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Live Blog : Wednesday 27 June 2012

by Caroline Cheese

21:53Ryan Harrison gets a big cheer from the crowd as he leaves - he manages to raise a hand, if not a smile. We're off into the night, folks. Thanks for your company. See ya tomorrow.

21:50Ryan Harrison still pummelling groundstrokes onto the baseline even at this late stage. A hopeless effort, but an effort nonetheless. Novak Djokovic makes a mess of one match point but comes through on the second for a symmetrically perfect 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win.

21:47I WAS ONLY BLIMMIN RIGHT! Harrison looks ready to destroy a racket - but seems to remember he's on Centre Court so holds back (disappointingly). Harrison chases down a drop half-volley from Djoko and dinks it crosscourt but Djoko anticipates and sends the ball into the open court. He's serving for the match...

21:42It's 4-4, with Harrison serving. I predict a break. I'm not saying we all want to go home, by the way. I would live in this Bunker if I could.

21:40Great barrelling cheers from Centre Court as Ryan Harrison edges ahead 4-3 and turns to his support with a clenched fist. He's loving it out there... (I'm not sure if cheers barrel, but please understand it's late and I'm running out of words)

21:39Tweet from @HeatherWatson92 Tough but great day at the office! :)

21:30Hmm. Now it's 3-3 in the third. Ryan Harrison is serving some bombs out on Centre and his every winning point is being cheered to the rafters in classic late-night-at-Wimbledon style.

21:29Love service game for Djoko, ramping up the pressure. It's 2-2 in the third.

21:24Ryan Harrison isn't ready for an early night though. He's leading 2-1 on serve against Djoko.

21:17Novak Djokovic once beat Olivier Rochus in the latest ever finish at Wimbledon. The match finished at 10.58pm under the roof. Don't think he'll be held up that long tonight. He's two sets to the good against Ryan Harrison. Play is suspended everywhere else.

21:13Oohlala. Maybe people will start talking about him now. Richard Gasquet beats Rubens Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 for a very easy second-round win. Nicolas Almagro next for Gasquet.

21:11Djokovic holds serve in an epic game then, almost predictably, breaks in the very next one. He leads 3-1 but the Centre Court crowd are very much appreciating the efforts of young Harrison. Sorry, sounded a bit like my mum then, calling him young Harrison....

21:02Sharapova breaks and play is immediately suspended, with the Russian leading 7-6, 3-1 against Pironkova.

21:01On Centre, where play can go on until 11pm under the roof, Ryan Harrison nets a return on his sixth break point against Novak Djokovic in the second set. That set still on serve at the moment, with the Serb having taken the first.

20:56Sharapova looks up at the umpire as a Pironkova groundstroke comes flying past her. Not sure you can blame the light for that one, Masha. A belting forehand return gives the Russian a break point, which Pironkova saves with a lovely backhand right onto the line.

20:52Maria Sharapova is giving the official on No.1 Court a proper earful about the bad light now. It's 1-1 in the second set against Pironkova, and I can't imagine they'll be able to finish this match.

20:51Don't say I didn't warn you. Alejandro Falla took the first two sets against Nicolas Mahut, but the Frenchman took the third and is now a break up in the fourth. They might as well have just started in the fifth set, save us all the bother.

Andy Roddick on whether he enjoys just playing

20:50"No. I don't think so, no. The whole reason you play is to try to win something. Winning is fun, losing sucks. I don't know that that will ever change. I don't think I'm ever here to go through the motions."

20:46Maria Sharapova is querying the light - and it is getting pretty mirky out there. Plenty of people heading for the exits too. Looks like they'll carry on though.

20:43Sharapova with FIVE set points and surely she'll take the first... NO! She's hooked a drive volley into the trams with Pironkova well beaten. Now a return goes awry and it's 6-3. This time, she takes it though, drilling a forehand into the corner and forcing the error. Relief all round for the Sharapova camp.

20:41Match point for Sorana Cirstea against Li Na... saved. Here's another: and Li Na nets to give Cirstea a 6-3, 6-4 win. The Romanian also beat Sam Stosur at the Aussie Open this year.

20:39Sharapova scrambles the ball back left-handed on the opening point and Pironkova is so surprised, she wallops a simple forehand well long. Sharapova now with a 3-0 lead.

20:36Maria Sharapova brings out a few big serves and makes it five set points saved. We're into a tiebreak, and I fear for Pironkova...

20:34Ernests Gulbis does what Ernests Gulbis does best: follows up a superb straight-sets win over sixth seed Tomas Berdych with a five-set defeat by Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz. Tsvetana Pironkova has THREE MORE SET POINTS.

20:31Novak Djokovic pockets the first set 6-4 against Ryan Harrison. Meanwhile, Jerzy Janowicz is serving for victory at 8-7 in the fifth against Ernests Gulbis.

Thursday Order of Play

20:30Centre: Serena Williams v Melinda Czink, Ivo Karlovic v Andy Murray, Lukas Rosol v Rafael Nadal. No.1 Court: James Ward v Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey v Milos Raonic, Elena Baltacha v Petra Kvitova.

20:29Sharapova eases into a 40-15 lead but is pegged back to deuce then she hooks a forehand into the trams and Pironkova has a second set point... BACKHAND LONG! And she takes the game with a forehand drive volley behind Pironkova. It's 5-5.

20:22Djokovic has broken for a 4-2 lead over Harrison. Sharapova still needs to hold serve here at 5-4 down in the first set.

20:21Pironkova out to a 30-0 lead, but pegged back by some searching groundstrokes by Sharapova. So intense this match already. Pironkova nets a rushed backhand down the line and Sharapova has a first break point. Pironks can't buy a first serve - and Sharapova takes the game with a stunning, angled backhand cross-court.

20:17Cripes. Sharapova's second serve lands halfway up the net and she's 15-30 down. A look to the heavens from the Russian. Wrongfooting backhand puts her back at 30-30, but she shanks a forehand way way long and Pironkova has a set point... Serve and forehand out wide sees off the danger for now. Pironkova about to serve for the set.

20:07If Tsvetana Pironkova continues to play like this, she'll not only beat Sharapova, I'm tempted to say she'll win the whole blimmin thing. But clearly that's a big if... Sharapova hits the net with a backhand off another deeper than deep groundie from the other side and Pironkova leads 5-2. Ryan Harrison, meanwhile, is 2-2 with Novak Djokovic.

20:04Li Na has dropped the first set against Sorana Cirstea but is 3-1 up in the second. Ernests Gulbis is into a fifth against Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, leading 4-3 on serve.

20:01Richard's rolling. Gasquet - who no one seems to be talking about AT ALL - takes the first set against Ruben Bemelmans 6-3.

19:58Vera Zvonareva overcomes a mid-match wobble to beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and earn a third-round meeting with Kim Clijsters. Pironkova is wellying the ball out on Centre against Sharapova and a love service game puts her 4-1 up against the world No.1.

19:57Tweet from @TennisReporters It really does blow my mind how much better Pironkova plays on grass than on other surfaces. Might be only WTA grass court specialist

19:54Another winner: Serbia's Viktor Troicki wins 6-4 in the fifth against Martin Klizan. He won 8-6 in the fifth in his first-round match. He's got Argentina's Juan Monaco next.

19:53Pironkova duly breaks at the first opportunity and leads Sharapova 3-0. Long way to go... Not for Igor Andreev though. He has just lost 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to Denis Istomin, who'll no doubt be waiting a while to find out his next opponent. It'll be either Alejandro Falla or Nicolas Mahut.

19:45And Tsvetana Pironkova is up and running with the first game on No.1 Court. If you're wondering why she might be a threat to Sharapova, the Bulgarian reached the semis here in 2010 and the quarters last year, beating Venus Williams on both occasions.

19:41Novak Djokovic and Ryan Harrison are next on Centre Court where the roof is still closed.Over on Court 4, Li Na is in a spot of bother, trailing Sorana Cirstea 5-2 in the first.

19:38Kim Clijsters wraps up a very simple 6-3, 6-3 win over Andrea Hlavackova. The Belgian will face Vera Zvonareva or Silvia Soler-Espinosa next.

19:35Smattering of applause on No.1 Court as Maria Sharapova struts out, followed by Tsvetana Pironkova. Your friend and mine Courtney Nguyen has picked Sharapova to win in three in her Daily Picks so we could be in for a decent match here - if you trust Courtney, that is.

Ivo Karlovic on whether he can beat Andy Murray

19:33"Sure. Because if I don't think so, you know, I can leave right now home."

Andy Roddick on the rain delays

19:30"It affects everybody. It's the same. It's not ideal but you gotta chill out and when they say play, you go."

19:28The Referee's Office is busy. Court 10 is about to greet the arrival of Nadia Petrova and Timea Babos.

19:26Brooklyn Decker's outlandish earrings swing wildly as she applauds husband Andy Roddick's love service game that seals a 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Jamie Baker. Next up for Roddick is Bjorn Phau. Daveeed Ferrer is a possible third-round opponent.

19:22Elaine Paige picks Maria Sharapova for the title, so does Virginia Wade. There we go. Oh. Andy Roddick has broken in the third set and is about to serve for victory over Jamie Baker. Alejandro Falla and Nicolas Mahut are just settling in for an inevitable five-setter on Court 16. The Colombian has the opening set.

19:19Huge roar from No.1 Court as Jamie Baker holds serve against Andy Roddick. It's 5-5 there, with the American leading by two sets to love. Baker holding his own there though.

19:18Fans of Benjamin Becker and Radek Stepanek - and who isn't? - get yourselves over to Court 7 for a 7.30pm start.

19:14Not one but two results to tell you about: Janko Tipsarevic recovers to beat Ryan Sweeting 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 and Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi continues her excellent run here with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Anna Tatishvili.

19:11Mats Wilander is wearing an orange shirt which exactly matches Elaine Paige's dress - what are they trying to tell us? I cannot recommend Live@Wimbledon highly enough right now....

Caroline Wozniacki on whether Rory McIlroy is affecting her tennis

19:08"No. I had over two years where I was winning these matches. Even I wasn't playing great sometimes but still winning and managed to pull it off. Luck was still on my side. You win one, two points, and suddenly you get through these matches and you're standing in a semifinal, a final, and anything can happen. I feel lately it's going the other way a little bit. It's not the first match this year where I have match points and not winning. You know, it's frustrating obviously. But it's tennis."

19:06Hmmm. They're not singing yet. I will keep an ear out. Kim Clijsters is already a set up against Andrea Hlavackova. It took me a week in Birmingham to learn how pronounce Andrea's surname. I'm an expert now - although I might not need it for much longer.

19:01ALERT! Virginia Wade and Elaine Paige are on Live@Wimbledon right now. If they're not singing I Know Him So Well by the end of it, I'm going to be VERY disappointed.

18:59Tweet from veteran coach @NickBollettieri: Went to the Federer press conference. Amazing how brilliant he sounds in all the languages he speaks.

18:54Three cheers for Anastasiya Yakimova, through to the second round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. And there ends Luxembourg's interest at Wimbledon after Gilles Muller's exit in the first round.

18:47Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong go out in the first round to Romanian pair Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu. On the plus side, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins - Flemchins - are 6-3, 5-3 up.

18:38That last result means Dudi will be moody tonight. Janko Tipsarevic meanwhile is back on track against Ryan Sweeting with a two sets to one lead.

18:32The chances of Britain having a frankly ludicrous six players in the second round are slipping away as Andy Roddick quickly takes a two sets to love lead over Jamie Baker. Andy Murray will be frantically finding himself a big server to practice with after Ivo Karlovic beats Dudi Sela to set up a second-round meeting with the No.4 seed.

18:28While Paszek was dramatically winning, Agnieszka Radwanska was quietly crushing conqueror-of-Venus Elena Vesina 6-2, 6-1 in extremely impressive fashion - finishing with ZERO unforced errors. The Pole - who isn't the biggest fan of grass - will face Britain's Heather Watson next.

Tamira Paszek after beating Caroline Wozniacki

18:27"Caroline is an amazing competitor, she's such a fighter, she won't give you a free point. We had amazing rallies... and I'm just so happy to be through. The crowd kept me going, it was amazing for me to play on Centre Court. It was just a real honour."

18:25Ignoring the workplace bullying involved in that handover, I will crack on. Next up on Centre Court: Kim Clijsters - resplendent in her gold-trimmed tracksuit and gold-trimmed bag - against Andrea Hlavackova.

18:21Well then. I am completely spent. I may not be as sweaty as Tamira Paszek is right now, but I think it's time for me to lie down. So back to you, Cheesy. By the way, has anyone ever asked you if you're lactose intolerant? Just wondering.

18:16Tamira Paszek does it! She pulls off the upset, and knocks out Caroline Wozniacki, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 and saves match points in the process. Saving match points is what Tamira does. She came back from 2-5 down in the third set to Angelique Kerber in the final of Eastbourne and saved five match points to win the title. Tremendously disappointing for Wozniacki. I thought she played really well. Tough luck.

18:12Play has resumed on No. 1 Court as Andy Roddick is up a set and a break on Britain's Jamie Baker. Players are warming up at the outer courts as well so we should have Panic! At the Disco soon. That's Courtney-speak for "mass chaos".

18:08Wozniacki showing her resilience and courage. Stepped into anything mildly short from Paszek and leaned in to hit a winner. She breaks right back. Say it again, this time with feeling: IT'S NOT A BREAK UNTIL YOU HOLD. Wozniacki serving to stay in the match, 4-5.

18:05Alert! Tamira Paszek lets out a huge roar as she breaks and will serve for the upset. I have been mocked all day long but I insist that this has been such a fun match to watch. Haters to the left.

18:00Back on Centre Court, Caroline Wozniacki and Tamira Paszek are still locked into it. It's 3-4 with Wozniacki serving. Meanwhile, Andy Roddick is itching in the halls waiting to get out onto No. 1 Court but he's being held up. That's right, one Jamie Baker is making Roddick twiddle his thumbs. It's all sorted now and the men are on court and ready to roll. Ms. Cheese, who has come back without the hiccups, informs me that Brooklyn Decker is wearing earrings. Snap journo, her.

17:53The Velvet Voice speaks and he bears good news: Play will resume on No. 1 Court and No. 2 Court at 6:00pm and on the remaining courts between 6:00pm-6:15.

17:45Tweet from Bob Bryan's daughter @Michaela_Bryan Look who picked me up during the @Wimbledon rain delay! She's my fave! @BrooklynDecker pic.twitter.com/8A9TYQMU

17:41Caroline Wozniacki has consolidated the break with a lovely backhand and she's now up 2-0. Meanwhile, I have a sinking suspicion that Cheesy is hiccuping somewhere around the grounds...

17:40News from the Referee's Office: Sorry, Bryan Brothers fans. Their doubles match has been cancelled for the day.

17:38Tamira Paszek will surely be disappointed by that. She suffers a bit of a letdown in her opening service game and virtually hands Wozniacki an early break. But again, say it with me children, it ain't a break until you hold....

17:36For those who are wondering, it's 5:30pm here and we still have two matches scheduled after Wozniacki and Paszek sort this match out: Clijsters vs. Hlavackova and Djokovic vs. Harrison. Tick, tock, tick, tock...

17:31Wozniacki misses a forehand long to go down 4-6 in the breaker and she tries to kick a tennis ball. She misses. That about sums up her fortunes right now. Tamira Paszek takes the second set, 7-4 in the tiebreak. Sorry, Kim Clijsters. You'll have to entertain Jada for another hour or so.

17:29Great stuff here on Centre Court. We're at 4-4 in the tiebreak now and very little separating these two women, who have been fighting for every point. This tiebreak is going to come down to one shot and I'm thinking it's going to come off Paszek's racket. She fires a forehand winner to go up 5-4.

17:25More cancelled matches: Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs Angelique Kerber (GER) [8], Christina McHale (USA) [28] vs Mathilde Johansson (FRA), Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs Gilles Simon (FRA) [13], Fernando Verdasco (ESP) [17] vs Grega Zemlja (SLO).

17:24Tamira Paszek is suddenly hitting the ball fantastically and we're into a second set tiebreak.

17:22News is now coming in from the Referee's Office here. The following matches have been moved: Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs Camila Giorgi (ITA) is moving to third on Court 7, Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) vs Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [17] is moving to fourth on Court 6, and Na Li (CHN) [11] vs Sorana Cirstea (ROU) is moving to third on Court 4.

17:20Match points for Wozniacki and my jaw is on the ground in response to the two groundstroke winners Paszek has audaciously hit to save them. Deuce.

17:18In case you were all worried, don't be. Caroline Cheese has not been kidnapped. She reports that the most recent announcement from the Velvet Voice - about intermittent rain persisting for a while - was met with a loud "You cannot be serious" in the champagne bar. To which my obvious response was, "What are you doing at the champagne bar?!?!"

17:14The Velvet Voice Speaketh! They're still expecting some intermittent rain here and are waiting for a dry spell to come in order to resume play. So keep your eyes on Centre Court for now. That's where all the action is.

17:11Look at that. Paszek holds when Wozniacki sends a forehand return long. Wozza lets out a primal yell in frustration. She'll need to get it together quickly. 5-5. I'm totally riveted by this match. Granted it's the only match that's on but I don't care what anyone says. It's a doozy.

17:10Paszek earns a game point with a bit of cat and mouse play, which she finishes at the net. She starts laughing as she looks at her box. Understandably so. That was some calamitous stuff.

17:08Doh! Paszek has Wozniacki on the run but goes for too much on her forehand side and sends it long. She slumps her shoulders and looks up, possibly cursing the roof that may have altered her fortunes in this match.

17:04Really have to tip your Stella McCartney visor to Caroline Wozniacki in this match. She's come out and played a very smart, contained, yet aggressive game. A backhand just misses that would have given her match point. But we're at 30-30 instead.

17:02Wozza holds to 5-4 and Tamira Paszek will serve to stay in the match. Presh. Uh.

16:59The fight lives on! Paszek saved those break points and held serve. Great fight from her. Wozniacki starting to show her frustration now. 4-4.

16:58Just received word that a few doubles matches have been cancelled, including the Williams Sisters and Guccione/Hewitt. Not that they were playing each other. Though...let's think about that...

16:55Paszek not making the best decisions under pressure. She goes for an ill-advised drop shot to give Wozniacki two break points. But she saves them both and we're at deuce with Tamira serving at 3-4.

16:48I regretfully inform you that I may have crossed my wires earlier when I mistakenly reported Philipp Petzschner beat Florian Mayer. In actuality, it was Florian Mayer who defeated Petzschner3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Thanks to Raheen for the email correction.

16:44Did I jinx it? Is there a liveblog jinx? Surely not. I claim no responsibility for foreshadowing Tamira Paszek's immediate break of serve. We're back on serve with Paszek serving at 2-3 after the changeover. I hope everyone else out there is as entertained by this match as I am. It's nice to see Wozniacki play so aggressively.

16:39COME ON!!! These two are working hard out there and the level of that game was high. Great to see. Wozniacki finally breaks through after a nine minute game break Paszek. She leads 3-1, but as we know, it's not really a break unless you hold...

16:37This fourth game is a nailbiter! Hawkeye challenges, big hitting, and of course, lots of "COME ON!!!" We're eight and half minutes in and still at deuce.

A disappointed Samantha Stosur.

16:36"This year I hated it a little bit less than the previous years. It's just disappointing because you want to do well here. It's a great tournament. I still love playing here at Wimbledon, but obviously it hasn't been my very best tournament."

16:32Tammy Pash Pash gets the break back immediately and she's looking much more comfortable out there now. Many players have said it takes a while to get used to that roof. Maybe Pashy's finally acclimatizing. And yet again, as I type that she sends a groundie long and she's down breakpoint. She saves it with a big backhand down the line and these two ladies are basically screaming "COME ON!!!" at each other. It's amusing.

Sabine Lisicki had some issues with Bojana Jovanovski's grunting today.

16:27It was distracting. You usually hear the sound of the ball, but I couldn't really hear it because of her grunting. But that's why we have the rules, the hindrance rule. Grunting is part of the game, but it shouldn't be off putting and be an advantage for the opponent, the one who is doing it.

16:22Matches under the roof just automatically seem more tense, don't you think? We're only two games into the second set and the players are fist-pumping and "come-on-ing" as they just need to scream a bit to relieve some stress. Get the sense that Wozniacki is digging her heels into this now. That first set has to give her a lot of confidence now. Pashee's ball doesn't seem to be hurting her as much as it was before the roof was closed. Woz breaks early and she's up 2-0. The quiet fistpump of confidence makes an appearance for the Dane.

16:14Wozza earns another set point and Pashy can't save it this time. She sends a backhand wide and once again, the resilent Caroline Wozniacki has slid out of trouble. She steals the first set, 7-5.

16:12Goodness. On the first set point, Paszek barely leaves her feet for the serve, spinning it in, but then she winds up and belts a forehand winner. She saves another set point with a "swing as heard as you can" backhand winner to get to deuce.

16:10Since failing to convert those set points, Pasho has gone tight. Easy backhand at the net and she dumps it to go down 0-30. She picks herself up with an ace on the next point, only to send a backhand long to give Wozza two set points.

16:06The Velvet Voice of Wimbledon says there will be no play on the outer courts for the next hour and they're going to leave the covers on. So it's all about the Wozza and Tammy show under the Centre Court roof right now.

16:01A lovely deep cross court backhand from Paszek earns her another set point, but this time when she tries to hit the same deep backhand Wozniacki is there, sending a reply that Tamira doesn't seem to be ready for. A forehand error from Paszek now and Wozza has a break point to even the match. She converts it when a Pashy forehand ticks the tape and we're back on serve at 5-5.

15:58I'm thinking the roof might help Paszek. She has the power to hit through the court and it will give her more time to get her feet behind the ball to wind up and really take a smack at the ball. Of course, as I say that Wozniacki saves a set point with a fantastic running forehand pass down the line to get to deuce. Paszek fires down an ace to earn another set point, but Wozniacki's defense earns a forehand miss from the Austrian and we're back to deuce.

15:50We have players! Wozniacki and Paszek have come back on court and are warming up under the famous roof of Centre Court, which finally makes its debut today. I suspect it will take some time to get used to the changed conditions. The sound alone makes you feel like you're playing tennis at the bottom of an aquarium. With fish. And...kelp. Plus, I understand the roof makes the conditions slower. We'll see who that benefits.

15:40Great video here with Juan Martin del Potro, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and others with advice for first time Wimbledoners. Li Na's advice is my favorite: "Where da white." True dat.

15:34Here's quick recap of where we're at on the scoreboard: When play resumes, Tamira Paszek will try and serve for the first set over Caroline Wozniacki at 5-4. No.8 seed Janko Tipsarevic has split sets with American qualifier Ryan Sweeting and is up a break in the third set. No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska is having no problems with Venus-beater Elena Vesnina, leading 6-2, 3-1. And Ernests Gulbis has taken the first set from the amazingly named Jerzy Janowicz. Phew. What a mouthful that was.

Ana Ivanovic tempering expectations.

15:28I had really a little bit of injury before. I didn't have ideal preparation. I'm happy to be able to compete and feel healthy.

15:25For those who want to see a little bit of Goran, you can see him at Live @ Wimbledon. Just rewind a few minutes.

15:23Hallelujah! The roof is closing on Centre Court.

15:20Kudos to Live @ Wimbledon for tracking down 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, who is hanging out in the sponsor area in the Queue. For those who are wondering, the man has aged very, very well.

15:16It's well and truly raining now. The courts are now being cleared. Nets down, covers on, players off. Play suspended

15:12While we wait for this rain to slide off, take a look at the menu being served in the Royal Room. Do you think Prince Charles has to bow to the King Prawn?

15:10Looks like we're getting a few drops of rain at Wimbledon right now. Umbrellas are up and players remain seated on some courts, playing on others.

Mardy Fish on the respect he has for Andy Roddick

15:05I mean, guys in here, not just me in general, have so much respect for how he plays the game, how consistent he's been, how he just kinda goes about not cocky he doesn't walk around the locker room cocky or anything, like he's better and pissed off that his ranking is low and people don't write good things about him anymore. He just goes about his business, and there's a lot of guys in the locker room that respect that.

15:03David Ferrer is safely though, handling the van-driving German, Dustin Brown easily, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. He'll play Kenny De Schepper next.

Arantxa Rus, Stosur slayer.

15:01Rus scored her first main draw win at Wimbledon in the previous round so she's particularly pleased with the grass win. "It was very nice to play on this court. I never played on a big court here. I've no idea who I play now but I hope to play like this in the next round also."

14:57Incroyable. Stosur has two game points and can't convert, and on her second match point of the match, Arantxa Rus takes it after she wrongfoots Stosur and a backhand slice falls limply into the net. Game, set, match, Rus, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. Thoroughly deserved win for the young Rus, while Stosur continues to struggle on grass.

14:55While some of us are riveted by Stosur's comeback efforts right now, Tamira Paszek is up 4-2 on Caroline Wozniacki in their match, which has resumed on Centre. I'm calling the upset there.

14:52Stosur saves match point and breaks to get back on serve, thanks to a ball that just clips the baseline corner and lands in. Wowsers, mate. Stosur to serve at 4-5 in the third.

14:48Nervy stuff from Stosur as Rus serves for the match. Credit to the Dutchwoman, she's simply not missing while playing perfect tactics. She's keeping Stosur on her backhand side and when Stosur gets a forehand to hit, she's just misfiring.

14:44Not looking good for Sammy Sam. Arantxa Rus is on the verge of pulling off yet another upset at a Slam. Last year it was Kim Clijsters at Roland Garros, this year she's up 5-2 in the third on Stosur.

Heather Watson on what superstitions are powering her to victory this week.

14:42I've been having eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast every morning. When I get my towel at the change of ends, when we change ends, I run up to pass my ball boy the towel. Just those two.

14:36Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer joins his champion doubles partner Philipp Petzschner in the second round, knocking out No. 25 seed Stan "I'm Roger's BFF" Wawrinka, 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4, 8-6. A solid win for the always dangerous Melzer. He'll face Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in the second round.

14:34Royal Box Watch: Sir Bruce Forsyth has been spotted. Hard to miss him, really.

14:30There is some weird mojo on No. 1 Court right now. Arantxa Rus won six straight games in the first set, Stosur won six straight in the second, and now Rus has won three straight games in the third for a 3-0 lead. And then a nice love hold for Stosur, who just served her first ace of the match. 3-1 for Rus.

14:24The Roger Federer is through. Straight sets over Fabio Fognini, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. He tells BBC that he's happy to be back on Centre Court and had no problem bowing to the Prince and Camilla. "They do brief you beforehand so you don't do anything stupid." Better safe than sorry.

14:21It was a tough draw for the German men this year, as they all seemed to have battle each other for a spot in the second round. Yesterday Phillip Kohlschreiber put an end to Handsome Tommy Haas' campaign, and today Philipp Petzschner, who won the doubles title here two years ago, ousts fellow German Florian Mayer. Petz came back from two sets down to prevail, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

14:17Can't blame the Prince. It's the first time he's visited Wimbledon since 1970 and Roger Federer has put on a masterclass, which doesn't always lead to the most riveting competition. But Fabulous Fabio seems to be making more of a match of it in the third, as they're on serve...doh. Nevermind. Roger just broke to go up 4-2. You tried, Fabio. You tried.

14:14Tweet from Prince Charles himself (not really) @Charles_HRH Slightly bored of Roger Federer now. What court is Anna Kournikova playing on?

14:12SAMANTHA STOSUR will not be denied! Comes back in the second set to drop a bagel on Rus. Good fight from the reigning U.S. Open champion. She'll figure out this grass stuff yet.

14:08The results are coming fast and furious now. Sabine Lisicki survives Bojana Jovanovski, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6, in a hotly contested one that last's year's semi-finalist will be very happy to have won. And young American Sloane Stephens makes her fourth straight third round at a Slam, beating Petra Cetkovska, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. Have you seen Sloane's smile? She and Heather Watson would have an incredible smile-off. Hmm...an idea I should probably float to them on the next rain delay.

14:02Other resumed matches that were over in a flash: Julia Goerges, who must have been ecstatic to learn that she's on Germany's Olympic team, goes through over Peer, 6-2, 6-2, and Milos Raonic, aka "The Maple Missile" drops one point as he serves out his match over Santiago Giraldo, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Quick day for the winners there. Well...for the losers too, I guess. Raonic will play Sam Querrey in the second round. If you're going to watch that courtside you might want to bring some protective gear. Serving bombs.

13:56Rain suspended a number of matches at critical moments yesterday, including Sara Errani's duel with American Coco Vandeweghe. Shufflin' Sara had match point on Vandy's serve when the skies opened up. Nice timing, right? Well no problem for the French Open finalist, who comes out for their resumed match today does a little warm-up, stands to return serve and...that's it. Vandy doublefaults and Errani is through, 6-1, 6-3. Oopsie daisies!

13:51We've got a potential upset brewing on No. 1 Court as Aranxta Rus reeled off six straight games to take the first set from Samantha Stosur, 6-2. But is it an upset really? Stosur has never made it past the third round here and the quick court and low bounces just don't suit her game. Let's see if she can turn the tables in the second set. She is after all, the last Aussie standing.

13:47And on the third day, Ms. Cheese finally sees through me. It was bound to happen, really. Hello everyone, I'm Courtney Nguyen and I'll be your wayward captain for the next few hours. All aboard, and please do secure a life vest. I make no promises.

13:45Roger Federer may as well stick his jumper back on in case he gets cold. He's leading 6-1, 3-1 against FabFog. At this point, I leave you in the incapable hands of Courtney Nguyen. Did I say incapable? I meant capable...

13:43Hands in the air from Ana Ivanovic as she finally closes out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to the delight of her (predominantly male) fans. Ivanovic plays Bondarenko next. Meanwhile, the Court 9 epic is over. Erlich/Ram beat Huey/Inglot 9-7 in the fifth.

13:42Ah. It was a good start for Slammin Sam Stosur, who let's not forget is carrying the hopes of the Australian nation. She was 2-0 up against Arantxa Rus but is now 4-2 down on No.1 Court.

13:40Kimiko Date-Krumm is still without a Grand Slam singles win since last year's Wimbledon as the 41-year-old loses out to Kateryna Bondarenko 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Date-Krumm will now conduct her usual post-match "when do you think you might retire" media obligations.

13:36Epic alert on Court 9 where the Philippines' finest Treat Conrad Huey and his British partner Dom Inglot are deep into a fifth set against Israel's Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, who lead 8-7. Huey learnt yesterday that he had missed out on a wild card into the Olympics.

Heather Watson on her match points against Jamie Lee Hampton

13:34"You know how you're never supposed to tell yourself 'Don't double fault'? That's all I was saying to myself. 'Don't double fault.'"

13:29HURRAH! FabFog has won a game against Roger Federer. He's 5-1 down after 20 minutes.

13:24Twitter rumours that Sabine Lisicki has complained repeatedly to the umpire about the sound Bojana Jovanovski makes when she hits the ball. The Serb is now almost completely silent. It's 3-3 in the third.

13:22The grounds are now at full capacity and the gates are CLOSED. If you are already inside the grounds, there is now no escape. Kidding... If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of six-times champion Roger Federer, I'd suggest you hurry. He's already 3-0 up against Fab Fognini.

13:13Stefan Edberg also in the Royal Box this afternoon, alongside his old coach Tony Pickard and Federer's folks. Lovely. Federer has already won the first game, and I don't think even Fabio Fognini's most devoted fans will be tipping the upset today.

13:07#AWKWARD. Roger Federer and Fabio Fognini walk onto Centre Court. They stop, put all their stuff down, and then bow very sheepishly. As Federer bends down to pick up his stuff, Fognini thinks it's time for another bow... oh, it was horrible. But Charles and Camilla seemed to enjoy it, they're merrily clapping away.

13:07Tweet from British player @annekeothavong Prince Charles is at Wimbledon and I was dying to shout out 'hello' to him!

13:06Heather Watson receiving all the plaudits as she walks through the grounds, signing autographs as she goes and apparently being interviewed by a very keen journo. Two kids are following frantically waving Union Jacks. A very British scene...

13:03Ana Ivanovic is now into a decider against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. And word has it that Roger Federer was teaching opponent Fabio Fognini how to bow as they prepared to walk onto Centre Court where Prince Charles and Camilla are watching.

12:59SHE'S DONE IT! Heather Watson becomes the first British woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon since 2002. Jamie Lee Hampton nets a forehand to go down 6-1, 6-4. Big smile from Hev and she's dancing up and down now. Not sure she knows quite what to do to be honest. Fed Cup skipper Judy Murray beaming.

12:58She double-faults on her first match point...

12:57Heather Watson is serving for the match...

12:55In literally five minutes, Japan's No.1 Kei Nishikori will be making his way to Autograph Island. Also on today's signing agenda: Marcos Baghdatis (1.15pm), Jie Zheng (4pm).

12:47Klara Zakopalova takes out the No.13 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1 over on Court 19 for the first result of the day. And Heather Watson is doing her best to be the second winner of the day, leading Jamie Lee Hampton 6-1, 5-3.

12:38Little bit closer in the second set between Heather Watson and Jamie Lee Hampton. It's 3-3. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez does indeed win more games than she has names as she makes it 2-0 against Ana Ivanovic in the second set.

12:37Heads up if you're planning to come down today, grounds are nearly at full capacity, so you might want to join the queue for tomorrow instead.

12:33If it's interview transcripts you're into - and who isn't? - yesterday's are all on the website now. I recommend a look at Bernard Tomic's, as he tries to convince us and himself that losing is actually a good thing.

12:30Great news for 40-somethings everywhere. Forty-one-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm takes set one against Kateryna Bondarenko, who is a mere 25. KDK hasn't won a Grand Slam match since last year's Wimbledon...

12:26Ana Ivanovic is a set to the good against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, taking it 6-3 to leave me wondering if her Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez will win as many games as she has names.

12:24The imminent arrival of Prince Charles has sent me back to the Wimbledon Compendium, which tells me that in 1926, Prince Charles' grandfather, who later became King George VI, competed in the Gentlemen's Doubles. He lost in the first round. I imagine his doubles partner was probably sent to the tower.

12:18Small upset brewing on Court 12 where Bojana Jovanovski takes the first set against last year's semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki.

Royal news

12:13Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Chester and Baroness of Renfrew, is already here and has met Andy Roddick. Prince Charles will be joining her later. He'll get to meet Come On Tim Henman.

12:09And good day to you too @NTSHAMZ2010. We are expecting rain, yes. But in this country, we were born expecting rain. Heather Watson wraps up the first set 6-1 against Jamie Lee Hampton.

12:08Tweet from @NTSHAMZ2010: gud day. is rain likely to play spoilsport again, today?

12:05Tennis writer @DougRobson tweets that Mardy Fish's problem yesterday was stomach-related rather than anything to do with his recent heart problems. Speaking of Fish, he apparently has Sergio Garcia staying with him at the moment and the golfer has been spotted having a chat with Andy Murray at Aorangi Park.

11:59Patrick Rafter sporting a lot of facial hair this year. Almost didn't recognise him the other day. How about some scores: it's a mighty fine start for Heather 'Hev' Watson, who leads Jamie Lee Hampton 4-0. Hampton struggling with a back injury, by all accounts. Ana Ivanovic is 3-1 up against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

11:54Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @GilbertHels You just know it's going to be a good day when you bump into PAT RAFTER @Wimbledon.

11:50I might make this a new feature. Every day a new brilliant fact from the Wimbledon Compendium. In 1932, ball boys were dressed in a new uniform of grey shirt, long grey trousers and grey felt hat. I'm starting a petition to restore this uniform, it sounds AMAZING. I bet Grace Jones has got a grey felt hat.

Wimbledon.com reporter Ian Baker

11:41"Incredible interest in Ana ivanovic. Every possible vantage point taken ahead of the match on court 14"

11:39I was so distracted, I barely noticed play had started. Who won the first point of the day? Either Phillip Petzschner or Florian Mayer. I can be no more specific than that. Apologies if you have some sort of office sweepstake running.

11:35If I seem distracted, it's because once you open the Wimbledon Compendium, it's very hard to shut it again. I learn that in 1930, Brame Hillyard of Great Britain strode onto Court 10 wearing shorts. He was the first to shun trousers at Wimbledon. The following year, Miss Lili de Alvarez "broke tradition by wearing a trousered frock." A what?

11:32I hear whooping and hollering from Court 14 which must mean Ana Ivanovic has arrived. Guessing there'll be a predominantly male audience there. The ever-popular Maria Kirilenko is up later.

11:26Still trying to find the answer to @wattsgoingon's tweet. In my investigation, I have discovered that in 1927, Miss Ruth Tapscott was the first woman to play "without stockings". Outrageous...

11:20Do we count the Rafa Nadal "piratas" from 2005? No? Might have to check my Wimbledon Compendium... In the meantime, the Voice of Wimbledon chirpily tells us there is a chance of showers later and we should all keep our fingers crossed. Difficult to do that and drink Pimm's...

11:15Tweet from @wattsgoingon: Talking of sartorial choices, do we know when/who was the last time a man competed in trousers rather than shorts?

11:11Good question @mattdvernon. White and Shriver were locked at a set apiece when the match was halted by darkness. Referee Alan Mills decreed that White "won't be allowed to wear it again. She will be given a warning and be reminded of the rules." And when she returned the following day in a more sober outfit, she promptly lost 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3.

11:08Tweet from @mattdvernon Biggest question is 'did she win'?

11:07Anyone happen to see Anne White in her body stocking? Anyone ever worn a body stocking on court? Or in any situation? Actually, maybe don't answer the last one, verging on dangerous territory.

On This Day

11:00Anne White: Famous for absolutely nothing else except wearing an absurd all-white body stocking for her first-round match on Court 2 in 1985. We can only imagine what the famously pithy Pam Shriver thought of it all. Actually we don’t have to imagine. She said it was the “most bizarre, stupid-looking thing I've ever seen on a tennis court." That was before the Federer smoking jacket, the Federer military jacket , the Federer cardigan etc etc.

10:54On This Day coming right up. And it's one of my favourites...

10:51Yes, while her son was crushing Nikolay Davydenko on Centre, Judy was watching the culmination of Elena Baltacha's emotional win over Karin Knapp on Court 18. The pair hugged afterwards and then broke down in tears as Judy told Bally she'd gained a wild card into the Olympics. Judy has also seen Fed Cuppers Heather Watson and Anne Keothavong march into the second round. Watson is back on court today against Jamie Lee Hampton.

10:48Email from Lucy Hutch, Belfast: Judy Murray has been at each of the GB ladies' matches (not even sure she got to see Andy). Has ever been a more supportive Fed Cup captain!"

10:46Incidentally, please feel free to get in touch ABOUT ANYTHING (but maybe try to keep it vaguely tennis-related). You can tweet me directly @carolinecheese, tweet @Wimbledon or simply email socialmedia@aeltc.com

10:39Tweet from WTA's @Kfish_WTA 3 British women advance to 2r @Wimbledon - Baltacha, Keothavong, Watson

10:36If you're not slumming it with the ground pass holders, you might be off to No.1 Court where Sam Stosur suddenly finds herself carrying the hopes of the entire Australian nation after the demise of all her compatriots in the first round. She is followed on court by the resumption of Andy Roddick against Jamie Baker. Baker could become the sixth Brit into the second round - although he's a set and a break down. Maria Sharapova up next before a potential cracker between Gilles Simon and Xavier Malisse to conclude.

10:29Plenty of outside court goodness available today. But Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket today is over on Court 17. First up a glimpse of American Sloane Stephens: big serve for a small girl (which I think is the tennis equivalent of football's "great feet for a big man"). Then Tomas Berdych-slayer Ernests Gulbis, who might be brilliant or appalling but will definitely be entertaining. Then Nadia Petrova against Timea Babos, which might be a close one.

Gates open

10:24SCRAMBLE! But do not run. Never run. The gates open and there is a mad dash for Court 9 where rumour has it Roger Federer will be hitting shortly. Our Live@Wimbledon reporter asks one woman why she's such a big fan of Rog. "I don't really," she says. "He's just... lovely."

10:21If you're heading for Centre Court, well, line-ups don't get much better. First up, King Rog and his knitwear (and Fabio Fognini). Then the conclusion of everyone's favourite potential upset between Caroline Wozniacki and Tamira Paszek. Kim Clijsters continues her Wimbledon farewell against Andrea Hlavackova. To conclude: the champion Novak Djokovic against rising American star Ryan Harrison.

10:14Strange mugginess in the air today, and the official Wimbledon weather forecast indeed tells me it's going to be: "Rather warm. Some brightness in places. Risk of a shower." Good enough for a sun picture I think.

10:11As I walked into the grounds this morning, I searched high and low for Grace Jones hula-hooping but sadly no sign... Believe she was last spotted dancing on No.1 Court after the rain brought a premature end to play last night.

Good morning

10:00Hell's bells, it's Day Three already. How did that happen? This Wimbledon is whizzing by way too quickly for my liking.

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