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Live Blog : Tuesday 26 June 2012

by Caroline Cheese

20:44The rain plus deteriorating light means there will be no more play today folks :( That leaves Sara Errani tantalisingly stuck on match point and three others serving for victory. Keep checking the website for the updated schedule. We'll see you for more fun and games tomorrow. I'm off to find Grace Jones...

20:38Still no word on whether play will resume tonight. I will let you know...

20:35Tweet from @annekeothavong So glad I won my match before the rain came this evening. Thanks for the amazing support, you're all fab!


20:23Tweet from tennis writer @dougrobson Grace Jones is dancing in the stands during the rain delay. I kid you not.

20:20Sara Errani was at match point when the rain fell. Nightmare. Not sure if they'll get on again tonight - which will mean Errani and opponent Coco Vandeweghe might have to come back tomorrow for one point.

20:16Someone's just popped into The Bunker to borrow an umbrella for John McEnroe. That umbrella will be on eBay by the end of the week if I have anything to do with it. Before that sharp shower, Sam Querrey wrapped up victory over Vasek Pospisil which means it is now im-pospisil that we'll see an all-Canadian second round. Milos Raonic was about to serve for victory over Santiago Giraldo when the rain came - and when and if he does so, he'll face Querrey.

20:12Gah! It's raining!

20:09Trust me, these are heady days for British tennis fans. Anne Keothavong makes it FIVE British players through to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lara Pous Tio. She'll probably have French Open finalist Sara Errani next.

Elena Baltacha on getting an Olympics wildcard

20:02"I was very, very emotional at the end, especially with Judy (Murray). She told me that I got the wildcard for the Olympics. I just really want to say thanks a lot to the ITF and the committee for giving me a place. I didn't know, and I'm glad no one told me before, to be honest, because I would have been all over the place. Iit was just amazing news. I think that's why we both just started crying our eyes out."

Wednesday Order Of Play

19:58ALERT! Tomorrow's order of play is released. On Centre, we have Roger Federer, followed by Kim Clijsters, followed by Novak Djokovic. On No.1, it's Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova and Gilles Simon. Heather Watson is on No.2 along with Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet.

Pimms o'clock!

19:57Yes, Pimms has arrived in The Bunker.

19:54Starting to distinctly gloomy out there. But Marin Cilic can pack up his things and be home in time for Newsnight. He's a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner over Cedrik Marcel Stebe.

19:50Last year's junior champion Ashleigh Barty is out, beaten by wily Italian Roberta Vinci. That means only one Aussie on either side of the draw is through to the second round - and that's Sam Stosur.

19:45Juan Martin del Potro survives the hit-fest from Robin Haase. The Argentine wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 and will face Go! Soeda in the next round. Delpo's best run was the fourth round last year. Could meet Ferrer or Roddick in the last 16 this year.

19:44Bonus time for Centre Court as Caroline Wozniacki and Tamira Paszek are heading there. It's the upset that everyone's calling... But it will only play until the light fades, there'll be no roof action.

19:36Pretty sure @jeycove isn't the only one feeling like that... Ivo Karlovic has just nicked the first set against Dudi Sela as he looks to book a second-round meeting with Murray. Andy Roddick races through the first-set tiebreak against Jamie Baker.

19:34Tweet from @jeycove I want @andy_murray to win this maybe more than he does @Wimbledon

19:33Andy Murray beats Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 which means he will DEFINITELY WIN WIMBLEDON. He plays the winner of Ivo Karlovic-Dudi Sela, which is still midway through the first set.

19:28Daveeeeed Ferrer takes the first set on the tiebreak against Dustin Brown, known as Dreddy to his friends. Don't know why. Could be the dreadlocks I spose.

19:22Well, well. Could we have five British players in the second round? I've obviously spoken far too soon, but with Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson and James Ward already through, Anne Keothavong is a set up against Lara Pous Tio and Andy Murray is just a game away from a very easy win over Nikolay Davydenko. And then there's Jamie Baker, still on serve against Andy Roddick in the first.

Why losing is good, by Bernard Tomic

19:16"That's why it's important for me at a young age, for any player that's young, is to, I think, lose. You're only going to come back stronger if you keep losing."

19:13Anne Keothavong on court against Lara Pous Tio at the moment, leading 4-2. She stars alongside Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and a whole host of ladeez in a video of the WTA pre-tournament players' party.

19:08I've just promised to bring champagne to The Bunker tomorrow if Jamie Baker beats Andy Roddick. It's 4-4 in the first set.

19:06Over on No.1, Andy Roddick, recent winner of the Eastbourne title, is playing Britain's Jamie Baker. Scotland thus providing half of the players for the two main show courts here. Juan Martin del Potro has fought back from a break down to take the third set against Robin Haase. Forgotten Queen's champion Marin Cilic is serving for a two sets to one lead against the talented Cedric-Marcel Stebe.

18:59"Muzzard putting on a clinic and taking the Machine Davy to the woodshed," tweets Brad Gilbert, or in other words: Andy Murray leads Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, 2-0.

Match moves

18:57Svetlana Kuznetsova fans should gather up any nearby Yanina Wickmayer fans and head to Court 19. Court 5 dwellers, you're about to be hit by Ivo Karlovic against Dudi Sela. Not literally.

18:48Tommy Haas - the tournament's dark horse - has galloped off into the sunset. The Halle champ, who beat Roger Federer in the final, is beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets in the first round. Kohlschreiber beat Nadal in Halle incidentally.

Serena Williams on why she loves competing

18:47"Well, it's a great feeling. You know, you feel really good. You feel like, you know, like I said, for that moment in time it's all about you and your opponent. For me, I love that feeling. I don't quite know why, but I really do. It's interesting to go out there and just do your best and for me do what I do best, which is play tennis."

18:43I have the Serena Williams transcript. She was not asked about her hot pink accessories. Cheese is disappointed.

18:37If Judy Murray is planning on heading to Centre Court after seeing Bally's win, she better hurry. Andy is already 6-1, 3-0 up against Nikolay Davydenko. And in YET MORE good news for the home nation, James Ward is through to the second round after a five-set win over Pablo Andujar. I can hear the cheers from Court 14 - but that may be because I'm sitting right under Court 14.

Match moves

18:34Right, if you're waiting for Ana Ivanovic, time to get in the queue for tomorrow. Her match against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez is among those that have been cancelled. Bonus if you're on Court 7, Santiago Giraldo and Milos Raonic are heading your way. Next on Court 16 will be Coco Vandeweghe and Sara Errani. And lucky punters on Court 18, you get David Ferrer against Dustin Brown. Everyone clear?

Bally wins!

18:30Elena Baltacha closes out the match against Karin Knapp 6-0 in the third. She goes over to hug Fed Cup captain Judy Murray - who I think might also be delivering the news that Bally has got a wild card into the Olympics. The news only came through just as Baltacha was heading out to play. Not to put a dampener on things, but next up for Bally: defending champion Petra Kvitova.

18:20Big "come on" from Bally as she gets a second break in the third set against Karin Knapp to make it 3-0. And that quickly becomes 4-0. Think she might have won the hobble-off.

18:16Blimey. DelPo is now a break down in the third set against Robin Haase, who you may remember took Rafa Nadal to five sets here a couple of years ago. You may also remember he looks a lot like his compatriot, Ruud van Nistelrooy.

18:09Small hiccup in the second set from Aussie Open champ Victoria Azarenka but she comes through handily, beating Irena Falconi 6-1, 6-4.

18:04It looked like a difficult opener for Juan Martin del Potro - and it's turned into one now as Robin Haase takes the second set to level that match. Good news for Haase's almost namesake Tommy Haas who has recovered the break against Phillip Kohlschreiber in the fourth set. Bally's had her knee taped up and she's back out against Karin Knapp. It has turned into a bit of a hobble-off between these two...

17:52Kenny de Schepper. Another great tennis name. And his brother is called Joffrey. The qualifier from France is a set and a break to the good against Matthias Bachinger. Over on Court 18 - which should simply be renamed DRAMA - Bally takes the second set to level the match but now she has the trainer on...

17:50Here comes Andy Murray, effortlessly carrying the hopes of a nation. Just the 76 years of hurt for the host nation in its wait for a men's singles champion.

17:42Marcos Baghdatis is through, a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 winner over Albert Montanes. If you're wandering the grounds wondering where to head next: I give you Court 14, where Britain's James Ward and Spain's Pablo Andujar are into a fifth, or Court 19, where the all-German ding-dong between Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber is into a fourth.

17:41Next up on Centre Court: Andy Murray. No pressure, Andy...

17:32"If only tennis matches were first to four games," is what Thomaz Bellucci is probably thinking. The flashy Brazilian was 4-0 up in the first set but goes down 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 to two-times champion Rafael Nadal.

17:31Karin Knapp has dragged her aching body back onto Court 18 and her match against Elena Baltacha is back under way. The Italian still doesn't look too happy though - almost tip-toeing about at the moment.

David Goffin on closing out his first win at Wimbledon

17:29"Last game I was a little bit nervous inside, but I tried to stay focused and to doesn't show anything on my face, like Bjorn Borg."

Lleyton Hewitt on whether he'll back at Wimbledon next year

17:25"I don't know. At the moment I've been focusing on getting back this year, doing everything right with my foot and rehab to get back to here. So I'm proud of myself of what I've been able to do, all the hard work it's taken to get here. I'd like to be back here, absolutely, but we'll have to wait and see."

17:24Bally's got her tracksuit top on, eyes closed, trying to stay focused, as Karin Knapp hobbles off to get treatment off-court.

17:22Looked like a potentially difficult first match for Juan Martin del Potro but Delpo is making it look easy at the moment, leading 5-3 against big-hitting Dutchman Robin Haase. Nadal and Bellucci still on serve in the third, with the No.2 seed up by two sets already.

17:17Drama on Court 18. Italy's Karin Knapp, who took the first set, slips at break point down against Elena Baltacha. She takes a while to get up before calling the trainer. She's shaking her head and looking pretty disconsolate.

17:14Tweet from tennis correspondent @crosscourt1 No Aussie men in 2nd rd of Wimbledon. 1st time since 1938. Only other times 1985 US Open, 2011 Roland Garros

17:08If you're a regular at Wimbledon, you'll know that there are certain things that cause guaranteed hilarity. Usually pigeons. But here's a new one. A ballgirl's brolly blew inside out on No.1 Court earlier as she tried to shelter Lleyton Hewitt. Oh, we laughed...

16:58There was a delay while I watched Grace Jones hula-hooping all the way through Slave to the Rhythm at the Jubilee Concert. Anyway, back to reality. Rafa Nadal is now two sets to the good against Thomaz Bellucci, whose early fire seems to have died. Grigor Dimitrov is going very nicely against big-serving Kevin Anderson, leading 7-5, 7-6.

16:49Grace Jones is in the house! A regular at Wimbledon - and always reliably bonkers. You won't miss her. She's be wearing a multi-coloured jacket with the hood up and a red cap on top. Check @Wimbledon on Twitter for the full story. Wonder if she brought her hula hoop with her? Her performance of Slave to the Rhythm while hula-hooping at the Jubilee Concert is one of the greatest things I've ever seen.

16:45Serena just making the walk through the grounds back to the player lounge, signing autographs as she goes. I might as well tell you now: she's my pick for the women's title, although she's been a bit grumpy the last few days which makes me a bit worried. She plays Johanna Larsson or Melinda Czink next.

16:42Wimbledon.com reporter Helen Gilbert has just been for Mardy Fish's post-match press conference - but there was no sign of the American, who apparently isn't feeling well. Fish won earlier, his first match since undergoing a medical procedure for a heart problem, so hope it's nothing to do with that.

16:40Moments later, Serena Williams completes a routine 6-2, 6-4 win over Babs Streets. I'll be surprised if Serena's hot pink accessories don't come up in the post-match news conference.

16:36Game over - and, like Venus Williams yesterday, you have to wonder how many more times he'll be back at Wimbledon. Lleyton Hewitt loses 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to Jo-Willy Tsonga int he first round. That's the Aussie's first R1 loss here since he went out to Ivo Karlovic as defending champion in 2003.

16:33Speaking of J-Muzz, he and Eric Butorac are through to round two of the men's doubles after a four-set win over Begemann/Zelenay. Baltacha, as if to celebrate her Olympic call-up, breaks for a 4-3 lead over Karin Knapp. And while we're on British news, James Ward lost the first set against Pablo Andujar but races through the second 6-0.

16:29While I was gone, the Olympic entries were announced. If it's the Brits you're interested in: Murray, Baltacha and Keothavong go in singles. The Murrays, Flemings/Hutchins and Robson/Watson in dubs. Mixed to be decided much nearer the time.

16:27Hello again. Just about getting over the brooding exit of Feliciano Lopez - although the sensational racket destruction did almost make up for it. Anyone know who got the mangled bat?

16:22As GO! GO! GO! Soeda eases his way into the second round with a straight set win over Igor Kunitsyn and Rafael Nadal snags the first set 7-6 over Bellucci, it's time for me to get a snackie. Back to you, Caroline.

16:20Another bad decision from Thomaz as he sends a forehand drop shot into the net. Looks like Rafa will sneak out this set as he leads 6-0 at the change of ends.

16:16First set tiebreak for Bellucci and Nadal. Rafa is putting a lot of air under his shots, which is odd to see. Definitely not playing with the aggression he would like, but then again maybe it's tactical. Bellucci is missing some easy shots, including an overhead smash to go down 0-2, and then a forehand into the middle of the net to go down 0-4.

16:14Petra Kvitova on her slow start today: "Yeah, I was nervous. It was first time for me to be as the defending champion of the Grand Slam. You know, it was huge honor to come to the Centre Court. Of course I would like to make everyone happy, but it's not that easy. Yeah, it was lot of firsts for me today, but I'm happy that I stayed calm inside and not to be panic in the important points."

16:10All credit to Thomaz Bellucci. He hasn't shied away in this match despite Rafa's surge. He's up 6-5 and Rafa will serve to force a tiebreak. Interesting times.

16:03Zippity Zoppity, out goes Estonia's only hope at Wimbledon. Malek Jaziri comes back from two sets down to beat Jurgen Zopp 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 9-7. That's Jaziri's first win at Wimbledon and I have to think it is therefore the first win for the country of Tunisia here as well. Go on with your bad self, Malek.

16:01Rafael Nadal seems to be doing his best Petra Kvitova impression, which in this case, is a very good thing. Four straight games for Rafa to even the first set 4-4. Random thought: Is it just me or are the players experimenting more with patterns and bold colors this year?

15:55Serena Willliams has taken the first set 6-2 over Babsy Streets, but I must say that she looks a little nervy out on No. 2 Court. A clean win for the four-time champion would go a long way to settling her nerves for the tournament. Maybe.

15:48Would have been a lovely debut forJohanna Konta, who just secured her British citizenship last month, but Christina McHale snuffs out her upset bid to finally win 6-7, 6-2, 10-8. That's two Brit ladies out today, with Baltacha and Keothavong yet to play. Will anyone join Heather Watson in the second round? One is the loneliest number.

15:44Thomaz Bellucci is confusing everyone right now, perhaps even himself. He's up 4-0 on Rafael Nadal but he's just duffed two horrible volleys into the net to give Rafa a break point, and then he sends a forehand long to help Rafa on the board. Well that's awfully nice of him. 4-1 now.

15:41I told you Ms. Cheese was tracking that Feliciano Lopez match from a purely journalistic angle, right? Turns out it was time well spent. She reports that Lopez stalked off of Court 18 and proceeded to repeatedly bash his racket against the brick wall as he walked back to the locker room. Way to go, Cheese! That's Woodward and Bernstein-type stuff.

15:38It gives me no pleasure to make the following announcement, ladies. Jarko Nieminen has ousted the fair Feliciano Lopez, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Has anyone told Judy Murray yet? Would someone like to?

15:34Well that's weird. Bellucci has broken Rafael Nadal in his first service game at Wimbledon and the Brazillian is up 3-0. Meanwhile, Babs Strycova has broken back to get back on serve against Serena, 3-2.

15:25Quite kind of Alexandr Dolgopolov to make his battle with Alex Bogomolov Jr. as quick as possible. He's through to the second round in straight sets and surely radio commentors and presenters will send him a gift basket in thanks. It's important to be thoughtful, folks. This is a gentlemen's sport.

15:15Two great champions have taken the courts. Rafael Nadal has taken to Centre Court against Thomaz Bellucci, and Serena Williams is warming up on No. 2 Court against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for her first match since her shocking first round exit in paris. Serena has a fuscia headband and fuscia tennis shorts under her white dress. These players sure do love to push the limits of that whole predominantly white clothing rule, don't they?

15:11Japan's No. 2, Go Soeda, has one of my favorite names in sport. Think about it. You get to sit in the stands and yell "GO, GO!" over and over and over again and actually have good reason to do it. Fewer odd looks are shot your way when you have a good reason to yell that. Don't ask me how I know.

15:07DUCK! Lleyton Hewitt has just sent a wayward return straight at a ballgirl. She's ok though. No fireworks on No. 1 Court yet though, as Tsonga pockets the first set 6-3 with relative ease. Can Lleyton give the colorful Aussie fans something to cheer about? He hit a total of three winners in that first set, compared to Tsonga's 23. We know Lleyton won't light up the stat sheet, but that differential clearly won't work.

15:04In case you thought going the distance was just a guy thing, check out the action on Court 17, where Christina McHale and Johanna Konta have resumed their suspended match. It's on serve at 8-7 in the third set, with McHale serving from behind. Equality! A win would be quite a splash for Konta, who's playing her first Slam as a Brit.

14:59Play has finally resumed and it didn't take long for Petra Kvitova to finish her match. The defending champion is through to the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Amanmuradova. Her parents, who are guests in the Royal Box today, can breathe a sigh of relief. Petra gets the winner of Elena Baltacha vs. Karen Knapp, which is up later.

14:51Players are back on court and warming up but the umbrellas are still up amongst the crowd and the players look, how should I put this, skeptical. Incidentally, Lleyton Hewitt looks to be wearing a self-branded kit with his famous "Come on!" emblazoned on his chest. Subtlety, thy name is Lleyton.

14:48Tweet from @Wimbledon "Yet more breaking celebrity lunch news.Virginia Wade has also gone salmon #TennisFood" Or maybe she's just a big Fish fan.

14:44See? What did I tell you. The covers are off, the nets are up, and the velvet voice says play should resume shortly. Trust me. I will never steer you wrong. Unless I do.

14:41The velvet voice of Wimbledon says the showers should pass quickly and as soon as they do the courts will be uncovered and inspected. I don't think this will be a long delay at all, folks, so stay close to your screens.

14:37Indeed, our first significant upset is in the books on Day 2. Right before the rain came down, baby-faced David Goffin has made good on his wildcard, upsetting Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. He'll play American Jesse Levine next. I dare say it's time to get on the Goffin train. This kid is for real.

14:29A very disappointed Laura Robson is in press now. "I'm really disappointed. I think I was in control of it then made a few mistakes and let her back into the match." She's playing some incredible defense against the press, who seem to want to make a big fuss about the long medical timeout that Schiavone took after the first set. She's reminding them that she immediately won the first service game and dismisses any suggestions of gamesmanship from the Italian.

14:25Drops coming heavier now and play has been suspended. Players off the court, nets go down, tarps go a-sprawlin'. It really is an impressive production.

14:23Uh oh. Looks like that weather report from the Met Office was right on. We're getting some raindrops on court now. Play hasn't been stopped but a few players have been asked to stay seated for a bit to wait for it to pass. Brollies up!

14:16Nothing fishy on Court 12. Hearty congratulations for Mardy Fish, who's come through to the second round with a 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 win over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. That's Mardy's first win since Miami, after being forced to take a break to address a heart arrhythmia. Scary stuff for the No. 10 seed, but a few wins could see him back on track. Joining him in the second round is Jesse Levine, who just won his match over Karol Beck. So far so good for the Americans on Day 2.

14:112011 quarterfinalist Bernie Tomic is in a load of trouble against David Goffin, the young Belgian who had quite the star turn at Roland Garros. The 20-year old Goffin made no secret of his love for Roger Federer and even took a set off the Great One. He's now up two sets and a break on Bernie on No. 2 Court. Indeed, there is trouble down under...

14:07Contrary to what some believe, I am not the world's leading expert on Estonian tennis players. But Jurgen Zopp is into a fifth set against Tunisia's best, Malek Jaziri. Jaziri scored Tunisia's first ever men's singles win at Roland Garros last month, and a win here at his first Wimbledon would be quite something. Huh...as it turns out, I guess I'm quite the expert on Tunisian tennis.

14:02Good afternoon to all. I'm Courtney Nguyen and I'll be hijacking this strawberry stand for the next few hours. Little does Caroline know (as we're sequestered in a bunker) the grounds are absolutely teeming with people today. Good luck swimming through that sea of bodies, Cheesy.

13:56Righto. Time to hand over to your friend and mine Courtney Nguyen who is itching to get to the keyboard. She'll tell you everything you need to know about Estonian superstar Jurgen Zopp on Court 6. I guarantee it.

13:52Our friends at Live@Wimbledon will be quizzing the players on their personal Wimbledon history. First up, defending champion Novak Djokovic, who tries his best to have his final score reviewed. No luck for Nole though, they're tough cookies at Live@Wimbledon...

13:49It's all going on. Petra Kvitova comes from 3-0 down to win the first set against Akgul Amanmuradova 6-4. Relief in Camp Kvitova. Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva and Zheng Jie are through to round two.

13:47Now a fifth match point for Schiavone as Robson goes just long on the return - and the Brit puts a return into the trams to give victory to the Italian. Francesca Schiavone through 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

13:44Francesca Schiavone has already had two match points and now she has two more. Double fault. One more. And now Laura Robson whips a stunning forehand up the line. Carumba. Worthy of the fist pump. Deuce.

13:43The nerves are settling on Centre where Petra Kvitova breaks for a 5-4 lead over Akgul Amanmuradova, having trailing 3-0. Laura Robson is on the fightback against Francesca Schiavone, pegging the Italian back to 5-4 from 5-1.

13:39@goonertilldie If Brian Baker wins his 2nd round match @Wimbledon, he will make it to the Top 100 for the first time in his career :)

13:36Now then. Over on No.2 Court, David Goffin is turning the tables against Bernie Tomic. He's now a break up in the third, with the match level at one set all. Goffin, if you missed it, made his breakthrough at the French Open where he came through qualifying to reach the fourth round and a match against his idol Roger Federer. Even took a set off King Rog. The cheek of it.

13:30The umpire's nightmare is over. Alexandr Dolgopolov beats Alexander Bogomolov 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. And the fairytale goes on as Brian Baker beats - nay thrashed - Rui Machado 7-6, 6-4, 6-0. Baker will face Feliciano Lopez or Jarkko Nieminen next.

13:27HE'S DONE IT. Nicolas Mahut wins his first match at Wimbledon since 2007, beating 6-3, 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. He'll face Alejandro Falla in round two, who mercifully knocked out No.10 seed John Isner over five sets (obviously) yesterday.

13:24Erm, it's a nervy defending champion on Centre. Petra Kvitova is trailing 3-1 against Akgul Amanmuradova. Maybe by the end of that match, I won't have to copy and paste Akgul Amanmuradova. Maybe...

13:23Laura Robson is now a break down against Francesca Schiavone in the third set. Nicolas Mahut is 5-2 up against Paolo Lorenzi. Surely...

13:08And we are good to go on Centre and No.1 Court. Petra Kvitova gets a warm reception on Centre as she strides on as defending champion. Her parents are in the Royal Box to watch, and Kvitova didn't rule out more tears from her old dad Jiri as he watches his daughter open play on the first Tuesday.

13:05Nicolas Mahut hasn't won a match at Wimbledon since 2007. Three of his last four exits have been over five sets (one of them quite famously). He now leads Paolo Lorenzi 3-1 in the fifth. There's your cult hero, Wimbledon.

12:57Hold tight (again) Great Britain. Francesca Schiavone, like the clever campaigner she is, levels the match against Laura Robson. How about Nicolas Mahut? The Frenchman is already 3-0 up against Paolo Lorenzi in their fifth set. Surely he's not going to make it that easy...

12:48Laura Robson has the first set against Francesca Schiavone but she's a break down in the second at 5-3. Tense times for the host nation. David Goffin performing a similar fightback against Bernie Tomic, up a break in the second. Feliciano Lopez is on the comeback against Jarkko Nieminen after dropping the first set.

12:39Tweet from @Cric_PJS : (see 1230) Lopez is an interesting choice. My pick is of course, Federer, but Verdasco is good in my opinion. Gunning for him!

12:36My American friends, this is a truly sensational Day Two so far. Although I suspect most of you will be asleep right now. Jesse Levine, Mardy Fish, Brian Baker and the doubles pairing of Donald Young and Mike Russell are all a set to the good. Awesome!

12:32Cheeky Kiki. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens is our first winner of Day Two, beating No.19 seed Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-0. That means Nicolas Mahut and Paolo Lorenzi can return to Court 4 to resume their match that was suspended for bad light last night just before the fifth set. I wouldn't be surprised if Mahut has already played a five-setter this morning, just for fun.

12:30Interesting question Tweet from @Cric_PJS - and good to see you going Kvitova on us by calling it The Wimbledon. I am of course entirely neutral, but let's just say that if Feliciano Lopez were to win a few rounds, I wouldn't be devastated. I am nothing if not predictable.

12:29Tweet from @Cric_PJS: Whom are you supporting at the #Wimbledon ? Any personal favourite?

12:26In the big Olov derby on Court 7, it's Dolgopolov who has the upper hand against Bogomolov, up a set and a break. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo - who at 34 is the oldest man in the draw I think I read - has taken No.10 seed Mardy Fish into a tiebreak in the first set.

12:21Schiavone is back, jogging onto the court as if she doesn't have a care in the world. She does. She's a set down against unseeded Brit Laura Robson. The upset is most definitely on over on Court 4 where Kiki Bertens is running away with it against No.19 seed Lucie Safarova, leading 6-3, 4-0.

12:19Francesca Schiavone has gone AWOL from No.3 Court, leaving Laura Robson swishing air shots at the back of the court to try and keep moving. The Italian seems to have a back problem which required off-court treatment.

12:13Let me know if you're watching a cracker. Tweet me directly @carolinecheese, tweet @Wimbledon or email socialmedia@aeltc.com.

12:08Hold tight Britain. Laura Robson takes the first set against No.24 seed Francesca Schaivone 6-2. Lucie Safarova might have won the first three points of the day but she dropped the first set against Kiki Bertens rather surprisingly. In a great moment of symmetry, Courts 10 to 16 are all locked at 4 apiece.

12:04If you're here at Wimbledon and you fancy a break from tennis (?!), head to Autograph Island by Aorangi Park to see U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur. Later on you can get your belongings inked by Gilles Simon (2.15pm), Xavier Malisse (2.35pm), Sabine Lisicki (3pm).

11:55Those Aussie Fanatics need to ramp up the volume on Court 17. Matt Ebden has already dropped the first set against Benoit Paire of France 6-1. Bernie Tomic has made a much better start though, leading David Goffin 3-0.

11:53I have read that tweet several times now and I still don't get it. Anyone? Meanwhile, Francesca Schiavone plonks a simple volley into the net and Laura Robson is a break up at 3-1.

11:48@lizzard11120: Random fact, Lucie Safarova can be rearranged to read "Cafe Saviour La" in French this means "Face The Saviour"

11:44I knew a mistake would get the messages coming in. Chanelle Scheepers is of course South African. Still a great name though. Thanks @Mike_Igor.

11:41Standing room only on Court 18 where Feliciano Lopez is playing Jarkko Nieminen. Have a feeling they're not necessarily straining to see the Flying Finn. Nieminen was five minutes late on court, giving the crowd plenty of opportunity to see F-Lo sitting moodily on a chair.

11:36All hail Lucie Safarava. She hasn't just won the first point of the day, she's won the first three over on Court 4 against Kiki Bertens. Dutch players have the best names. That's official..

11:33A wag in the No.3 Court crowd yells "Beat her on penalties" as Laura Robson strolls onto court alongside Francesca Schaivone of Italy. Let's hope it doesn't get that far.

11:33Crumbs. It's 1130 already which means we are getting going on Day Two. Who will win the first point? We're about to find out...

11:26By the way, please feel free to get in touch. You can tweet me directly @carolinecheese, tweet @Wimbledon or use the good old-fashioned email socialmedia@aeltc.com. You could be famous!

11:21The Voice of Wimbledon booms around the grounds. "And finally, a subject close to all our hearts, the weather." He warns of showers later in the day. We are booing here in The Bunker.

11:17Tough choices for the Fanatics today. Bernie Tomic is over on No.2 Court first up, and Lleyton Hewitt is up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on No.1 Court after the conclusion of Zvonareva-Barthel.

Wimbledon.com reporter Ian Baker

11:16"Aussie fanatics have already taken their seats on Court 17 to cheer on Matthew Ebden half an hour before players due on court. Could well be standing room only."

11:13And if you forgot Wimbledon had started or were still lying in a darkened room after England's predictably dismal Euro 2012 exit, then you can also watch Day One Highlights on the website. Don't say we never give you anything.

11:10You're probably sick of me going on about it, but Venus Williams gave a brilliant news conference yesterday after a humbling first-round loss to Elena Vesnina. The video highlights are on the website now. She could probably write a book about positive thinking. Actually, I wouldn't rule that out...

11:00Also on this day, Come On Tim Henman carried the Olympic torch through the All England Club on its way to Athens in 2004. Tiger Tim didn't have to carry it all the way to Athens. He was busy making his way to the quarter-finals where he lost to Mario Ancic in what his last appearance in the second week at Wimbledon.

10:56Tweet from @murphy_maria Yes...I remember that shock...was it really ten years ago?

On This Day

10:50“My husband, seven-times Wimbledon champion, Pete. Remember this – you truly are the greatest player ever to pick up a racquet.” The letter from his wife Bridgette Wilson was meant to inspire Pete Sampras in 2002. It didn’t work. He lost in five sets to George Bastl, a lucky loser who was ranked No.145. Sampras went on to win the U.S. Open that year. Bastl’s ranking peaked at No.71.

10:44And last on No.2 Court, it's No.7 seed Caroline Wozniacki against Tamira Paszek. There are so many people tipping Paszek for the upset that it will be a major surprise if Wozniacki wins.

10:40It's one of those days when there are potentially great matches wherever you look. Laura Robson could cause an upset against Francesca Schiavone on No.3 Court, and Kevin Anderson against Grigor Dimitrov should be a decent watch. If you're on No.2 Court, you get Bernard Tomic against another young pretender in David Goffin. Serena's also on the Graveyard of Champions as is Juan Martin del Potro.

10:35Many thanks to @phd_at_work on Twitter for the reminder about COCGT. I was tempted to go for Court 7 simply because it'll be quite fun to see how the umpire gets on with Alexander Bogomolov against Alexandr Dolgopolov. If he or she is not reduced to calling them Bogo and Dolgo by the end, I'll be amazed.

The gates are open

10:30Let the bundle begin. If it's a ground pass you're clutching, Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket (COCGT) for today is controversially Court 16. There you'll see American Brian Baker, one of the great tennis stories. He was a brilliant junior but then was forced out of the game for nearly six years as he underwent five surgeries. But he's back, and he qualified, and he's got a great chance against Rui Machado.

10:28No.1 Court ticket-holders haven't got it too shabby today either. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Lleyton Hewitt is one of the most eye-catching matches of the first round. Then it's Victoria Azarenka, then three-time finalist Andy Roddick against Britain's Jamie Baker.

10:22Speaking of the lovely Petra Kvitova, she was accosted by one of the team from Live@Wimbledon while she was innocently sitting in the back of a car. "I lost in the first round of Eastbourne," she says. "But anyway, it's better to do it in Eastbourne than in the Wimbledon." You'll notice Petra always calls it The Wimbledon - and let's hope no one tells her any different.

10:19So if you're lucky enough to have a Centre Court ticket, you will see defending champion Petra Kvitova open play against Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova. Then two-time champion Rafael Nadal plays sometimes-flashy Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. Murray-Davydenko to finish. Not bad.

10:17You are absolutely right @mja1995. Andy Murray is up third on Centre Court today against Nikolay Davydenko. He'll then play Thursday-Saturday-Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday. Erm, I may have got ahead of myself there.

10:14Tweet from @mja1995: am I correct that if Murray wins today he will play again on Thursday then Saturday?

10:12I have the all-important weather report from the Met Office. Sunshine will become "more limited" as the day progresses and there is a "60-70% chance of a light drizzly shower" this afternoon. Ah, light drizzly showers., I've missed them.

10:04As I walked past at just gone 9am this morning, the fancy new sign at the start of The Queue told me that anyone turning up now will be waiting until late afternoon to get in. You are strongly advised not to travel to Wimbledon to join today’s Queue. Fill your boots for tomorrow though.

Good morning

10:00Hello and welcome. I'm expecting multiple cases of heat exhaustion at the All England Club today. We have a second straight day of sunshine - and we Brits are not used to such sweltering conditions. Especially not this "summer". Wimbledon, I can report, looks sensational as always.

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