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Live Blog : Saturday 22 June 2013

by Caroline Cheese

17:10And with that, I think we're done for the day. Keep checking the website for all the stories from the media day. Tomorrow is the turn of Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Two more sleeps, folks, two more sleep...

17:06Have you entered #shotoftheday yet? All the info is on our website, but basically, you just need to upload a Wimbledon-themed photo to Google + for a chance to win Men's Final tickets. Current theme is Strawberries and Cream and you have until 4pm UK time on Monday to enter. GO!

16:42Robson says she will play with Lisa Raymond in the women's doubles at Wimbledon. The pair reached the final in Miami earlier this year in their first tournament together. The 39-year-old Raymond has compared her 19-year-old partner to a young Lindsay Davenport.

16:32Laura Robson replaces Murray in the chair. She plays Russia's Maria Kirilenko in the first round. "She's playing great so it'll obviously be tough," she says. "But I have to go out with confidence, play my own game and give it everything."

Murray on the draw

16:31"I'd rather Roger and Rafa were on the other side of the draw - but I have to put myself in a position where that becomes relevant."

16:28Inevitably, Murray is asked about hitting his coach Ivan Lendl during a charity exhibition at Queen's last week. How many times has he watched it? "I'd say double figures." Murray reports that Lendl has yet to have his revenge.

Murray on the 2012 Wimbledon Final

16:24"The Wimbledon final was really tough - but I played well, I'd gone for it...and I lost the match on my terms. That's maybe why I managed to recover from that defeat well. I didn't come off the court thinking 'what if?'"

Murray on being nervous

Andy Murray celebrates victory at London's O2 Arena16:22"I like being nervous before matches. I get very nervous before matches here, but I often feel like that's when I play my best tennis. I feel like it makes me focus my mind a bit better."

Andy Murray on the home crowd

16:21"It's very important. In all sports, when you play with the crowd behind you, it makes a huge difference - not just for you but the guy you're playing against."

16:21Here he is!

16:12In the men's final at Eastbourne, Feliciano Lopez is up against Gilles Simon. Still in the first set there. Here at Wimbledon, we're still waiting for Andy Murray...

Eastbourne Update

16:06Elena Vesnina is the Aegon International women's champion after beating American Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1 earlier - the Russian's second title of the year. Vesnina could meet Sabine Lisicki in the second round at Wimbledon.

15:52Incidentally, if you're wondering why we're not hearing from Roger Federer and Serena Williams today - that's because they do their pre-tournament media on Sunday. Nice interview with Federer in the UK's Guardian newspaper today "If the quarter-finals with Rafa would come along, it's great news," he said. "I'm super excited. We've had some monster matches here in the past. Three months down the road we know that Rafa is going to be in the top four. It's only a matter of time."

15:34I know you'll be doing this already - but just on the offchance, can I remind you about Wimbledon's various social media channels? You can follow us on Twitter (@Wimbledon), Facebook, Google +, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. By the time you've done that, you won't really need to watch the tennis.

15:26A break in the proceedings while we wait for Andy Murray to arrive for his 4pm news conference. Sweepstake for number of minutes before Fred Perry is mentioned?

Kei Nishikori

15:12"To get to a quarter-final or semi-final, that's next goal. Yes, something I have never done before."

15:05Kei Nishikori next up for the media treatment. The Japanese player is at a career-high ranking of 11 coming into Wimbledon - but he has never been past the third round at the All England Club.

14:51Short and sweet from Vika - who has lost to the eventual champion in the semi-finals the last two years. She is the second seed this year and could meet Maria Sharapova in a blockbuster semi-final.

14:46Nadal has a chat to the Spanish media and now he's off. He is immediately replaced in the black chair by Victoria Azarenka. It's like Piccadilly Circus in there.

Nadal on last year's Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal and Lukas Rosol exchange a brief handshake at net after Rosol upset Nadal in five sets.14:33"Last year I played here because it's a tournament I love. But I wasn't ready to play here. It's not an excuse: Rosol played a fantastic fifth set, he probably would beat me if I was healthy. You lose, you win, that's part of the game. I tried because it's Wimbledon but not a good decision for me."

Nadal on plans for the rest of the season

14:29"The only thing for me is be healthy and have the chance to compete well. The rest of the things are less important."

Nadal on the draw

14:28"The rankings say this kind of thing can happen. I know you're talking about Andy and Roger probably but I don't see them before quarter-finals and semi-finals, so I have a lot of work before that. I really take care about myself and the first round."

14:26And here's Rafa...

14:19Sharapova says she loves everything about Wimbledon - even the weather. Currently 17C and cloudy. Weather forecast for Monday: partly cloudy, no sign of rain... That can't be right, can it?

14:12Hold up. WE HAVE AN INTRUDER! Novak Djokovic has popped back into the room. The cheeky Serb wants to know what Sharapova made of he and Grigor Dimitrov's impressions of her at the Boodles exhibition tournament the other day. She doesn't seem impressed... "I don't do any of those things any more by the way. You need a new 'me'," she tells Djokovic. "You're starting to look a bit like Roddick when you're imitating me."

Maria Sharapova on her 2004 Wimbledon win

14:07"I haven't seen it in a while. Sometimes I do get the chance to watch if I feel like I need to and sometimes my fans make videos...But I don't intentionally look up those videos too much, I don't feel like I have enough time for that! When I was injured a bit I watched a lot of those videos, that really inspired me to get back."

Tweet from @BenRothenberg

14:07"Dark horse galloping into #Wimbledon: Simona Halep, who wins the 's-Hertogenbosch title over Flipkens to extend her win streak to 10."

Email from Tamar

14:05"Djokovic has this in the bag!! This year is his!!"

13:55Scrap that. We've just been told it's Maria Sharapova next. These players are messing with our heads. It's nine years since Sharapova won Wimbledon.

13:48And that was that. Novak Djokovic will now be off to speak to his countrymen from Serbia and then a few broadcast commitments and he should be done. Next up for a media grilling: Rafael Nadal.

13:44Djokovic has just been asked about the crucial point during the French Open final when he overbalanced into the net after putting away a winner - thereby losing the point. He says he can't think about "what ifs," but he concedes it is one of the most important points he has ever played at Roland Garros.

Djokovic on first-round opponent Florian Mayer

13:44"I played him quarters of Wimbledon last year so I know what to expect. He's very tricky and he can be very dangerous on grass. Strong backhand, tall, can serve well, so I think it's a difficult opponent for the first round but I'm ready."

Djokovic on the opposite side of the draw

13:38"I think it's gonna be a great Monday for tennis!" [Federer, Murray and Nadal will all play on day one of The Championships]

13:37Djokovic says he would have preferred to have played a warm-up tournament but he had to focus on recovery after his French Open semi-final run. He says the hardest thing about the transition to grass is the footwork.

Djokovic on the draw

13:35"The draw is something you cannot affect so I honestly wasn't thinking about it too much. It is what it is. Some would say I was lucky, but look, it's a Grand Slam, I don't think there's an easy way to the title."

13:33Here he is...!

13:31Well, if he doesn't turn up in the next five minutes... I'll probably just wait a little bit longer. After yesterday's draw put him in the opposite half to Federer, Nadal and Murray, seems Djokovic is a marginal favourite for the title this year. Agree? Disagree? Let us know on Twitter @Wimbledon or email us on socialmedia@aeltc.com

Roger Federer's name appeared on the trophy for the first time in 200313:15Look, he's the world No.1, he's the top seed, he's a former champion: he'll rock up when he likes. Nole's news conference has been put back to 1.30pm. While we wait, why not have a little read and reminisce about Roger Federer's first Wimbledon win, which I must inform you, was TEN WHOLE YEARS AGO. I know. Sheesh.

13:05Our man Nole seems to be a little late for his date with the world's media. Probably watching the Lions' glorious triumph over Australia in the first test in Brisbane. Loves his rugby union, I've heard.

Rafael Nadal eyes a volley in practice12:53Before then, many of those players will be refining their grass-court games out at Aorangi Park. Rafael Nadal - whose last match on grass was last year's Rosol-ing in the second round - is out there right now...

12:44So, mark your cards: world No.1 and top seed Novak Djokovic kicks off the traditional media day at 1pm (UK time). After that, there follows Rafael Nadal (1.30pm), Maria Sharapova (2pm), Victoria Azarenka (2.30pm), Kei Nishikori (3pm), Andy Murray (4pm), and finally Laura Robson (4.30pm). I will try to bring you highlights of all...


12:30Welcome. Don't panic: you haven't accidentally overslept until Monday. I can confirm it is Saturday and there are still two days until The Championships start. We just thought we'd bring you a mini live blog because there are a few familiar names poised to share their thoughts on Wimbledon throughout today...

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