sixth seed Robin Soderling
wins 7-5 6-1 6-4 against Marcel Granolllers, women's third seed Caroline Wozniacki
beats Kai-Chen Chang 6-4 6-3. It's 67-67.
Tracy Austin and John McEnroe among the crowd on Court 18. Tracy smiles and McEnroe nods approvingly as fellow American Isner whacks a forehand down the line. He leads 67-66.
John Inverdale reports that the atmosphere is a little strange courtside because no one wants anyone to lose. Fair enough. Neither do I. A draw then?
If I were the coach of either of these two, I'd maybe be thinking of putting in some work on the return. Mahut with a stunning off-forehand and it's 66-66.
Not a sniff of a break since the opening game (today).
Greg Rusedski on BBC Two:
"By the look of it, it's not going to end today."
No problem for Isner. He leads 66-65.
If Mahut wins the next game, how about we just call it a draw and go home?
An athletic leap from Mahut to put away a smash. Seriously, has anyone actually checked that these two are human? It's 65-65.
Isner apologises for a netcord. I'd imagine Mahut's had his own lucky break in at least one of those 171 other games. The American leads 65-64.
A glimmer of hope for Isner as wins ONE MEASLY POINT but Mahut makes it 64-64.
We've just ticked past the 10-and-a-half hour mark.
From anon via text:
"On hitting the hundreth ace I hope each player raised his racket and saluted the crowd?"They didn't. They should have, but they didn't
Isner bangs down ace number 106 for a surely decisive 64-63
Greg Rusedski on BBC Two:
"The only way I can see this match being beaten this year is if Andy Murray wins Wimbledon. Otherwise, this is the story of the tournament."
From Danny in Grimsby, via text:
"Watching at work on my iPhone. 58% battery left. Fearing the worst!"
And Mahut holds to love. 63-63.
Nothing between them. Mahut looking slightly sprightlier, but then he did for most of the eight hours yesterday... Tsonga beats Dolgopolov 10-8 in the fifth - lightweights.
DavidLawTennis on Twitter:
"Goran Ivanisevic hit 200 aces en route to the Wimbledon final in 1992. Mahut/Isner have done that between them in this one match."
Centre Court is about half full as no doubt everyone tries to pack on to Court 18 for a piece of history. Isner leads 63-62.
I honestly don't think this will ever end.
Ton up! Mahut joins Isner in the 100-ace club and he makes it 101 to level it at 62-62.
New balls please, for the millionth time in this match (sorry, can't work it out).
Isner stumbles as he tries to make room for a forehand. It really is a fight til they drop. The American is up to 104 aces as he makes it 62-61.
Tsonga and Dolgopolov are at 8-7 in the final set. Pah.
Ace numbers 97 and 98 take Mahut to 30-15. Whoah. We nearly lost him there. The Frenchman throws the ball up a bit wonky and his legs seem to nearly go as he staggers to catch it. No problem though. He swipes a backhand down the line to level it up at 61-61.
From Richard via text:
"Don't forget the fans! I had the pleasure of seeing every point on court 18 yesterday. Eight hours without food or a toilet break, i want the court renamed after me."
Mahut thinks he's made a lob - which Isner doesn't even think about running for - but the out call comes and there's no HawkEye to turn to on Court 18. Isner holds to love and leads 61-60.
Mahut strokes a magnificent backhand onto the line to get to 40-0, finishing with ace 96. It's 60-60.
Settle in everyone.
Isner starts with a double fault, and only catches the back of the line with his second serve on the next point. The Frenchman's not sure about that call, but no complaints. Ace number 99, an unreturned serve, but two ropey forehands let Mahut back in at deuce. Tense. Ace number 100
and Isner pumps his fist as he heads to the chair at 60-59
. The scoreline inevitably causes a few titters in the crowd. Could get tiring.
Isner to serve. 59-59. Rusedski reckons the American has the slight edge cos he's serving first.
From Sinead in London, via text:
"Going to have to sneak away from my desk to watch Mahut-Isner in staff canteen don't tell anyone;-)"
Isner manages a sheepish smile as he arrives on court. They're warming up now, as if more than seven hours yesterday wasn't warm-up enough. Everyone been to the toilet? Got enough food and drink for the next six hours? Good.
Royal-level security for Isner and Mahut as they make their way to Court 18. If they had silk dressing gowns, spotlights and some thumping music, it'd be like a boxing match. Ronald McIntosh and Greg Rusedski are back in the BBC commentary box. "I've seen nothing like this in my tennis career," says Rusedski, unsurprisingly.
Court 18 is packed to the rafters, and every single vantage point is taken by cameramen. I'm not sure John Isner or Nicolas Mahut are ever going to top the last few days. And maybe Ronald McIntosh won't either. McIntosh made his tennis commentary debut for the BBC on this very match. He
told the BBC this morning:
"I'm a bit jetlagged even thought I haven't left the country. It was quite incredible. The level of fitness and concentration they displayed, I mean, such huge admiration. Today, those bodies are going to be incredibly tired and it could be over quite quickly."
From mbb2009 on Twitter:
"Thought the players did a good job meeting the Queen. Better than Kate Bush, who once asked for an autograph. Embarrassing."
What? You STILL don't know when Mahut-Isner resumes? 1530 BST.
That's seven minutes' time, live on BBC One
and on the BBC website.
Some talk that there should be a fifth-set tie-break to avoid this happening again (which I don't agree with by the way). Here's Maria Sharapova's
view: "I'd be chucking myself into a local hospital. It's pretty incredible. Maybe the rules will be changed that at a certain point you have to play a tie-break. I mean, it's heroic."
Hope the Queen remembered to drop her ticket off on the way out so someone else can have her seat. Rafael Nadal will be on Centre later. Meanwhile, Jonny Marray and Jamie Murray are under way in their daunting first-round match against top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, and they dropped the first set 6-3 but are into a tie-break in the second. Andreas Beck and Julien Benneteau are into a fifth-set decider. Just 'going into a fifth set' isn't really that interesting anymore, is it? I don't take any notice until they get to at least 20-20...
Meanwhile, back at the tennis, Alexandr Dolgopolov has come from two sets down against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take it into a fifth set. Tenth seed in a spot of bother there. Don't think Tsonga's fragile body would stand up to 118 plus games in the final set.
No, the prospect of Mahut-Isner was too much, and the Queen has left the building, crowds lining the way as the cavalcade leaves the All England Club. She might be back in another 10 days... You never know.
Murray stands, hands on hips, chatting to the Queen, who looks genuinely delighted about the whole thing. I think Murray asked her what her plans were now, and I'm absolutely sure she replied that she was going to get a cup of tea before heading over to Court 18 for Mahut-Isner. And now All England Club chairman Tim Phillips is showing the Queen mini-replicas of the men's and ladies trophies, which are her gifts from the day. Packed crowds at the back of Centre Court hoping to catch a glimpse... Quite a surreal day so far - and there's still Mahut-Isner to come.
And that's quite enough tennis for the Queen, who doesn't fancy sticking around for Caroline Wozniacki and Kai-Chen Chang. To be fair, it doesn't look like many of the Royal Box fancy that one. Andy Murray and Jarkko Nieminen are on their way to meet Her Majesty...
The Queen rises to her feet and punches her fists... No, no, no, but Her Majesty is applauding warmly after Andy Murray
wraps up a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen. Gilles Simon up next for the British number one. Murray and Nieminen once again down bags before bowing carefully on their way off.
Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru,
who to my surprise is the 31st seed, beats Romina Oprandi 6-2 6-0, finishing off with a nice bagel. Dulgeru will face Kaia Kanepi in a third-round match not many will have predicted...
From Kenny, Isle of Man, via text:
"I am looking forward to the third day of the Test match between Isner and Mahut. God bless iPlayer. I have already angled my computer away from my boss at work."
Jelena Jankovic on Twitter:
"I had a VERY exciting morning: I met the Queen of England here at Wimbledon! I was so nervous but it was a great honor."
Former champion Maria Sharapova
can have a natter with Victoria Azarenka and Flavia Pennetta in the locker room after she wraps up a 6-1 6-4 win over Ioana Raluca Olaru. Sharapova on course for a fourth-round meeting with defending champion Serena Williams, which should be quite fun.
Fourteenth seed Victoria Azarenka
staggers over the line first, the Belarussian winning 6-1 6-4 against Bojana Jovanovski. Italy's 12th seed Flavia Pennetta
joins her in the third round, trouncing Monica Niculescu 6-1 6-1. Next on that court, the unheralded Nicolas Mahut and John Isner - but not before 1530 BST. Should give Court 18 plenty of time to prepare itself for another pounding.
Andy Murray is well on his way against Jarkko Nieminen, leading by two sets to love and a break in the third. Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are making heavy weather of their wins. Sharapova, having had a 4-2 lead, is now serving for it at 5-4. Aza also leads 5-4 in the second, having led 5-1.
From AY, Sheffield, via text:
"Any chance someone has managed to count the number of points played in the Mahut-Isner match?"Hang on... 878, 879, 880... 881. The things I do for you...
Maria Sharapova and Victroria Azarenka in a race for the finish line. Looks like Aza will get there first, she's just one game away, Shazza two. Flavia Pennetta leads Monica Niculescu 6-1 2-0. That's on Court 18 and you know what that means? We're on track for a 1530 BST start in the resumption of Mahut-Isner.
From Kim, SW19, via text:
"Baking in the heat in my front row seat on Court 2, been here since 4am. Now if I was Tsonga I'd be inclined to remove my shirt..."Outrageous suggestion. These people are serious sportsmen, not pieces of meat for your ogling (do shout up if he does though)
Huge upset over on Court, er, 17 where Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic sends 2008 semi-finalist Jie Zheng packing with a 6-4 2-6 6-2 win. Jolly well done, Petra. She'll probably have to face Victoria Azarenka in the next round. Pictures of Virginia Wade chatting away to Tim Henman on Centre Court. Careful what you say, Ginny, there's a quite important royal type person sitting right in front of you.
From JP, Staffs, via text:
"Re 1347: Here's one for you, if Isner and Mahut play out another eight games in this set, they would have played enough games to have won the Championship. FACT."That is indeed a fact. I just checked
The Queen has now watched nearly an hour of tennis. If reports are to be believed, she's not a big fan of the game, so I reckon she'll be starting to think about tea about now... Wonder if she's wearing that big hat so she can have a cheeky nap.
Good news and bad news. Britain's Ross Hutchins
and Australian partner Jordan Kerr are through to the second round of the doubles - at the expense of Britain's pair of Alexes, Bogdanovic and Slabinsky.
Mahut-Isner? Over in two games, mark my words. Victoria Azarenka
has sneaked on to Court 12 without me noticing and she's already won the first set 6-1 against Bojana Jovanovski. Maria Sharapova
copies with a 6-1 set against Ioana Raluca Olaru.
Except of course, we know Isner-Mahut can't start until 1530 BST at the earliest. That's just so umpire Mohamed Lahyani can get some carbs and fluids on board. Some scores: Sharapova 4-1 up, Hutchins/Kerr two sets up, Tsonga two sets up but has had the trainer on.
Have no idea what to make of that last tweet, by the way. Except that I worry a bit for the future of this country. I bet it had loads of typos in it as well. Anyway, tennis, yes? And it's significant news for those of you waiting for Mahut-Isner, Agnieszka Radwanska
beats Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-0. Just Penetta v Nicolescu to go before we start all over again. At 59-59.
Sorry for the delay. Just polishing off the last of my Kentish Strawberries and Blackberries with Cornish Clotted Cream and Mint Syrup. Pretty average, I'd say. Give this page a little refresh would you so we can leave Piers in the past.
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Isner v Mahut will definitely be among the video streams on the website and on the red button, and it will start 'not before 1530 BST'. And with that, I will leave you in the capable hands of Caroline...
From anon via text:
"Piers - what time is the Isner v Mahut match due to start again? And will you be showing it? Either online or on tv? Nobody seems to know. Thanks."
The sun is shining on Centre Court and the 15,000 spectators stand as one for the arrival of the Queen, who gets a rousing round of applause and waves in appreciation. Murray and Nieminen shuffle nervously in the tunnel, walk onto court and turn at the service line to bow to Her Majesty. Andy's definitely been practising that, we get an arm across the stomach. Nice touch.
We have a few sets in the bag now as Seppi, Kanepi, Kvitova and Chardy all move ahead in their matches. Big names, all, but Tsonga is the main man out there at the moment and he takes his opener 6-4 when Dolgopolov fires a forehand over the baseline in Court Two. The Frenchman goes for a change of shirt and gets the obligatory whistles. Really, some people.
Tsonga snaffles the first break of the day on Court Two and strolls back to his chair with a 5-4 lead.
Hutchins & Kerr wrap up the first set 6-1 on Court Six, while Tsonga is tied at 3-3 with Dolgopolov on Court Two. Elsewhere, we have the likes of Benneteau, Gallovits, Seppi and Radwanska. If this was a gig, you'd probably be at the bar for this bit, but we're closing in on the main action from 1300 BST.
From Ben in Notts via text:
"Definition of optimism: scheduling a match on 18 after Isner and Mahut."
A great start for Britain's Ross Hutchins and his Aussie pal Jordan Kerr as they race into a 4-1 lead. It is against Britian's Bogdanovic and Slabinsky though. And just in case you hadn't realised, the live video stream is up and running at the top of this page if you manually refresh.
Some interesting news from Court 12. Or rather, not from Court 12, as Ilya Marchenko has apparently defaulted to send 26th seed Gilles Simon
through to the third round and a possible meeting with Andy Murray.
1219: John McEnroe
has Sue Barker chuckling away on BBC Two at the moment but
at 1230 BST he'll be taking your calls on 5 live's 6-Love-6.
And on Andy Murray's match, Mac adds: "Nieminen's a tricky opponent but if Murray brings his 'A' game it might be four sets, although it won't be comfortable. Nieminen plays like Alejandro Falla and we saw what he did against Roger Federer."
Petra Kvitova wins today's 'first point of the day' competition and it's a long way back for Jie Zheng on Court 17.
Laura Robson on Twitter:
"Just met the QUEEN. What an honour. I was so nervous, thought I would completely shank my curtsey."
We're about to see some actual tennis and I'm fairly confident that the Queen will be settling down to watch Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Aleksandr Dolgopolov on Court Two, or maybe Gilles Simon v Ilya Marchenko on Court 12. Let's hope Ross Hutchins, Alex Bogdanovic and Alex Slabinksy are on their best behaviour on Court 12.
The Voice of Wimbledon
says: "It's going to be a fine day, perhaps a little more cloudy than in previous days but temperatures will get up to around 26C. It just remains for me to wish you a right royal day here at the Championships." He should definitely get to meet the Queen.
Now it's the leading international players and Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki look particularly excited, while Venus Williams remains ice cool. Andy Roddick has gone for what I think is called a 'sports jacket', and then..... Serena. Blink and you missed it. I think she got stagefright, possibly for the first time in her life. Good work all round though from the players, no tripping over or arms round the shoulder. Right then, lunch....
Next up for the Queen is a meeting with British players Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson. Top curtsey? Anne, for me. Good job.
1134: Venus Williams
tells Sue Barker she wasn't sure what to wear. "Especially me being an American," Venus added. "I went for something conservative."
I've got a feeling Serena will be asked about that later but you're right, I can't see Roger or Rafa playing on Court Two in the near future. The Queen is now witnessing the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.
From Sarah via text:
"Pires can you let up know why defending women's champion Serena Williams is bumped on to court 2 today? It would never happen to Federer or Nadal!!"
The Queen arrives and is met by the top men at the All England Club in the Duke of Kent, Tim Phillips, Philip Brook and Ian Ritchie. Her Majesty is resplendent in blue. Or maybe it's turquoise. I'm starting to feel like a very pale imitation of David Dimbleby. Help!
There's a frenzy of junior tennis under way on Court 14 as we await the Queen's arrival. In fairness, it's a long old walk from Southfields tube.
Hopefully, that isn't the sort of bravado you see from a boxer trying to convince the referee he can make it through the final round moments before being knocked sparko.
rawsheen on Twitter:
"Surely people should be bowing & curtseying to Isner & Mahut when they reappear on Court 18 today?"
I know I said we'd get back to tennis but it's absolutely mobbed out by Court 14 and Henman Hill as spectators stand 10-deep awaiting the arrival of the Queen. Caroline Cheese has just informed me she can't even get to the Broadcast Centre, dashing my hopes of a cup of tea.
From Marcus, Surrey, via text:
"Mahut has a doubles game today too, ironically he's playing with Clement, the man whose record he broke yesterday. Tension perhaps!?"
I have a feeling that coverage of the Queen's visit will not be in short supply, so it's back to tennis matters in a moment, but I'll just add that Her Majesty will be joined for lunch by Angela Barrett, Ann Jones, Virginia Wade, Venus Williams, Roger and Mirka Federer, Tim Henman and John Barrett. Reading the menu when all you've had to eat is a bowl of cereal is not a good idea. Main course - Orange and Honey Marinated Chicken on Fruity Couscous with Roasted Vegetables. Fruity.
1042: BREAKING NEWS - Serena will get to show off her new curtsy.
The world number one might not be playing in front of the Queen today but she is among the players we have just been told will meet Her Majesty. That list in full: Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick (Roddick replaces Andy Murray because of pre-match preparation), Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, and past Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King.
Andy Murray on Twitter:
"This is why tennis is one of the toughest sports in the world, this will never ever be matched again."
The Voice of Wimbledon tells us that the Queen will be arriving in an hour and advises any spectators wishing to see her visit Henman Hill to head over there now as "space will be limited". Caroline Cheese does not need telling twice.
Isner & Querrey are indeed scheduled on court 'not before 1800 BST', although Radio Wimbledon just came up with the intriguing suggestion that Isner or Mahut could be asked to play their second-round match today if they finish within half an hour. Surely not.
From anon via text:
"Morning Piers! Just noticed that Isner's meant to be playing doubles with Sam Querrey later as well...no rest for the wicked!"
The gates are open and the spectators pour into the All England Club, in an orderly fashion. The sun is splitting the trees, the Queen is on her way, Andy Murray is on the schedule and at least three members of the public have headed straight for the champagne bar - it's the perfect British summer's day!
schedule on Court One
sees Maria Sharapova open proceedings against Ioana Raluca Olaru at 1300 BST,
before Robin Soderling plays Marcel Granollers and Sam Querrey rounds things off against Ivan Dodig. Or I-Dod, as we like to call him. The outside court action kicks off at 1200 BST,
with a Britfest on Court Six as Alex Bogdanovic and Alex Slabinsky play Ross Hutchins. And Jordan Kerr. He's Australian.
on Centre Court today,
we'll see Caroline Wozniacki play Kai-Chen Chang before Rafael Nadal takes on Robin Haase. That means Serena Williams'
hopes of showing off her new curtsy in front of the royal box have been dashed. "I'm working on it," she said earlier in the week. "It's a little dramatic and I'm trying to tone it down. I want it to be more natural. Right now it feels really forced." Serena is out on Court Two in the third match against Anna Chakvetadze, although the world number one might get her chance if she is one of the players presented to the Queen in the morning.
Anywhere else it might be difficult to upstage the longest match ever, but not at Wimbledon. The Queen will visit the All England Club today for the first time since she saw Virginia Wade win the title in 1977. Her Majesty will pay a visit to Henman Hill (or Aorangi Terrace if you prefer), watch some junior tennis and meet some famous players past and present, before taking her seat in the royal box to watch
Andy Murray take on Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.
From Lindsey in Paris via text:
"Re yesterday's epic match, my response in limerick form: 'There was a tall player named John, whose first round match lingered on, he'd serve up an ace, Nico'd return with great pace, before long they'll have both scored a ton.'"
Some stats from Isner-Mahut before we move on: The fifth set lasted over seven hours, the previous longest match
was six hours 33 minutes; Isner had 98 aces, and Mahut had 95 (both totals eclipsing the previous high of 78); Isner had 218 winners, Mahut 217; 881 points have been played over the 10 hours of the match. So far.
"The game is over when Fats says it's over... I came after him and I'm gonna get him. I'm going with him all the way." Not the words of Nicolas Mahut, but the words of Paul Newman in
The pool game in that celluloid classic lasted 25 hours and only ended when Newman's Fast Eddie
character polished off an entire bottle of bourbon. Watch out for that at the changeovers on Court 18 today.
0904: BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood:
"The weather is looking absolutely gorgeous today with blue skies over Wimbledon and termperatures set to reach 26C, although we will see more cloud around this afternoon than we did yesterday."
Morning all, and
welcome back to Isner-Mahut 2010.
Some would say this is day four of Wimbledon but we all know that, in reality, it's day three of
'the longest tennis match in history.'
Big John and Nimble Nic will resume their first-round match at 59-59 in the final set, and they've been scheduled to return to Court 18 'not before 1530 BST'. So, a morning off for the lads. They should pop into town, see the sights, maybe take in a show...