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James Ward v Sam Querrey as it happened

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By Aimee Lewis


2053: We'll have to wait until Friday for the conclusion of what might well be a Ward versus Querrey blockbuster. The British number two was in full flow before dusk fell over the capital, but hopefully a good night's sleep will only further boost his stamina after he exerted every ounce of energy to claw his way back into the match. Join us for more live text action on Friday as the Championships reaches, what Sir Alex Ferguson, might describe as 'squeaky bum time'. Cheerio for now.

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From anon, via text: "Why bother having tournaments in this country if we cannot gain a bit of home advantage. Why could the ref not let Ward carry on?! Good luck tomorrow "

2046: Actually, we're not heading to a third set as Querrey questions the conditions and play is suspended because of bad light. There's nothing quite like ending on a cliff hanger.


SECOND SET:

Ward 3-6 6-3 *Querrey
Ward looks as cool as a cucumber (of no particular origin) as he forces Querrey to scamper to the corner of the baseline and then dashes to the net to hit home a volley for 30-15.
It's good news for a Briton
The crowd demand quiet as Ward has set point, but the defending champion is not giving up without a fight and wrong-foots Ward with a volley for deuce. "I love you, James," shouts a fan and that love is reciprocated with an audacious drop shot for another set point, which Ward clinches. Clenched fists from the Brit and cheers from the crowd. We're heading to the third set.
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*Ward 3-6 5-3 Querrey
Querrey seems to have lost his focus, although he finishes the game with a trademark ace. All Ward has to do, however, is to hold serve and the second set is his.
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Ward 3-6 5-2 *Querrey
Those who have stayed behind for this match are being rewarded with a treat. There are beaming smiles all around Centre Court and Ward forces the American to serve for the set with a calm service game.
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*Ward 3-6 4-2 Querrey
No-one seems to be ready to flinch in this game, although Ward is asking questions of Querrey. The Londoner approaches the net and earns a fabulous break point with a backhand volley. Groans from the crowd indicates Ward fails to take his chance but, hold on, it's advantage Ward as Querrey slips by the baseline and fails to retrieve a Ward return. And Ward breaks. Impressive, impressive stuff. "Listen to the noise now," enthuses Andrew Cotter.
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Ward 3-6 3-2 *Querrey
The lanky Brit is showing flashes of potential as his serves whistle passed a statuesque Querrey, who must be impressed by the Briton's game. "James Ward is doing the important thing in this set, that's keeping his nose in front," says Andrew Cotter.
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*Ward 3-6 2-2 Querrey
Ward slips on the damp surface after failing to retrieve a Querrey serve - and he's nearly doing the splits. Has he been doing gymnastics as well as cage fighting? Ward has a sniff at break at deuce, but the experienced San Francisco-born Querrey thwarts of his opponent's challenge.
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Ward 3-6 2-1 *Querrey
Ward musters all his strength to hit a cracking ace down the 'T' and it's impressive work from the 24-year-old, who is receiving praise from John Lloyd for his service action. "He's mixing it all around, not giving Querrey the same patterns and his second serve's not bad as well," says Lloyd.
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*Ward 3-6 1-1 Querrey
"The light is getting poor," says Andrew Cotter at Queen's. The Querrey serve would prove difficult to return even is glorious daylight, but Ward is defending stoutly and forces Querrey to hit long for 30-30. "That's criminal," shouts Pat Cash, though, as Ward hands Querrey an easy point and the Briton's chance has gone.
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Ward 3-6 1-0 *Querrey
Oh dear, Ward looks in trouble at 0-30, but a serve-volley and a menacing ace out wide saves him. He's not out of danger yet as Querrey has break point . Ward has faith in his serve, though, and he cries "come on" as he secures the game.
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FIRST SET:


*Ward 3-6 Querrey
All Querrey needs to do is keep producing those thundering serves and this set is his. Ward has other ideas, though, and receives approval from the crowd for a brave forehand down the line. He's showing plenty of grit is Ward, but it isn't enough in this game as a forehand drifts long over the baseline and the first set belongs to Querrey. "You've got to take care of business on your side of the court, he's just pushing it too far at the moment," says John Lloyd of Ward.
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Ward 3-5 *Querrey
New balls. Same results. An ace from Ward takes him to 15-0, a deft volley from the net follows and he's closing in. But, hang on, Querrey shows the spirit of a champion and it's deuce. Another Ward error gives the beanpole American break point and he clinches it. Groans from the partisan crowd.
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*Ward 3-4 Querrey
"Good early signs here from Ward. What he's doing is getting the racquet back and he's trying to get himself into these points," says John Lloyd, who commends the Brit's defensive pay. At 30-all Ward raises his eyes to the Gods as he hits a relatively simple return straight at the net and and American punishes the Brit with another brutal arrow down the middle. "It's quick-fire tennis," says Lloyd. "We're not going to see many long rallies, that's for sure."
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Ward 3-3 *Querrey
Empty seats can be seen on Centre Court, but there's still a sizeable support for Ward. A weak backhand from Querrey takes Ward to 30-15 and two pulverising aces closes out the game for Ward.
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*Ward 2-3 Querrey
They're whizzing through these games at the speed of fine Jamaican sprinters. Ward has no response to the towering American's pin-point serves and it's another easy hold.
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Ward 2-2 *Querrey
A menacing serve out wide from Ward has Querrey off balance and a beautiful forehand from Ward followed by another well-struck forehand from the baseline takes the Briton to within a point of the game and he quickly wraps it up.
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*Ward 1-2 Querrey
First sight of the Argentinean cage fighter who has been brought in to improve the Londoner's fitness. Can Ward get Querrey in a headlock? (I'm sorry.) The answer, for that game at least, is no after another trouble-free service game from the American.
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Ward 1-1 *Querrey
Ward has been working on his game with Greg Rusedski and it's an area of his game which has improved immensely. He rifles down a few booming serves, but is unable to shake off his opponent who comes back to deuce. A deft volley from the British number two eases the nerves and it's game Ward.
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* Ward 0-1 Querrey
The powers that be have given Ward their grandest stage, the light over the capital is fading but British hopes are rising. Time for Ward to showcase his talents. The Londoner makes a promising start as he approaches the net and dispatches a volley for 15-30, but Querrey's cannon-like serves prevail and the American takes the first game.
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1943: Thanks, Chris. Another handover... completed. All you need to do is refresh the page and we're all set. Hello! Had enough tennis yet? I thought not. So, can James Ward muster enough magic to defeat defending champ Sam Querrey? They're warming up and we're about to find out

By Chris Whyatt

1940:More tennis? Yes indeed. Here's parka-clad Aimee Lewis, recapturing the Britpop spirit, as she casts her eye over England's James Ward...

1937: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up next for Rafa Nadal, who tells BBC Sport: "I played much better today. He made it tough, and I'm a bit tired. But the crowd are fantastic and it's a pleasure to be here. I am motivated to keep playing well. Wimbledon is there, but I'm focused on Queen's for now. I will have to play well against Tsonga to win."

RAFAEL NADAL BEATS RADEK STEPANEK 4-6 7-5 1-6

Stepanek 4-6 7-5 1-6 Nadal
Nearly two-and-a-half hours. But top seed Rafa's there, into the last eight and now on his way for some richly-deserved tea sharpish one imagines. Great value that match, from both players. Flagging?


Stepanek 4-6 7-5 1-5 *Nadal
Rollercoaster stuff. Lordy. In typical fashion, Rafa edges an 18-shot rally to move 0-30 up. Radek's riled. But he can't level. Here's two break point for the globe's numero uno... the first of which is saved as Nadal is rushed into a mistake. And anguished Rafa is denied the second by a net cord, which carries his cross-court pass out of bounds. Yet. Advantage Nadal, who's desperate for the locker room. Game. He's on his way there soon, surely. Surely>?
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*Stepanek 4-6 7-5 1-4 Nadal
Stepanek has really played his part in this match. Earns two break points, which are meant to be rarer than this in the serve-friendly arena of grass-court tennis. One save from Rafa. Super-slippy out there now with the west London light fading a little. Aces, though, for deuce as he finally mixes it up on the serve. Another break point though. How many times have I said that this past hour. 7,568? Nearly. Saved. Another break point. 7569. Another ace. Another break point for Radek. Erm, 7570. He makes it! The crowd go wild in the aisles.
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Stepanek 4-6 7-5 0-4 *Nadal
Ooh. Luscious looping passing shot from Rafa with Radek stranded at the net. More style earns him the break point, but Stepanek saves. Deuce. Which always makes me think of juice. Another break point after Rafa brilliantly whips one down the line like an angry Indiana Jones in a remote Indian temple. And that's the double break. A colleague asks me to point out that Nadal is "not bad at tennis". You get the picture.
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*Stepanek 4-6 7-5 0-3 Nadal
Looking a bit one-dimensional on his serve, Nadal - sweat dripping from his pulsing brow - is now trying to push Stepanek right back beyond the base line. But the wily Czech, at 15-30, eyes breaking back. Not yet: 30-30. But here's a break point! Rafa flumps one into the net after Radek somehow returned a low ball from angle which would baffle mathematicians. Nadal saves it though. Another break after an unsuccessful Hawkeye challenge from Rafa. He knows it. Wonderful save with a back-hand volley from the net. Another break point! Did I see Rafa curse? Yes. Real scrap that, but world number one consolidates his break of serve. NB/ 2011 Queen's Comedy Award [so far] goes to Radek as he pretends to do press-ups after being felled by the slippy grass.
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Stepanek 4-6 7-5 0-2 *Nadal
Maybe not. Three break points for the Spaniard as he crunches through gears. Phenomenal power on the run. And he's awake, curving a confident passing shot down the line. Early third-set break.
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*Stepanek 4-6 7-5 0-1 Nadal
Well, Rafa's creaking like an old ship. But fighting on too. Takes that game with sheer will his only fuel. He's played so much tennis already this year. Don't forget, there's no Federer here at Queen's. No Djoko either. Rest is quite alien to the world number one. Is he paying the price?
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Stepanek 4-6 7-5 *Nadal
Third set is game on. The Czech moved to 30-0 up before limping a tame one into the net. Rafa, surely dreaming of dinner, wallops a dreamy cross-court return to take it to 30-30. But Radek first-serves superbly to earn the set point, which he takes after a lively block volley at the net. NADAL HAS LOST FIVE GAMES ON THE BOUNCE. Stay tuned, folks.
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*Stepanek 4-6 6-5 Nadal
Remarkable. Another break. Bandana-clad Rafa slide-tackles the net (like his Uncle Miguel used to for Barcelona) as he recovers a sumptuous Radek drop shot from the zaniest of angles. Stepanek wins the point, though, before picking up his prone opponent. The Czech then earns three break points as Nadal double faults for the third time. And he's gone too long. Rafa looks whacked. Step serving for set.
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Stepanek 4-6 5-5 *Nadal
Angry Rafael wants to wrap this one up. But animated Stepanek, like Bootsy Collins, is finding his groove late in the day. Nadal evens makes a rare Hawkeye challenge. Wrongly. And the Czech holds with a nice volley at the net.
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*Stepanek 4-6 4-5 Nadal
Bizarre. He's human. I didn't know that. Radek breaks back. Top seed Rafa spurns a match point before Radek, once again lashing widlly outside the lines of tram, passes up a break point. Crazy game. Another break point though. And a slightly out-of-sorts Rafa double-faults. Not what we expected.
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Stepanek 4-6 3-5 *Nadal
Raced through that one did our Radek, who's provided some resistance when others could have collapsed like a stale breadstick. Forcing Nadal to serve for the match then..
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1830: Quick one. Any chance of giving this page a rapid refresh? Very kind of you, ta. Seems story of one game appeared twice...


*Stepanek 4-6 2-5 Nadal
Slight stutter from Rafa. You can tell he's testing himself for bigger challenges ahead, fine-tuning his game for the big boys at SW19. Makes sense. Break point for Radek here... after an impressive return. Nice determination. But Nadal - who has a PHD in pressure situations - saves with a nuclear first serve. Another break point though! More explosive, exemplary serving from the number one. Game Nadal. Joy to watch. New balls.
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Stepanek 4-6 2-4 *Nadal
Radek's game - but some beautiful tennis from Nadal. Awed silence descends as he unsheathes a disguised drop shot more delicate than a day-old butterfly. Radek reaches it, but is powerless to stop the twisting back-hand overhead smash. Fine aesthetic interlude. Crowd loved that. You all enjoying yourselves?
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*Stepanek 4-6 1-4 Nadal
Rafa romps to 30-0 but looks a bit miffed after hitting low into the net cord. His perfectionist streak. Great control, then, to earn two game points before another wee slip. From 40-30... Nadal sends the Czech on a futile fetch-and-carry mission, with Stepanek almost ending up in the crowd. Twice. Simple. Brilliant.
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Stepanek 4-6 1-3 *Nadal
Lack of accuracy has exposed Radek once too often here. The very top players don't stray three inches outside of the tramline like that. Nadal shows his Czech opponent the error of his ways, curling a nice pass down the inside of the line before Stepanek's hands the Spaniard another break with whimper of a volley into the net. A comedian in the crowd shouts "vamos Radek!". He doesn't need that.
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*Stepanek 4-6 1-2 Nadal
Clad in all-white [obviously getting in the Wimbledon mindset nice and early], Radek nicks the first point. Rafa [vivid blue top, white short] responds for 40-15. No really rallies here. And takes it 40-30 with an arrow-like ace. Break for a bite of banana? Not so much. Back to it.
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*Stepanek 4-6 1-2 Nadal
Clad in all-white [obviously getting in the Wimbledon mindset nice and early], Radek nicks the first point. Rafa [vivid blue top, white short] responds for 40-15. No really rallies here. And takes it 40-30 with an arrow-like ace. Break for a bite of banana? Not so much. Back to it.
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Stepanek 4-6 1-1 *Nadal
One thing. Want to include your more of your texts and Tweets, but the players really are racing through this - a point not lost on Andrew Castle, who's providing television commentary on our Red Button service. Silent Rafa, in cruise control, earns two break points. Radek grunting. Makes one save though. Then another, with a volley of the highest quality. Real instinct. Another break point. Another save, Rafa lobbing long. Then an unforced error from Nadal. So rare. And Stepanek closes out that game. A brave effort. Not over yet.
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*Stepanek 4-6 0-1 Nadal
Breaking news! Rafa appeared to lower his commitment to just 99.9999% there in attemping a mid-court pick-up which dribbled into the net. Could just be fatigue though from a man who's ONLY EVER LOST EIGHT TIMES ON CLAY. I like that stat - can you tell? From 15-30 down, though, he moves up through the gears like a brand new Rolls Royce for another easy hold. Both low-key and masterful at the same time.
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Stepanek 4-6 *Nadal
Radek trying to 'get into the body' of Nadal, with a little success. Radar not really working though as he drags a forehand well wide of the tramlines. Queen's grass has been slower than usual, we must point out. Rafa earns the chance to take the set with a ridiculous rolling whip of the wrist - no chance the exposed Czech could guess where that was going - but Stepanek makes the save. Struggling to hold, though, in the face of some outstanding groundstrokes from Nadal. And he breaks again to take the first set.
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*Stepanek 3-5 Nadal
Fred Astaire-like footwork from Nadal, dragging Ginger - sorry, Radek - all over the court before unleashing a tasty coup de grace. Another fairly simple hold from Rafa, who of course is fresh from winning his record-equalling sixth French Open title. In fine fettle.
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Stepanek 3-4 *Nadal
Better from Stepinho, who seems to have got his eye in now after that previous game of eight minutes. Takes it by 40-30. Always in control of that one.
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*Stepanek 2-4 Nadal
Under changeable skies that are now 70% apocalyptic, with the fierce sun piercing through imposing slate-grey clouds that are taking on the shape of Amy Winehouse's hairdo, Rafa falls 15-40 behind. Double-fault in there from the Spaniard too. Slight slip of the crown. Back, cool as ice, to deuce though. The Czech then wastes a third break point by playing safe, allowing Nadal to punch a simple volley home for a trilogy of escapes. Rafa then wraps it up with ease. Surprised?
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Stepanek 2-3 *Nadal
Rafa moves to love-30 after a successful Hawkeye appeal. Then 15-40 with a fine whip of that iron-like left wrist. Naive of Stepanek to serve short on his forehand though. And the Spaniard clinches the break in style with a fine backhand pass. He's warm now, is Rafa.
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*Stepanek 2-2 Nadal
Great catch in the crowd as Radek whips a long first serve from Rafa into a sea of humaniod grins. Paul Collingwood would be proud. Nadal races top 40-0 but the Czech nicks 15 back. Nothing more. Like Mallorca now in Kensington. Suncream to hand?
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The sun is out
Stepanek 2-1 *Nadal
Old-fashioned grass-court tennis from the Czech, forcing his Spanish opponent to unleash some unsuccessful passing shots. Some of the crowd had sneaked out. Inching back in now. Glimpses of sun amid gloom.
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*Stepanek 1-1 Nadal
Easy service game for Rafa. No breaks of serve yet. Calm after the Murray storm this. Good news on Andy's ankle, huh? Wimbledon frenzy starts here one imagines, now it looks like he'll be fighting fit.
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Stepanek 1-0 *Nadal
The Czech takes that one with ease. And SORRY. He was serving first, not Nadal. Big typo that. Bigger than Rafa's biceps. Quiet start.
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1707: Stepanek is a fine tennis player but I am of course talking about the peerless Rafa Nadal. Who's about to receive serve. Here we go...

1705: Baton handover... successful. Fine handover coming off the bend. Ta Aimee. Can one ask one to refresh their page, so you know who you're dealing with now. Cheers. So. Ready to spend an hour or two with one of the world's finest, and most humble sportsmen?

By Aimee Lewis

1658: Impressive stuff from Murray as he overcomes a tricky opponent and a rain delay. The Scot will play either Marin Cilic or Thomaz Bellucci in the last eight. The world number four is also quick to reassure us over our concerns about his ankle: "I grimace after most points [so don't read into that]. Luckily, as far as the ankle is concerned, it's the best it's felt of late today." It's time for me to hand you over to Chris Whyatt who is primed to expertly guide you through Nadal v Stepanek.

Tipsarevic 4-6 6-7 Murray
A swashbuckling volley from Murray gives him the crucial break for a 2-1 lead. "He's serving well, he's hitting well," says Andrew Cotter after the Scot goes 4-1 ahead and there's a roar of applause from the Queen's crowd at an unbelievable
It's good news for a Briton
crosscourt forehand from Murray. Victory is within sight for the Brit. Tipsarevic saves match-point with an impressive dash to the back of the court for a backhand winner, but there's little the Serb can do to stop Murray from serve-volleying for three match points. The Scot grabs his chance and now progresses to the quarter-finals.
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ANDY MURRAY BEATS JANKO TIPSAREVIC

Tipsarevic 4-6 6-6 Murray
Can the 26-year-old hold serve to stay in the match? Murray seems determined to end his time on court as quickly as possible with a whipped forehand winner for 0-15. The Serb claws his way back to 30-all with some deft touches around the net and a delightful Tipsarevic approach shot takes him to within a point of hold. Murray hits a forehand long and we're set for a tie-break.
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*Tipsarevic 4-6 5-6 Murray
"He's playing well Andy Murray," says Andrew Cotter before Tipsarevic loses his temper with the umpire when he's 30-0 down. "Dark rage," Cotter calls it and the Serb's mood isn't going to improve much as Murray wins the game and we're facing a tiebreak at the very least.
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Tipsarevic 4-6 5-5 *Murray
Murray mutters to himself when his lob fails to get over the net, the man from Dunblane soon gets the score to 15-all, however, when Tipsarevic hits a routine forehand way beyond the baseline. Another error from the Serb takes Murray to within two points of victory, but a confident hit down the line from Tipsarevic moves the game along to 30-30 and the Serb holds after a successful line challenge.
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*Tipsarevic 4-6 4-5 Murray
The players really are hitting this ball powerfully. Murray's attempt at a crosscourt forehand winner is punished by Tipsarevic and it's all square at 30-all, but Murray's serve sees him across the finishing line and now Tipsarevic has to serve to stay in the match. How quickly the tide has turned in this set.
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Tipsarevic 4-6 4-4 *Murray
"That is just a well played point," says Mr Lloyd after Tipsarevic angles a crosscourt smash beyond Murray for 15-0, but that's as good as it gets for the Serb as his opponent earns two break points. "Big moment for this for Andy Murray," says Andrew Cotter, and Murray must have been listening as a sound defensive performances takes the match back on serve.
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*Tipsarevic 4-6 4-3 Murray
These two have played each other on six previous occasions and it's all square at 3-3, so who will nudge ahead in the head-to-head? It's beautifully poised this match. Murray finishes his service game with a 133mph ace down the middle. "I think he's playing well," says John Lloyd of the Brit. "He's just a little passive at times."
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Tipsarevic 4-6 4-2 *Murray
Murray slips again but, with an open court to choose from, the Serb fails take to take advantage and lashes a forehand into the tramlines and it's 15-30. Tipsarevic then hands Murray break point as his backhand drifts wide (the Serb fails with a challenge on that point, by the way). Just as it looks as if Tipsarevic saves break point, Murray challenges a line call and the point is replayed. Tense stuff. The Serb eventually takes the game to deuce but it's another five of minutes or so before he eventually holds serve, both players participating in long rallies.
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*Tipsarevic 4-6 3-2 Murray
"Pinpoint accuracy," says Andrew Cotter of the Murray serve as the second seed hits a flurry of aces to hold.
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Tipsarevic 4-6 3-1 *Murray
The game starts with a wonderful rally, both players hitting brutal strokes from the baseline, which Tipsy finally wins. "Is this grass court?" asks John Lloyd. "It's playing much slower than it used to be." Worryingly, Murray slips on the greasy surface and goes down holding his leg. He's soon up and running, though, but maybe he wishes he wasn't as Tipsarevic races to 40-0 and wraps it up thanks to a menacing serve.
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Tipsarevic *4-6 2-1 Murray
"A good hold from Murray, imposing himself better there," says Andrew Cotter after some excellent play from the Scot, including a lob which finds the line by millimetres, gives him his first game of the second set.
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Tipsarevic 4-6 2-0 *Murray
The pair have previously met on grass, with the Serb beating Murray in a first-round match at Queen's in 2006. Could he bounce back to win this match? Murray takes control at 0-30, but a booming forehand from the 26-year-old takes it to 15-30. "Both players have got to be so accurate with their groundstrokes because anything short and they're going to be in trouble," says John Lloyd. Tipsarevic hesitates at the net and fails with a drop-shot so it's now deuce, but he manages to hold serve when a Murray forehand from the baseline hits the net.
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*Tipsarevic 4-6 1-0 Murray
The crowd gasp when an attempted Murray lob sails just wide and the Scot receives a round of applause with a backhand crosscourt winner. "We're seeing tennis of the highest quality now," says Andrew Cotter, but Murray is in trouble as costly errors force him into trying to save two break points. An ace saves one but he fails to claw the game back to deuce and the crowd are stunned as Murray loses the opening game of the second set. "The Serb played an unbelievable game there," says John Lloyd.
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FIRST SET:

Tipsarevic 4-6 *Murray
So we're off again and the cameraman (or woman) has managed to find Murray's girlfriend, Kim Sears, in the crowd (sporting snazzy red fingernails) and Pippa Middleton, who probably needs no introduction to most of the guys out there. Mr Tipsarevic brushes off the cobwebs with an ace down the 'T' for 15-0, the Serb then smashes the ball out of sight for 30-15, but a sloppy smash, which smacks the net, gives Murray set point, which the Briton takes - but only after a Tipsy challenge overruled.
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Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "For those asking, I don't think Matt Prior was responsible for the shattering glass. This time. Play to resume in 5mins. Chilly. "

1537: Technically no sunshine at Kensington,
The sun is out
but thought a bit of yellow in the live text would not only cheer us up but help in telling you that the players are walking down from the changing rooms and are about to appear on court. In other news, Elena Baltacha has beaten Anne Kremer in straight sets to reach the third round of the Aegon Challenge in Nottingham.

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From a "bored" Graham, via text: "Don't you just hate it when you're working your notice and rain stops you enjoying sport on TV!!"
I certainly do. Oh, hang on, I'm not working my notice. Not that I know of anyway. But I hate it when rain ruins sport.

1532: James Blake, the man you can watch on BBC Two right now in a replay of the 2009 Queen's final, received a nice boost today as it was announced he will be playing at Wimbledon, following the withdrawal of France's Paul-Henri Mathieu because of a knee injury. Hopefully we won't be seeing much more of Blake today, though. Fingers crossed.

1526: A much welcomed tweet from British Tennis (below) and I can inform you there's a court inspection due at 1530 BST. It seems to have stopped raining over in Kensington, at least. And as much as I'm loving your tweets and texts - keep them coming, by the way - that's good news, right?

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From Adam in Moorgate, via text: "Re: Piers and the tinkling glass. Maybe Matt Prior is watching! "
Controversial, but I can't for certain rule it out. Maybe Piers can help us out on that one?

British tennis on Twitter: "The rain has stopped, the covers are off and the net is up on Centre Court. We're expecting to resume shortly."

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AGirlWrites on Twitter: "Today I'm 'working' really hard at watching the tennis! Thank god for #bbctennis online."

1509: Being as we're unable to watch any tennis at the moment - unless you fancy taking a trip down memory lane and reliving Andy Murray's victory in the final at Queen's back in 2009, which is on BBC Two right now, you can always listen to live tennis from the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston. Ana Ivanovic is playing at the moment.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Murray on serve & playing well at 5-4 but rain in the air. A huge crash and tinkle of glass suggests a summer job sacking nearby "

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From Rach, via text: "I need to stay in work till 5pm today but am losing the will, ask Andy to keep the game interesting so this commentary will keep me going?"
Murray always keeps it interesting, doesn't he? And even if this match finishes before home time then there's Nadal straight afterwards to keep you entertained.


Tipsarevic 4-5 *Murray
Oh, no, here we go again. Umbrellas are sprouting up and that can only mean one thing: play is suspended. Groans from John Lloyd and Andrew Cotter in the commentary box.
It's raining
"It doesn't seem like it's going to be a long break," says Mr Cotter. "It might be a very brief stop, in which case they can do without the warm-up." The players hadn't started that game, by the way.
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*Tipsarevic 4-5 Murray
"He's a good grass-court player, tricky opponent," said Murray of the opponent facing him at this very minute. "I have to play better than my second round if I want to win that one." And Murray proves to be right as the game moves to deuce following a lovely shot down the line from the Serb. A shout of "come on" from Murray as he is the victor of a lovely point with a lunging volley from the net. Great stuff from both players. And Murray holds with an ace to dig himself out of trouble. "Just a little fright again for Murray," says Andrew Cotter.
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Tipsarevic 4-4 *Murray
A smashing, er, smash from the Serb and he's at 40-15, even though Murray has asked questions of him in this game. The players then embark on a rally from the baseline, which Murray hits long. The Scot curses himself and it's game Tipsarevic.
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*Tipsarevic 3-4 Murray
"Yes", shouts Murray over at a gloomy-looking Queen's as an ace out wide takes him to 40-15 and he soon has the game in the bag. Blip? What blip.
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Tipsarevic 3-3 *Murray
"Murray still in a bit of trouble," says David Lloyd in the commentator box, but as soon as that is said the Brit has Tipsy on the ropes at 0-30. A double fault from Tipsarevic gives the Scot three break points. The Serb saves one with a lovely backhand overhead from the net, but fortune favours the Scot as a menacing backhand from the baseline hits the net before dipping passed the Serb. We're back on serve again.
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*Tipsarevic 3-2 Murray
Murray doesn't seem as comfortable on his serve as the world number 31. The Scot fails to shift the ball from his feet across the net and it's 40-30, but there's no need to worry. The Brit heads back to his seat with that game in the bag.
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Tipsarevic 3-1 *Murray
The Serb is finding the corners with his powerful forehand and is then putting pressure on Murray by coming to the net once his opponent is bedraggled. The Serb launches down two aces, his first of the match, to conclude what commentator Andrew Cotter describes as an "impressive service game".
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*Tipsarevic 2-1 Murray
Murray said he was surprised by the playing conditions at Queen's on Wednesday, describing the surface as "the slowest I've seen it". There's been no rain in west London so far today, though, so the balls are bouncing off the turf a tad quicker. The Scot uses all of his 6'3 frame to serve up an ace out wide for 30-0 and then the Serb hits long. All in all, a nice hold from Murray. That should hopefully ease the tension.
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Tipsarevic 2-0 *Murray
The 26-year-old moves to 30-0 on his serve with little trouble and he casually moves to the net to volley home for 40-0. This might be a hard day at the office for Muzza. The Brit has his opponent scrambling with a lovely forehand from the baseline for 40-15 but Tipsarevic swots away a forehand from the middle of the baseline for an easy hold.
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*Tipsarevic 1-0 Murray
So, we're ready for the off. Have you got your 3D glasses ready? Oh, sorry, that's for the men's and women's finals at Wimbledon, isn't it. Bet you wished you'd kept those glasses you casually put away somewhere after watching Avatar, eh. Murray starts off with an ace for 15-0. There are a few nice rallies to warm-up the joints and Murray is facing break point. He misdirects a volley and the Serbian finds the corner with a whipping crosscourt forehand and it's game to Janko. Murray challenges the call but it was good. Not a great start.
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1415: The umpire has called time on the warm-up so all that's left for me to do before Muzza swings into action is to encourage you, no, urge you, to send us your thoughts on the tennis we have in store: Murray, followed by Nadal, followed by Ward. Delightful. You can do so via Twitter using the hashtag #BBCtennis or you can always text us on 81111 (UK) with TENNIS before your message. Thanking you.

1414: Will Murray's ankle injury hold up to the rigours the ligaments will undoubtedly face against 14th seed Tipsarevic? He came through a tough three-set test against Xavier Malisse on Wednesday without too much concern, but the ankle remains an issue. "Everyone's given me a lot of good advice but it obviously comes down to my decision in the end," said Murray after the second-round win.


1413: There's live coverage on BBC Two until 1715 BST while the Red Button and online (for UK users) will continue their broadcast until about 2000 BST. There's no need for me to tell you your trusted live text will look after all your needs for Murray v Tipsarevic, Rafael Nadal v Radek Stepanek and Ward v Querrey.

1412: Ward, the world number 216 has been rewarded for his sumptuous victory over fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka with an upgrade to Centre Court. The British number two will take to the grass against defending champion Sam Querrey later this afternoon, but the first of the Brits to take centre stage is the top dog, Andy Murray.

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1410:The last time Britain had more than one competitor in the third round at Queen's was in fact back in 2005. It feels longer than six years, though, doesn't it? Those were the days when Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were the stalwarts of the nation's racquet sports and a wee nipper called Andy Murray was starting to make a name for himself. Of the three, only Tim Henman reached the quarter-finals. How many British flags will be flying at Queen's on Friday? Can Ward overcome the odds?

1408: It would be remiss of me not to mention Heather Watson amid all this Brit love. The teenager from Guernsey has impressed at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham this week and although the new British number two has just lost in straight sets in the last 16 of the women's singles to Shuai Peng, her rapid rise has been noted and acknowledged with a proud nod of approval.

1406: Hello! Sorry, for a minute there I thought I was at Knebworth, but it's easy to get carried away because
It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
Britain has two men in the third round of Queen's for the first time since... well, ask your grandparents. As a result, talk of the demise of British tennis can be put on the back-burner for at least a week.

1400: And there was me thinking Cool Britania had faded into the distance, merely a hazy memory of squabbling Gallagher brothers and songs about Park Life. How wrong was I? Members of Blur might well be embracing middle-age by making cheese, but that doesn't mean the good times have come to an end. There are two British lads at Queen's right now, yes, two, who are mad for it. I'm talking about Andy Murray and James Ward. Are you ready for Brit fest?



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