Wimbledon half-time review
Five memories from the first week at Wimbledon, in customary reverse order:
5. Andy Murray's audacious trick shot against Ivan Ljubicic.
4. Qualifier Bernard Tomic's Wimbledon announcement: a 17-minute first-set demolition of fifth seed Robin Soderling.
3. Wild card Sabine Lisicki's look of disbelief, on her knees as she beat French Open champ Li Na, having saved match points.
2. Serena Williams' tears of joy at winning on her favourite stage after all her recent troubles.
1. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leaping the net to haul his gallant victim Grigor Dimitrov up from the ground in an everlasting image of sportsmanship after battle.
Murray looks in terrific form coming into the second week and his win over Ivan Ljubicic in four sets on Friday night was a mental triumph.
How many times has he been punished for a passive performance at recent major against big hitters? Verdasco, Gonzalez, Roddick and Cilic all blasted him off the court at the slams of 2009, as did Wawrinka at the US Open last year, and Ljubicic threatened to do the same.
Murray had to step in, dictate as much as he could and serve emphatically when the going got tough, such as in the fourth set tie-break. It was a significant victory, one of his best.
But I'm wary of Richard Gasquet on Monday. As a proven Wimbledon performer, with grass-court titles to his name, the Frenchman will be looking for revenge after squandering 2-0 leads against Murray twice in the past three years.
This could be Murray's hardest match of the tournament.
Des Lynam wrote in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, arguing we' are less likely to see young talents storm through draws these days, in the way Boris Becker won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old in 1985.
He may be right - and the men's top four are certainly favourites to make the final four - but we've got Tomic and Lisicki into the second week and both have good chances of going further in the tournament.
Tomic, the great Australian hope (who insists on his name being pronounced with an "ick" rather than an "itch", presumably to disassociate himself from his eastern European roots) played one of the best sets in recent Wimbledon memory against Soderling.
Winning an almost faultless set in 17 minutes against the world number five hopefully made Mr Lynam salivate with newcomer-excitement in his living room. And to back that up with two more sets was undeniably impressive. What a fantastic win for the teenager.
Having spent some time chatting to Lisicki at a garden party on the Saturday before the tournament began, I know how grateful she was to receive a wild card. She is clearly determined to make the club proud of their choice and to grasp her chance with both hands. The sight of Nick Bollettieri celebrating in her box was an up-to-date reminder that his academy still does the business.
Serena Williams is back and women's tennis couldn't ask for better news. She appears more in touch with reality after her injury and illness and time on the emergency ward has clearly changed her outlook.
She's now less giggly, less robotic, less bored; more human, more interesting, more interested.
For that reason I wasn't totally surprised when she broke down after her first-round win over Aravene Rezai.
Wimbledon is the tournament she values most, Centre Court the stage she loves performing on the most, and she just wants to play tennis. The audience connected with her that day. They felt her understandable emotion.
Sadly, some of the goodwill she won on Tuesday was lost on Thursday with an ego-driven complaint about scheduling. What's there not to like about Court 2? There isn't room for everyone on the top two courts and Williams, 25 in the world, had to take one for the WTA team.
Can she win Wimbledon? Absolutely. It is great to have her back.
And so we come to Tsonga and Dimitrov, a match which happened late in the evening at the end of a rain disrupted Thursday, with Federer taking most of the limelight over on Centre.
While I admit to not seeing all of it, the exchanges I caught were among the best I've seen. The hitting was all-powerful but the class of Dimitrov was evident.
A terrific match point ended with brave Dimitrov diving to keep a ball in play, only to be denied by the net cord.
Tsonga vaulted the net, put his arms around the stricken Bulgarian who was lying face down on the grass, and helped him to his feet. They embraced. Dimitrov smiled. Tsonga applauded. Sport at its best.
I loved some of the more wacky sights and sounds from week one:
Bethanie Mattek-Sands taking on the cardigan-culture of her critics by wearing an extraordinary jacket made partly out of tennis balls.
Julia Goerges ending an argument with an umpire with the killer line: "... and learn how to pronounce my name properly".
An aggrieved Marion Bartoli, having failed with an attempt to eject her father from Court 12 during her match with Flavia Penetta, instructing stewards to remove him for her.
Decent efforts from British players with notable mentions to Elena Baltacha, Laura Robson, Emily Webley-Smith and - from what I'm told - Dan Evans.
Of course there were a few disappointments:
Milos Raonic having to retire from his second-round match with Gilles Muller after only five games. How he would have loved a crack at Nadal in the last 32. Expect him to recover from injury and cause untold damage at the US Open in August.
The sight of Andy Roddick failing to reproduce the form which took him to three Wimbledon finals. His shots lacked penetration against Murray at Queen's and then again against Feliciano Lopez at Wimbledon. Coach Larry Stefanki has taken him as far as he can and should consider offering his services to Murray, who tried to hire him way back in 2006.
And the ticketing arrangements on the new Court 3 need reviewing for next year. Ticket holders appear reluctant to take their seats, presumably preferring to wander the grounds. The place was virtually empty for the rematch between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, apart from the corner of the court for ground-pass holders, which was packed with a queue snaking around the grounds outside. The whole stadium could be opened up to reward those ground-pass stalwarts.
As for ones to watch in the second week, I'd say, somewhat unadventurously, Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova. Berdych, last year's runner-up, hasn't come close to dropping a set so far and has a chance of a Nadal rematch in the quarters. And Kvitova, who made the semis 12 months ago, looks to have the strongest grass-court game of all the new contenders and if she can beat Venus Williams I think she'll be in the final.
As for champions, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm sticking with Federer as a marginal favourite for the men's title and I think the women's champion will come from the quartet of Caroline Wozniacki (yes, you read right, I've been impressed by her gradual improvement round by round), Serena Williams, Sharapova and Kvitova.
What about you?