Decisions, decisions... Victor Hanescu and Daniel Brands are still going out on Court 18 and you can stay with that on the video stream above but I will leave you now, safe in the knowledge that Caroline Cheese will be back from the
more civilised time of 1000 BST on Saturday
to guide you through a day that will feature the likes of Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray,
but not John Isner.
Feels a bit weird, doesn't it?
And the action on Centre Court ends as Sa & Zvonareva complete a 6-3 6-3 win over Murray & Robson
There's a slight wobble but Andy Roddick
saves a break point with a huge serve and wraps up a 7-5 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber. Last year's runner-up will face Yen-Hsun Lu in the last 16. And the Williams sisters have just beaten Bacsinszky & Garbin too. "The last two sets were real good," said Roddick. "He's dangerous and I'm just happy to be through."
Roddick pulls a backhand cross-court past Kohlschreiber at the net for match point but the German saves it with a fabulous drop volley that has A-Rod diving in vain to try and retrieve it. The American will have to serve for the match.
Brit duo Rae & Watson are an early break down to the experienced Raymond & Stubbs, who I'm very tempted to refer to as RayStubbs from now on, while Murray & Robson are a set and 3-1 down on Centre. All good fun though.
Roddick is on his way with a 3-0 lead in the fourth. It's a carnival of doubles around the All England Club now with the Williams sisters, Kim Clijsters, young Brits Jocelyn Rae & Heather Watson and BBC commentator (and former world number one and Wimbledon champion) Lindsay Davenport among those in action.
1927: Tomas Berdych
wraps up a 6-7 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-4 win over Denis Istomin, but at a little under four hours it hardly counts as epic, now does it? Berdych goes through to face Victor Hanescu who has just beate.... hang on, he's just been broken when serving for the match by Daniel Brands on Court 18. Hold the tiny sidebar four or five pages in from the back page. And Roddick is now two sets to one up against Philipp Cabbagescribe.
Laura Robson's serve is broken as Zvonareva hammers a forehand return down the line for a 2-1 lead. And we've just heard that 16-year-old Robson will play in the juniors next week, having deliberated over it.
From Rich in Brum via text:
"Interesting yet bizarre fact. If you use Google Translate to change Kohl and Schreiber from German to English individually, you get 'cabbage' and 'scribe'. However, if you translate the whole name Kohlschreiber, it comes back as 'Nadal'. Odd, but true. Ominous for Roddick?"
Britons Jonny Marray & Anna Smith
beat Dick Norman & Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 3-6 7-5. And the resumption of Arnaud Clement & Nicolas Mahut against Colin Fleming & Kenneth Skupski has been cancelled for today. Poor old Nic won't know what to do with himself.
Roddick digs himself out of a hole from 0-40 with some brutal serving and leads 3-1 in the third set, while Berdych is about to serve for the match on Court 12.
A rare glance up and out of the window in front of me reveals that Jamie Murray & Laura Robson are knocking up on Centre Court for their mixed doubles against Andre Sa & Vera Zvonareva.
Britain's Ross Hutchins & Anne Keothavong
go out of the mixed in straight sets to Marrero and Dulgheru on Court 19. It's a great start to the third set for Roddick as he breaks immediately. Berdych also has a break at 2-1 in the fifth.
We thought it might be a close match on Court One and it's turning out that way, with Kohlschreier taking the second set on the tie-break to level at one set all against Roddick. Meanwhile, Berdych and Istomin head into a decider on Court 12.
1842: Roger Federer
completes a gentle 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Arnaud Clement on Centre Court. We wait to hear who will follow them onto Centre.
The Centre Court crowd does its own version of the
at the changeover as Federer eases into a 3-2 lead with a break in the third set. It's a gentle, lazy, hazy summer's evening for Rog. Much tougher work over on Court One as Roddick earns three set points at 0-40, only for Kohlschreiber to save the lot and make it 5-5 in the second set.
"I'm normally out on the practice courts when I'm down here,"
Rob Brydon tells 5 live.
"Look at Boris over there, waving frantically. Have some dignity! Please, Boris."
Kohlschreiber gets to break point three times, his first of the day, but Roddick serves his way out of trouble to lead by a set and 4-3. Federer is two sets up on Centre but Ross Hutchins & Anne Keothavong have dropped the opening set on Court 19 against Marero & Dulgheru. Oh, and Berdych has a break in the fourth against Istomin, so that could be going the distance. Well, not the
Saturday's order of play is out and the big news is that Andy Murray v Gilles Simon will be the third match on Centre Court,
I'm guessing at around 1700 BST.
Serena opens proceedings at 1300 BST against Cibulkova, and Nadal follows against Petzschner. Soderling, Sharapova and Querrey on Court One.
It's a right old battle out on Court 12, which might be one of the less glamorous arenas at the All England Club but has a decent atmosphere today. Berdych and Istomin have each dropped serve just once so far and after sharing two tie-breaks go into a third... which Istomin takes 10-8 and then pumps his fist a la Lleyton.
Tom on Centre via text:
"I think monsieur mahut has just come on to centre court to see fellow frenchman arnaud. Good to see he's still alive. Can't see this match lasting that long."
Impressive stuff from Roddick, who gets his first break point of the day after 44 minutes and takes it to win the set 7-5. Fed cruising at a set and a break on Centre.
It's been a quiet day for Britain, which is not too surprising as it's day five, but I have news from the front. Bhupathi & Mirnyi
have beaten Delgado & Goodall 6-3 6-4 6-4. Still, Jonny Marray & Anna Smith are under way in the mixed on Court Seven and we should have Jamie Murray & Laura Robson later on, possibly on Centre. And Fleming & Skupski must play to a finish against Mahut & Clement, which bearing in mind Arnaud is currently getting the runaround from Federer and Nicolas has done more exercise than Eddie Izzard recently, should be a breeze.
Federer seals the first set against Clement 6-2, Berdych and Istomin are coming to the crunch at one set all and on serve late in the third, and Victor Hanescu and Daniel Brands are 3-3 in the first out on Court 18. Settle in, fellas.
1730: Jurgen Melzer
has beaten Feliciano Lopez in four sets and awaits the winner of the match on Centre Court. Which will be Roger Federer, I tell you now. Doubles news, and Thailand's Sanchai Ratiwatana & Sonchat Ratiwatana
have taken full advantage of the withdrawal of John Isner and Sam Querrey by stepping into the breach and winning their first-round match as lucky losers.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is tipped by many to give Roddick a real test on Court One this evening and he's made a solid start at 3-3. However, I am extremely disappointed to find out that
he's changed his website,
which used to be voiced by someone who sounded like he belonged on a Kraftwerk album. No Longer.
A combination of David Ornstein and the soon to return Ben Dirs can take you through
Federer v Clement game-by-game,
with the Swiss already a break up at 3-1.
Another of my predictions has not gone so well, but it's not my fault. Florian Mayer retires just when he was about to launch an epic comeback despite trailing Yen-Hsun Lu
6-4 6-4 2-1. Their agents are going to have to work overtime to get a chat show slot out of that one. Roddick or Kohlschreiber next for Lu.
Well, Emma, let me tell you - before you head off for a weekend of slovenly behaviour in the sun, no doubt - that I was absolutely spot on as Jarmila Groth
has beaten Angelique Kerber 6-3 7-5 on Court 18.
Emma finishing work for the week, woop!
"Piers, re 16.40: surely it isn't wise to say that a match on court 18 is nearly over..? :)"
"One of my earrings managed to fly out but thankfully I found it in the end," says Venus, explaining what the umpire passed to her at the end of the match. Phew, panic over. So we now have two rather nice tennis courts with no-one on them. Do not fret, here comes Roger Federer onto Centre Court along with Arnaud Clement, with Andy Roddick and Philipp Kohlschreiber due on Court One any second.
And over on Court One, Venus Williams
beats Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 6-2 to set up a last-16 clash with Angelique Kerber or Jarmila Groth, with Groth close to victory out on Court 18.
1646: Lleyton Hewitt
finishes off Gael Monfils 6-3 7-6 6-4 and he will play Djokovic next. The yellow-clad Fanatics tell us all that they love Lleyton, through the medium of chanting. "It was always going to be tough and the second set tie-breaker was huge," says the 2002 champion. He's looking good.
who gave Nadal quite a scare at Queen's the other week,
has taken the first set against 12th seed Tomas Berdych, while Hewitt is strolling now at two sets and a break up against Monfils. Is Big Gael a Grand Slam winner of the future, or have we seen everything he's got already? I do not know.
Speaking of Jonathan Ross, regular guest and
Twitter funnyman Andy Roddick
will be lacing up his 'sneakers' as we speak. Venus leads by a set and 3-1 on Court One.
My bold prediction that Mayer and Lu would today smash the record for the longest tennis match ever played is looking bolder by the minute. Lu has already won the first set in a paltry 34 minutes. Easy lads! You won't get on
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
It's hard work for Venus but she clinches the first set 6-4 against Kelybanova, who at 5ft 11in and 11st 5lb is one of the few players who is not going to be overawed by the 6ft 1in, 11st 6lb Venus. Hewitt and Monfils into a second set tie-break.
1544: Paul-Henri Mathieu
beats Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 in the fifth in a match hardly fitting for Court 18. The Frenchman slumps on his chair afterwards, clearly ashamed that he's only been out there for three and a half hours. That completes the delayed section of the second round and Mathieu goes through to face pantomime villain Thiemo de Bakker.
Venus is back on serve trailing 4-3 on Court One, while
Tommy Berdych - conqueror of Andy Murray at the French Open
- is under way against Denis Istomin on Court 12. And Florian Mayer and Yen-Hsun Lu are on Court Five beginning their attempt to outdo Isner-Mahut and so attain global superstardom. Good luck, lads.
1530: Novak Djokovic
on beating Albert Montanes to reach the fourth round: "I was holding my service games comfortably and I'm thrilled to go though. It hasn't been the best couple of months for me but I'm still holding on and there's huge motivation to do well at Wimbledon. It's the tournament I respect most and I have to keep on fighting."
Some even more startling news is that five-time champion Venus Williams trails 26th seed Alisa Kleybanova 3-1 on Court One. Meanwhile, Monfils is struggling to get anywhere against Lil' Lleyton on Centre, the Aussie leading by a set and 3-3, while Feliciano Lopez has just taken the first against Jurgen Melzer on Court Two. That must be where Caroline has gone.
The last thing I remember is an umpire somewhere, possibly in my dreams, booming out "50 games all, final set!" The rest was darkness, until I finally came round to the startling news that emotional Russian Vera Zvonareva
has beaten Belgian 15th seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-2. And if you refresh the page we can forget that Caroline was ever here.
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova
is through to the fourth round after Regina Kulikova retired while trailing 6-4 2-0. Pironkova may soon be joined by Vera Zvonareva, who leads 6-4 4-2 against Yanina Wickmayer. Mikhail Youzny and Paul-Henri Mathieu and Mikhail Youzhny are into a fifth set, the Russian leading 3-0. And Ben from Edinburgh
can take a bow, for it was he who delivered the earlier the Isner's toe/Achilles heel text.
The very likeable Isner is non-committal on whether he should have been first on court today at 1200 BST, although he says he doesn't know if it would have made a difference when he'd played. On Mahut's return to Court Ishut to play doubles yesterday, he says: "I thought that was evil, really. I don't know how he made it out there - and he was still hopping around, looking pretty fresh. It must have been brutal - but kudos for him for going out there and gutsing it out."
John Isner on what he plans to do now:
"I've never been this exhausted before. Right now, my next tournament is Atlanta so I do have a nice break. I need to stay off my feet for as long as possible to allow the blisters to heal. I'm going to go home to Tampa and I really don't know what my plan is. I'm not going to practice for at least four or five days. I'll probably watch sport, take in the World Cup, go fishing, whatever, anything away from the tennis court!"
Third seed Novak Djokovic
is a 6-1 6-4 6-4 winner over Spain's Albert Montanes. His next match might be a bit more testing: Lleyton Hewitt or Gael Monfils.
From Sandman, Sheffield, via text:
"That Isner fellow needs to MAN-UP!"
I know more about John Isner than I ever imagined I would. The American reveals that he has a "pretty gnarly" blister on the little toe of his size 16 left foot.
John Isner after his defeat:
"It was brutal. Things were looking pretty bleak right from the get-go - but credit to my opponent, he still had to play well. He was obviously a lot better player today. I just didn't have much in the way of my legs and shoulders
everything. I was just slow on feel. I didn't really have a chance."
From anon via text:
"So Isner's toe is the new Achilles heel?"Why would you not put a name on a brilliant text like that? I'm baffled
Easy for Jelena Jankovic, a 6-0 6-3 winner over Alona Bondarenko. She'll face the winner of the match on Court 12 between Yanina Wickmayer and Vera Zvonareva. The latter is serving for the first set. Novak Djokovic is two sets and a break up against Albert Montanes, who has a mountain to climb (sorry).
From anon via text:
"Re 1421: In his interview, Isner did say he had no skin left on his little toes, so that's got to smart!"
1421: LEAST SURPRISING BREAKING NEWS EVER
John Isner and Sam Querrey have withdrawn from the men's doubles. But get this: the official reason is Isner's "toe injury". More than 12 hours on court, and it's a toe which has stopped him?!
Justine Henin on BBC One:
"I'm very happy. It was tight in the second set, but I just played her point for point. It's maybe the best level I've played since I've been back. She pushed me to raise my level, she's a tough player, a fighter."
Justine Henin marches into a last-16 meeting with Kim Clijsters, a 6-1 6-4 winner over Nadia Petrova. Thiemo de Bakker tells the press he was "pretty tired" after his first-round match but that "16-14 in the fifth is nothing anymore". He adds that he's "curious" to see who's going to beat Isner and Mahut's record for the longest match. No-one, Thiemo, no-one.
Spain's 11th seeds Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers defeat Britain's Ross Hutchins and Aussie Jordan Kerr. Harrumph. Djoko serving for a two-set lead on Court One. Mikhail Youzhny is now two sets to one up against Paul-Henri Mathieu and on track for a third-round meeting with Thiemo de Bakker, today's villain of the piece after his straight-sets thrashing of John Isner.
Nadia Petrova is fighting back against Justine Henin after a one-sided first set. Ben Dirs
has all the details on that.
Djokovic 6-1 4-2 up and cruising. Likewise Jankovic. Not such great news from a British perspective, Ross Hutchins and Aussie Jordan Kerr are on the verge of defeat.
Bagel time for fourth seed Jelena Jankovic, who's romping away with it against Alona Bondarenko. The term 'bagel' has been derided by the
Guardian's language blog
as an "Americanism" which is neither "clever nor pretty". Well, clever and pretty is not something this live text has ever been accused of. They also reveal that the official Wimbledon website was this year, for a short while anyway, linking to the men's and women's "drawers".
Anita, who has just texted in, isn't alone in thinking it's a bit harsh to have scheduled John Isner's second-round match at 1200 BST today. See where you're coming from, but it was a tricky call for the order of play people. Officially, Isner and Sam Querrey are still in the doubles and have to play today, and the schedule bods also had to consider that the winner of Isner-De Bakker had to play tomorrow. We'll see what Isner has to say, but looking at the state of him today, I'm not sure a few hours would have made much difference anyway.
French cheer as Marion Bartoli
books her place in the fourth round after beating Hungary's Greta Arn (who I may or may not have called German earlier) 6-3 6-4. Pironkova or Kulikova next for the former finalist. She might fancy her chances there. Jelena Jankovic looking pretty untroubled on Court Two. She's on for a bagel at 5-0 against Alona Bondarenko. Novak Djokovic
in complete control against Albert Montanes, leading by a set and a break.
From Nick, via text:
"Congratulations De Bakker, and commiserations to Isner: never was there a crowd rooting for you more than today."
John Isner was on court for one hour and 14 minutes, so I make that 12 hours and 19 minutes in total for his two matches. Incredible. Serena Williams would have won two Grand Slam titles in that time. Over on Court One, Novak Djokovic is in charge at 4-1 against Albert Montanes.
It was a task too huge even for Superman. John Isner loses 6-0 6-3 6-2
to Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker. The American manages a slightly embarrassed smile as he shakes hands at the net. The Court Five crowd still love him though, and so they should. At least Isner can now focus all his energies on the doubles later... Maybe.
Argh. Big John Isner saves two break points but then sticks an easy volley in the net on the third. He's down two sets and a break. Can he come back? If he does, he should receive the freedom of Wimbledon - and another crystal bowl.
I'd like to find John Isner and give him some new legs. His current ones seem barely able to support him at the moment. Still, he hasn't dropped serve in the third set... yet.
From anon via text:
"Will you find John Isner and give him a cuddle for me please?"
While Henin and Nadia Petrova entertain the crowd on Centre, Court One get to to enjoy Novak Djokovic against Albert Montanes. Those matches in their very early stages, but Kim Clijsters
is done and dusted already, Maria Kirilenko double-faulting at match point down to hand the Belgian a simple 6-3 6-3 win. Henin or Petrova next for the eigth seed.
From Ella from London, via text:
" I was wondering whether Isner and Mahut should get their own special symbol. Do you have the superman logo available?"
John Isner whacks his thigh with his racquet as another desperate drop shot hits the net. Three set points for Thiemo de Bakker, and Isner double-faults on the first. He trails 6-0 6-3. Don't really like watching this now, to be honest. The trainer is back on, but he'll need to be a miracle-worker.
Anne Keothavong on Twitter:
"Looking forward to some mixed dubs action with Ross later. Wish Glastonbury wasn't always during Wimbledon, envy my friends who are there!"
Isner up to 20 unforced errors, but he's holding steady now, trailing 4-3... The winner of that match will play the winner of the one on Court Ishut where Paul-Henri Mathieu leads by a set against Mikhail Youzhny. Britain's Ross Hutchins and Australian partner Jordan Kerr lose the first set on a tie-break against Spain's 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo.
Isner is banging his racquet strings, looking accusingly at the sun... I wouldn't be surprised if was just bored of playing tennis. This is his fourth day on court. If he wins (big if, obviously), he'll be back tomorrow for his third-round singles. And then there's the doubles, which he and Sam Querrey are meant to be playing later today.
From Clare, London, via text:
"Love love love Isner... Where has his serve gone? He need doughnuts."And no more bagels
Game point Isner... But he sprays a forehand into the trams. Better as he wrong-foots De Bakker from the baseline, but now into the net again. Unreturned serve, and a third game point. Surely now... Yes! Big serve does the trick and the American is finally on the board, albeit still 6-0 2-1 down. The trainer is back on though.
Kim Clijsters has the first set in the bag, 6-3 against Maria Kirilenko. Isner got to deuce on the De Bakker serve but no further. He now trails 6-0 2-0.
Erm. The massage didn't help. Isner is halfway up the court as he tries to play a ridiculous half-volley drop shot. It lands in the bottom of the net and Isner is broken for a fourth time. Not pretty.
Well, if you were wondering how Wimbledon 2010 was going to follow the longest match in history, maybe with the shortest? John Isner is having his neck massaged by the trainer. This website's headline this morning described him as indefatigable... Maybe not.
Thiemo de Bakker hammers an ace down the middle to take the first set against John Isner in 16 minutes.
The American clearly fancies another five-setter.
Greta Arn may have won the first point but it proved to be a false start. The Hungarian now trails 11th seed Marion Bartoli 4-1. Kim Clijsters well on her way to the first set too, leading 4-1 against Maria Kirilenko on Court Two. Isner 4-0 down...
Things have not started well for John Isner
out on Court Five. The American has already dropped serve twice, which is as many times as he did in 183 games against Nicolas Mahut. Isner trails 3-0, and looks exhausted for some reason. He's supposed to be playing doubles later too.
If the BBC Sport Mole were here, instead of swanning about in South Africa (see 1042), he'd be in bits about Boris Becker's garb today: jeans, navy blue jacket, collar up, some kind of polo shirt with an extravagant stripe across it. Amazing.
You won't believe this, but the first point of the day has been won by... Greta Arn.
I'm actually chuffed to bits.
The scoreboard sparks into life, as the players begin their warm-ups on the outside courts. Place your bets now on who will win the first point of the day. I'm going for Greta Arn. Speaking of bets, in
Jonathan Overend revealed that the favouritism on the in-play betting markets changed 2,422 times over the course of the three days of the Isner-Mahut match.
I think John Isner has probably had enough practice, what with an 11 hour match over three days. His opponent today, Thiemo de Bakker, polished off his first-round opponent 16-14 in the fifth set two days ago. Dutchman De Bakker, 21, is a former Wimbledon junior champion, and is playing in only his fourth Grand Slam.
If you're not sure what that last tweet's about, I think I can help. Jamie Murray pairs up with Laura Robson in the mixed doubles today on a court to be arranged. Yesterday, Murray and Jonny Marray lost 15-13 in the fifth set against top seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor in the men's doubles. Not an epic in the Mahut/Isner sense of the word, but still...
Jamie Murray on Twitter:
"mixed troubles tba today... hoping for the big one! body is in pieces but the mind is strong...keep the dream alive!"
1130: Half an hour until play begins.
Kim Clijsters will be among those kicking off at 1200 BST. She's on Court Two against Maria Kirilenko, and victory could set up a last-16 Belgian blockbuster against Justine Henin. Henin returns to Centre Court for the first time in three years to play her third-round match against Nadia Petrova at 1300 BST.
Defending champion Serena Williams
reacted to being shoved out onto Court Two yesterday by thrashing Anna Chakvetadze 6-0 6-1. She clearly didn't want to rough it for too long. Was she bothered about the demotion? "I have mixed feelings about that. I don't think I should be out there, but in a way, I feel like, you know, with my popularity, it's cool to see - when I was leaving, I stayed for a while, and I signed tons of autographs. A lot of these people can't get into the Centre Court and stuff." Did she think she should play on Centre? "I don't want to get too much into that. The only way to console me was, OK, I just saw so many kids, these little girls, these little boys. I gave some things away. It was fun." But what did she think when she saw the order of play? "I didn't really think about it 'cos it was really late when the schedule came out. Naturally I thought, 'Well, why wasn't I on Centre or at least No. 1?' I guess they wanted to put Roger and Sam and everyone else there. I'm over talking about it, so..."
I'm not sure if I shouldn't be renaming this live text: John Isner and Nicolas Mahut 2010... Anyway, even the
transcript for Isner's post-match press conference
stretched to an unusual three pages. Asked if he had lost any weight during his 11 hours 5 minutes on court, the American replied: "I actually haven't weighed. I told myself I wanted to do that. When I go back to the locker room, I will. But I'm one of the heaviest guys actually, I am the heaviest guy on the tour. I have a little bit of excess in the stomach area. I knew that was going to come in handy one day. It was kind of the reserve tank. It's not that I eat unhealthy. I work hard. I just can't get rid of it."
Everyone loves a bit of Wimbledon, Rio. Even the Queen (we think). And
"Many many congratulations," 'Schofe' tweeted to
yesterday. "An astonishing match and a great event for tennis. Hope you get to enjoy the moment!" Like I say, it's been a strange Wimbledon...
Now, in yet another strange turn of events in this already slightly bonkers Wimbledon, I think I have just been offered the chance to have my name put on one of those yellow boards they use on the outside court scoreboards... Seems too good to be true.
BBC SPORT MOLE:
"Hello from a long lost mole, missing home (Wimbledon). Greetings from South Africa. What have I missed?! Although firmly ensconced in Cape Town I am getting in touch to ensure that a) A new mole has been found to fill my shoes? and b) He/she is maintaining the unbreakable bond I built up with Greg Rusedski over the last few years (hi Greg!). I am currently sitting next to an exasperated
Chris Bevan, of BBC website World Cup fame,
who has been steadily unravelling as the tournament progresses due to technological problems over here. I am off to cheer him up by blowing a vuvuzela down his ear. Brrrrrzzzzzzzzrrrrrrrrr."
Speaking of mildly popular features, stand by for the return of an old friend...
From Howard in Thailand, via text:
"Surely Court 18 should now be Court 183 in recognition of the number of games played."
It's about time the irregular and mildly popular feature Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket
returned. I almost went for Court Five, until I realised its show-court status this year rules it out of the running. Instead, pop next door to Court Six where you'll begin with a Brit, Ross Hutchins, in the doubles, then move on to a women's doubles, before some more Brits, Jamie Delgado and Josh Goodall, face the fourth seeds. Last match on features wacky Russian Dmitry Tursunov - and you get to watch Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova twice. There'll be literally nothing you don't know about the Russian, who is perhaps most famous for not being related to Roman Pavlyuchenko.
From Thomas from Durham, via text:
"Re Chris's text: But surely the last few days have proven Court 18 never 'ishut' for business."
visit of the Queen for the first time in 33 years
couldn't push Isner-Mahut out of the main headlines today. Still, Her Majesty gets plenty of space in today's papers. Did she actually enjoy watching Andy Murray cruising to victory over Jarkko Nieminen? Hard to tell, according to the
Guardian's Barney Ronay.
"Even from a relatively close distance she seemed entirely immobilised. A Hawkeye line challenge was replayed on the big screen. The Queen alone refused to revolve her turquoise hat towards the big screen." The Guardian's view contradicts that of Jeff Tarango, though, who was on Radio Wimbledon this morning. He reckons the Queen thought HawkEye technology was "pretty nifty". How he knows that, I don't know, but I'm fairly sure the Queen wouldn't have used the phrase "pretty nifty".
From Chris in London, via text:
"Re 0909: Surely Court 18 should have a funkier name? How about Court Ishut?"
And it goes on.
carteronline on Twitter
has alerted me to a
Parliament Early Day Motion
tabled by Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes. "This House applauds, salutes and recognises the two players who have given the world the most titanic game in tennis history... records the House's collective amazement at a match which broke so many records but also gave so much pleasure and excitement at the same time as the players showed such good humour, mutual respect, skill, energy and endurance."
reading the transcript of Nicolas Mahut's press conference
brings a tear your eye. It ends thus: "Q.
But the body still felt good? Nicolas Mahut:
(Tearing up)". Mahut returns to Court 18 (Court Isner-Mahut) for the fourth day in a row today as he and Arnaud Clement complete their first-round doubles match against British pair Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski. Under normal circumstances, I'd be cheering on the Brits, who won the first set before darkness fell last night, but in this case, I'm staying neutral. "I'm feeling great," said Mahut yesterday. "I just want to come back on Court 18 and win this time."
If you have a bit of a rough day today, spare a thought for Nicolas Mahut.
The forlorn Frenchman finally emerged to speak to the press at about 9.30pm last night - having returned to the scene of his devastating 70-68 fifth-set loss to John Isner for a doubles match. A truly remarkable effort. "This is a match I'll never forget," the 28-year-old said of his record-breaking defeat. "I hope the people who watched will think the same. At this moment, it's really painful." He's my
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
I think it was when Andy Murray's straight-sets win in front of the Queen was relegated to something of an afterthought on the news this morning that I really realised how special this Isner-Mahut story is. More of that later. If you've not checked your order of play yet, here's what's coming up... Centre: Henin/Petrova, Hewitt/Monfils, Federer/Clement. One: Djokovic/Montanes, Venus/Kleybanova, Roddick/Kohlschreiber. And I should add that, as is now customary at Wimbledon 2010, it's a scorcher.
Yes, yes, Roger Federer and Venus Williams play today, but here's the headline news: in just under three hours,
marathon man John Isner will drag his aching body over to Court Five
for his second-round match against Thiemo de Bakker. A little later on, Nicolas Mahut will return to Court 18 (which we're now calling Court Isner-Mahut) to complete a doubles match held over from last night against British pair Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, AKA Flemski.
No extra security, no helicopter overhead, no red carpet, no Nicolas Mahut on Court 18 (I checked on the way in, just in case). Things appear to be back to normal on this fine Friday at Wimbledon.