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By Piers Newbery at Wimbledon

2128: Well that was a cheery end to a day which saw Andy Murray move impressively into round three, Lleyton Hewitt knock out Juan Martin del Potro, Elena Baltacha's run come to an end, and BBC Sport's Mole brought to a new low - even by his standards - as he was forced to interview a glove puppet. And there will be more of all this in just 11 hours, when Caroline kicks off day five. Night.

2127: Never in doubt - Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber beat Rik De Voest and Raquel Kops-Jones 2-6 7-6 6-1 on a raucous Court Three, after saving four match points in the second set. Great stuff. And there's more good news if you're a Melanie Oudin fan - and I know you are - as the American has beaten Yaroslava Shvedova in the other match still going on out there in the darkness.

2122: That's it on Court 14, Victor Troicki will play Andy Murray in round three after completing a five-set win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver. As the Aussie TV comentator says, "Traver's had a brain explosion." Only those of us who were here will ever truly understand the epic that was Troicki-Gimeno-Traver.

2118: Big Vic is not so keen on stopping now. He breaks to love and will serve for the match. Jamie/Huber lead 4-1 in the decider.

2116: Huber wallops a forehand return that nearly knocks De Voest over and it's a break for the British pairing (which admittedly includes one American). Victor Troicki wants to stop at 5-5 in the fifth and has the referee out. I'm not sure the well-refreshed crowd agree, and there's a huge cheer when it's signalled that there will be two more games.

2112: "Piers - we're not leaving until you leave either."
From jeranberan on 606

2110: Court 14 is handily placed near the press centre and in full view of the restaurant, so there's quite an atmosphere out there. Troicki comes back from 0-40 in game eight, before Gimeno-Traver holds for 5-4.

2108: Caroline Cheese on Twitter: "Stir fry o'clock in the press canteen. Sorry @piersnewbery - you weren't hungry were u?"

2103: A cleaner on Centre Court just peered through the Commentary Box Four window and got quite a shock when they saw someone peering back. Look mate, I'm not leaving until Daniel Gimeno-Traver is leaving, alright? Speaking of which, the Spaniard has just let a break slip in the fifth set against Victor Troicki. It will never end.

2059: Well, would you..... Jamie and Huber race to 6-1 in the tie-break on a tide of something or other and then blow up spectacularly, dropping seven straight points to Rik De Voest and Raquel Kops-Jones. Match point number four goes begging for the South Africa/USA combo, before Jamie and Huber get set point number 462. What follows is one of those nonsensically brilliant doubles rallies that appear on A Question of Sport. Jamie comes out on top after some ding-dong at the net and it's one-set all. The crowd are loving it and we have a Court Three Mexican Wave. You silly people.

2047: It's not looking good for Jamie when he and Huber slip 15-40 and two match points down but they escape, and save another to force a tie-break. There is much screaming and wailing on Court Three but, unusually, it's not coming from the players. The long day, hot sun and nerve-jangling drama have taken a grip on the crowd.

2040: Radek Stepanek wraps up a 6-4 4-6 6-2 4-6 6-3 win over Potito Starace on Court 12, while Gimeno-Traver and Troicki are into a fifth with Murray awaiting the winner.

2038: Elena Vesnina smacks down a serve that does not come back to give her and partner Victoria Azarenka a 6-0 6-4 win over Amanda Elliott and Elena Baltacha. Come on, Jamie!

2035: Amanda Elliott plays an absolute blinder of a volley under pressure to help her and partner Baltacha out of trouble, but they are still one game from defeat on Court Nine. Jamie Murray and Huber battle to 5-5 in the second set on Court Three.

2026: "One woman flying in the face of the credit crunch is Svetlana Kuznetsova. Mind you, you would be if you had just banked over a 1m Euros at Roland Garros. 'I want to go shopping and see London. Not tourism, though, because you get tired. I need just two, three hours to spend some cash. I just like to buy clothes, to buy things. This year I've been so terrible. I was maybe too focused on my tennis work then I didn't buy any presents for anybody.' You go girl. Methinks she won't have been taking in the delights of Primark."
BBC Sport Mole

2019: Benesova contemplates imminent defeat on the changeover while two members of the groundstaff collapse in fits of giggles about something behind her. Jankovic finishes off a 6-2 6-4 win with no fuss, despite one of the worst Hawkeye challenges ever. The 'ball' barely landed in the graphic.

2012: American qualifier Jesse Levine, who knocked out Marat Safin in round one, completes a five-set win over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas on Court Seven. It's a first ever five-set win for the 21-year-old. He looks 'pumped'.

2011: Chris Bevan on Twitter: "'Thundery showers' forecast for tomorrow according to the BBC weather website - will we see the Centre Court roof closed at long last?"

2007: Elena Baltacha has crept back out there unnoticed, by me anyway. She and Amanda Elliott drop the opening set 6-0 against the daunting looking combination of Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina on Court Nine.

2002: Starace gets a break at the start of the fifth but then gives it straight back with a couple of errors, and shrugs disconsolately. Jankovic is powering on at 3-2 with a break in the second and looks set for an easy win.

1955: For fear of spoiling you I chose not to mention the titanic clash that is Radek Stepanek v Potito Starace on Court 12, but I can keep it from you no longer. Radek whips a forehand wide to give Tito the fourth set and they're into a fifth. Meanwhile, Murray and Huber have dropped the first set on Court Three.

1949: Andy Roddick on Twitter: "Just got back to the house... i feel like i answer more questions about twitter now in press than i do tennis :) Thinking sushi might be the call tonight."

1945: Jankovic wins the first set against Benesova with ease, taking it 6-2.

1942: Bad news Britain, Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber are 4-1 down on Court Three against two people whose names will not be typed out until it's absolutely necessary.

1940: Rats, I've missed another bagel-graphic opportunity. Troicki roars back with six games on the bounce to level against Gimeno-Traver, but the Spaniard is quickly 3-0 up in the third.

1933: Jankovic grabs an early break against Benesova on Court Two. "Jankovic's first service game was really impressive, with two aces, because it's been a worry for her," says Virginia Wade. "She's gone to great lengths to get stronger and get more pace on her serve."

1926: Court One goes bananas for Fernando Gonzalez after he seals a 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer. The big man takes it with a cheeky backhand volley and laps up the applause.

1922: I don't know about you, but I've always wondered why more Wimbledon champions don't indulge in public singalongs of rock classics. Thank goodness for Pat Cash, who is keeping his end up as part of the Tarango & Cash podcast challenge. The Aussie headed to Henman Hill/Murray Mount to give it some Highway To Hell.

1917: Gonzalez is a game away on Court One after appearing to have finally broken the will of Mayer, who was looking really good for a while there. Gimeno-Traver has taken the first set against Troicki on a tie-break, while Jelena Jankovic and Iveta Benesova are about to start in a late treat for Court Two.

1910: Bogdanovic can concentrate on his men's doubles now after he and South go out of the mixed in straight sets to Wassen and Tanasugarn on Court Four.

1906: To marginally less acclaim, Stanislas Wawrinka beats Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-3 6-2 6-2 on Court Three.

1904: Murray makes just five unforced errors and wins in one hour 28 minutes - impressive. "He outclassed Gulbis, was never really threatened, and it's good for him to get it out of the way that quickly," says John McEnroe.


1857: If Fabrice Santoro at Wimbledon was an arty French Film, Court Two would have a dirty great 'FIN' emblazoned across it right now. Fabrice falls in four sets to another man contemplating retirement at the end of the year, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

1853: Murray is nearly there at two sets and a break up but his next opponent will not be known for a while, as 30th seed Viktor Troicki and Daniel Gimeno-Traver are 5-5 in the first set on Court 14. Another man near Murray in the draw is 19th seed Stan Wawrinka, who is almost past Vassallo Arguello on Court Three.

1848: A big moment on Court One as Gonzalez has two break points at 4-4 in the third set. Mayer saves the first but not the second, netting a volley on the stretch, and Gonzo looks to have finally taken control of this one. Ferrero breaks Santoro and leads 4-3 in the fourth. We could be witnessing the final moments of Santoro at Wimbledon, everyone. I know, I know...

1842: Bogdanovic and South have dropped the first set against Wassen and Tanasaugarn on Court Four but Boggo will turn that one around, surely.

1836: Wimbledon on Twitter: "Andy Roddick admits to a press conference that he has Rick Astley on his iPod: 'In my country you can be arrested for lying under oath.'"

1833: It might be time for the doom mongers to lay off the mongering - Skupski and O'Brien defeat Fisher and Spears 6-4 6-4 on Court Five. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, naysayers.

1825: Santoro saves a set point with a typically bonkers backhand winner. We then get some Bahramiesque japery when the Frenchman appears to have gone long on a second set point but Hawkeye shows the ball to land plum on the line, while displaying the word 'OUT'. The umpire has a chuckle, makes a quick phone call, and says replay the point. Ferrero wins it anyway and leads by two sets to one, but expect more mysterious goings on from Court Two.

1822: "I've worked out the problem with British tennis - Baltacha complains that 'everyone goes crazy about one week'. Has nobody told them that they could potentially aim for 2 weeks?"
Paul, at work in Surrey, via text on 81111

1819: Gonzo levels it up at one-set all on Court One and Mayer takes it badly, smacking his racquet into the hallowed turf. The Chilean is out early for the second set and fashions a makeshift stool from his racquet, sitting at the baseline while he waits for Mayer to get off his chair. Odd.

1815: The order of play for Friday is out and on Centre Court we will have Federer v Kohlschreiber, Azarenka v Cristea, and Fish v Djokovic, while on Court One it's Dementieva v Kulikova, Tsonga v Karlovic, and Haas v Cilic.

1811: Doubles specialist Alex Bogdanovic is back in action, this time in the mixed with Mel South out on Court Four, while Skupski and O'Brien lead Fisher and Spears by a set on Court Five.

1807: "Trust me it has been a battle today but dignity, who I waved goodbye to hours ago, has somewhat been restored thanks to Mark Webber. The Red Bull driver granted me five minutes of his time to talk about his three F1 tennis Pro-Am titles, his on-court nemesis Juan-Pablo Montoya and his unofficial coach Lleyton Hewitt. Things were going ever so well until he predicted a 3-1 win to Australia in the Ashes. All goodwill was lost in a heartbeat."
BBC Sport Mole

1805: Murray takes the first set 6-2 in 25 minutes and is looking good, follow every moment of his masterclass with Tom Fordyce. Davydenko seals a 6-4 6-4 6-2 win over Crivoi. Back in your box, Victor. N-Dav celebrates with an understated fist pump and a little wave to the Court 14 fans.

1757:Questioner: "Do you update your twitter page and do you enjoy it?" Roddick: "Yes and.... .yes."

1752: An interesting couple of minutes in Murrayworld as the Scot goes a break up on Gulbis at 3-2, while potential quarter-final opponent Gonzalez goes a set down against Mayer.

1749: "Quite a lively press conference with Elena Baltacha after her second-round defeat. She admitted she played poorly in her defeat to Kirsten Flipkens but, when asked what she thought about Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe's comments that British tennis players should have their funding cut if their results are not good enough, Bally replied: "That's a bit harsh - judge us on what we do over the whole year, not just at Wimbledon. Four or five British women are fighting for a top 100 place and our rankings have all gone up. Everyone goes crazy about one week (Wimbledon) and expects someone to do fantastic, otherwise you're a failure. That's a shame."
BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

1744: Venus and Serena wrap up a straight-sets win over France's Virginie Razzano and Aravane Rezai on Court Four, after a couple of classic ding-dong-doubles exchanges in the final game. They give a hearty wave to the crowd squeezed into the galleries, and get a hearty cheer in return. Lovely stuff.

1741: Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Hacks out for blood in Elena's press conference but she says Brit women should be judged on how they do over the year, not just Wimbledon."

1740: Wimbledon on Twitter: "What Del Potro said to Hewitt at the net: "He's one of my idols and I say, you are in very good shape again, I'm happy for you, good luck."

1737: So we're off and running on Centre, with Gulbis holding serve in the opener. Gonzo, almost always referred to as 'the big-hitting Chilean', is having a bit of a battle on Court One and heads into a tie-break with Mayer. And JCF has had enough of Santoro's magique and leads 5-2 on Court Two.

1726: Murray and Gulbis make their way onto an already pretty packed Centre Court, Murray resplendent in tank top. Tom Fordyce will take you through that, I will keep keep you abreast of all things Centre Court and beyond.

1722: Sneaking home before we are all swept away by Murraymadness, Amelie Mauresmo beats Kristina Kucova 6-3 6-3. And quiet as a mouse, Nikolay Davydenko has moved a set and a break up on 1950s Hammer horror actor Victor Crivoi on Court 14.

1717: Caroline Wozniacki defeats Maria Kirilenko 6-0 6-4, after a fairly ropey second set in all honesty, but it means we are now moments away from Andy Murray v Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court.

1711: I don't know about you but I've never been a great fan of magicians, and I think Ferrero is feeling something similar as Santoro takes the first set tie-break 7-1 on a packed and sweltering Court Two.

1708: "Noooo, doesn't wozniacki know that us brits work till half 5 and can't see andy till then? Why are these players so unthoughtful?"
From Katie in the office in aldgate via text

1704: Tom Fordyce has just returned with confectionary. Maybe I should have stuck with Pies Newbery. Kirilenko appears to be staging an unlikely comeback, which will please those hoping to get home in time for Murray. Wozniacki leads 6-0 4-3.

1659: "Apologies for the delay, Hacker the dog from the CBBC channel has been causing merry hell down here. The mongrel puppet has been on a hunt to find Sue Bark-er and has been 'running' around SW19 like a dog possessed. Find out if his quest is successful next Friday on the CBBC channel. Ahem, in yet another absolute career low, I had to interview the terrifying creature about his thoughts on Wimbledon. What was wrong with Ed the Duck? So much more civilised."
BBC Sport Mole

1654: Good news Kirilenko fans, bad news double-bagel fans - the Russian has finally got on the scoreboard in game 10. Santoro breaks Ferrero when the Spaniard is serving for the opening set and it's 5-5.

1650: BBC Sport's Caroline Cheese on Twitter: "Senior Cheeses on Ct 1. Dad Cheese isn't worried by Venus's knee injury - but horrified by icecream queues."

1647: Don't fret, bagel fans, I'm backing Wozniacki to secure the elusive double bagel. She leads Kirilenko 6-0 3-0. Meanwhile, Lleyton on the British tennis crisis: "Awww, it doesn't surprise me, most of your players need wildcards. We're having the same problems in Australia."

1643: A-Rod wraps up a 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2 win over Kunitsyn on Court One, and it's Fernando Gonzalez v Leonardo Mayer next on there. Gonzo is a potential quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray.

1639: Other decent names in action at the moment are Juan Carlos Ferrero, who's 3-3 with French 'magician' Fabrice Santoro on Court Two, and Amelie Mauresmo, who's 5-2 up on Kristina Kucova on Court Three. And Lil' Lleyton is in the interview room: "I guess I was kind of the underdog out there. I'm not surprised I won. Juan Martin's an exceptional player but he's still a little bit raw."

1631: And if you manually refresh again you'll lose my regular shadow, Pies Newbery. Or just stick with Pies. It's a subconscious effort to stop eating chocolate all day long. Anyway, Wozniacki takes the opener 6-0 against Kirilenko so we might be only half an hour or so from Murraytime.

1627: A quick scoot around the grounds tells me that a super-pumped Andy Roddick has got a break of serve early in the fourth set against Igor Kunitsyn after dropping the third. A-Rod smacks a backhand winner and gives it some Hewittesque "C'mooonn!" on a steaming hot Court One.

1624: Wozniacki is demonstrating why she's rocketed to number nine in the world as she races 5-0 clear of Kirilenko, the world number 59 whose fame rather outweighs her achievements. She used to be well known for wearing Stella McCartney numbers on court - I've no idea if today's outfit is one of the collection but it's certainly quite 'tailored'. I should say, please manually refresh your page if you wish to know who is currently responsible for this stunning insight.

1618: Oh dear, the demise of Baltacha has not gone down well with Caroline. I can barely see out of the window of Commentary Box Four, the air is so blue. Fortunately, I can just about make out Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Kirilenko - all sun visors and squeals - belting everything that comes their way, so I'm quite happy.

By Caroline Cheese at Wimbledon

1607: And on that rather pathetic note, I'll hand you over to Piers, who will no doubt bring you a cavalcade of British victories. I'm sorry, folks, I'm sorry.

1607: Hardly dare tell you this but Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski have lost to Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer, squandering a two-set lead in the process. Victory would have earned them a rematch against the Bryan twins, who they beat at Queen's, but not to be...

1605: It was a brief reprieve and Elena Baltacha looks close to tears as she approaches the net after a 7-5 6-1 defeat by Belgium's former junior Wimbledon champion Kirsten Flipkens. Disappointing.

1601: Bally hell. Elena Baltacha saves three match points and it's now 5-1. Comeback... oh, who am I kidding?

1555: Lleyton Hewitt has a very decent chance of making the quarter-finals now and a possible meeting with Andy Roddick. Could be tasty. The Mole will be pleased: Ana Ivanovic lives to fight another day as she defeats Sara Errani 7-5 6-1

1550: Centre Court almost deserted as Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Kirilenko walk on. It won't stay like that for long. Top seed Dinara Safina sees off Rossana de los Rios 6-3 7-5 to reach the third round - where it looks like she'll play Kirsten Flipkens. Bally now 4-0 down.

Lleyton Hewitt speaking to BBC Sport: "I haven't beaten a top five player for a long time. I was up for it today. I've played some big matches out here in the past and it's about handling the pressure. Juan Martin is a hell of a player - he's got a lot of good years ahead of him. I played really well. I executed my game plan perfectly. I appreciate the crowd - I love playing in London, it's a lot of fun for me. It's like a second home. It's good to be back in the third round again."


1542: Brushing over events on Court 4 (Bally down 2-0 in the second), a quick scan around the grounds: Andy Roddick two sets up, Dinara Safina a set up and 5-5 in the second, Ana Ivanovic a set up, Gilles Simon battling back and leading by two sets to one.

1536: And they said it couldn't happen... Defying the Curse of Cheese, Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky post a British victory, beating... no, crushing Spain's Marcel Granollers and Santiago Ventura 6-3 6-4 6-2. That is three British pairs into round two of the men's doubles. They'll face unseeded Czech pair Leos Friedl and David Skoch next.

1531: Neeeaaaaaargh... Bally saves one set point but then whacks a forehand into the net and she'll have to do it the hard way. But then, that is her speciality.

1527: Hold your breath time (although not for the whole game, that would be foolish and indeed dangerous): Bally must serve to stay in the set again. Over on Court 9, Ken and Colin are taken to a deciding fifth set.

1522: A puff of the cheeks from Elena Baltacha as she puts away a forehand volley to level the set at 5-5 against Kirsten Flipkens. Tense.

1518: I'm shutting my eyes. Elena Baltacha must serve to stay in the set on Court 4 against Kirsten Flipkens... If she loses it, please understand that I cannot influence tennis matches by my mere presence on the live text. Having said that, Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky are romping to victory on Court 5.

1507: Lucas Arnold Ker and Gisela Dulko end the hopes of Josh Goodall and Naomi Cavaday, winning 6-2 6-4. Ah well.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Flipkens heck, it's lively on Court 4. A few noisy Belgians near me are about to get lynched by a dozen sun-burnt middle-aged English women."

From anon via text on 81111: "Give a mention to 19-year-old Sabine Lisicki, who knocked out seed Chakvetadze on Tuesday and put in another excellent performance today. Future top 10 material!"
She beat Anne Keothavong's conqueror Patricia Mayr 6-2 6-4

1500: Elsewhere, Juan Martin del Potro is going to have to come back from two sets down for the first time in his career if he is to avoid a second-round exit. See if he can with Tom Fordyce. Andy Roddick already a break up against Igor Kunitsyn on Court 1. Dinara Safina 5-3 up over Rossana de los Rios.

1457: Elena Baltacha already a break up at 2-1 against Kirsten Flipkens. Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky two sets up against their Spanish opponents. Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, perhaps you would like to rethink your funding cut threat?

1455: Jeff Tarango... he's no Vince Spadea, granted, but then which of us is? However, I very much enjoyed his musings on the mysterious Dutchee stall, which sits largely unloved at the end of the food stands by Centre Court.

1451: Yesterday, I was horrified to read BBC Sport's Chris Bevan laying the blame for British tennis's ills at my door. I mean, who text-commentated on the Bally-hoo on Tuesday eh? But I'm now wondering if he might be right. Spotting that Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski are 5-4 up in the third-set tie-break, I quickly turn my television over to Court 9 - only to see them lose the last three points. Still, good news for the Court 9 crowd: more of the Colin and Ken show as they go into the fourth.

BBC Sport Mole: "Formula One driver Mark Webber is in attendance today. This man has serious tennis pedigree and is very much the Lleyton Hewitt of the pit lane having won the F1 Pro-Am tennis tournament in 2002, '04 and '05 and narrowly lost out to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2003."

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Good to see Chris Eaton back after his 2008 heroics. His serve looks bigger than ever on Court 5, shame he didn't qualify for the singles."

1436: Colin and Ken were a break down in the third set but have battled back to 5-5. Chris Eaton and Alex Slabinsky have taken the first set against Marcel Granollers and Santiago Ventura. As ever, I must bring you bad tidings as well. Josh Goodall and Naomi Cavaday have lost the first set against Lucas Arnold Ker and Gisela Dulko. Elena Baltacha and Kirsten Flipkens are warming up on Court 4.

1434: Austrian Jurgen Melzer beats Benny Becker 7-6 6-3 7-6... Anyone bothered? Sorry Jurgen... British fans, stay tuned for un update. There's good and bad news.

From James via text on 81111: "Texted earlier (see 1142) from queue to say I wanted to get on Court 18 for Ana, not only am I in the front row but I also saw last set of Stosur-Mattek. Hurrah!"

1428: Good news Moley! Slammin Sam Stosur has beaten Tatjana Malek 4-6 7-6 6-4. She will face the winner of the next match on Court 18 between Ana Ivanovic and Sara Errani.

BBC Sport Mole: "Pity the poor person sat behind 7ft Dirk (see 1343). Hope it isn't Jimmy Tarbuck, who is on Centre. He is an intriguing character old Dirk, his former fiancée was indicted in 2006 for allegedly failing to pay a dentist for thousands of dollars in dental work and is now in jail. He described her recently as 'a very interesting woman. Funny, absolutely not boring.' Absolutely not boring is surely no way to describe a loved one. Speaking of loved ones, hurry up Stosur v Malek - let's get Ana Ivanovic out on Court 18."

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "All eyes on this year's pin-up, Gisela Dulko, on Court 6. A lot of blokes jostling for an ogle. I'm here to see Goodall and Cavaday of course."

From Andy in Liverpool, via text on 81111: "Re 1417: I'm made up Skupski is doing well, he bagelled me in doubles when i was a kid. I'm 27 now. Makes me feel better anyway."

1420: Venus Williams laughs in the face of knee injuries. The defending champion wallops a forehand down the line on match point to seal a 6-3 6-2 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. Venus will face the aforementioned Carla Suarez Navarro. Up next on Court 1: Andy Roddick v Igor Kunitsyn.

1417: Events on Court 9 somehow escaped my notice. Colin 'n' Ken - or Flemski if you prefer - are in cruise control against Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Roger. They lead 7-6 7-6 2-2.

From Alex, via text on 81111: "Today I found out I have a job and that I passed my second year at Uni. So now I am sunbathing with my laptop watching Wimbledon. I've had worse days..."

1407: Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro - she of the almost-as-good-as-Henin's backhand - polishes off Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 4-6 6-1 to reach the third round here for the first time in her career. We might get to wheel out our criminally-underused shock graphic soon: eighth seed Gilles Simon drops the opening set against Brazilian Thiago Alves.

1402: Maybe JM del P can have a word with Venus Williams about knee injuries and how to deal with him. The women's defending champ is well on her way after taking the first set 6-3 against Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine.

1357: Those Aussies will be unbearable. Slammin Sam has taken it to a decider on Court 18, while Lleyton Hewitt has pocketed the first set against fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro - who has picked up a knee injury. Tom Fordyce is all over that drama.

From Toby in the office, via text on 81111: "Can you tell me how my friend Wesley Moodie is doing on court 19 mixed doubles?"
Yes. He and Vladimira Uhlirova lead 5-2 against Michal Mertinak and Mara Santangelo.

1350: Romanian Victor Hanescu - who originally wanted to be a basketball player, tedious link fans - beats Nicolas Devilder 6-2 6-3 6-1. Thiago Alves or eighth seed Gilles Simon up next for Hanescu. Colin 'n' Ken are into another breaker on Court 9.

1343: Apparently, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is around today. I've no doubt the Mole is about to tell us more. He's a big hoops fan.

1336: Just flicked over to see Venus Williams in action against Kateryna Bondarenko on Court One - and the champion has her left knee taped up good and proper. Not a good sign for the American, who nonetheless leads 4-2.

1331: Looks like imminent curtains for Paul-Henri Mathieu. The Frenchman trails Alex Bogdanovic-conqueror Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 2-0. Jurgen Melzer in control against Benjamin Becker at 7-6 4-1 - Elena Baltacha and Kirsten Flipkens follow that match on court. Victor Hanescu is thrashing dashing (still unable to confirm dashing-ness) Nicolas Devilder 6-2 6-3 4-0.

From TabblesMcClairey on 606: "Sam Stosur is putting in one hell of a rubbish performance. But she has come back from worse, so here's hoping she can pull something out of the bag here - c'mon Sam!"

1314: The Colin 'n' Ken show is up and running over on Court 9 as they wrap up the first set against Brunstrom/Rojer on a tiebreak. Easy... ish. Meanwhile, Aussie Sam Stosur - French Open semi-finalist, if you recall - is a set down against German qualifier Tatjana Malek.

1312: Svetlana Kuznetsova's clearly got other things to do today. A trip to the theatre perhaps? The fifth seed completes a crushing 6-1 6-3 win over France's Pauline Parmentier.

BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden, now out of the queue: "217 minutes after joining the queue, I can confirm I'm now in. I am grunting already and in need of a lie-down and another breakfast. The tennis can wait."

1304: Lil Lleyton Hewitt and Enormous Juan Martin del Potro are knocking up in front of me on Centre Court. Tom Fordyce is simultaneously warming up his fingers...

BBC Sport Mole: "Despite being on a promise Gisela Dulko blew me out at the very death! Crushed like an ant. Gisela, how could you? I didn't even get to pitch my idea... it involved Greg. If you feel sorry for me, spare a thought though for Radio 1's David Garrido, who has been forced to flirt with all and sundry for the benefit and cruel amusement of Edith Bowman. Dulks was set to be his finest flirting hour and he actually managed 10 seconds to speak/seduce her (in Spanish, the show-off) before he was also well and truly Dul-KO-ed. It was a long and sullen walk back to the Broadcast Centre."

1252: Peng Shuai always brings to mind the opening of Michael Jackson's 1989 hit Liberian Girl. China's number three is losing 6-2 against Poland's 11th seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Short delay there while I reminded myself of Liberian Girl, one word for the video: lavish.

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery on Twitter: "Taking over Court 9 duties from tweetking Chris Bevan. Skupski's lefty serve and Fleming's returns looking good."

1244: Court 11 features the little-known Marx brother Phillip. He and Rameez Junaid have taken the first set against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Ivan Navarro. To be honest, I've only mentioned that match for that rubbish Marx gag. It wasn't even worth it, was it? Probably won't mention it again.

From tgsgirl on 606: "Some Baltacha match trivia: Flipkens' coach these days is Carl Maes, former head of the LTA. If anyone knows Baltacha's flaws..."

1233: Nearly four hours in, it's about time we turned our attention to tennis I suppose: Tomas Berdych leads Paul Henri Mathieu 3-1, Svetlana Kuznetsova is pummelling Pauline Parmentier 4-1, Victor Hanescu is up 4-1 against dashing (may or may not be dashing) Frenchman Nicolas Devilder, Aussie Slammin' Sam Stosur is trailing Tatjana Malek 5-3. Strewth. More importantly, Colin and Ken are on serve in their match against the Brunstrom/Rojer pairing.

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "'There's only one person winning this,' says a man next to me on Court 7 after Ekaterina Makarova takes the first point vs Carla Navarro Suarez. I suppose he's right."

From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1209: Missing the serve and volley too Pat. 'Tis hard to be a purist in the 21st Century."

From Sam and Ross, Felixstowe, via text on 81111: "Can't wait for Elena Baltacha to play. We have got a digital radio rigged up at work to catch her in action. What time is she likely to play and will it be broadcast on one of the 5 Live stations?"
I am told it will be on 5 Live - available on digital, 909/693 MW or streamed on this here website. Plug over.

From Beabs and Claire via text on 81111: "Roasting in the sun in the world's biggest queue at Wimbledon. At least I'm not stuck in the office, chin up Andy!!"

Elena Baltacha speaking to BBC Sport just now: "I'm hitting the ball well, feeling really confident. It will be difficult today (against Kirsten Flipkens). I've played her before, beaten her twice, but she beat a seed in the first round here - so it'll be interesting. If I can play good tennis, hopefully I'll be in the third round."

1209: Pat Cash still bemoaning the dearth of serve-volleyers in the game. He's even dug out some stats to back him up. Bring back the wooden racquets as well, I say.

Tim Henman on Andy Murray's opponent: "About an hour and a half I think it took Ernests Gulbis to beat me in the first round of the French Open. I think after the first couple of sets, I was thinking 'you know what, it's time to get on the grass'."

1203: BBC Sport's Chris Bevan reports that fans of Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming are wearing 'Flemski' hats. I prefer them to be known as the Ken 'n' Colin show. But that's just me.

1159: QUICK! Manually refresh, manually refresh, manually refresh. It's BBC coverage time (but only in the UK).

BBC Sport's Chris Bevan on Twitter: "Nobody knows who the girl on Court 8 is. I do: it's Kateryna Bondarenko. Her coach is reading a newspaper - will that help against Venus?"

1152: "A high of 25C today" booms the Voice of Wimbledon. Yikes.

From RelaxedSteak on 606: "I arrived at 10.30am yesterday and was 10739 in the queue. Didn't get in till 4. Saw Verdasco, J Murray and Cilic/Querry so wasn't a total waste."

1147: Just 13 minutes until play begins on all but Centre and Court One. If it's Brit action you're after, head for Court 9 where Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski face Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer - the latter being Wimbledon's only competitor from Netherlands Antilles. Fact.

From Alex, Wimbledon, via text on 81111: "James (see a few entries ago), I am number 8767 in the queue for Ana Ivanovic, give us a wave, i wanna jump in."
You can wave back at BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden (number 9586) if it makes you feel better.

1132: I've got good news for the anonymous texter (see 0912), I can exclusively (probably not) reveal that Georgie Stoop - the Stoop-Dogg herself - will be at the LTA Play Tennis zone by Court 12 at 1500 BST today. Don't all rush there though, I don't want to be held responsible for crowd trouble.

From Neil in Canary Wharf, via text on 81111: "I'm heading to Baker St (see below 1120 entry) in about an hour, I'll keep an eye out for him."

From James, queuing, via text on 81111: "I'm number 8720 in the queue. Hoping to get onto court 18 to see the lovely Ana Ivanovic but realising I may have to settle for less."

From BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden at the back of the Wimbledon queue (see 1003): "Mood in camp a steady 7. Shifted to other side of field (yey), full English breakfast in a bun (yey), Dulko pix everywhere (yey), seen a white shorts and pink loafer combo (boo)."

1120: The Mole has finally huffed and puffed his way up to Commentary Box 4. Turns out his brilliant idea (see above 1003 entry) is 'interview Gisela Dulko'. Just as well he doesn't get paid much.

From Paddy in Baker St, via text on 81111: "Re 1053: Too much fawning over male tennis players on the live text this year. More banter, less drooling please Cheese, Pennster et al."
Paddy, you don't know where Phil (see 0901) is do you? I'm worried.

From Patrick 'at' work, via text on 81111: "Cheese. Can we take a moment to collectively mourn the loss of Vindawg Spadea (He Ain't Afraid Of Ya) last night. I bolted early from work to stir up some Spadea Mania on Court 18 but alas, was not to be... PS His album and clothing line are both on hold. Gutted."
Let us remember him how he would want to be remembered: pondering what sort of big cat he is.

1053: Speaking of King Rog, he was asked yesterday is he had managed to catch Andy Murray's first-round match against Robbie Kendrick. "We know Kendrick can be very dangerous, so it's always possible for a guy to lose a set, especially on grass," said His Majesty. "If he serves well, plays the big points well, a set goes by pretty quickly, you know. But he came through, so everything's under control for you guys..."

From Pennster at work in Brizzle, via text on 81111: "Does anyone else out there think that Rog the Fed is a bit of a sex god? It's his lovely squashy face, top body and gentle manner off court. Gets me every time."

BBC Sport Mole (again): "Late yesterday we were hunting for a man to spare us the time to give you, the Great British Public, a Pundit's Pick on what to watch on day four. Who's the go-to-guy in these situations? You knows it, the Ruser. A man who very much knows his onions. I suggest you follow Greg's advice at all times, unless it involves confectionary, where his ill-judged remarks on Tuesday about the humble Toffee Crisp still rankle."

1036: Yesterday on BBC 5 Live, Jeff Tarango was challenged to communicate with Michael Stich solely in Bruce Springsteen song titles. This appeared to involve Tarango just reading a load of song titles at an increasingly bemused/annoyed Stich. "Jeff Tarango and David Wheater were the worst behaving on the court," spits the German. "They cheated you basically. What do you expect of this guy now as a commentator? Gosh."

1030: If you are UK-based and want to watch Yesterday at Wimbledon, I'm going to have to ask you to exercise your index finger and manually refresh this page. Sorry.

From Neil at work, via text on 81111: "What are the chances of a Flight of the Conchords fan-pleasing Murray-Hewitt match up?"
Nice. Possible semi-final. Not very possible. But possible.

From danthomp on 606: "Re 0956: Are you sure he wasn't talking about the Mole? I've heard he can get a little rowdy after a couple of Pimms."

1011: If that 'idea' does not involve pestering Greg Rusedski in some way, then I'm Maria Sharapova... Speaking of Greg, ever wondered what CD he listens to in his car? What do you mean, no???

BBC Sport Mole: "Also, Abi (0917) I can't say I'm impressed with the insinuation that I can just go and 'annoy' people at will. Not in my nature. Caroline and the residents of Commentary Box 4 will soon be able to put this to the test as I am about to head up there to pitch an idea I have been working on."

1003: Oli (see 0937) may be feeling a bit sorry for himself, but I've got something to cheer him up: a BBC Sport journalist has only just arrived in the queue and has been handed ticket number 9586. Now my maths is famously appalling, but I believe there are 500 Centre Court tickets, 500 on Court One, 500 on Court Two and 6,000 precious ground passes. That doesn't sound good, does it? But said colleague remains chipper: "All about the Wimbers journey ain't it?" he remarks, in his own special text speak. We'll be sure keep you updated on his "journey".

0956: More from Twitter where Sam Querrey reports that on his way home from his agonising five-set defeat by Marin Cilic last night, he was "struck by a drunk vagrant". This is the second time poor Querrey has been targeted by a London tramp in the last few days.

BBC Sport Mole: "Somebody say cake?! (see 0917) Alas, there shall be no scampering from this little old mole this morning and besides, I am more of a chocolate biscuit man (all donations welcome). The day hasn't got off to the greatest start. Somebody in the office pointed out a GCSE literature quiz on the BBC homepage, which has turned into a humiliating experience for all concerned. Who says the youth of today get it easy? Anyway, this has absolutely nothing to do with tennis, time to get my game face on. Gregggg!"

0937: Knockabout fun on Court One yesterday after Michael Llodra collided with the umpire's chair and had to retire hurt. Opponent Tommy Haas entertained the crowd by taking on the ball boys and girls. Henri Leconte will be absolutely fuming. That's very much his gig.

From Oli in the queue, via text on 81111: "We got here at 8.30am and are 7000th in the queue."

0926: Now then, much tennis-related activity on Twitter this morning. The highlight: Andy Murray reveals he has received a letter from the Queen congratulating him for winning Queen's. He says he's "put it in its own pile away from the bills". Cheeky. The Bryan brothers, meanwhile, are shamelessly plugging a gig they're doing in Wimbledon village on Saturday. I interviewed Greg Rusedski recently, during which he referred to Twitter as Tweeter. Bless 'im.

0923: John Ketley, the weatherman, has just confessed to Radio Wimbledon that his mobile phone ringtone is the 1988 'novelty' hit John Ketley Is A Weatherman.

0921: Crikey, haven't even mentioned the weather yet. If you have hair prone to frizz, stay away (or bring a hat), it's cloudy and muggy out there - a killer combination for the frizzies of the world. Official Wimbledon forecast says: "It should remain warm and dry, albeit breezy with northeasterly winds of 10-15mph and isolated gusts of 20-25mph." So if you do wear a hat, hold onto it.

0917: Mentioning the word "cake" to the Mole is usually like a red rag to a bull. However, it is before midday and scampering about after Greg Rusedski is a tiring business so you may be out of luck there, Abi.

From Abi in London, via text on 81111: "Re 0901: I am here and very jealous of my boyfriend Cake who is in the queue outside with friends Max and Imo whilst I am stuck at work! Can you send the Mole out to annoy them?"

0912: Bad news 'anon', Stoop-dog is taking a day off after helping Laura Robson win an epic first-round doubles match against fellow Brits Jade Curtis and Anna Smith. She'll probably be back tomorrow, when she and Robbo take on the might of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo.

From anon via text on 81111: "Cheeeese, what wimbles delights are going to get me through today? More importantly, when is Georgie Stoop next playing?!"

0905: Struggling with Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket today... Tempted to go for Court Four, but Court Four seems to have had a lot of love recently. So I'm going for Court Six, which begins with the villainous Nicolas Devilder against Victor Hanescu and also features Wimbledon's new darling Gisela Dulko in doubles as well as wacky American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. British interest too in the shape of Josh Goodall and Naomi Cavaday.

0901: Anyone up and about yet? Let me know (preferably with some sort of tennis-related chit-chat, although I'm not really that fussy) on 81111 or on 606. Frankly, my day doesn't officially begin until I've had a missive from Phil in Baker Street. I imagine he's tucking into a boiled egg and soldiers right now.

0857: Juan Martin del Potro v Lleyton Hewitt kicks off the action on Centre at 1300 BST - and it could be a cracker. That's followed by Caroline Wozniacki v Maria Kirilenko, which may send the male population of Commentary Box Four into meltdown. Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez are the stars of Court One.

0851: Brits first: Andy Murray continues his campaign against hit-and-miss Latvian Ernests Gulbis in the third match on Centre, while Elena Baltacha is up against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens second on Court Four. Unlikely Queen's heroes Ken Skupski and Colin Fleming are the star turns on Court Nine. They beat the Bryan brothers at Queen's, so Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer should be a pushover.

0840: Hello! Me again. The Marat Safin period of mourning is over. I must, unfortunately, move on... Thankfully, the nice people at Wimbledon have provided a much-needed boost with a bumper day four order of play. Lovely.

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