Wimbledon 2012: Novak Djokovic v Viktor Troicki

Novak Djokovic wins easily on Centre Court as play is called off for the day. Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova are through, but Maria Sharapova is out.

2 July 2012 Last updated at 20:36

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  1. 2007:  

    Righto, that's that for the evening, I will see you back here tomorrow for more tennis, and no doubt a bit of rain...


    Novak Djokovic, speaking to BBC TV's Rishi Persad: "Victor and I know each other so well. The first time we played each other, he was nine and I was eight. It's never easy to play a very good friend, but there has to be one loser."

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "That's the best performance we've seen from a player so far at these championships. Troicki's problems started when he was broken at the beginning. He broke back, but once the first set was out of the way at 6-3, Djokovic stepped up another level."


    Novak Djokovic, speaking to BBC TV's Rishi Persad: "It's never straight-forward. You want to focus on every point because at this stage of the championships, the matches are getting tougher. You always expect your opponent to fight back but I think I played well throughout the match."

  5. 2000:  

    We've had a few late-night fireworks at this year's Wimbledon, but that match wasn't one of them, which is why a rabid Centre Court crowd is calling for Andy Murray. I say 'rabid', there was the hint of spittle. Tomorrow's line-up is as follows: on Centre we have Ferrer v Del Potro; Serena v Kvitova; Lisicki v Kerber. On Court One: Cilic v Murray; Radwanska v Kirilenko; Paszek v Azarenka. Court Two: Tsonga v Fish; Court Three: Gasquet v Mayer.


    From Jackie in Kent, via text on 81111: "Feel sorry for the crowd some of whom have been queuing since Saturday to see the tennis today. After all the late evening drama last week this is all very low key. Murray should be on centre court now."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Djokovic 6-3 6-1 6-3 Troicki

    Play has been officially called off on the outside courts, once this match is done, that will be it for the day and we can all go home. Ace from Djokovic, return into the net, three match-points... one gone... and another, forehand long... too much meat on that backhand from Djokovic, Troicki goes long, and that was what you might call a stroll for the defending champion.

    *Djokovic 6-3 6-1 5-3 Troicki

    Just hearing we will have no more play on Centre Court following this match, so those hoping to see Andy Murray in action will be sorely disappointed. Djokovic hasn't been very giving to his friend, mere morsels being swept from his table, and Troicki hasn't been able to make the most of those. Troicki into the net to make it 15-30... and again for 30-30... ace out wide, return into the net, Djokovic at least forced to serve for the match...

    Djokovic 6-3 6-1 5-2 Troicki*

    A double from Djokovic makes it 15-30 and a very natty lunging backhand pick-up creates two break-points... one gone... and another, Troicki poking a forehand wide. Djokovic hands Troicki another chance courtesy of a sprayed forehand but Troicki misses out again, netting with an attempted backhand pass. Deary me, that's a doozy from Djokovic, a rasping angled forehand that leaves Troicki staring on slack-jawed. That's a hold...

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "If Djokovic is playing at his level, very few people can touch him on a tennis court. Victor Troicki is not one of them. We need Djokovic to drop his level and Troicki to raise his if we are to see a contest."


    From Andy Gibby on Twitter: "Love that when the ball lands 10ft behind the base line the line judges still shout OUT just to make sure we all know."

    *Djokovic 6-3 6-1 4-2 Troicki

    That backhand pass has too much dip for Troicki, 15-30. Djokovic pushes a forehand wide only for Troicki to tug a backhand into the net for 30-40. Better volley from Troicki makes it deuce but he hands his rival another break-point with a dopey backhand into the net. Troicki knifes a backhand wide, life's a lollipop at the moment for Djokovic.

    Andrew Cotter , Commentator, BBC Sport

    "Troicki will be angry with himself for not playing to his best. It's not as if Djokovic has had to work too hard. Troicki hasn't performed."

    Djokovic 6-3 6-1 3-2 Troicki*

    On serve, Djokovic pretty much impervious at the moment, that game secured with another lolloping forehand winner after Troicki can only pop up his return

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "The German for 'one-sided' is 'einseitig'."

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "I was surprised with the scheduling for today, with some of the big names on Court One and other courts. I guess Djokovic has a champion's right to be on Centre Court, but his meeting with Troicki never looked like one of the big matches today."

    *Djokovic 6-3 6-1 2-2 Troicki

    Troicki gets the better of a baseline exchange before stepping in behind a decent first serve and putting away a solid backhand winner. Troicki's serve not a thing of beauty by an stretch, as if it's been welded together from cast-offs, but he pulls out a couple of plums in that game to hold.


    From Matthew Millar-Hall on Twitter: "What other country would put their top player on a court with no roof when rain is forecast? Even Tim always played on centre."


    From Zafa on Twitter: "Can't believe how much Novak Djokovic has improved. Didn't think anybody would challenge Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer."

    Andrew Cotter , Commentator, BBC Sport

    "Djokovic's serves aren't brutally quick, but they're quick enough - and beautifully placed."

    Djokovic 6-3 6-1 2-1 Troicki*

    ... blink and you'll miss it from Djokovic, a service game wrapped up with an overhead so languid, you could have sketched it before it was completed...

    *Djokovic 6-3 6-1 1-1 Troicki

    That's just too good from Djokovic, a fizzing forehand return that Troicki can't deal with, although it was a rather half-hearted effort at the net from the underdog. But that's better, Troicki getting the better of some nip and tuck at close quarters. CLASSIC! Troicki goes to hand a racquet to a member of the crowd, an action that should be in the repertoire of every player in the gentlemen's draw when things start to go wrong. But that's a hold...

    Andrew Cotter , Commentator, BBC Sport

    "It's one-way traffic. After this, they may not room together for the Olympics."

    Djokovic 6-3 6-1 1-0 Troicki*

    Troicki has disappeared, and he's been gone for some time, perhaps having a little weep in the locker room. Still not sure what happens if Djokovic reels off this set - clearly the punters will be saying "get Andy on here", but I'm not sure that's going to happen. Troicki reappears and looks like a little boy lost as Djokovic climbs into a forehand pass. Ace to hold, I've seen Audley Harrison fights that were more competitive than this...

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "I'm sure Djokovic has seen Federer, Murray and all the other challengers, and knows that to defend his title, he needs to step up to another level, and he's doing that."

    *Djokovic 6-3 6-1 Troicki

    Troicki into the net with yet another volley, the world number 34 is like The Tin Man away from the baseline, and Djokovic seals the break with a wrong-footing forehand.

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "I'm not crazy about the Troicki forehand. It doesn't follow through."

    Djokovic 6-3 5-1 Troicki*

    Throbbing on Centre Court now, at least in the stands. On the grass itself, it's less throbbing than ticking over, Djokovic giving Troicki a tennis lesson, and not even having to switch on the afterburners to achieve it. That's another easy hold, few questions asked...


    From Daniel Padfield on Twitter: "Novak hits winners when he wants. Looking imperious today."


    From Matt Nuttall on Twitter: "Strangest match I've ever watched, Novak looks embarrassed with the clear gulf in class. #awkwardtension"

    *Djokovic 6-3 4-1 Troicki

    Troicki gets an iffy bounce before Djokovic steers a backhand return wide for 15-15. There are times when Djokovic glides over the court as if he's on skates and he hunts down that drop-shoot with ease before putting up a pinpoint lob. Djokovic toying with his old pal now, knifing over a drop-shot that Troicki can only hook wide.

    Djokovic 6-3 3-1 Troicki*

    A champagne bucket of sweets doing the rounds in the Royal Box as we get another flutter of feathers on Centre Court - looks like Rufus the hawk, who was birdknapped on Saturday before being recovered on Sunday, has gone rogue and is picking off the pigeons one by one. Hold to love from Djokovic, this match not even touching the sides...

    *Djokovic 6-3 2-1 Troicki

    This is some of the finest tennis you're ever likely to see, every game is a text-book lesson in the full range of shots - Djokovic with a whipped forehand winner for 30-30 before putting away a stabbed backhand down the line. Troicki saves and Djokovic can't handle the pace on a forehand down the line as Troicki nicks the advantage... lunging backhand volley from Troicki to hold...

    Djokovic 6-3 2-0 Troicki*

    Djokovic leans back and slaps a backhand winner down the line before stepping in and thrashing a forehand winner down the other flank. Dinky stop-volley, Djokovic is free-wheeling towards the quarter-finals with the hand-break off...

    *Djokovic 6-3 1-0 Troicki

    Still plenty of hardy folk on Henman Hill, looking like clusters of mushrooms in a field under their multi-coloured brollies. Djokovic outfoxes his countryman at the net with an angled backhand but Troicki makes it 15-30 with an inswinger into the body that Djoko can only fend long. Break-point for Djokovic as Troicki pushes a forehand wide and the world number one takes it, it's all too easy at the moment...


    Viktor Troicki, speaking to BBC TV's Sonali Shah ahead of his meeting with childhood friend Novak Djokovic: "We know each other very well. We played our first match as under-10s in Belgrade and I beat him 9-0. I've not had so much success against him since then! Maybe I can use that win as inspiration! But I will focus on my own game."


    From Edward Ditchfield on Twitter: "Djokovic is just so fast on grass - he gets to everything. As much as I want Fed to win, it's hard to see anyone stopping Nole."

    Djokovic 6-3 Troicki*

    I'm hearing the third matches have been cancelled elsewhere, as Djokovic moves into a 40-15 lead... only needs one of those set-points, the Serb laces a forehand winner down the line...

    *Djokovic 5-3 Troicki

    Troicki with this low ball toss and choppy service action, races into a 40-0 lead before stabbing a forehand long. But, in the end, that's a regulation hold...

    Djokovic 5-2 Troicki*

    Shot of the day so far from Djokovic, scuttling backwards before scooping a cross-court forehand winner - 40-0. Djokovic closes things out with an lolloping forehand volley, the world number one looks like he's trundling happily along in third gear at the moment.

    *Djokovic 4-2 Troicki

    Djokovic tugs an attempted forehand pass well wide but follows up with a forehand down the line that had so much sizzle, it was spitting oil. Backhand winner from Djokovic this time, his follow through resembling a cut through point in cricket, and he makes it 15-40 with a wrong-footing backhand winner. Troicki into the net with a forehand, another break.

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "I always found it difficult playing against somebody I spent time with away from the court, because you're in the ultimate competition, it's man against man. And if you like somebody too much, maybe you won't be as aggressive as you should be."


    From Jessica Alice Shaw on Twitter: "If this Djoko match finishes quickly, why not bump a game up to ease backlog?surely that's point of CC roof?"


    From Paul in Sevenoaks, via text on 81111: "Novak is a class act! Sitting on centre and second point of match Troicki plays some unbelievable defensive shots, loses point but Novak gives a little acknowldgement about his opponent's skill - you have to love the guy."

    Djokovic 3-2 Troicki*

    Djokovic is unable to pick that pass off his toes before the defending champion nets with a forehand to make it 0-30. Djokovic pulls out a plum of a first serve for 15-30 before Troicki creates the break-point courtesy of a classical, lunging forehand volley. That's tame from Djokovic, Troicki piling into the return to get the set back on serve.

    *Djokovic 3-1 Troicki

    These two men have played twice in Slams, Djokovic winning at the US in 2010 and Australian in 2011. Djoko won in five sets in New York, Troicki retired hurt after one set in Melbourne. Djoko shows his compatriot what he's all about with a thumping overhead before Troicki whips a forehand long to hand Djokovic a break-point... Troicki into the net with a backhand after a lengthy exchange, Djokovic with the break...

    Djokovic 2-1 Troicki*

    Djokovic struggling with his timing on a couple of shots but Troicki misses with an attempted pass before handing Djokovic the hold with another ballooned forehand. Centre Court nearly full, not sure why only nearly, there's not much else to do at the moment other than huddle under umbrellas drinking Pimms set at the same price as liquid gold.

    *Djokovic 1-1 Troicki

    Troicki wins his first point of the match, stepping in behind a well-directed serve and putting away the drive-volley to make it 15-30, and that's cute from Troicki, hunting down a net cord and nibbling over an angled backhand. Djokovic with a forehand into the tramlines and Troicki seals the hold with an ace out wide.

    Djokovic 1-0 Troicki*

    Djokovic moves into a 30-0 lead with cross-court backhand winner before sending down his first ace... tremendous scrambling again by Trocki but Djokovic knows his opponent's game, leaving Troicki rooted with another dinky backhand winner.

  50. 1822:  

    Djokovic won the toss and is going to serve first...

  51. 1819:  

    Players knocking up now on Centre, as news reaches me it's looking unlikely we'll have any more play on the uncovered courts for the rest of the day. These two will team up to play doubles for Serbia at the Olympics, which are to take place in London later this month. Mano-a-mano, defending champion Djokovic leads Troicki 11-1 and has won 10 straight.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "There's been a remarkable change in Azarenka's attitude at Wimbledon. At the French Open, she was very whiny, looking to her camp a lot. Here, she's been very business-like, very positive - and what a difference it's made. She hasn't dropped a set yet."


    Victoria Azarenka, speaking to BBC TV's Sonali Shah: "The atmosphere out there on Centre Court is so special. You walk out there and you want to play your best. When it works out, it's a perfect combination. I hope I can give more. I'm always looking to improve but today I really stepped it up from my previous matches. It's different when the roof is closed - it's less windy. But I love Centre Court - covered, uncovered, raining, not raining, it's beautiful."

  54. 1816:  

    Many thanks Michael, Ben Dirs here with ball-by-ball coverage of Novak Djokovic v Viktor Troicki, the first time two Serbian men have met in the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament.

  55. 1814:  

    Unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek is up next for Victoria Azarenka. She has decent form on grass, but may end up fuel for the Azarenka furnace as the number two seed chugs ominous from left to right across the women's draw. Just 14 games, and not one set, dropped across her four games so far.


    Sarah has texted 81111: "Not sure what's more depressing. Watching rain on the window as I only live a couple of miles from Centre Court. Or Azarenka v Ivanovic. Definitely losing the argument with my husband re equal prize money."


    James, from Leeds, on 81111: "All those saying Murray having to come back tomorrow is a disadvantage for him are looking too far ahead. It's an advantage. Why? Because Del Potro v Ferrer won't even start tonight and it's got potential marathon written all over it. Winner of that will be Murray's most dangerous opponent yet."

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "That is a statement win from Azarenka. There's not been a lot of talk about her being a favourite here, but if she starts to play like that, she's going to be awfully hard to beat."

    Azarenka 6-1 6-0 Ivanovic

    After Feathergate in the previous game, a snapper drops his long lens with a clatter in the middle of the opening rally of the game. Victoria Azarenka holds her concentration better to move 0-15 up. Ivanovic shows a nice touch at the net to bring up 30-30, and an Azarenka block return drifts wide for 40-30. Ivanovic gets her finger out to challenge a baseline call on the next point but there is no love for her from the video review. Azarenka has deuce, then a break and match point, that is converted via yet another miscue from Ivanovic. Kind of a sums up Ivanovic who looked less and less likely to win as each rally wore on.


    Victoria Azarenka beats Ana Ivanovic 6-1 6-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Ivanovic has been off-balance this entire match. Azarenka has done such a great job of mixing her shots - her paces, her spins - that Ivanovic doesn't know what to expect."

    Azarenka 6-1 5-0 Ivanovic*

    A nice romantic scene as a feather drifts down from up above, distracting Victoria Azarenka in the middle of her service action. It is a bit like the opening shot in Forrest Gump. It turns a bit more sinister though as the first feather is followed by a few dozen more. The ball boys scamper to clean up the mess. No sign of a corpse in the rafters, but it can't be healthy to lose that much foliage. Down on court Azarenka sees off a break point to move 5-0 up and within a nose blow of victory.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Every shot Azarenka plays, it looks as if she knows exactly what she wants to do. From very early on, it's been apparent that she wanted to break down the Ivanovic backhand - make Ivanovic beat her with her worst shot."

    *Azarenka 6-1 4-0 Ivanovic

    Ivanovic's baseline arsenal is fluffy and flaky compared to the titanium edged weapons that Azarenka is wielding. One tremendous cross-court running forehand skips past Ivanovic when it seems she has the rally won and the Serb has no answer. A double break is in the bag for Azarenka and she surely only needs to nudge to start a full Ivanovic collapse.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Ivanovic is not a natural mover. That's an area where Azarenka is head and shoulders above her opponent. She's making sure she's in position for her shots, while at the same time trying to get Ivanovic off-balance. Azarenka is very good from the middle of the court. Once you stretch her to the corners, she can't play her offensive game."

    WHAT A SHOT! - Azarenka 6-1 3-0 Ivanovic*

    A hold to love from Azarenka. The highlight was a picture-postcard parabola of a lob which crashlands just inside the baseline to bring up 40-0. Sexy tennis as Ruud Gullit might say.

    *Azarenka 6-1 2-0 Ivanovic

    Break point Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic is even deeper in the mire as her first serve strays over the service line. The Serb is being short-changed every time she tries to trade groundstrokes and her forehand drifts harmlessly past Azarenka to give the number two seed the game.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "The amazing statistic about Ana Ivanovic is that she has not been to a Grand Slam quarter-final since winning the French Open in 2008. That's 16 Grand Slams without going past the last 16. It's very important for her to get a good lead in this second set, and get some positive energy."

    Azarenka 6-1 1-0 Ivanovic*

    Game scampering from Ana Ivanovic, but it can only prolong, rather than win, the point as Azarenka unloads with a whipping forehand winner. A double from Azarenka though, followed by a half-volley slipping long, gives Ivanovic break point. The Serb celebrates with a clenched fist and an involuntary quad curl. It is not a sight we see again though. Ivanovic has not got the consistency to press the issue anfd Azarenka makes it through.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "Ivanovic really needs to get back to trying to build points. She's firing shots all over the court and you can't do that against Azarenka."

    GAME AND FIRST SET - *Azarenka 6-1 Ivanovic

    Victoria Azarenka clambers all over Ivanovic's second serve, slamming away a backhand winner to bring up two break points. Ivanovic is being pinned to the backboards by the sheer force of Azarenka's battering and she can only parry wide off another forceful groundstroke. First set slides the Belarussian's way.

  72. 1732:  

    Azarenka serves out the final point of the game to take a 5-1 lead as we resume. With Ivanovic-Azarenka the only show in this drizzly part of town we are going to go game-by-game if you don't mind.

  73. 1730:  

    Azarenka is still rocking the lycra white leggings. I reckon it might get a little warm for those once we are up and running. We regularly see the men, strip off, swab down and slip into a fresh shirt. Not sure that is going to be a viable option for Azarenka if she fancies a costume change.

  74. 1726:  

    Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic stroll back out to a polite smattering of applause. Still plenty of seats empty as they begin their knock-up. Not sure where the punters are. it is not the weather for venturing far outdoors.

  75. 1722:  

    Great shot of Victoria Azarenka, earphones in place, bobbing and bouncing just outside the All England Club locker rooms waiting for the nod to head back out. Not sure what is being piped into her lugholes, but it looks for a moment like she might be about to bust out the Macarena.

  76. 1717:  

    A little result that slipped through the net during a frenetic last half hour was 17th seed Maria Kirilenko overcoming 6-1 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 Peng Shuai to book her place in the last eight.


    Alex Johnson on Twitter: "Imperial March? I'm think Thunderbirds would be far more appropriate."

  78. 1704:  

    Victoria Azarenka leads Ana Ivanovic 4-1 40-30 as the pair of them head out the back for a quick game of time-killing babyfoot or something. The covers have already been peeled back to reveal the court surface already but there is a bit of a fandango with balancing up the aircon and the like before the players reappear. I'd give it 20 minutes or so.

  79. 1658:  

    That rain that I promised you 'in the next 20 minutes' back at 1543 BST has finally arrived. I blame the post. Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka only just make it off Centre Court without being smothered underneath the court cover. No messing around now from the Wimbledon powers-that-be. The Centre Court roof closes. There should be some musical accompaniment I think, 'the Imperial March' from Star Wars perhaps...

  80. 1653:  

    Richard Gasquet was the only man not to have dropped a set en route to the fourth round. That record will not make it through to the last eight even if he does. He trails German 31st seed Florian Mayer 6-3 2-1 out on Court Three.


    Katie Douglas on Twitter: "Fish takes the first set :) hope Tsonga goes out, less competition for Murray."

    Indeed Katie. Murray is on course to face either his French Open conqueror David Ferrer or Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals. Tsonga is the highest-seeded opponent he could face in the semi-finals.

  82. 1644:  

    Over on Court Two, French powerhouse Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has lost the first set to American 10th seed Mardy Fish 6-4. Not a single break point for Tsonga in that opener either.

  83. 1641:  

    Victoria Azarenka has pocketed a break in the opening game of her match against Ana Ivanovic for a 2-0 lead. There is an air of Anne White's 1985 catsuit to the Belarussian's get-up today. She has slipped on pair of lycra leggings under her dress to keep her knees from going blue in the cold.

  84. 1635:  

    As Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka get going on Centre, Andy Murray has chalked up the first set on Court One, breaking Marin Cilic to love to take the opener 7-5. A game-by-game blow-by-blow account is unfolding over on these pages for your reading pleasure.

  85. 1629:  

    Serena Williams' match against Yarolsava Shvedova was the only other match to continue in the rain. The American is a trooper though. "I didn't feel like it was that wet," she said.

    "I never felt like I was going to slip. I thought about it. I felt around with my shoes. It felt fine to me. I didn't know the other matches had stopped. I was glad we didn't stop."

  86. 1628:  

    Defending champion Petra Kvitova could meet Azarenka in the semi-finals. The Czech had a bit of a scare against Francesca Schiavone earlier today and was thankfully to the rain gods for putting off her Italian opponent.

    Schaivone was slightly less thankful to the Wimbledon authorities. "When it's humid, the grass, you can't play. Doesn't matter if it's important moment or another moment," she has told a press conference.

  87. 1622:  

    Out on Centre Court Ana Ivanovic, coached by Britain's Nigel Sears, loses an overhead smash in the swirling wind as she warms up with Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka, world number two, last year's semi-finalist and Australian Open champion, must be pretty near the top of the list of contenders for the women's title after Maria Sharapova's defeat earlier today.

  88. 1617:  

    That Britain up arrow has been collecting cobwebs outside the Andy Murray live game-by-game text commentaries recently. Time to dust it off though as British junior Katy Dunne has overcome 10th seeded American Chalena Scholl in the girls' singles.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 6-3 Malisse

    Some of the crowd get a little over-eager and have to be dampened down by a verbal warning from the chair as Federer crosses off the first four points without reply. They really do love old Fed out here... Malisse keeps them waiting for another point as he jabs back, but Federer is not to be denied. He scoops up his bag and heads back behind the sightscreens quickfast after sealing his win. A bit of a rubdown is required to ease off some of those spasming back muscles ahead of a last-eight encounter with either Denis Istomin or Mikhail Youzhny.


    Karina Ng on Twitter: "Federer spins, slices and cuts so well, I think he could make a guest appearance on MasterChef ."

  91. 1607:  

    On Court Two now we have Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the fifth seed, against Mardy Fish, the American 10th seed. Peng of China won that second-set tie-break against Kirilenko 8-6, that match into a decider.


    Roger Federer beats Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 5-3 Malisse

    Malisse refuses to be evicted from this contest on his own serve and a zipppy forehand sees him home from deuce. Over to you Rog.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 5-2 Malisse*

    Federer is asking for the next bullet from the ball boys before each big serve has even been gathered up by their colleagues at the other end. A hold to love in double-quick time.

  95. 1600:  

    Eighth seed Angelique Kerber has demolished Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 on Court Three, not how the four-time major champion would have wanted to bow out of her final Wimbledon.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 4-2 Malisse

    Federer darts a backhand past Malisse at the net to bring up 15-40 and two break points. No need to go on the attack on the next rally though, as the Swiss cuts backhand slices to the baseline and Malisse does the job for him. Lured into steeling his arm, the Belgian clubs a forehand into the net to put Federer a break up.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 3-2 Malisse*

    Federer rattles through a service game to get his snout ahead for the first time in the set.


    Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, speaking to BBC TV's Garry Richardson: "I think it's extremely unlikely that we would schedule night sessions at Wimbledon. You take somewhere such as Melbourne - that's a city-centre location. Most people drive to the US Open. We don't have night sessions and there are no plans for them. The aim here is to complete the scheduled day's play by using the roof on Centre Court."


    Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, speaking to BBC TV's Garry Richardson: "Early starts are a possibility. But we do get complaints from people travelling from all over the country who can't get here for a 1pm start. You've also got the situation where there is wear and tear on the court. And Centre Court is the one which is subject to more play than any other. We play on grass; it's a natural surface but there is wear and tear."


    Emma Sanders on Twitter: "Federer looks a bit tentative. Made quite a few errors so far. Had to save a few break points too!"

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 2-2 Malisse*

    Just when he looks like he is against the ropes, Federer comes out swinging. Malisse realises he is in trouble just too late, Federer dives under the door and is off and away with the break.

  102. 1554:  

    Over on Court 1, Andy Murray is taking on Marin Cilic for a place in the quarter-final. Tom Fordyce is describing that one.

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "Roger is labouring pretty big time right now. At the moment, he's lost a good 10 or 15mph off his serve but it hasn't cost him."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "Federer is totally unsettled out there. Something's going on inside there. He's freaking out that he's feeling this way."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "Federer just doesn't look like he can move at all. He's hoping these painkillers will take effect."

  106. 1551:  

    On Court 14, Britain's Marray and Nielsen of Denmak take the first set against Quereshi and Rojer on a tie-break. Kirilenko and Peng are into a second-set breaker, Clijsters 5-0 down against Kerber in the second, not sure they've been on court 40 minutes yet...

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 1-2 Malisse*

    Federer get his name on the board. A shot of Mrs Federer in the players' box as they head into the changeover and there are some creases of concerns across Mirka's forehead.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 0-2 Malisse

    Four meaty serves from Malisse slap down to compound the break. Federer is struggling to find the emergency brake on this runaway train. He may not look the destination of where it is heading either...

  109. 1547:  

    Clijsters is 3-0 down in the second set against Kerber, what is possibly her final Wimbledon appearance could be a chastening one. Kirilenko breaks back in the second set against Peng...

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 0-1 Malisse*

    Looks like Roger Federer could do with a bit of a precipitation break as Xavier Malisse threads a winner past him on the first of two break points. In the last round against Julien Benneateau, the great man's concentration seemed to go walkabout for a fair while. COuld there be something similar happening here?


    BBC TV commentator Louise Pleming: "Can Agnieszka Radwanska win Wimbledon? That's a tough one. You've got some big hitters still left in the draw. That's a problem. Serena is going to be too powerful. Kvitova too. Some players can hurt her. But I would never say Agnieszka can't win a Grand Slam. You look at her, she's so consistent, so calm. You are going to have to beat her. She will not lose to you."


    Sabine Lisicki, speaking to BBC TV's Sonali Shah: "It's unbelievable. I've beaten Maria Sharapova for the first time. I just went for my shots from the first point on. She is a fighter but I am a fighter too. I fought to the last point. The last game was tough but I fought it out. I'm happy. I'm getting better with each match. This is my favourite tournament. I love it here!"

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "This is why Malisse has been around for as long as he has. Federer's concentration dropped just a little bit and he was able to pounce on that."

  114. 1543:  

    Rumour (and when I say 'rumour' I mean a public announcement from a well-informed sounding lady from somewhere deep in the bowels of the WImbledon media centre) is that the rain will be back with us inside the next 20 minutes.

  115. 1541:  

    Denis Istomin won a fourth-set tie-breaker against Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, we're into a decider on Court 18.

    GAME AND THIRD SET - *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-6 Malisse

    No sign of any nerves from Xavier Malisse as he blasts through some rather half-hearted resistance from Federer in that final game. The number three will be regathering himself to go over the top in an attempt to polish off the match I'm sure.

  117. 1539:  

    Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska is through 6-2 6-3 against Camila Giorgi of Italy, the Pole will play either Kirilenko or Peng next, Peng currently serving for the second set.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 4-5 Malisse*

    Federer returns the favour with a whip-smart service game of his own. It will all be in vain though if Malisse can serve out in the next game though...

  119. 1537:  

    Kerber has splattered Clijsters 6-1 in the first set of their fourth-round match, sounds like the German is sending a fair few winners down. Radwanska broken when serving for the match against Giorgi...

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 3-5 Malisse

    Xavier Malisse hold to love in less than two minutes. The ball boys got more of a work-out than he did in that game I reckon.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 3-4 Malisse*

    No dice for Malisse as Roger Federer peppers the chalk with a barrage of pinpoint serves. The crowd see news of Maria Sharapova's demise flashed on the scoreboard as the players settle for a changeover and ooh and ahh in unison. Hope none of them have been complaining about the Russian's grunts and groans...

  122. 1532:  

    Kirilenko has broken back against Peng on Court 12, Clijsters is getting a battering on Court Three, 5-1 down against Kerber. Meanwhile on Court Two, Radwanska is serving for the match against Camila Giorgi...

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "What a way for Lisicki to end it - an ace on a second serve. She clearly had a game plan to dictate. But it's one thing to have a game plan, it's another to execute it. The crowd love the way she plays and the way she shows her emotions."

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 2-4 Malisse

    Xavier Malisse holds his serve in doublequick time. Another huff, puff and attempt to blow down the teetering Federer serve to come up next.

  125. 1528:  

    Lisicki blows a match-point against Sharapova, putting a forehand well long, before Sharapova does the same to hand the German another one. Lisicki chokes again, plonking a makeable forehand into the net, before Sharapova yanks a return wide... but Lisicki takes the third with an ace down the middle. The 15th seed loves that, we've even got tears, and her reward is a quarter-final against either Clijsters or fellow German Kerber.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 2-3 Malisse*

    Xavier Malisse manages to get just one more ball back in a magnificent rearguard baseline action and is rewarded as Roger Federer buries a groundstroke into the net to give him 30-40. Federer scoops up the mess he has put himself in with a decent pace serve, but a powderpuff attempt at a drop-shot gives Malisse a second break point. Federer shakes down, has a word to himself and rakes it back off the table. He holds, but Federer is grinding around the gearbox without finding that top gear.

  127. 1523:  

    We've got a fourth-set tie-breaker between Youzhny and Istomin, Peng hanging onto her second-set break against Kirilenko, bidding to take that into a decider.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 1-3 Malisse

    Malisse has shaken off the malaise. The Belgian was a limp as sandwich lettuce at the end of the second but he is matching Federer at the start of the third. The Swiss, who has dropped his game a notch or so as well, pumps a little long to hand over the game.

  129. 1521:  

    ... Sharapova forces Lisicki to serve out for the match, but the German looks well up for this...

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 1-2 Malisse*

    No repeating the trick for Xavier Malisse as Roger Federer holds to love. A bit of a shot over the bows before the Belgian's next service game as well perhaps?

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "The key for Sabine Lisicki here is to play the same way and not let up against Sharapova. She has to go for shots, fire in the big serves, try to dictate."

  132. 1517:  

    Kirilenko having smashed her way to a 6-1 first set victory over Peng, the Chinese 30th seed has broken in the second for a 3-1 lead. Youzhny and Istomin are 5-5 in the fourth, Youzhny leads 2-1 in sets. Sharapova serving to stay in the match...

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 0-2 Malisse

    The X-man holds serve to keep that break fresh. Something to mentally tuck into in the changeover.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 0-1 Malisse*

    Xavier Malisse is still twitching. He prises two break points from Roger Federer's vice-like grip and, although the first is whipped from underneath him by an authoritative Federer smash, he converts the second. A long, Lord-of-the-Ringsesque route, full of distance and danger, back into the match from here though.

  135. 1512:  

    Kim Clijsters, the number 23 seed, is on Court Three against Angelique Kerber, the eighth seed - Kerber has just broken in the first game...

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 Malisse

    Big arched eyebrows from Xavier Malisse as he settles back onto his stool having had the second set pilfered from him in just 24 minutes. Drawn to the net on the first of two set and break points, he is left groping as Roger Federer unfurls that long languid backhand to send a winner looping past him.

  137. 1508:  

    Radwanska, the third seed, takes the first set against Camila Giorgi 6-2, Sharapova staring down the barrel, she's 4-1 down in the second against a bullish Sabine Lisicki.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 5-1 Malisse*

    Malisse chisels out a break point at 30-40, Federer pockets it to make his way to deuce, but is in trouble again as a running forehand swat pings into the open court from the Belgian. Malisse cannot get over the line though, he is struggling to pick up the ball off the surface and nets in the next rally. Federer, all silk and satin, as he strokes his way through the next two points.

  139. 1504:  

    On Court 14, Britain's Jonathan Marray and Denmark's Brian Nielsen are 2-2 with eighth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. Kirilenko and Peng back in play on Court 12, the Russian won the first set 6-1.


    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is having a day out at Wimbledon: "GRRR. Spitting and they go off! (I'm a punter now) Fire up the roof."

    WHAT A SHOT! - *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 4-1 Malisse

    No doubt who the rain break has benefitted more. Federer presses the net and Malisse lamps a forehand over the baseline behind him to offer up 15-40 and two break points. Federer makes up an acre to get the top of his racquet to an attempted Malisse pass and somehow cushions a killer drop volley over the net to snatch up a double-break. Lovely stuff.

  142. 1459:  

    Lisicki, returning like a demon, breaks Sharapova early in the second for a 2-0 lead, the top seed can't be finding it easy in this wind with that steepling ball toss of hers.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 3-1 Malisse*

    Bish, bash, bosh. A hold to love from Federer to consolidate.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 2-1 Malisse

    Xavier Malisse hands Roger Federer a break point and then waves him through by absolutely butchering a forehand, framing it up towards the second tier. Federer gets his nose in front in this third set.

  145. 1456:  

    Defending champion Petra Kvitova has recovered to beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1 in two hours 39 minutes, the fourth seed will play four-time champion Serena Williams next.

    Federer 7-6 (7-1) 1-1 Malisse*

    Whatever was afflicting Roger Federerat the endof the first set has not ceased up on him in the break. The Swiss maestro rolls through to 40-0, a cosy little drop-shot settles into the net on the next rally, but the number three seed finds his range to send another dribbling over soon after and pull level.

  147. 1453:  

    Radwanska is looking like a real threat in the women's draw, the third seed demolished Heather Watson of Britain in round three and is now doing much the same to Italy's Camila Giorgi, 4-1 up in the first and serving.

  148. 1449:  

    That rain seems to have put Schiavone right out of whack on Court Three, Kvitova blasting into a 4-0 lead in the deciding set. Sharapova v Lisicki about to restart on Court One, that's 0-0 in the second after Germany's Lisicki took the first.

    *Federer 7-6 (7-1) 0-1 Malisse

    Xavier Malisse is first to crank over the service arm out on Centre and there is still plenty of pop to his tee-off. A kicker out wide seals the first game of the second set.

  150. 1447:  

    Petra Kvitova has a break out on Court Three and leads Francesca Schiavone 4-0 in the decider of their match. The Italian will be a little peeved if she returns to the locker room beaten to discover that play was paused on Number One and Centre for a full half hour, just as she was starting to struggle.

  151. 1443:  

    Finally Roger Federer and Xavier Malisse emerge blinking into the gloom from the locker room to relieved cheers from the Centre Court crowd. The pair of them will need a fair bit of a knock-up to get warm again. Think they only have barley water back there when Bovril is more the order of the day.

  152. 1436:  

    They haven't got their act together at Wimbledon, different decisions being made by different umpires all over the complex - while we're still waiting for play to restart on Centre, number three seed Agnieszka Radwanska has started her match against Camila Giorgi and is an early break up.

  153. 1435:  

    Shades of Tony Blair inciting the wrath of the Women's Institute as the Centre Crowd crowd slow handclap the groundspeople after another moisture check. They could do with a giant kitchen roll roller going up and down to keep it crisp and dry out there. Or they could shut that expensive lid.

  154. 1432:  

    Looks like Schiavone's head's gone a bit, lots of chat with the umpire, presumably over the fact they weren't taken off for the squally shower. On Court 17, women's doubles top seeds Huber and Raymond have forced a break in the third set, they lead Groenefeld and Martic 3-2. Schiavone and Kvitova sat on court wrapped in towels again, the Italian getting very agitated with the umpire now, she fancies putting her feet up on the radiator for half an hour. Instead, they're playing again...

  155. 1429:  

    Some of the softer members of the Centre Court crowd are sheltering under brollies, most people more than happy with macs, hoods down. Still a lot of licked fingers being stuck in the air and whispered words into walkie-talkies out on the court surface though. The courtcoverers are straining at the leash to put their training once again...


    Serena Williams, speaking after her victory over Yaroslava Shvedova: "I didn't want to lose today. I thought: 'Just stay relaxed.' I knew if I could play better, it would be better. I felt fine out there. I'm not tired. I'm not anything. I feel I can play so much better than I have been. If I couldn't, it would be a problem. Today, I didn't serve as well as I could. But you know me, I'm never satisfied."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "I think Serena is the greatest server in the history of the women's game, but she's not moving as well and her opponents are picking up on that. She's having problems with some of the balls she's always covered more easily."

    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Serena is one of the great competitors of all time and she needed it out here. It was difficult for her, particularly against an opponent in Shvedova who caught fire in the second set. Serena sailed through the first set, then lost control in the second, and she had to dig it out in the third. She had to show that champion's will. I'm sure she will play better in the quarter-finals."

  159. 1423:  

    Towels being laid out on the players' chairs on Centre Court now, may not be too long now. Here come the line judges in their nice cream trews...

  160. 1422:  

    Kirilenko won that first set against Peng 6-1, but they're currently off for the rain. They eventually resumed on Court Three and that small break seems to have benefited defending champion more, Kvitova nicking the set 7-5 to take the match into a decider.

  161. 1421:  

    The courtcoverers have peeled back the taurpaulin on centre and an important-looking man, who we believe to be senior groundsman Neil Stubley, has wiped the back of his hand across the surface to check how much the turf have sweated during its brief time in its cagoule.

  162. 1417:  

    Youzhny and Istomin are still going at it, which in itself shows the rain isn't that bad at the moment - that match one set all, 26th seed Mikhail Youzhny leads 3-2, with a break, in the third.

  163. 1416:  

    Rightio, Mike Henson here just taking over from Aimee Lewis. Highlights of Andy Murray's win over Marcos Baghdatis are playing on the scoreboards on Centre, not a lot of people hanging around for that. The roof isn't providing any additional entertainment, still resolutely open to the elements.

  164. 1413:  

    Four-time champion Serena Williams has won, beating Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 2-6 7-5. No idea what's going on on Court Three, Schiavone and Kvitova wrapped in towels for five minutes while the umpire gets on the blower. Why not just take them off?


    Will, London, on 81111: "Re Ash in Swindon. 'Not in the world top three' is ludicrous - when has the world top three ever been a recognised thing, apart from if you're trying to do down the world number four? And you presumably only regard the Slams as note-worthy, given that Andy has won 22 singles titles, including 8 Masters Series. As for winning comfortably - let's hope so. Come on Andy!"

  166. 1408:   
    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "The organisers sometimes get some heat for closing the roof, but I think it's fantastic and the players love it. They might feel some pressure because they had that day when there wasn't much rain yet they played under the roof. If in doubt though, close it."

  167. 1407:  

    Play suspended on most courts now, but Serena Williams is still out there and is serving for the match having broken Shvedova late in the third set...


    Pete in Stockport on text: "It's a bit of a joke really that defending champion Kvitova is playing on Court Three. She, more than anyone, has earned the right to play every match on Centre at least."

  169. 1403:  

    The players pack their packs and quickly head for shelter before the groundstaff appear from nowhere to pull the covers over Centre.


    Mason on Twitter: "I didn't think it would be possible for the Wimbledon crowd to get behind Roger more but an injured Roger? Poor Malisse."

  171. 1403:  
    Federer 7-6 (7-1) Malisse

    Federer heads to the changeover with a 5-1 lead. He bounces the ball, seemingly endlessly, before tossing the yellow bullet high into the murky sky. The third seed targets Malisse's backhand and the Belgian eventually wilts, before stumbling onto his backside. Malisse, making his 12th appearance at SW19, now needs treatment and brollies are mushrooming around Centre Court.

  172. 1400:  

    Sharapova clawed her way back into that first set against Lisicki on Court One, only for the German to break for 6-4. Russia's Maria Kirilenko has an early break against Peng of China...

  173. 1358:   
    Barry Davies , BBC Sport

    "We understand that Federer has received treatment for problems with the lower back."

  174. 1356:  
    TIE-BREAK - Federer 6-6 Malisse

    Malisse and Federer decide to tango at the net, and it's Federer who displays the footwork of a prima ballerina - a delicate volley taking him to 0-15. Three break-back points for Federer, greeted with a grimace and a clenched fist... and he takes the set to a tie-break, Federer gliding to the net and stretching every sinew to beat Malisse with a cute backhand volley.

  175. 1357:  

    Shvedova and Serena are going deep into a decider, 4-4 with serve as I write. Kvitova and Schiavone are 5-5 in the second, the Italian having taken the first.

  176. 1354:  

    It's all about golf in the Royal Box today, with Mr and Mrs Els, Mr and Mrs Poulter and Mr Casey and girlfriend Pollyanna on the list. They'll all be staring wistfully at Centre Court wishing all greens could be as flat as this...

  177. 1352:  
    Federer 5-6 Malisse*

    Two break points for Malisse... The duo embark on a baseline battle and it's Federer who blinks first, netting a simple forehand. "What's wrong with Roger," a man in front of me asks his wife, while unwrapping a ham sarnie at the same time.

  178. 1351:  

    Second on Court 12 are 17th seed Maria Kirilenko and 30th seed Shuai Peng, the Chinese player took the first game with serve.

  179. 1350:  
    *Federer 5-5 Malisse

    Federer emerges from the changeover a little gingerly but it is unclear what is bothering him, especially when he dabs a lovely backhand volley for 15-30. Malisse's serve comes to his rescue, an ace taking the unseeded Belgium over the finishing line.

  180. 1346:  

    Denis Istomin took that second set against Youzhny 7-5, one set all. Kvitova and Schiavone locked at 4-4 in the second set on Court Three...


    Tafi 75 on Twitter: "Is it just me or does Xavier Malisse really look like a long lost brother of Pat Rafter?"

  182. 1346:  
    Federer 5-4 Malisse*

    Nothing wrong with Federer during that service game as he completes a straight-forward hold to head for the changeover in quick-sharp time.

    *Federer 4-4 Malisse

    Cheers and warm applause greet Federer's return and he heads straight to the baseline to prepare to face Malisse's bullets. Malisse, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, concludes the game with a fabulous volley, which drops dead at the other side of the net. Even a fully fit Federer wouldn't have been able to do much about that.

  184. 1343:  

    Over on Court 18, Mikhail Youzhny took the first set 6-3 against Denis Istomin and is serving to stay in the second set at 5-6.

  185. 1342:   
    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "This is unheard of for Federer. Everyone's puzzled to put it mildly. I wonder if it's something that happened before the match."

  186. 1341:  

    No sign of Roger yet. Apparently he's asked for some pain killers. Malisse had draped a towel over his shoulders to keep warm but has now decided to leave his seat and is gambolling on the baseline.

  187. 1339:   
    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "These are extremely difficult conditions to play your best tennis. It's frustrating for the players because they have to back off. It's difficult serving right now. It's an equaliser."

  188. 1337:  

    Sharapova nicked an early break against Lisicki of Germany but has since lost four games in a row, while Serena and Shvedova are with serve in the deciding set, 2-1.


    Arya Tabrizi on Twitter: "Incredibly tough conditions on Centre. Could be an equaliser. Federer v Malisse."

  190. 1336:  
    Federer 4-3 Malisse*

    "Anything you can do, monsieur Malisse, I can do better," mutters Federer (I think). In a blink of an eye, the third seed has the game firmly in his back pocket before heading for the changeover, where he is currently receiving treatment... And, oh, the 16-time champion leaves the court and disappears through the green panelled doors with his physio. Hopefully it isn't anything too serious.

  191. 1333:  
    *Federer 3-3 Malisse

    Malisse races to a 40-0 lead and wraps up the game in some style, advancing to the net and deftly adjusting his stance to bamboozle Federer with a punchy volley.

  192. 1330:  

    Kvitova, who looked almost impervious in her fourth-round match, has been broken in the second set by Schiavone, the defending champion in serious trouble. Shvedova took the second set against Serena 6-2, we're into a decider.

  193. 1329:  
    Federer 3-2 Malisse*

    Federer, his crisp white t-shirt ruffling in the breeeze, launches a booming ace for deuce. He then pins the world number 75 on the baseline, forcing Malisse to plonk a simple forehand into the net. But hang on. "Ohh" sing the Centre Court patrons in unison as a magical Malisse forehand winner makes Federer look laden of foot. The man from Belgium is unable to maintain such standards, though, allowing Federer to inch ahead once more.

  194. 1323:  
    *Federer 2-2 Malisse

    The players emerge from the changeover, sweat dabbed away from their brows and energy levels high. It's a simple hold for the 31-year-old Malisse.


    Ash, Swindon on 81111: "What's all the fuss about Murray on Court1? He's not in the world top three, hasn't won anything of note, and should win comfortably. Hardly essential viewing."

  196. 1320:  
    Federer 2-1 Malisse*

    Malisse has only beaten his opponent once in 10 previous outings. At break point he has a sniff, but nets a simple forehand and Federer nudges ahead with an ace down the 'T' followed by a deft volley at the net. Federer displaying a craftsman's touch at the end of that game.

  197. 1317:   
    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "Petra Kvitova's not being allowed to be herself. You have to give all the dues to Francesca Schiavone. Kvitova has been playing so well in this tournament, but today Schiavone has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at her. Perhaps even the kitchen sink. And Kvitova is not a happy bunny."

  198. 1316:  
    *Federer 1-1 Malisse

    Federer and Malisse are two of five men aged 30 or over in the fourth round, the others being Mardy Fish, David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny. The last time there were five thirtysomethings in the last 16 at Wimbledon was back in the sepia-tinged days of 1975. Malisse proving there's plenty of bite left in the old dog, wriggling free from deuce to level.

  199. 1312:  

    Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone takes the first set against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, four-time champion Serena Willams is 4-2 down in the second set against Yaroslava Shvedova, the Kazakhstani having lost the first set 6-1.

  200. 1311:  
    Federer 1-0 Malisse*

    The Swiss master's serve as precise as his country's clocks in the opening game, Federer impressively holding to love before a relatively sparse Centre Court.

  201. 1308:  

    Roger Federer - cream pullover and white bandana - is warming up on Centre, practising his serves at the moment, and he needs to make sure those limbs are limber because it's considerably chiller here at SW19 than it was last week.

  202. 1305:  

    On Court 12, Austria's Tamira Paszek has one foot in the quarter-finals, she's 2-1 up, with a break, against 21st seed Roberta Vinci.


    Rob in Falkirk: "How many Wimby R4s did Tim play on court 1? Would Tim be moved there today if he was playing, yeah right."

  204. 1305:  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein is at the practice courts: "Murray, sporting Wimbledon whites, is now belting down serves and with some accuracy, reducing Golding to the role of ball boy. On the court behind, five, the Scot's fourth-round opponent Marin Cilic is working on his groundstrokes from a good four feet behind the baseline. The Croatian is decked in green top, blue shorts and white trainers. I make that 1-0 to Murray in the fashion stakes."

  205. 1258:  

    Ah, yes the roof. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, has been speaking about the old roof. He had this to say to BBC TV's Garry Richardson: "The roof on Centre Court was built with planning consent based on an 11pm finish. We are based in a residential area. There are safety issues - transport has to be available at Southfields Station. We don't want 15,000 people stranded there. We agreed from the day permission was given that we would finish at 11pm. But the key is that we finish the match at the fairest possible time for the players. There was some communication with the local authority on Saturday. It was relatively informal. We didn't have to bring the players off the moment the clock ticked from 10.59PM to 11:00; the aim was to stop the game at the fairest possible time for the players. 11pm is the definitive cut-off time and then we bring players off the court as fairly as possible."

  206. 1255:  

    There could be a shock on Court 12 where Tamira Paszek has won the first set 6-2 against Italian Roberta Vinci, but it's as predicted over on Court 18. Russia's Mikhail Youzhny securing the opening set 6-3 against lesser known opponent Denis Istomin. Efficient rather than eye catching from the 26th seed, who hit four fewer winners than his opponent but crucially gobbled up the only break point of the set.

  207. 1249:   
    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "I just felt a lack of intensity and personality from Shvedova in that first set. She's one of the biggest characters on the women's circuit, but she was very passive there. She didn't make a lot of first serves, and you have to do that against Serena. I'd like to see her swing at the ball and take a few risks."

  208. 1248:  

    Serena's fourth ace of the match helps her wrap up the first set 6-1 in a blistering 26 minutes. The four-time champion is certainly on song, hitting 12 winners while making merely four errors. Shedova not getting many opportunities on the American's booming serve.

  209. 1244:  

    A little wobble for defending champion Petra Kvitova on Court Three as she has been broken early by the dogged Francesca Schiavone, who leads 3-1 in the first set. Mikhail Youzhny is in control over on Court 18, where he leads Denis Istomin 5-3. And finally, Tamira Paszek is serving for the first set.

  210. 1240:   
    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    It's a long way from a golden set for Yaroslava Shvedova this, isn't it?"

  211. 1239:  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "The skies have cleared and the practice courts are now a hive of activity. Andy Murray trades in his usual court 15 for court two and with Ana Ivanovic hitting on court one, who would blame him? Murray's working with British youngsters Oli Golding once again, while Ivanovic is training under the watchful eye of coach Nigel Sears, father of Murray's girlfriend Kim."

  212. 1237:  

    The latest Murray column is available on this website. [Cheers and whoops erupt in the homes and offices across the country.] The Scot said the atmosphere under the Centre Court roof during his victory over Marcos Baghdatis was akin to a football match. "It will certainly live long in the memory," says the Brit in his column. He also reveals he spent the build-up to Saturday's late night match playing a golf putting machine and says he might challenge coach Ivan Lendl to a game of crazy golf. If ever there was a contest I'd like to do live text commentary on...

  213. 1232:  

    Serena in a hurry to return to the warmth of her rented Wimbledon home. The sixth seed breaks Shvedova, who looks out of her depth on a blustery Court Two, to take a commanding 4-0 lead in the first set. The unseeded Tamira Paszek is also cruising, the Austrian 4-0 up against 21st seed Roberta Vinci. Upset?


    Harry Samuels on Twitter: "Murray's match should be on Centre Court. We can have a little bit of favouritism, surely?"

  215. 1228:   
    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Serena's gear is very important to her. She's the youngest of five sisters, and when she was growing up, they used to love dressing her up. Her look is as important to her as her forehand. And she loves pink. Have you ever known Serena not go on court with a fashion statement?"

  216. 1225:  

    Serena launches down her first ace of the match, and comfortably holds the opening service game before breaking her opponent for a 2-0 lead. Serena, of course, hit a record of 23 aces against China's Zheng Jie to keep alive her bid for a fifth singles title. Over on Court 18, it's with serve between Denis Istomin and Mikhail Youzhny at 1-1 in the first set. A sizeable crowd watching the pair slug it out.


    Matt Bristow on Twitter: "A British tournament, we want to see the British players on the best courts... disappointed!"

    Anthony Noble on Twitter: "Why should Murray always play on Centre? Women's champs often play on Court Two, even Three!"

    William Monteith on Twitter: "Should Murray get on Centre before the six-time former champion and current champion? Erm, no he should not..."

  218. 1217:  

    Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, speaking to BBC TV's Garry Richardson on the possibility of moving Andy Murray's match from Court One to Centre Court: "It's very unlikely we would switch a match from Court One. It's not totally out of the question but it's very unlikely." Asked specifically if Murray's match might move, Lewis said: "No. I think that's extremely unlikely."

  219. 1211:  

    The star attractions on Centre Court today will be Roger Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic. Fed, one of five men aged 30 or over to have reached this stage, opens proceedings against Belgium's Xavier Malisse and will be followed by an intriguing tie between Ivanovic and Azarenka. The final act (possibly) is set to be defending champion Novak Djokovic's contest against compatriot Viktor Troicki.


    BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overened on Twitter: "On air already on @BBC5LSX and @bbc5live coverage starts shortly with Krajicek, Novotna, Goran, Cash plus Barbara Schett joining us."

  221. 1205:  

    A group of lithe young men (17 of them to be precise), wearing the strange combination of waterproof jackets and shorts, have expertly removed the covers which were protecting Centre Court. Not a drop of condensation on the hallowed turf, which isn't looking as immaculate as it did this time last week; the baseline a dusty brown, although the middle of the court continues to look like a tasty Granny Smith.


    Freyja Symmonds on Twitter: "Could someone explain why Wimbledon officials have put Murray on Court No1 for fourth round match today? Disappointed!!!"

    Andrew Berry on Twitter: "Why on earth has Murray been scheduled on Court One? What nonsense."

    Alistair Nicholls on Twitter: "Surely #Wimbledon should be doing all they can to help Murray! With the forecast, putting him on Court One seems a crazy call!"

  223. 1156:   
    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "It's interesting that Andy Murray is on Court One. With the weather the way it is, we don't know if he will be able to finish today. But he was complaining of a few injuries after the win over Marcos Baghdatis - he fell a few times. Perhaps if he doesn't play today, it gives him a bit of time to recover."


    The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell on Twitter: "Rain all day at Wimbers? And Muzza left out in it on No 1 Court while Fed and Nole cruise through in easy matches under the roof."

  225. 1154:  

    The weather could play havoc with Andy Murray's battle against Marin Cilic on Court One. (Yes, the Brit is on Court One - that wasn't a typo.) What time the fourth seed will strut his stuff, I hear you ask. I do not know. The Scot will have to wait for Maria Sharapova and Sabine Lisicki to conclude their tussle before he can trot onto the turf.


    Evening Standard tennis correspondent Chris Jones on Twitter: "If the weather predictions for the week are correctly dire we will see the Centre Court the only one in use for a record amount of time."

  227. 1147:  

    All fourth round matches are scheduled for today, of course, making it the busiest day on the tennis calendar, but how many of those 16 matches will be completed depends on the elements. The drizzle has come to a temporary halt, which means Serena Williams must quickly dash to Court Two for the start of her match against Yaroslava Shvedova. But Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish, scheduled third on the same court, might be stuck in the locker room for quite some time.

  228. 1141:  

    News has just reached me that play will begin on courts two to 19 at midday so it's time to start stretching those hamstrings.

  229. 1140:  

    The covers may be off but you can pack up your sandals and put the straw hat back in the wardrobe because summer is over. The sky is the colour of dirty dishwater and wellies and rain coats will be the order of the day. "So far there hasn't been too many interruptions to play at Wimbledon but I suspect that could change this week," says BBC weatherman Simon King. "Certainly today's forecast isn't promising with overcast skies and persistent rain this morning lasting for most of the day and into the evening. There is a possibility of getting a drier spell around mid-afternoon but it's unlikely to last for long."

  230. 1135:  

    Quail, chicken and a day's rest will help Rufus recuperate from a sore leg, apparently. Hopefully middle Sunday helped the players recover from any aches and pains because we're in the second week, it's business time. Play has been delayed a tad but the covers have been removed on the outside courts and the ball boys and girls are rushing around to make sure we can hear the sound of ball on racquet soon.

  231. 1130:  

    Hello and welcome to the seventh day of The Championships! I'm pleased to say Rufus is taking the attention in his stride, or should I say in his span. The four-year-old harris hawk went missing on Thursday night, but was found in his abandoned box and will now enjoy a couple of days off before resuming his job of scaring pigeons. He has recently been filmed by a TV crew, although he refused to answer questions. Such a diva.


    BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter on Twitter: "It has been quite a trying few days for Rufus. Abandoned on Wimbledon Common after being stolen. Possibly by Wombles."

  233. 1125:  

    The paparazzi are jostling for prime position, furiously clicking their cameras and illuminating Centre Court with their flashbulbs all because a beautiful bird has entered the arena. Yes, Rufus the pigeon-scaring hawk has been found and he has the toast of Centre Court this morning.

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