Wimbledon 2012: day eight as it happened

Agnieszka Radwanska beats Maria Kirilenko in another late-night finish on Centre Court, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Serena Williams also through.

3 July 2012 Last updated at 21:59

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    Agnieszka Radwanska, speaking to BBC TV's Phil Jones: "I'm just very, very happy. It's the first time I've reached the semi-finals. There's no word to describe it. Today for me was like 40 hours. It's never easy with the conditions and we ended up playing the roof. In the end, I'm happy I got through in three sets. They told me right away when we finsighed on Court One that we might move to Centre. But I'm happier to finish in one day rather than go to the next day. I was just trying to be focused on every point and focused on my serve."

  2. 2152:  

    Radwanska will play Angelique Kerber in the semi-final after the German downed countrywoman Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-7 7-5. Next up on Centre Court is Andy Mu......no, only kidding. That really is it now, folks. Night.

  3. 2148:  

    Radwanska edges to 40-15 as Kirilenko's range-finder goes on the blink and she seals it with the first match point to make her first semi-final at Wimbledon. Radwanska wins 7-5 6-4 7-5.

    Barry Davies , BBC Sport

    "I'm glad they've both managed to win a game to settle themselves down but Radwanska was dicing with death in her last service game with that drop shot."

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "We've got to look back to that drop shot as being a game-changer for Radwanska. Then Kirilenko became unglued - three unforced errors in losing her serve."

  6. 2145:  

    Radwanska throws her racquet at that one and it's the glamour alright, yielding 0-30. It quickly becomes 0-40 and then game when Kirilenko yanks a forehand wide. Radwanska leads 6-5.

  7. 2142:  

    This feels very much like stealth tennis. Something only we know about. Like we've all snuck back onto Centre Court after hours. Radwanska finds herself 15-30 down but dominates the net like a squash player on the "T" to level and then plays the deftest of drop shots from out wide on her forehand flank that dies just over the net. A Kirilenko passing shot clips the line on Radwanska's backhand for deuce but Radwanska forces the hold for 5-5.

    Barry Davies , BBC Sport

    "I'm sure that the advice Maria Kirilenko's coach and father Yuri gave to her before she returned to court to face Agnieszka Radwanska was: 'You've got to go for her.'"

  9. 2136:  

    First point here we go. Radwanska sees the court open up in front of her but buries her smash in the net. Don't you hate it when that happens? She nabs the next point but Kirilenko creeps into the net and reacts when to a net-cord before stomping one into the empty forehand court for 40-15. Radwanska spoons up a loopy forehand and it floats long to give Kirilenko the lead at 5-4.

  10. 2130:  

    Let's refresh ourselves, shall we. The match was suspended on Court One because of rain earlier tonight with the score at 4-4 in the deciding set with Kirilenko 15-0 up on serve. Radwanska won the first 7-5, Kirilenko hit back to seal the second 6-4. Let's rock.

  11. 2127:  

    Now then, tennis fans. Just when you were packing up for the night and plotting an early retirement with a soothing cuppa and John McEnroe's autobiography, along comes the Wimbledon committee with the notion that they should stick the end of the Radwanska v Kirilenko match on Centre. Oh yeah. That's right. Me too. So here we go again.

  12. 2120:  

    So second seed Victoria Azarenka will play sixth seed Serena Williams in the semi-final. Should be tasty. Against Paszek, Azarenka was always the aggressor, always challenging, questioning, probing and always looked like the winner. Until the time came to actually win, of course, when she looked nervous and fragile.

    "It was a close match and a lot of long rallies and I'm happy to win," she told BBC Sport. "It's a great feeling to be in a semi-final of a Grand Slam but I still want to go all the way and it seems still far away. Hopefully, I can do better this year."

    On Serena: "There's no better opponent than Serena, I'm really looking forward to it. It's not going to be easy but it's the semi-final of a Grand Slam - what else do you expect?"

  13. 2115:  

    Azarenka inches to 5-3 and then 6-3 on the Paszek serve but walks across the service line, head bowed, as a Paszek winner flies down her backhand flank. But this time, Azarenka is indebted to Paszek firing long to pierce the tension and she wins the tie-break 7-4 to clinch victory.

  14. 2115:  

    Paszek races 2-0 up in the tie-break before Azarenka tries a dinky drop-shot which pays dividends as it dies at the Austrian's feet for 2-1. Paszek edges to 3-2 but Azarenka comes in behind her serve and volleys from off her feet to beat her opponent and level it at 3-3.

  15. 2111:  

    Paszek puts on the pressure when she steps into a forehand and pumps it down the line for 15-30. Azarenka's nerve seems flaky for the second time as she then leaks another double fault. She saves the first break point but fires long on the second and fails to serve out the match for a second time. From looking invincible, she looks uncertain and nervous.


    Sam texted: "It is just me, or does Azerenka's 'grunting' sound exactly like Girlfriend by Justin Beiber?"


    We don't know who will be in the men's and women's finals yet of course but we do know that you'll be able to watch them in 3D. The BBC will broadcast full re-runs of the men's singles semi-finals in 3D and selective live coverage of the ladies' and men's singles finals. They will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC HD Channel, regardless of which digital TV provider they use.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "That was a perfect example of where Victoria Azarenka is more sturdy mentally. She lost her serve but she kept her cool and got a second break."

  19. 2107:  

    Paszek's own fist pump is becoming increasingly visible as she inches to 30-0 but Azarenka fires a silky crosscourt winner to put the brakes on. Paszek, though, holds up her shaking fist this time as she sends one wide of the scurrying Azarenka for 40-15 but she blows the game point by firing long. A backhand slice from Paszek looks promising but she follows it with another long one for deuce and then pumps a double-handed backhand long, too. Azarenka manoeuvres herself into position to put away a drive volley into an empty net and she snatches the break to give herself another chance of serving out for the match.

  20. 2100:  

    Azarenka can see herself in the semi-final, but the image causes her to take her eye off the ball and she goes 0-30 down and then 15-40, Paszek's first break points. Azarenka saves one when a Paszek forehand is pulled wide but surrenders the break with a double fault. 5-5.

    Andrew Castle , BBC Sport

    "A collapse in concentration from Tamira Paszek. And the way Azarenka has been serving, she looks a shoo-in for a semi-final place against Serena Williams."

  22. 2056:  

    Azarenka clenches her fist for the 732nd time this match as she forces 0-40 on the Paszek serve and cries out "Come on" as she guides a Paszek forehand over the baseline to seal the break. 5-4 Azarenka.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Paszek is starting to get more penetration on the serve. She's picking her spots better. She is starting to get a few more angles on her groundstrokes as well. She's widening the court for Azarenka, who doesn't have as much time to set up her shots."

  24. 2052:  

    Azarenka throws in her first double fault for 40-15 but otherwise "yahoos" her way to another safe service hold for 4-4 as we edge towards the sharp end of the set.


    Thanda Thanda Pani on Twitter: "Why's there almost never any female coaching staff in the player boxes? For both sexes they only ever seem to be men?"

  26. 2050:  

    Paszek still doing her thing at the other end and holds with ease to keep her chances alive at 4-3. She's only reached the second week of a Slam four times, you know. You wouldn't know it from this.

  27. 2045:  

    Azarenka's body language would suggest she owns the court as she bustles and muscles her way around. She shows some nice touches in a gripping rally to reach 40-0 with a classy passing shot on the Paszek backhand. She closes out the game with no more fuss and for this game at least, she is the boss.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Paszek's got to stay positive. Other than that one break of serve in the eighth game of the first set, she's gone with Azarenka toe-to-toe."

  29. 2042:  

    Paszek fighting fire with at least a medium-sized naked flame and pumps down an ace for 40-0 before closing out the game when Azarenka dumps a return into the net.

    Andrew Castle , BBC Sport

    "It's still wide open, this match. We've seen some wonderful shots from Tamira Paszek. The only area that's letting her down regularly is the second serve."

  31. 2038:  

    Azarenka powering through another service game before a fierce crosscourt forehand from Paszek stops her in her tracks. But Azarenka makes her pay on the next point and the set stays with serve at 2-2.


    Matthew on 81111: "Doesn't Azarenka bear a resemblance to Chris Evert circa 1975? Before the big hair era? "

  33. 2034:  

    A Paszek double fault hands Azarenka 30-30 but she squanders the gift on the next point. Five deuces ensue before Paszek hangs on to seal the hold.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka really hasn't been pushed on her service game. She's getting a lot of first serves in, and she's starting to find the winners."

  35. 2024:  

    Paszek nabs a couple of points on the Azarenka serve but the Belarusian bosses a point at the net and holds comfortably in the end. 1-1.

  36. 2019:  

    Paszek, seemingly unperturbed by the Azarenka power and noise, holds her own serve to love at the start of the second set. Azarenka's wailing is like the recoil from a futuristic artillery piece.

    Andrew Castle , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka's really starting to fire now. She's found her range and she's got her rhythm. She finished that set with some style."

  38. 2014:  

    Azarenka, a four-time winner this season, fires down another service game to love to clinch the first set 6-3. By the way, Azarenka and Sharapova have both won more than $4m this season. Which is nice.

  39. 2012:  

    Paszek refuses to be bullied and is going about her business in a quiet, but so far fairly efficient manner. But, having said that, Azarenka forces her to deuce again and after a bit of too-ing and fro-ing secures the break for 5-3.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Both Azarenka and Paszek are serving extremely well. And with the roof on, you don't have to deal with the elements, so it's much easier to serve indoors."

  41. 2003:  

    Azarenka drops her first point on serve but clinches the game in an otherwise trouble-free fashion and accompanies it with her customary fist pump.

  42. 1959:  

    Azarenka, who became world number one for the first time when she won the Australian Open this year, races to 0-30 but hands the advantage back with too much power on a couple of groundstrokes. Paszek inches to 40-30 and grabs the game with a heavy serve that Azarenka can't direct back. 3-3.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "It's just a constant barrage of power from both the forehand and the backhand of Azarenka. She is always trying to finish the point."

  44. 1954:  

    Another hold to love for Azarenka for 3-2. Always the aggressor. The winner, to remind you, plays sixth seed Serena Williams in the semi-final. Paszek has never reached the Wimbledon semis, while Azarenka lost to eventual champion Petra Kvitova in the last four last year.


    Jude on Twitter: "If you had tickets for Court One bad luck you've only seen two matches and you also got wet! Alternative to a Court One roof just hire 4 cranes and string a tarpaulin across. #quickandsimple."

    Barry Davies , BBC Sport

    "Play has been suspended for the evening on Court One. It's the announcement no crowd wants to hear because very few of them will be back tomorrow. But it'll be one to watch if you're coming."

  47. 1949:  

    Azarenka crafts a couple of break points in the fourth game and thinks she has snatched the second before a challenge reveals the ball is over the baseline. Paszek hands her a double fault for another but saves herself with a rifle out wide that has Azarenka sprawling to get some frame on. A couple of heavy forehands to either flank set up Azarenka for an easy volley into an empty court for deuce. Three more deuces come and go before Azarenka pumps an inside-out forehand into Paszek's backhand corner to force advantage. Another deuce follows, then Azarenka has a little spat with the umpire as Paszek edges to advantage. This time Azarenka's forehand howitzer flies long and Paszek holds.

    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Kirilenko had a smidgen of momentum, as much as there was momentum. The court has taken on board a lot of moisture today and I just wonder if this is just a little too much, that they know it's going to rain for the next hour and they have decided enough is enough."

  49. 1949:  

    On No.1 Court, the players go off at 19:46 BST for more rain with the score 4-4 in final set between Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko.

    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "Really is amazing to see how much Maria Kirilenko has beefed up her game over the last 18 months. She's got a lot stronger physically, she's getting a lot more pop behind her serve, she's improved her technique. She's certainly improved her baseline game otherwise she wouldn't still be out there."

  51. 1937:  

    Azarenka holds to love again for 2-1. To give you an idea of that shriek, I'm thinking tawny owl, while Ben Dirs says a ghost. On Court No.1, Kirilenko and Radwanska are locked 3-3 in the decider.

  52. 1935:  

    Azarenka, shriek still intact, tests the Paszek serve with a couple of stolen winners but a Paszek ace down the middle closes out the game. With Maria Sharapova having been knocked out, Azarenka can take over as world number one if she reaches the semis and Radwanska does not win the title. If Azarenka reaches the final, she's number one whatever.

  53. 1928:  

    So Azarenka, tall and slender with a long ponytail, and dressed in white three-quarter length leggings under her skirt, serves first and fires a signal of her intent, winning the game to love.

  54. 1926:  

    Azarenka, the second seed from Belarus, has beaten Austria's world number 37 Paszek in their two previous meetings, one on hard courts, one on grass in the quarters here last year. But Paszek put out former world number one Caroline Wozniacki earlier in the tournament.

  55. 1921:  

    Evening all. Quick change in the booth for the final push. Victoria Azarenka and Tamira Paszek are knocking up on a half-full Centre Court. Over in the fresh air of No.1, Maria Kirilenko breaks back to level 1-1 in the decider against Agnieszka Radwanska.


    Angelique Kerber, speaking to BBC TV's Sonali Shah: "It was hard playing someone I know. We've known each other from a young age and it was mentally not easy. But it doesn't matter who you play out there. You need to play your best. I stuck to my plan and I think I did a great job."

  57. 1920:  

    On Centre Court crowd bark their appreciation as they are lobbed a tasty final fish to finish the day. The final women's quarter-final, between Tamira Paszek and Victoria Azarenka is being shifted from Court One where it was due to take place, into their laps.

  58. 1917:  

    The covers are finally off over on Court One and those who have kept the faith and hung around are to be rewarded with the start, if perhaps not the end, of the deciding set between Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska.


    Angelique Kerber: "It was an unbelievable match. It was so tough. Sabine played unbelievable tennis. I needed to play my best. I'm very happy to be in the semi-final for the first time."

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "That was a remarkable match, full of drama, problems closing things out and indecision over whether to go for big shots or play things carefully. Sabine Lisicki had everybody on the edge of their chair wondering if she could close it out, and she didn't quite have the polish to do it. But I have to hand it to Angelique Kerber."

  61. 1915:  

    This time there is no escape for Sabine Lisicki. Kerber fortifies her position as she builds a 40-0 lead and this time Lisicki cannot storm the barricades. One more match point goes south, but Lisicki clumps a backhand wide to finally fold. Kerber will play the winner of Agnieszka Radwankska and Maria Kirilenko's encounter on Court One.

  62. 1912:  

    Angelique Kerber beats Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 to make the semi-finals.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "This has been a rollercoaster emotionally, but particularly for Kerber, who had everything under control and then just started to slide and get a little bit negative. It gave Lisicki that opportunity, but she couldn't put it away."

  64. 1909:  

    Lisicki seems to just reach for the cudgel when she gets nervous. She piles into her groundstrokes, but there isn't enough angle and guile to go with the power. A backhand clears the baseline by a distance and now Angelique Kerber has a third opportunity to serve out for the match, at 6-5 up this time.

  65. 1905:  

    Kerber holds serve and the two scores snap together like magnets. 5-5 and anyone's from here.


    From Tom Burrows on Twitter: "Angie Care Bear is fuming. Lisicki is good at tennis. Decent comeback."

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "My, my. Having been somewhat sulky in the last few games, Kerber's decided she doesn't really want to lose this match."

  68. 1903:  

    Cough, splutter. Lisicki finds the chance to seize the match by the sensitive parts too big a prospect to get her mind round. A soft concession of serve and we are back on serve at 5-4 with Kerber to fire.

  69. 1900:  

    There we go. Lisicki batters her way to 0-40 and, although a pinpoint backhand drive drags one back for Angelique Kerber, she doesn't need to do any more. A double fault from Kerber gives Lisicki the chance to serve out for a quarter-final place.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "Kerber is not happy with herself. She has been so grumpy this set, having failed to convert those three match points in the last set. She's fighting herself as well as Lisicki at the moment."

  71. 1857:  

    Lisicki pockets a service game to move 4-3 up. The way she is playing, mixing brilliance with some pretty ordinary stuff, you feel that the outcome is entirely in her gift.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "Kerber has changed the way she's playing. She's gone into a more defensive mode. It's almost as if she's on automatic, which can happen when you get a little tired. But she's got defensive. She makes the returns, but she floats them a little bit high over the net and gives Lisicki some chance to nail the ball."

  73. 1852:  

    Sabine Lisicki's serve is a bit of a buffet for Angelique Kerber at times, and another break is nibbled off by her compatriot. Lisicki is tenacious though and when Kerber's cannons are pointed at her from the other end she responds with a break of her own. Still can't split them as they barge into the home straight level at 3-3.

  74. 1843:  

    The covers have now come across on Court One. There might be time for you to get you tea on after all.

    Barry Davies , BBC Sport

    "Radwanska and Kirilenko have gone off court but not back to the locker room, and they're going to hope that the rain stops and the court has sufficient time to dry, so they can play on a fair surface. I wouldn't suggest you have a full evening meal, but you might just have an hors d'oeuvre of some sort."

  76. 1841:  

    We are in weather limbo on Court One. Agnieszka Radwanska is jigging on the spot as a tournament official barks at Michael Fish or someone very like him on a walkie-talkie. There are more hand wipes across the surface, not sure what that can tell you about how a pimpled tennis shoe grips on it, though. In the end the players are ushered back to the locker room, but the covers are left off. Curious. It isn't going to get any drier without them on surely, and considering it takes those well-trained youngsters about 30 seconds to whip them on and off, we wouldn't be losing any time.


    The Writer of Wrongs on Twitter: "Ok, Lisicki. You can join the small list of Germans I quite like. Along with Messrs Becker and Klinsman."

  78. 1833:  

    Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber exchange breaks of serve in the first two games of the decider. A right royal bish-bash between these two to keep the Centre Court crowd entertained as the evening rolls on.

  79. 1828:  

    There is late drama on Court One as Maria Kirilenko larrups a forehand that Agnieszka Radwanska can only fend weakly into the net. No time for the number three seed to respond either as the second set disappears 6-4. Even stevens at a set all. The conclusion is threatening to be delayed though with some misty rain persisting.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "I'm lost for words. Really Sabine Lisicki left it so late before she started truly connecting with the ball. It's a monumental battle now. Is Lisicki going to be able to keep that up? She's been hitting so many winners, but so many unforced errors too. Angelique Kerber looks somewhat down now, so she's got to regroup fast. She's got to find a way to pull in the reins on Lisicki's big shots."

  81. 1823:  

    Lisicki just refuses to be buried. A magnificent crouching backhand winner keeps her in the hunt in the tie-break before she sees off a third match point with more doughty defence. Finally Kerber suffers a brain fade at the baseline and offers no stroke to a deep Lisicki shot. She challenges the call, but the video review just confirms her mistake. Lisicki has that two-point gap in the tie-break and parity in the match. All square at 6-3 6-7 (7-9).

  82. 1816:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska has her nose in front briefly with a break out on Court One. Kirilenko shoots straight back at her though, with a snappy retort. Even as virgin snow at 4-4 in the second.

  83. 1812:  

    Lisicki knows how to work a crowd. She allows herself to be shuffled to the brink, glances over her shoulder at the precipice below and finally fights back to take us into a second-set tie-break. An absolutely dreamy stop volley, which dies dead as a doornail as soon as it kisses turf, draws appreciative oohs and ahhs.

  84. 1806:  

    Angelique Kerber makes less of a meal of her own service game and clambers up to 6-5. Time to turn the thumb screw on Lisicki's blistered paw with a few pinged returns.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "I sometimes think Sabine Lisicki hits the ball without really having a purpose in mind, whereas Angelique Kerber has her mind in gear all the time. I'm always very impressed with the way Kerber plays. By the same token, I've been very impressed by Lisicki over the years and I don't know why she doesn't do better. But we do see some patches of lack of concentration. It might be that."

  86. 1802:  

    Sabine Lisicki wobbles her way through a service game, offering up a break and match point which she saves with a patted volley winner after ballsy rush to the the net. She pulls herself up by the bootstraps and battles through through to finally shake off Kerber's attention. A gripped fist in celebration.


    From John in Spain on Twitter: "Suggest Azarenka match moved not to Centre Court at Wimbledon but somewhere out of earshot, like, er, Eastbourne."

  88. 1755:  

    Once these two matches are done and dusted, there is only one senior singles fourth-round match to go: Victoria Azarenka and Tamira Paszek, who are due to take up arms on Court One after Radwanska and Kirilenko finish. That leaves this Centre Court crowd looking at rather an empty schedule if it stays dry.

  89. 1752:  

    Neither Maria Kirilenko or Agnieszka Radwanska can hold in their first service games in the second set. One apiece out on Court One, where there is still some spray blowing about in the air.

  90. 1749:  

    A lot tighter in this second set on Centre Court where Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki are going toe-to-toe. Both players landing with leather as well, a Sabine Lisicki service game lands flush on Kerber's chin to take the scores ticking onwards to 4-4.

    Sam Smith , BBC Sport

    "You never expect Radwanska to make many unforced errors, but she's had to force the play because Kirilenko has come at her like a tiger. But if I was in the Kirilenko camp, I would be disappointed at the number of second serves Radwanska is winning."

  92. 1746:  

    Those Harlem Globetrotters of the old dog's circuit, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami have won their opening match in the senior gents doubles. I think it is a definite faux-pas for their opponents to emerge with any other result from that match.

  93. 1743:  

    Finally Agnieszka Radwanska flops over the line, taking the opening set 7-5. The number three seed's nagging consistency just kept the spotlight on Maria Kirilenko long enough for the Russian to fluff her lines in that final game.

  94. 1740:  

    It is a flip-flopper of a contest out on Court One where Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko both seem reluctant to take the opening set. Radwanska breaks for a 6-5 lead, but is now having all sorts of issues serving out. She is bogged down at deuce at the moment.

  95. 1737:  

    Sabine Lisicki was hobbled by a blister on her thumb during that opener. She has had it taped up, but tennis is not the game you want to be playing with a bubble of pus on one of your gripping digits. Nevertheless, she has wrestled back an early break in the second set against Angelique Kerber. All square at 3-3 with a love hold from Lisicki.

  96. 1733:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska, who was going like a runaway mine train before the rain break, has gradually been pegged back by Maria Kirilenko in the opening set over on Court One. The Russian has pressed back just in time, nicking a game against the head to pull up 5-5. Nip and tuck stuff now.


    BBC commentator Mark Cox on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: "What an engaging personality Tsonga is. He's absolutely delighted with his performance. Perhaps he was a little fortunate, because last night, it was Mardy Fish who was very much in control. But today it was a different story. Disappointment for Fish, but he played a good match."

  98. 1727:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga slots an enormous ace out wide to close out the final game and clinch victory. That thumb-jabbing, pirouetting celebration ensues. I think he thinks his name is printed on the back of his shirt, football-style. Don't tell him, it is much better than blasting spare balls into Row Z.


    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Mardy Fish 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-4 to make the quarter-finals. He will play Philipp Kohlschreiber next.

  100. 1720:  

    Sabine Lisicki is back up and running on Centre Court. Nothing too terminal.

  101. 1719:  

    Jo Wilfried Tsonga has waved Mardy Fish's service game almost unopposed. One searing forehand return streaking across the chalk was the only dent the Frenchman could make. No matter if he serves out for the match successfully in the next.


    From Nader Khan on Twitter: "Kerber looks like she's adopting a Nadalesque topspin bonanza shot!"

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "It's tough for Lisicki. It's difficult when you've had a big win and you don't get a day to enjoy it before you're straight back out there."

  104. 1716:  

    Angelique Kerber packs away the first set 6-3 as Sabine Lisicki fades late on. To be honest, she only flickered intermittently in that opener. There may be a reason for that though. Lisicki has a word with umpire Fiona Edwards and the lady in the high chair picks up the Batphone next to her to summon a trainer to courtside tout suite.

  105. 1713:  

    Mardy Fish, leading 15-0 when the weather intervened, holds his serve as he is asked to tee off once again. He is still a break down to Tsonga though and needs to have located a bit of magic during that break. He is two sets to one down and trailing 4-3 in the fourth.

  106. 1709:  

    Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska have been fished out of the bar and are being led back to Court One by one of Wimbledon's many blazered officials. Radwanska leads 4-3 with a break.

  107. 1706:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is shuffling around the Court Two surface like a kid trying to charge himself full of static via a pair of carpet slippers and an nylon carpet. Test over and he looks happy enough that there is enough grip to resume.

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "Kerber is always managing to stay in the point. It's not as if she's playing defensively. She's not - she clobbers the ball everywhere. But her concentration is keeping her in the point. Lisicki has tried attacking the backhand. That's not working. Now she's going for Kerber's forehand. And that's not working either."

  109. 1703:  

    Angelique Kerber is making all the running out on Centre court, snapping angrily around the heels of Sabine Lisicki to build a 4-1 lead with a double break.

  110. 1701:  

    A lot of pashminas wrapped under chilly chins out on Court Two, where they are awaiting the return of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish in the fourth set of their fourth-round match. And here they are now...


    From Lindsay Stark on Twitter: "There's something missing from the lisicki vs kerber match...that's it, no one screaming! #refreshingchange"

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "The thing I like about Angelique Kerber's forehand is that so many players hit the inside out forehand but don't like going down the line. Kerber loves to hit the inside out but she can go straight as an arrow down the line too."

  113. 1658:  

    Over on Centre Court, Sabine Lisicki has hauled her second service game out of the line of fire against Angelique Kerber. Kerber, ranked 8th in the world, seven places above Lisicki, is applying plenty of early pressure. She leads 2-1.

  114. 1653:  

    We are stripped and ready for action everywhere round the ground. Net cords being twanged tight on all the courts. Looks like they are determined to get some sort of play in in this interval.

  115. 1652:  

    A right old hokey-cokey developing here. The covers come back off on Court One and Court Two. Those court attendants had a pretty easy first week compared to those given the ball person gig. How the tables have turned...


    Matthew via text on 81111: "Wimbledon should never seed Serena lower than 2 - she is like the default option as ladies champion... and recovering from her health scare, an inspiration for anyone in poor health, including her sister."

    Virginia Wade , BBC Sport

    "It's amazing how comfortable Angelique Kerber is looking off the ground already."

  118. 1647:  

    They plough on oblivious over on Centre Court where Angelique Kerber has tucked her napkin into her collar and got stuck right into Sabine Lisicki's serve. She breaks in the opening game of the match and follows up with a solid hold for 2-0.

  119. 1645:  

    And it all looked so promising. Well, quite promising. I thought the court attendants were rustling up the net posts, instead they were looking for the straps to drag across the covers once more. Spits and spots of rain on the courtside cameras all around the ground and our man, fresh from outside, says it is coming down quite heavily.

  120. 1641:  

    Kerber has beaten Lisicki in both of their meetings this year. She will recieve serve in the first game.

  121. 1639:  

    After wins for Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber earlier today, we are guaranteed another German win today. Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber are preparing to kick off their Teutonic tussle on Centre Court any moment. Lisicki beat Maria Sharapova in the last round, while Kerber accounted for Kim Clijsters.


    Serena Williams, speaking to BBC TV's Sonali Shah: "I had to step it up today because I was playing the defending champion. She's been playing so well on grass, she hadn't lost since last year. It was tough. But I had absolutely nothing to lose. It was really fun. I'm having the time of my life out here, and I'm enjoying every moment. It's exciting. Everyone thinks about lifting the trophy. It's something I've thought about, but my main goal is to keep progressing. If I want to win the title, I have to step it up. There are a lot of people vying for it. I'm happy just to be in the tournament."

  123. 1629:  

    Hold up. The covers have been peeled back around the ground. I didn't see that coming, it looked dark as sin up above about five minutes ago.

  124. 1626:  

    All over on Centre Court. Williams crashes down three aces in the final game to seal a 6-3 7-5 win over Petra Kvitova. Pounding power from the four-time champion has done for Kvitova today. Either Tamira Paszek or Victoria Azarenka in the last four for Williams.

  125. 1621:  

    Over on Centre Court there has been a sudder and a judder, because defending champion Petra Kvitova has dropped her serve to slip 6-5 behind to Serena Williams in the second set. Her grip on the Venus Rosewater Dish is just as shaky. Serena to serve for the match next.

  126. 1618:  

    The disembodied Voice of Wimbledon has just been on the public address blower. He reckons that the rain may have exhausted itself by 1630 BST. The court covers are being deflated in preparation. Let's see...

  127. 1612:  

    Just because there is no action on the court, doesn't mean that there isn't some serious elbow grease being expended behind the scenes. BBC Sport's Nick Hope has pulled an all-nighter to show the noctural life of the Championship that never sleeps. Love the fact that one of the Wimbledon employees gets to put 'Strawberries Manager' on her passport application.

  128. 1604:  

    Right so just to recap for those at the back, this is where we stand in the senior singles with the rain making itself at home in the SW19 skies.

    Williams 6-3 3-4 Kvitova (which you can follow on our game-by-game text commentary as it continues under the Centre Court roof)

    Radwanska 4-3 Kirilenko Play suspended on Court One

    Tsonga 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 4-2 Fish Play suspended on Court Two

  129. 1556:  

    Still big inflated covers all over the ground, glistening like beached blue whales. Brollies are the must-have accessory for the spectators today, lots of show-offs with the purple and green Wimbledon numbers.


    "Can't believe I'd forgotten about a Saturday night conversation with the captivating Jeff Tarango. Not long after Lategate - Murray's 2302 BST win over Baghdatis - a few of us got on to the pressing matter of… maintaining good domestic relationships. Jeff's number one tip? 'Do what my folks do in California. They push two superking-size beds together. They're happy!' Ace. Imagine that - a bed the size of a swimming pool."

  131. 1549:  

    The mole is not finished there though. The Americans have proved a rich seam of gossip and advice for him. Next up, bedroom advice on how to keep Mrs Mole happy from Jeff Tarango. Don't worry, it is less post-watershed than you might expect...


    "All this talk about the usage of our Centre Court roof here at SW19 (and a potential second lid over Court 1). But don't forget about the US Open. There's no roof whatsoever at Flushing Meadows, and nor will there be any time soon - despite the men's final being delayed until Monday for the past four years. Recently-unveiled makeover plans outlined improvements which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. However, a roof is not deemed to be financially viable - a decision which one American journalist called 'incomprehensible'. It's a deeply complicated situation - but a couple of his colleagues in the press room just told me it's 'a nightmare'."

  133. 1542:  

    Come rain or shine (and it is definitely still the former), the Wimbledon mole is out there, churning through the dirt in search of some gems. He has been chatting about the meteological situation with some of his stateside contacts.

  134. 1539:  

    One result that slipped through before the big rubbery curtains were pulled across on today's action was Britain's Jonathan Marray and Denmark's Frederik Nielsen'S success in the men's doubles. They overcame eighth seeds Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 5-7 7-5 five -set slog.

  135. 1534:  

    Over on Centre Court, Serena Williams has taken the first set from Petra Kvitova 6-3 under the roof. Plenty more on that match on our dedicated game-by-game live text commentary. I wonder if they could stick a couple of poles and tent-pegs in on the outside courts and have the rest of the matches going in some makeshift wedding marquees?

  136. 1527:  

    They have pulled the centre of the court cover skyward on Court One to create a kind of big green tipi. That is bad news. It suggests that the referees are braced for further heavy showers rather than a quick over-and-out downpour. You get to be quite the connoisseur after a while...


    Jeff Tarango on Radwanska and why she's not delivered at majors before: "The big guns come out in a grand slam so everyone rises up, and Radwanska, who is a counter-puncher has been overpowered. She doesn't have the power to beat a Kvitova or Azarenka. Now some of those has lost, I think you'll see her believe that she belongs here. She's ranked at three in the world, and is the best player who hasn't won a slam."

  138. 1520:  

    Agneiszka Radwanska looked like she was working her way into smooth groove before the rain rudely interrupted. So why is the number three seed, a second-round casualty last year, someone that the majority of the crowd would struggle to pick out of a police line-up? Over to Jeff Tarango...

  139. 1516:  

    It is the pale turquoise of court covers rather than the emerald lawns that I can see on a quick flick around the courts. The rain is coming down again, not too hard, but enough to put a kibosh on play for the time being on anywhere except Centre.

  140. 1512:  

    Up on Centre Court right now, we have the pick of the women's quarter-finals, certainly on paper. Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova, four-time winner and defending champion respectively, have opened hostilities. Level at 2-2 at the moment. That bare scoreline is probably not enough to feed your interest I admit, so take a trip over to the game-by-game live text commentary.

  141. 1507:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska who carved through Heather Watson on Cente Court in the third round and has yet to even look like dropping a set in the tournament, has struck against Maria Kirilenko's serve. The number three seed has a 4-2 lead over the Russian.

  142. 1503:  

    It is looking like it will be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up next for Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Frenchman has prised a break off Mardy Fish in the fourth set of their fourth-round encounter and leads 3-2 with the ball on his racquet.


    BBC commentator Frew McMillan on Ferrer's performance: "If I had to give him points out of 10, I'd give him 9 out of 10. I don't think Ferrer is going to win this major but this performance was major winning. Today's performance could not be better."

  144. 1500:  

    A peach of a stat for you from the Ferrer v Del Potro match, courtesy of the on-site BBC brains trust that does such number crunching:

    Before 2005, a Spaniard had reached the men's quarter-finals of Wimbledon only twice in the Open Era and not since 1972. But since 2005, it's happened eight years in a row through four different players.

    Put that in your proverbial pipe.

  145. 1457:  

    Philipp Kohlschreiber, proud owner of an absolute dreamboat of a one-handed backhand, has been making stealthly progress through the draw. The German, seeded 27th, has added American qualifier Brian Baker to his list of scalps with a straightforward 6-1 7-6 6-3 win on Court 12. The winner of Tsonga v Fish is up next for him.


    David Ferrer: "I'm very happy because it's my first quarter-final. I played my best match on grass. I am trying to improve every day, to play better.

    "It's going to be very difficult to beat Andy on this surface, I will try to do my best and try to play like today."


    Claire texted: "If the final is on Sunday and Murray is in it, what time do you think I should join the queue for a ground pass?" The sooner, the better Claire is the best advice we can give.

  148. 1450:  

    A brief hiatus on Court One as Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko, 1-1 in the opener, watch the rain fall on Court One and the umpire takes a view on whether they should head indoors. It is just about playable she decides and back into the fray they go.


    Ray has texted: "Murray is grinding his opponents down so they have to go for bigger, better shots. However when he plays David Ferrer the boot will be on the other foot as Ferrer looks as if wants to play all day and Murray will have to be the aggressor."

  150. 1447:  

    That was business-like from David Ferrer. No room on the agenda for any interuptions or objections from Juan Martin del Potro and normally the Argentine is a pretty forceful negotiator. Andy Murray, who came a cropper in four sets to Ferrer in the French Open last month, is going to be facing a man in a hot run of form, even off his favoured clay.


    David Ferrer beats Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 6-2 6-3 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Andy Murray.

  152. 1440:  

    David Ferrer's scuttling style has proved pesky for Juan Martin del Potro. Del Porto has been jigging about on the baseline trying to bring the Spaniard into line with his clubbing forehand, but Ferrer is as industructible as a Costa del Sol cockroach. Ferrer is two sets up and leads 5-3 with a single break in the third.

  153. 1435:  

    Out on Court One, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Kirilenko have taken the place of Andy Murray and Marin Cilic. Neither has been further than the last eight of a Grand Slam before so it will be a landmark day for one of them as they slug it out in the first of the women's quarter-finals.

  154. 1430:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks exposed and vulnerable at the net as he advances to the net, but his gamble pays off. His feather-soft touch takes the sting out of a smoking Fish forehand and sees off break point at 30-40. The Frenchman blasts through from deuce to pocket the set and move into a 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 lead. Six aces and a decent 68% hit rate with the first serve from Tsonga in that set.

  155. 1424:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, leading 5-4, will serve for the third set next against Mardy Fish, to put himself in front for the first time in the match. This pair had a little contretemps in their meeting at the US Open last year when Tsonga won in five. No signs of any hangover from that as yet, but still time.

  156. 1419:  

    Florian Mayer follows Murray through to the last eight, clonking off the fourth set to beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-1 3-6 6-2. Novak Djokovic is up next for the world number 29. Mayer is returning to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

  157. 1414:  

    Over on Centre Andy Murray is not hanging around to see what surprises the weather gods have in store for us this afternoon. The British number one is through to the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-2 6-3 win over Marin Cilic. All the reaction is piling into the live game-by-game commentary at the moment.

  158. 1411:  

    Over on Court Three, 31st seed Florian Mayer is very, very close. He is a break up on Richard Gasquet in the fourth. He leads 6-3 6-1 3-6 5-2. Gasquet will serve to stay in the set next. Not been a bad tournament for the Germans has it?


    Edward Ditchfield on Twitter: "Ferrer just grinds his opponents (bar the big three) down relentlessly. Surprised how badly Del Potro is playing, though."

  160. 1404:  

    Job done as David Ferrer holds to love to seal the second set and move into a 6-3 6-2 lead in 77 minutes. Juan Martin del Potro has been on the comeback trail for some time. Will the 2009 US Open champion ever return to the upper echelons of the game, or has he missed a quantum leap forward during his time out of the game with a wrist injury?


    BBC commentator Frew McMillan watching Del Potro v Ferrer: "This really is a Great Dane against a Jack Russell. It's like throwing a ball to your Jack Russell and watching it chase it, which is what Ferrer is doing, whilst the Great Dane of Del Potro stands and watches."

  162. 1401:  

    David Ferrer has suddenly pressed the pedal to the metal out on Centre Court. The Spanish seventh seed has spurted ahead with a double break for a 5-2 lead on Juan Martin del Potro. He serves for the set next.

  163. 1356:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's back masseur is clearly the same muscle Midas who gave Roger Federer his rubdown against Xavier Malisse last night. Federer appeared firing on all cylinders after his medical time-out and Tsonga has broken Mardy Fish in the second game of their third set. The Frenchman leads 2-1 and is serving.

  164. 1354:  

    Been scratching your head over how Wimbledon will get itself ready for the Olympics, just 20 days after the end of the Championships? Well, scratch no more. Let London 2012 director of sport Debbie Jevans and senior groundsman Neil Stubley enlighten you.

  165. 1352:  

    Aimee Lewis has popped out for a sandwich, hopefully one of Wimbledon's mystifyingly-named Dutchee ones. I'm Mike Henson and I will be keeping the keyboard warm until her return,

  166. 1343:  

    Tsonga comes out on top of the second set tie-break 7-6 (7-4) to level the match. Even though he looked in tip-top shape during the tie-break, serving up four aces, the Frenchman departs the field of play for a medical time out. Back problems so I'm told. Tsonga's compatriot Richard Gasquet - who was trailing Florian Mayer by two sets - has started his comeback, the 18th seed held to take the third set 6-3.

  167. 1339:  

    It's with serve in the second set between Ferrer and Del Potro, the players enjoying a well-earned rest during the change over and a number of spectators taking the opportunity to make a dash for the exit. I'm sure they'll be back. Over on Court Nine, Joshua Ward-Hibbert's participation in the boys' singles has come to an abrupt halt, the Brit retiring with a shoulder injury when trailing 6-0 2-0 to Elias Ymer.

  168. 1334:  

    Kohlschreiber in fine fettle on Court 12. The German clinched the first set 6-1, although his compatriot Florian Mayer, two sets up against Richard Gasquet, is stuttering over on Court Three as he is 5-2 behind in the third.

  169. 1329:  

    By the way, Andy Murray will be on hand to answer your questions after his match has (eventually) finished and he wants you to send him your quirky questions. Britain's number one needs you. So, tweet #AskAndy and he'll select the best ones to answer.

  170. 1327:  
    GAME AND SECOND SET - Murray goes two sets up

    It's started to rain on Court One (and probably everywhere else, too) but it of no concern to the man from Dunblane who leads 7-5 6-2 after Cilic nets a tame backhand to gift Murray the second set.

  171. 1324:  

    Mardy Fish has bounced back in the second set against Tsonga and has levelled at 4-4 with some aplomb. Ferrer peppers the court with an array of menacing groundstrokes, a whizzing forehand ups the ante and helps the Spaniard eke set point. Del Potro overcooks a forehand which bounces beyond the baseline and it's an impressive 6-3 scoreline for the diminutive Ferrer. Del Potro currently receiving treatment on his left knee.


    Mark Wheeler on Twitter: "You don't want to be seeing JMDP twist his knees like that when you've just backed him to win #Wimbledon2012 for a tenner!"

  173. 1318:  

    Kate's mum, Carol and Michael Middleton, have appeared from the bowels of Centre to take their place in the Royal Box. A dazzling exchange of volleys between Ferrer and Del Potro at the net, Del Potro can't stoop to his shoelaces in time, though, and nets. The Argentine then falls onto his backside, a concerned Ferrer anxiously approaches the net but there's no need to worry as the big man is back up on his feet. Del Potro is soon heading to his chair for a changeover, however, as Ferrer sends down a booming ace to hold for a 5-2 lead.


    Fraser Marine on Twitter: "Is it wrong of me to want David Ferrer to beat Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-7 20-18? (For Murray's sake of course!!)"

    Ed Walker on Twitter: "I think Del Potro has the best forehand technique."


    BBC Sport's Steve Rudge on Twitter: "The Chief Exec of Wimbledon will be with @richardpbacon shortly on @bbc5live to answer any #Wimbledon roof issues."

  176. 1308:  

    David Ferrer has broken Del Potro in the first set, wayward forehands the undoing of the former US Open champion, and the inspired Spaniard holds for a 4-1 lead. Meanwhile, I can hear cheers emanating from Court One which must only mean one thing, Andy Murray has emerged from the locker room.

  177. 1306:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "We're going to see Del Potro go for broke, because if he hits the ball across court, that gives Ferrer the advantage. And if that happens, it leaves Del Potro to do more and more running - and he doesn't want the rallies to go on too long."

  178. 1304:  

    They're chatting about towel-gate on 5 live at the moment. Apparently players are taking Wimbledon towels home with them, which is bad form. I'm not pointing any fingers but Richard Gasquet did leave Court Three with six towels. "When I worked with Xavier Malisse I went to his house once and he said 'The towels are through there' and there was a room full of them," says David Felgate.

    Jeff Tarango wades in and says he used to "trade towels" with Serena Williams. "I love the colours of the women's towels," he says. "My students come over and steal all my men's towels, but leave the women's towels. My house is very pink."

  179. 1259:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "I like Del Potro when he's working to come forward. He has to be positive when he moves in. He's putting in some ferocious hitting."

  180. 1258:  

    I'm afraid it's starting to drizzle again, although the covers remain firmly on the sidelines at the moment. Good news for you Del Potro fans as the ninth seed comfortably holds to level at 1-1 in the first set.

  181. 1256:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "Ferrer is trying to keep Del Potro in one corner and then open up the court on the forehand side. It's very clever. And if he wants to win the match, that's what he's going to have to do."

  182. 1254:  

    Ferrer at his terrior-like best, advancing to the court to smash the ball beyond the beanpole Del Potro for deuce. The slow surface perhaps favouring Spain's baseline brawler, although Del Potro is comfortably returning the seventh seed's serves. Powerful hitting from the Argentine, but he pushes it a tad too much and his forehand sails agonisingly long. Ferrer eventually holds after a 10 minute opening game.

  183. 1252:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "Body serve is going to be important for David Ferrer today. He's got to tie up the big man and not allow him to get the big shots in."

  184. 1246:   
    Andrew Castle , BBC Sport

    "It's a different atmosphere here on Centre Court when the roof is closed. The ball is slower through the air. A few players have said that - Radek Stepanek mentioned it after his four-setter against Novak Djokovic. It's also humid."

  185. 1244:  

    It's stopped raining! I repeat, it's stopped raining. Slow hand claps from the impatient spectators on Court Two. I'm told play will not begin on the outside courts before 13:00 BST but I'm pleased to inform that we're underway on Centre.


    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "Finally the players come out on Centre Court half hour late. They opened the roof at 11.30, inviting the rain in, amazing."


    Stephanie Siu on Twitter: "Rain in Wimbledon. You ruin my life."

    Jim Taylor on Twitter: "Don't think it's favouritism to put Murray on Centre - it's about giving all players an equal chance to progress."

    Dave James on Twitter: "If the rain at Wimbledon lasts long enough, perhaps they can combine it with the Olympic tournament."

  188. 1238:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "It begs the question: When do you build a roof on Court One? If you have two show courts with a roof, that's enough. In five years' time, I think there'll be a roof on Court One and there won't be an issue."

  189. 1236:  

    Del Potro and Ferrer emerge onto Centre and are gently hitting some balls from the baseline. We'll see some tennis soon, although I'm sure I've said that a few times today.

  190. 1234:   
    Greg Rusedski , BBC Sport

    "Murray has a chance this year. Nadal is out. That's the biggest shock in Wimbledon history. I can't remember a player coming into the championship in such good form and then going out so early. It really opens up that side of the draw. David Ferrer against Juan Martin del Potro could go to five sets, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in trouble against Mardy Fish. There's a lot to do. But for the first time in 76 years, we're thinking: Hey, it's a possibility."

  191. 1231:  

    It wasn't looking good for Richard Gasquet before play was suspended. The Frenchman, the only man to have reached the fourth round without dropping a set, is two sets down against the 31st seed Florian Mayer. Bionic man Brian Baker was also in trouble, trailing Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-1, although the qualifier did ratchet a break point on the German's serve before they came off.

    Pat Cash , BBC Sport

    On the debate over whether Andy Murray should have been rescheduled from Court One to Centre Court: "It's not just about Andy Murray, they've got to be fair to everybody. Juan Martin del Potro is a former US Open champion and arguably has a better record than Murray. It's not like No.1 is a bad court. It's a fantastic court."

  193. 1221:  

    I'm afraid it's the worst kind of rain: the sort that comes from all directions. A spectator in front of me is chomping on a tasty looking baguette, coronation chicken I think. Oh, and a dollop has seeped through the bread and stained his white shirt. Don't worry, sir, it can happen to the best of us. It'll be a while before we witness the coronation of a Wimbledon champion at this rate.

  194. 1218:  

    A colourful array of brollies add a splash of colour to what is an annoyingly grey afternoon. The sky the colour of unhappiness and a glum Murray heads to the locker room as play is suspended everywhere. The Brit was leading 4-2 in the second set, while over on Court Two Tsonga had raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set with Fish preparing to serve before they had to trudge off.

  195. 1214:   
    David Mercer , BBC Sport

    "It's tradition that the top players play a match out on Court One - Federer did on the first day. It would have been nicer if Murray could have played his match on Court One in the first week rather than the second, but to my mind the second Monday is the best day of the Championships. You've got the whole fourth-round schedule for the men and women, so all the top players are in action and there's pressure on courts. It's worked against Andy and it could work out against him again today. Let's hope he can get it done and dusted before the heavy rain comes in."

  196. 1211:  

    Del Potro and Ferrer were happily practising their volleys before they were forced to retire to the locker room. As quick as a flash, a dozen eager youngsters appear to roll the covers over the grass. Oh, if only we had a roof... Play is continuing on the outside courts, though. I didn't realise Centre Court had it's own climate.

  197. 1207:  

    My colleague Ben Dirs is typing away (very loudly) which must mean game by game coverage of Murray's match on Court One has begun. Go join him. Go on, he'll be pleased to have you by his side, although stick with me too if you can. Please?

  198. 1159:  

    Flashbulbs illuminate Centre to capture the line judges trotting onto the court. One judge carefully puts on his glasses before taking to his seat, while two ball boys stand on guard, hands behind their backs, by the players' seats. It must mean we will see tennis balls flying through the air very soon. And as I type that, Juan Martin Del Potro and Ferrer emerge to warm applause.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Either Ferrer or Del Potro will join Federer & Djokovic as only men to reach QFs in all 3 Slams in 2012. Murray can join them today too."


    BBC Sport's Steve Rudge on Twitter: "The roof is being opened & the covers are off at #Wimbledon so @bbc5live will pick up the Murray match, with Krajicek & Ivanisevic."


    Scott, Dundee on 81111: "Ferrer v DelPo originally scheduled after Murray v Cilic on Court One yesterday. Why does it make more sense to start them on Centre and leave a match already underway on Court One when rain delays are likely?"

  202. 1150:  

    The affable Tsonga looked out of sorts on Monday, losing the first set 6-4 before the weather brought a halt to proceedings. The 27-year-old was due to resume his match with Fish on Court Two at 11:30 BST which has obviously been delayed, but players are warming up on the outside courts so it looking promising. Anyone for tennis?

  203. 1141:  

    Plenty of sympathy for Andy Murray, but spare a thought for the line judge who was struck in the face by a Mardy Fish serve. The poor lady had to be replaced after failing to evade one of Fish's bullets during his fourth-round tie with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That's got to hurt.


    Matt Kimberley on Twitter: "If DelPo and Ferrer have 'earned' Centre Court more than Murray, something's gone wrong with someone's judgement."

    Joe Lobo on Twitter: "Matches should be assigned to Centre based on what paying fans want. I'd be fuming if I had a Centre ticket and Murray was on One."

    Mark Fletcher on Twitter: "Murray's delay is irrelevant. Won't meet a contender till the final and when he does Fed or Djoko will beat him, rested or not."

  205. 1130:  

    The sky certainly isn't an azure blue but at least it's no longer a grubby grey. The covers have been removed. Again. And the diligent groundstaff are putting the nets up on the outside courts. A sizeable crowd on Centre already, and a few sporting shorts and flip-flops. They must be our friends from the antipodes.

  206. 1123:  

    My colleague and friend to the stars David Ornstein has something to tell you: "Earlier this morning I stumbled across a sprightly Anne Keothavong in Wimbledon town centre. The British number one was off to get some US dollars ahead of her flight to the San Francisco this afternoon. She'll play the Bank of West Classic in Stanford from 9 July before road-tripping south to San Diego for the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad from 16 July. Keothavong will then head home to prepare for the London Olympics - she's been granted a singles wildcard for the event, which takes place here at Wimbledon from 28 July to 4 August."


    Matt Roland on Twitter: "There is ONE centre court. You can't play everybody on there!! This game will finish today, should favour the British more though."

    Matt Orchard on Twitter: "Neither Djokovic, Nadal or Federer have a 'home' grand slam so why should Murray? He has to earn Centre Court as the others have."

  208. 1116:  

    Brollies are sprouting up all over SW19 and the hokey-cokey cover dance has begun. The covers were off for about 15 minutes before they were rolled back on to protect the outside courts. The Centre Court roof has been brought into action so at least we're on schedule for a noon start on the hallowed turf.


    James Farrar on Twitter: "All this talk of "Murray should always play on Centre" is nonsense. No-one does - it's not fair on fans with No. 1 Court tickets."

  210. 1111:  

    Regardless of what will fall from the sky there will be play on Centre Court. Fact, as Rafa Benitez would say. David Ferrer and Juan Martin Del Potro will get proceedings underway at noon and will be followed by the mouth-watering battle between Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova. Concluding the evening will be Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber unless, of course, they decide to plonk an extra match on the schedule.


    Evening Standard tennis correspondent Chris Jones on Twitter: "Wimbledon warn the rain is due in an hour, just as Murray is about to start. Marvellous."

  212. 1103:  

    The Voice of Wimbledon has made his morning announcement. (I'm going to miss him when I leave SW19.) "Patience will be the key," he advises before wishing patrons an enjoyable day. Deadpan.


    Andrew Atkin on Twitter: "Bet Andy Murray is wondering what's happened to home (as in home team) advantage? Wimbledon dose not understand."

  214. 1057:  

    The plastic tent has been removed on Centre to reveal the luscious green grass and there's a hive of activity on the outside courts, too, where it looks like groundstaff are preparing to remove the covers. Deep breaths everyone, we could actually see some tennis today.

  215. 1050:  

    As Novak Djokovic departed Centre Court following his emphatic straight sets win over Viktor Troicki the crowd stood up and chanted "Andy! Andy! Andy!" Alas, the organisers refused to allow Murray to conclude his fourth-round tussle under the sanctuary of the roof because of the "problems associated with moving matches".

    An All-England Club spokesman said: "It is a traditional daytime, outdoor event. We have had four late nights already. We could go on to five or six. We have to draw the line somewhere and this is it."

  216. 1039:   
    John Lloyd , BBC Sport

    As I was eating my cereal this morning, former Davis Cup captain John Lloyd was on Radio 5 live, speaking about the decision to schedule Andy Murray on Court One. Here's what Lloyd had to say: "He certainly should have been on Centre Court for this match against Marin Cilic.

    "He wouldn't be in this situation where he's playing catch up on Court One, and if the forecast is as bad as everyone says, he may not even get through today. I think once again, Wimbledon were too fair, and should have thought about the consequences."


    Ryan Kirkham on Twitter: "Why play Andy Murray on Center Court when last year's women's champion plays on Court Three? Respect to the champs not the also rans."

  218. 1030:  

    Murray returns to Court One today, much to the annoyance of fans and headline writers across the country. "Murray under a cloud," proclaimed the Daily Mail, while the Scottish Daily Record declared: "Storm brews over SW19". Poor Andy. While his rivals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, relax in their luxury rented homes, donned in their favourite smoking jackets, the Scot faces the prospect of kicking his heels in the locker room, waiting, waiting and waiting...

  219. 1023:  

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Just bumped into Team Murray as they emerged from the locker room and headed to the practice courts. Andy Murray himself, hitting partner Dani Vallverdu, fitness trainer Jez Green and physio Andy Ireland all look relaxed but focused. Murray smiles for a few cameramen but whether his demeanour will be so bright if this drizzle persists is a different matter."


    SAFUAREZ on Twitter: "If the weather is that bad, bring them to Preston. Excellent weather, the perfect day for tennis. Come on Murray!"

    Sam Gosling on Twitter: "Why put Andy Murray on Court One again when the forecast is rain?? It's like we don't want a British winner."

    Anthony Josephson on Twitter: "Very wet Tuesday morning at Wimbledon queue. Hoping things dry up so matches can be played so we can see men's 1/4s tomorrow."

  221. 1014:  

    Hopefully the menacing clouds will slink away to allow Andy Murray to resume his fourth-round match with Marin Cilic on Court One at noon, and I'm happy to relay that during the last 10 minutes the drizzle has stopped. Hooray! The Brit was leading the Queen's champion 7-5 3-1 when rain suspended play on Monday, with John McEnroe believing the Croat was "running on fumes". But will Cilic return from the break a rejuvenated man?

  222. 1005:  

    It's during days like these you need a weatherman by your side and luckily I've found one. Simon King, the BBC's expert on the elements, says play is likely to be interrupted again today. Sorry about that.

    "Some of the damp and drizzly weather we've had this morning could linger into the start of play but it should tend to clear away and give us a drier spell before more significant rain spreads in from the south west during mid-to-late afternoon," says King. "Feeling rather humid with a maximum temperature of around 19 degrees."

  223. 1001:  

    And on the eighth day it rained...

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