Wimbledon 2012: Day six - as it happened

Marin Cilic wins marathon fifth set 17-15, Serena Williams is through but Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal's conqueror Lukas Rosol go out.

30 June 2012 Last updated at 22:01

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As it happened

  1. 2121:  

    Marin Cilic will pose very different challenges to Marcos Baghdatis if Andy Murray makes it through his third-round clash. The British number one is one set all on Centre. The roof is scrolling across and the lights are firing up to keep the party jumping. Our dedicated game-by-game commentary will be there until they crank out New York, New York and start sweeping up round the stragglers' feet. That is your lot from me though. Goodbye for now.

  2. 2115:  

    That is the second longest match in the Wimbledon history apparently. It was still only half the length of the Isner-Mahut epic of 2010. That record is looking more and more freakish as it disappears into the rear view mirror.

  3. 2109:  

    Marin Cilic's leaping forehand heads south off the tape to set the nerves a'jangling and bring up 30-30. The Croat comes out on top in a 29-shot rally though as Querrey punts long and another groundstroke drifts beyond the baseline in the next rally to finally, finally bring the contest to a close after five hours 31 minutes.

  4.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    We have a winner! Marin Cilic beats Sam Querrey 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-7 (3-7) 17-15 to make the fourth round

  5. 2059:  

    Break! Break! Break! Cilic presses the net at 30-40 and Sam Querrey cannot thread the needle. His attempt down the line nosedives into the mesh and Cilic has another chance to serve out for the match at 16-15. He has choked on one already though, way back at 6-5 up.

  6. 2055:  

    Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson, who started their match while Cilic and Querrey were already deep into their decider, have polished off Iveta Benesova and Jurgen Melzer 6-3 3-6 6-1. Full steam ahead into the third round.

  7. 2051:  

    Nope, not this time. Resume positions. Sam Querrey smacks down a couple of big serve to tip-toe past the ambush and make his way to deuce. He ducks over the line to take us onto 15-14. All on serve and even...

  8. 2047:  

    Hang on. Hold the phone. Two break points for Cilic at 14-14...

  9.  

    Andrew Ellison on text: "If Wimbledon so often struggles to finish the match schedules before it's too dark, why don't they just start an hour or so earlier every day?"

    They could have played this match the Arctic Circle in midsummer and I think we would still be looking at a finish sometime on Monday.

  10. 2038:  

    Sam Querrey serves out to move 13-12 ahead, neither he or Cilic looks to have enough to overhaul the other as they sleepwalk through their return games. Have a look at this feature about Brian Baker and maybe when you return we will know which of these serving monsters will be Murray's next opponent...

  11. 2030:  

    The second set has slithered away from Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson on Court One against Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova. The Britons have a break in the third though, 6-3 3-6 2-0.

  12. 2024:  

    It is no Albert Hall hit-and-giggle exhibition out on Court Two. Cilic and Querrey are still slugging away at each other from the baseline with the two of them locked together at 11-11 and the crowd slowly being lured towards Henman Hill and the giant tellies. Before we get too carried away with the Isner-Mahut comparisions, there were 216 aces back in 2010, we have had 32 so far in this one.

  13. 2017:  

    Murray is doing his best to clear the decks on the main stage. The British number one has nabbed the opener 7-5 against Marcos Baghdatis. You can get across the latest over on the dedicated game-by-game commentary on these very pages.

  14. 2014:  

    I fear that the Matrin Cilic and Sam Querrey have their eyes on the Isner-Mahut record of 11 hours five minutes, by my reckoning that would take us through to around 4am tomorrow morning. If Murray can get off Centre sharpish maybe we can lob 50p in the meter and get Cheryl Baker and Kriss Akabusi out of retirement. The score has ticked on to 10-9 Querrey.

  15. 2007:  

    Out on Court 12, Serena and Venus Williams are scrapping to stay in the opening set of their match against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. The Russians serve next with a 5-3 lead.

  16. 2004:  

    Cilic teases Sam Querrey by flashing him a hint of a chance at 0-30, but then tells him off for even looking, slapping him silly from the baseline with big brutish groundstokes. On we roll. Two fat ladies, 8-8 in the decider.

  17. 1959:  

    Marin Cilic frames a backhand return long to give Sam Querrey 8-7 in the deciding set of their match. Almost the whole court is now in shade with Querrey swapping ends to sun himself in the last little patch of light as her prepares for Cilic's delivery in the next game.

  18. 1955:  

    Not such good news for British junior Lana Rush who has lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to Brazil's Laura Pigossi. Rush is ranked ninth amongst the British girls.

  19. 1951:  

    Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson have won the first set of their mixed doubles out on Court One, riding off with the opener 6-3 against Iveta Benesova and Jurgen Melzer.

  20. 1947:  

    Sam Querrey has dodged a bullet on Court Two. The American breaks back to stay in the tournament and draw level at 6-6 with Marin Cilic in the fifth set. The shadows are stretching back to the sightings out there.

  21. 1943:  

    Andy Roddick has been giving his post-match news conference and point blank refused to answer any questions about his retirement. When asked 'You think you may not be back here next year? Are you able to give us a definitive answer yet?' he answers "No". And that is all we are getting...

  22.  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after his win over Lukas Lasko: "I felt really bad today, it was not easy to play with a lot of wind, the conditions were not easy and I didn't play good tennis, nor did my opponent, but I won and this is the most important thing. The wind is problematic and the sun at this too, at this time it is at the middle of the court and it is tough to see the ball."

  23. 1939:  

    Onward and onwards stride Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey. The pair of them have been eyeballing each other over this decider for a good long while, and finally Querrey has blinked! He coughs up serve and Matrin Cilic will serve for the match next.

  24.  

    Heather, on 81111: "So sad to see Roddick out - great player sure to be his last Wimbledon. Have so loved watching him right from the start of his career."

  25.  

    Michael Di Monaco on Twitter: "I think its safe to say the majority of people would liked to have seen Roddick win Wimbledon once, in particularly after 2009."

    It has been an impressive transformation from the frat-boy with a back-to-front cap who first arrived in 2001 to something approaching an elder statesman of the All England.

  26. 1922:  

    Only one other senior singles match still alive on the courts today, and it is the battle to decide who will face the winner of Andy Murray v Marcos Baghdatis. Sixteenth seed Marin Cilic is under pressure from Sam Querrey with the American carrying all the momentum into a fifth and final set. The score stands at 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-7 (3-7) 3-4, going with serve. The match is weighing in at three hours 45 minutes at the moment.

  27. 1917:  

    While that little dust-up gets going on the main stage, Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot have kicked off a bit of mixed doubles action against 12th seeds Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova. Benesova was beaten in the opening round of the singles by Robson's ladies' doubles partner Heather Watson. What a tangled web they weave, these tennis schedulers.

  28. 1912:  

    Out on Centre Court, there has been a quick rush to the bar from the crowd for a couple of nerve-steadying beverages. With the last matches on Centre in the last two days, Nadal's defeat on Thursday and Federer's close shave on Friday, being such drawn-out dramas, they may need them. Especially with Andy Murray on the turf. Marcos Baghdatis is the opposition. Tom Fordyce is your live text pilot.

  29.   
    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "I do think Andy Roddick might be considering retirement. He looked a beaten man at 5-3. He looked like Sharapova in the way he took that slow walk to the back of the court. I sensed he was saying: 'I'm not going to be here any more.' There are a lot of questions to be asked for Roddick. He's had a Hall of Fame career, but he's going to have to work twice as hard if he's to have even a hope of getting back."

  30.  

    Fiza Zainab on Twitter: "Roddick blew a kiss to the crowd as he left centre court, almost brought a tear to my eye. Was that his farewell?"

    There is someone on hand far more qualified than me to comment on that...

  31. 1901:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Over on Court One, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is into the fourth round with a straightforward 6-4 6-3 6-3 dispatch of Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. The Frenchman has dropped just one set as he moseys his way into the last 16.

  32.  

    David Ferrer, speaking to BBC TV's Garry Richardson: "I'm very happy with my game. I played very consistently and very solidly. It wasn't easy. Andy started very well and served with great power. But in the last three sets, I received very well and my forehand was good. I took my chance."

    A fruity little number against Juan Martin del Potro is next on the menu for Ferrer.

  33.   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "Once again, David Ferrer shows what a great competitor he is. Having been so tentative at the start of the match, he was anything but by the end of it. This is the one Grand Slam where he hasn't made the semi-finals. Boy, would he love to do that next week."

  34. 1853:  

    David Ferrer is a whisker away with a forehand winner at 15-30, but he batters Roddick around the court like a dimunitive school bully on the next point to bring up match point. The seventh seed zooms in on Roddick's kneecaps like a Kray twin with a dipping forehand as the American rushes the net. Roddick keeps his patellas but can only fend into the net and the match is over.

  35.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    David Ferrer beats Andy Roddick 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 6-3 to make the fourth round.

  36.   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "David Ferrer is like a stone rolling down a hill. He's gathering momentum steadily throughout the match."

  37. 1846:  

    And just as I do so, David Ferrer plucks a break of serve from Andy Roddick's pocket. The Spaniard, who ended Andy Murray's run at the Freanch Open, has held his serve to love before I can get to the end of my first sentence. He is one game from victory with the score 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 5-3 in his favour and Roddick to serve.

  38. 1843:  

    Mike Henson taking over from Aimee Lewis after one of her trademark Isner-Mahut marathon sessions on the keyboard.

  39. 1840:   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    "Andy Roddick is an unbelievable fighter. There's been a lot of talk in the press, particularly in the States, about retirement. Roddick hasn't said that but rumours are going around. One thing that would stop that is a good run here or at the US Open. He's not going to go away here easily. Winning matches makes retirement go a lot further away."

  40. 1837:  

    While Ferrer and Roddick quench their thirst during the changeover, we can turn our attention to Court 14 where it looks like Heather Watson will experience a second defeat in two days. Her and partner Ross Hutchins have been broken by third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Serbotnik, who now lead 4-2 in the third set.

  41.  

    Matthew, watching the Court One stream: "Very annoyed to see someone asleep in court One crowd. I wish I had his seat and he goes home to bed... Tsonga is always good to watch, even not playing his best."

  42. 1833:  

    Fortune favours Ferrer as a net cord goes his way at advantage, the Spaniard holding to ensure the fourth set continues with serve. Marin Cilic has broken back on a glorious Court Two, it's back on serve at 4-4 in the fourth.

  43.  

    Ian McCormack on Twitter: "With Rufus missing, what will the organisers do about HawkEye challenges? Rufus has been pretty accurate so far!"

  44. 1830:   
    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has won eight tournaments in his career but they've all been on the hard courts. I'm surprised by that, because grass should suit his game. He's a natural player on this surface. He reached the semi-finals here last year and he got to the final at Queen's too. But he's maturing a bit later than some of the other players. Perhaps the next 18 months will be his time."

  45.  

    Rich Hook on Twitter: "Gutcheck time for Andy Roddick, will we see the man who won ‪#eastbourne‬ or the shadow who's been losing the rest of the year?"‬

  46. 1826:  

    Looks like a five setter is on the cards on Court Two where Sam Querrey, who had lost the opening two sets, has broken Marin Cilic in the fourth and is serving for a 5-3 lead. By the way, Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson lost the second set of their mixed doubles match so we're into a third over on Court 14.

  47. 1824:   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "Andy Roddick still has that big serve. It can keep him in a set and take him into a tie-break and then anything can happen."

  48. 1820:  
    GAME AND SECOND SET

    Tsonga has the second set in his back pocket, a 6-3 scoreline for the Frenchman who now has a two set advantage over the unseeded Lacko. Ten winners from the Tsonga racquet during that set and a healthy 74% of first serves hitting the target.

  49. 1817:   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    "Andy Roddick is getting pushed deeper and deeper. It's hard to do David Ferrer much damage when you're six to eight feet behind the baseline."

  50.  

    Chris Swann on Twitter: "Roddick is proof that the game has moved on so much from the monster serve and forehand era."

    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "Well, I backed Roddick to win this match 3-1. Maybe the big-serving American is starting to lose his edge a little?"

  51. 1813:  
    GAME AND THIRD SET

    Both Roddick and Ferrer trot off Centre Court for a breather, and so do a number of the spectators - even the Golden Bear has disappeared. The Spaniard wrapped up the third set 6-4, so one more set for Ferrer and the seventh seed will be through.

  52. 1809:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Fish through in straight sets

    The American will join compatriot Brian Baker in the fourth round after his 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6) win over David Goffin of Belgium. The 10th seed will next play the winner of the current battle between Tsonga and Lacko. It's only the second time in 10 appearances that the 30-year-old has reached the fourth round on the Wimbledon grass.

  53.  

    Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "The little beast Ferrer is such fighter, he wills himself back into matches also a 30-12 in career grass matches."

  54.  

    Joe from Folkestone on 81111: "As a replacement for Rufus, we've just discovered my Aunty Mary does a wonderful impression of a hawk. Would Wimbledon be interested?"

  55. 1804:  

    Lots of oohs and arghs to be heard on Court One as Tsonga comes out on top of a lengthy baseline battle, his lesser known opponent Lacko netting a simple forehand to award the world number six a 3-2 lead. Sam Querrey is refusing to give up, the 2010 Queen's champion winning the third set tie-break 7-6 (7-2) against Marin Cilic.

  56.  

    Tim in Marlow on 81111: "I agree about the nonsense with the third service ball and would also mention the outrageous behaviour with towels."

  57. 1756:  
    LATEST RESULTS

    The bandana-clad Ferrer scampering from tramline to tramline. Roddick, staying behind the shaded part of the baseline, finally loses patience and pushes a forehand long to gift the Spaniard a comfortable hold. It's with serve at 2-2 in the third set. Over on Court Two, the Cilic v Querrey tussle has gone into a third set tie-break.

  58. 1748:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    The Frenchman leaves it late but breaks free against Slovakian Lukas Lacko, securing the first set 6-4. Lacko has yet to beat a player ranked in the top 10 and it doesn't seem as if he's going to achieve that feat today.

  59.  

    Sukhraj Hayer on Twitter: "Game on! Very much an even set but Roddck you threw it away in the tie-break. Advantage Ferrer you would think."

  60. 1746:  

    Hollywood greats are in town and one of the greatest of them all, Dustin Hoffman, was watching Serena Williams. The diminutive actor cheering the four-time champion from the Williams family box. "I knew that he would be there. Major fan of his," said Serena after her epic victory. "Who isn't a fan of Dustin Hoffman? I was honoured to have him in my box. He's invited anytime." It's nice that everyone gets along in celeb land, isn't it.

  61. 1743:   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "Just a few more unforced errors creeping into the Roddick game in that last set. Both players have to realise that if they can get to the net, it's going to give them a huge advantage."

  62. 1742:   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    "That tie break could have gone either way. But Andy Roddick had a set point with a very comfortable forehand and didn't go for it. That's a symptom of the lack of confidence he has in winning matches like this. That's what his coach will be thinking about right now."

  63. 1737:  
    GAME AND SECOND SET - Ferrer wins tie-break

    If you're only interested in Murray then put the kettle on, read a book, take the dog for a walk, you've got plenty of time. If, however, you like you're tennis full off intrigue and twists and turns then stick with us. Ferrer nicks the tie-break against Roddick, the three-time finalist bouncing back from a break down but unable to get the better of the tireless Spaniard in the shoot out.

  64. 1735:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Hutchins & Watson claim first set

    Further good news for British tennis fans and it doesn't get better than this. Enrique Iglesias look-a-like Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson have wrapped up the first set, 7-5, in the mixed doubles against third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnick. Aren't the Brits good at tennis, eh.

  65. 1730:  
    Liam Broady through in boys' singles

    The Stockport-based teenager comes through the second-set tie-break to complete a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win over Filip Bergevi of Sweden. A tidy start for the fifth seed who reached the boys' final last year, of course.

  66. 1726:  

    The Royal Box filling up again after a number of them disappeared for a while to do whatever they had to do. Everyone deserves a break, even if you've got the best seats in the house. Judy Murray and Sir Bobby Charlton have returned to watch a tense encounter between Roddick and Ferrer. The American has just held to take the second set to a tie-break. Over on Court One, it's with serve in the opening set between the cheeky Jo-Wilfried and Lukas Lacko.

  67.  

    Harry, Altrincham on text 81111: "Is any commentator or pundit ever going to condemn the disgusting habit of discarding the third, unwanted serving ball, contemptuously behind the back so the ballboy or girl has to scramble on the floor to retrieve it. Utterly degrading. And I note it's now called "gentlemen's" "no longer men's singles."

  68.  

    Julia Goerges on Twitter: "Thx also for some critics + tips, but if it would be that easy as you are saying it everybody would be number one in our sport :-)"

  69. 1717:  

    Liam Broady serving to stay in the second set in the boys' singles against Filip Bergevi. The Brit, though, has the first set in the bag. Over on Court Two, it's with serve in the third set but it's a steep mountain Sam Querrey has to climb if he is to overcome a two-set deficit against Marin Cilic.

  70.  

    Ian Robbins on Twitter: "Watching Roddick right now is an absolute pleasure, he's really rolling back the years."

    Adam Walker on Twitter: "Roddick on good form today. Great match to watch."

  71. 1712:  

    Serena Williams, speaking to BBC'S Sonali Shah: "It was good to win there. It was a tough match. I was happy to get through it. We always have unbelievable matches together. I knew it was going to be tough. In the third set, I thought: 'If I'm going to go out, I'm going to go out with a bang.' You know how I do it. I was just fighting for everything out there."

  72. 1709:  

    Good afternoon, Ben has taken a breather and has, for some reason, stolen my glasses. Oh, the japes. Don't worry, I can still see and before my very eyes Andy Roddick has broken back to level the second set against Ferrer. It's now with serve in that match. Might be quite a while until Andy Murray makes an appearance.

  73.  

    Juan Martin Del Potro, speaking to BBC TV's Rishi Persad: "I think it was my best game of the week. Kei Nishikori on grass is always going to be a big challenge. I'm glad to be in the fourth round. I will try to play better and better as I go on, because I want to stay alive in this tournament for a few more days."

  74.   
    Pat Cash , BBC Sport

    "We know Del Potro has the ability to win a Grand Slam - it's whather he can piece it together. It's confidence, really. He needs to believe he can win on the grass and get back to the form he showed when he won the US Open. You can play on any surface with a game like that."

  75. 1659:  

    Of course, while Rufus the Wimbledon hawk's connections will no doubt be fretting over his disappearance, the pigeons are no doubt delighted. Here's a selection of comments from the Surrey Comet when this august institution reported that pigeons would be culled in Kingston:

    Mr Dallinger: "I think the correct solution would be to hack the wings off as many pigeons as possible before joining them together to create one large wing. This could be wafted at the pigeons by any member of the townsfolk when numbers got too high."

    Norman Ski: "This is preposterous! Pigeons performed a vital role in assisting communications in both World Wars and should therefore be encouraged to breed in higher numbers in order to remind us that we must never forget. Perhaps the money would be better spent erecting a large memorial of a Rock Pigeon or perhaps a Feral Pigeon - I'll leave that decision to the council."

  76. 1653:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    Britain's Liam Broady, the boys' fifth seed, took the first set of his first-round match against Filip Bergevi 6-3.

  77. 1650:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Del Potro through

    David Ferrer has broken Roddick early in the second, this match has got five sets written all over it in permanent ink. Del Potro, the man many think has the talent to expand the 'big three' into a 'fantastic four', is safely into the fourth round, beating Japan's Nishikori in straight sets.

  78. 1645:  

    Belgian man-boy David Goffin is in a bit of trouble, he's just lost a second-set tie-breaker against Mardy Fish. Cilic has broken Querrey in the second, the 16th seed looks to have control of that encounter.

  79. 1642:  

    Del Potro looks to be on his way to the fourth round of the gentlemen's singles, the Argentine 3-0 up in the third set against Kei Nishikori. Del Potro, the last man outside 'the big three' to win a major (the US Open in 2009), plays either Roddick or Ferrer next.

  80.   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "Andy Roddick is coming into the net to play the serve and volley. His game plan against David Ferrer is very clear - and it's working so far."

  81.   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    "It was a staggering first set from Andy Roddick - with the pace, the power, the way he took the ball on early. Roddick has been written off here. No one is really talking about him. But his grass court record is very good. He will be thinking: 'This is where I'm at home. The weather's warm, the ball's moving through the air. I should be getting a bit more respect here.'"

  82. 1636:  

    We've got a tie-breaker on Court Three between 10th seed Mardy Fish and David Goffin, Fish having taken the first set.

  83. 1632:  

    Sam Querry has taken the first set against Marin Cilic on a tie-breaker, the stats in that match very even indeed. Roddick serving for the first set and an ace down the middle seals it in 20 minutes...

  84.  

    Roger Federer, speaking to BBC TV's Sue Barker, on the decision to close the roof on Centre Court yesterday: "I would hope in future that the roof would stay open if it wasn't raining, which it wasn't yesterday. There were a lot of gusty winds outside, and there was sunshine.

    "Shutting the roof created a completely different atmosphere. The club know what they're doing. They expected showers, but they didn't arrive. It's going to be a bit awkward to explain afterwards when that happens, but we have to bear in mind there might be other factors and pressures to consider. I do hope we stay with an outdoor Wimbledon. I know that's the goal of the organisers. But sometimes, you have a mix-up, like the one yesterday."

  85. 1626:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Roddick breaks Ferrer early in the first set on Centre Court, the American two-time finalist leads 3-0. Roberta Vinci of Italy, the 21st seed, beats Mirjana Lucic 7-6 7-6. Vinci will play Tamira Paszek of Austria next.

  86.  

    Roger Federer, speaking to BBC TV's Sue Barker: "Just because Rafa [Nadal] has gone out, it doesn't mean there's nobody left in that half of the draw but Andy Murray. There are more players out there today who are good on grass, so maybe it's more difficult to win this tournament than it was 10 years ago. Andy's got a great game on grass. He's been very consistent and I hope he can make it to the final this time."

  87. 1615:  

    Another British kid, fifth seed Liam Broady, is in action on Court Nine, going with serve at 2-1 against Filip Bergevi of Sweden.

  88. 1610:  

    Juan Martin del Potro is two sets up against Kei Nishikori of Japan, the Argentine won the second set on a tie-break. On Centre Court now it's Andy Roddick versus David Ferrer, which has the potential to go long as well.

  89. 1606:  

    Luke Bambridge of Great Britain is through to the second round of the boys' singles, the 17-year-old beating Vaclav Safranek of the Czech Republic 6-1 6-4.

  90.  

    Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Serena's win on BBC Radio 5 live "There's really only one thing to say about that: Serena's serve. It kept her in it. Zheng played great, her game plan was great and she played her game but it was Serena's serve that won it. I didn't think this would be an easy match for Serena by any stretch."

  91.   
    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Serena Williams made a statement today with how she played when she was in trouble, after she got nervous in Paris. Jie Zheng played one of the best matches of her life but just couldn't break serve. Serena did so well when he back was against the wall. Sometimes you've just got to escape. You've got to get through the match when you don't play well. She served well. She didn't do so well on the groundstrokes, but she found her champion's spirit."

  92.  

    Serena Williams after her victory over Jie Zheng: "She always pushes me really hard. I thought, third set, if I'm going to go out I'm going to go out with a bang. I'm just fighting everything. She's playing unbelievable on grass. I'm just playing the best I can."

  93. 1557:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Fish wins first set

    Mardy Fish has taken the first set against David Goffin, 6-3, looks like the Belgian night be struggling with an injury, he's moving rather gingerly.

  94. 1556:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Serena Williams beats Jie Zheng 6-7 6-2 9-7

    On Court Two, the big-hitting Sam Querry is 4-2 up against the big-hitting Marin Cilic in the first set. Not one for the purists, I suspect. One match-point saved by Zheng... two saved by Zheng... can't save a third. Serena gives a little leap, clenches her fist and roars towards her team up in the stands before the crowd rise as one. Good game.

  95. 1550:  

    Serena Williams finally breaks to make it 8-7, that match should be wrapped any moment...

  96. 1546:  

    Nishikori has broken back against Del Potro on Court One, 4-4 in the second, while Mardy Fish has forced a break against David Goffin, 4-2 in the first...

  97.   
    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Zheng has not broken serve in the match yet. She had a couple of chances early in this third set. But she's got to figure out a way to get some of these returns back into play against Serena."

  98. 1542:  

    Serena and Zheng are still going at it on Centre Court, they're 7-7 in the decider...

  99. 1542:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    Over on Court 18, 21st seed Roberta Vinci took the first set against Mirjana Lucic 7-6. Lucic's is a another rollocking good story: a child star, she won the women's doubles at the Aussie Open in 1998 aged only 15 and reached the women's singles semi-finals at SW19 in 1999, before fading from view in the 2000s and remerging as something of a force in 2010.

  100. 1535:  

    Jie Zheng is made of stern stuff, the Chinese player locked at 5-5 in the decider against Serena Williams. Rufus the Wimbledon hawk has been stolen! The pigeon-bothering bird of prey was nicked from the back of a car, parked up near the All England Club, although what exactly you do with a stolen hawk is anyone's guess. Give it back you swines!

  101. 1528:  

    Del Potro a break up in the second set, the Argentine the darkest of dark horses at this year's Wimbledon. Belgium's man-boy David Goffin is on Court Three against American Mardy Fish, the 10th seed. Goffin did some damage at the French and it looks like he's no flash in the pan, he could cause Fish a few problems.

  102.  

    Jamie has texted 81111: "Totally agree with Scott, would people rather Murray laughed and joked his way through a vital match as if he didn't care? An intensity and professional manner on court is required if he wants to win the sport's biggest prizes."

  103. 1521:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Azarenka through

    Second seed Victoria Azarenka is through, beating Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-3 6-3.

  104. 1511:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Del Potro wins first set

    Second seed Azarenka is 4-3 up in the second against Jana Cepelova, with a break; Del Potro, as Pat Cash has just pointed out, took the first set against Nishikori 6-3.

  105.   
    Pat Cash , BBC Sport

    "There was not a lot Kei Nishikori could do in that opening set against Del Potro. But he could do with getting in a higher percentage of first serves and not letting Del Potro get on top of those rallies. Then it's a case of hoping for the best against the Del Potro serve."

  106. 1508:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Shvedova beats 10th seed Errani

    Tenth seed Sara Errani is out, beaten 6-0 6-4 by Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova. Remarkable stat in that one: Shvedova made history by becoming the first player to win a set at Wimbledon without conceding a point. She held serve three times and broke Errani each time to take 24 consecutive points in the opener.

  107. 1507:  

    Wimbledon's regular crooner Sir Cliff Richards is not at SW19 today as he has another, rather special engagement. He'll be running with the Olympic Torch through Birmingham, at 19:51 to be precise. I say running...

  108. 1501:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Britain's Marray through in men's doubles

    Jonathan Marray is through to the third round of the men's doubles, the Briton, along with Brian Nielsen of Denmark, seeing off Ivo Karlovic and Frank Moser in straight sets.

  109.  

    Mike Henson watching Lukas Rosol on Court 12: "Rosol folds, but Kohlschreiber under no illusion about the standing ovation. He sits tight as Lukas laps up the last of the SW19 spotlight."

  110.   
    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Jie Zheng has to figure out a way to keep Serena off balance in this third set if she's going to win."

  111. 1456:  

    Britain's Jonathan Marray is two sets up against Karlovic and Moser, although I should add that he's not that good, he's playing with Denmark's Frederik Nielsen.

  112. 1449:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Rosol beaten by Kohlschreiber

    Lukas Rosol is the answer to a quiz question, it's official: the Czech player, so magnificent in beating Rafa Nadal on Centre Court on Thursday, has gone down 6-2 6-3 7-6 to Germany's 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

  113. 1445:  

    We've got a tie-breaker on Court 12, Rosol needs to win that to stay in the match. Serena serves out the second set, the four-time champion into a deciding set against Jie Zheng.

  114. 1441:  

    Del Potro an early break up against Kei Nishikori on Court One, while Serena has moved into a 4-2 lead against Zheng on Centre.

  115. 1436:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Azarenka takes first set

    On Court Two, second seed Victoria Azarenka has taken the first set against Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-3, while on Court 12 Lukas Rosol is still alive, 5-5 in the third against Kohlschreiber...

  116. 1434:  

    Errani breaks early in the second, looks like we've got a topsy-turvy one on Court Three. Going with serve on Centre Court, 2-2 between Williams and Zheng.

  117. 1430:  

    Del Potro and Nishikori have taken to Court One, I think we can safely say Del Potro will be winning a few points on first serve... ERRANI WINS A GAME! Go on girl...

  118.   
    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Jie Zheng played very well in that first set. Most importantly, she held her serve all the way through. We have to keep in mind Serena Williams' loss to Virginie Razzano at the French Open, when she was a set up and 5-1 up in the tie break and lost. She got nervous. Very often, later in a player's career, the nerves creep in. We are starting to wonder if that's the case with Serena."

  119. 1424:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Zheng and Shvedova win first sets

    Jie Zheng takes that first-set tie-breaker against Serena Williams 7-5, the sixth seed and four-time champion in a spot of bother and not playing particularly well. Going with serve between Rosol and Kohlshreiber in the third, as Shvedova wraps up that first set against Sara Errani 6-0. Remarkable stat - 75% of first serves in but she hasn't won a single point on serve. I saw her play Keothavong, she looked quite good...

  120. 1415:  

    Tenth seed Sara Errani has been ambushed on Court Three, Shvedova romping into a 4-0 lead in the first set...

  121.  

    Scott in Scotland texted 81111: "Still don't understand why people complain about Andy Murray's demeanour on court. It's not as if you see Federer, Nadal or even the Djoker grinning away while they battle it out on Centre. If Andy keeps winning, who cares what he looks like or what mood he's in?!"

  122.  

    Petra Kvitova, speaking to BBC TV's Phil Jones: "I'm feeling better with every match I play here. The third round today was much better than the first round. I'm so happy that I played well today, and I'm glad that I made so few unforced errors. For the last two years, I've played so well here. I feel very confident on the court and my serve can help me."

  123. 1412:  

    On Court Three, Italy's Sara Errani is in action against Yaroslava Shvedova, the Kazakhstani taking the first two games. We're into a tie-breaker on Centre Court, China's Zheng punching above her weight against Serena Williams.

  124. 1408:  

    Jie Zheng serving to stay in the set on Centre, Wickmayer serving for the match against Paszek on Court 18...

  125.  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at the practice courts: "Murray finishes his session with Oli Golding by hitting a few volleys - nothing too strenuous ahead of his match later. The Scot looks deadly focused and walks past the court where Baghdatis is training with Fleming but doesn't even look in their direction.

    "He stops for a few autographs but then heads straight down the underground tunnel to go for some lunch. He's accompanied by physio Andy Ireland and fitness trainer Jez Green. Ivan Lendl and Dani Valverdu follow a few minutes later. Murray is ready for battle."

  126. 1405:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Defending women's champion Kvitova through

    Over on Court 14, Britain's Jonathan Marray, playing with Denmark's Frederik Nielsen, has taken the first set against Karlovic and Moser, 6-3. It took defending champion Petra Kvitova all of 48 minutes to take out Varvara Lepchenko, the American splattered like a fly on a windscreen.

  127. 1402:  
    GAME AND SECOND SET - Rosol loses second set

    Serena Williams and Jie Zheng are going with serve in the first set, Williams 5-4 up. Rosol two sets down against Kohlschreiber, looks like Jimmy Connors called this one right, the Czech is what they call in tennis a "stopper" - takes out a seed before promptly disappearing...

  128. 1358:  

    Not sure what's up with Lepchenko, she is, as our American cousins like to say, being owned by Petra Kvitova, 4-0 down in the second. Until a couple of weeks ago at Queen's, Brian Baker hadn't played on grass for seven years, now he's got a chance of a Grand Slam quarter-final. As I said, good tale.

  129.  

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson: "Crowd collectively willing magic into Rosol's strings. Each Kohlschreiber point greeted with slow splatter of applause as a fairytale wilts."

  130. 1354:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Baker through

    We're into a third set in the round three encounter between Wickmayer and Paszek on Court 18, Austria's Paszek took the second set on a breaker. Bionic man Brian Baker is through to the fourth round, beating Benoit Paire of the French Republic 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3. Good story, that, and one that my BBC colleague Mike Henson will be telling in the form of a website feature, at some juncture later today.

  131. 1345:  
    GAME AND FIRST SET - Rosol loses first set

    Dustin Hoffman also on Centre Court, supporting his countrywoman Serena Williams. He didn't get introduced... didn't play cricket... Rosol has lost the first set 6-2 against Kohlschreiber, as my colleague Tom Fordyce notes behind me, the Czech player is halfway to becoming a quiz question already...

  132.   
    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Ana Ivanovic marches on. She did extremely well to come through that match against Julia Goerges. It was an OK match, but it was a curious match."

  133. 1340:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Ana Ivanovic through

    ... Kvitova won her first set against Lepchenko 6-1, Ana Ivanovic is through in three sets against Julia Georges, 3-6 6-3 6-4....

  134.  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein is down at the practice courts watching Andy Murray: "Murray working on his serves on practice court 15, but a very interesting development on court one as his opponent Marcos Baghdatis hits with Colin Fleming - one of Murray's best friends. Baghdatis, of course, is also coached by Miles Maclagan - Murray's former coach. Talk about inside information!"

  135.  
    CELEB SPOT!

    England Test captain Andrew Strauss, telling BBC TV's Garry Richardson about his fitness issues ahead of the Test series against South Africa, which starts at The Oval on 19 July: "I'm ready for South Africa. I had a bit of tendinitis, but I've starting batting again and I'm ramping up the preparations. South Africa are desperate to knock us off our perch as the number one Test side and we're even more desperate for that not to happen."

  136. 1337:  

    Brian Baker of the United States of America is on his way to the fourth round, the world number 115 into a 4-1 lead over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the fourth set. One man who has ghosted his way through this tournament so far is former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro - the Argentine has the chance to clatter his way into the British public's consciousness today, second up on Court One against Kei Nishikori.

  137. 1329:  

    Lukas Rosol, smasher of Nadal, is on Court 12 against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 27th seed - the Czech might have overcooked his celebrations, he's a break down in the first...

  138.  

    Kenny from Dunfermline on 81111: "Quite sad to hear Brits willing Murray to lose. Will they be saying the same in a month's time when he's going for GB gold?"

  139.  

    England Test cricket captain Andrew Strauss, speaking to BBC TV's Garry Richardson: "The England one-day team got off to a great start yesterday against Australia. The first game of a series always sets the tone. Australia are the number one side in one-day cricket, so for us to win that game and win it in style was a great start. There's a lot of confidence in that one-day team and we are seeing that out on the pitch."

  140. 1327:  

    Many thanks Aimee, Ben Dirs here for a spell. Ana Ivanovic, 14th seed and semi-finalist in 2007, is on her way to the fourth round, she leads Germany's Julia Georges 4-2 in the deciding set. Defending women's champion Petra Kvitova is on Court One and leads Varvara Lepchenko 3-0 in the opener.

  141. 1321:  

    Brian Baker grabs the third set 6-1 and is on course for a memorable victory. Tracy Austin has been giving us the lowdown on her compatriot: "He was the top junior in the States, one of the best in the world and right about the same age as Novak Djokovic - in fact, they played in the first round of qualifying here in 2005 and had to retire from that match because of injury. That was really was the start of it, down that long road of injury after injury."

  142. 1317:  

    Being that you've asked Ben, yes, they do. Well, on middle Saturday they do. Sue Barker introducing the Royal Box inhabitants, which comprises of sporting greats and members of the armed forces, to the Centre Court crowd. A lengthy standing ovation for the ladies and gentlemen of the armed forces.

  143.  

    Ben Autie on Twitter: "Do they always greet the VIPs onto Centre Court like this at Wimbledon."

  144.  

    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs on Twitter: "Royal Box rammo. You can almost hear Boycott thinking: 'How many runs did Chris Cowdrey make for England?'"

  145. 1312:  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein has spotted Andy Murray on the practice courts: "Middle Saturday may be one of the busiest days out on the match court but not so down at the Aorangi Park practice area. That, said plenty of cameramen are in position as Andy Murray gears up for another hit with young Briton Oli Golding.

    "They've started the session by exchanging some fairly hefty groundstrokes as Murray prepares for his baseline battle with Marcos Baghdatis later today.

    "Ivan Lendl and Dani Valverdu watching from the sidelines with their game faces firmly on. No messing around today."

  146. 1308:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Bryan brothers beat Brits

    As expected, second seeds Mike and Bob are through to the third round after a comfortable 7-6 6-7 6-2 victory over Jamie Delgado and Kenneth Skupski. Hopefully Skupski will fare better on Court 14 when he later competes in the mixed doubles with Melanie South.

  147. 1304:  
    LATEST SCORES

    Ann Ivanovic has upped the ante on Court Two, bouncing back to clinch the second set 6-3, forcing the match against Julia Goerges into a decider. Most of my male colleagues are showing a keen interest in that contest, I can't imagine why. By the way, Brian Baker has just broken Benoit Paire in the third set.

  148.  

    Aaron Kumer on Twitter: "Baghdatis is a wonderful talent and a very complete player, he has beaten Murray on Centre Court before. Hopefully history repeats."

  149. 1300:  

    Sir Bobby has taken his place in the Royal Box and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, resplendent in an elegant orange dress, is there too, animatedly chatting with her mum, Janet.

  150. 1258:   
    Jo Durie , BBC Sport

    "Dare I say that was a game of two halves between Schiavone and Zakopalova? The second set was much better contested. Schiavone showed a few nerves in that last service game but her character brought her through. Zakopalova got herself going in the end but you can't wait a set against Schiavone."

  151. 1255:  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Schiavone through in straight sets

    Straightforward progress to the last 16 for the Italian, seeded 24th here, as she beats Klara Zakopalova 6-0 6-4 to set up a meeting with either Petra Kvitova or Varvara Lepchenko.

  152. 1253:  

    Centre Court bathed in sunshine and the iconic arena is filling up nicely ahead of Serena Williams' clash with Jie Zheng. Plenty of hats and shades on display. Over on Court Three, clenched fist from Benoit Paire as he levels against Brian Baker by winning the second set 6-4.

  153.  

    Ben Wilson on Twitter: "Backed Brian Baker before the tournament £5 at 1000/1 now in at 150/1 feeling smug!"

    Thomas Smith on Twitter: "Not sure why people doubt Murray now, then big him up for tough matches. He'll crush Baghdatis, then lose next week."

  154.  

    From Rose on 81111: "For JL on twitter hoping Murray loses, keep that sad thought to yourself please. Andy has worked so immensely hard the last few years. This is never about losing, it's about best player on day getting through."

  155. 1247:  

    If you want to find out more about Nadal-slayer Lukas Rosol then The Tennis Space have complied a quiz on the great man. I'm not going to tell you my score.

  156. 1242:  
    LATEST SCORES

    As you may have gathered from John Lloyd's comments, the Bryan brothers cake walked the second set, inflicting a bagel on Brits Delgado and Skupski. Looks like Lukas Rosol will stroll onto Court 12 pretty soon as Francesca Schiavone is closing in on victory. The Italian is a set up and leads 5-3 in the second against Klara Zakopalova.

  157. 1240:   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    "Since the Bryan brothers won that first set, they have gone up three levels against Delgado and Skupski. That was an absolute demolition job in that second set. They won 100% of points on their first serve and 75% on their second. Their reflexes are amazing, and that's because of all the work they put in off the court. Right now, they look just about unbeatable."

  158.  

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson: "Youthful Court 3 courtcoverers lazing in the sun with neon-framed shades and shaggy locks. It is like nu-rave never died."

  159. 1235:  

    I've just peeked onto Court 14 and it's not looking good for Brits Jamie Delgado and Kenneth Skupski as they are a set adrift to the Bryan brothers, who are 5-0 ahead in the second and cruising. Everyone's favourite American Brian Baker has just broken in the second set and is serving for a 4-2 lead over Benoit Paire. "Come on, Brian," shouts a woman in the crowd as the qualifier prepares to toss the ball up into the cloudless sky.

  160.  

    Kara, in Manchester, on 81111: "Wimbledon is just not the same without Rafa... I'd like to see Tsonga win it now."

  161. 1229:  
    CELEB SPOT!

    The great and good from the world of sport will be in the Royal Box today and there's someone for everyone. In prime position in the front row will be Sir Bobby Charlton, Jack Nicklaus, Andrew Strauss and Dame Kelly Holmes. A row behind you'll find Ryan Giggs, Owen Farrell, Alastair Cook and Martina Navratilova. And plonked in the cheap seats are Phil Tufnell, Boris Becker, Leon Smith, Judy Murray and many many more.

  162.  

    Ross McNaughton on Twitter: "Love how Rosol has took the place of Nadal @BBCSport Day 6 at Wimbledon, Murray, Rosol, Serena, Ferrer and Roddick all in action."

    Jamie Lee on Twitter: "Hope Murray loses today, although unlikely."

    Patrick Jack on Twitter: "Sun is shining in bonny Edinburgh today, and we're sending our positive vibes down SW19 way. C'maan Andy!"

  163. 1219:   
    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Julia Goerges is managing her game pretty well against Ana Ivanovic. But I could quite easily see Ivanovic flipping the score 6-3 the other way. It's that kind of match."

  164. 1218:  
    LATEST SCORES

    News from Court Two is that Ana Ivanovic has lost the opening set 6-3 to 22nd seed Julia Goerges. Brian Baker has romped through the first set of his match, a 6-4 scoreline for the American against Benoit Paire.

  165.  

    Dave, in Stevenage, texted 81111: "Am I the only one who thinks it's a tad harsh on Rosol that his reward for beating Nadal is second on court 12? Surely court Two at least?"

  166. 1208:  

    I've just read that you can squeeze 290million tennis balls into Centre Court when the roof is shut. Where can I get 290 million tennis balls from? I've yet to calculate how many strawberries, or BBC employees you could fit in here. (No jokes, please.)

  167.  

    Matthew Tottey on Twitter: "Would be great to see Brian Baker win today and make the second week of Wimbledon, what an inspiration that man is."

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "A US comeback from sickbed oblivion? French oppo? A few frat-boy shouters? Today Matthew, Court 3 will be Kiawah Island 91'"

  168. 1200:  

    Coverage has begun on BBC Two and our Sue and Dave have been nattering about the incredible Brian Baker, who is currently on Court Three trying to outfox Benoit Paire of France. If the 27-year-old American qualifier were to feature in a game of sporting top trumps then he would probably topple Jonny Wilkinson on the injury list. Five surgeries in six years have hampered what was once a promising career, but he's fared well in this tournament, beating Jarkko Nieminen in the second round, and it's with serve in the first set against Paire.

  169.  

    BBC Sport's Eleanor Oldroyd on Twitter: "Set to go on @bbc5live today: midday until whenever Murray v Baghdatis ends. And final day with the team for legend that is Nick Bolletieri."

  170. 1150:  

    We all know about Rosol, of course, although I'm a tad worried. Fatigue must be a real concern as the Czech has had to sign innumerable amounts of programmes, pieces of paper, t-shirts and oversized tennis balls since he dramatically forced Nadal to leave SW19. The 26-year-old his bidding to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, but the omens are good for the world's 100th best player as his opponent is on a six-match losing streak against men from the Czech Republic.

  171.  

    Greg on 81111: "Happily ensconced on court 12 waiting to watch Rosol the Nadal-slayer. Nobody daring to go to the loo though for fear of the stewards' harsh one-in one-out rule. Don't remember such bladder-based fascism from previous years?"

  172.  

    Kris via text 81111: "At Wimbledon for the second time in my life today. The first time was 2006 where I saw Murray lose to Bagdhatis. Omen?"

  173. 1140:  

    For those of you who have done your homework on the German Kohlschreiber then you'll know the 28-year-old has, by reaching the third round, equalled his best performance at Wimbers. He has climbed from 43 in the rankings to a lofty 30, helped, no doubt, by making it to the semi-finals at Halle, where he beat a certain Spaniard.

  174. 1132:  

    Who needs world number two Rafael Nadal when you've got Lukas Rosol competing on Court 12 against Philipp Kohlschreiber? The pair are second on that court, after Francesca Schiavone's contest with Klara Zakopalova. If the 26-year-old maintains the form which toppled 11-time Grand Slam winner Nadal then he's obviously going to win this ruddy tournament, but can he reach perfection again? Can he?

  175.  

    Samuel Martin on Twitter: "More Brit fests today with a host of British Juniors in action. A chance to see Liam Broady and other potential future talents."

    Ben Mawby on Twitter: "Can see Murray struggling today."

  176. 1121:  

    It's not all about Court 14, which I know will come as a bit of a surprise to some of you. What if I were to give you four ladies' names: Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka? Then add four men's names into the mixer: Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and tell you all eight will be gambolling, lunging and, perhaps, grunting on prime real estate in SW19. Exciting, huh.

  177. 1116:  

    Laura Gumbley is proof that there's hope for those of you patiently waiting in the queue. She tweeted four hours ago to say she was number 2374 in line and she's now sunning herself on Henman Hill. Admittedly, during that time I've slept for two hours, done the morning ablutions and eaten a hearty breakfast before leisurely walking to 'work', but stick with it queue-goers. Stick with it!

  178. 1112:  

    The early morning showers has delayed play a smidgeon, but only by half an hour which means we'll see some action on the outside courts from 11:30 BST. A bit of a Brit-fest on Court 14, with Jamie Delgado and Kenneth Skupski opening proceedings in the men's doubles against the feared Bryan brothers. Third on court will be Skupski (he really loves Court 14) and Melanie South in the mixed doubles, and they will be followed by compatriots Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson.

  179.  

    Laura Gumbley on Twitter: "We're in! Perfect position on Henman Hill, sun is shining, we're ready for a great day's tennis!"

    Dan Thomas on Twitter: "So when does Nadal play today? Oh..."

  180. 1105:  

    Former British number one Tim Henman is currently on Court 14, passing on advice to aspiring kids. I'm not sure about the Europop music which is blaring from that vicinity, though. Not an empty seat to be seen for Henman's master class so the music clearly isn't bothering the spectators so I'll just shut up.

  181.  

    The Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Back on site at the Club, quite a scattering of clouds and if the sun comes out they will probably close the roof."

  182. 1058:  

    If you're a fan of the Centre Court roof then I am the bearer of bad news. The groundsman has apparently announced that the folding concertina will not budge, meaning the hallowed turf will be scorched by the blazing sun throughout the day. Sort of. "We're going to start with a lot of cloud and showery burst of rain, but all in all it doesn't look too bad a day, through the afternoon and well into the evening it should be dry and a bit breezy," says BBC weather's Darren Bett.

  183. 1050:  

    A very good Saturday morning to you! Wimbledon's ball boys and ball girls have been patiently listening to instructions as I've been typing, quietly seated on Centre Court as if they're at a school assembly. A gangly teenager is calmly retouching the court's parameters, and I've just spotted there's a miniature Union Jack flag attached to his line painting machine, proudly fluttering in the breeze. Cheeky.

  184.  

    BBC Sport tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Aussie Open, Roland Garros, US Open... Your queues took one hell of a beating..."

  185. 1040:  

    I thought I'd seen some queues in my time. The village Post Office on a Monday morning (pension day), now, I used to think that was a queue, but the sinuous lines of tennis fans at Wimbledon today, stretching as far as the eye can see, is something to behold. At least everyone is content: two boys jovially play football with a tennis ball, an elderly couple read the paper while perched on their suitcases while there's even a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders, accompanied by wide smiles, from a group of youngsters as they are told of their five-hour wait.

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