Hooray! I knew if I hung around long enough, some good news would come my way. Jonny Marray and Anna Smith
keep the British flag flying in the mixed doubles, winning 7-6 6-7 6-4 against 16th seeds Marcin Matkowski and Tathiana Garbin. And that's your lot for Magic Monday. Join us for Titanic Tuesday at 0900 BST... (But carry on watching Today at Wimbledon on the video stream if you're in the UK)
It's fair to say Andy Roddick isn't in the best of moods right now. He follows Andy Murray into the press room. Are you starting to dread fifth sets, Andy? "No." The red eyes and sullen look tell their own tale.
World number one Rafael Nadal
gives his hardworking knees a welcome break with a quick win over Paul Henri-Mathieu, winning 6-4 6-2 6-2. Nadal will face Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals in a repeat of last month's French Open final. Tasty.
Uncle Toni is chuckling away in the stands - which can only mean one thing. Rafael Nadal is a hold of serve away from the quarter-final. Elena Baltacha and Ken Skupski go out of the mixed 4-6 6-2 6-3 to fifth seeds Mark Knowles and Katerina Srebotnik.Ho-hum. There's always Anna Smith and Jonny Marray, who are level at 3-3 in the third set against Matkowski/Garbin.
Brits Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot lose 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra. Still, we'll always have Saturday and their momentous win over top seeds Nestor/Zimonjic. Nadal is now two sets a break up against Mathieu...
What on earth is going on on Centre Court? A group of court coverers - with the shirts untucked, I might add - are cavorting about on the hallowed turf, chucking balls into the crowd. Unseemly. Why there's a crowd here I don't know. Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell are long gone after losing their mixed doubles 6-4 6-1 against Zimonjic and Stosur. They should head to Court 5 to cheer on Baltacha and Skupski, who are fighting back in the third set against Knowles and Srebotnik.
Quarter-final line-up looks like this: Federer-Berdych, Lu-Djokovic, Murray-Tsonga, Soderling-Nadal/Mathieu.
Shock of the tournament so far, no doubt. Andy Roddick, three times a beaten finalist at Wimbledon, goes out in the fourth round to a man making his debut in the last 16 of a Grand Slam. Brilliant performance by Yen-Hsun Lu, who goes on to face Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Roger Federer, I imagine, will have lent back in his armchair and swung his feet onto the coffee table after seeing another seed removed from his side of the draw.
1958:YEN-HSUN LU BEATS ANDY RODDICK 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-7 9-7 1958:
Lu with a 15-30 lead and a second serve it look at. The return is loopy and deep, but Roddick takes step back and finds a devilish angle with his forehand. That's 30-30. Lu challenges a Roddick first serve - and it is out - and then the American bunts a forehand over the baseline. Match point.
Forehand pass down the line. HE'S DONE IT!
Roddick ambles to the net as if he knows what's coming - and sure enough, Lu passes him crosscourt to hold to 15 and take an 8-7 lead in the fifth.
He seems to be thriving on the pressure, the man from Chinese Taipei. Nadal has a two sets to love lead against Mathieu. Brits everywhere are crumbling after promising starts. I daren't look.
Can you hear that? That's the sound of jaws dropping across the All England Club as Tara Moore
sends 14th seed Sophia Kovalets packing after a 6-7 6-1 6-2 win on Court 11. She is the fourth Brit to make the second round of the girls' singles. Lu 7-7 Roddick.
The order of play for a fairly unlikely women's quarter-final line-up is in. On Centre, starting at 1300 BST, it's Clijsters-Zvonareva, Serena-Li. On Court One, Venus-Pironkova, Kanepi-Kvitova. Lu 7-6 Roddick.
And now Roddick holds to love to make it 6-6 in the fifth set.
No tie-break, so we could be here all night. Everyone got supplies in?
Lu drives a backhand into the open court to finish off a love service game. He leads Roddick 6-5 in the fifth set.
If this match were on Court 18, I'd be starting to wonder...
Roddick bends low and prods a fine backhand down the line to bring up two game points. A double-fault, but then an ace, and it's 5-5 in the fifth set.
Nadal leads 6-4 5-1. The British news isn't great so I'm going to wait until it gets better. Propaganda at its finest.
Lu saves two break points but a dinky volley from Roddick earn him a third... And Lu comes up with a delicious, low volley of his own. Lu leads 5-4
and Roddick is still in deep trouble. Not so, Rafael Nadal, who leads 6-4 4-1 against Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Tara Moore: remember the name. The 17-year-old levels it at a set all against 14th seed Sophia Kovalets. The only thing I know about Kovalets is that her favourite surface is grass.
Eaton/Inglot now a break down in the third set, so I'm turning my attentions to Elena Baltacha and Ken Skupski, who are a set to the good against fifth seed Knowles and Srebotnik. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal is now a set and a break up against Paul-Henri Mathieu. Roddick and Lu are 4-4 in the fifth.
1916: Novak Djokovic
into the press room now, and he is asked about Lleyton Hewitt's earlier comment that "he's always got something". Djokovic responds: "Everybody has an opinion. I don't know why people think I'm always having something, which is absolutely wrong. I haven't asked for a medical time-out for a long time, but every time I do, someone has to say something, so I don't know
" Well, I don't know either, seems like there's only one way to settle that one...
Andy Roddick looks ready to pounce when he earns two break points at 2-2 in the fifth, but Yen-Hsun Lu isn't ready to lie down just yet. The 26-year-old saves both and leads 3-2.
Chris Eaton and Dominc Inglot give the Court 18 the drama they came for as they lose the second set against Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau. One set all, and I want you to know I'm not in any way starting to regret my earlier confidence. Roddick and Lu still on serve in the fifth set.
Sixth seed Robin Soderling
survives a surprisingly tricky encounter with David Ferrer, winning 6-2 5-7 6-2 3-6 7-5
over on Court 12. Soderling will face Rafael Nadal or Paul-Henri Mathieu in the quarter-finals before a possible semi-final against Andy Murray, who meets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters.
It's about time we checked in on the world number one... Just in time to see him serve out the first set to 15. Rafael Nadal
in control against Paul Henri-Mathieu. Murray's win leaves Centre Court free for a bit mixed doubles between British pair Sarah Borwell and Colin Fleming and Nenad Zimonjic and Samantha Stosur.
Roddick's furious as another error hands the momentum back to Lu, who leads 4-3, but two big serves and the American has a 5-4 advantage. Can Lu hold his nerve? Yes, he can. It's 5-5. Crucial point now... Lu dumps a forehand into the net to give Roddick a set point.
Massive ace! Roddick takes the tie-break 7-5
and points his finger in the air as he marches back to the chair. Fifth set here we come... and you have to favour A-Rod now.
Three straight errors from Roddick and he's 3-0 down. An ace and it's 3-1. The world's worst drop shot from Roddick, and Lu is onto it in a flash, but the American manages to scramble back a lob, and Lu belts his response long. Lu leads 3-2. Nervy forehand from Lu and it's a country mile over the baseline. Massive cheers (coinciding with those on Centre for Andy Murray's straight-sets win over Sam Querrey) as they change over at 3-3.
Fifth seed and three-time finalist Andy Roddick
is two sets to one down against Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu and the fourth set goes to a tie-break... Got a hat? Hold onto it...
Roddick holds to take a 6-5
lead in the fourth. Nadal a break up against Mathieu in the first set. Soderling and Ferrer still on serve in the fifth set. Meanwhile, Lleyton Hewitt
is asked in his press conference if he could tell that Novak Djokovic was struggling during their match. "I don't know. He's always got something," is the rather terse reply.
Yen-Hsun Lu is on one knee as he lifts a spectacular lob over a bemused Andy Roddick. It's 5-5,
with the unseeded man leading by two sets to one. Tense times on Court Two.
Soon-to-be-crowned BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot take the first set 6-2 against hapless French duo Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau. Magnificent stuff. I hope England's footballers are watching and learning...
Yen-Hsun Lu saves a break point to level it at 3-3
against Andy Roddick, who's just digging in and waiting for his unseeded opponent to crack. Not happening at the moment. Robin Soderling and David Ferrer go into a fifth set on Court 12. Oh my word! Britain's Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot,
fresh from knocking out the top seeds and defending champions in the last round, are 5-1 up against Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra on Court 18...
Andy Murray is still the only man yet to drop a set at Wimbledon after
taking a two sets to love lead
against Sam Querrey. He's not winning quickly enough for Ken Skupski and Elena Baltacha though (see 1738). Their Centre Court dreams are shattered by the email of doom telling them they'll be on Court Five for their mixed doubles match against fifth seeds Mark Knowles and Katarina Srebotnik.
Crikey. Eyes on Court Two please. Ye-Hsun Lu leads by two sets to one against three-time finalist Andy Roddick and at 2-2 in the fourth, earns his first break point of the entire match.
The American drives a forehand into the corner, approaches the net, but has to dive to his left to come up with a phenomenal drop shot half-volley. Lu scrambles but can't get there and Roddick escapes - just.
From cjhancock on Twitter:
"On Court Two it's Andy vs Lu. Aren't they two Little Britain characters?"That'll be why David Walliams is here then (see 1710)
The departure of Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt from Court One means Rafael Nadal and Paul-Henri Mathieu are on their way there. Might we be heading for a fifth set over on Court 12? Robin Soderling is two sets to one up against Dave Ferrer, but a break down in the fourth. There's a lot going on right now...
World number three Novak Djokovic
hammers a sizzler of a forehand crosscourt, turns to his support camp and pumps both fists, while shouting something Serbian. Djokovic beats a strangely subdued Lleyton Hewitt 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals, where he'll face Andy Roddick or Yen-Hsun Lu - and if you're looking forward to a Roddick-Djokovic encounter, just hold your crazy horses. Lu takes a third-set tie-break and leads by two sets to one.
That would be a massive
Tut tut. Novak Djokovic, who has been struggling to breath for most of the set, is suddenly skipping to his chair after a woeful double-fault from Lleyton Hewitt gifts the Serb the chance to serve for the match. "Let's go Lleyton, let's go..." goes the chant from the Fanatics, but I'm not sure they're putting their heart and soul into that one.
We've heard from a lot of people about the lack of technology in football, but I think we were all waiting to hear what Serena Williams
had to say about it all. "The call in the England game was outrageous," says the world number one. "I just don't understand why they don't have the technology in this day and age. It could have been totally different if it was 2-2." Yes, Serena, it could have been 4-2.
Novak Djokovic down on his haunches and breathing heavily. At the other end, Lleyton Hewitt is clenching his first and giving it a big "come awn". That can only mean one thing. Hewitt has won three games in a row and leads 3-2 in the fourth set. Robin Soderling appears to be back on track against David Ferrer, leading 5-2 in the third. Roddick and Lu on serve in the third after sharing the first two sets.
By the way, David Ferrer's fightback against Robin Soderling means Andy Murray is now the only player left in the men's draw yet to drop a set, although the Brit was just broken as he went to serve out the first set against Sam Querrey. Lleyton Hewitt saves two break points against Novak Djokovic, but the Aussie is still a break down against Novak Djokovic in the fourth set.
If you're wondering why I haven't mentioned events on Centre Court, it's because Tom Fordyce is
covering that match in a game-by-game manner.
I can tell you that Murray leads 5-2. Lleyton Hewitt is fighting back... there's a surprise. The former champion breaks once to take the third set and now trails two sets to one against third seed Novak Djokovic. And another fightback on Court 12 where David Ferrer comes back from a break down to level matters against Robin Soderling at one set all. Maybe there is some stopping the Swede? (see 1642)
Celebrities don't just sit in the Royal Box - although they probably would if they could... Piers earlier spotted comedienne Jo Brand
having a fag outside Court 14. David Walliams
is rumoured to be here with his mum, and the acceptable face of Top Gear, James May,
has been on the
Broadcast Centre roof talking to 5 live's Richard Bacon.
"It's fantastically British isn't it?" he said of his first visit to Wimbledon. "There's no shouting, no vuvuzelas... It is fabulously polite."
Maria Sharapova on her defeat by Serena Williams:
"She served really well, probably the best she's served against me, and I think that was really the difference."
But maybe Court Two is about to put us back in the five-set business. Andy Roddick doubles-faults to give Yen-Hsun Lu four set points. Big forehand down the line and Lu puts away the volley to take the tie-break 7-3. Hmmm. Set all, quite surprising. Bit of bad news from Court Six where Britain's Jennifer Ren loses 6-0 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. It's not fair to make British people play in this weather. We just aren't built to cope with it. There are people out there struggling to even watch it.
STAT ATTACK... We haven't had a five-setter in the men's singles today - which might put the brakes on the tournament's record bid. Twenty-seven matches have so far gone the distance, according to our good friends at Infostrada Sports.
The record is 34, set by Wimbledon 1969 and the 1983 US Open. Up to and including Saturday, we had 4,417 games in the men's singles (most of them by Isner and Mahut) for an average of 39.4 games per match. That average currently puts Wimbledon 2010 second in Open era Grand Slam history, and top since the tie-break was introduced in 1971.
Twelfth seed Tomas Berdych
completes a 4-6 7-6 7-5 6-3 win over Daniel Brands. That'll no doubt pour some cold water on Germany's celebrations. Berdych's reward is a quarter-final against Roger Federer, who has an 8-2 winning record against the Czech. Berdych won their last meeting in Miami... (but Fed has won all four of their Grand Slam meetings.)
No stopping Rockin Robin Soderling is there? The Swede leads 6-2 3-1 against Spain's David Ferrer. As John McEnroe is discussing Andy Murray's slump in form after the Australian Open final, the American is hit on the "left cheek" by a Murray practice serve. And when he says cheek, he's not referring to the one on his face.
Serena Williams after beating Maria Sharapova:
"She played really well, I just wasn't able to do what I wanted to do. I definitely expect a much tougher match [against Li Na] - we always have such tough matches, so we'll see."
Commentators the world over will be hoping neither of the juniors on Court 11 make it in the pros. Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg meets Clothilde de Barnardi of France. Meanwhile, the Centre Court crowd are on their feet to greet
Serena Williams' hard-fought 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 win over Maria Sharapova.
Top seed Serena faces Li Na in the quarter-finals tomorrow. Next on Centre? Fella called Andy Murray...
Eek, just like the first set, Lleyton Hewitt drops serve at the death. Novak Djokovic
sends a return just wide on the first of two set points but then the Aussie overcooks a backhand and he now trails 7-5 6-4... Should be easy for the Serb from here (as long as he doesn't repeat his
French Open calamity when he let slip a two-set lead against Jurgen Melzer).
And it's not like Hewitt is renowned for his never-say-die attitude...
Three-time finalist Andy Roddick
sneaks the first set 6-4 against Yen-Hsun Lu. Lu, you may remember, beat Andy Murray at the Olympics a couple of years ago, but this is the furthest he has ever been at a Grand Slam and he's the lowest-ranked player left in the draw. On Court Five, India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
are playing their third-round doubles match. Draped over their chairs will be tracksuits tops bearing the slogan 'Stop War, Start Tennis'. "If we can change even one person's view, we'll take it as a positive,"
Bopanna told the BBC's Asian Network the other day.
"It's really nice to see Indians and Pakistanis sitting together supporting one team. You don't see that anywhere else, in any sport. Our on-court and off-court relationship proves that Indians and Pakistanis can get on fine."
Some very un-Wimbledon-like chanting from Court 18 as Tomas Berdych comes from a break down in the third set to take a two sets to one lead over Germany's Daniel Brands. Hope that chanting isn't from straw-clutching England fans. Robin Soderling and David Ferrer have crept onto Court 12 without me noticing and the Swede leads 3-0 already. Soderling a possible quarter-final opponent for Rafa Nadal.
Hewitt saves two break points to level the second set against Djokovic at 1-1. Time for the Aussie to dig deep, but he's usually quite good at that sort of thing... Over on Court Two, Andy Roddick and Yen-Hsun Lu are on serve in the first set. An epic tie-break on Centre ends with a yelp from Serena Williams
as she takes it 10-8 after Shazza double-faulted to give her set point.
Qualifier Kaia Kanepi
books a quarter-final that only a genius, or a fool, would have predicted. The Estonian will face Petra Kvitova tomorrow after a 6-2 6-4 win over Klara Zakopalova. Kanepi told Wimbledon's website she hasn't always been a fan of the green stuff. After winning the French Open junior title nine years ago, she came to London to play her first match, and lost it. "After that said, 'Oh, I don't like grass,' and I went away - I didn't play the juniors at Wimbledon. I didn't feel comfortable at all."
A manual refresh of this page by your good selves wouldn't go amiss at this stage, mainly so you can see what a lucky charm I am for our brave Brits. Ashley Hewitt
posts a crunching 6-2 6-1 win over Marco Italy's Cecchinato.
Serena and Sharapova are into a first-set tie-break,
and Lleyton Hewitt probably wishes he was too - but serving to stay in the set, the Aussie smacked a forehand narrowly wide to give Novak Djokovic
the first set 7-5.
No time for fond greetings. Here's the news: Jo Wilfried-Tsonga
is through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final after a 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Andy Murray or Sam Querrey next for the 10th seed. British 18-year-old James Marsalek
sends second seed Agustin Velotti crashing out of the boys' singles, thrashing the poor Argentine 6-3 6-2.
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon
From Ella via text:
Could really do with Benneteau taking the 4th against Tsonga to tire him out before what i hope is his quarter final against murray."
Tomas Berdych levels up at one set all against Daniel Brands on Court 18, but they've only been going for an hour and a half so plenty left in that one. Djokovic leads Hewitt 3-2 on serve on Court One, and Andy Roddick is now out on Court Two with Yen-Hsun Lu.
Tom Fordyce is following
Serena v Sharapova game-by-game,
with the Russian 3-2 down after getting an early break back, while Benneteau has taken the third set to trail by two sets to one against Tsonga on Court 12.
Craig at his desk in cardiff via text:
"So if murray wins the mens and robson wins the girls does that mean that the lawn tennis association are better than the football association."
We have another big-name casualty on day seven as third seed Caroline Wozniacki whacks a backhand into the net on match point to give Petra Kvitova
a crushing 6-2 6-0 win. Enter... shock graphic! The Czech will face Kaia Kanepi or Klara Zakopalova in the last eight, guaranteeing a surprise semi-finalist.
Serena and Sharapova share the opening two games while Djokovic, sensibly sporting a cap, takes the opening game against Hewitt thanks to a couple of heavy forehands.
If you're thinking about taking a break after the first couple of matches, think again. Before me on Centre Court I can see Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova about to play at Wimbledon for the first time since the Russian won the title in 2004, while on Court One they have Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic to enjoy.
1445: Laura Robson
has beaten Risa Ozaki 6-0 6-1 in the girls' singles. And after the demise of fourth seed Jankovic earlier on, we now have third seed Wozniacki in trouble on Court Two. Kvitova leads 6-2 2-0 after walloping away a forehand winner on break point.
Chris, Edinburgh, via text:
"2 hours ago I put a fiver on a Melzer/Hewitt/Querrey treble. If I'm goin to lose, it might as well be on all 3 now! Come on Andy!"
1439: Kim Clijsters
beats Justine Henin 2-6 6-2 6-3. "What a fantastic job Kim did of turning that match round," says Lindsay Davenport. "As soon as Kim began to find her range early in that second set, Justine became a much more timid player."
A straightforward afternoon for Roger Federer
as he finishes of Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-2 6-3 in 84 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.
1434: Third set - Clijsters 5-3 Henin:
Henin slips to 15-40 and puts a forehand long on the second break point. That could be it....
I absolutely do, I'd have more Wimbledon titles than Federer by now in a world without nets. And lines. Third set - Clijsters 4-3 Henin:
A solid hold for Kim and there's not much to choose between the right now. Here's Lindsay Davenport again on who she found toughest to play: "Probably Justine. I got the better of her early on in her career - when she was 12 or 13! But when she really found her game and became a Grand Slam champion, I wasn't really able to win a set off her again."
From anon via text:
"I really think the net halts the flow of the game in tennis, do you think we should get rid of it?"
In a heartwarming tale of German sporting success, Daniel Brands takes the first set against Tomas Berdych on 18. The winner is likely to face Federer, who is two sets and a break up against Melzer. Clijsters
leads 3-2 on serve in the decider on Court One. "Carlos Rodriguez has been pretty much coaching Justine the whole match, giving signals," says Lindsay Davenport.
"It's amazing if you keep your eyes on him. It's quite the opposite to Kim, who barely glances at her box. She seems to take pride in figuring it out on her own."
Laura Robson takes the first set 6-0 against Ozaki. An interesting decision for her to play in the juniors again as
she showed against Jankovic
that she can mix it with the best. Still, if I had a chance to win a Wimbledon title, I'd be going for it.
Clijsters levels things up on Court One with a 6-2 set of her own and we're into a decider. The match hasn't really got going yet, possibly because it's so ruddy hot, but they're down to a winner-takes-all set now. And Tsvetana Pironkova
beats Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-4 on Court Five.
The big names (literally) just keep on coming - third seed Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova are out on Court One, and Tomas Berdych and Daniel Brands are 4-4 on Court 18. Tsonga is storming away at a set and a break up on Benneteau on Court 12.
Groth double-faults at 5-5 in the tie-break and then nets a forehand to give Venus Williams
a 6-4 7-6 victory on Court Two. Venus will meet Pironkova or Bartoli in the last eight, with the Bulgarian leading 6-4 4-4. And
Federer takes the second set
to lead Melzer 6-3 6-2 after 49 minutes.
There's backslapping and handshaking at the net on Court 14 as Fleming & Skupski congratulate the Bryan brothers
on a 6-2 6-4 7-6 win, while Robson has broken to lead 2-0 on Court 14. And Clijsters has sharpened up her game enough to break for 3-1 in the second set.
Groth gets another chance to serve for the second set but Venus breaks again and they're into a tie-break. Clijsters leads 2-1 on serve in the second.
tgsgirl on Twitter:
"Well, epic match it is not so far. The same person who abducted the real Federer early last week has gotten his hands on Kim."
Clijsters gets a vital hold to steady the ship at the start of the second set, while out on Court 15 Laura Robson
is knocking up ahead of her girls' singles first-round match against Risa Ozaki. Fleming & Skupski are into a third set tie-break against the Bryans, trailing by two sets.
Venus makes the breakthrough just when required after Groth fires a backhand long on break point, and it's 5-5 in the second.
Federer has regained control on Centre
and taken the first set 6-3 against Melzer, while Henin serves out the first set 6-2 against Clijsters.
A courtside thermometer on One suggests the temperature is up to a scorching.... 21C. I think there might be a problem with that piece of equipment. Henin has some treatment to her arm after a heavy fall but she's laughing away with the trainer so it doesn't seem too serious, while Venus is having a bit of a battle against Groth on Court Two. The Australian leads 5-3 in the second set.
1322: Li Na
beats Agnieszka Radwanska, and
the winner of the Birmingham title earlier this month
goes on to face Serena or Sharapova in the quarter-finals. Henin is all over the net as she moves 4-1 clear, with Clijsters again double-faulting on break point, while Melzer gets a break back to trail Federer 3-2.
Clijsters double-faults to hand Henin a break in the first game, while a packed crowd on Court 12 awaits Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Benneteau. That's the sort of potentially great match you get on the outside courts on the second Monday. The winner there will play Murray or Querrey in the last eight.
We're nearly ready for action on the two main show courts and my colleague Tom Fordyce will take you through
Federer v Melzer game-by-game.
Venus is a set up but 2-0 down to Groth on Court Two, and Bryan brothers have just moved two sets clear of Fleming & Skupski.
Sad news from Court 12 as fourth seed Jelena Jankovic retires with an injury when trailing Vera Zvonareva
6-1 3-0, and the Serb is a bit tearful as she gets a hug from her mum courtside. Vera goes on to face on Clijsters or Henin, with the Belgians knocking up on Court One right now.
A great shout regarding Coria Jr, the 18-year-old sibling of former French Open runner-up Guillermo is on on Court 16. He likes football, hanging out with friends and ping pong. Favourite player? Guillermo Coria.
kanfoosh on Twitter:
"Any thoughts on how good Coria Minor is? I see he's playing today on Court 16. Looks exactly like his brother!"
Sir Roger Bannister, Tony Bennett and Ian Hislop are the names that leap out at me from today's royal box list as the crowd drifts into Centre Court. Roger Federer
and Jurgen Melzer
will be on there in a few minutes, with Kim Clijsters
and Justine Henin
on Court One. And Zvonereva has broken again to lead 6-1 3-0 with the double-break. Jankovic has the trainer on and is undergoing exactly the same lower back exercises I'm about to indulge in Won't be a tick.
Jankovic, with heavy strapping on her right thigh, saves one break point at the start of the second set with a backhand pass but double-faults on the second, and Zvonareva is in complete charge at 6-1 2-0.
Blimey. Vera Zvonareva
wallops down an ace to take the first set 6-1 against Jankovic on Court 12 in 24 minutes. Venus is on serve against Groth at 4-3. And regarding the absent Mole's cheeky question (see 1105 entry), he knows as well as all of you clearly do that the 'man with the hat' in the Centre Court players' box is David Spearing. I had the good fortune to meet David last year, a Wimbledon legend.
Britain's Lewis Burton
puts the country firmly back on the sporting map with a 6-4 6-4 win over France's Mathias Bourgue on Court Seven. Meanwhile, Zvonareva leads Jankovic 4-0.
Jon from Bournemouth via text:
"The way lleyton hewitt is playing, can he cause an upset and beat djokovic? I think he can, especially with his army of fans cheering him on in bright yellow. I love the fanatics."
American Dane Webb
is the first winner of the day as he beats Mick Lescure of France 6-3 6-4 on Court 17. Venus is under way against Groth on Court Two and comes through a tough opening service game from deuce.
1218: Tracy Austin:
"I just feel on the grass Justine has that edge, and Kim is on her way back from injury and might be a little undercooked."
1205: Breaking News -
Boris has gone for the polo shirt, collars up, and navy blazer with natty white handkerchief. He is annoyingly humble about the football. "I don't want to brag too much."
Greg Rusedski on Twitter:
"It is going to be a sensational day of tennis at wimbledon, best day of championships for quality of matches."
So which match are you most excited about today? Personally, taking for granted the excitement of being on Centre Court when Murray plays, I think Sharapova will do better than many predict against Serena, while Clijsters v Henin is a potential classic. They've met twice this year and both times, in
it's gone to a final set tie-break.
Bearing in mind Boris wore a jumper on Saturday when it touched 30C, he'll probably have a duffel coat on today. Let's hope so. Burton takes the first set against Bourgue, and word reaches me from BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese
that, "He has an EARRING". What a Wimbledon!
Jackie via text:
"Ok guys your starter for ten. What will boris be wearing today?"
British junior Lewis Burton has a break at 4-3 against Mathias Bourgue of France, while there is a healthy crowd out to see fellow junior Sabina Sharipova. "Big crowd at Court 15," texts BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese
. "I think some people may be confused."
half an an hour away from play on the outside courts
and there are some belters. If you're on Court Two, you'll see five-time champion Venus Williams
open against Jarmila Groth before third seed Caroline Wozniacki takes on Petra Kvitova. Andy Roddick, in unfamiliar territory, then plays Yen-Hsun Lu. Other 1200 BST
starters are Jelena Jankovic
and Vera Zvonareva on Court 12, Ni La
on Court 18 and former runner-up Marion Bartoli
on Court Five.
Ben, Edinburgh, via text:
"Good luck to Flemski today, wishing I wasn't stuck in work so I could watch."
Burton comes through a testing opening service game and is 1-1 against Bourgue. Among the other juniors in action right now are Aussie top seed Jason Murray Kubler
on Court Six, who lists rugby league, basketball and something called Youtube among his hobbies, and on Court 15 Uzbekistan's Sabina Sharipova.
Which is almost the same as Sharapova.
SRWilkin on Twitter:
"Really need Melzer to keep Federer fighting so Murray doesn't go on until after I get off work. Boss back in office today."
We have players knocking up despite the unseemly hour, and there's already a good crowd on Court Seven where Lewis Burton is the first Briton in action today. Lewis is up against France's Mathias Bourgue, who has no personal details listed in the ITF Junior Circuit handbook. A mystery man, eh?
1105: BBC Sport Mole -
"Stephen (see 0924), I shall not be returning to SW19 due to the fact that I am required to keep morale up in Cape Town. Chins are down, shoulders are slumped
but as Piers can testify to, it's times like these that I come into my own. Five minutes with me and everyone will have forgotten about yesterday's result and will feel like a million bucks. Before I go and start lifting spirits around the office by wheeling out a few of my favourite Greg Rusedski anecdotes, I have a quick question. I have watched a bit of the coverage from Wimbledon over here and I've noticed a elderly gentleman with a beard who sits near the players' box, does anybody know who he is?"
An early treat for those already at the All England Club as play starts on some courts at 1100 BST
with the juniors, and
2008 champion Laura Robson
- who made a late decision to enter the girls' singles - is up second on Court 15 against Risa Ozaki of Japan. I'm told 16-year-old Risa is from Kobi, likes listening to music and playing the piano. Some insider info for you there, Laura.
The Voice of Wimbledon
captures the mood of the nation, as only he can. "Welcome to Wimbledon, hopefully we can provide the antidote to any World Cup blues you might have." Cracking stuff. He adds: "The shop has a marvellous range of colours and styles if you wish to buy a hat."
A quick update on Court 18 and it kicks off today with Li Na v Agnisezka Radwanska, which we fully expect to become the longest match in the history of women's tennis. Daniel Brands is back out there against Tomas Berdych in the second match, the German
returning to the scene of 'spitgate'.
We then have Malisse & Clijsters in doubles action, followed by Eaton & Inglot in another tough test against Llodra & Benneteau.
Phase two of operation 'don't put pressure on Murray' - focus on his opponent. Sam Querrey
has already been trying to win over the locals by playing the underdog card. "You hear them cheering for the other guy, and you assume they like the other guy. They don't dislike you. They like both players. They just like him a little more. I think it'll be 99% for Murray and, like, my mom and dad and sister cheering for me." We know your game, Sam.
The gates are open and in come the spectators. And here come my BBC colleagues, and we're immediately into the usual round of discussions over who has stolen chairs/suncream. Someone has brought me a cup of unidentifiable hot liquid though, so it's good to have them back. Should you be heading to SW19 today they can confirm that it is "boiling".
arien on Twitter:
"Looking fwrd 2 fabulous day of tennis, think i will need TV, latop & radio 2 keep track of it all! glad ive taken the week off!"
Phase one of operation 'don't put pressure on Murray' - divert attention. Easy enough today as there are great matches all over the place, for example 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt
against third seed Novak Djokovic
in the second match on Court Two. "He's a quality opponent," says Hewitt. "It's another step up. If I go out there the way that I've been playing and hitting the ball, I can give him a run for his money."
"I'm serving very, very well just now and feel like I'm moving well,"
Murray told 5 live's Sportsweek.
"My goal is to win this event but I can't look that far ahead, I've got a big match against Querrey. But I believe I can do it, I just need to play my best tennis - maybe play better than I ever have before - and that's what I'll be focusing on."
0956: Martina Navratilova on BBC Breakfast -
"Andy's been playing well, he's been more aggressive and using more of his repertoire. He's sneaked under the radar a little bit with the World Cup going on, but now that's over for England unfortunately - but he's looking sharp and moving well. He needs to take it, nobody's going to give it to him. I think he's in with a shout."
Where to start with the line-up today? Centre Court opens at 1300 BST
Roger Federer against Jurgen Melzer, which would usually be a home banker but not after the last week.
We then have Serena Williams versus Maria Sharapova in a repeat of the 2004 final, followed by Andy Murray against Sam Querrey. Court One spectators will have to settle for Kim Clijsters v Justine Henin, Lleyton Hewitt v Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal v Paul-Henri Mathieu. Five-time champion Venus Williams and three-time runner-up Andy Roddick are relegated to Court Two. There's just too much tennis!
That's a worrying thought, Stephen. I'm on edge now. Feel free to text,
me with your thoughts as we build up to the start of the action at 1200 BST
, which will be covered here, streamed live on the website, shown on BBC Two, BBC HD and later BBC One, and available on 5 live and 5 live sports extra. I think that's it. Oh,
you can follow it on iPlayer too. Yes.
Stephen_Hen_EK on Twitter:
"So after yesterdays result, will the mole be returning to SW19 for the second week? There's surely no need for him in RSA!"
Ah, the machines that bleep. They're my favourites. For those of you who "haven't really been following the tennis because of the football" - welcome. Shame on you, and welcome. You've already missed the best first week of Wimbledon ever but you've arrived
just in time for one of the great days in tennis.
Wimbledon's second Monday sees the fourth round completed in both the men's and women's singles. If this was a golf tournament it would be called 'moving day'. Except in tennis, the participants do quite a lot of actual moving.
Great news for tennis as Prime Minister David Cameron
gives a ringing endorsement to Hawkeye after the events in South Africa. Sort of. "I do think that the use of technology in sport can be a bonus," said the PM. "I'm a keen follower of cricket and tennis and I think the third umpire has been a great thing..... and the machines that bleep at Wimbledon are quite handy too."
0904: BBC Breakfast weather presenter Carol Kirkwood -
"We can expect temperatures of 29C today. Tomorrow will feel a bit fresher and there will be the risk of a shower but by Wednesday we'll be back to sunshine at a more comfortable 25C." And BBC London
add, helpfully, that the chances of a shower on Tuesday are "very slim".
Morning all. It comes as a welcome relief to
join you from an empty, peaceful and beautiful Centre Court
where I can put the last 24 hours behind me and look to the future. The immediate future, in fact. It's the second Monday of Wimbledon and I've heard
referred to as "possibly the greatest order of play in tennis history". And the sun is shining so hard it just might burst.