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Live Blog : Friday 28 June 2013

by Caroline Cheese

20:59And we're done... Thanks for your company - excellent work by you, reward yourself with a large Pimm's (if you're over 18, or the relevant age limit in your territory). We'll see you tomorrow. Order of Play will be on Wimbledon.com just as soon as it's available.

20:49After a short delay, play is called for the day on No.1 Court, with Makarova leading 2-1 with a break in the third set against Kvitova. And they're heading for the locker room from Court 12 too where Birnerova leading Puig 6-4, 2-1.

Murray on the pressure

20:48"I think there's a lot more pressure on me now with them being out. I mean, I don't read the papers and stuff. But there are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines and stuff. It's not that helpful. But, yeah, you need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match. I think I did a good job of that today. I played well, my best match of the tournament so far."

Andy Murray on the chances of him playing Serena

Andy Murray means business on Centre Court.20:44"I have no idea. It depends if people would actually want to see it or not really. That's what it would come down to. It's not something I'm really going to push extremely hard to try and set up. I don't think it would prove much for either of us. But if people would want to see it, then I would do it."

20:42It is a bit dark out there... But they're carrying on regardless on a few courts, including No.1 and 12. Makarova leads Kvitova 2-0 in the third, Birnerova is up a set and a break over Puig.

Mannarino def. Brown 6-4, 6-2, 7-5

20:39Is that all of Wednesday's unlikely heroes out? I think so... Adrian Mannarino ends the entertaining run of Dustin Brown in the third round. The Frenchman will get Benoit Paire or Lukasz Kubot in the last 16.

20:37Sloane Stephens and Petra Cetkovska will come back tomorrow for their third set. Play is suspended by fading light on No.3 Court.

Scores Update

20:35Makarova reels off six games in a row to force a deciding third set against Kvitova. Stephens is bagelled in the second set and she also faces a decider against Cetkovska. Mannarino breaks for a 6-5 lead against Brown and will serve for the match. Birnerova takes the first set 6-4 against Puig.

20:24It is one year to the day since the most shocking incident in Wimbledon history... the kidnap of Rufus the Hawk, the tournament's pigeon-scarer, left the All England Club reeling. Thankfully, he was found three days later, and he's back on duty at The Championships this year. Our blogger extraordinaire Sarah Edworthy caught up with him. I don't mean literally: Sarah is as yet flightless.

20:13Sloane Stephens comes from a break down to snatch the first set on the tie-break against Petra Cetkovska. The winner of that one will face Puig or Birnerova. The other fourth-round match in that quarter is Bartoli v Knapp. Yes indeed.

20:11A reminder that we've also lost Sergiy Stakhovsky (who beat Roger Federer) and Genie Bouchard (Ivanovic) today, while Dustin Brown is two sets down against Adrian Mannarino.

Knapp def. Larcher de Brito 7-5, 6-2

20:05It's really been a bad day for Wednesday's headline-makers as the conqueror of Maria Sharapova goes down in straight sets to the unheralded Karin Knapp.

Murray looking ahead

20:04"Upsets are never far away and you have to be very focused on your game to avoid that."

Andy Murray

19:58"I thought it was a high-level match, I struck the ball very well. Towards the end of the second set and in the third set he started to feel more comfortable under the roof. He started serving very very well in the third set and then I just managed to get break right at the end. I had a lot of winners tonight - that was probably the most pleasing part."

Murray def. Robredo 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

19:54Tommy Robredo's backhand slaps the net and that gives Andy Murray a third straight straight-sets win in a minute over two hours. Clinical, I think you call it.

19:46Petra Kvitova pockets the first set 6-3 over Ekaterina Makarova on No.1 Court. Not an easy match for the 2011 champ, but a solid start.

19:43Dreddy Tennis is struggling - not sure these are his kind of conditions. Not sure they are anyone's kind of conditions, truth be told. Dustin Brown is a set down against Adrian Mannarino. Murray has slowed up a little against Robredo, it's 4-4 in the third.

Jerzy Janowicz on his Centre Court reception

A backhand return by Jerzy Janowicz.19:31"I think they enjoyed the match. I don't know, I don't like to talk about myself. But I hope they like me, and I hope I have a chance to play one more match on the Centre Court."

19:22Cheers from Court 14 - which just happens to be outside my window - as Dustin Brown walks back on court. No sign of Adrian Mannarino... oh, here he is. Brown is a break down in the first set, trailing 4-3.

Email from Elaine in Marin County, California

19:19"I started watching tennis on tv when in London in 1980 during The Championships, that famous year when Yvonne Goolagong beat Chris Evert-Lloyd (then) and Bjorn Borg beat Johnny Mac after the amazing tie-break. I was hooked: in those days hotel rooms didn't have their own tvs, so one congregated with others in the "tv lounge." Great communal cheering and feeling. In all the years I've watched, there has never been a year like this year-incredible."

19:15The Voice of Wimbledon with an update: play on the outside courts will resume in 15 minutes.

Murray leads Robredo 6-3, 6-4

19:11Murray serving for a two-set lead, but he frames a forehand on set point and then Robredo produces a sizzling return to earn break point. Saved by Murray with an inside-out forehand - and he goes on to close it out, pumping his fist at a delirious crowd.

More from Stakhovsky

19:06"Nobody gonna take it away from me. If someone would ask me, Would you rather beat Roger and lose in next round, I would always take it, obviously. I'm just a little disappointed that I got so blinded by the game I produced with Roger that I kept going with the same game I played against Jurgen, which was just not right. If I would be just a bit more smarter on that court, I could have been a winner today, I think."

Sergiy Stakhovsky after his loss

Sergiy Stakhovsky htis a backhand against Jurgen Melzer. 19:04"It was quite hard for me because yesterday was a busy day. Everybody wanted to chat. Everybody wanted a piece. I mean, not that I'm denying a lot, but it just takes some time and energy off. I was trying to get out of Wimbledon as soon as I could. I think I left around 4 or 5, but I gave a lot of interviews that day."

Court move

19:02Attention: Monica Puig v Eva Birnerova has moved from Court 17 to Court 12.

18:57Live @ Wimbledon Radio has just interviewed a lady who got into Wimbledon on a ground pass, started queuing for ticket returns immediately, and has just got into Centre Court to see Andy Murray in action. That's dedication. She might not see a lot of Our Andy, he's now 6-2, 4-3 up with a break.

18:54While we shelter from the rain, Rafa Nadal - remember him? - is sunning himself in Ibiza. He's even wearing some summer-themed tape on his wonky knee. Well, it's yellow anyway. Thanks to @RafaelNadalFC for the updates...

18:48Hello the Voice of Wimbl-optimism! He says they are hopeful of a break in the rain and the covers are being deflated, ready to be whipped off as soon as there's a dry spell.

Cancelled Singles Matches

18:37That rain keeps falling and the following players can head home for the day: Troicki v Youzhny, Gulbis v Verdasco, Monaco v De Schepper, Kubot v Paire

Jurgen Melzer explains his ambidexterity

18:32"Not everything. I eat, write, and play tennis left. The rest I do with my right hand. Probably squash I would play left because it's close to tennis. And badminton. Table tennis, for example, I play right handed. I throw a ball and darts right handed."

Murray leads Robredo 6-2

18:30With one impudent running pass helping him along the way, Murray wraps up the first set with little fuss.

18:27Martina Hingis is in Tommy Robredo's support camp. What's with that?

18:26Scrap that, he's broken for a third time and will serve for the first set, leading 5-2. Confusing.

18:23Oops, sorry Andy fans, spoke too soon. He has given up one of his breaks and now leads Robredo 4-2.

David Ferrer on the challenge of grass

18:22"I think I am trying to do my best in grass court. Is very important the serve, sure. Is more difficult in grass court. I am trying to play more rallies with my game. Is difficult, because the ball, when we are playing some games, it's very big, no? It's very difficult to play with very power with my shots because I am not big guy."

Andy Murray and his opponent Tommy Robredo on Centre Court.18:18If the refs are planning to put another match under the roof, they'll be delighted with Andy Murray's all-business performance so far. Up a double break, he leads 4-1.

Statto Corner

18:15The ITF wizards have been busy during the rain delay... Only 10 of the Top 10 men’s and women’s seeds (6 men/4 women) have reached the 3rd round here. This is the joint-worst performance by Top 10 seeds at any Grand Slam event in the Open Era: 1996 Wimbledon: 10 Top 10 seeds (4 men/6 women) in 3rd round. 1998 Roland Garros: 10 Top 10 seeds (2 men/8 women) in 3rd round."

18:07Murray does indeed get the break, leading 2-1 in the first.

18:04The Voice of Wimbledoom says this band of rain is looking set in, but they'll continue to monitor situation. Murray putting the pressure on the Robredo serve at 1-1.

17:58Dana, we have rain AND excessive heat. Temperatures have rocketed to 20C (68F) today. Some people are not even wearing cardies. Robredo and Murray are up and running, both holding their opening service games to make it 1-1.

Email from Dana

17:54"I'll trade you some rain for some excessive heat! Wish I was there watching the tennis in the lovely cool rain! Thanks for keeping me up-to-date while I'm supposed to be working."

17:45Andy Murray and Tommy Robredo are back out under the roof on Centre Court and knocking up. These two have met four times, with two wins each. Robredo's wins came in '06 and '07, Murray's in 2009.

Tweet from @Kfish_WTA

17:40"Suarez Navarro becomes first Spanish woman to reach R16 @Wimbledon since 2001 (Conchita Martinez, QF)"

Statto Corner

17:36The ITF wizards have been at work again... There have only been 12 five-set matches in the first two rounds of the men’s singles. This is the fewest five-set matches through the first two rounds at Wimbledon in the Open Era. The previous fewest was 13 in 1981.

Suarez Navarro def. Bouchard 7-5, 6-2

17:31Genie Bouchard's best run at a Grand Slam comes to a crashing halt, beaten by the experience of No.19 seed Carla Suarez Navarro - who is into the last 16 here for the first time.

17:28It's not heavy rain - but it is rain - and the covers are coming across most of the other courts now.

17:25Ground staff are SPRINTING onto Centre Court and the covers are coming across. Andy Murray and Tommy Robredo are standing behind the famous green doors waiting to come on - but they've been told there'll be a 20-minute delay. "Can I leave my bags here?" Murray inquires. Apparently he can.

Pennetta def. Cornet 0-6, 7-6, 6-2

17:22Quite the comeback from the Italian as as another seed falls in the bottom half...

Jerzy Janowicz

17:21Maybe it's my best result in a Grand Slam - first time in fourth round, first time on Centre Court.

Janowicz def. Almagro 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

17:16...just in time to hear a terrifying screech from Centre Court as Jerzy Janowicz wraps up a might impressive straight-sets win in 1 hour 47 mins. Jurgen Melzer up next for the promising Pole.

Janowicz will serve for it

17:12Out goes Almagro? The "other JJ" about to serve for the match on Centre Court. With that, I'll hand things back to Caroline Cheese. I know you missed her!

[20] Kirsten Flipkens def. Vesna Dolonc 6-4, 6-2

17:07Like Jurgen Melzer, Flipkens is the first player into the fourth round. She awaits the Cornet-Pennetta winner, Flavia up 4-1 in the deciding set.

[4] David Ferrer def. Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5

David Ferrer tracks down a shot. 16:55It wasn't the easiest of matches for Daaaaaveed, but he's through to the third round, completing the men's second round. He gets the dangerous - and entertaining - Alexandr Dolgopolov in the round of 32.

Tweet from @SteveTignor of Tennis.com

16:53Stakhovsky becomes 6th straight player to beat Federer at a Slam and lose next match. Out to Melzer.

Jurgen Melzer def. Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

16:48If you guessed that Melzer would come out of the Federer eighth of the draw into the Fourth round... you were RIGHT! And seriously, can we have your future-seeing abilities? The Austrian, a former Top 10 member, is the first man into the round of 16.

Tommy Haas, the American?

16:46Q. Can we desperate U.S. journalists count you as the last American in the draw?
Haas: You can write that, sure. That's fine with me (smiling).

Janowicz leads Almagro 7-6(6), 6-3

16:43Behind Murray, No.15 seed Almagro is the highest seed remaining in the bottom half of the draw. Can the No.24 seed Janowicz pull off the upset?

Score Update

16:41A forehand into the net gives Janowicz a 5-3 lead on Almagro on Centre. Jerzy serving for a two-sets-to-love lead now. Ferrer at 4-all in the fourth vs. Bautista-Agut after winning the third. Bartoli serving for the first vs. Giorgi, 5-3 on No.2 Court. Pennetta has won the second set 7-6(6) after dropping the first 6-0 to Cornet. Suarez Navarro serving for the first, as well, 5-3 vs. Bouchard.

16:36Watched the end of the Alison Riske match. wow, what a delightful person. laughing with crowd, hugging fans, truly wonderful scene

16:31Federer-beater Sergiy Stakhovsky now down two sets to one and a break to Jurgen Melzer on No.3 Court, 3-2 Melzer in the fourth. Is Sergiy's dream run over? Getting close...

16:31Speaking of Marion - thanks Rhyian! - she's on No.2 Court with a 4-2 lead on Camila Giorgi.

Email from Rhyian

16:30Why is there never any hype (and barely any mention) about Marion Bartoli? Do you think people don't take her seriously? She has a great chance of going far this year and we all know how dangerous she can be when on form! Disappointing that we never get to watch her matches etc. Love watching her play and some of the outrages angles she can hit off her racket!

More from Robson on Twitter support from Prime Minister David Cameron

16:28When I'm on court, I'm not worried about who's tweeting me. I'm really focused on the game plan that I have. After the match, like, then I'll go through all that. But, yeah, it doesn't bother me at all.

Robson on getting tweets of support from One Direction

16:23Like I didn't follow, who was it that tweeted me yesterday, Harry [Styles]. I haven't been really going on Twitter. I actually got an email from Twitter saying, He's followed you and messaged you. I guess if you're that big time, then Twitter gets involved. But I looked in my replies, and it was just like thousands of these messages, saying, Who is she (laughter)? I was like wetting myself because it was so funny.

16:19Michelle Larcher de Brito and Eugenie Bouchard, the two players who took out Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, respectively, are currently on Court Nos. 17 and 18. MLDB is taking on Karin Knapp while Bouchard has No.19 seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Robson on the crowd support she gets

Laura Robson signs autographs for fans on Centre Court after defeating Mariana Duque-Marino. 16:18I think I'm handling it pretty well so far. I've had a fair few matches on big stadiums now where I've handled the crowd support perfectly fine. You know, I love when people get involved. You know, sometimes they do like a massive groan if I hit a double fault, but I'm doing it as well. So, yeah, we're just living it together.

16:15With an emphatic forehand winner and fist pump, Jerzy Janowicz has the first set vs. No.15 seed Nicolas Almagro 7-6(6) on Centre Court. Upset brewing in an already upset-laden part of the draw?

Alison Riske def. Urszula Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

16:12Big win for the American 22-year-old who makes her first-ever Grand Slam third round by beating the younger of the Radwanska sisters. She'll face Kinepei in the third round, who upset Kerber. Shockingly, Alison is 13-6 in main draw grass matches and 0-11 otherwise in her career. Anyone want to guess what her favourite surface is?

16:08The Laura Robson press conference transcript has just come through. Reportedly there is plenty of laughs in it... I'm combing through for the best of them.

Email from Stephen... asking hard-to-answer questions

16:05Why do players like Almagro take four balls, take a good look at them, then toss two back, surely all balls should be identical??

Kaia Kanepi def. [7] Angelique Kerber 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3

15:55There's no boasting here! I'm actually quite sad about this result, though I did predict it could happen in this morning's five to follow. It has been a rough go for the German this year and this doesn't help: she'll drop big points off her ranking because of a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon from a year ago.

15:53It's that time of the day: Nick McCarvel is here and ready to boast about finally getting a prediction right...

Scores Update

15:49Sergiy Stakhovsky now level with Jurgen Melzer at a set all. Kaia Kanepi serving for the win over Angelique Kerber. Alison Riske and Urszula Radwanska at 4-4 in the third set. Jerzy Janowicz has just clawed back an early break against Nicolas Almagro, who has a 4-3 lead in the first set. David Ferrer has just been broken while serving for a two sets to one lead over RBA.

Haas def. Wang 6-3, 6-2, 7-5

15:43Jimmy Wang - or Wang Yeu-tzuoo to call him by his full name - has left the building :( It was a brave run through qualifying and into the second round for only the second time, but in the end, Wang couldn't hang with Haas: Tommy tamed Jimmy.

15:30Daveeeed Ferrer drops the second set against Ricardo Bautista-Agut, while Kaia Kanepi levels her match against Angelique Kerber and they're into a decider. Sergiy Stakhovsky seems to have hit his stride against Jurgen Melzer after losing the first set and leads 5-2 in the second.

15:27It rains. It stops. It rains. It stops. It's that kind of day. They've been on and off on Centre, but they're back now and Nicolas Almagro will serve first against Jerzy Janowicz.

Grigor Dimitrov on the weight of expectation

Grigor Dimitrov plays a backhand volley.15:24"I think the most important thing is really stay true to yourself, your team, really try to build up something through the years, and work. You know one day if you do the right things, eventually things will happen for you whether going to be sooner or later...I'm not worried about any of the comparisons, the talks, the things between the rivalries, whatever things are being said. I think that's just a very important thing to me in how I'm going to deal with my own pressure. It's my own business."

Chardy def. Struff 6-2, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6

15:08Jeremy Chardy makes it FIVE Frenchmen into the third round, ending the run German qualifier 'Hot' Struff. He joins Adrian Mannarino, Kenny de Schepper, Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire. Chardy gets the dubious pleasure of playing No.1 seed Novak Djokovic next.

15:05Teeny tiny drops of rain in the air so there are a few umbrellas up... But we continue. Jurgen Melzer takes the first set against the Roginator, Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Dolgopolov def. Giraldo 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

14:58The wild and wacky Alexandr Dolgopolov finishes off a rain-delayed win - and he could face an intriguing third-round match with No.4 seed David Ferrer next.

14:54Staks is up and running again, and he holds to make it 3-2 - still trailing by a break. We'll keep a watchful eye on that one. Meanwhile, David Ferrer is up a set on fellow Spaniard Ricardo Bautista Agut. Angelique Kerber went 3-0 down and then reeled off six straight to go up a set on Kaia Kanepi.

14:50Stakhovsky is taking a medical time-out to have tape applied to his right ankle.

14:48Down 3-1 against Jurgen Melzer but leading 40-30 on serve, Sergiy Stakhovsky has called for the trainer. Surely not another...

14:44The roof is now opening on Centre Court. Someone's got a very optimistic weather forecast.

14:39Laura Robson now projected to be just outside the Top 30 after that win. She gets New Zealander Marina Erakovic next. Not an easy one.

14:38If you have to ask, Mercedes, I'm not sure the Wangwagon is for you... That said, I'm thinking of leaping off it myself right now. Wang trails Haas 6-3, 3-0.

Email from Mercedes

14:37"Why is Caroline Cheese such a big fan of Jimmy Wang? I'd love to understand and embrace the following."

14:35Roger Federer didn't manage to break Sergiy Stakhovsky's serve until the fourth set on Wednesday, so props to Jurgen Melzer, who has broken the Ukrainian in the first game of their encounter on No.3 Court.

Laura Robson

14:31"I didn't think I really played my best: my timing was a bit off but I just had to accept that and deal with it the best I could. It's a big win for me...I was feeling nervous but I thought she was probably a bit more nervous so I managed to get away with this one."

Robson def. Duque-Marino 6-4, 6-1

14:29Business-like from Laura Robson, who never really looked likely to suffer a letdown after her opening win over No.10 seed Maria Kirilenko.

Tweet from @GaryLineker

14:27"Go Robbo! #wimbledon"

14:16Might be Janowicz-Almagro o'clock on Centre very soon. Laura Robson in complete control of her second-round match against Duque-Marino, leading 6-4, 5-1.

14:13Robson's on a roll (again) and she now leads Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4, 3-0 on Centre. Strange events on Court 18 where the indefatigable Jimmy Wang appears to be down a break to Tommy Haas. Come on Jimmy, don't let me and your legions of fans down now.

Zemjla def. Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9

14:10A sixth match point for Zemjla here - and this time he's done it! Dimitrov comes to net behind an approach that clips the net and he's immediately on the defensive. The Slovenian threads a forehand pass up the line - and the longest men's singles match of the tournament is finally over.

14:05I know some of you are wondering what time to join The Queue tomorrow if you want ground passes. I can't offer you any official advice, but I'd say you need to get here early early early. Like 6am early?

Maria Sharapova watching on after being knocked out in the Second Round.14:01Fifth match point for Zemjla - and third today. Big serve from Dimitrov saves it - and he goes on to make it 9-9. Sharapova is wearing her celebrity sunglasses by the way. Quite surprised she can see amid the gloom.

13:59Another match point for Zemjla - but a return flies well over the baseline. Robson breaks again to wrap up the first set 6-4 against Duque-Marino.

13:56"Oooooohh" is the sound from The Bunker. Dimitrov and Zemjla get going again, with the Bulgarian match point down. Zemjla's forehand clatters the top of the net and drops... his own side. Dimi's off the hook. For now.

13:54Now Dimitrov and Zemjla are sort of knocking up. Again. Weird... Anyways, Laura Robson has made a bit of a hash of this set - failing to serve it out. They are back on serve, with Duque-Marino serving at 4-5 down.

13:51Maria Sharapova is dutifully sitting courtside to watch Grigor Dimitrov. We are still waiting to see if they'll carry on.

13:44Drama elsewhere... On No.3 Court, Grigor Dimitrov and Grega Zemlja resumed with Dimi serving at 9-8 down. He is now match point down at 30-40 - and the drizzle has returned. The players are sitting courtside to see if it might stop..

Robson 5-2* Duque-Marino

13:39Robson's on a roll. Since being broken, she has won four games in a row against a slightly overwhelmed MDM.

Queue update

13:38The Queue for show court tickets tomorrow is FULL. People planning to join The Queue for Ground Admission for Saturday are strongly advised to wait until early morning before queuing.

Robson *2-2 Duque-Marino

13:29Correct Shreyans, it was indeed Sheva. Robson is back on track, breaking straight back with a thumping backhand.

Email from Shreyans

13:26"There was a very familiar face in the Djokovic box yesterday. I struggled and struggled to remember the name, and finally settled on Ukrainian footballer Andrei Shevchenko. If not him, who was it? (Sitting three or four rows behind Jelena Ristic)"

Robson 1-2* Duque-Marino

13:22Nice opening hold to give MDM a bit of confidence. Oof, horrible backhand belted over the baseline by Robson and she's 0-40 down. On the third, MDM canters into net and sticks away the volley. First blood to the Colombian.

13:20Play on the outside courts will get under way in the next 10-15 minutes. YIKES!

Robson 1-0* Duque-Marino

13:16Robson takes four serves to get us under way - fault, overruled fault, fault - before Duque-Marino makes a horrible mess of her return off a second serve. Easy hold for Robbo.

13:13Mariana Duque-Marino won the toss and decided to...receive. Little bit nervous perhaps, or hoping to put pressure on the unpredictable Robson serve? Let's see...

13:10Good to hear, 'Flying Horses', good to hear. And by the way, how's that Ashes preparation coming along? Now, we're getting a slightly longer than usual knock-up on Centre - special dispensation from the ref because the players had to warm up on an indoor hard court.

Email from Flying Horses (unsure if this is real name)

13:08"Tomic for the guys and Stosur for the girls! Go the Aussies this year....please!!! P.S. It's raining down under too!"

13:06And here's the Voice of Wimbledon to confirm that the covers are coming off and they'll be inspecting the courts with a view to getting play under way "as soon as possible."

13:05Do you hear that? A strangled cheer from around the grounds as the covers begin coming off the outside courts. Can we? Could it? Let's just wait and see...

13:01Big cricket names in the Royal Box today: Andrew Strauss, Geoffrey Boycott, Andy Flower. Football/soccer legend Sir Bobby Charlton is also due in. And - stand by the Pimms tents - I'm hearing rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Sean Connery will also be in the house. What japes will they get up to today after their famous gatecrashing of an Andy Murray news conference in New York last year?

13:00Here they are: a stern-faced Laura Robson marches purposefully onto Centre Court, followed by Mariana Duque-Marino, who looks a little more bemused by the situation.

12:54Thunderous round of applause greets the arrival of... the ball boys and girls on Centre Court. Another lovable Wimbledon quirk. Just need the players and PLAY WILL BEGIN! The Voice of Wimbledon has told us there is a little more optimism that there may be play on the outside courts at some point - I shall keep you posted.

12:48For the record, Serena wants to play the match on clay, and she wants the following rules applied: "I get alleys (trams). He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah."

12:41Not sure anyone's taking this too seriously - quite rightly. The original 1973 Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs remains the most-watched tennis match in history with a worldwide TV audience of 100 million. No point trying to top that...

12:39The story picked up steam yesterday when Murray wrote about it in his BBC column, saying he'd like to see the match happen in Vegas. Serena seems up for it too, although she admitted: "I doubt I'd win a point."

12:33What's more likely? A Radwanska-Janowicz double or Serena Williams taking a set off Andy Murray? Talk of a Serena-Muzza showdown all started with a tweet to Murray: "I reckon Serena Williams could beat u on grass…And I'm not even joking." "Me too!" Murray responded. "Maybe we can set it up one day and see how close I get."

12:28Lots of shouts for a Polish double: Aga Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz. Vodka shots all round in the Royal Box.

12:25The aforementioned Phiroza is back to answer her own question: Delpo and Li Na. Must say, seeing all your answers flooding in has made me wish for more upsets. Kei Nishikori v Dustin Brown in the Men's Final? I'm completely up for that.

Email from Mike

12:21"Men's: Feliciano Lopez (though still tough draw could upset this plans). Women's: Petra Kvitova."

Email from Jinesh

12:19"Del Potro for men and Lisicki for women"

Email from Stephan

12:18"I think Gasquet or Stakhovsky for the men and Bartoli for the women."

12:09Hmmm, your question was so devilish, you didn't even have a guess yourself, Phiroza. So we can't pick Serena, Djoko or Murray. Or David Ferrer. I'd like it to be Dustin Brown and Kimiko Date-Krumm, but on reflection, I'll go for... Jerzy Janowicz and (*asks the rest of The Bunker for advice*) Li Na. YOUR TURN NOW!

Email from Phiroza

12:05"Let’s play a guessing game - if you have to pick the winners for Wimby2013 and it can’t be someone in the Top 5 in men’s or women’s, who would you go with?"

11:59Thanks Ivo! I await the good weather with anticipation... Grigor Dimitrov has a very tough ask: if and when he and Grega Zemlja return to No.3 Court, the Bulgarian will be serving 9-8 down in the fifth set. That is pressure...

Email from Ivo

11:59"I’ve ordered the good weather for the afternoon so Grigor Dimitrov can finish off once and for all this second-round clash. Go Grisho! Tsveti Pironkova is waiting for you in the 3rd round!"

11:56Erm... Tomorrow?

Tweet from @76Dario

11:53"Any indication of when the rain will stop?"

11:50Will we get to see him play today? Um... His match is scheduled third on Court 14, so I'd say it's unlikely. The Voice of Wimbledon says there will be no play for the forseeable future, but they are monitoring the situation. More emails and tweets please - socialmedia@aeltc.com or tweet #Wimbledon

Dustin Brown checks his racket.11:44So say all of us, Manuel. Well, all of us except fans of Adrian Mannarino, his third-round opponent. Dustin Brown is through to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. Far more importantly, his Twitter following (he's the first player to wear his handle @dreddytennis on his kit) has risen from 6,617 to more than 23,000.

Email from Manuel

11:38"I really hope Dustin Brown makes it to the next round! I enjoy his unorthodox, crazy style, but most of all I like his joy! Best of luck, Dustin! Do you think we will see him play today? Greetings from Lippstadt, Germany!"

11:32If you are on the grounds and kicking your heels, you could do worse than head for Autograph Island (NB: is not actually an island) where they have a star-studded line-up: Aga Radwanska as 12pm, Tomas Berdych at 1.05pm, Feliciano Lopez at 1.20 and Dominika Cibulkova at 3.30. Times are subject to change, a bit like the weather (hopefully).

11:26The Voice of Wimbledon has spoken... Play on the outside courts is officially delayed. Anyone brought the Connect 4 in?

11:20Nicola, we're not ruling ANYTHING out at this stage. In fact, why stop at a quarter-final? Actually, I've just looked at the draw... Big Kev has Tomas Berdych next before a fourth-round against Gasquet or Tomic, and a probable quarter-final against Novak Djokovic. Even Wild Wimbledon can't make that happen...can it?

Email from Nicola in Cape Town

11:19"Give us a South African Quarter Final Kevin Anderson. Crazy things are happening this Wimbledon. C’mon!"

11:12So, today more than ever, your Wimbledon needs YOU. Email us on socialmedia@aeltc.com, tweet using #wimbledon or - if you're feeling shy - you can just tweet me directly.

11:08And to finish on Centre, we'll see how Andy Murray reacts to being a much-bigger-favourite-than-before when he takes on Spain's Tommy Robredo. I say 'to finish on Centre' but we may well get a bit more play on there given this incessant rain.

10:58Next match due on Centre: Nicolas Almagro v Jerzy Janowicz. One of those players could well make a deep run here after Wednesday's draw decimation, so it's a good chance for us to do our homework (and learn how to spell Jerzy Janowicz without looking).

10:52So then Roof: it's all on you. At 1pm UK time, Britain's Laura Robson will play her first Wimbledon singles match on the hallowed turf of Centre Court, and I'm guessing the same is true of her opponent: Mariana Duque Marino of Colombia.

10:38The official forecast says it will be a "difficult day for tennis playing/watching with rain never far away." There's an 80 percent risk of rain that reduces to 40 percent at about 4pm. Looks lovely for tomorrow though...

10:33That said, I'm not sure how much opportunity Day Five will have to shock us - unless you count persistent drizzle as surprising... Yes, the first three days may have been gloriously dry, but the rain has arrived - and I may as well be honest, it doesn't look like leaving soon.


10:30Judging by the first four days of Wimbledon in which the action has alternated between shocking and, well, pretty standard, today is set to be another wild one...

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