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Live Blog : Thursday 27 June 2013

  • Djokovic beats Reynolds in straight sets
  • Rain causes early end to play on Day Four
  • Serena, Del Potro, Radwanska through to 3R
  • Thursday's results in full
by Caroline Cheese
Goodbye!

19:56Look out for the full Order of Play on Wimbledon.com very shortly, but that's where we'll leave it today. Thursday provided some calm after the storm. We'll see what tomorrow has in store for us... Bye!

Friday's Order of Play (cont)

19:54No.2: Kanepi v Kerber, Bartoli v Giorgi, Gulbis v Verdasco, Begemann/Emmrich v Huey/Inglot. No.3: Dimitrov v Zemlja (to finish), Melzer v Stakhovsky, Stephens v Cetkovska.

Friday's Order of Play

19:51Centre: Robson v Duque-Marino, Almagro v Janowicz, Robredo v Murray. No.1: Ferrer v Bautista Agut, Kvitova v Makarova, Troicki v Youzhny.

19:50Djokovic is told by the BBC interviewer that his autograph is more of a "squiggle" - prompting a bemused look from Nole. "Is that what you call it? I never heard that expression before so thank you for sharing that with me."

Novak Djokovic on Wild Wednesday

19:48"It's a Grand Slam and it's also sport so you can't win all the matches. It's a bit strange so many top players lost. All the lower ranked players have extra motivation to play their best here - they have nothing to lose. I needed to be extra careful today."

19:45Nole having a nice chat with the fans as he signs autographs on the way off - and now he'll share his thoughts with us hopefully...

Djokovic def. Reynolds 7-6, 6-3, 6-1

19:43Novak Djokovic serves out a match that got progressively easier. Decent fight by our Bobby but not quite in Nole's class - and that ends American interest in the men's singles.

19:42Djokovic serving for victory on Centre Court...

19:40How much does Serena Williams remember about her career? Live @ Wimbledon tested her out - and she pledges to do better than last year, which was a bit of a disaster. Check it out on our YouTube channel.

19:32Guess I should warn you about the weather forecast for tomorrow... Generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west during the morning. Drier and brighter in the afternoon, especially in the west. Becoming warm inland, humid in the west. Maximum temperature 21C.

Djokovic leads Reynolds 7-6, 6-3, 3-1

19:29Uh-oh. A fifth double fault by Bobby R gives Djoko two more break points. He saves them both - and gets a huge roar from a Centre Court crowd hoping for a bit of evening drama.

19:25Djokovic breaks and he now leads Reynolds by two sets and 2-0. American hopes in the men's singles are hanging by a thread.

19:21Interesting words from Bernie Tomic about Roger Federer after his win earlier today... "I think a lot of people were happy when Nadal sort of lost. I think Roger was very happy," said the young Aussie. "I think he got ahead of himself, then things turned around. The players that I think don't get too ahead of themselves, focus on their matches, have the best chance of winning."

Djokovic leads Reynolds 7-6, 6-3

19:19Djokovic is rolling to the third round. Bit of a flat match, truth be told.

The winning shot of the day for the tennis balls theme19:15We have a winner in our #shotoftheday competition - and it's another beauty. Following the theme of Tennis Balls, today's winner is Teresa Charlotte from Germany, who wins a goodie bag. The overall winner will get Men's Final tickets. The new theme - until 4pm tomorrow - is Murray Mania.

19:09Still, play continues on Centre Court where Djokovic leads Reynolds 7-6, 4-2.

19:07Particularly tough on Dimitrov and Zemjla, who will return tomorrow with the Bulgarian needing to serve to stay in the match at 8-9 in the fifth set. Grrrrr, drizzle.

Play is cancelled for the day

19:04Sad faces all round. The referee has abandoned play for the rest of the day.

18:57A determined fist pump from Djokovic as he finally breaks the Reynolds serve. He leads 7-6, 2-1 under the roof.

Kimiko Date-Krumm on facing Serena

18:53"I need to try, just try my best. I hope I can stay more than one hour, one hour half. Try my best, yeah."

18:52Yes, Michelle, three-time Wimbledon finalist Roddick retired after last year's US Open.

Email from Michelle

18:51I have been trying to find out on the internet whether Andy Roddick has retired. However I cannot. Do you have the answer? Thank you very much indeed.

18:44Reynolds just will not be broken. He saves another three break points to open the second set. The crowd are impressed - Djokovic less so.

Djokovic leads Reynolds 7-6

18:38Bobby Reynolds fought his heart out to get to a tie-break - and then lost it 7-1. Hum. If Reynolds loses, no American man will reach the third round in singles for the first time since 1912 - when there were no Americans in the draw. The USA started out with 11 in the men's draw.

18:35Reynolds does indeed force the tie-break - Djokovic starting to look a little bit miffed he hasn't got this first set in the bag already.

18:27Bobby Reynolds scrapping for his life as he tries to force a first-set tie-break against Novak Djokovic under the roof on Centre - both players "glowing" in the humid conditions.

Aga Radwanska on her previous meeting with Madison Keys

18:24"Uhm, well, actually I didn't even remember that, to be honest. I still trying to remember that match, but... Still can't remember that match, to be honest. I thought I never played her before. But I saw her in the tournaments this year, and I think she improve a lot. She's really playing good tennis right now. Will be tough, for sure."

18:19Bobby Reynolds is hanging on in there. He has saved four break points and we are still on serve, Djokovic leading 5-4.

18:16The Voice of Wimbledon says they're expecting the "persistent drizzle" to continue for a little while yet and he'll update us in half an hour.

18:12Aaah, I've missed all this rescheduling... Six doubles matches have been scratched off the Order of Play for today. The drizzle is a little bit relentless.

17:56Bobby Reynolds fight off a couple of break points to make it 2-2 against Djoko. Still no play elsewhere. It isn't heavy rain by any means, but it is rain.

17:54Well, Aneel, that is true. Stahovsky (Federer), Brown (Hewitt), Darcis (Nadal) and Larcher de Brito (Sharapova) bear that out.

Email from Aneel

17:54"After what has happened on first three days, odds are highly in favor of Bobby Reynolds. He is ranked outside top 100 and he is playing a former Wimbledon champion. This statistical combination has produced some interesting results this year."

17:38Novak Djokovic receives a huge ovation as he walks onto Centre Court. The Serb looks up at the roof and smiles. Play elsewhere is suspended - amid nasty rumours of a heavy shower on the way.

17:35Not quite true, Aga. Radwanska actually played Keys in Miami last year. She won 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes - easily forgotten, I guess.

Aga Radwanska on Madison Keys

17:32"I never played her before so I think it's going to be another good challenge and we'll see."

Radwanska def. Johansson 6-1, 6-3

17:28Back under way on Centre under the roof... but not for long because No.4 seed Aga Radwanska wraps up the win and will face American teen Madison Keys next.

Dodig def. Kudla 6-1, 7-6, 7-5

17:24Bobby Reynolds: no pressure but American hopes in the men's singles rest entirely on your shoulders. Denis Kudla is the latest American to bite the dust, beaten by Croatia's Ivan Dodig. Still, on the bright side, at least Reynolds isn't playing No.1 seed and former champion Novak Djokovic... Wait, he is.

17:20Next up for Richard Gasquet is Bernard Tomic. Decent.

Gasquet def. Soeda 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

17:16Richard Gasquet is on track to continue his excellent run at Wimbledon - where he hasn't failed to get beyond the fourth round since 2006 (although he didn't play in 2009 and 2010).

17:13Michael Llodra has been explaining why he pulled out of the singles earlier - only to reappear in the doubles later on. The Frenchman said he picked up a hamstring problem at the French Open and he knew it would be difficult to complete his singles match. Once he lost the first set, he wanted to concentrate on the doubles - as he and Nicolas Mahut "have a goal here to play and try to win." The pair were runners- up in Paris.

17:08We have play on some courts, and not on others. Very isolated showers we're experiencing. Richard Gasquet is serving for victory against Gooooooo Soeda.

17:02Result-to-tell-you-about-that-is-quite-surprising-but-not-like-a-major-shock-or-anything... Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands beats No.17 seed Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4, 7-6. Raonic has entered Wimbledon three times and gone out in the second round every time.

16:57Odd questioning of Juan Martin Del Potro during his news conference. A journalist says he is not aggressive on court. "Looks like you're just walking backward and forward," continues the reporter. "But I can't run between points, need to walk," Delpo says, not unreasonably. "If I be aggressive to my opponent, they will pull me out."

ROOF IS CLOSING

16:56Watch out crowd on Centre Court, could be a few cobwebs falling your way as the roof finally cranks into action.

Ladies and gentlemen, play is suspended

16:51Dimitrov and Zemjla are on serve in the fifth set, the latter leading 9-8 - which means it is the singles match with most games in the tournament so far. But they'll have to wait to play the next one, the covers are across.

Statto Corner

16:50Mathieu's retirement brings us to nine singles retirement/walkovers in the second round here - equalling the all-time record for the most retirements/walkovers in a single round at any Slam in the Open Era, set in the first round of the 2011 US Open. The previous Wimbledon record was eight players in the first round in 2008.

16:43Michael Llodra retired from his singles match this morning - and now he and doubles partner Nicolas Mahut are through to the second round of the men's doubles thanks to their opponents retiring after nine games. Strange days.

16:41Only Centre Court play appears to be suspended at the moment - although groundstaff are hovering everywhere. Go Soeda - after losing the first two sets quite easily - has surprisingly got one back against Richard Gasquet, winning the third-set tie-break.

RAIN!

16:37After three and a half days of uninterrupted play, the covers are brought across on Centre Court due to light drizzle...

16:37Slight correction there: it was strawberries and vanilla yoghurt. I'm all about the healthy. Grigor Dimitrov is match point down... but he comes up a with a slice that hits the baseline and forces an error from Zemlja. Maria can breathe again.

16:32Goodbye, good people! Handing things back to a strawberries-and-cream eating Caroline Cheese (no, actually... OK now she's done with said snack. And she didn't share).

16:30Dimitrov-Zemlja going extra innings, with Grigor serving at 6-7 down in the fifth set.

Tweet from @SI_BTBaseline

16:27Retirement No. 9: Paul Henri-Mathieu retires to Feliciano Lopez. Ties record for most retirements in a single round at a Slam (2011 USO 1R).

Bernard Tomic on his win over James Blake

16:24Felt very good on court, very happy the way I played. It was not easy playing a guy like James. I had to focus from the start. I was feeling really good on the court. You know, can't complain. Everything came off the racquet well. I'm very happy with myself in the end.

16:19Of the 16 matches currently on court, 10 of them are men's. No.28 seed Jeremy Chardy up a set on Jan-Lennard Struff while Feliciano Lopez is looking for a second straight win over a Frenchman after upsetting No.19 Gilles Simon in round one. Feli leads Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 4-1. Lopez has been to the quarter-finals THREE times here, 2005, 2008 and 2011.

Happy Birthday, Sveta!

16:15Just another reminder that we're sad Svetlana Kuznetsova isn't here... happy 28th birthday Sveta! Wish we had a cake icon to go along with entry to make the blog feel festive.

16:11Mauresmo looks grumpy in Johansson's player box, which mean's Radwanska has a 6-1, 2-0 lead on the Frenchwoman. Gasquet at two sets up vs. Soeda, as is Sijsling vs. Raonic. Would be a huge win for the world No.59 Sijsling over the 17th-seeded Canadian.

Serena on possibly playing Murray

16:09Really? He wants to play me? Is he sure (laughter)? That would be fun. I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun... He's probably one of the top three people I definitely don't want to play. But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown. That would be fine. I get alleys. He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah.

16:06Supposedly Andy Murray has challenged Serena Williams to a showdown in Vegas. Do you think we can get tickets? #hopeful

16:01Should Maria be worried? Grega Zemlja has taken Sharapova's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov to a fifth set on No.3 Court, winning the fourth 6-4. Grega vs. Grigor... thank god we use last names in tennis! Er, surnames. Sorry.

15:59First set to Radwanska 6-1 over Johansson on Centre Court, going two for three on break points and commiting just four unforced errors. Is Aga about to break her CC losing streak?! Stay tuned...

Kei Nishikori def. Leonardo Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

15:55It was straight-forward work for the No.12 seed from Japan. He next meets Andreas Seppi, the No.23, who advanced thanks to a retirement from Michael Llodra following the first set. Kei leads their head-to-head 1-0.

How does Caroline Garcia feel about Andy Murray calling her a "future No.1" in 2011?

15:53"I don't know. It was great to him to say that about me. But when you are like No.150 it's always difficult to play with this after he told that. But it's okay. I continue to work and I hope it will be happen."

Roberta Vinci def. Jana Cepelova 6-1, 4-6, 9-7

15:40The No.11 seed finally closes out the Slovakian on Court 14. Her reward? Another Slovakian: 18th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.

Amelie Mauresmo in the house

15:38The former Wimbledon champion and current French Fed Cup captain is in Johansson's player box. Hi, Amelie!

Tweet from @ivokarlovic

15:34"This waking up before 9 sh..t is definitely not my thing."

Score Update

15:29We Americans love numbers, so let me throw some at you: Agnieszka Radwanska is 1-0 up early vs. Mathilde Johnansson on Centre Court while Richard Gasquet is 6-0, 3-3 vs. Go Soeda on No.1 Court. Roberta Vinci is serving for the match at 7-6 in the third vs. Jana Cepelova on Court 14 and Igor Sijsling has a set in hand, 7-5, against Milos Raonic on Court 18.

15:25OK, time for you to have a little break from me. Over to the inimitable Nick McCarvel...

shotoftheday entry using Tennis Balls theme15:19Have you entered #shotoftheday yet? Chance to win Men's Final tickets if you do. Today's theme is Tennis Balls - and once again, our Google+ followers have come up trumps once again. Yesterday, we had a horse holding a racket, today a couple of tortoises chasing (ambling) after a tennis ball...

Maria Sharapova watching on after being knocked out in the Second Round.15:17Maria Sharapova might have crashed out of the tournament yesterday - but she is sticking around at the All England Club and is out on No.3 Court supporting boyf Grigor Dimitrov. You can't miss her: she's wearing "celebrity" sunglasses.

Juan Martin Del Potro

15:15"I'm trying to go far but all matches are difficult. You can see all the top guys, it's very high level of tennis at the moment. I go match by match. It's a big tournament, I like to play here, I like to play on grass, I'd like to stay alive for a few more days."

Del Potro def. Levine 6-2, 7-6, 6-3

Juan Martin Del Potro looking controlled on No.1 Court.15:12Del Potro marches into round three in fine style. His potential third-round opponent Grigor Dimitrov is now two sets to one up on Zemlja.

Statto Corner

15:11More from the ITF wizards: Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, aged 42 years, 281 days (age at end of event), has become the oldest women to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open Era. The previous oldest player was Britain’s Virginia Wade, aged 39 years 362 days, in 1985. It was Wade's 24th and final Wimbledon. The oldest man to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open Era is Australia’s Frank Sedgman, aged 43 years 247 days, in 1971.

Berdych def. Brands 7-6,6-4, 6-2

15:09Decent work-out for Tomas Berdych on No.2 Court but he comes through in straight sets and will play another big-server, Kevin Anderson, next.

14:55The Delpo-Dimitrov clash might be in a bit of danger though. Grigor Dimitrov has lost the second set against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia. Set all on No.3 Court.

14:53Just looked up to see Richard Gasquet send a trademark raking backhand into the corner to clinch the break at the first opportunity for a 2-0 lead over Go Soeda on No.1 Court.

14:51Delpo fans, I think you can rest easy. JMDP fought back from a break down to take the second set and a two-set lead over Jesse Levine and now leads 3-0 in the third on Centre Court.

14:44Li Na gives GREAT news conferences. If you get the chance to read any of her transcripts, do it.

Li Na explains her 6-2, 1-6, 6-0 win

14:41"So I would like to say, welcome to the crazy women's tennis tour...End of the first set, she called official. I thought, Maybe she be retire or something. I was already like lose concentration on the court, you know. Yeah, when one set all, Wake up, she OK, she kick your ass already in the second set. So you should ready for a final set."

What's BB up to?

14:35We started this occasional feature yesterday - when Boris Becker took us on a mini-Instagram tour around Wimbledon. Today BB has posted a fabulous picture of himself with two policemen - or bobbies as he probably calls them - on his Facebook page. Only BB can get away with a camel-coloured suit too.

Tomic def. Blake 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

14:32Took him two attempts to serve it out, but Aussie Bernard Tomic is through to the third round. He'll face the winner of Richard Gasquet-Go Soeda, which is next on No.1 Court.

Tweet from Wimbledon.com reporter @WriterSnyder

14:32"Not much of a surprise, but Serena Williams didn't face a single break point v. Garcia. Onto the third round in fine form."

Serena Williams on Date-Krumm

Serena Williams charging in on No.1 Court.14:28"She's incredibly inspiring - and by the way, she's so fit. I've never played her before but I watched her when I was super young, when I was growing up. It's unbelievable: I don't know how she's able to do so well. Being so great is really inspiring."

Serena def. Garcia 6-3, 6-2

14:25Serena Williams is pirouetting on No.1 Court after putting away a decent challenge from up-and-comer Caroline Garcia. And that means it's on: Serena will meet 42-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm on Saturday.

American teenager Madison Keys on her roots

14:23"I lived in Illinois until I was 10. I loved Rock Island. Still go home. Still consider it home for me. We have amazing ice cream. It's probably the best part about it. But it's also a very small town. Everyone knows everyone. Very small community."

14:08Are you on the grounds? Wanna win a book? Wanna win a glossy hardback amazing book about the history of Wimbledon by the legendary John Barrett? All you have to do is take a picture of yourself with the Fred Perry statue outside Centre Court and tweet it using the hashtag #wimbwin

14:05You go for a sandwich and look what happens... After cruising the first set, Juan Martin Del Potro is 4-2 down in the second against Jesse Levine. Tomas Berdych edged the first set against the big-serving Daniel Brands 7-6. Bernie Tomic - clearly not hampered too much by his dodgy hamstring - leads by two sets and a break over James Blake.

13:59Interesting doubles result from Court 7 - yes, the tragically under-appreciated Court 7 - where Brit-Aussie pairing Jamie Delgado and Matt Ebden see off Aussie-Bahamian duo Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Knowles in straight sets.

13:50Hey, mixed doubles fans, the draw is now on Wimbledon.com for your analysis. Laura Robson plays with Colin Fleming. British teenager Kyle Edmund plays with Canadian teenager and Robson's BFF Genie Bouchard. Jonny Marray is with Heather Watson. James Blake partners 16-year-old Donna Vekic.

13:48Caroline Garcia is putting up a fight on No.1 Court but she has just narrowly lost the first set 6-3 against Serena Williams.

13:43Juan Martin Del Potro wraps up the first set 6-2 over Jesse Levine. Del Potro could meet Grigor Dimitrov next - which might be quite fun hey? Tomas Berdych and Daniel Brands level at 5-5 in the first set on No.2 Court.

Scores Update

13:37Delpo leads Levine 5-2, Serena up 4-3 with a break on Garcia, Dimitrov leads Zemlja 4-2, Tomic leads Blake 6-3, 3-2.

13:33"I cannot rave more about Wimbleton and queuing. It's the most phenomenal adventure I've ever had. WE MET BALL BOYS!!" The amazing Sandy from Texas - interviewed by Live @ Wimbledon Radio earlier this morning - is now available ON DEMAND on Wimbledon.com so you can marvel at her Wimbledon enthusiasm over and over again...

13:21You may be interested to know that Wimbledon's head groundsman Neil Stubley is on Live@Wimbledon Video right now. The tournament issued a statement yesterday following a spate of injury-related withdrawals saying that the court preparation this year has been no different to any year and they are happy with the way the courts are playing.

Tweet from @tennishead

13:18"When Date-Krumm, who's through to the 3R, made her @Wimbledon debut in 1989 59 of her fellow main draw players hadn't yet been born. Crafty"

Tweet from @Kfish_WTA

13:17"Kimiko Date-Krumm returns to R32 @Wimbledon - Last time she played in 3r at #Wimbledon she was 25 years old"

Stat Corner

Kimiko Date-Krumm hits a backhand during her opening round match.13:13The WTA confirms that Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest woman to reach the third round of Wimbledon since the Open era started in 1968.

13:11Serena Williams is about to begin her second-round match against French qualifier Caroline Garcia on No.1 Court. Over on Centre, it's Juan Martin Del Potro v Jesse Levine, former of the U.S., now of Canada.

Date-Krumm def. Cadantu 6-4, 7-5

13:07Incredible. At the age of 42, Kimiko Date-Krumm makes the third round - surely setting some kind of record? - and she could very well face Serena Williams next... KDK ran Venus incredibly close here two years ago, losing 8-6 in the third after nearly three hours.

Li Na def. Halep 6-2, 2-6, 6-0

13:06Topsy-turvy I'm calling that. Li Na through to face Beck or Zakopalova.

13:01The 42-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm is serving for a place in the third round...

12:57The Duchess of Cornwall is in the house today. Yesterday it was comedy royalty in the shape of Stephen Fry - who had a nice chat with Live @ Wimbledon. "I play so badly you wouldn't believe it," he said. "I know all the things you're supposed to do...I manage to do none of them." A familiar feeling for us all.

12:50James Blake and Bernard Tomic are about to open up on Court 18. Interesting to see how young Bernie holds up: he retired from his doubles match yesterday with a hamstring problem.

Lisicki def. Vesnina 6-3, 6-1

12:48Sabine Lisicki - semi-finalist and quarter-finalist in the last two years - is through to the third round, comfortably beating the Eastbourne champ. It's Lisicki v Stosur in the third round.

12:46What's up with Li Na? She won the first set against Simona Halep 6-2, but dropped the second 6-1. Into a decider on No.3 Court.

Keys def. Barthel 6-4, 6-2. Stosur def. Puchkova 6-2, 6-2

12:38Eighteen-year-old Madison Keys scores an easy win over Mona Barthel, and it's a walk in the park for former U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur too. Keys could face Aga Radwanska next, while Stosur looks set to face Sabine Lisicki - who leads Vesnina 6-3, 4-1.

12:35Another day, another retirement sadly. Michael Llodra withdraws from his second-round match against Andreas Seppi after dropping the first set 7-5. Not sure of the reason...

Cibulkoba def. Torro-Flor 6-0, 6-1

12:32We have our first winner of the day and it's No.18 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who stayed on court just long enough for me to say her opponent's name: Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Scores Update

12:29Lisicki leads Vesnina 6-3, 1-0. Li Na leads Halep 6-2, 0-4. Seppi leads Llodra 7-5. Date-Krumm leads Cadantu 6-4. Keys leads Barthel 6-4, 3-2. Stosur leads Puchkova 6-2, 4-1, Martic and Pliskova into a first-set tie-break.

12:16Tommy Horse. I think we have a #Wimblepun winner. It was staring us in the face all along.

#Wimblepun from @the_par3000

12:13"Tommy Horse, Jesse Equine #wimblepun"

11:59Here we go with my favourite celebrity spot of The Championships so far... Watching Andy Murray knocking up with Kyle Edmund is 1997 world snooker champion Ken Doherty. Coincidentally, Murray told Wimbledon.com before the tournament that the snooker room is his favourite place at the All England Club.

11:55The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) is HERE! She has been introduced to John McEnroe, Virginia Wade and Tim Henman and a few ball kids on the players' lawn. "Do you still play tennis?" a grinning Camilla asked Tiger Tim. "A little bit, maybe once or twice a year," responded Britain's former Wimblehero. Lovely.

11:50Sammy Stosur - who seems to permanently be on Upset Alert - is going very nicely so far, leading 3-0 against Olga Puchkova, who is proving to be a bit of a pushova.

11:46Stakhovsky will be back in action tomorrow, up against Austria's Jurgen Melzer. Meanwhile, Day Four play is officially under way. Former semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki is among those in early action, facing Eastbourne champ Elena Vesnina on No.2 Court.

Sergiy Stakhovsky on his plans for the day

11:44"I'm going to practice with Mikhail Youzhny at 1pm. Then, stretch, massage, and get out of here as soon as I can."

11:40Sergiy Stakhovsky has probably had a few more media requests than usual over the last 12 hours - and here he is opening up the BBC's coverage with Sue Barker, John McEnroe and Tim Henman. Asked how he's holding up physically after yesterday, Staks responds: "Was just three-hour match, nothing out of the ordinary." Nothing out of the ordinary...

Tweet from @KrazyAngelKat81

11:37"After the shocking first few days of Wimbledon I'm calling the tennis-playing horse on the live blog Wimblemare!"

#Wimblepun from Ronni via email

11:32"from wimble hostelery to wimble don-key." (Not sure if I get this one... Too clever?)

11:25Filly-e Nastase

11:20Mare-tina Hingis? Really, I know you can do better. Tweet us on #Wimblepun. GO!

The winning shot of the day for the headbands theme11:14On the Weirdest Day in Wimbledon history, it was somehow appropriate that the winning entry in our shotoftheday competition was a picture of a horse with a tennis racket in its mouth. This has prompted my esteemed colleague to spout a series of abysmal tennis/horse puns - rein-ing champion, Andy Murr-hay, Andr-neigh Nag-assi being the absolute nadir (I mean, try saying it). I KNOW you can do better...

11:03In case you missed the stat: SEVEN former No.1s went out of the tournament yesterday. As well as Federer, there was Lleyton Hewitt, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

10:52After yesterday, Andy Murray is seeded to meet Juan Monaco in the quarter-finals and Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals. Petra Kvitova (8) is the highest seed remaining in the bottom half of the women's draw, followed by Marion Bartoli (15) and Carla Suarez Navarro (19).

10:47Should we address the events of Wild Wednesday then? Where to start... UK newspaper Headlines: Fed Ex, Roger and Out, Farewell Federer... And the inevitable: Murray Lifted By Federer Exit.

Weather update

10:42Dry and bright early on...Cloud thickening to bring a 60 percent risk of light rain during the course of the evening from 6pm. Rain? What is this rain you speak of?

10:36The King may have departed, but Wimbledon WILL continue apparently... The gates are open and the crowds are flooding in ready to search for a prized outside court seat.

10:28Tell you who is very much OK and that is Sandy from Texas who is being interviewed by Live @ Wimbledon Radio. She's cheered me right up with her enthusiasm, raving about The Queue, the ball boys and girls, the grass, The Queue (again). "Wimbleton," she shouts. "You're doing it right!"

Morning!

10:23Is everyone OK? Do we need a group hug?


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