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Live Blog : Thursday 28 June 2012

by Caroline Cheese

22:22I sort of feel I need to stay for post-Rosol therapy. But no one needs to read that. As a result of this, Roger Federer will move up to No.2 in the world ahead of Rafael Nadal. A sort of meaningless postscript in the wider scheme of things. But anyway, see you tomorrow? Will there be a tomorrow? To think I was saying earlier that this tournament needed a big upset...

22:19There will be a debate now over whether this is the biggest upset in Wimbledon history. If we're talking men only, it definitely beats Sampras-Bastl for me (Samp was on the wane). But Karlovic-Hewitt and Doohan-Becker? Not so sure...

22:13Lukas Rosol is playing Wimbledon for the first time. He's the world No.100. He lost 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 to Philipp Petzschner in the first round of the Australian Open in January. He didn't even qualify for Eastbourne last week. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

22:11Um. Where to start? I've never seen anything like that before in my whole life. I'm prepared to say right here that Lukas Rosol will never play that well ever again. Nadal was due to face Andy Murray in the semi-finals, so you can expect the British nation's hopes to rise as one.

Lukas Rosol

22:08"It's like a miracle for me. I never expected this. It's just so many emotions I don't know what to say. I'm very sorry for him I played unbelievable today. I hope I can play one more match like this."

22:06And the whole tennis world went: HUH???? Rosol fell to the floor at the moment of victory. Nadal walked to the net and kicked the net in frustration as he waited for Rosol to get up before the pair shared a fairly frosty handshake. Nadal, the ultimate professional, still stopped to sign autographs as he walked off.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4 Nadal

22:03Nerveless ace to open, then a forehand pinged into the corner for a clean winner. Is he even human? Ace and he has three match points... ACE. HE'S DONE IT I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 5-4 Nadal

21:59Nadal, going for too much, batters a forehand way over the baseline and he's two points from defeat at 15-30. Rosol shot clips the net and drops his side. Relief in all of Spain. It's 30-30. Forehand return thwacked into the bottom of the net. Game point. Rosol shanks a forehand wide - but I think he just wants the glory. He will now serve for victory over Rafael Nadal.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 5-3* Nadal

21:56Ace. Forehand winner. Ace. Forehand winner. Game. Incredible. He's one game away from knocking out the two-time champion and world No.2. Surely he's got to get nervous at some stage??

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 4-3 Nadal

21:52I mean... this is seriously... unreal. He's just cracking winners left right and centre and there's not a thing Nadal can do about it. It's 0-30... And now an airshot! There's nothing he can't do! 15-30 now. Forehand looping over the baseline. This whole match is on Rosol's racket. 30-30. Return into net 40-30 - and Nadal does hold. But Rosol, like a boxer, goes jogging back to his chair.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 4-2* Nadal

21:50Crack! Another ace down the T and it's 40-0. And now an ace out wide. It's like he does this every week. He doesn't, by the way. He is now two games away from one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history.

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 3-2 Nadal

21:47Nadal talking to the umpire again. Don't know what about. I'd be surprised if he knows. He holds to love though.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 3-1* Nadal

21:43Rosol's eyes are almost bursting out of his head, he's so pumped. Nadal is fighting, as he does, but it's not enough at the moment. Rosol has two game points and bangs a serve down the middle - but he has to go again because Nadal isn't ready. Nadal is trying ANYTHING. But Rosol thumps away an overhead to take the game to 30. Incredible.

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 2-1 Nadal

21:40"Don't park the bus dude, you've gotta keep going." Sage words from Courtney Nguyen to my left as Rosol starts to play a little too safely on the Nadal serve. Spaniard holds to love.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 2-0* Nadal

21:37He's on fire. Again. Cannot believe what I'm seeing. A 92mph backhand winner down the line for 30-0, and Rosol holds to 15. Wow.

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 1-0 Nadal

21:30And we are go. And you know I was saying Rosol's chance might have passed? Yeah, ignore me. As you were. Rosol out into a 30-0 lead thanks to the bravest of drive-volley passes. Nadal's serve gets him back in the game at 30-30. But Rosol sends a raking forehand into the corner for break point. Passing shot and Nadal is broken in the first game.

21:27Nadal's hair was alarmingly ruffled before the break, perhaps reflecting his state of mind. It's now slicked back down under the headband. Am I reading something into Nadal's hair? I knew that Pimm's was a bad idea...

21:24I think we all think we know how this is going to go. Rosol's chance looked to have slipped by when he lost that fourth set, but we'll see. Maybe the break might have helped him out?

21:21Quick, get the players back on, a Mexican Wave has broken out... Still an impressive amount of people on Centre Court hanging around for the conclusion of this match. And here come the players now, Nadal still re-gripping his racket as he bounds down the stairs.

21:13Play is suspended... on No.1 Court where Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic are set all 3-3. Seems a fair time to stop. And also on Court 12 where Anabel Medina Garrigues and Jana Cepelova are also at one set apiece. That just leaves Nadal and Rosol on the scoreboard. The roof is now closed and they are now turning the air on - or whatever the technical term is.

Mardy Fish on his win over James Ward

21:04"Certainly feels good to win a match like that. Sort of felt like sort of a Davis Cup type atmosphere at the end. Pretty well versed in those situations, so it's always good to win those."

20:58While I'd like to agree with @aceankit, my guess would be that this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime performances - a player inspired by the occasion. Lukas Rosol is 26 and he's ranked No.100 in the world. He isn't exactly an up-and-comer.

20:57Tweet from @aceankit: Result notwithstanding, this Rosol is special - none has walked da court tearing Nadal's returns apart so matter of factly.

20:51While all this drama is unfolding like the roof over Centre Court, Sam Querrey has taken the second set over Milos Raonic. One set a piece in that match, at 7-6, 6-7, with the Canadian set to serve first in the third set. They can't possibly finish that match tonight, can they?

20:47YET MORE DRAMA. The ref is on and they've decided to shut the roof. But that will take about 30 minutes once they've put the air conditioning on. Crikey.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-6 0-0* Nadal

20:43Rosol looks rattled now. He seems to be fretting about the state of the balls, then at 0-15 down he overcooks a forehand and makes a big show of getting out of the way of Nadal's return. Nadal apologises immediately - but Rosol is steaming. Nadal earns a set point with some typically brutal defence and takes the set with an unreturnable forehand. Money has to be on Nadal now...

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-5 Nadal

20:40A 21st forehand winner from Rosol and it's 15-15... but Nadal comes through and he's suddenly a game away from taking us into a decider.

Rosol 6-7 6-4 6-4 2-4* Nadal

20:36Another airborne backhand from Rosol - disastrous! Ball doesn't reach net. Total mis-hit. Is he rattled? Absolutely not. He's quickly back to cracking forehands to make it 15-15. BUT WAIT! It's 15-30 and Nadal has sent up a sensational defensive lob, which Rosol can only aimlessly waft over the baseline. Two break points and he only needs one - an angled forehand forcing the error and prompting a typically ferocious celebration from the Spaniard.

Rosol *6-7 6-4 6-4 2-3 Nadal

20:32Nadal serve and volleying now? That's how that match is going?! Good time to do it, as he slices the volley into the open court for a 30-0 lead. Rosol airborne to belt a backhand return down the line at 85mph. Rafa responds with an ace for 40-15 and another decent serve gives him the game.

20:30Rosol frames a forehand - and it's a perfect winner that Nadal doesn't even run for. That's how this match is going - at the moment. It's 2-2 in the fourth, Rosol leading by two sets to one.

20:26The referee has confirmed that this match will play to a finish - so if it gets dark, the roof will come on and we'll play under the lights. Nadal holds for a 2-1 lead.

20:23Whoah! Nadal guesses the right way and cracks a stunning forehand down the line. Definitely worthy of a "vamos". Rosol 0-30 down. Ace on the line and then a big serve and forehand combo to follow. We're back to 30-30. Rosol holds to 30 and it's 1-1 in the fourth.

20:19Toni Nadal, arms folded, looks on unmoved by what he's witnessing. He must be churning inside. Nadal is 15-30 down on his serve but he wins the next three points to win the game of the fourth.

James Ward after five-set loss to Mardy Fish

20:18"At the end especially, a standing ovation is... I've watched Wimbledon since I was a little kid, and I don't think I've seen too many here, so it was special. It was nice of Mardy, as well. He said the standing ovation was for me, so go out and enjoy it. It was nice. I appreciate it."

20:13Here we go then... Lukas Rosol serving for a two sets to one lead over Rafa Nadal. Not a good start. He swings a forehand wide, but then recovers his poise to whip a forehand crosscourt for 15-15. Big serve out wide now and it's 30-15. He's at the net and volleying confidently, and Nadal pings a backhand wide. Two set points. Missed forehand. One set point. One big serve, two huge forehands and HE'S DONE IT.

20:13Elena Baltacha put some pride in the scoreline but Petra Kvitova comes through 6-0, 6-4.

20:11Ace down the middle, ace out wide. Not a bad start to the game for Rafa. Return into the net from Rosol makes it 40-0 and he takes the love game with a simple volley. Rosol will have to serve it out.

20:05First sign of nerves from Rosol. A double fault then a hooked forehand over the li... NO! HawkEye he/she say yes. It's in. And Rosol wins the replayed point. He holds to 30 for a 5-3 lead.

20:02There was almost a collision at the net between Nadal and Rosol as they went to sit down at the changeover. This is getting HEATED, and Rosol is showing no sign of going anywhere. Meanwhile, tennis continues elsewhere: Milos Raonic has the first set against Sam Querrey, Petra Kvitova leads Elena Baltacha 6-0, 5-3.

19:58Very grateful to @benrothenberg for reminding me that I actually spoke to Lukas Rosol at the Aussie Open - shortly after he lost 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 to Philipp Petzschner - having trailed 4-0 in the third.

19:53Rafael Nadal is FUMING. He's ranting and raving - as much as Rafa ever does - at the umpire. "You think that's fair or not? Just let me know." What's this about? Rafa seems to think Rosol is deliberately putting him off by dancing around before he hits the return. Rosol is now a break up in the third. He couldn't... could he?

19:48According to his official profile, Lukas Rosol plays with a two-handed backhand "on both sides." Maybe they forgot to add the words "of the net" or maybe "of the ocean". Who knows?

19:44Whooping and a-hollering - and not just from me - as Elena Baltacha finally gets on the board against Petra Kvitova at 6-0, 4-1.

19:42Boom. Yet another massive ace down the middle from Lukas Rosol and he effortlessly serves out the set to level the match against Rafael Nadal. And that sound you hear is hundreds of journalists frantically leafing through their ATP guides for information Lukas Rosol.

19:40Here comes Lukas Rosol now, serving for the second set against Rafa Nadal...

19:38A stroll in the evening sunshine for Venus and Serena, 6-0, 6-3 winners. They've got No.4 seeds Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko next. Decent.

19:35RAFA NADAL IS ON THE FLOOR! He's chasing down a drop shot but one foot slips and he looks momentarily like he might career head-first into the net post. He's fine though, panic over - although he does trail 5-3 in the second set.

19:31Lukas Rosol still has that break of serve in the second set against Rafa Nadal. Pippa Middleton is smiling - maybe a secret fan of our Czech hero. After six or seven deuces (not a big fan of counting, me), Petra Kvitova breaks at the start of the second set for her seventh straight game.

19:27Cripes. Elena Baltacha is pulled up for a hindrance on game point in the first game of the second set. That is HARSH.

19:24Similarly one-sided affair over on Court 18 where the sisters Williams are quickly ending the hopes of Vesna Dolonc and Olga Savchuk in the doubles. They lead 6-0, 4-2.

19:22Some kind of cruel twist of fate sees me take over just at the very moment Petra Kvitova wallops an ace down the middle to clinch the first set 6-0 against Britain's Elena Baltacha. I'm sure the match is much closer than the scoreline suggests.

19:18Ow! Ow! Quit it! STOP HITTING ME! I'm trying type on my keyboard but Caroline Cheese keeps bashing me with it. I think she really and truly misses you guys. Fine, Cheesy. I'll step aside. All you. I'm going to go get a bag of ice for my black eye.

19:14Well look at you, Lukas Rosol. You are not going away and I have much respect for that. After chucking that forehand into the net to lose the first set, he immediately breaks Rafa and he's up 2-0. Nadal not out of the wood's quite yet.

19:11Does everyone have their protective eyewear on? Alrighty then. To No. 1 Court for Raonic-Querrey we go! They're just underway and Querrey's already earned himself a break point. But Raonic saves it with a boom of a serve. As he does.

19:09MATCH MOVES: Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Laura Robson (GBR) vs Scott Lipsky (USA) / Natalie Grandin (RSA) has moved to Court 3, Paul Hanley (AUS) / Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs Jonathan Marray (GBR) / Anne Keothavong (GBR) has moved to Court 10.

19:05OH!!!! On a set point for Rafa, Rosol fires down a big serve that earns a weak backhand slice reply that lands midcourt and he sends the putaway forehand INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE NET. First set Rafa, 7-6(9). Rosol will have nightmares about that forehand for years, methinks.

18:58Rafa with his second set point now on Rosol's serve. He tries to slice the return back and it hits the tape. Not even Rafa's hippity hoppity body english could will that one over the net. At 8-8, Rosol sends down a big serve and finishes the reply at the net. Another set point for Rosol on Rafa's serve. He gets a look at a second serve but Rafa kicks it wide to earn a weak backhand return and puts it away with an inside-out forehand to the corner. 9-9.

18:56Rosol earns a second set point now on Rafa's serve but Rafa saves it when Rosol puts a forehand into the net. 7-7.

18:54Nadal earns set point when he draws Rosol into the net and passes him. I feared for the Czech's life there. In fact, I'm fairly certain his life flashed before my very eyes. Rosol saves set point and it's 6-6 on the changeover.

18:51Nadal is still stuck in a tough one with Rosol. 5-5 on the tiebreak and he must be begging for that shadows to completely fall over the court.

18:48Mardy Fish does it. Finally closes it out and gives James Ward a lovely hug and a chat at the net. 3-6, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 3-6. Ward comes out and salutes the crowd and gets a huge ovation. Brave effort from him, but Fish's class won out. Great win for Mardy. After all his health problems over the last few months, surviving a long five-setter is huge.

18:47Two match points for Mardy Fish over Wardy.

18:46Big Jo Willy is through. Tsonga closes it out 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 over Garcia-Lopez.

18:45As Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol go to a tiebreak, Mardy Fish serves for the match over James Ward as the Brit drops his serve. Can he break Fish while he's serving for the match again?

18:44As expected given the length of the matches on Centre and No. 1 Court: Petra Kvitova vs. Elena Baltacha has been moved to No. 2 Court.

18:43Lukas Rosol has set point against Rafa! BOOM. Rafa wipes it out swag-style with an ace. Back to deuce.

18:41Varvara Lepchenko continues her stellar play. Beats the No. 31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6, 6-4.

18:38Another bagel goes flyin' around the grounds. Victoria Azarenka is into the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 spanking of Romina Oprandi. She'll play either Anabel Medina Garrigues or qualifer Jana Cepelova. Is it just me or Ms. Azza flying waaaaaaay under the radar here.

18:35Lukas Rosol is playing some clean, confident tennis right now and Rafa seems off the mark. Rosol's won 100% of his first service points. Rafa will serve to try and force a tiebreak now. 5-6.

18:30Benoit's countryman, Jo-Willy Tsonga, has bounced back after droping the first set to GiGi Lopez. He took the next two sets and they're on serve in the fourth, with Tsonga leading 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 3-2.

18:28Matches be shufflin' y'all: James Cerretani (USA) / Edouard Roger‑Vasselin (FRA) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) / Benoit Paire (FRA) moved to Court 7 at 18:30. Benoit doing some double duty today.

18:25Juan Martin del Potro survives a late charge by my man GO GO Soeda to advance, 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. He'll play Kei Nishikori, whose win earlier today made him the first Japanese man to make the third round of Wimbledon in 17 years. Special Kei, indeedy.

18:20Rafael Nadal has secured himself a break against Lukas Rosol but the Czech has break point now on Rafa's serve. The weird shadows are starting to creep over Centre now which could make it difficult to see the ball from Rafa's side. Sure enough, Rosol converts and we're back on serve. 3-3.

18:16So much for my genius pick of Dimitrov in four sets. Grigor retires down 5-7 1-4 to Marcos Baghdatis. Reports from down on the ground say that the Bulgarian looked ill. We'll try and confirm that for you. Such a shame. Baghdatis will face some dude named Andy Murray, another blockbuster third rounder.

18:05Quietly, Victoria Azarenk-- nope. Sorry, I'm not sure that's accurate. ELSEWHERE, Victoria Azarenka is making quick work of Romina Oprandi. She's up 5-2.

18:04Wow. Mardy Fish doublefaults on set point and James Ward has evened up the match. We're going the full five on No. 1 Court and the crowd is going bananas.

18:02James Ward with set points to even the match against Mardy Fish.

Richard Williams is being interviewed on Live @ Wimbledon

17:59I don't think Serena has a threat here. I don't see it that way. I think Serena hits the ball as well as anybody here. I know she's faster than anybody here.

17:55Never say we don't take care of you doubles lovers. Two doubles matches have been moved: Christina McHale (USA) / Tamira Paszek (AUT) vs Alize Cornet (FRA) / Pauline Parmentier (FRA) is moving to Court 14 and Dustin Brown (GER) / Oliver Marach (AUT) vs Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Filip Polasek (SVK) [11] is moving to Court 19. Doubles luv it!

17:48Philipp Kohlschreiber making the German Olympic Committee look like geniuses for nominating him to the Olympic team. He's through to the third round after he beats Tunisia's best, Malek Jaziri, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1. He could meet Rafa next and it should be noted that Kohli beat him just a few weeks ago in Halle, making him the last man to beat the Spanish Bull. Speaking of which, the Spaniard has taken Centre Court against Lukas Rosol.

17:45You could hear the roar from No. 1 Court across the grounds as James Ward has just broken Mardy Fish while serving for the match. The son of a cabbie keeps on fighting and levels the fourth set at 5-5.

Andy Murray after the match.

17:42Winning is all that's really important when you play a guy with his gamestyle. It's a bit of a lottery. He's so tough to play against. It's so tough to prepare for that because so few guys play like him.

17:40Andy Murray is through 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 in an awkward affair. Then again, it's always awkward when Ivo is involved. Murra will play the winner of Dimitrov-Baghdatis. As Karlovic walks off the court he snidely throws the towel over a camera that's focused on his face. Clearly displeased about the faulting of the feet.

17:39Did Karlovic get called for yet ANOTHER foot fault? I think he did and on his second serve, he doublefaults to give Murray a 5-4 lead. How do you say "drama" in english?

17:37Murray with a great passer to earn a 4-3 lead and he lets out a full body "COME OOOOOOOON!" that leaves him crouched to the ground. So much tension out there. But Ivo earns the next one and it's 4-4.

17:34"Foot fault!" yells a linejudge not named Shino Tsurubuchi. Ivo Karlovic is clearly not pleased. He serves again and Murray gets the minibreak with a great return that lands at Ivo's charging feat. But then Murray decides, very wisely, to try and lob the 6' 10'' Ivo on the next point. That logic, unsurprisingly, fails. 3-3.

17:32Here is how the tiebreak has played out so far: Karlovic, ace. Karlovic, missed return. Karlovic, missed return. Karlovic, ace. So yeah. 2-2.

17:31Murray holds. Into a tiebreak, folks. Shock. Horror. Not really.

17:30Ok, fine. I will tell you that Murray is serving at 5-6 and it's 30-30. That's important.

17:23Nope. No one's broken in the fourth set of Murray-Karlovic. I WILL TELL YOU WHEN IT HAPPENS.

17:20Andy Roddick is through with a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win over Bjorn Phau. That means we'll get our much-anticipated third round clash between A-Rod and the always solid, always reliable, always dependable David Ferrer. Roddick is riding a seven-match win streak on grass since winning the Eastbourne title last week.

17:19Nice get by the peeps at Live @ Wimbledon. They've scored a chat with Jack Nicklaus. He's on the set right now.

17:15Juan Martin del Potro has stopped Go Soeda (heh). The big man is in cruise control, up 6-2, 5-2. Meanwhile my jinxing powers are second to none. Pavlyuchenkova has won three straight games to levelthe first set at 5-5 vs. Lepchenko. But in good news for Team America, Andy Roddick is serving for the match against Boom Boom Phau.

Heather Watson on how she plans to open the window tonight. It's expected to be a balmy evening.

17:14"Drink some milk, eat lots of chicken, and open the windows.

Laura Robson on the packed crowd at Court 8 for their doubles match.

17:10There were so many people it took us a few games to actually find our coaches.

17:08Look at Vavara Lepchenko go. The American, who had a career run at the French Open in order to earn her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, is up 5-2 on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At least she was when started typing out Pavlyuchenkova.

17:03Guillermo Garcia-Lopez plays a scintillating tiebreaker to take the first set from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6(3). GG hit a running one-handed backhand down the line passer that made Caroline Cheese yell a lot of things. Most of them in admiration.

17:00Marin Cilic is through to the third round without a bother. After winning the first set in a tiebreak he cruised over the high-stepping Kubot to win 7-6 6-2 6-1. I'm a little sad we're not going to see that Polish victory dance anymore. It's the little things that make me happy.

16:57Nadia Petrova survives the feisty Timea Babos to win 6-4, 6-7, 9-7. Babos's game reminds me a bit of Angelique Kerber's. Keep an eye on that youngster.

16:54Benoit. Paire. Beat. Alexandr. Dolgopolov. In. Straight. Sets. My brain has turned to mush and no longer understand the laws of the universe. Impressive nerve and steadiness from Benoit to get through 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. He'll play Brian the Bagel Baker next.

16:49Have you always dreamed of Ana Ivanovic signing your forehead? Well do I have news for you: Ana will be signing autographs at Autograph Island at 5:00 pm. This obviously only applies to those of you here on the grounds, you lucky ducks. DRINK YOUR WATER.

16:47Andrew The Murray closes out the third set easily to take the third set and take a two sets to one lead.

16:43Andy Murray breaks Ivo Karlovic again and he's up 5-2 in the third set. Incredible speed from Andy to get to a short ball and get enough on it to get it back over the net. His box of supporters, which includes mum Judy and girlfriend Kim liked that one. Not sure how Lendl felt about it though. Someone needs to give him a good poke.

16:39Whelp. There goes my dark horse pick for the tournament. Mirjana Lucic, at 30 years old, knocks out Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-3. Did anyone see that one coming? I did not see that one coming. Maybe I should borrow Mirjana's glasses.

Gilles Simon on his view that women should not be given equal prize money.

16:33I have the feeling that men's tennis is actually more interesting than women's tennis. As in any business or anything, you just have to be paid just about that.

16:32For those who need comments to Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova's quotes, Gilles Simon has caused quite a kerfuffle this week when he told reporters that he doesn't believe women should receive equal prize money.

Serena Williams comments on Maria Sharapova's observation that more people watch her matches than Gilles Simon's.

16:29"I mean, definitely a lot more people are watching Maria than Simon. She's way hotter than he is."

16:27You get a bagel! You get a bagel! Every body gets a bagel! Fed Cup teammates Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova are about do the double on Mona Barthel and Angelique Kerber. The Slovaks are up 6-0, 5-0.

16:22Francesca Schiavone takes care of business against Kristyna Pliskova and eases into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win. She'll play Klara Zakopalova next. Nice draw for Fran here. Could we see one more glorious run from the Italian?

David Goffin after his win over Jesse Levine.

16:21I didn't play a lot on grass. Just played a few matches in junior and quallies last year, but I'm feeling good on grass. My game, I can play aggressive. Yeah, I can play a good game.

16:19ANDY MURRAY HAS BROKEN SERVE! Breaks Karlovic to start the third set. Can't ask for a better start than that. 1-0.

16:16Tough luck to the Baby Brits. Robson and Watson lose to the team of Sabine Lisicki and Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-3, 7-6. But you can still catch young Hev in her third round match tomorrow against Agnieszka Radwanska, and younger Robbo in mixed doubles with Dominic Inglot.

16:13Obviously, OBVIOUSLY, at almost the exact moment that James Ward takes the set from Mardy Fish, Andy Murray loses the tiebreak when Karlovic actually hits a good return and eventually finishes the point off at the net. One set all on Centre Court, where Andy is muttering at himself furiously. Poorly played tiebreak from him. He needs to nail those passers.

16:12Well I clearly spoke too soon when I discounted James Ward's chances against Mardy Fish. He breaks Fish to take the second set 7-5. One set all in that tussle on No. 1 Court. Shouts of "Come on, Tim!" echo around the grounds. I assume.

16:08Murray gets it level at 3-3 and I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to play Karlovic. Murray has to be frustrated by the number of passing shots he's missed. It's basically target practice for him, but Karlovic is keeping the ball low on the approach. 4-4 now.

16:07IT IS TIME: Second set tiebreak for Murray-Karlovic. Karlovic up a minibreak already at 3-1.

16:05You know what they say, that Lukas, he Lackos for nothing. Lacko knocks out Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and could get a shot at Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

16:01You'll have to forgive me if I'm in an incredulous state for the next hour or so. Benoit Paire has now secured a break lead in the second set. And that match seems to be rolling along without incident. Yet. I repeat, yet. He's serving up 7-6, 4-3.

15:59We know who Tamira Paszek will be facing in the third round. It'll be Yanina Wickmayer, as the Belgian guts out a tough one over Voskoboeva to win 4-6, 6-3, 8-6.

15:57Helloooo James Ward! I clearly spoke to soon because he has a set point against Mardy Fish. But alas, he can't convert and Fish, who is back to wearing no-show socks (which is...a choice), holds to 5-5 in the second set.

15:55No. There hasn't been a break in the second set between Murray and Karlovic yet. Seriously, I'll keep you posted, I promise.

15:52Step away from the ledge, Ana Ivo fans. Ivanovic battles back to force a second set tiebreak and beats Bondarenko 6-3, 7-6 to advance to the third round. But wait, there's more! She'll play gorgeous Julia Goerges next. Alert the photographers!

15:48Nice to see Tamira Paszek doesn't have a letdown after her exemplary win over Caroline Wozniacki yesterday. After playing a 3-plus hour match, she comes out 24-hours later to beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1. Get some rest, Tamira! She'll play the either Galina Voskoboeva or Yanina Wickmayer.

Serena Williams on whether the younger American players come to her for tennis advice or life advice:

15:47"Well, hopefully for tennis advice. You know, my life is a shambles outside the tennis court. A real shambles."

15:43Are there any Americans out there? No? Just me? Ok. Well then I'll just take the time to tell myself that both Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick look to be cruising without too much trouble. Fish is up 6-3, 4-4 on James Ward (though Ward just broke back), and Roddick is up 5-3 on Phau.

15:39Benoit Paire, who has an incredible neck-beard, has taken the first set from Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6. But can the Frenchie stay tough? He has a history of making things difficult for himself. I guess he's just one of those guys who likes the scenic route. The winner of this match will play Brian Baker.

15:36Slammy Stosur may be out of the singles event but she's still here for doubles. You all remember that Sam used to be a doubles specialist, right? She's a four-time Slam champ in doubles and actually made it to the finals here last year with Sabine Lisicki. She and partner Casey Dellaqua are through with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cirstea/Morita.

15:34Ana Ivo has fought back to level the second set 5-5. She has some kinesio tape stretched up the side of her leg, which means SOME PEOPLE in the room have a legitimate excuse to stare at her legs. THOSE PEOPLE are quite pleased right now.

15:32I'm sure many of you are waiting on the edge of your seats for updates from the Andy Murray/ivo Karlovic match. But seriously, I'll let you know when someone breaks. You can assume it's a hold-fest otherwise. That's what happens when one of the guys on the court is a huge server and...not the best returner.

15:29The No. 1 women's doubles team of Huber/Raymond ease into the next round, beating Cadantu/Zheng 7-5, 6-0. What's with all the bagels today?

15:27Of course, as I say that, Bartoli, bouncing all around as always, breaks Lucic and literally sprints to her chair. She's a character. Don't ever change, Marion.

15:23Sacre bleu! 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli is down early to Mariana Lucic, who now wears eyeglasses on court. Lucic is of course, the 1999 semi-finalist. That's quite a bit of Wimbledon history on that court. Anyway, Bartoli is down 2-4 in the first set.

15:18Ana Ivanovic has once again found herself in a pickle in what should be a fairly straight forward match. She took the first set 6-3 over Kateryna Bondarenko but now she's down 2-5 in the second. Ana, Ana, Ana, you are giving your fans an ulcer.

15:16AHN-DEE MOO-RAAAY! Out on Centre Court, Mr. Murray takes the first set 7-5 over Ivo Karlovic. Breathe, Britain. Breathe.

15:15Howdy, y'all! It's Courtney Nguyen here. Did I ever tell you I'm an American? I am. I think we know each other well enough now that I can trust you with this information.

15:12Umbrella up on Centre Court - TO KEEP THE SUN OFF WOULD YOU BELIEVE. Mardy Fish has the first set against James Ward. And with that, I shall hand over to the radiant Courtney Nguyen for a little while. Off to see what the sunshine looks like...

15:07Andy Murray putting absolutely everything into trying to return some of these Ivo Karlovic bombs. No luck. It's 5-5 in the first. I smell a tiebreak. Ana Ivanovic has the first set against Kateryna Bondarenko but is 2-0 down in the second. Marion Bartoli and Mirjana Lucic just getting going on Court 12 in what could be a cracker, Lucic with the early break there.

15:04Daveed Ferrer negotiates the man mountain that is Kenny de Schepper 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to book a third-round meeting with Andy Roddick or Bjorn Phau. Sorry Phau fans, but I think we're all pulling for a Roddick-Ferrer clash.

15:02Serena Williams. A great of the women's game - with absolutely no memory of any of her Wimbledon achievements as this video quiz with Live@Wimbledon proves. "I don't dwell on the past," she concludes.

14:57British hopes and fears update: James Ward still a break down against Mardy Fish at 4-2, Andy Murray has recovered his break and is 4-3 up on Ivo Karlovic.

Xavier Malisse after beating Gilles Simon

14:56"When you're older you know what to do. You stay calm, do your thing... When you play younger guys, when I used to be younger, wild and crazy, do whatever. It's very important you have experience under your belt."

14:43Alejandro Falla beats Nicolas Mahut 7-5 in the fifth to complete the much sought-after Isner-Mahut double, having knocked out the American marathon man in five sets in the first round. Denis Istomin next for the Falla fighter.

Maria Sharapova after beating Tsvetana Pironkova

14:40"I started so slow today and she came out firing both today and yesterday. I couldn't get much rhythm. But I'm really happy I stepped it up in the third set."

14:38Yikes (if you're British). Andy Murray has dropped his opening service game against Ivo Karlovic. Mardy Fish holds against James Ward over on No.1 Court. Disastrous minute for the host nation there.

Brian Baker on his Wimbledon experience

14:35"I played three times in juniors and I tried to qualify one time and slipped on the grass and had to pull out. The last time I played here on the main grounds was in 2003. It's been unbelievable. Wimbledon has some of the best fan support on the outside courts - you feel like you're playing on a main court. It's been a great time."

14:28Serena, being Serena, then offers to paint her (male) interviewer's nails. Switch on to Live@Wimbledon right now for an interview with the story of the moment: Brian Baker.

Serena Williams after beating Melinda Czink

14:28"Just walking out on Centre Court is just amazing. I think I served well today."

14:22David Ferrer appears to have got a handle on Kenny de Schepper's towering serves and now leads 7-6, 5-2 on No.2 Court. Ana Ivanovic about to get under way against Kateryna Bondarenko on No.3 Court. And all hail Radek Stepanek, beating Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the third time since 2009. His reward is a meeting with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

14:16With one last screech, Maria Sharapova wallops a forehand crosscourt to take the set in 24 minutes and complete a 7-6, 6-7, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova. Su-Wei Hsieh up next for the 2004 champ.

14:13You don't want to get Maria Sharapova angry, you wouldn't like when she's angry. Following that disastrous second-set tiebreak, the top seed is now 5-0 up in the decider. Serena Williams completes an oh-so-simple 6-1, 6-4 win over Melinda Czink on Centre and Andy Murray is next up there.

14:11Gilles Simon blasts a forehand over the baseline and goes out 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 to 2002 semi-finalist Xavier Malisse. Applause for Simon as he walks off No.3 Court - he's about to get a much rougher ride in the press room, I'd imagine.

14:06David Goffin - the boy with the bowl haircut - beats Jesse Levine 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the third round, and more than justifying his wild card. He'll take on Mardy Fish or James Ward next.

14:00Xavier Malisse and Gilles Simon head into a third set tiebreak, with Malisse leading by two sets to love. Can Simon hold off the hungry press pack for a bit longer? We're about to find out. Meanwhile, Sharapova already two breaks and 3-0 up against Pirinkova in the third.

13:51Sharapova breaks in the first game of the third set. Now, time for a David Goffin update... He seems to have quelled the Jesse Levine and he's now two sets to one up with a break in the fourth. Nicolas Mahut serves out the fourth set in his match against Alejandro Falla and they are into a fifth - to no one's surprise.

13:46Trailing 6-2 in a quite bizarre tiebreak, Maria Sharapova hooks a forehand over the baseline and Tsvetana Pironkova takes the set. Into a decider on No.1 Court...

13:46Sharapova saves the first of five set points against her by finally landing a first serve.

13:43GAH! What is happening out there? Another double from Sharapova and she looks at her support camp in utter despair. Four doubles in five points in the tiebreak - amazing. Pironks gets a first serve in and leads 5-1 at the changeover.

13:41Sharapova/Pironkova into a second-set tiebreak - and there have been three double-faults combined already. Kenny de Schepper has taken David Ferrer into a tiebreak on No.2 Court. Gilles Simon is two sets down against Xavier Malisse, but a break up in the third.

Wimbledon.com reporter Ian Baker

13:40Huge number of vocal Spanish fans on Court 12 - all wearing their national football team's colours. They could well be seeing double. Their man Fernando Verdasco leads Zemlja by 7-6 (4) 7-6 (4). After their football team progressed to the Euro 2012 final, Verdasco appears to be heading to the third round. Twin celebration.

13:32And the reason I barely noticed was not because I was looking up when Felicity Kendall won Rear of the Year, it was because the second set between Maria Sharapova and Tsvetana Pironkova is reaching its climax. Shazza serving at 5-5 and she has already served three double-faults today.

13:31Serena Williams is playing on Centre Court - and I BARELY NOTICED! A diving volley gives Serena the first set against Melinda Czink in 20 minutes.

13:29Let's move on... Kei Nishikori beats Florent Serra 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and he COULD face Japanese Go! Soeda next. That's if Soeda can get past Juan Martin del Potro.

13:22Christina McHale is a 7-5, 7-5 winner over Mathilde Johansson... And I have the Royal Box list in my clutches. Pippa Middleton will be lowering her famous behind into one of those fancy seats today. Felicity Kendall is also in the house. Felicity won the 1981 award for Rear of the Year, so perhaps they could compare notes over tea and a scone? I'm sorry. I wish I had never started this entry.

13:14Meanwhile, the match between Maria Sharapova and Tsvetana Pironkova is back under way on No.1 Court after it was suspended last night with Sharapova up a set and 3-1. The momentum was with Sharapova last night, but Pironkova has broken immediately today and it's back on serve in the second. For now.

13:09Is Angelique Kerber the most low-profile No.8 seed in Wimbledon history? Don't worry about answering that one. But the French Open quarter-finalist and Eastbourne finalist is quietly making her way through the draw. She's just finished a 7-5, 6-3 win over grass-court expert Ekaterina Makarova. HA! I just looked up and saw David Goffin coughin'. No word of a lie.

13:04"Yes," yells Brian Baker as he completes a super impressive 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 win over Jarkko Nieminen. Alex Dolgopolov or Benoit Paire next for the fast-rising American, before that possible clash with Rafael Nadal. Zheng Jie avenges defeat at the French Open by beating Alexandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-2. She could meet Serena next.

13:01Roberta Vinci slices and dices her way past Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-3. The Italian will play Marion Bartoli or Mirjana Lucic next...

12:58David Goffin levels the match against Jesse Levine at one set all. Could be a long one there. Not so on Court 9 where Brian Baker has a match point at 5-3... oooh, Jarkko Nieminen catches the very outside of the line with a desperate volley. Back to deuce.

12:51Hey Jerzy Janowicz fans! I'm know you're out there. He's due on Autograph Island in about 5 minutes. Sania Mirza is heading down there at 1.30, Mikhail Youzhny at 2.05pm and another mystery guest later...

12:46Sara Errani wraps up a simple 6-1, 6-1 win over Anne Keothavong, leaving four Brits left in the singles. Andy Murray, James Ward and Elena Baltacha are due to play their second-round matches later today. Heather Watson is already through to the third round and is back on court tomorrow.

12:45If you're at Wimbledon, the Wimbledon Twitter team are after your photos, and they'll be putting their favourites will go on Facebook - definitely one to tell your grand-kids.

12:42Anyone fancy emailing in? You can, via the handy socialmedia@aeltc.com. Or you can also tweet me or tweet Wimbledon

12:41Almost as if to really rub it in after England's Euro 2012 demise, there have been an unusually high number of matches between Brits and Italians this week. Laura Robson lost to Francesca Schiavone, Elena Baltacha beat Karin Knapp. Anne Keothavong is currently down 6-1, 4-1 to Sara Errani.

12:36A message from your friendly stewards: grounds are almost at full capacity, the gates will be closed within the hour.

12:30Brian Baker is now 6-0, 6-2 to the good against Jarkko Nieminen. Incredible. Xavier Malisse, with his luxurious long hair, is doing it for the ladies against suddenly controversial Frenchman Gilles Simon, the Belgian leading 6-4, 2-0. Gilles set to address one of the tournament's busier news conferences after this match following his comments regarding equal prize money.

12:25There has just been a long love-in in The Bunker over the latest shots from our very own Billie Weiss that are now on the Wimbledon Facebook page. They are very, very good, I can confirm.

12:24 Tweet from @bgtennisnation How about the start for Bakers Dozen taking shark Nieminen to the woodshed 6-0 4-1 and little Scapper Levine with 1st set vs Boy band Goffin

12:16Jarkko Nieminen is on the board at last, but trailing by 2-1 and a break in the second set. Sara Errani already has the first 6-1 against Anne Keothavong. Kei Nishikori also going nicely against Florent Serra, leading 6-3, 1-0.

12:14Tweet from @brasseye Nieminen kneads a miracle...

12:08Re the earlier On This Day (see 1051). @TennisPublisher tweeted to say that Tiger Tim also played his final match at Wimbledon on this day in 2007, losing to Feliciano Lopez.

12:05Wow. Bagel it is. Brian Baker serves it out to 15. Way to go.... Not such good news for our American friends on Court 14 where Jesse Levine has given up his break and is at 3-3 against David Goffin.

11:59Can Brian Baker roll to the bagel? He's about to serve for the first set at 5-0 against Jarkko Nieminen.

11:57Baker now 4-0 up. I'm looking two matches ahead, but he COULD face Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. What a story that would be...

11:57Recommend a look at Brian Baker's career highlights if you want a rundown on just how much bad luck with injuries he has had. 2008, for example, reads like this: Underwent three surgeries...In February, right elbow...In April, a second on his left hip...In June, right hip...

11:50Here's a gem from Courtney Nguyen, sitting to my left: One year ago, you - yes I do mean you - had exactly the same ranking as Brian Baker i.e. none.

11:46Hmmm. A good start for the American dudes. Jesse Levine is a break up on David Goffin. Brian Baker breaks in the opening game against Jarkko Nieminen.

11:40We're good to go. Wee David Goffin is already in a bit of bother against Jesse Levine, facing break points, but he saves them both.

11:30It's 1130am, which can mean only one thing: PLAY. Among the early starters are Anne Keothavong and Sara Errani on No.2 Court. They've played twice before, winning one each. Keothavong's win came in 2007 when Errani wasn't the French Open finalist and world No.10 she is now...

11:17Here is the Voice of Wimbledon to welcome everyone to Day Four. "It's definitely a day for hats and sunblock," he booms. "And do drink plenty - and of course I mean water." Listen to the Voice of Wimbledon people. He speak sense.

11:07Very true @ianthenoodle. Jeff Tarango, still a regular at Wimbledon thanks to his media work, will feature in an upcoming On This Day thanks to his epic meltdown in 1995, which turned out to be a particularly mad year in Wimbledon's history.

11:06Tweet from @ianthenoodle: Ironic that Tim was playing Jeff Tarango in that doubles match, considering what he got up to at Wimbledon that year...

11:03Tell you what, it's a good day to be on No.3 Court. Ivanovic-Bondarenko is preceded by Xavier Malisse against Gilles Simon, which was scheduled for No.1 Court yesterday. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is last on against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

On This Day

10:51Tim Henman. The epitome of middle England. Not on this day in 1995. Annoyed at losing a point in his first-round doubles match with Jeremy Bates, Henman approached the net and went to whack a ball down the other end of the court. One problem: he failed to spot a ballgirl about to cross the net. Ball smacked head, and Henman and Bates were defaulted, the first players to suffer that fate in the Open era. "It's a complete accident, but I'm responsible for my actions," said a tearful Tiger Tim. He went on to be responsible for several summers of gut-wrenching agony for an entire British nation.

10:41Colleague @alex_willis has just encountered Richard Williams, dad of Venus and Serena. Overhearing someone saying he felt like he couldn't win, Mr Williams responded: "If you can't win, lose badly." My new rule for life.

10:37Which brings me to Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket. Tricky decision today, plenty of big names playing in doubles on the less glamorous courts. Eventually, I have settled for Court 16. Following a ladies' singles between Christina McHale and Mathilde Johansson, you'll see the culmination of the five-setter between Alejandro Falla and Nicolas Mahut, then the always fascinating Alexandr Dolgopolov. And it's double Mahut (bit more fun than double maths) as he returns for a men's dubs to conclude.

Gates are open

10:29The scramble for seats on the outside courts begins... I should imagine there'll be a predominantly male dash for the unreserved seating on No.3 Court where Ana Ivanovic is playing today.

10:28If you were wandering down Church Road towards Wimbledon this morning and happened to see a boyish-looking fella with a mop of brown hair and a racket bag almost as big as him, that was probably David Goffin - who shunned the courtesy cars with the tinted windows and walked in with his girlfriend. Goffin, one of the rising stars of the men's game, knocked out Bernie Tomic in the first round and faces Jesse Levine on Court 14 today.

10:23@Cric_PJS I surely wanna see Karlovic beating Murray today while a win for Roddick should be good. Otherwise, let the expected's win!

Weather update

10:14The official forecast is this: rain to clear by midday, giving way to hot sunshine raising the temperatures to 27C (81F). There is a 20-30% risk of a heavy shower this afternoon. In other words: GET THE ICECREAMS IN (but keep a cagoule nearby).

10:06Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Andy Roddick, Kenny de Schepper. It's a real who's who of tennis out there today. Feel free to let me know who you're looking forward to seeing...


10:00Not sure if it's the muggy weather, the late finish last night or if they just haven't put enough beans in the coffee machine, but it's a sleepy Bunker this morning. Quick look at today's Order of Play should perk us all up...

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