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Live Blog : Wednesday 26 June 2013

by Caroline Cheese

21:14It's goodbye from Roger Federer, and it's goodbye from us... although we shall return tomorrow. As for Federer, maybe a fishing trip to Mallorca with his pal Rafa?

21:04You know how stunned you're feeling that Roger Federer has gone out of Wimbledon? Triple it and you're about where Federer seems to be right now. He looks pained, shocked, devastated...times a million. He's speaking in calm and measured terms, but this is hurting him deeply.

Federer on the end of his Grand Slam quarter-final run

21:00"It's a great number. I'm very happy about it. I wish it didn't end here today. I can be proud of it, but moving on from here..."

20:58Federer has a little dig at the media for hyping up the Federer-Nadal quarter-final, telling them "maybe this is a lesson for you guys as well." Says it was disrespectful to the other players in the draw.

Federer on his opponent

20:57"He served and volleyed very well...Credit to him for closing it out under enormous pressure. He played better on the more important points than me."

Roger Federer

20:54"Always a disappointment losing any match around the world, particularly here. I've had some great moments here, some tougher ones. Appreciated the ovation I got leaving the court, no doubt about it."

20:51Roger Federer is about to speak to the media...

And the stats keep coming....

20:49This is the first time neither Federer nor Nadal has made the third round of a Grand Slam they both played in.

Tweet from @JimmyConnors

20:47"Federer out- how will he come back from this? A great performance by his opponent- played all out and was not afraid- of Fed or winning."

Tweet from @ivokarlovic

20:43"Finally the grass seems fast and im not there"

20:40Roger Federer will drop to at least No. 5 in the rankings after the tournament. He hasn't been out of the top four since before he won his first Grand Slam title here in 2003. If Tomas Berdych wins the title here, Federer will drop to No.6.

Fed Fact Five

20:39This is the earliest defeat for a defending Wimbledon champion since 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to Ivo Karlovic in the first round in 2003.

Fed Fact Four

20:38Stakhovsky is the world No.116. Federer hasn't lost to a lower-ranked player at any other event since losing to Mario Ancic here in 2002.

Fed Fact Three

20:34This ends Federer’s run of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances (starting at Wimbledon 2004).

Fed Fact Two

20:31This is his earliest defeat at a Slam since losing in the first round at 2003 Roland Garros to Luis Horna.

Fed Fact One

20:31This is his earliest defeat at Wimbledon since losing in the first round to Mario Ancic in 2002.

20:29With thanks to the stats magicians at the ITF, there follows some Fed facts about that quite unbelievable loss...

20:26Stakhovsky also said that playing Federer at Wimbledon was like playing two people: "First you play Roger Federer, then you play his ego." I believe it was an accidental diss - I think he meant aura.

Sergiy Stakhovsky on beating Federer

Sergiy Stakhovsky plays a forehand volley.20:23"I don't know (how to describe it). Magic. I couldn't play any better today. It was a fantastic day for me."

20:21Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon. Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon. Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon. Nope, still doesn't compute.

20:20Guess we can push Nadal's loss to Darcis down one on the list of biggest Wimbledon upsets then...

Seven-time champ Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon

20:18*Stunned silence*

Stakhovsky BEATS Federer 6-7 7-6 7-5 7-6

20:10Mini-break for Staks as he nails a backhand down the line, and he leads 3-1 in the tie-break. An unreturnable first serve allows him to head for the changeover leading 4-2. Another huge serve makes it 5-2. Heart in mouth time for Fed fans as Staks threatens to find the baseline with a big forehand - but millimetres long. Shanked forehand from Stakhovsky and the lead is down to 5-4. Two serves to win the match... Fed clips the top of the net with a pass - two match points. First one saved with a stunning pass. One more...FEDERER HAS GONE WIDE!!! FEDERER IS OUT OF WIMBLEDON!!!!

Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 6-6 Federer

20:05Noooo! Staks takes a dramatic tumble as he stretches out wide for a forehand. Gasps of horror around Centre Court - but he's back on his feet quickly. Bit of danger at 15-30, but again he comes up with the goods with some crisp volleying. But wait... he nets a low volley and suddenly, Fed has a point to level the match. UNBELIEVABLE! Staks comes up with some supreme volleying to save it. He holds. Of course he does. Hold onto your hats - very tightly - it's tie-break time

Stakhovsky *6-7 7-6 7-5 5-6 Federer

20:03Federer whips away a forehand almost on the half-volley, as if to remind us that he is a seven-time Wimbledon champion. Pressure back on Stakhovsky - who hasn't shown much sign of feeling the heat so far.

Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 5-5* Federer

20:00Staks flirting with danger at 30-30 - but he shuts the door emphatically. Stat two: Fed hasn't lost this early at a Slam since going out in the first round of Roland Garros in 2003.

Stakhovsky *6-7 7-6 7-5 4-5 Federer

19:57As we reach crunch time in set four, time to wheel out some stats: Federer hasn't lost this early here since going out in the first round in 2002. Meanwhile, Jelena Jankovic goes down 7-5, 6-2 Vesna Dolonc in a mini-upset on No.1 Court.

Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 4-4* Federer

19:54Fed looking a bit leaden-footed as he lumbers up to reach a drop volley, and he loses a dinky net exchange to go 40-0 down. What on earth..??? Federer fires a backhand straight at Staks' head! The Ukrainian ducks in time and the ball flies over the baseline. No hint of an apology from a clearly ruffled Federer.

Stakhovsky* 6-7 7-6 7-5 3-4 Federer

19:52Comfortable hold for Federer - and a sigh of relief from an emphatically pro-Fed crowd.

Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 3-3* Federer

19:49Federer threads the needle with a backhand down the line and he has a break point... Got to take one of these, Rog... Staks nets a forehand and we are back on serve. Sensational atmosphere on Centre.

Stakhovsky *6-7 7-6 7-5 3-2 Federer

19:45Federer grateful for an easy game there, holding to 15. Crowd is massively on Fed's side - but Staks doesn't seem too bothered about that right now.

Stakhovsky 6-7 7-6 7-5 3-1* Federer

19:39OK, we can confirm Sergiy Stakhovsky IS human. Few errant volleys and Federer has two break-back points - but he can't take either. Bold volleying to save the first, and then an ever-so-slightly overcooked forehand from the faulty Fed. On his second game point, Staks sends a forehand fizzing down the line then puts away the easy volley. Hmmm.

Stakhovsky *6-7 7-6 7-5 2-1 Federer

19:35I keep expecting Roger Federer to find his authority and stamp it on this match. It isn't happening. Sergiy Stakhovsky leads by two sets to one - and he has broken early in the fourth.

The winning shot of the day for the headbands theme19:28On this day of all days, I can't think of anything more appropriate than posting a picture of a horse with a tennis racket. It's the daily winner in our Google+ #shotoftheday competition.

Stakhovsky leads Federer by two sets to one

19:25Federer fails with a pass attempt and that gives Stakhovsky two set points. And the Ukrainian confidently plonks a volley into the open court. Apparently, this is really happening...

19:22Deathly hush on Centre as Stakhovsky earns two break points and he takes the second when Fed shanks a backhand. Stakhovsky to serve for a two sets to one lead... People, is this really happening?

An excited Michelle Larcher de Brito after beating Sharapova

A forehand stroke played by Michelle Larcher De Brito. 19:18"I'm really excited. I really can't believe it. It's a little bit of shock and excitement. I'm just really happy I got through that match. It was a really great win for me. I'm feeling really excited."

19:13No.20 seed Kirsten Flipkens marches into the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bojana Jovanovski. She'll play the winner of Jankovic-Dolonc - JJ has dropped the first set there. Federer still in a real battle with Stakhovsky. It's set all, 5-4, on serve.

19:09Federer fights off a love-30 hole and a break point to hold there for 4-3 in the third set. You know what they say about that all-important seventh game... well, that it's important, I guess. One set all in this one, so let's stay tuned to see who comes out of the set with the lead.

Thursday Order Of Play (cont)

18:53No.2: Lisicki v Vesnina, Brands v Berdych, Erakovic v Peng, Robson v Duque-Marino. No. 3: Halep v Li, Dimitrov v Zemlja, Wang v Haas.

Thursday Order Of Play

18:48Here we go... Centre: Del Potro v Levine, Radwanska v Johansson, Djokovic v Reynolds. No.1: Serena v Garcia, Gasquet v Soeda, Ferrer v Bautista Agut.

Stakhovsky levels match with Federer

18:42Oof. Shanked forehand from Roger Federer and it gives Sergiy Stakhovsky a point to level the match - and on his serve. He's done it! He gallops to the net behind a big first serve and puts the volley into the open court. Wednesday just got even weirder...

18:39Federer and Stakhovsy swap sides at 3-3 in the tie-break...

18:37Still not exactly plain sailing for Roger Federer over on Centre where he is into a second-set tie-break against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

18:35This is believed to be the most retirements/withdrawals in singles in one day at a Grand Slam. We are at seven. There were five on Day One of Wimbledon last year.

Stat Attack

18:23According to Bunker Statto Nick McCarvel, Sloane Stephens' win over Andrea Petkovic is only the second of 149 singles matches so far to go into "overtime" - that is, beyond 6-6 in the decider.

18:21In the Bunker, we've just been having a look at the bottom half of the women's draw: Petra Kvitova is the highest seeded player left.

Email from Anna in Cambodia

18:20"Wow, with Azarenka, Errani and Sharapova gone from the bottom half of the women's draw who will take advantage of this opportunity now...it's there for the taking...an 'easy' trip to the final"

Maria Sharapova on her loss to Larcher de Brito

18:18"I think it was a combination of things. I give her a lot of credit: she played really well today. I don't think I was aggressive enough...It's frustrating. This tournament is extremely special and it's tough to lose but I'm going to keep my head high about it."

Stephens def. Petkovic 7-6, 2-6, 8-6

18:14The Australian Open semi-finalist is through to the third round at Wimbledon after an entertaining tussle with Andrea Petkovic. Stephens has apparently been eating at the same Indian restaurant every night during the tournament - so they'll be pleased as punch with young American's victory.

Andy Murray

18:12"You can't guarantee that any match is going to be easy, everyone plays well. If you can, you want to win in three sets. If not, you do whatever you can to get through."

Murray def. Lu 6-3, 6-3, 7-5

18:04Murray tiptoes through the carnage of Day Three with ease, moving on to a third-round meeting with Spain's Tommy Robredo.

World No.3 Roger Federer serves.17:57Federer looking pretty fired up on Centre Court. He fires an ace out wide to clinch the first-set tie-break 7-5 over Stakhovsky. Andy Murray, meanwhile, had a match point - but Rendy Lu found a big serve to stave it off. It's 5-5 in the third, Murray with a two-set lead.

17:49This has been the weirdest day. Can't get my head round it at the moment. Now I look up and see Roger Federer looking a bit ruffled as he has a stern chat with the umpire. He is in a first-set tie-break against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after retiring against Ernests Gulbis

17:43"I have a little problem with my tendon on my knee...I had this like five, six days ago. Was not really a good sign because I had already some problem with this tendon. I know when it's going worse and worse like this that it's not really good for me to play on because I know I will do more damage."

Michelle Larcher de Brito after beating Sharapova

17:41"It was the best win of my career - amazing, I can't believe it. I tried to stay calm. The last game I just gave it my all and went for it. She's a fighter, she wouldn't give up for anything. It feels amazing - when I passed qualies, I was so happy, now I'm in the third round, I'm just gonna keep trying my best and go for it."

17:37Larcher de Brito is lapping up the applause on No.2 Court - which might reclaim its Graveyard of Champions title after that. The 20-year-old Portuguese is a qualifier ranked 131 in the world. That was her 12th Grand Slam match - and Sharapova's 186th.

Larcher de Brito def. Sharapova 6-3, 6-4

17:35Larcher de Brito has a FIFTH match point - and this time a Sharapova forehand flops into the net. Michelle Larcher de Brito stuns the No.3 seed and 2004 champion. I can't believe it.

Larcher de Brito leads Sharapova 6-3, *5-4

17:32Lordy lordy. This is desperate stuff. Match point down, Sharapova scrambles for her life and bravely swings at a drive volley into the open court. But here's another for LdB - she's gone long! Sharapova screaming at herself and she has a break point - but finds only the trams. ANOTHER match points for LdB comes and goes - but here's a fourth. Wowee. Sharapova boldly goes for a clean winner off the forehand. This game goes on...

Larcher de Brito leads Sharapova 6-3, *5-4

17:24OK, Michelle, over to you. Sharapova serves out to 30 and after this changeover, Michelle Larcher de Brito will serve for a massive upset.

Larcher de Brito leads Sharapova 6-3, 5-3*

17:20Sharapova has a break point...but she slaps the return into the net. It's really going to happen isn't it?

17:18Challenge for Michelle Larcher de Brito now, as she serves for a 5-3 lead after that long delay...

17:15Maria Sharapova returns to No.2 Court just as the crowd have started a half-hearted Mexican Wave. Meanwhile, it's serene progress for Andy Murray who leads 6-3, 6-3 against Rendy Lu.

17:11Maria Sharapova is the latest to call on the busy medical team. She has left the court for treatment, leaving Michelle Larcher de Briton sending down a few practice serves to keep herself in the zone.

17:10Roger Federer is about to open his second-round match against Sergiy Stakhovsky. On No.3 Court, Sloane Stephens and Andrea Petkovic are into a third-set decider.

17:06Quite the battle for Maria Sharapova, who is scrapping in the way only she can scrap. She still trails by a set and a break against Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Tweet from @past_the_bar

17:03"With all these walkovers and retirements you could say #Rafa started a trend, he was ahead of the curve"

16:56Tsonga's departure removes the No.6 seed from Andy Murray's quarter, while his potential fourth-round opponent Marin Cilic is also out of the way. Murray is cruising at 6-3, 4-2 over Yen-Hsun Lu - who everyone knows as Rendy.

16:54And still Maria Sharapova struggles... she now trails 6-3, 3-1 against Michelle Larcher de Brito.

16:49To sum up: Victoria Azarenka, Marin Cilic, Steve Darcis and Yaroslava Shvedova withdrew today. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner and Radek Stepanek retired with injuries. It has been a bizarre day.

Another one bites the dust

16:46Erm, seriously? Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retires injured against Ernests Gulbis while trailing 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

16:43We have another withdrawal... Yaroslava Shvedova has pulled out of her match against Petra Kvitova. Jankovic v Dolonc has been moved to No.1 Court where Kvitova and Shvedova were due to be playing after Murray v Lu.

16:41The winning machine that is Laura Robson pulls out another victory, this time partnering Lisa Raymond to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur.

16:38Andy Murray serves out the first set against Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3. Ernests Gulbis will have a chance to serve for a two sets to one lead over Jo-Willy Tsonga imminently.

Upset o'clock

16:36Wow. This has been quite the day already - but this could be the biggest story yet. Michelle Larcher de Brito marches to the net pumping her fist after serving out the first set 6-3 against Maria Sharapova.

16:35Michelle Larcher de Brito is serving for the first set over Maria Sharapova. Ernests Gulbis is a break up in the third against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

16:30I see the Wimbledon madness didn't end while I was gone. You'll be telling me it's raining next... Andy Murray - for now at least - seems to be sidestepping the drama. He leads 5-2 over Yen-Hsun Lu.

16:29I just handed over a lollipop to Caroline Cheese, and I'm also handing her the live blog back. Be good oh happy readers! Until next time.

16:26We've turned our tube to the Sharapova-Larcher De Brito battle, where Michelle is making the 2004 champion work for it at 4-2 up in the first set for the gal from Portugal. Did you know? Larcher De Brito won her first match on the WTA at age 14 in Miami back in 2007 against American Meghann Shaughnessy.

Email from Jean-Louis

16:24"Good morning from Toronto. Just wanted to commend you guys on some excellent coverage. Listening while at work. Very nice to see the Canadians doing well."

16:19Early upset in the making? Larcher De Brito with a 3-1 lead on Sharapova to start their match out on No.2 Court.

Score Update

16:11Andy Murray just started vs. Yen-Hsun Lu on No.1 Court, at 1-all. As is Maria Sharapova on No.2 Court vs. Michelle Larcher De Brito. 5-4 Sloane Stephens serving for the first set vs. Andrea Petkovic.

Eugenie Bouchard on her upset over Ivanovic

16:09"Yeah, I think any day I can beat anyone. It's just about playing the way I know I can play. Today I was able to stay with her and take my chances when I could. You know, I mean, anything can happen in a match."

16:08Medical time out now for Tsonga, who just lost the second set to Ernests Gulbis. Looks as though he is having his left knee treated. You OK, Jo?

Gulbis wins the second set

Ernests Gulbis stretches for a shot in his match on day three.15:59Not so fast, Tsonga! Following one of the best points of the tournament Ernests Gulbis breaks Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the second set, 6-3. Do we have the classic many had hoped for on Centre Court? Maybe.

Have you landed on our video page yet?

15:54Today it's got gems including a quiz with Roger Federer, Steve Darcis' withdrawal press conference, an amazing ball boy's catch and more, more, more! We suggest heading that way to consumer a good portion of your afternoon :)

15:52My popcorn match of the day is under way on No.3 Court with Sloane Stephens, the No.17 seed, taking on former Top 10 member Andrea Petkovic, a wild card. 2-2 in the first set of that one.

Fernando Verdasco def. [31] Julien Benneteau 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

15:48A good win from the resurgent former world No.7. He'll get the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Ernests Gulbis winner, with Tsonga leading 6-3, 3-2.

Cetkovska def. Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2

15:44No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki is out! A straight-set loser to former world No.31 and current qualifier Petra Cetkovska. The Czech woman will take on the Sloane Stephens-Andrea Petkovic winner.

Tweet from @ivokarlovic

15:42"Hohohoho my man @DreddyTennis did it! #Booyah." Is Ivo taking over for Santa with those ho, ho, ho's? And he's talking about Dustin Brown, in case you were wondering...

Score Update

15:40Is Wozniacki about to crash out? Petra Cetkovska serving at 6-2, 5-2 up in the second now. Verdasco is a game away as well, up 7-6, 7-6, 5-3 on Benneteau. And the first set is in hand for Tsonga, 6-3, 2-all against Gulbis.

Ana Ivanovic on her second-round loss

15:39Yeah, definitely I'm very, very disappointed. I really felt I'm ready to step up. But, you know, today she was just It's very, very disappointing, but just have to work hard and be ready for next one.

Email from Mayson

15:36On a flight today from Las Vegas to Atlanta – and thank goodness for in flight internet – which lets me listen to Radio Wimbledon while at 35,000 feet. Listening in on Centre Court – Tsonga and Gulbis – but I hope Roger Federer gets on court so I can listen in before I land! Radio Wimbledon – you make my flight much more enjoyable!!

More from Dustin Brown

15:33Question: Is it right that you were in tears at the end?
Brown: Yeah, I cried like a little girl (laughter).

'M' for Mr. Farah

Mo Farah performing the 'Mo-bot' at The Championships.15:25Mo knows his tennis! Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, winner of the 5,000- and 10,000-metres from the 2012 Games, in the Royal Box today this afternoon. Word is he caught an errant ball earlier, too. Well done, Mo!

Nicolas Algmagro def. Guillame Rufin 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

15:22The No.15 seed Spaniard is through. His third round opponent? Big-serving Jerzy Janowicz. That one could be a cracker on grass, with Almagro's returning game and beautiful one-handed backhand trying to fight off the Pole's fire power. Sign me up for that match on Friday, please...

Minor upset brewing?

15:17Don't look now... OK, actually, please do look... Fernando Verdasco has the first two sets on No.31 seed Julien Benneteau. Verdasco is a former world No.7. While Fernando has three times been to the fourth round, Benneteau was the man who took Federer to five sets here a year ago.

15:14But will the 2002 Wimbledon champion be back to the All England Club? Lleyton wasn't quite clear in this exchange:
Question: Are you definitely going to be back here next year?
Hewitt: Yeah, definitely. We'll see.

Lleyton Hewitt on his loss to Dustin Brown

15:12"You know, frustrating obviously. Just couldn't really get my teeth into the match... I was just off balance a lot of times out there. He played well, though. He's very unpredictable out there. He served well, especially when he needed to, on break points."

Tweet from @SI_BTBaseline

15:08"Cetkovska takes the first set 6-2 over Wozniacki. Ankle problems clearly hampering Woz but Cetkovska can always do damage on the green stuff."

Score Update

15:04Wozniacki has held for 2-5 in the first set. Let's keep an eye (and an ankle) on that match. Tsonga leads Gulbis by a break, 4-2 on Centre Court while Verdasco and Benneteau are in a second-set tie-break after Fernando won the first.

Wozniacki struggling

Caroline Wozniacki attacks from the backhand.14:58Clearly hampered by her injury, Wozniacki is down 5-1 to Cetkovska after hurting her ankle. Isn't clear if she'll continue to play or not...

14:49What's up with you, Wednesday? After all these withdrawals, Wozniacki now getting heavy tape on her left ankle. But, she's putting her shoe back on and lacing up. Petra Cetkovska is serving 2-1 up a break in the early goings of that one.

14:48Time for me to rest my weary typing fingers. Over to you, Nick McCarvel...

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @WriterSnyder

14:45"Wozniacki putting ice on left ankle after twisting it while running to retrieve a shot. Trainer coming on court"

14:42Marin Cilic says he felt his knee problem during his run to the final at Queen's but it got worse after his first-round win over Marcos Baghdatis. "It was difficult for me to put weight on my left leg, which is where the pain is," the Croat said. "So today I had basically no choice to. I can also risk something bigger to play."

14:33Meanwhile, world No.2 Victoria Azarenka has been speaking to the media about her withdrawal from the tournament. She says her left knee injury is not serious - but she was unable to recover sufficiently in 48 hours. "I couldn't be any more disappointed," she said. "Wimbledon is just a tournament I was looking so forward to."

Genie Bouchard

14:30"It was crazy and great to play in front of this crowd...I'm really happy to play well again here after winning the juniors last year."

Bouchard def. Ivanovic 6-3, 6-3

14:28Genie Bouchard claps her hand over her mouth in disbelief as she closes out a supremely confident win over No.12 seed Ana Ivanovic on Centre Court. Bouchard is besties with Laura Robson, so maybe they're having a little competition to see who can grab most headlines...

14:21Seriously, everything stop happening...! Ana Ivanovic is fist-pumping for all she's worth after swinging a forehand down the line to stay in the match against 19-year-old Canadian Genie Bouchard. The Serb trails 6-3, 5-3 on Centre Court.

14:20A reminder: that is now FIVE injury withdrawals today. Victoria Azarenka, Steve Darcis and Marin Cilic have all pulled out without playing their second-round matches. Radek Stepanek and John Isner retired hurt.


14:17Marin Cilic has withdrawn from Wimbledon with a left knee injury. This is getting just a little ridiculous. Cilic was due to play Kenny de Schepper later today.

Brown on the Aussie Fanatics

14:15"The Aussie crowd was amusing more than anything - that's what sport's about, it was great they were here supporting him like that."

Dustin Brown on his win over Hewitt

14:13"I've been close to winning big matches but never quite got it together. After losing that third-set tiebreak, it was tough. I was like 'I just got to keep playing.' I got to take a look at that (fourth) set on tape!"

Brown def. Hewitt 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2

Dustin Brown stumbles on No.2 Court.14:09With yet another big serve, Dustin Brown pulls off the upset. Seemed to be a bit of needle between the two during the match as they tried to out-psyche each other but they shake hands, no problem. Brown appears overwhelmed as he reaches the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

14:05Monica Puig is through in three sets. That makes her the first Puerto Rican since Gigi Fernandez to make the third round here. Sensational. Tell you what: don't rule out a fourth-round visit either. She's up against Tsurenko or Birnerova next.

What's BB up to today?

Boris Becker on his Instagram tour of Wimbledon13:59I may well make this is a regular feature... Boris Becker is a much-loved character around these parts - partly because he is a legendary three-time champion, partly because, well, he's just so Boris. Today's activities include: using the Wimbledon #TwitterMirror and making an Instagram video around Wimbledon - which I URGE you to find on Wimbledon's official Instagram account.

Upset Alert

13:50The Centre Court crowd were expecting to see Azarenka-Pennetta, instead they're watching 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard threaten an upset over Ana Ivanovic. She has the first set 6-3. Dustin Brown closing on a surprise win too - he leads by two sets to one and 3-1 over Lleyton Hewitt.

13:46Too. Much. Happening. Ana Ivanovic is in trouble early on against talented teen Eugenie Bouchard, down 4-1. Puerto Rico's new hero Monica Puig serving for a three-set win over on Court 17...

13:41If you're on the grounds, you might want to nip over to Court 17 where Laura Robson and American partner Lisa Raymond will take on Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone in what should be a decent doubles match.

Brown leads Hewitt 6-4, 6-4, 6-7

13:39Lleyton Hewitt guts out the third set - taking it on a tie-break. "Hewey's got this in the bag," a Fanatic tells Live @ Wimbledon Radio.

13:29The grounds are at full capacity and the gates are closed. If you are in The Queue, you are in for a long wait I'm afraid...

Tweet from @Infostrada2016

13:27"Azarenka is the second TOP or 2ND SEED in women's singles to go out by walkover at Grand Slam after Nancy Richey-Gunter (USA), Roland Garros 1972."

Brown leads Hewitt 6-4, 6-4, 5-5

13:25Crunch time in the third set on No.2 Court where the Fanatics are desperately trying to lift their man...

More from Darcis

13:25"Right now, I'm not so happy. It's so tough to withdraw like this. But, yeah, I think after few days I will say, Okay, I beat Nadal, it's great. The big thing today is that I cannot play, and this is the thing I have in my mind. It's not happy memories right now."

Steve Darcis on his withdrawal with a shoulder injury

13:22"It happened against Rafa in the middle of the first set when I fell down. After the match, a few hours after, I start to feel so much pain, I couldn't sleep the night. I saw the physio, the doctor, yesterday. They did a good job. It's a little bit better today. But no chance I can play. I mean, I cannot serve. Even on the forehand side, I cannot hit a ball. Make no sense to go on the court to withdraw after two games."

John Isner on his retirement with a knee injury

13:19"Always serve and land on my left leg, like I have done 20 million times playing this game, and this is the first time I just felt this, like, sharp pain. It wasn't like a pop...It just grabbed like really badly, and I knew I was in serious trouble then. I mean, I knew at that point it was not likely I was going to be able to play."

13:13Viktor Troicki didn't hang around on Court 10. Still riding high after his opening round win over fellow Serb and No.14 seed Janko Tipsarevic, he beats Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Carla Suarez Navarro recovers from a disastrous set down to beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

13:03Unbelievably, I have another injury to report. Radek Stepanek couldn't shake off that thigh problem and he retires against Jerzy Janowicz while trailing 6-2, 5-3.

12:59I don't think I can remember a morning like it at Wimbledon. The crowd on Centre have been told that instead of watching Azarenka take on Flavia Pennetta - which was due on court now - they will watch Ana Ivanovic against Eugenie Bouchard. That match had been due on Court 12.


12:57The Centre Court crowd has just been told that Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the tournament.

12:55First winner of the day is Alize Cornet of France, beating Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-2 on Court 18. Cornet awaits the winner of Azarenka-Pennetta.

Hewitt trails Brown by two sets

12:52Lleyton Hewitt has a crisis of his own to deal with: Dustin Brown continues to play with extraordinary aggression and he breaks right at the end of the second set to lead 6-4, 6-4. The Fanatics are baffled.

12:47Wow. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, former player and ESPN broadcaster Pam Shriver tweets that Victoria Azarenka is doubtful for her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta. That match is due on Centre in about 10 minutes, so I'm guessing Azarenka will at least test out the knee she hurt in her opener on Monday...

Tweet from @stevedarcishark (Steve Darcis)

12:45"Had to withdrawn after a win like this!?THE most difficult thing i had to do!!!#triedeverythingtoplaybutdidntwork!!!!"


12:38STEVE DARCIS withdraws from Wimbledon with a right shoulder injury

12:34Scrap that: Dustin Brown breaks back and now leads 6-4, 3-2. Compelling match on No.2 Court, which is really the golden ticket today. Wozniacki v Cetkovska, Sharapova v Larcher de Brito and Cilic v De Schepper to follow there.

12:31Aussie, Aussie, Aussie... Lleyton Hewitt is now a break up in the second set against Dustin Brown - and he is seriously pumped up. I mean, more than usual.

12:29Rumours still swirling about Steve Darcis - who hurt his shoulder in a fall during his sensational win over Rafa Nadal on Monday. Still nothing official though, so crossed fingers for the Belgian.

Tweet from @Infostrada2016

12:28"John Isner has now been involved in Wimbledon match featuring most completed games (183) and match with second fewest completed games (2)."

12:18British Prime Minister David Cameron bringing the Wimblejokes to parliament during PM's questions. Cameron tells Labour rival Ed Balls: "No wonder it's not just people at Wimbledon saying: 'New balls, please'." He tried...

Brown leads Hewitt

12:17Dustin Brown with a diving volley to clinch the first set 6-4 against Lleyton Hewitt - wow.

12:12Francesca, I'm OFFENDED! Although actually, I must correct you: Judy Murray and Uncle Toni were handing out delicious Lavazza, the official coffee of The Championships. Down here in The Bunker, we have a Lavazza drip. And if you STILL don't believe me, just have a look at Judy's Twitter feed for photographic evidence.

Email from Francesca

12:11"Were uncle Toni and Judy Murray really handing out tea? I LOVE the idea of that but honestly I can't tell if you are lying or not" (see 1044 entry)

12:09Sheesh. The medical dramas are coming thick and fast. Radek Stepanek is the latest to call on the physio - looks like a left thigh problem. He trails Polish whizz Jerzy Janowicz 4-2 in the first set on Court 12.


12:04Belgian journalist Filip Dewulf is reporting that Steve Darcis will NOT play his second-round match against Lukasz Kubot because of a shoulder injury. No confirmation from the tournament officials at this stage. I will keep you posted.

12:00Monica Puig knocked out No.5 seed Sara Errani in the first round and she's not showing any signs of a letdown today: the Puerto Rican is about to serve for the set against Silvia Soler-Espinosa, leading 5-2.

John Isner retires hurt

11:58Horrible for Isner, who tweaked his left knee in the opening game and cannot continue. Adrian Mannarino gets an almost free pass into round three where he'll face Lleyton Hewitt or Dustin Brown. Brown leads that one 3-2 on serve on No.2 Court.

11:56The grounds are very nearly at full capacity - about 25 minutes away, apparently.

11:55John Isner will continue - but for how much longer? He is moving very gingerly around the baseline.

11:53Serious tape is being applied to the left knee of John Isner. The American looks absolutely devastated.

11:48Isner had won his opening service game and Mannarino was 15-0 up on his serve when the medical time-out was called. The medical team has now grown to two - doesn't look good for the big man.

11:46A little over 15 minutes gone and already an injury drama: the aforementioned John Isner has called the trainer to look at his left knee. The American is flexing it, and looks in some pain...

11:36Marathon man John Isner opens play on No.3 Court against France's Adrian Mannarino. Impossible of course to mention Isner without also looking for Nicolas Mahut - who closes play on Court 12 against Tommy Robredo.

11:24We are five minutes from the action on every court except Centre and No.1. A lot of eyes will be on No.2 Court where 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt takes on Dustin Brown. Expect a strong turn-out from the Aussie Fanatics there.

11:06Robson faces Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia tomorrow. Before that, Day Three. Which match are you most looking forward to?

11:03I blame Pat Cash. The Aussie hasn't helped calm expectations by predicting that Robson would be a Top 5 player. Great Britain's last Wimbledon singles champ Virginia Wade said Robson could do "something incredible" in the tournament... Robson's response? "Virginia always gets quite excited, doesn't she?" she laughed. "I'd love to win a couple more matches, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. I think the next one is going to be really tough, so I'm just focusing on that."

Laura Robson celebrates First Round win over Maria Kirilenko.10:54As you know, we in Great Britain like to keep hype around our players to an absolute minimum - especially when it comes to Wimbledon. "Robson tipped for top" "Girl in a billion" "Laura's a top 10 hit" "Ray of hope" just a selection of the low-key headlines greeting Laura Robson's win over world No.10 Maria Kirilenko yesterday.

10:49Uncle Toni reassures any Rafa fans - and which of us isn't? - that they are desperate to come back to Wimbledon because it's one of their favourite tournaments and Nadal's two wins here are among their most special memories. The problem this year, says Toni, was a lack of preparation.

10:46Live @ Wimbledon Radio have just interviewed Uncle Toni - a fascinating and refreshingly honest interview. Toni, as you may know, always refers to "our forehand, our backhand etc" as if he is actually on court with Nadal. I love that.

10:44If you do happen to to be in The Queue, you might spot a couple of familiar faces handing out coffee and bacon sarnies: two of the most famous tennis relatives, Judy Murray and Uncle Toni.

10:42Remember, you can get in touch and point out all my errors by tweeting me (@carolinecheese) or using the hashtag #Wimbledon or simply email on socialmedia@aeltc.com

Queue update

10:26The message that greets you as you get off the tube at Southfields is strong advice not to join The Queue for today. The show court allocation was gone by just after lunchtime yesterday.

10:22Tell you what would help extend the tournament a bit: some rain. But I'm afraid there's still not much sign of any wet stuff on the forecast. Slight chance of a shower this afternoon, but otherwise it's all depressingly dry and sunny :(


10:20This Wimbledon is going too quick for me. Day Three already? Say it ain't so...

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