Tom is taking you through Murray-Ljubicic
- the only match being played tonight - so I think my work here is done. I'll be back from around 0900 BST
on Saturday for day six,
which should be rain free (I hope).
If you missed Andy Roddick's
exit or those defeats for battling Brits Elena Baltacha
and Laura Robson,
then don't forget that Today at Wimbledon
is on BBC Two, online and BBC HD at 2000 BST.
In the meantime, stay dry. Cheerio for now.
Oh dear. It's Murray who is broken, to love, with his misery completed when he dumps a forehand into the net. Anyway, let's look ahead. Apart from Rafael Nadal,
who edged the first set against Muller before the rain came, there are three other men's matches to be finished on Saturday: Juan Martin del Potro
(a set up but a break down) versus Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils
aganst Lukasz Kubot (one-set all) and Tomas Berdych
(two sets and a break up) and Alex Bogomolov Jr. One women's match too: Francesca Schiavone,
the sixth seed, is into a decider with Tamira Paszek.
Five break-points come and go for Murray at 3-2. It's now 3-3. The order of play is out for tomorrow, if you're interested. Here goes: On Centre Court:
Caroline Wozniacki-Jarmila Gajdosova, then Roger Federer-David Nalbandian and Novak Djokovic-Marcos Baghdatis. Court One
starts with Rafael Nadal-Gilles Muller to finish, then Serena Williams-Maria Kirilenko and Robin Soderling-Bernard Tomic.
Murray and Ljubicic are still on serve at 2-2 in the first set, after a brief scare for Murray in his second service game. The rain (and consequential lack of any other tennis) means I am going to wrap this text commentary up pretty soon, so I will once again point you in the direction of Tom Fordyce's
1904: BREAKING NEWS: OUTSIDE PLAY HAS BEEN ABANDONED FOR THE DAY 1858:
A fair few of tonight's matches have already been cancelled, including Mardy Fish's clash with Robin Haase and a raft of doubles matches. Top men's seeds the Bryan brothers and British womens/mixed pairings Robson/Keothavong, Delgado/South and Rae/Watson will all have to wait until Saturday to play their matches.
Three-time winner John McEnroe on Ivan Ljubicic:
"He's not a threat to win the tournament but he is a threat to beat anyone on a given day. Maybe the pressure isn't so great, it's gravy here for him. Murray is starting to get things going but the second week is going to be way, way tougher. But we're getting ahead of ourselves, he needs to get through Ljubcic. I had a list of the 10 best servers ever and he might have been on it, but he doesn't move as well as the top players on grass."
Murray and Ljubicic are out on court, and knocking up. As discussed, Ljubicic has never played under the Wimbledon lights before. The British number has already
has had a taster earlier this week.
Former world number four Greg Rusedski on Andy Murray's prospects against big-serving veteran Croat Ivan Ljubicic:
"The court having the roof on makes it a little bit slower and that really helps him against Ljubicic."
From Dave in Macclesfield, via text:
"Re 1826. You think Azarenka is loud, you should have heard the 'Sharapova shout' from earlier... "
1840: Victoria Azarenka
powers a forehand winner down the line to complete a 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over Daniela Hantuchova, meaning the fourth seed will play Russia's Nadia Petrova
in round four. Petrova beat Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-2 earlier. Next up under the Centre Court roof? Andy Murray
versus Ivan Ljubicic.
From Phil in Sevenoaks, via text:
"Re 1758. I'm a massive Gasquet fan and still have nightmares about those two five-setters against Andy Murray, I fear the worst for Richard yet again!"
Azarenka holds out, moving 5-2 up and within one game of victory. Her pony-tail is probably givng her more trouble than Hantuchova right now. "It wasn't great for Hantuchova to resume play at 30-all on serve and she has not recovered from being broken," says Virginia Wade on BBC Two. "Azarenka is keeping it together well at the moment."
The covers remain firmly in place outside, while we wait for this wet weather to shift. Maybe one of my favourite wizards, Ron Weasley (aka actor Rupert Grint), can cast a spell to that effect? Not sure he will be too bothered if it keeps raining, mind, because he is currently sat in the Royal Box.
There appears to be an owl trapped under the Centre Court roof, judging from the bizarre hooting I can hear echoing around the rafters. Hang on, that's just Victoria Azarenka, silent when she hits the ball in the warm-up, but extremely noisy when the match resumes. She's doing well too, quickly breaking Hantuchova on her way to opening up a 4-1 lead.
Victoria Azarenka and Daniela Hantuchova are back with us, currently warming up under the Centre Court roof as they prepare to resume the deciding set of their match. How does Virginia Wade
on BBC Two see this one going? "So far this match has been a real mix of spectacular, dynamic hitting and silly mistakes. They both have a reputaion for being fragile in big matches too, so it is difficult to call... but Hantuchova is in very good form."
Following the disappointment of those defeats for Elena Baltacha and Laura Robson earlier, here is some very good news for British tennis. Seventeen-year-old Liam Broady
(Naomi's younger brother) won the Aegon Junior International Roehampton singles title earlier today by beating Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia 6-2 4-6 6-1. Broady is currently ranked No.16 in the ITF junior world rankings and he is the youngest player in the top 750 on the ATP Tour... fingers crossed he keeps winning when he arrives at Wimbledon for the boys event next week, when he will be defending his doubles title and going for singles glory too.
The line judges are back out on Centre, so Azarenka-Hantuchova will be resuming shortly. If you do have a few moments to spare during this rain break, can I point you in the direction of
the latest installment of 'Judge Jeff' Tarango.
Among the topics he tackles this time are: Can anyone stop Rafael Nadal? Is Andy Murray in a good place mentally and physically? And would you date George Clooney?
Andy Murray's opponent Ivan Ljubicic has sneaked on to Centre Court - to check out the roof, I think. This will be his first time playing under it, if the rain doesn't shift. He doesn't stay for long, though, because security is fairly tight around these parts.
The Official Wimbledon Twitter:
"Latest info from weather bureau: this rain could last for some time. The action will continue under a roof on Centre Court."
It's going to take a little while for play to resume on Centre - the roof has to close, then it is a half-hour wait for the lights and court temperature to be sorted. Azarenka and Hantuchova were on serve with the fourth seed leading 2-1 in the deciding set, so a conservative estimate would see Andy Murray and Ivan Ljubicic appearing by 1900 BST. As for the outside courts, we await the all-knowing, all-seeing Voice of Wimbledon to tell us more.
Sorry folks. We were warned to expect early evening showers, and that is exactly what have just arrived. The covers are across all the courts already.
Muller chooses the wrong time for his serve to falter, at 6-6 in the tie-break. That leaves Rafa serving for the set, and he does not pass up the opportunity. Still some cause for concern for the defending champion, though, because he took a tumble in the first set and he has just had some treatment. He's left the court altogether now, but I am sure he will be back.
I know what you need: news of how some British players in the doubles. Jamie Murray
and his Ukrainian partner Sergiy Stakhovsky lost in straight sets to Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo in the second round of the men's doubles. In the first round of the mixed, Elena Baltacha
is back in action, partnering Ken Skupski,
and they have just won a first-set tie-break against Germany's Dustin Brown and Vania King of the United States.
Rafa is suddenly in trouble, after a couple of sloppy shots leave him at 15-40. Muller Time? Not yet. A raking forehand and thunderous serve get the top seed back to deuce and he is out of the woods for now. Time for a tie-break. Murray Time won't be for a while either. Daniela Hantuchova and Victoria Azarenka are into a third set on Centre.
What else is happening? Well, Juan Martin del Potro is a set up, Gael Monfils is a set down (but fighting back) and Richard Gasquet, who could play Murray in round four, is on the brink of beating Simone Bolelli. Poor old Schiavone went and lost that second set, so she is into a decider.
Here's an appropriate clip to watch while Rafael Nadal is on court - journalist, broadcaster and former Commonwealth table tennis champion Matthew Syed
takes a look at sporting superstitions and how they can affect a player.
In my junior days, I had plenty of lucky shirts/wristbands/socks... but they didn't stay lucky for long. Back on court, Rafa and Muller are still completely dominant on serve. Not even a sniff of a break yet, and the Luxembourger leads 5-4.
As I said earlier, Francesca Schiavone is looking to reach the third round for only the third time in 12 attempts. She's almost there too, leading Austrian Tamira Paszek by a set and a break at 6-3 4-3... or at least she was. As soon as I finished typing that sentence, Paszek hits back to make it 4-4.
This is what Rafa had to say about Gilles Muller before they started this match: "He's a very dangerous player. He has a good serve and a good volley. He's especially dangerous on this kind of surface so it will be a tough match for me. I have to be very focused with my serve and try to convert the small chances I will have on the return." He's got that right so far, because the world number 92 is serving very well, holding to love to go 2-1 up. "This is an impressive start by Muller," says John Lloyd on BBC One.
Azarenka takes the first set courtesy of a cool drop-shot and she looks well in control here. Murray coming up after that match, remember. How's he feeling ahead of his match with big-serving Ivan Ljubicic? Confident, I think. "On grass you have to take care of your opponent's serve and get into as many service games as can," said the number four seed. "I've been doing that so far this week. I expect a tough match but the support makes a big difference and I'm looking forward to it."
So, is Gilles Muller (who is a former junior world number one) a threat to Rafa? Maybe. John Lloyd on the BBC says: "Gilles has been very inconsistent throughout his career but he does have a decent record against top-10 players. His career hasn't reached the heights that were expected of him, but he does seem to be capable of outstanding results."
Some big-hitters in the men's draw are on court right now. Rafael Nadal
is warming up against Gilles Muller, his conqueror here in 2005. Tomas Berdych
is one set up in his match and Richard Gasquet
leads by two, while Gael Monfils
is a break down in the first set against Lukasz Kubot. Juan Martin del Potro
is up and running against Gilles Simon too.
Our boys are doing us proud in the doubles, where Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray have followed Fleming/Hutchings into round two after beating South American duo Carlos Berlocq and Ricardo Mello 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 8-6. Jamie Murray and (Ukrainian) Sergiy Stakhovsky aren't out yet either. They dropped the first set against Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo but are 5-4 up in the second.
We've just heard from Andy Roddick, who makes no excuses about his defeat by Feliciano Lopez today: "He played well," says the American. "This year is a lot easier to deal with than last year, when I felt like I gave it away. I got beat. He came out and served as well as a person can. He played an outstanding match."
1623: Venus Williams
is all smiles on Court One, and no wonder. She's walking off waving to the crowd after the easiest of victories over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, dropping just two games and taking only an hour and two minutes. Eighth seed Petra Kvitova
is also through to round four, thumping Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3. She will play Belgian Yanina Wickmayer,
who came through three tough sets to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Sorry, I spoke too soon. Sanchez was broken again in her next service game and is now serving to stay in the match at a set and 2-5 down. Not long until we see Rafael Nadal in action, I'd wager.
The Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez comeback is ON, as she breaks back to trail 2-3 in the third set. If she wants inspiration, then she should look at Bernard Tomic.
The talented young Aussie completed his fightback against Igor Andreev, winning 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-1, and will face Robin Soderling
in round three. Soderling also battled back from two-sets down Lleyton Hewitt, so they might be a tad tired.
I was wondering what that racket was. Victoria Azarenka is currently on Centre Court against Daniela Hantuchova and if you are near an open window you can probably hear her. What's most impressive/annoying about the fourth seed is not only the volume of her shrieks, but also the length of them. Throw in some unusual variety of noises into the mix and she is probably the best all-round grunter in women's tennis. "I cannot change it," she said recently. "It's what helps me play."
The shocks keep coming today. Last year's runner-up and this year's second seed Vera Zvonareva is out, losing 6-2 6-3 to last year's semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova.
Next up for Pironkova? The winner of Venus versus Sanchez... so probably Venus then...
One of the biggest cheers of the day on Court One, where Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez has won a game. I was getting a bit worried for her to be honest.
From Dan, via text:
"I bet the good folk with Court One tickets will be pleased that the schedulers didn't banish Venus to Court Two today. They should be able to watch Nadal by 4pm at this rate."
Venus completes the first set in just 27 minutes, without dropping a game. This is a walk in the park for her at the moment. There has been a shock in the women's singles today, though. Germany's Andrea Petkovic, seeded 11th, is beaten 6-4 7-6 (7-2) by Russia's Ksenia Pervak.
No more dancing from Petkovic in SW19 this year, I'm afraid.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Only players to beat Andy Roddick in straight sets at Wimbledon are Rusedski (2002), Federer (2003 and 2005) and Murray (2006)."
Right, Venus is running away with the first set against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, now leading 5-0. Sanchez has been looking like a rabbit in the headlights to be honest. Some more results too: Two men's matches that we couldn't finish last night are now over, and two seeds are safely through after a bit of a scrap. Seventh seed David Ferrer
sees off American Ryan Harrison 6-7 (8-6) 6-1 4-6 6-3 6-2 and 11th seed Jurgen Melzer
beats Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1).
Ouch. Andy Roddick puts another backhand into the tramlines and that is the eighth seed done and dusted - he won't be reaching a fourth Wimbledon final this year. Feliciano Lopez
completes a 7-6 7-6 6-4 victory in two hours and 18 minutes, and is into round four.
Andy Roddick battles on, but the end is nigh: Lopez is serving for the match at 5-4 in the third. A reminder of
the BBC's HD online trial service,
if are you in the UK and watching through our live stream. On now is Venus against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Time for a quick scoot round the courts. Ready? Here we go... Tsvetana Pironkova, last year's semi-finalist, takes the first set 6-2 against Vera Zvonareva, last year's runner-up, on Number Two, while on Three, highly-rated Aussie teenager Bernard Tomic is on the comeback trail on against Igor Andreev, serving at 5-4 in the fourth after trailing by two sets earlier. Elsewhere, Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray are into a third set in their first-round match with South American duo Carlos Berlocq and Ricardo Mello. And Jamie Murray and his Ukrainian partner Sergiy Stakhovsky have just started against Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo in the second round.
Five-time champion Venus Williams is out on Court One, warming up with Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. On Centre, the A-Rod nightmare continues: he's been broken again in set three, with Feliciano Lopez serving at 3-2 after exactly two hours on court. It's a long way back for Roddick from there.
Like me, Tim Henman was down at the Orangi practice courts earlier on to watch Andy Murray's final preparations before his third-round match with Ivan Ljubicic (up third on Centre). He's feeling confident that we will have one British winner today: "Ljubicic has got a big serve and a good solid backhand but I am backing Murray because he's a much better player now. He is able to nullify his serve and once in rallies, you have to fancy him."
Robbo looks to break again at 30-all, and this would be remarkable if she can stay alive again. That's as good as it gets, though, because the 2004 champion steadies herself to take the next two points and progress after a 7-6 6-3 victory in one hour and 48 minutes, and she will play Melinda Czink in round three. A bloomin' great effort though. "It could have been a terrifying experience for Laura," says Sam Smith on the BBC. "But she acquitted herself really well."
From anon, via text:
"I don't know if Andy Roddick's got enough left in the tank to come back from 2-0. Some good shots, but it doesn't seem that he or Lopez are at their best today."
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"Roddick has 2 Grand Slam wins after being 2-0 down in sets, vs Youzhny at 2003 Aussie Open & vs Nalbandian at 2003 US Open."
Lopez moves to 6-2 in the breaker and is chucking down some huge serves now. Another one wraps things up and gives him a two-set lead against the eighth seed and three-time finalist. Roddick is in real trouble here, says Boris Becker on the BBC. "Lopez deserves his two-set lead. He has had the upper hand and he is serving so well." Over on Court One, Robson's goose isn't cooked yet... she broke back and held to love, so Pova will try to see that one out again at 5-3.
Lopez is racing through this tie-break, now leading 5-2. This is looking ominous for A-Rod. Robbo, meanwhile, has been broken again and Sharapova leads 5-1. She will serve for the match next.
High drama on Centre too, where Roddick - already a set down remember - saves a set-point and goes on to hold courtesy of an inspired drop-volley and trademark big serve. They are into a second tie-break.
Thanks Piers. So, brave Bally's battling defeat means Ms Robson is our last woman standing in the singles. Sadly, she followed up that break-back by being broken again: Pova now 4-1 up.
By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon
Curses. The momentum is well and truly with Peng and the 20th seed earns a fourth match point, taking it when a fizzing backhand forces the error from Baltacha. Game, set, match to Shuai Peng
, 4-6 6-2 7-5. Better news on One, where Robson gets a break back to trail Sharapova 2-1 in the second. Marion Bartoli
has battled through, Roddick and Lopez are 5-5 in the second, I require a lie down. Chris Bevan will bring you the smelling salts.
Peng thumps away a smash to earn match point
but Baltacha holds her nerve to force the error. Deuce, and the Briton stops mid-point to pick up the ball and give it to the umpire, saying it's "flat". Fortunately, ump agrees. Another match point
arives for Peng.... and again Baltacha catches the line! It's a high-wire act at the moment, match point three
.... a big Baltacha serve....
From Amy, Hants, via text:
"Amount of tennis watched - considerable. Amount of work completed - limited. Amount of guilt felt - nil. British women's effect on nerves - jangling!"
The ear-splitting scream from the direction of Court One tells me that Sharapova has sneaked the tie-break against Robson, while Peng holds quickly to lead 6-5 and put the pressure right back on Baltacha.
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole:
"Phew, a little while ago Nick Hope (see 1023) returned to the office safe and sound (and more importantly with the camera equipment in one piece) looking like a refugee from Glastonbury.
Laden down with camping paraphernalia and full of tales of loud snoring
he has headed home for some sleep and a much needed shower. Anyone got any Frebreeze? (Other... stuff like that is available)"
Really gutsy stuff from a tense Baltacha as she recovers from 15-30 to make it 5-5 in the decider against 20th seed Peng.
It could be a long wait for Murray this afternoon with Lopez and Roddick in the early stages of the second set, and a tight contest looming, before Azarenka and Hantuchova play what could also be a close one. Baltacha now serving to stay in the match, Robson and Sharapova in a tie-break...
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter:
"Murray coaches ask me for Baltacha/Robbo updates. Andy focused on his practice session though, despite the cheers echoing from C1. #bbctennis"
Lopez takes the opening tie-break against Roddick but, sorry F-Lo, it's all about Robson & Baltcha (Robtacha?) right now. Robson gets a huge cheer when she moves 6-5 up, and
it's been a great performance so far from the 17-year-old,
but Baltacha lets a 40-15 lead slip and is broken for 4-4.
From Mark, Oxford, via text:
"Embarrassing myself in the canteen at work groaning and head-in-hands as Bally's three break points slipped away. Could someone get her the message that she would save me a lot of embarrassing such moments if she just won?"
With so many British players to concentrate on (two), we're all struggling a bit, so my apologies for missing the fact that seventh seed David Ferrer has taken American Ryan Harrison into a fifth set on Court Two. The doctor is out on Three talking to a very woozy looking Bartoli, and Baltacha has broken to lead 3-2 in the decider. Could we have two British women in the thir.... I'm not going to say it.
Infostrada2012 on Twitter:
"Baltacha and Robson are trying to give GBR 2 female players in #wimbledon 3rd round for 1st time since 1986 (Durie & Hobbs). #bbctennis"
Brit update: Baltacha trails 2-1 on serve in the decider after sharing breaks with Peng at the start, and Sharapova is coming back at Robson and now trails 4-3. Here on Centre, a great repsonse from Roddick to dropping serve as he fires a backhand pass down the line to recover for 5-5 against Lopez.
Bartoli comes back to take the second set 7-5 on Court Three and I don't fancy Dominguez Lino's chances after missing three match points there. A rasping forehand down the line gives Lopez the break against Roddick and he'll serve for the set on Centre.
Stereophonical on Twitter:
"At work trying to hide the tennis from my boss! Sharapova looks rattled already, come on Laura! #BBCTennis"
Peng levels at one set all against Baltacha on Court 18, meanwhile Sharapova double-faults to go 2-0 down against Robson. Calm yourselves, people. And Bartoli saves another break point before breaking Dominguez Lino as the Spaniard serves for the match. Great fight from the Frenchwoman, and great fidgeting too.
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole:
"All sorts of celebs knocking about today. Seen former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli up on the Broadcast Centre roof. And in the Royal Box, flame haired wizard Ron Weasley (aka actor Rupert Grint) is hoping to sprinkle some Potter magic on Andy Murray later."
No such problems for world number one Caroline Wozniacki,
who beats Virgine Razzano 6-1 6-3. Next up on Court One, Venus.
Andy Roddick and Feliciano Lopez are under way on Centre, the first four games going with serve, and we have a pretty sizeable shock brewing on Court Three where Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino has just missed a couple of match points against ninth seed and former finalist Marion Bartoli.
A huge cheer for Robson when she races into a 15-0 lead. Tracy Austin on BBC2:
"Seeing Laura against Maria reminds me of when I played my first Wimbledon aged 14 and played Chris Evert, when she'd won it a couple of times. Maria's a former champion here and you're going out with extra nerves and really want to put on a good show."
Follow Robson v Sharapova game-by-game with Tom Fordyce.
A bump in the road for Baltacha on 18 as Peng breaks to lead 3-1 in the second set.
From Edd in Coventry via text:
"What a result for Fleming and Hutchins in the men's doubles beating the seventh seeds so convincingly. Hopefully the start of a day where we'll see lots of British wins!"
Hats off, and maybe even thrown into the air, to the news that Fleming & Hutchins
have beaten the seventh seeds Fyrstenberg & Matkowsi 6-2 6-1. Great news for British tennis to have the Scottish/English duo through, great news for live texters to see the Polish duo depart. Baltacha leads Peng 6-4 1-1, and Laura Robson is out on Court One with Maria Sharapova, which just sounds good if nothing else.
Blimey, Bally is on fire now, powering down those barnstorming serves and moving to 40-0. That's three set -points. She hits long on the first two, and things are a tiny bit tense all of a sudden. Don't worry, though, because the third is a different story. Peng goes for a big forehand winner but it is wild and lands a long way out. The first set is in the bag for the British number one.
Brilliant stuff from Baltacha on Court 18. A Peng forehand sails long, meaning Bally has THREE more break-points. She only needs one, crashing a rasping forehand return right into the corner. Unreturnable... and Bally will serve for the first set next.
In front of me, the net is being put up on Centre Court, which is always a good thing - play starts there in 15 minutes with Roddick and Lopez first on, and also on Court One where Pova and Robbo will soon appear. Hope they remember the net there too. Meanwhile, Bally and Peng are still serving bombs and holding to 4-4, while Wozniacki took the first set 6-1. She doesn't appear to mind being on Court Two too much...
Less problems for Bally on her next service game - she holds to love to keep the first set on serve. Elsewhere, top seed Caroline Wozniacki is off to a flyer on Court Two, leading 5-1 against France's Virginia Razzo, but ninth seed Mario Bartoli is a break down on No.3, trailing 3-4 to Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino. Flemo and Hutchins? They took the first set 6-2 against the Polish pair.
Baltacha gets a break point at 1-1 and strains every sinew to chase down a backhand put Peng stands firm at the net, and the Chinese player then has her own chance at 0-40 but Baltacha battles her way out of trouble to make it 2-2. And good news on Court Five as Brits Fleming & Hutchins lead seventh seeds Fyrstenberg and Matkowski 4-2.
From Allan J via text:
"Tennis i am stuck in my hospital bed looking for a great britain treble. Come on andy!"
From David, Lewes, via text:
"Not just you Piers, I am in full kit in front of tv with bananas and drinks. About to call physio. Btw, Dimitrov: A Star is Born."
While I attempt to negotiate taking my lunch break immediately and heading to the autograph tent, here is 1977 champion Virginia Wade
on Elena Baltacha and Laura Robson's prospects today: "Baltacha has a chance but it's going to be difficult for her because Shuai Peng is playing very well. I have been impressed by Laura Robson, who pulled herself together to come through her first-round match after losing five games in a row at one stage. We know Laura has some limitations - she is not as speedy as some other players and lacks the mental strength of someone like Maria Sharapova - but she will definitely give it a good go."
Britain's Elena Baltacha is out practising serves in the knock-up on Court 18, and I notice Shuai Peng is standing there and whacking them back. That would get on my nerves. Marion Bartoli, wearing leggings and a long-sleeved top, dumps a backhand in the net to drop serve straight away against Lourdes Dominguez Lino, and Caroline Wozniacki and Virginie Razzano are about to start on Two.
It's time. Day five is under way with Sue Barker on BBC2
, with streams on Courts Two and 18 already going at the top of this page. A quick manual refresh will let you enjoy 5live's coverage, and
the BBC's High Definition online trial continues.
Former champion Ann Jones is out on Court Two casting an expert eye over the turf, with top seed Caroline Wozniacki presumably on her way out there right now, and speaking of experts,
here's Tracy Austin on her picks of the day.
Here's a chirpy Voice of Wimbledon:
"The weather we have now will continue until the afternoon, when it will get hazier and there is a risk of a small shower. There is a band of rain likely to arrive in the early evening."
Wimbledon on Twitter:
"Sorry guys, #TheQueue at #Wimbledon is at capacity - you won't be able to pick up a ticket for today if you come along this morning."
Here's the coverage plan for the next few hours:
With our friends in Formula 1 sharing the Red Button channels,
we will kick off with Wozniacki v Razzano
on BBC2 and Baltacha v Peng
on freeview from 1200 BST
, with Centre and Court One joining the fun from 1300 BST. I like to think you're all sitting on the sofa or in the office dressed in tennis gear, headbands on, ready for action. Just me, maybe.
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan writes: "Put your Union Jacks down, for the moment at least, because it's not ALL about Bally, Robbo and Murray today. After much deliberation, I've plumped for Court 12 for today's Bevo's Outside Court Golden Ticket
, where big-hitting duo Yanina Wickmayer and Svetlana Kuznetsova kick things off. Wickmayer on the way up, possibly, and Kuz on the way down, supposedly. We shall see. Then, after Jurgen Melzer and Dmitry Tursunov finish up where they left off last night, French Open runner-up Francesca Schiavone is on, looking to beat her grass allergy and get past the third round here for only the third time in 12 visits to SW19. We finish off with the chance of a shock. Dutch darkhorse Robin Haase - who took Rafa Nadal to five sets last year - looks to sink 10th seed Mardy Fish. You heard it here first."
At the risk of reigniting the scheduling debate, world number one Caroline Wozniacki will be out on Court two in 40 minutes to take on Virginie Razzano, but the Dane seems to be completely written off as a title contender so there's not much fuss about that. Marion Bartoli is more tipped for the title and the Frenchwoman will be on Cour Three at 1200 BST against Lourdes Dominguez Lino. As a live texter, I'm already missing the type-friendly Li Na.
From simon in leamington via text:
"When was the last time we still had 3 brits left on a friday. Bally and murray should win and i hope robbo does well up the brits."
There's plenty of action on the outside courts now as players get stuck into their practice sessions - you'd think they would know how to play by now - and there's a good crowd around Court 14 watching Andy Roddick belt forehands. Over on Court 16, Laura Robson is practising her passing shots in preparation for Sharapova's inevitable all-out attack on the net this afternoon. Or maybe not.
The Serena scheduling issue rumbles on, lots of interesting thoughts from you on both sides of the fence - it's unfair on a four-time champ, her ranking is only down because she's been injured, the men's matches should take precedence because they're better to watch, the court is the same size whatever the number.... as the guardian of the fence, I obviously have no opinion, although I do take tournament referee Andrew Jarrett's point from the other day on
that you can't please all the players, and "It's all good fun, isn't it?" I'd like to see him say that to Serena though.
From Dan via text:
"Watching centre court last night it occurred to me-can anyone think of a more pointless item of clothing than roger federer's 'sweat'bands?"
Dunc in Surrey via text:
"Re. Ben in Edinburgh - bit difficult for Serena when she's been out with injury for 49 weeks!"
The gates are open and in drift the hardy campers and lucky ticket holders, much as they have since the All England Club opened here in 1922. Admittedly with less tweed and more mobile phones. A good shout for some decent action at 1200 BST is Court Five, where British doubles, er, dynamos Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins take on two Polish gentlemen. It's been a long wait for our boys to get on court this week. There are lots of other Brits in doubles action today, including Fed Cup team-mates Heather Watson & Jocelyn Rae in the fourth match on Court Three.
Ben, Edinburgh, via text:
"Men's rankings are more stable, if Williams' want top billing they need to earn it all year not just when they decide."
It has become the "Get in the hole!" of Wimbledon. That's right, the regular cries of "Come on Tim!" that can be heard on pretty much every court, no matter who's playing. Andy Muray has had his say on the gag in most of the newspapers,
including The Sun:
"We were talking about it before my first match and asking how long it would be before the first 'Come On Tim'. We were going to have a bet and everyone gave a minute when it would be said. I just said it would be inside the first game - and it came four minutes in. It is a classic that one." With a huge dollop of sarcasm, he added: "It is hilarious. It happens every match, three or four times. "Seriously, though, I do not find it particularly amusing."
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole:
"Morning all, what a glorious day! No word has reached the office yet from
BBC Sport's intrepid reporter Nick Hope,
who volunteered (much to the surprise of everyone) to spend last night camping out and filming his experiences of the famous Wimbledon queue. Is it wrong that I secretly hoped it rained? Only joking Nick - please send word that you are okay? We are worried. That camera equipment you were using costs a lot of money."
From Nichola via text:
"I can see Serena's point, remember a few years ago jankovic was number 1 in the world and put on court 18 - top woman are moved more than the men."
We're now two hours away from the start of play on the outside courts, and you won't find Britain's number one Elena Baltcha
complaining about being on Court 18, or any other court for that matter. She takes on 20th seed Shuai Peng from 1200 BST looking to each the third round for only the second time, the last being back in 2002. "I've made the main draw and won a round at all three of the Grand Slams I've played this year,"
Baltacha said in her BBC Sport column,
"so there is no question in my mind that I belong at this level. I know that I can match players like Peng."
Centre Court is buzzing with chatter as dozens of umpires and line judges take up a bank of seating for an official photograph. If it's anything like the one I remember from school, some wag will make an 'amusing' hand gesture above a colleague's head. Some scars never heal....
Who better to tell us about big-serving Ivan Ljubicic and the threat he poses to Murray
than former (and presumably still) big-serving Greg Rusedski:
"Ljubicic's serve is massive. It's not just the speed or the accuracy of his first serve, but what all the best servers have is a great second serve. Not only that, but his backhand is also a big weapon. He is a guy who is enjoying the latter stages of his career right now and has absolutely nothing to lose against Andy Murray."
JimboWay6 on Twitter:
"Serena & Venus moaning they're on court 2, but they're 7th & 23rd seeds. Past results shouldn't allow you to play where you want #bbctennis"
From White Socks, London, via text:
"If Serena doesn't like which court she plays on then simple.....don't come. No player is bigger than Wimbledon."
evanderlande on Twitter:
"Spent yesterday at Wimbledon - was the best day ever. Serena, del Potro, Ferrer and ended with a cheeky resale ticket for centre. #bbctennis"
Of course, Michael Owen is clearly jumping on the bandwagon started by Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand the other day, when he tweeted his support for Heather Watson. Not sure if Laura is a Man Utd fan, like Heather, maybe we'll find out later today. First up she has to take on 2004 champion and many people's tournament favourite, Maria Sharapova.
Is this too great a step up in class
and will the Russian's heavy, flat groundstrokes get the Briton on the run? Or can Robson's swinging lefty serve get her a foothold in the match and put the pressure on? Text, tweet or shout your views very loudly, please.
bhartleydrummer on Twitter:
"In the queue for Wimbledon. looks like a nice day for it! Looking forward to cheering on the British trio! #bbctennis"
The all important weather forecast from BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood:
"It's a beautiful start to the morning, and as we go through the day the sunshine will turn hazier. Going into the evening there will be a bit more cloud about and some rain as well - but generally much better than we've been used to." Temperatures on Monday could be "scorchio", apparently. Carol's word, not mine.
It's not just Laura who carries the flag today, we also have British number ones Elena Baltacha and Andy Murray in singles action, and if my maths is correct that makes three Britons still going on Friday. Great days, and great hopes that the madness could roll on into next week. First up to the plate will be Baltacha v Shuai Peng at 1200 BST, followed by Robson v Maria Sharapova at 1300 BST, and finally Murray v Ivan Ljubicic at around.... 1700 BST? At a guess.