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Wimbledon 2011: day six as it happened

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By David Ornstein at Wimbledon

2000: But before I go, a reminder that you can follow Djokovic v Baghdatis 'til the bitter end with Aimee Lewis and carry on watching doubles action on the Red Button. Hutchins and Watson have just beaten Melo and Stubbs - 8-6 in the decider - while Marray and Keothavong are still on court and Pippa Horn is fighting away in the girls' singles. Today at Wimbledon is due to follow Djoko/Baga on BBC Two. Don't forget that Middle Sunday is a rest day, but keep across bbc.co.uk/tennis for all the latest from SW19 and we'll be back on Monday for the men's last 16. The weather forecasters are predicting a heatwave - and there's certain be some red-hot tennis to go with it. Bye for now.

1945: Queuing up on Saturday evening for Monday entry? Got to admire that... hmmm... enthusiasm. Here on Centre Court, Djokovic has broken Baga's serve for a 3-2 lead in the fourth set and, yes, we have a Mexican wave. Still trying to figure out why we find such acts so entertaining. Anyway, I'm pretty much done for the day.

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Sam, Wrexham, via text on 81111: "Just joined the queue for Monday, great atmosphere down on Wimbledon Common. Slightly worried about battery life on the phone but keep the updates coming. See you on Centre on Monday - come on The Muzz!"

1935: After his second-set wobble - and moment of madness - Djokovic regained his composure to win the third against Baghdatis and they're going with serve in the fourth. The Bag man seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself out there and the crowd are giving him no end of support, but you'd have to back the Djoker to see this one out. By the way, it's a glorious evening here at the All England Club, certainly the finest we've enjoyed so far this Championships. Whether or not you're here or not, keep you Wimbledon musings coming via the usual channels - tweet me @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCtennis or text us on 81111 (UK).

It's good news for a Briton
1925: The sun may be going down on SW19 but the British flags are rising. Well, one at least. Jamie Delgado and Melanie South have beaten Carlos Berlocq and Maria Kondratieva to reach round two of the mixed doubles. They took the first set 6-2 before their Argentine/Russian opponents withdrew. Hutchins and Watson are going with serve in the decider against Melo and Stubbs - 4-4 - while Marray and Keothavong lead Seppi and Brianti 4-3 in the opener.

1920: Nice little nugget from Infostrada ... at 18 years and 247 days, Tomic becomes the youngest man to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since Michael Chang in 1990 (18 years and 123 days).

Twitter
British Tennis on Twitter: "Strong wins for Daneika Borthwick & Oliver Hudson in junior singles at Wimbledon. Watson & Hutchins in a third set decider in the mixed d's"

1910: Fairly big upset, that. Melzer was the 11th seed and few expected Malisse to cause him too much trouble. But the unseeded Belgian, a semi-finalist way back in 2002, prevails to set up a meeting with man-of-the-moment Bernard Tomic. Nice work.

Xavier Malisse beats Jurgen Melzer 7-6 6-3 6-0 to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon

Latest scores
1900: Cometh the hour, cometh the man - Djokovic breaks the Baghdatis serve for a 3-1 lead in the third set. Hutchins and Watson win the second set against Melo and Stubbs to take their first-round mixed doubles match to a decider, while Jamie Delgado and Melanie South are a break up on Carlos Berlocq and Maria Kondratieva and Jonny Marray and Anne Keothavong have just started against Andreas Seppi and Alberta Brianti. On last line, Pippa Horn and Stephanie Nauta are 5-5 in the first set of their girls' singles encounter.

1858: Not bad for number 158 in the world rankings. Tomic is now certain to enter top 100 post-Wimbledon and he'll be the youngest player there, too. That means he'll end Lleyton Hewitt's 11-year reign as Australian number one. Heady times for the towering right-hander.

Twitter
Leading coach Darren Cahill on Twitter: "Stunning effort by Bernie. Soderling not healthy but still a huge performance by Tomic. He's the future for Aussie tennis. Chance for 1/4's."

1850: That's by far and away the biggest win of Tomic's career and, although fifth seed Soderling required medical attention for an illness, there's nothing lucky about a straight sets victory over one of the world's finest players on Court One at Wimbledon. Class. "It's quite a feeling to beat Robin," the 18-year-old Australian qualifier tells BBC Sport. "I had to play real good and it's probably the greatest achievement of my career. The crowd got behind me, which is good when you play a player like him. I may have looked very calm but inside I was bursting, I just tried not to show it."

A shock result
BERNARD TOMIC BEATS ROBIN SODERLING 6-1 6-4 7-5 TO REACH THE LAST 16 AT WIMBLEDON

1839: Big news on Court One, where Tomic breaks Soderling for 6-5 in the third set and will now serve for the match. Watch this space, upset lovers. Meanwhile, Brit pair Hutchins and Watson have lost the first set of their mixed doubles match against Melo and Stubbs but are a break up in the second. In the girls' singles, home hope Pipa Horn is 4-1 up on Stephanie Nauta of the United States.

Tim Henman
Former British number one Tim Henman on BBC One: "Hopefully that will have got rid of some of Djokovic's frustration. He needs to get his focus back quickly and forget all that has gone before. He's not happy. It's amazing to see this type of reaction from a player of his experience. It's toys out of the pram stuff."

1837:
Someone is having a tantrum
Spectators on Centre Court and BBC Two have just been treated to an incredible outburst by Djokovic. The 24-year-old Serbian comes off second best at the end of a beguiling rally and, as the crowd rise to acclaim Baghdatis, Djokovic absolutely demolishes his racquet with three ferocious whacks against the ground. The Bag man serves out the set and we're all square at 6-4 4-6. Djoko needs to calm himself down or her could be in big, big trouble.

France
The match is over
Michael Llodra beats Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3 6-3 6-1 to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon

The match is over
Mikhail Youzhny beats Nicolas Almagro 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 to reach the last 16 a Wimbledon

BBC Radio 5 Live
Former British number one Jeremy Bates on BBC Radio 5 live: "It will be a long haul if Robin Soderling is going to rescue this match from two sets down. He's sitting there with his head in his hands and a towel over his head, and you have to feel sorry for him."

1825: The spectators on Court One are being treated to all manner of facial expressions from an unwell Soderling, but the big-serving Swede is hanging in there against Tomic. They're 3-3 in the third set with Tomic leading by two sets to love. A quick glance at Court 18 tells us Youzhny is closing on on victory over Almagro - he's up 4-6 6-3 7-6 5-3 - and the winner of that one plays Federer. Court 12 sees Malisse a set to the good against Melzer and on Court 14 Llodra is serving for a straight sets win over Lu.
1815: I said Djokovic was looking good and, at the time, he was. But, now, he's not. Baghdatis managed to break the world number two in game three of the second set and has just held tight for 3-1. From our perch up high on Centre Court, we're struggling to decide if the grey colouring on the Bag man's back is part of his shirt on a giant sweat patch. Any insight?

It's bad news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
1810: Mixed news on the British front as Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray fall to Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in the men's doubles but Oliver Hudson beats Wayne Montgomery 6-4 3-6 7-5 in round one of the boys' singles. In the mixed dubs, Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson are about to serve for the opening set against Melo and Stubbs. Busy old day for the home players.

1800: The Sydney Morning Herald tells us Tomic has been practising regularly with Djokovic recently and it appears to be paying off - for both men. Soderling may be feeling a touch under the weather, but this remains a mightily impressive display from the aTomic bomb. He holds serve to take the second set 6-4 and is now within touching distance of a last-16 encounter against Jurgen Melzer or Xavier Malisse. Those two are currently contesting a first-set tie-break on Court 12. Djokovic, meanwhile, is looking good a 6-4 1-1 against the Bag man.

Twitter
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "I simply love the way Bernard Tomic plays tennis. Soderling in trouble, looks like blurred vision but who wouldn't have against this Aussie."

1754: Real trouble for Soderling, who's a set down and now serving to stay in the second against Australian qualifier Tomic.

1752: German wildcard Sabiski Lisicki has followed up her shock win over French Open champion Li Na by avoiding an upset herself. Lisicki beat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 and will play Ana Ivanovic's conqueror Petra Cetkovska in round four. Her progress into the second week is remarkable considering she was stretchered off court at Roland Garros exactly a month ago.

1748: First blood to Djokovic here on Centre Court. The second seed takes the first set 6-4 against Baghdatis and you can follow that one with Welsh wordsmith Aimee Lewis.

1745: To be fair, Schiavone doesn't exactly have great pedigree on the green stuff. This was only the third time she'd made it past the second round in 11 visits to SW19. In fact, the 2010 French Open champion has only once gone past round three. Still, a massive win for Paszek and he 20-year-old Austrian goes on to face unseeded Russian Ksenia Pervak for a place in the quarter-finals.

A shock result
Francesca Schiavone loses 3-6 6-4 11-9 to Tamira Paszek in round three of Wimbledon

1735: Talking of upsets...

1730: Now then, looks like we could have a mahoosive upset on Court One... fifth seed Robin Soderling had to come through a five-set epic to beat former champion Lleyton Hewitt in his last match and it looks like the Swede has got an even bigger battle on his hands against another Aussie today. Bernard Tomic, the 18-year-old world number 158, has taken the first set 6-1 in just 17 minutes. Soderling is in a bad way - he has complained he is feeling ill and has asked for the doctor. It's 2-2 in the second and we'll keep you posted on what happens there.

1725: On the subject of Brit joy, Andy Murray was down at the Aorangi practice courts this afternoon following his late-night win against Ivan Ljubicic on Friday. The ever-present Gary Richardson tracked him down for a chat and here's what the world number four had to say... "It's been good, all the matches have been fun, I'm glad to be in the second week. It gets harder every round and I've got a tough match against Richard Gasquet next. We've had really tough ones in the past and I expect the same on Monday. I want the match to go in my favour but you need to go out there with a game plan and execute it. He beat Federer in Rome and had a good French Open, so I'm expecting a really tough match."

It's good news for a Briton
1718: Not sure how I missed this earlier but Elena Baltacha and Ken Skupski have booked their place in round two of the mixed doubles with a 7-6 4-6 6-4 win against Vania King and Dustin Brown. And that's not the only example of Brit joy. Scottish pair Jocelyn Rae and Colin Fleming are also through after a 7-6 1-6 6-4 victory over Arantxa Parra Santonja and Marc Lopez of Spain. In the men's doubles, Jamie Delgado and Jonny Mar trail Moodie and Norman by two sets to one but are pushing hard for a break in the fourth. Home junior interest comes in the form of Oliver Hudson at the moment. He's into a deciding third set against South Africa's Wayne Montgomery.

1705: Excellent stuff from JWT, who can now put his feet up and watch the remainder of David Ferrer v Karol Beck. That match will provide his next opponent and Ferrer currently leads by two sets and a break. Here on Centre, it's time for a bit of Djokovic v Baghdatis with Aimee Lewis. If you don't fancy that one, keep your eyes trained to this page. Anyone for a whiz round the courts? Coming up...

France
The match is over
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the last 16 of Wimbledon

1655: Reflecting on his win against Nalbandian, Federer tells BBC Sport: "A guy who has beaten me eight times knows how to beat me again so I am very pleased to go through. I played well from start to finish. I am playing better than last year - more confident on serve and more relaxed with my returns. But things are going to get tougher. Monday will be kind of cool when all the men play at the same time." Vying for the right to meet Federer for a place in the quarter-finals are Nicolas Almagro and Mikhail Youzhny. Almagro, seeded 16th, took the opening set but 18th seed Youzhny has just levelled it up on Court 18.

1642: "Everything's getting better with every match," Serena, who plays Marion Bartoli in the last 16, tells BBC Sport. "I want to serve better, move better and keep my focus. Marion is doing great and I look forward to that match."

Switzerland
The match is over
ROGER FEDERER BEATS DAVID NALBANDIAN 6-4 6-2 6-4 TO REACH THE LAST 16 OF WIMBLEDON

USA
The match is over
SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS MARIA KIRILENKO 6-3 6-2 TO REACH THE LAST 16 OF WIMBLEDON

1635: With Federer a game away from victory over Nalbandian, it's time to mention another fine champion. Fresh from his historic victory at the US Open, 22-year-old British golfer Rory McIlroy will - we're told - be here at Wimbledon on Tuesday. A decent tennis player himself by all accounts. In between signing autographs, posing for photos and lapping up the plaudits, Rory will be able sit back and enjoy the women's quarter-finals. And one player who will hope to be playing in front of him on Centre Court is Serena Williams...

1630: Thank heavens the heavens have behaved so heavenly today. Some absolutely corking matches taking place and it'd be a real shame if anything got in the way of their completion. One of those sees sixth seed Francesca Schiavone battling it out with Tamira Paszek on Court 12. French Open runner-up Schiavone took the first set, as expected, but was pegged back in the second and is now staring down the barrel of shock exit. Her 20-year-old Austrian opponent leads 7-6 in the decider.

1620: Good question, Phil. That's one we could be here all night discussing, hey? Keep the thoughts, questions, observations and general chit-chat coming. Just tweet me @bbcsport_david using the hashtag #BBCtennis or pop over a text to 81111 (UK). And if anyone's in the vicinity of Commentary Box Four on Centre Court, a punnet of strawberries would go down an absolute treat.

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Phil, London, via text on 81111: "What has gone wrong with Ana Ivanovic? She used to be world no.1, now she rarely wins a match. She's only 23. Odd."

1615: Another match in progress just now is the men's third-round encounter between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Gonzalez. Tsonga, who gave BBC Sport a really interesting interview this morning, leads his Chilean opponent by a set and a break on Court Two. What a line-up that arena's had today. Sharapova, Del Potro and now Tsonga. Golden ticket.

1610: A bit late, I know, but why not have a read of Lindsay Davenport's thoughts on Serena v Kirilenko.... the 1999 Wimbledon champion tells us Serena's serve is the best "in the history of women's tennis" and reckons the defending champ will come through in straight sets. Agree?

1605: Bartoli, remember, was beaten by Venus Williams in the 2007 final - and it looks like she'll get a crack at Venus's little sis Serena in the last 16 this time round. Serena snapped up the first set against Kirilenko 6-3 on Court One and they're going with serve in the second. A quick Federer update for those of you not following Aimee Lewis's game-by-game text commentary ... the 16-time Grand Slam champion leads David Nalbandian 6-4 6-2 0-1. Emphatic.

France
1555: Much better news for Monfils's compatriot Marion Bartoli, who overcomes Italy's Flavia Pennetta 9-7 in the deciding set after three hours and nine minutes on Court 12. "Allez Marion!" are the cries emanating from the stands as the French ninth seed leaps up and down in celebration. Great scenes. Although can anyone explain why she wore a jumper the whole match? It's roasting out there!

France
A shock result
1545: A shock of greater proportions over on the new Court Three, where ninth seed Gael Monfils succumbs in four sets to Lukasz Kubot. The unseeded Pole can now look forward to a last-16 meeting with "Deliciano" Lopez.

Serbia
A shock result
1540: Something of an upset over on Court 18 as Ana Ivanovic is sent packing with a 6-2 7-6 (7-0) humbling by unseeded Czech Petra Cetkovska. The 2008 French Open champion, a former world number one and seeded 18th at the All England Club, looked in excellent form during her first two rounds, but that's a pretty comprehensive exit. I caught the start of the match from the Broadcast Centre roof and Ivanovic was smiling away. Not any more.

1528: So that's one potential classic for Monumental Monday - Rafael Nadal v Juan Martin del Potro. Over in the juniors, Jess Ren has bitten the dust with a 6-0 6-4 defeat by Barbara Haas. Fleming and Rae are a break down to Lopez and Parra Santo, while Delgado and Marray have snapped up the opener against Moodie and Norman.

Argentina
The match is over
Juan Martin del Potro beats Gilles Simon 7-6 7-6 7-5 to reach the last 16 of Wimbledon

1520: She didn't enjoy be thrown out to Court Two on Thursday - and it seems as though she's taking her frustration out on Maria Kirilenko today. Who am I talking about? Serena Williams, of course. The seventh seed and defending champion leads her Russian opponent 3-1 on Court One and you'd have to think victory here would earn her a return to Centre Court in the last 16.

1510: Sticking with the Brits, Colin Fleming Jocelyn Rae are about to get started against Marc Lopez and Arantxa Parra Santonja in round one of the mixed doubles. Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray are going with serve in the first set of their round two men's doubles match against Moodie and Norman, but Jess Ren looks set for a heavy defeat by Austria's Barbara Haas (a relation to Tommy?) in round one of the girls' singles.

It's bad news for a Briton
The match is over
Anne Keothavong and Laura Robson lose 7-5 6-2 to Olgo Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva in round one of the ladies doubles

1500: Results coming through thick and fast. But it's time to look away it's you're a British tennis/Laura Robson/Anne Keothavong fan...

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live's Helen Skelton on Haase's retirement: "Haase was two sets to one down but had just held his serve and looked to be doing okay, but then he limped to the net, had a long chat with Fish and limped off the court."

USA
1455: Next up for Nadal is the winner of Juan Martin del Potro v Gilles Simon. Del Potro leads by two sets to love and it's going with serve in the third out on Court Two. Over on Court 14, 10th seed Mardy Fish beats Robin Haase after the Dutchman retires while trailing 6-3 6-7 6-2 1-1. Haase tells the umpire he can't continue because of a knee problem and comes straight to the net to congratulate Fish. The umps asks "do you not want to see the trainer?" but Haase replies "it's no good, he can't do anything for it". Fish goes on to play sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

1450: Barely had time to finish my spicy pasta before Rafa wrapped that one up. My mouth's on fire - and so is the world number one. He win 30 winners and only three unforced errors all match. "A champion's performance," says BBC interviewer Phil Jones before asking Nadal for his thoughts. "It was a very difficult match to play, especially the first two sets," says the top seed. "I had no chances to break him. I didn't have rhythm and in the tie-breaks it's like a lottery, but I'm very happy with how I served, put all my first serves in, returned well and I'm happy. In the third set I certainly played very well. I had a bit of a problem with my leg but I played today without problems. I have a day and a half to recover for Monday."

Spain
The match is over
RAFAEL NADAL BEATS GILLES MULLER 7-6 7-6 6-0 TO REACH THE LAST 16 OF WIMBLEDON

1435: Afternoon all. How are we? Buzz of anticipation around a resplendent Centre Court as we await the arrival of Roger Federer and David Nalbandian. Aimee Lewis is in position to guide you through that one but stick right here with me for everything else.

By Chris Bevan at Wimbledon

The match is over
1433: Job done for Caroline Wozniacki, who polishes off Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3 6-2 in one hour and six minutes and will play Dominika Cibulkova in the last 16. Job done for me too - my fingers are feeling fatigued so I'm handing you over to David Ornstein.

1430: More cracks appearing in the Muller serve now, and he has to save two more break points with big serves. Rafa spurns a third chance when he fires long but the break is eventually gifted to him when Muller double-faults. A shame that he is falling apart now, after doing so well earlier in the match but Nadal leads 3-0 in the third set and is heading for round four. Juan Martin del Potro is also well on top, after fighting back to take that second set against Simon in a tie-break.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live's Annabel Croft on Caroline Wozniacki, leading Gajdosova 3-2 in the second set: "I didn't agree with Jeff Tarango when he said grass might be Caroline's best surface, but I might have to eat my words. She's getting a lot of returns back in play, she's hitting well, she's very compact, very solid, and is very good tactically."

1418: Wozniacki is a break up in the second set on Centre, and this could be the beginning of the end for Muller, because his trusty serve has let him down for the first time, in the first game of the third set. Rafa has his first break-point of the match at 30-40 and he takes it when the world number 92 puts a backhand in the tramlines. "It was almost inevitable that was going to happen after the loss of that second set," says John Lloyd.

1411: So harsh on Muller, who makes one mistake on serve in the tie-break and leaves Nadal serving for the second set at 6-5. Rafa only needs one chance - he wrong-foots the Luxembourger on the next point with a forehand winner and he is now two sets to the good.

The match is over
1405: Shortest time on court today? It will be difficult to beat last year's runner-up Tomas Berdych, who resumed his match with Alex Bogomolov Jr leading 6-2 6-4 4-3... and promptly polished off the two remaining games. Nadal and Muller are level at 4-4 in the breaker, with serves still completely dominant.

1400: Muller is keeping up the pressure on Rafa, and they are into a second-set tie-break. That's how the defending champ nicked the first set, remember?

A shock result
The match is over
1355: Our first shock of the day, with 16th seed Julia Goerges going down 6-4 1-6 6-3 to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova. On One, Gilles Muller has picked up where he left off against Rafael Nadal and is serving spectacularly well - he has collected all five of his service games to love today and is level at 5-5 in the second set. "It doesn't matter who you are, you cannot do anything about it when you opponent is finding the lines and serving like that," says John Lloyd on BBC Two. Wozniacki? She just sealed the first set.

1351: Wozniacki has had to be patient so far against Gajdosova but the top seed finally makes the breakthrough on Centre, and she will serve for the first set next at 5-3. Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon have resumed on Court Two, with JMDP a set up but a break down at 2-4 in the second.

Andy Murray
1343: Andy Murray looks ahead to Monday's fourth-round clash with Richard Gasquet in his latest exclusive BBC column, an enticing encounter which sparks memories of his famous comeback to beat the Frenchman here three years ago: "My main memory is that it was really, really dark at the end. I just remember that when I went to serve for the match there were a lot of people taking pictures, and although I think that normally happens on Centre Court, you don't see the flashes. I remember on the match point I could see all the lights going off, it was great."

It's bad news for a Briton
The match is over
1336: Handily, we've just learned Pova's next opponent too. It will be Shuai Peng, who took that tie-break to beat Czink 6-2 7-6. Oh, and Heather Watson and Jocelyn Rae are out of the women's doubles, losing 6-4 6-3 to Lefevre and Rodina in the first round.

BBC Radio 5 Live
5 live's Jeff Tarango on Maria Sharapova: "She's gotten over her issues, and now it's going to come down to her finish-line play - how does she handle being at 3-3 in the first set, at 5-5 in the second set? But, hey, that's why you buy tickets and come to watch."

The match is over
1332: Nope, no stopping Maria Sharapova, who despite that mini-slump at the start of the second set wraps up a convincing 6-2 6-3 victory and will play either Melinda Czink or Shuai Peng in round four - those two are into a second set tie-break as I type. Rafa and Muller, meanwhile, are on serve at 2-2.

1326: Over on Court Two, it looked like Maria Sharapova was going to be dragged into a bit of a battle but she has turned things round completely in the second set and is now serving for the match at 6-2 5-3.

1322: Wozniacki and Gajdosova are out now and warming up. Elsewhere, Julia Goerges took that second set 6-1 so her and Cibulkova are into a decider, with the Slovakian breaking in the very first game. And Flavia Pennetta, eventually, took the first set 7-5 against Marion Bartoli.

1319: Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller have just resumed on Court One, and hopefully Muller can keep up the standard of serving he produced before the rain came last night. You've probably heard he is the last person to beat the world number one here apart from Roger Federer (back in 2005) but BBC 5 live's Jeff Tarango isn't too confident about the Luxembourger's chance: "Gilles really needed to win that first set tie-break on Friday, but he didn't and now I can see Rafa running away with this in three straight sets."

1314: Sue Barker is running through the inhabitants of the Royal Box, and the various sports stars and military heroes are all deservedly getting a standing ovation on Centre Court. While we wait for Wozniacki and Gajdosova, here's a reminder of how you lot can get in touch today. I'm Chris Bevan, and you can tweet me at @chrisbevan_bbc using the hashtag #BBCTennis please. Or feel free to text me via 81111 (UK) instead.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Helen Skelton, watching Haase v Fish on Court 14 for BBC Radio 5 live: "Mardy Fish took the first set 6-3, and Robin Haase looks like he's about to throw his toys out of the pram - the umpire has already told him to calm down twice."

Mole
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "Think I may have got to the bottom of why Judy Murray was in such a rush to get to the grounds of Wimbledon this morning (see 1020) but like Lou via text below she might be also be disappointed by the absence of Feliciano Lopez. Turns out Ms Murray is quite the fan of the man she has nicknamed 'Deliciano' and has been fawning over him on Twitter. "I think it's about time she stopped that nonsense. It's making me throw up. It's disgusting." says son Andy. Mum's can be so embarrassing can't they?"

1306: It gets worse for Maria Sharapova: a double-fault hands Zakopalova a break and the world number 35 now leads 3-1 in the second set. "Maria started well but she hasn't progressed in this match," adds Virginia Wade. "She needs to turn that around right now." Elsewhere, Julia Goerges is serving at 4-1 in the second set and Melinda Czink has broken to lead Shuai Peng 4-2 as she looks to level their match. Bartoli and Pennetta are level at 5-5 in the first set.

It's bad news for a Briton
1259: Klara Zakopalova faces two more break points in her first service game of the second set too, but finds a couple of big forehands at the right time and eventually holds out to make it 1-1. Sharapova may be a set up but she is definitely not having things all her own way. "Maria has lost her advantage a little bit," says Virginia Wade on BBC Two. "She is hitting down the middle of the court too much and, when she does find the angles, Zakopalova produces some of her best shots in response." No smashed or volleyed winners in that match so far - both women hugging the baseline so far. Oh, and some Brit news for you: Heather Watson and Jocelyn Rae have lost the first set 6-4 against France's Sophie Lefevre and Russia's Evgeniya Rodina.

The sun is out
1249: Maria Sharapova took 39 minutes to wrap up the first set 6-2, breaking Klara Zakopalova for the third time. Dominika Cibulkova and Mardy Fish also move a set up, just as the sun shows itself for the first time today.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd watching an animated Marion Bartoli play Flavia Panetta on Court 12: "Bartoli is like a Duracell bunny, constantly hopping and jogging, and she keeps swishing the air with her racquet like she's swatting a hundred hornets"

Latest scores
1240: Mardy Fish is off to a flyer on Court 14, breaking Robin Haase to lead 5-2. Haase took Rafael Nadal to five sets last year so let's not write him off just yet, mind. And Elena Baltacha's conqueror, Shuai Peng, has taken the first set 6-2 against Hungary's Melinda Czink.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Laura Robson's next move following yesterday's defeat by Sharapova: "She needs to get a bit more serious. She doesn't know her schedule after Wimbledon and she's going to take time off to get fit again. I think she's a great player and we will support her all the way but there are certain things off the court involving her fitness and conditioning that remain a bit of a mystery."

1234: Sharapova breaks back again, and now leads 4-1 after 18 minutes of play - that's the exact opposite of where she stood after five games against Laura Robson yesterday. Can the 2004 champion claim her second Wimbledon title this year? "Maria is in perfect shape," says Virginia Wade on BBC Two. "She's only 24-year-old but it seems like she has been around a lot longer." Elsewhere, rising German star Julia Goerges has shared breaks with 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova, who leads 4-3 in the first set.

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From Lou, via text: "Any idea if Feliciano Lopez is due on practice courts today? 6th hour in the queue and counting!"


Sorry Lou, no sign of Lopez on the schedule.

Tim Henman
1224: Tim Henman on BBC Two, looking ahead to Roger Federer's match with old enemy David Nalbandian, which is second on Centre Court today: "Nalbandian and Federer have a lot of history. The Argentine has struggled with injury but on his day he is one of the most talented players around. He is short of match fitness but he has what it takes to test Federer today. Roger didn't play a grass warm-up event because of his Paris exploits, he needed to give his body a chance to recover. He did that and he's looking good, playing agressively, serving well. Nalbandian comes out with nothing to lose and he has it in him to cause trouble, but Federer should be OK."

1220: Unlike yesterday, Sharapova made a quick start out on Court Two, dropping only one point in the first two games and walloping some big winners along the way too. Just a shame she followed that up by being broken back really.

1214: Sharapova, Goerges and Bartoli are already up and running on the outside courts. Pova is already making some noise, as you would expect. Play on Centre Court won't start until 1315 BST today, because there will be a special presentation made to those in the Royal Box, but top seed Caroline Wozniacki is first up there, against Jarmila Gajdsova. On Court One, Rafa resumes against Gilles Muller at 1300. The defending champion took the first set last night, but not without a struggle.

The sun is out
1206: No need for the Centre Court roof to be closed today, according to BBC weather forecaster Laura Tobin: "It looks cloudy, grey and gloomy at the moment but it is going to get hot and humid later and it will actually feel like summer, with temperatures up to 25 degrees."

Sue Barker
1202: The waiting is over... day six is about to get started. Sue Barker is on BBC Two right now and, if you manually refresh this page you can listen to commentary on 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra.

It's good news for a Briton
1156: A little earlier on, I promised you a full round-up of the British juniors in action today. Thanks to my colleague Aimee Lewis I can give you exactly that: "There you were thinking British hopes rested on the broad shoulders of Andy Murray. Well, maybe they do in the senior ranks but there's a veritable feast of British juniors in action today. Could they be the future of British tennis? Yes, you're right, let's not go down that road. But if you head over to Court 10 you'll see Pippa Horn in first-round action in the girls' singles. She plays Stephanie Nauta of America. A few short steps away, over on Court 12, Joshua Ward-Hibbert will be competing in the first round of the Boys' singles against Maxim Dubarenco. And there are two Brits in action on Court 16. First up is Jessica Ren, who is scheduled third against Austria's Barbara Haas, and the final game on that court will be Daneika Borthwick, who plays Eri Hozumi of Japan."

Twitter
BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "Mum and dad both watching Serena. Her male hitting partner, maybe feeling the pressure, apologises profusely for a mis-hit."



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BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Busy morning at practice courts. Nadal been and gone; Federer, Serena, Wozniacki hitting now; Djokovic at 1200BST, Murray 1330."

1138: It's Middle Saturday and Armed Forces Day so, just like Commentary Box Four, the Royal Box is packed full of sporting stars and military heroes. Sir Roger Bannister and Sir Geoff Hurst are among the celebs in attendance.

1129: I suppose you lot want some coverage details? For starters, here's what you can watch online or the Red Button at 1200 BST: Klara Zakopalova vs Maria Sharapova, Dominika Cibulkova-Julia Goerges, Marion Bartoli vs Flavia Pennetta (online only) and Melinda Czink against Shuai Peng (also online only).

1121: It looks like we are up and running at last. The gates ARE open now... and a handful of junior matches have already started too. Speaking of which, a few young Brits are in action later - I will bring you full details shortly.

Mole
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "Just walked past Court 14 where I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight of Tim Henman volleying balls with a group of excitable youngsters as Kesha's single Tik Tok and other such popular music blared out in the background. Not very Wimbledon if you ask me."



Lindsay Davenport
1115: There's been plenty of attention on Serena Williams this week, and not just because she is the defending champion. Firstly, because she has only just returned from a year out of action, then there were those tears and that row over her being made to play on Court Two. Serena's back in action today, against Maria Kirilenko, and 1999 champion Lindsay Davenport has given us her verdict on her Russian opponent: "Maria is a real enigma. It's so funny, she is one of those players that I scratch my head about and don't know why she has not done better than she has."

1110: The Voice of Wimbledon has spoken: the gates will be opening at 1115.

1100: Not sure why yet, but there's been a slight delay in opening the gates at Wimbledon this morning and, as a consequence, several members of Team BBC are stuck outside in the queue. Or at least that's the excuse they are using... I don't think the start time on the outside courts (1200 BST) will be affected but I'll keep you posted.

1045: Time for a quick weather update. Still no sign of this sunshine we've been promised but, to be fair, that is not expected to arrive until early afternoon. Until then, we will have to put up with grey skies and a few spots of rain.

Twitter
BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the Aorangi practice courts on Twitter: "Heather Watson jogs a few court widths, uses the net as a ballet bar, spins her racket like a majorette and is practice ready."


Watson, so unlucky in the singles earlier this week, is back in action at 1200 BST, teaming up with fellow Brit Jocelyn Rae in the women's doubles on Court Five. Hopefully Heather has seen the back of that elbow injury that affected her against Mathilde Johansson on Wednesday.

1027: I did have a stab at being a line judge/umpire a couple of years ago, though... And, yes, the rejection still rankles. With a few dozen other hopefuls, I went down to the LTA's HQ at Roehampton for a try-out... and didn't make it to day two of boot camp. I was told I wasn't loud enough, which is not an area I thought I was lacking in.

1020: Centre Court is a hive of activity again - an army of ball-kids file on, and off, for a photo call. In all, there are 250 of them on duty this fortnight... Although I admit I looked that up, rather than counting them. I was always envious of them when I was younger, although I would have been useless as a ball-boy - no co-ordination for a start, and I also would have ended up just watching the tennis.

Mole
BBC Sport's Wimbledon Mole: "On my way from Wimbledon train station I ended up walking behind a sprightly Judy Murray. When I went to overtake her, one of those awkward moments ensued where she upped her speed so we both ended up walking alongside each other at exactly the same pace for a good 100 yards. Neither person was prepared to back down with Judy showing all of that famous competitive Murray spirit, while I was late for work. In the end, she won the battle but only by cheating by walk/jogging across a junction even though there were no cars there. Low blow. Anyway, when I finally caught up with her at the gates, panting and short of breath, she looked absolutely fine and was having some banter with Brad Gilbert."

1004: As for 17-year-old Robson, the 2008 Junior Girls' Champion? Well, she once again hinted that she has a big future, attacking Sharapova from the start, before ultimately running out of steam. My colleague David Ornstein has looked into what is next for Robbo after Wimbledon, and it involves a heck of a lot of hard work. As Sharapova explained: "For everyone it's a really long road. It's great and it's important to play in front of thousands of people with the support of the British crowd, but as you develop your game it's just as important to play the lower tournaments where there aren't many people watching."

0954: Bally, who went down in three tight sets, will see her ranking rise to the fringes of the top 50 after Wimbledon and, speaking in her BBC column, she says she doesn't want to stop there: "Even though I was playing someone ranked 20 in the world, I didn't feel outclassed at all because I have been delivering that sort of tennis over and over again during the last few months, so it never felt like a step up. Most importantly, I know that I can keep pushing upwards."

It's good news for a Briton
It's good news for a Briton
0946: Andy Murray will, again, be the only Brit flying the flag in the second week at Wimbledon but there were some reasons to be cheerful for Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha despite their defeats in the second round of the women's draw yesterday. Put it this way, I don't think either of them should be ashamed of their efforts against Maria Sharapova and 20th seed Shuai Peng.

Twitter
World number 62 Sabine Lisicki on Twitter: "Good morning :) I'm playing 2nd after 12 o'clock on Court 14! You guys were amazing the other day!!! Hope to get lots of support once again:) "

0940: The big names on the show courts (Rafa's match with Gilles Muller was one of those to fall victim to Friday's wet weather) means there is some bumper action around the grounds today. Plenty of candidates for Bevo's Outside Court Golden Ticket but I'm plumping for Court 14: Dutch darkhorse Robin Haase (who I also tipped yesterday) takes on 10th seed Mardy Fish, Sabine Lisicki looks to follow up her shock win over third seed Li Na by playing Japan's Misaki Doi and there is another chance of an upset when Yen-Hsun Lu, who knocked Andy Murray out of the 2008 Olympics, plays France's Michael Llodra. There's even some Brits too - Jamie Delgado and Melanie South start their mixed-doubles campaign.

0928: It's more than three hours until play starts on Centre Court but things are slowly cranking into life. A small army of Wimbledon staff are drying the seats in front of me, and the sniffer dogs have just done their rounds too. Thankfully, they didn't come into Commentary Box Four, which is starting to develop a rather stale odour. Not much fresh air gets in here, you see.

The view from the fans
0916: The weather isn't the only thing that promises to be special in SW19 today. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are among the men in action, while Maria Sharapova, Serena Wiliams and Caroline Wozniacki will try to continue their progress in the women's draw. Not surprisingly, a few people were interested in watching that little lot first hand, and the queue to get into Wimbledon has been closed because it has already reached capacity.

0906: Yep, Andy was looking extremely handy at times when he beat Ivan Ljubicic last night, particularly when he produced one of his trademark 'Tweener' trick-shots. Ok, he's only done it twice, so it's not quite a trademark just yet. But it will be soon... trust me.

The sun is out
0902: Andy Murray has developed a handy habit of winning under the Centre Court roof this week, but all this rain is still a pain: a downpour, then drizzle, stopped outside play before 6pm last night, and it was spitting when I arrived here this morning. A soggy Saturday in store then? No chance... stand by for an absolute scorcher.


All times in BST



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see also
Wimbledon day six photos
25 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Djokovic v Baghdatis as it happened
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Djokovic battles to reach last 16
26 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Nadal sees off Muller to advance
25 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Soderling loses to teenager Tomic
25 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Wimbledon day five as it happened
24 Jun 11 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis


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