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Wimbledon 2010: Day six as it happened

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By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

1900: The time has come, everyone. I insist on dining at 7pm to avoid the kind of "digestive problems" that have troubled Paul-Henri Mathieu (see 1652 entry). Tom Fordyce will take you through Andy Murray v Gilles Simon game-by-game, and we'll make sure he updates you with the latest from Malisse v Querrey. I suggest you take a day off tomorrow and watch a different sport before returning for a packed fourth-round day on Monday from 0900 BST.

It's good news for a Briton
1855: Here they come, Murray and Simon enter a sparsely filled Centre Court. I've got a feeling that will change in the next few minutes. Over on Court One, Sam Querrey has just broken serve to lead Malisse 4-3 in the second after the Belgian took the first. Those two could be out there a while. And some breaking news... Roger Federer has been practising with Alex Bogdanovic today head of playing lefty Jurgen Melzer in the next round. Is that worth a Brit graphic? Oh yes.

Rafael Nadal
1850: "The match was very difficult," says Rafael Nadal. "His serve was unbelievable and I changed the strategy a little bit in the fourth. In the end I think I played well. I hope I'm fine, it's not a big problem, but it's a long season for me and I've played a lot of matches. I'm happy to be in the fourth round and I'll try to be better for Monday."

Boris Becker
1846: "I don't think Nadal's injured, I just think on the grass he has to use different muscles to the clay," says Boris Becker. "A day's rest will do him good and hell be ready to battle the world on Monday."

Spain
1842: In a matter of moments Rafael Nadal seals a 6-4 4-6 6-7 6-2 6-3 win over Philipp Petzschner. The Centre Court crowd are certainly happy with that result and give both men a huge ovation as they leave the arena. Next up, Andy Murray v Giles Simon....

1841: Nadal gets to 15-40 and Petz sprays a desperately tired looking forehand a couple of feet wide. That must be that. Fifth set: Nadal 5-3 Petzschner.

1837: Petz taks a tumble and gets up about as quickly as John Isner must have got out of bed this morning. Nadal then stretches unsuccessfully for a drop shot and they're both hurting, but a big forehand takes the game for the Spaniard. Fifth set: Nadal 4-3 Petzschner.

1832: A rock solid service game from Petz and the German is not wavering at the moment. Fifth set: Nadal 3-3 Petzschner.

Someone is having a tantrum
1829: Drama!!! Nadal doesn't smash his racquet but he's absolutely fuming when the umpire warns him for coaching as the Spaniard is about to serve at 15-15. Nadal responds with a verbal assault that is inaudible to the rest of us, which is probably best. He takes the game with a smash and storms back to his chair... to see the trainer again. Fifth set: Nadal 3-2 Petzschner.

1825: Petz is saving his energy for serving at the moment and holds easily enough. Fifth set: Nadal 2-2 Petzschner. Malisse takes the first set tie-break against Querrey.

Boris Becker
1823: Nadal holds to love and Petz is not happy about something, muttering darkly on his way back to the chair and another meeting with the trainer for work on his left leg. "I think it's fatigue, playing these five-set matches will take its toll eventually," says Boris Becker. Fifth set: Nadal 2-1 Petzschner.

1819: Petz holds serve to 15 and Nadal still does not look right, physically. Fifth set: Nadal 1-1 Petzschner. Malisse and Querrey are heading into a first set tie-break on Court One.

1816: Early danger for Nadal as he faces a break point at the start of the fifth but a big serve gets him out of trouble, Petz then letting him off the hook with a poor attempted drop shot at deuce. Fifth set: Nadal 1-0 Petzschner.

Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Petz now playing his 3rd straight 5 setter no wonder he needs the trainer out to see him."

Love is in the air
1812: While we wait, I must inform you that Dom Inglot was a tennis double for actor Paul Bettany in the 2004 film Wimbledon which, er, divided opinion a I remember. Who could forget the tale of "washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt" and his passionate encounter with "up-and-coming tennis star named Lizzie Bradbury". I don't think Dom was involved in that bit.

1807: Nadal breaks serve again to take the fourth set and, crucially, he will serve first in the decider. Petzschner has called for the trainer, possibly just because it's his turn. The German is getting a bit of work on his thigh. That would cost you or I about £45.

It's good news for a Briton
1806: British doubles stars Chris Eaton & Dom Inglot have been talking about their amazing win over top seeds Zimonjic & Nestor. "We always knew we had the ability to play like this, " said Inglot. "Our serves are so strong that if we can keep that going it puts pressure on our opponents." And Eaton added: "Playing at Wimbledon has a lot of positive impact and it is nice for us to know we are capable of doing great performances like that. We must work on producing that every time."

1802: Nadal recovers from 0-30 to move 5-2 up and we're surely looking at a fifth on Centre. There's every chance Andy Murray will get to see the Doctor Who finale before he takes on Gilles Simon. I have a roof feeling about tonight. Querrey and Malisse are 3-3 on Court One.

Twitter
sssssarah on Twitter: "I don't want to tempt fate but I think that was the breakthrough, Rafa in five. That last forehand was just insane!"

1754: The trainer is back on attending to Nadal's knee, while at the same time the world number one is arguing with the umpire, who has suggested he is getting coaching from uncle Toni in the crowd. It's all happening. Moments earlier, Rafa had played a majestic running forehand pass on his way to 4-1. He must practice those celebrations, they're tremendous.

1750: "Bring on the wall!" screams Nadal, possibly, as he celebrates getting his first break of serve since the start of the match. Petzschner does not look best pleased after sitting through a medical timeout for the Spaniard. Nadal leads 3-1 in the fourth.

France
1747: Good news for France, and let's face it they could do with some on the sporting front, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Tobias Kamke 6-1 6-4 7-6 to set up a fourth-round clash with compatriot Benneteau. Andy Murray could await the winner of that.

1744: Worrying moments on Centre Court as the trainer is called once again for Nadal, and this time the problem is the troublesome right knee. Memories of his Aussie Open defeat by Andy Murray coming back. Hopefully you are all following it via the live stream above (if you're in the UK) and haven't been tempted away by a glimpse at Hole In The Wall.

It's good news for a Briton
1737: Nadal has two break points at the start of the fourth but Petzsche comes up with a couple of great volleys in a dramatic game and it's 1-1. Apologies for the streaming issues, it should be back now. Querrey and Malisse are out on Court One, while Tsonga is closing in on victory against Kamke on Court Two. And Britons Ken Skupski & Elena Baltacha have beaten Michal Mertinak & Andrea Hlavackova 6-2 6-3.

The match is over
1731: Victory for Julien 'Pat' Benneteau over Fabio Fognini in four sets on Court 18, and he could face fellow Frenchman Tosnga in the last 16.

1724: If Nadal is going to win the title again this year, he's going to have to win another five-setter. Petzschner takes the third set tie-break with a huge serve and leads by two sets to one. What a Wimbledon, eh?

The match is over
1717: "Come Oooooonnnnnn!!!" Maria Sharapova fires an ace down the 'T' to seal a 7-5 6-3 win over Barbara Zahlavova Strycova, but it was hard going and the Russian will need to step it up considerably against Serena in the next round. "It's great to be in the second week," says Sharapova. "It's been good so far but it'll be a really tough match in the next round." Too right.

Latest scores
1712: Petzsche saves a break point at 5-5 in the third with a huge serve down the middle and Nadal is being thoroughly tested on Centre. Tie-break required. Sharapova is a game away on Court One, with Querrey (cross the Mersey) to follow that one.

1705: My colleague Tom Fordyce has filled my head with his childish but undeniably entertaining game of 'tennis players plus bands' - personal favourites being Lindsay Davenportishead and Conchita House Martinez - but I now have the chorus "Querrey, cross the Mersey" running through my head. Thanks, Tom.

1658: Nadal has the trainer on for some attention to his left elbow, which is a bit worrying. He'll be needing that. Sharapova finally breaks serve after an epic game to lead by a set and 4-2.

1652: Mathieu had won just one match on the ATP World Tour this year before arriving at Wimbledon as he's struggled with injuries, and I'm told he had to retire from his first-round match at the French Open with "digestive problems". We must get a graphic for that. A good effort to make the last 16 here.

The match is over
1648: France's Paul-Henri Mathieu has beaten Thiemo de Bakker 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-4 on Court Five. It should be Rafa next for him but that is not a certainty with Petzsche keeping the world number one honest at 4-3 on serve in the third. And 10th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy has bitten the Court 12 dust, going down 6-2 6-3 to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic.

Boris Becker
1637: "You can see from Nadal's body language that he's taking this really seriously now," says Boris Becker. "In my opinion this set will decide the outcome of the match."

Twitter
Victoria Azarenka on Twitter: "Bad day for me today! My opponent played the best tennis of her life I think! Everything from the opposite side was going in! Its painful."

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From DC courtside on 1: "Should have brought ear plugs instead of sun cream today, all rather unnecessary from Sharapova as usual. Come on BZS! Btw maybe the umpire should use BZS instead, she's struggling badly with the long version poor woman, drawing titters from the crowd every time she attempts it."

1632: Maria Sharapova has taken the first set 7-5 against BZS, while out on 18 Fabio Fognini is going to have to call on that court's mystical powers to recover from two sets down against Julien Benneteau. The winner there to play Tsonga or Kamke, with the Frenchman a set to the good on Court Two.

A shock result
1625: Too early for a shock graphic? It's never too early. Petzschner gets to 0-40, three set points, and takes his first with a nerveless volley. It's one set all and Nadal has another battle on his hands. Presumably the Spaniard did his homework on the German before the match and will know that the world number 41 has a golf handicap of 14, was a fan of Goran Ivanisevic and Stefan Edberg when growing up, and his official nickname is 'Petzsche'. Which, to be honest, only saves me two letters of typing.

Latest scores
1621: So there you go. Back to the tennis and Sharapova is making a lot of noise as the first set against Zahlavova Strycova nears its conlusion, with the Czech player coming through a tough service game to make it 5-5 on Court One. Nadal is also in a battle on Centre as he serves at 5-4 down in the second, while British junior Liam Broady has beaten Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 6-0 6-1.

Someone is having a tantrum
1616: We have a statement from Andrew Jarrett, Championships' referee, concerning Victor Hanescu: "Following a review conducted by the Championships' Referee in association with the Grand Slam Supervisors into the incident on Court 18 yesterday evening, the player Victor Hanescu (ROU) has been fined US$7500 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct and a further US$7500 for not using Best Efforts at the conclusion of the match." Hanescu has the right of appeal within 10 days.

1609: "Jaaaaaaaa!!!!" screams Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker as he saves a couple of match points and wins the tie-break to keep his hopes live against Paul-Henri Mathieu, the Frenchman now leading by two sets to one. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has just started on Court Two against Germany's Tobias Kamke, with those two in Andy Murray's quarter.

1600: Nadal is on serve early in the second against Pip Petzschner, with the winner looking likely to face Paul-Henri Mathieu as the Frenchman is two sets up on Thiemo de Bakker out on Court Five. More good news for Britain as Liam Broady leads the excellently named Hugo Dellien of Bolivia 6-0 2-0 on Court Nine. This is all setting it up perfectly for next week's Ladies' Invitational Doubles, where stalwarts Croft & Durie appear to have been overlooked this year for a couple of up-and-comers called Anne Hobbs & Sam Smith. They'll be up against Hingis & Kournikova, but Britain expects.

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
1552: Have a Brit graphic! In fact, have two! Chris Eaton & Dominic Inglot have beaten top seeds and twice defending champions Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic 5-7 7-5 6-7 7-6 8-6. That is quite a scalp. Eaton is ranked 177 and Inglot 204, so not surprising there is a fair bit of hugging and flesh pressing out on Court Six.

1547: Thanks Dinara, we miss you. I'm itching to get the Brit graphic out but I'm holding fire, even though Eaton & Inglot have just broken Nestor & Zimonjic to lead 7-6 in the fifth! It's all high-fives and fist pumps on Court Six. Calm down, lads, four more points...

Twitter
Dinara Safina on Twitter: "It's crazy in MOSCOW +40!!!! so people dont tell me that in moscow is only snowing!we also have summer hihihihi. had a lunch with my parents at one restaurant!!was so nice!!! tomorrow we have a girls dinner at my aprt as i'm leaving on monday!!!"

1540: I think I just heard Serena on a monitor somewhere saying, "At my age I have to have a younger guy." I'm sure that was all about the context. Anyway, Nadal wraps up the first set 6-4 against Petzschner, but not before the German goes so far wide chasing a volley that he ends up in the first row of the crowd and almost emasculates himself in the process.

Latest scores
1531: Oh dear. I'm sure she's a lovely lady but I could do without Barbara Zahlavova Strycova making too much news this afternoon, a text commentator's nightmare. BZS breaks Sharapova in the opening game on Court One. And bad news from Court Six as Eaton & Inglot are broken in the fifth by top seeds Zimonjic & Nestor and it's 4-4. Nadal still a break up at 4-3, by the way.

1523: "I served well in the second but that's about all that I did well. I'll have to play better than I did today," says Serena Williams after her win over Domnika Cibulkova.

The match is over
1517: And there we have it. David Ferrer beats Jeremy Chardy 7-5 6-3 4-6 3-6 7-5 after the Frenchman double-faults on match point. Cruel. The Spaniard chucks his sodden sweatband into the crowd - a lovely memento there for somebody - and signs a few autogrpahs as he heads off court. It's Soderling next for the ninth seed.

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From Luke via text: "I met nadal yesterday and told him he was my hero and said i hope spain win later. He smiled and said thanks. I think after this exchange we're pretty much best friends. Vamos rafa!"

1512: Court 18 will not be happy about this. After Li Na beats Anastasia Rodionova with the tame scoreline of 6-1 6-3, all the excitement is over on Court 12 where Ferrer has broken Chardy with the Frenchman serving for the match. It's now 5-5 in the fifth. And Eaton & Inglot are a break up in the fifth against Nestor & Zimonjic.

It's good news for a Briton
The match is over
1509: Sixth seed and French Open runner-up Robin Soderling beats Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 6-2 7-5 on Court One and he has yet to drop a set. He is likely to play Chardy next, with Nadal a possible quarter-final opponent. That would be tasty. And good news from Court 10 where Brit junior Eleanor Dean has beaten seventh seed Gabriela Dabrowski.

Latest scores
1504: Rafa looks on his way with a break in the opening game on Centre. Over on Court Six there's quite a crowd gathered as Brits Eaton & Inglot get close to a huge upset as they lead Nestor & Zimonjic by two sets to one and force a tie-break, but the top seeds take it and we're into a fifth. And Jeremy Chardy has fought back from two sets down to lead ninth seed David Ferrer by a break in the fifth.

Boris Becker
1456: Afternoon all. I'm still reeling from seeing Boris wearing a jumper around his shoulders. The man was my hero when I was 13, and he's still my ruddy hero. Lots going on at the All England Club right now and I'll do my best to keep you up to speed. Britain's Katy Dunne has just gone out of the girls' singles but that was very much on Caroline's watch. And on Centre, we have Rafal Nadal and Philipp Petzschner, who is about to be nicknamed. Petzsch? And manually refresh to confirm that Cheese has exited, for the moment.

By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Latest scores
1446: Jeremy Chardy does indeed take the fourth set and he and Dave Ferrer are into a fifth set, the Frenchman already 2-0 up. Something funny's going on on Court 10 where Britain's Eleanor Dean lost the first set against seventh seed Gabriela Dabrowski, but hasn't lost a game since. She's 3-0 up in the third. Oh look, here's Rafael Nadal walking out onto Centre Court. Must be time to hand over to Piers Newbery...

1441: It's just occurred to me that Nicolas Mahut spent six days at Wimbledon and still lost in the first round of the singles and doubles. Someone give him a hug.

1434: Paul-Henri Mathieu sneaks set one over yesterday's villain Thiemo de Bakker. Jeremy Chardy is desperate for a five-setter against David Ferrer. The Frenchman leads 5-2 in the fourth set. Serena Williams completes a 6-0 7-5 win over Dominika Cibulkova. The good news for Cibulkova: she's still in the doubles. The bad news: she and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova face the Williams sisters later.

Latest scores
1424: Not only can Mahut put his feet up, he can also take up that offer of a free holiday in Mauritius. Not such a bad day for Nic. Over on Court One, Robin Soderling is easing his way into the fourth round, leading 6-4 6-2 1-0 against Thomaz Bellucci. Caroline Wozniacki is already 3-0 up over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Court Two.

It's good news for a Briton
1417: They say bad luck comes in three, but what about good news? 1.Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski roar into the second round of the men's doubles with a 7-5 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-4) win over France's Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut - and that also means Marathon Mahut can finally put his feet up, 2. Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot have improbably take a two sets to one lead over top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 3. Soderling-Bellucci is now on the Red Button and online for UK users.

1413: Anastasia Rodionova is raging only at herself after losing the first set 6-1 against ninth seed Li Na.

1411: You want more tennis players/bands? I got more... Pat Benneteau (I'veNotGotTwitter via text), Nalband Ian Dury and the Blockheads (Jack via text), Steely Dan-iela Hantuchova (@mbb2009), Roy Emerson Lake and Arvind Parmar (@OllyFoster), Yen-hsun Lulu (@allanj92), Florent Serra and the Machine (Kimberley via text).

1408: Flemski go into a fourth-set tie-break against Clement and Mahut. Win it, and the Brits are through. Lose it and it'll be a fifth set decider. Just what Mahut needed. Watch out world, the notoriously temperemental Anastasia Rodionova is 5-1 down against Li Na - on Court 18.

The match is over
1359: Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the fourth round after a fairly simple 6-3 6-1 win over Sara Errani. I'm now hearing Robin Soderling will be on the Red Button as soon as David Ferrer v Jeremy Chardy has finished. That match has just gone to a fourth set.

1354: Just been sent an email with the subject 'New Spitting Video'. This is one crazy Wimbledon. From it, I can confirm that Victor Hanescu did definitely spit in the direction of some people in the crowd, but did not hit his target, so to speak.

Latest scores
1350: Robin Soderling breaks at the perfect moment to take the first set 6-4 against Thomaz Bellucci, who caused a bit of a stir at the French Open by running Rafa Nadal close. Soderling is looking like a very dangerous dark horse at the moment though, and could meet Nadal in the last eight. If you're eagerly awaiting that match on the Red Button, coverage will begin at 1400 BST.

1342: Next to enter the Court 18 Twilight Zone: Li Na and Anastasia Rodionova, who is famous for her tantrums. Wonder how that's going to end? As Tom Fordyce watches Serena Williams demolish Dominika Cibulkova on Centre Court, I'm keeping my eye on Court One where Rockin Robin Soderling plays Brazilian up-and-comer Thomaz Bellucci. Still on serve in the first set.

A shock result
1337: Czech Petra Kvitova beats 14th seed Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-0 as Court 18 claims another victim. Azarenka did not win another game after serving for the first set at 5-4. Weird - although not by Court 18 standards. Meanwhile, top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic level the match against Brits Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot.

It's good news for a Briton
1326: Not one, but TWO British winners (in the first round of the juniors). Oliver Golding beats American Dennis Novikov 6-4 6-2 in the boys. Francesca Stephenson beats Japan's Ema Mutagachi 6-4 1-6 7-5. Choc ices all round. But before you go too crazy with the celebrations: Flemski drop the third set against Nicolas Mahut and Arnaud Clement. But they still lead by two sets to one, and surely the French pair won't want to go five sets?

1320: We shouldn't be surprised, this match is on Court 18 after all, but 14th seed Victoria Azarenka is 7-5 3-0 down against Petra Kvitova. Stand by for some British cheer...

Latest scores
1319: Svetlana Kuznetsova's fairly rotten Championships after she and Aravane Rezai lose 6-0 6-4 to Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosur. Time to take a break, Kuzy. David Ferrer is closing in on a two-set lead over Jeremy Chardy on Court 12. And we continue: Lady Ga Gabashvilli (Abi via text), Maria Buena Vista Social Club, Jo Durie and the Blockheads (@mbb2009).

1313: Who'll get the biggest cheer? Sir Bobby Charlton was leading on my clapometer, before Sue Barker presented the 14 invited members of Britain's armed forces, who received a tumultuous cheer followed by a standing ovation. That actually brought a tear to my eye.

1306: Sue Barker is introducing the great and the good of the sporting world to the Centre Court crowd. Who'll get the biggest cheer? Once that's over, Tom Fordyce is waiting in the wings to take you through Serena v Cibulkova.

It's good news for a Briton
1303: What about this? British wildcards Dominic Inglot and Chris Eaton have taken the first set 7-5 against top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. The Brits are tormenting Nestor and Zimonjic at this tournament, Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray took them to five sets in the first round.

1259: And they keep coming (see 1240)... Tommy Robredohead (@shinydh), The Beautiful Mel South (@NadiaKamil), Mos Deffi Graf (@rob_mckinlay), Karolina Sp-REM (anon), Petrova Shop Boys, Lindsay Davenportishead (@NadiaKamil), Feederer (@matt_fwyalchen)

It's good news for a Briton
1254: But as always on the British tennis rollercoaster, good news follows bad. Actually, it's normally the other way around... But anyway, Flemski take a two-set lead against Nicolas Mahut and Arnaud Clement. Mahut played the longest ever match, Clement was given the runaround by Roger Federer yesterday. They're probably not at the peak of their powers.

It's bad news for a Briton
1247: Well, it was all going swimmingly for Tom Farquharson at 5-2 up in the second set but the strange air of Court 18 must have drifted over to Court 17 because the Brit has just lost 6-2 7-5 to third seed Tiago Fernandes.

1240: Some excellent entries already to Tom's competition below. A round-up of the best: Laura Robson and Jerome, Henin Inch Nails (@leighblue), Yannick Noah and the Whale, Querrey and the Pacemakers (@Graham_Faulkner), Davydenko and the Bunnymen (@NickOGS20), Conchita House Martinez (@rob_mckinlay), Gilles Simon and Garfunkel (@elliottsweeney).

Twitter
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Right. Saturday special comp: names of tennis players plus bands, like the footballers one from last week (Half Man Half Busquets etc)"

Latest scores
1227: The sight of Boris Becker has distracted me from bringing you the scores, so let me put that right. Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski already have a break in the second set against Nicolas Mahut and Arnaud Clement. The Brits won the first on Thursday. Braving it on Court 18 (chill runs down spine) are Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, who leads 3-2. On Court Two, not much to report on Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwanska.

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From Jackie via text: "Hoddle in the Royal Box? Good news is that if it rains he can give us a rendition of Diamond Lights with Sachin taking on Waddle's part. Anyone for a rain dance?"

1219: I mean, there is absolutely no danger that BB is going to need that jumper. It's 27C out there. It's simply for fashion purposes. I love that man.

Boris Becker
1213: Big question of the day: what's Boris Becker wearing? Wimbledon official polo shirt, with a cream cricket jumper slung around his shoulders. He's outdone himself, yet again.

Twitter
From seanbhoy87 on Twitter: "Re @admiralandrea: Forget Doctor Who, I have a birthday party to go to at the same time. How inconsiderate of organisers!"

1208: BBC Two coverage is up and running, and last night's events (see 101) are top of the agenda. Mark Petchey, who was commentating on the match, feels the umpire (Kim Craven) should have warned the crowd after Victor Hanescu complained about the fans who were heckling him. Still no word on Hanescu's punishment, but I expect it'll be a big old fine.

It's good news for a Briton
1202: First winners of the day are Russian Yulia Putintseva and Tunisian Ons Jabeur. Maybe they'll have lunch together to celebrate. News from Court Eight: Britain's Francesca Stephenson is a set up against Emi Mutaguchi.

A celeb has been spotted at Wimbledon
1153: Wonder if the Royal Box will clear out at 1805 BST for the Doctor Who finale? The posh seats are crammed full of celebrities today. Winter Olympics stars Amy Williams and Chemmy Alcott, from the wonderful world of football: Glenn Hoddle and Sir Bobby Charlton. Sachin Tendulkar, Dame Kelly Holmes, Martina Navratilova... Sporting legends spilling out all over the place.

1147: Doctor Who is on at 1805 BST tonight. I think you might need to set your video recorders. Does anyone still have a video recorder?

Twitter
From admiralandrea on Twitter: "Can't believe Murray on 3rd today - will surely clash with Doctor Who finale!! How can I choose??"

It's good news for a Briton
It's bad news for a Briton
1133: Play up and running out in the real world, as the junior tournament gets under way. It's mixed news from a British perspective. Tom Farquharson is 3-1 down against the third seed, Tiago Fernandes. But Francesca Stephenson has broken back against Emi Mutagachi and trails 3-2.

1131: Bye John Isner! Thanks for the memories... all 11 hours and 5 minutes of them. As for our other brave soldier, Nicolas Mahut, he has finally been spared the ordeal of Court 18, and instead heads to Court 14 for a men's doubles first-round match, which began on Thursday. Mahut and Arnaud Clement are a set down against Brits Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming.

John Isner on Twitter: "Leaving town today. NYC here I come."

1118: There have apparently been 23 five-set matches in the men's singles already, and if I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on Malisse-Querrey going the distance. Querrey is a big server, Malisse is an excellent returner, who is a former Wimbledon semi-finalist. The 29-year-old Belgian has played six five-set matches at Wimbledon in the past.

The sun is out
1114: Today is set to be the hottest day yet at Wimbledon 2010, with temperatures soaring to 27C, which is clearly too hot for playing tennis. Maybe they'll have to introduce an Australian Open-style heat ruling. Sweating it out on Court One today will be Robin Soderling and Thomaz Bellucci. Soderling is in fine form, Bellucci is a very promising Brazilian, which might make for a bit of fun. Then it's Maria Sharapova against Barbara Zahlavova Strycova (copy and paste that one). Finally, a potential blockbuster between Sam Querrey and king of the five-setter Xavier Malisse.

Twitter
Jelena Jankovic on Twitter: "Very happy to win my match yesterday, played well! Will have a light practice today and enjoy the great weather here."

1101: On Centre, kicking off at 1300 BST, we begin with Serena Williams against Dominika Cibulkova. Sounds a bit one-sided, but then Cibulkova is Slovakian and Slovakia have had a good week in terms of upsetting the odds. Next up, Rafael Nadal is up against Germany's Philipp Petzschner, then Britain's Andy Murray takes on France's former world number six Gilles Simon.

1053: And Brad Gilbert's view pretty much sums up what a lot of tennis observers think of Hanescu - but you can't get away with spitting, whatever the provocation. Anyway, onwards... It's looking like another Christmas cracker at Wimbledon today, with Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams among those in action. And the juniors start! That means there are so many Brits around, we'll be tripping over them.

Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "There will be an inquiry today but I promise you big Vic has never said a word on the court, ever. It must've been extenuating circumstances."

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BBC 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "So what is going to happen on Court 18 today?!?!? The umpires' nightmare Rodionova is scheduled..."

1038: Anyway, we'll move on shortly - although we'll hear more about this story later - but there's also some quite bizarre footage of Hanescu appearing to deliberately double-fault, serving with his foot over the line in order to be foot-faulted.

1024: Four people were arrested last night (Arrested! At Wimbledon!) under the Public Order Act but the club say that is not necessarily related to the spitting incident. Hanescu is likely to find out his punishment today after the referees and Grand Slam supervisors meet. It's worth pointing out, I think, that Hanescu does not have a reputation for being particularly combustible.

1016: If you missed it, and you'd have been forgiven for skipping a third-round clash between Victor Hanescu and Daniel Brands, Hanescu had match points for a straight-sets win, but Brands fought back to take it into a decider. As the match wore on, Romanian Hanescu was reportedly subjected to taunts from some rowdy fans. He received a code violation for spitting and swearing at them, before finally retiring from the match at 3-0 down, officially because of a leg injury.

1009: If our intrepid reporter 'Dangerous' Dave Ornstein were here today, I'd be asking him to get on the phone to the local witch doctor. After hosting the 11 hour 5 minute marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, yesterday Court 18 (or Court Ishut if you prefer) witnessed some remarkable, if troubling, scenes as darkness fell on day five. "Is Court 18 on ley lines?" pondered Piers Newbery yesterday. "Mystical place."

The sun is out
1000: Hello from sunny Wimbledon. I could get used to this weather, but I must remember this is south west London, not LA. Anyway, just one thing on my mind today: what is with Court 18?




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