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Live Blog : Monday 24 June 2013

  • Hewitt beats No.11 seed Wawrinka
  • Rafael Nadal goes out in the first round
  • Nadal beaten in straight sets by Steve Darcis
  • Federer, Murray, Cilic, Tsonga win in straight sets
  • Sharapova, Azarenka, Ivanovic, Kvitova into 2R
  • Monday's Results
by Caroline Cheese

20:54Day one wrap: Federer, Murray, Tsonga, Hewitt, Sharapova and Azarenka were all winners, Steve Darcis stole Lukas Rosol's show and, ladies and gents, it is with regret that I inform you: Rafael Nadal has gone fishing. See you tomorrow!

20:52Can it really be true? Day one is over already? It seemed to whizz by... Tomorrow, we'll see Serena Williams open the defence of her title against Mandy Minella, with world No.1 Novak Djokovic also in action.

20:50Last results from day one: Marion Bartoli and Kirsten Flipkens move into the second round, avoiding any upsets.

Lleyton Hewitt roars to victory.20:44Hewitt moves into the second round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011. The 32-year-old former world No.1 hasn't reached a Grand Slam quarter-final since he did that here in 2009 - but he has a decent chance now. He would have been a fourth-round opponent for Rafael Nadal...

Hewitt on the Aussie fans

20:42"It was fantastic. There were a lot of Aussies out there, I loved every minute of it. People ask me when am I going to retire. Why are you gonna retire when you can get a feeling like that? It's the biggest rush you can have."

Lleyton Hewitt

20:41"Unbelievable feeling. I knew it was a tough draw when it came out, he's a quality player. I knew I had to come out and play well and I played really well."

Hewitt beats Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

20:37Stunning win for the 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who drops to his knees in triumph. He's celebrating like he's won the thing - which you can't really blame him for since he's had some rough first-round draws over the last year or so.

20:34Great drama on No.1 Court. Lleyton Hewitt sets up his third match point with a quite sensational return - but Stan Wawrinka saves it with a forehand that clatters the net and drops over.

20:32While I'm pointing you towards brilliant things, I recommend a look at the Wimbledon YouTube channel where you can see match highlights and all sort of video delights from around the grounds here.

Win things!

20:28Have you entered shotoftheday competition yet? There's a chance to win daily prizes and the overall winner will get Men's Final tickets. All you need to do is share a photo on Google+ using #shotoftheday and following the theme of the day. The new theme is... TENNIS WHITES. Get the inspiration flowing and good luck!

Scores update

20:25Just a few matches remaining on court now... Lleyton Hewitt leads 6-4, 7-5, 4-2 over Stan Wawrinka. Marion Bartoli looks to be on her way to the second round, leading 6-3, 4-4 over Elina Svitolina. Kirsten Flipkens is inching her way to round two, with a 7-5, 3-4 advantage over Yulia Putintseva.

20:20No luck for Anne Keothavong, who goes out 6-4, 6-0 to Garbine Muguruza in the final match on Centre Court today. Centre will be put to bed for the night and will have a leisurely lie-in before it greets women's defending champion Serena Williams at 1pm tomorrow.

Kvitova beats Vandeweghe 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

20:03Former champion Petra Kvitova battles injury and fluctuating form to get through to the second round where she'll meet Yaroslava Shvedova - famous mainly for winning a 'Golden Set' against Sara Errani last year. That's winning a set without losing a single point, before you all rush for Wikipedia.

19:56On Britwatch, I'm afraid we must call off the all-British second-round match. Yen-Hsun Lu will face Andy Murray in the second round after seeing off James Ward in four sets. On Centre right now, Anne Keothavong trails Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 3-0.

Hewitt leads Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5

19:48Waking us from an early evening slumber is a great roar of "C'maaaaaawwwwwwwwn" from No.1 Court where Lleyton Hewitt battles back - as only he can - from 3-0 down to snatch the second set against No.11 seed Stan Wawrinka.

19:45Darcis also reveals his nickname is The Shark before he has a shark tattoo on his shoulder. Why does he have a shark tattoo on his shoulder? Why does he have a shark tattoo on his shoulder? "Because my (star) sign is fish. I love sharks. It's like an S, like Steve."

Steve Darcis after stunning Rafa Nadal

19:42"For me it's easy. Nobody was expecting me to win. So I had to play a good match, relax, and enjoy the game. That's what I did. But I really wanted to do something today... I knew I could have a chance if I play a good match. That's what happened today."

Email from Isabella

19:30"One must commend Nadal on his gracious defeat. Even though you could clearly see his knee was causing him difficulty during the match. Though he did not attribute his defeat to it. I really did feel for him in his interview. It just makes me like him as a player all the more. I will miss not seeing him in the tournament."

Scores update

19:25Hewitt leads Wawrinka 6-4, 3-4. Kvitova and Vandeweghe are level at 2-2 in the decider. Yen-Hsun Lu is two sets to one and 5-4 up on James Ward.

Statto's Corner

19:11Wowee, those stat magicians at the ITF are bringing the goods this afternoon... Andy Murray has become the most successful British player in Grand Slam history after winning his 107th singles match against Benjamin Becker today. Murray and Fred Perry had previously jointly held the record with 106 singles victories.

19:02The Order of Play for Tuesday is now available for your analysis on the website. I don't think I told you what is on No.2 Court so here you are: Watson v Keys, Tursunov v Haas, Gasquet v Granollers, A Radwanska v Meusburger.

18:59One break is enough to give Lleyton Hewitt the first set against Stan Wawrinka. Long way to go - but the Fanatics will be ramping up the noise.

18:58...well they'll go into a decider as soon as Petra Kvitova has finished having treatment on what looks like a hip flexor injury.

18:53Bit of a topsy-turvy number over on No.2 Court where former champ Petra Kvitova took the first set 6-1 but has since dropped the second set to Coco Vandeweghe 7-5. Into a decider they go...

Murray on Nadal's loss

18:47"In sport these things can happen but it was a surprise."

Murray beats Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

18:43No problemo for Murray... He could face compatriot James Ward in the second round. Ward currently in an epic third-set tie-break with Yen Hsun Lu. A bonus for Centre Court ticket-holders as they get to see Britain's Anne Keothavong take on Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

Tuesday Order of Play

18:38It's out... Centre: Serena v Minella, Djokovic v Mayer, Ferrer v Alund. No. 1: Ramos v Del Potro, Kirilenko v Robson, Klizan v Berdych.

More from Nadal on his loss to Darcis

18:36"It's tough - but life continues. This is a sport of victories, not the losers. Nobody remembers the losers...and I don't want to remember the loss."

Nadal on whether he can win Wimbledon again

18:33"I don't know! The only thing I can say and I can do is keep working hard and keep giving me chances...I hope to have a few more years to play here and to play at the right level. I was not able to play great this year and last year obviously, but I will try."

Nadal adopts an anguished look against Steve Darcis.18:30Rafael Nadal is now speaking to the media: he says he doesn't want to talk about his knee and he just wants to praise his opponent. He admitted before this tournament that he shouldn't have played at Wimbledon last year - when he lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round.

18:28We've lost both our No.5 seeds today. Guessing that Rafael Nadal's defeat is going to generate a few more headlines than Sara Errani's...

18:25Steve Darcis's season just took a very dramatic turn for the better: before today, he had won precisely ONE top-level match this season and that was back in April. He has mainly been playing Challenger-level events.

18:23Steve Darcis (ranked No.135) is the lowest-ranked player Rafael Nadal has lost to since he was beaten by Joachim Johansson in Stockholm seven years ago. Nadal is the first reigning French Open champion to lose in the first round at Wimbledon since Gustavo Kuerten in 1997.

18:20While we reel from Nadal's stunning exit, Andy Murray is making relatively serene progress, leading Ben Becker 6-4, 6-3, 3-1...

18:19Quite a treat for No.1 Court ticket holders. They still have a potential blockbuster between Stan Wawrinka and Lleyton Hewitt to look forward to.

18:11Darcis seems to keen to remind us that he's not that bad on the green stuff - and he now has two top 10 wins at the All England Club, having beaten Tomas Berdych on Centre Court at the Olympics last year.

Steve Darcis

18:07"Nobody was expecting my win today. OK, Rafa didn't play his best tennis, but I knew the first match on grass is always difficult...I tried to do what I like to do, come to the net as soon as I can, not play too far from the baseline...I think I did great today...I think I don't know what to say right now I'm really happy."

18:05Wow. Nadal looks absolutely devastated as he walks off to huge cheers from the No.1 Court crowd. Belgium's new hero Steve Darcis stops to sign autographs. A reminder: that is Rafael Nadal's first ever first-round loss at a Grand Slam...

Darcis beats Nadal 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

18:02Darcis has the crowd on their feet as he runs down a Nadal angled volley and pushes it into the open court. That puts him 30-15 up and two points away. Nadal goes long to give Darcis two match points. ACE! NADAL GOES OUT!

Nadal 6-7, 6-7, 4-5 Darcis

17:57That is quite unbelievable: Nadal coming to net for a short ball and sticking an attempted drop shot into the net. He's having an absolute shocker - but he somehow toughs that game out. British crowd are loving shouting "Come on Steve" - an easy one for us language-phobes to get our heads round. Steve will serve for the win...

Nadal 6-7, 6-7, 3-5 Darcis

17:54It's break point for Nadal and here'a a second serve to look at... But he can't take advantage, sending a backhand into the net. Not sure how many backhands he's missed today - but I'd say it's a lot.

17:50The dreadlocks are through to round two. Germany qualifier Dustin Brown - Dreddy to you and me - knocks out Spain's Guillermo Garica-Lopez for his first main-draw win. He plays Hewitt or Wawrinka next - that match follows Nadal v Darcis, which could be over in two games or, you know, it might not.

17:46Stunning backhand slice winner from Steve Darcis, who shows no sign of stuttering on No.1 Court, leading 4-2 and within two games of a quite stunning win. And yes, you are not mistaken, it was a backhand SLICE winner from the brilliant Belgian.

Maria Sharapova heads to practice17:41Sharapova was asked in her post-match news conference which player from history she'd like to play. She picked Steffi Graf although she admitted: "I think she'd chop me up."

17:37Maria Sharapova will play Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round at Wimbledon. Here's a challenge: how about we try not to mention, you know, the noise? I think we'll all be a lot more relaxed if we don't.

Tweet from @sdouglas80

17:34"Famous Belgians - Hercule Poirot, Enzo Scifo, Eddy Merckx, Jean-Claude van Damme, Philippe Albert ... Steve Darcis anyone?"

17:32It will be Ernests Gulbis v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what should be a popcorn match on day 3 of The Championships after the Latvian sees off Roger-Vasselin in straight sets.

17:27And there's yet another fist pump from Steve Darcis as he breaks to begin the third set. I'm suddenly seeing visions of Lukas Rosol... No such issues for Andy Murray, who has wrapped up the first set against Benjamin Becker on Centre.

Nadal has never lost in the first round of a Grand Slam

17:24Yes. That is true. In 34 previous majors, Rafael Nadal has never ever lost in the first round. If he's going to stretch that run to 35, he'll have to win the next three sets...

Nadal is two sets down!

17:22Huge serve down the 'T' and Darcis has his fifth chance to take a two-set lead - AND HE'S DONE IT! Nadal sends a forehand millimetres over the baseline and the two-time champion trails by two sets to love.

17:19Strange return from Nadal and it goes out - giving Darcis a fourth set point, but Nadal's raking forehand forces the Belgian to net. It's 7-7 - and now Nadal sends a swinger of a forehand out wide, so close to dropping out, but it's in, and a drop shot does the damage. Nadal with a set point now - but he dumps a backhand in the net. Now 8-8 - and the tension is unbearable.

17:16Nadal is dicing with real danger here. Darcis draws the error with a big serve to make it 6-3 in the tie-break. Three points for a two-set lead. Nadal saves the first two on his serve - but now a chance for Darcis behind his own serve... NO! He's punted an easy forehand miles over the baseline. They change over at 6-6.

17:11They're switching sides with Darcis leading 4-2 in the tie-break... "Vamos hijo," Uncle Toni seems to be shouting...

17:06Darcis punches a forehand down the line to bring up two break-back points, and he forces the tie-break when Nadal nets a backhand. These are nervy times for Rafa fans...

Tsonga beats Goffin 7-6, 6-4, 6-3

17:04Decent opener for Tsonga against a quality opponent. He gets another difficult match next: against either Ernests Gulbis or Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Gulbis leading that one by two sets to love.

Tweet from @scambers73

17:02"James Ward wins the first set against Lu - first Briton to win a set so far. Good start, got to maintain the momentum"

16:58Oh Steve, poor Steve :( Darcis dumps a smash into the middle of the net and that gives Nadal the break - and the chance to serve to level the match.

16:51Tipsarevic was a possible fourth-round opponent for Andy Murray, by the way. Murray on serve against Benjamin Becker in the early stages on Centre. Nadal and Darcis still on serve in the second set, the Belgian leading 5-4.

Scores update

16:43Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is cantering along nicely on No.2 Court where he leads David Goffin 7-6, 6-4, 3-2 with a break. We have lost our No.14 seed though as Janko Tipsarevic goes down 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 to fellow Serb Viktor Troicki.

Darcis leads Nadal 7-6, 3-2

16:39Nadal yet to stamp his authority on the match on No.1 Court - although it remains on serve in the second set.

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @NickMcCarvel

16:34"Nadal has never lost two straight matches at #Wimbledon. Out in 3R in '03, then 2R in '05. Darcis two sets from historic win #Wimbledon"

16:32Next up on Centre Court is one Andy Murray, opening his Wimbledon campaign against Benjamin Becker - who he beat in two tight sets at Queen's a couple of weeks ago. Very warm reception for the Britain's Olympic gold medalist and US Open champion.

16:31Next up for Maria Sharapova is Michelle Larcher de Brito or Melanie Oudin - they are currently into a first-set tie-break on Court 6.

Maria Sharapova moves to 11-0 in Wimbledon first-round matches

Maria Sharapova hits an attacking forehand.16:28"The first match is always really difficult and my opponent played really well. I tried to take my opportunities in the tie-break and I was happy with the way I stepped up in the second. I'm glad I got it done in two today."

Sharapova beats Mladenovic 7-6, 6-3

16:25Far from comfortable for Sharapova, but she gets the job done against former junior No.1 Mladenovic.

16:21Match stats from No.1 Court: the aggressive Darcis hit 25 winners to Nadal's 17. Nadal is only winning 49 percent of his first serve points.

Upset o'clock

16:18And with that, Nick McCarvel was gone. It's Caroline Cheese back with you again...just in time to see Steve Darcis volley away a winner to take the tie-break and the first set against two-time former champion Rafael Nadal. Carumba...

Watch and learn

16:11Our YouTube page is brimming with fresh content on Day One. How much does Maria Sharapova know about Wimbledon? Find out. Roger Federer's brilliant 1R volley? It's there. Go, go, go and be entertained, good people!

Nadal into first-set tie-break

16:08Flying fist pump from Rafael Nadal as he breaks Steve Darcis back and they're into a tie-break at 6-all in the first. Darcis was serving for the set at 6-5. Good try, Stevey! First to seven by two has the advantage on No.1 Court.

16:05Watch out! Viktor Troicki is a set away from stunning compatriot Janko Tipsarevic on No.3 Court, leading 6-3, 6-4, 0-1 vs. the No.14 seed.

15:59"Quite possible that Andy Murray will be the only Brit remaining in the singles on Wednesday."

Jankovic def. Konta 6-2, 7-5

15:57Believe it or not it's JJ's first win at the All England Club in three years after first-round exits vs. Clijsters last year and Martinez Sanchez in 2011. The former world No.1 has been to the fourth round four times, but never past it. Is this the Serb's year for a run deep?

Score update

15:53Where do your eyes go on the Matches in Progress page?! So much to see! Tsonga has the first set in a tie-break over Goffin on No.2 Court while Troicki is up a set and a break on countryman Tipsarevic (minor upset looming there, no?). Jankovic serving for the match vs. Konta on Court 12, 6-2, 6-5 and Isner up two-sets to love vs. Donskoy.

15:42Did you know? The last time Steve Darcis, the 29-year-old journeyman from Belgium, played on a show court at the All England Club was 11 months ago when he shocked Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the London Olympics on Centre Court. He's at 2-3 serving in the first vs. Nadal on No.1 Court presently.

Sharapova wins first set

15:40Against Mladenovic, 7-6(5). It was a fight to the finish, including set point at 6-5. Sharapova has still never lost the first set in the first round in 11 Wimbledon appearances.

Tweet from @TennisFITZY

15:38"Just given @McIlroyRory a bit of relationship advice! I think he has it covered though, very relaxed and down to earth guy :)" ... Wonder if he listened?

15:34Sharapova is up 4-3 in the tiebreak... this first set coming down to the wire! Key stat: Sharapova has never lost a first set in the first round of Wimbledon. Ever.

Upset watch: Sharapova

15:28Maria is serving to stay in the first set 5-6 in the first set vs. Kristina Mladenovic on Centre Court. The 20-year-old Frenchwoman is an up-and-comer that many have been talking about in tennis circles for a bit now. Is this her big breakthrough? Stay tuned...

Lukas Rosol

Lukas Rosol takes aim.15:16No dream-run repeat for Lukas Rosol, who stunned Rafael Nadal in five sets here a year. He goes down in five sets on Court 19 to German qualifier Julian Reister, who gets his first win at a major in three years with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4 victory.

15:10Murray goes down! OK but don't fret, it was Samantha Murray, not Andy - oh, and no relation. (Did the American just make a joke about a Brit that wasn't funny? Maybe.) The British wild card loses 6-3, 6-4 to Italian Camila Giorgi, who ran to the fourth round here a year ago.

Hello, Rafa and Maria

15:07And hello to all of you, too! My "American awesomeness" will try to keep you well and entertained for the next little bit... as well as pass on some tennis bits from Day One action. I've just come from the players' restaurant where Caroline Wozniacki was lunching with Rory McIlroy. Think Rory will have a putt or two on the lush lawns of the AELTC? Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal are on the Show Courts to start the second matches there.

15:05Time for me to have a little break, so get ready to dial down British cynicism and dial up American awesomeness as Nick McCarvel takes the reins...

14:59Monica Puig earlier knocked out No.5 seed Sara Errani - and she has been sent a congrats tweet by fellow Puerto Rican Ricky Martin. "How cool to start the day with good news," says the Livin La Vida Loca pop god. "Proud of one of our own. Congrats Monica."

Victoria Azarenka

14:49"I was in such pain, it wouldn't let go, but then it calmed down. I think it was the shock a little bit. I don't know what happened... I'm still a little bit, I don't know... I'm gonna do the best I can to be ready for the next match and we'll see what happens."

Azarenka beats Koehler 6-1, 6-2

14:46That scoreline doesn't tell any of the story really. Azarenka overcomes a horror fall to advance to the second round. She managed a weak smile and a wave as she leaves the court. I expect she'll spend the next two days on the treatment table before facing Flavia Pennetta on Wednesday.

14:42Another celebrity spot! Former Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid etc etc striker Nicolas Anelka has been outside Centre Court signing autographs. Bienvenu, Le Sulk!

Janowicz beats Edmund 6-2, 6-2, 6-4

14:38There was a 420-place gap in the rankings and it showed on No.3 Court as British teenager Kyle Edmund loses out to the No. 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz. Edmund will partner Jamie Delgado in the men's doubles.

Victoria Azarenka is helped by the medical team14:34Hmm. Azarenka is definitely still struggling with her movement but she's doing just enough to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Just too much power for Koehler.

14:28News reaches me that Dominic West is in the crowd on Centre Court - otherwise known as McNulty from The Wire. Let me know if you have any other celebrity spots - the more Z list the better, as far as I'm concerned. I'm on Twitter (@carolinecheese) or on email socialmedia@aeltc.com

14:25Victoria Azarenka appears to be back on track - on the scoreboard at least - after that slightly scary injuryl. She leads 6-1, 3-1 on No.1 Court. Rafa Nadal v Steve Darcis follows that match.

Roger Federer

14:23"It still feels amazing and it's still very special... It was an absolute pleasure to play on Centre again. It was a great first round for me, I don't know how much better I could've played. Usually I come to Wimbledon peaking at the right time, and hopefully it's the same again."

14:21Ha. Federer doesn't put his blazer back on to walk off - so we'll have to wait until Wednesday for another glimpse of that. Next on Centre: 2004 champ Maria Sharapova takes on Kristina Mladenovic.

Federer beats Hanescu 6-3, 6-2, 6-0

14:19Hopefully, none of the lucky ticket holders on Centre Court blinked over the last hour and 20 minutes or so - they'd have missed a masterclass from the King of Grass.

14:15Meanwhile, we have lost the No.30 seed as Fabio Fognini goes out in four sets to Jurgen Melzer. Roger Federer is about to serve for the win over Victor Hanescu, so if you missed the blazer first time around, I suggest you find a TV pretty quick.

14:13Azarenka is carry on - but she doesn't look especially comfortable with a newly-taped right knee. She has dropped serve - although she leads 6-1, 1-1.

14:10Azarenka is now up on her feet and testing the leg - looks like she will try to continue. She leads Koehler 6-1, 1-0. It's an absolute cruise for Roger Federer over on Centre, with the seven-time champ leading by two sets and 3-0 against Victor Hanescu.

14:08The umpire announces that Azarenka is taking a medical time-out. The physio is putting some serious tape on the Belarusian's right leg.

14:06Azarenka is helped back onto her feet - and she walks gingerly back to the chair.

14:03Azarenka slipped as she went to play the ball after serving - almost doing the splits on the baseline. A three-person medical team is now tending to a right leg injury. Opponent Maria Joao Koehler puts her tracksuit top on and comes to show her concern too.

14:01Uh-oh. Genuine drama over on No.1 Court where Vika Azarenka has slipped over - and is screaming out in pain. Her boyfriend Redfoo one of the concerned onlookers...

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @WriterSnyder

13:57"To a bout of cheers, Kyle Edmund takes first game since start of the first set. He's 1-4 in the second set against Janowicz. #Wimbledon"

Score update

13:49Federer leads Hanescu 6-3, 3-0. Azarenka leads Koehler 6-1. Cilic leads Baghdatis 6-3. Janowicz leads Edmund 6-2, 4-0.

13:47That last tweet only serves to remind me how happy I am to be back in tennis geekdom. It's truly a magical place.

Tweet from @BenRothenberg

13:42"Aljaz Bedene, whose twin brother Andraz also used to play pro tennis, is about to start a doubles match against Ratiwatana twins."

Federer leads Hanescu 6-3

13:38Federer is sure in a hurry to put that jacket back on.

13:30There is a whole state that is dedicated to Cheese? Amazing. Welcome to you, Brian. Speaking of cheese, it's baguette time. See you in five! Federer is 5-2 up...

Tweet from @brianlamboley

13:27"Good morning from Madison Wisconsin, the Cheese state! Glad to hear from you again!"

13:21No.2 Court sees Marcos Baghdatis take on Marin Cilic. It's a match that looks quite appealing - and may well turn out that way - but Baggy is on a 10-match losing streak on the ATP Tour. Britain's Kyle Edmund - the only teenager in the men's draw - is just starting up against Jerzy Janowicz on No.3 Court. On No.1 Court, Victoria Azarenka is already 3-0 up on Maria Joao Koehler.

13:18Seven minutes gone and Federer leads 3-0. Might be worth keeping an eye on him throughout the tournament - could be a contender.

13:13Twitter is telling me it's a blazer that Roger Federer is wearing over his tennis kit this year. I might wait for confirmation from his clothing sponsor before I decide. Its wearer has already held serve over Victor Hanescu - and now has break points.

13:07It took a little while to close it out but Monica Puig gets over the line, beating No.5 seed Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2. It's not an upset that will exactly rock Wimbledon since Errani is a clay-court specialist who has never been past the third round at Wimbledon.


13:02Over on Centre Court, King Rog makes his entrance - and he is wearing what appears to be a white sports jacket with orange zips. Unsure how to describe it to be honest. I'll have a look at Twitter and get back to you... Victor Hanescu has gone for something a little less flashy, you might not be surprised to hear.

12:59Don't know about you, but Court 14 and the King-Cornet match is making me hungry... Vania King leads that one 6-4, 1-2 over the No.29 seed.


12:56Ana Ivanovic closes out a 7-6, 6-0 win over Virginie Razzano - who turned out to be a bit of a one-set wonder. Ivanovic joins Lucie Safarova, Lesia Tsurenko and Karin Knapp in the early winners' circle... and Flavia Pennetta is the latest entry, beating Britain's Elena Baltacha 6-4, 6-1.

12:45After a real battle in the first set, Ana Ivanovic appears to be sailing through now - leading 7-6, 5-0 against Virginie Razzano. Monica Puig is trying - and so far failing - to close out the upset against No.5 seed Sara Errani.

12:41While I was belching out facts, we had our first WINNER of the day and it's the aforementioned Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who wins 6-1, 6-3 over Lara Arruabarrena. Tsurenko enjoys playing pool in her spare time. I know no more than that at this stage.

Fact of the Day Part Two

12:40Yaroslava Shvedova won 24 straight points for a 6-0 'Golden Set' against Sara Errani in the third round. She eventually won 6-0, 6-4.

Fact of the Day Part One

12:38Sara Errani's first-round match against Coco Vandeweghe last year was suspended when she was leading 6-1, 5-3, advantage. When they returned the following day, Coco double-faulted. Oops.

12:34Sara Errani was involved in two strange occurrences at Wimbledon last year. Anyone remember....?

12:31A reminder that Live @ Wimbledon video is now up and running on Wimbledon.com and YouTube so feast your eyes on the best of the action from around the grounds.

12:22If it's upsets you're after, look no further than Court 17 where No.5 seed Sara Errani is trailing 6-3, 2-0 against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico. On Britwatch, Elena Baltacha dropped the first set 6-4 against Flavia Pennetta.

Tweet from @helen_emany

12:20"I love being British, it makes queuing okay #thequeue #Wimbledon"

12:10The Rosol-Nadal quarter-final is in jeopardy already. The Czech is a set down against Julian Reister on Court 19. Over on No.2 Court, Virginie Razzano is serving to stay in the set at 4-5 against Ana Ivanovic.

Roger Federer update

12:08Roger Federer is having lunch, a source tells me.

12:05First set of the tournament goes to... Lesia Tsurenko, who is already 6-2 up against Spain's Lara Arruabarrena. "What do you know about Lesia Tsurenko?" I ask my colleague. "Hmmmm," comes the enigmatic reply.

11:57Live @ Wimbledon Radio are chatting to All England Club chief exec Richard Lewis who is explaining all about the impressively-named Wimbledon Masterplan - which includes a roof on No.1 Court and a new Court 12. He says there are no plans to increase capacity or to introduce night sessions.

11:54A little over an hour until Roger Federer steps onto Centre Court to open play as defending champion for the first time since 2010 - and when he does, his proud parents will be watching from the Royal Box. They're joined in the comfy seats by Pippa Middleton, Condoleeza Rice, Felicity Kendal, Denise Lewis - and a whole host of other lucky folk.

11:48So there's only one teenager in the entire men's draw - and he's a wild card. Times are changing. On court, still very early stages, but Flavia Pennetta has grabbed an early break to lead 2-0 against Britain's Elena Baltacha.

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @WriterSnyder

11:44"Interesting: Kyle Edmund is the youngest player in the men's draw at #Wimbledon this year at 18 years, 6 months. Tomic, 20, next."

11:41Reister came through qualifying, fact fans, and is playing at Wimbledon for the first time since his 2010 debut when he reached the second round as a lucky loser. The 27-year-old has duly wrapped up his opening game against Rosol despite being taken to deuce.

11:37It's Julian Reister! Reister is up against Lukas Rosol on Court 19 and he wins the first point of the tournament with a booming serve.

11:37Anticipation is building... Who will win the first point of The 127th Championships?


11:30High fives all round everyone, we are officially UNDER WAY in The Championships 2013. Players are heading to outside courts to begin their warm-ups. Forgive me, I feel a WOOHOO coming on...

11:22“I don’t think you want another guy like me," mused the aforementioned Roger Federer yesterday in his pre-tournament news conference. "You want another personality, another game. I think the diverse characters and playing styles is what really drives this game. I wouldn’t want to see another guy like me, another guy like Nadal, another guy like somebody else. We’re all very different, and that’s good that way.”

11:17We'll see Stephan, we'll see. We're debating far more weighty issues in the Wimbledon.com Bunker: What will Roger Federer be wearing later? Nike have already released pictures of his playing outfit (white with orange trim) - but is it a blazer or chunky knitwear year? Find out at 1pm UK time...

Another email from Stephan

11:15"But do you remember Michael Stich in 1991? He won against Courier (4) in the quarters, Edberg (1) in semis and Becker (2) in the finale!!! So I hope the same for JW Tsonga!!"

11:08Those of you following @Wimbledon on Twitter will be able to see EXCLUSIVE shots of the players on the Players' Lawn today thanks to the Twitter Mirror - which basically allows players to take a selfie and tweet it out. Coincidentally, Jo-Willy Tsonga is the latest to have a go...

11:06Bonjour Stephan! If your man Tsonga does win his maiden Grand Slam this fortnight - he definitely will have deserved it. He'll likely have to beat Andy Murray in the quarters, Federer or Nadal in the semis and then Djokovic in the final. Zut alors!

Email from Stephan in France

11:00"Finally Wimbledon!!! I hope that JW Tsonga is ready to win this year !"

Andy Murray hits a forehand in practice10:53Andy Murray will play Benjamin Becker in the last match scheduled on Centre today. Murray is set to wear a badge on his shirt supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity - who have been looking after Murray's good friend and doubles player Ross Hutchins since his diagnosis with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

10:47A reminder that play begins at 11.30am local time which means it is less than an hour until life is put on hold for two beautiful weeks...

10:38Now, I am prepared to accept that this Live Blog may not be enough for you. If that's the case, then you have the good people of Live @ Wimbledon. They are broadcasting live on radio every day, with live video on youtube and Wimbledon.com from 12 to 7pm.

10:29A polite and very British cheer can be heard as the Voice of Wimbledon tells the stewards to open the gates. There will now be a madder than ever dash to get to those prized outside court seats...

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @WriterSnyder

10:28"Just announced that the gates will open for day one of #Wimbledon: "In the interests of yourself and others, please do not run." Here goes!"

10:25Three exclamation marks from Britain's James Ward there - just in case you doubted his excitement. Ward is up against Yen-Hsun Lu today, and a win would set up a second-round meeting with fellow Brit Andy Murray (providing Murray beats Benjamin Becker of course). Lu reached the last eight here in 2010, beating Andy Roddick on the way.

Tweet from @JamesWardtennis

10:22"On my way to Wimbledon, playing 3rd on court 12......looking forward to seeing you all there!!!"

Tweet from @FernWilkinson

10:18"It's finally here!! @Wimbledon day 1......so excited. #wimbledon"

10:16Could also be some fun to be had on No. 2 Court where Marcos Baghdatis (who's admittedly on a terrible run of form) faces Marin Cilic before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meets gifted Belgian David Goffin.

10:03Also worth a look at Court 19 where last year's unexpected headline-maker Lukas Rosol is up against German qualifier Julian Reister. Rosol could meet Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals - although he'll probably have to beat Roger Federer before that, so, on balance, I'm thinking it's unlikely.

09:59Absolutely no one is clamouring for its return, but I'm bringing it back anyway - simply because there are such a multitude of treats around the grounds on day one. You've got a ground pass, but where do you go? It's an almost impossible call but Cheesy's Outside Court Golden Ticket is Court 10: gasp at the outrageous skills of Benoit Paire, wave a (small) Union Jack for Samantha Murray, watch Bastian Knittel make his Wimbledon debut at the ripe old age of 29. Something for everyone there.

09:51I'm not against dog entrants, I hasten to add, I just like a bit of variety: a tortoise here and there wouldn't hurt. The current theme for #shotoftheday is Strawberries and Cream and that closes at 4pm local time. There are also daily prizes for the best entrants.

shotoftheday entry09:46Wimbledon, let me tell you, is more social than ever before in 2013. You can follow us on (deep breath) Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. If you're on Google+, you can enter our #shotoftheday competition for a chance to win Men's Final tickets. Seem to be a lot of dog entrants so far...

Queue update

09:26"The Brits definitely know how to queue, it's an art form over here." So said a Kiwi lady in The Queue this morning. The Queue opened at 8am yesterday morning and three hours later, the Centre and No.1 Court tickets were gone. The latest advice is: People currently in the Wimbledon Queue for on day sales will have to wait many hours. Wimbledon strong advises those intending to queue, not to travel to Wimbledon.

09:24So this here humble live blog will be with you every single day of The Championships bringing you the best of the action around the grounds - and we URGE you to get in touch. It's very simple: tweet me (@carolinecheese), tweet Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) or use old-fashioned email: socialmedia@aeltc.com. We'll answer questions, have heated debates, do Wimbledon dares (Wimbledares?) - anything you like.

09:15Now, I won't lie to you, there's a definite chill in the air in SW19 - BUT most importantly, there is no sign of rain on the forecast for today, or indeed for the rest of the week! It's a true Wimbledon miracle. Now, if they could just turn the heating up a little...

09:08If by some slim chance, you are not quite 100 percent hyped and psyched for Wimbledon this year, just take a look at the Order of Play for day one: Federer, Sharapova, Nadal, Murray, Azarenka all in action today plus a possible blockbuster between Stan Wawrinka and Lleyton Hewitt. It's the best first day I can remember - although my memory is famously unreliable.

Welcome to Wimbledon 2013!

09:00Plans cancelled for the next two weeks? Sofa booked? Mobile phone switched off? Good. Then let's begin: it's finally here, welcome along to The 127th Championships at Wimbledon.

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