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Live Blog : Saturday 29 June 2013

by Caroline Cheese

21:39It's dark outside so I guess that means no more tennis today. And guess what? No tennis tomorrow either. The weather is set to be glorious so Britain has booked the day off for BBQ-ing. See you on Magic Monday - the best day on the tennis calendar, if you ask me, when every fourth-round match is played. The Order Of Play will be out later tonight... See you then!

Serena on her form

Serena Williams celebrates.21:34"I'm finally starting to feel a little better. I had such a long clay-court season, my first match I felt really awkward. I'm getting there. I like to peak towards the end. It's unbelievable playing on Centre Court with the closed roof under the lights - I don't think it gets better for me."

Serena on her 600th win

21:32"That's awesome. I had no idea. On Centre Court? What better place to win 600 matches."

21:30Kimiko Date-Krumm: you're my hero. Serena Williams is up there too though. That is her 600th Grand Slam match win - only the 15th woman to reach that mark.

Serena def. Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-0

21:22Well, it was the storyline everyone wanted to continue - except Serena Williams. The 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm saves one match point when Serena shanks a forehand. But up comes another and this time, she delivers a looping winner to take the win in a little over an hour...

Serena 6-2 5-0* Date-Krumm

21:19KDK has twice beaten No.1s - Steffi Graf and Monica Seles, both in 1996. It's like one era against another out here - and the current one is in a hurry for dinner.

Serena *6-2 4-0 Date-Krumm

21:14Now, I feel I must address this issue, sinceit accounts for about 50 percent of the emails we're getting: underwear (like Serena's) does not have to confirm to the predominantly white rule. Trainers do. Another huge "come oooooonnnnnnn" from Serena as she breaks again when KDK punts one long. I fear the end of the fairytale may be nigh :(

Serena 6-2 3-0* Date-Krumm

21:10Serena looks completely disgusted as she messes up a forehand midway through that game. She's doing OK though, I'd say. She's hit 25 winners to KDK's 5.

Novak Djokovic on his near-perfect performance

21:08"I had that super focus and tried to be out there every point and not allow him to come back to the match or to have any chance. I saw the stats that I won 100% of first serves and I served over 80% of serves in in the whole match. That was incredible for me. I enjoyed every moment of it, especially at the end."

Serena 6-2 1-0* Date-Krumm

21:03Only three players older than KDK have won a Grand Slam match in the Open Era: Martina Navratilova, Renee Richards, Betty Pratt.

Serena *6-2 Date-Krumm

21:00Date-Krumm has a game point - but she can't take it, and Serena pounces. A big "come on" from the American, is greeted by polite applause by a crowd that are fully behind the KDK fairytale.

Serena 5-2* Date-Krumm

20:54Has Kimiko Date-Krumm won Wimbledon? It sure sounds like it as the crowd rise to applaud her breaking the fearsome Serena serve. KDK brings up break point with a neat volley, and breaks with a deep forehand that forces Serena to shank a forehand. It's only the second time Serena has been broken this tournament.

Serena *5-1 Date-Krumm

20:47Serena is stamping her authority on the match - so best get these Kimiko Date-Krumm facts out quickly. She made her debut at Wimbledon 24 years ago when 59 players in the women's draw this year were not even born.

20:45The mixed marathon on Court 12 is over and Brits Inglot and Konta win 4-6, 6-3, 19-17 over Almagro and Torro-Flor.

Serena *3-1 Date-Krumm

20:40At the second attempt, Serena breaks and she leads 3-1 over KDK - who is getting a huge roar every time she wins a point. Date-Krumm last played in the third round at Wimbledon in 1996 - when the Fugees' Killing Me Softly was the No.1 song in the UK.

20:39Serena Williams struts to her chair after saving a break point to hold for 2-1. Serena is on a 33-match winning streak - the only better one this century was Venus's 35 in 2000.

20:36I have been alerted to Court 17 where British pair Dominic Inglot and Johanna Konta have just broken for an 18-17 lead in the third set against Nicolas Almagro and Maria Teresa Torro-Flor.

20:34KDK down a break point early on but Serena slaps the net with a return and the Japanese player holds. First stat of many: Serena is aiming for her 600th win, KDK is after her 400th.

20:29Serena up and running on Centre with a hold to love.

Ferrer def. Dolgopolov 6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

20:18David Ferrer finally grinds down Alexandr Dolgopolov in a little over 3 hours. Ferrer has needed 13 sets to get to the fourth round - but he's got there, and he'll play Ivan Dodig.

20:16Here they are... Serena Williams and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm are warming up on Centre in front of a very excitable crowd. Is it possible to write KDK's name without also including her age? I don't think so...

20:08Daveeeed Ferrer is now 4-2 up in the fifth against Alex Dolgopolov. Don't hold your breath on that one. Elsewhere, plenty of doubles and juniors matches still going on in the fading light. Serena Williams and Kimiko Date-Krumm are due on Centre in about five minutes once the roof has wheeled across and the temperature is all sorted.

Novak Djokovic

20:00"Everything went my way, I did everything I wanted to do, and I was very happy. Not many times it happens you get to play this well and return this well."


19:58Serena Williams and Kimiko Date-Krumm are on their way to Centre - and the crowd seem pretty pleased about that. They'll close the roof first as we only have about an hour's light left.

Djokovic def. Chardy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

19:56In less than 90 minutes, Novak Djokovic hammers poor Jeremy Chardy to reach the fourth round - where he'll play Tommy Haas. The veteran German beat Djoko in Miami earlier this year but the Serb avenged that loss in Paris a few weeks back.

19:41Ferrer serves and volleys (?!) to clinch the fourth set 6-1 against Dolgopolov and they head to a decider. Djokovic leading 6-3, 6-2, 4-1 against Chardy. An evening stroll in the park for Nole.


Novak Djokovic serves in his First Round match.19:36We are halfway through the third set on Centre Court and Novak Djokovic has made precisely ZERO unforced errors. None. Zilch. Zip.

19:33Ferrer leading 4-1 over Dolgopolov in the fourth. They should've just started with the fifth set. Andriy Shevchenko is once again in the Novak Djokovic support camp on Centre. Don't know how that friendship came about - although I think Nole is a Milan fan.

19:28Dolgopolov has duly wrapped up the third set against Ferrer and leads by two sets to one on No.1 Court. Djokovic now two sets up against Chardy.

Li Na def. Zakopalova 4-6, 6-0, 8-6

19:21Hear that? That's the whole of China sighing with relief as Li Na ekes out the win. A lot of laughter in her support camp - which I guess is all you can do. Roberta Vinci is next up for the No.6 seed.

Tweet from @andy_murray

19:14"Nice day at wimbledon with all the olympians today... First time in the royal box for me! My brother had tough one 14 12 loss in fifth :-("

19:11Hard to keep up with events on No.1 Court where Dolgopolov is now 5-1 up in the third against Ferrer. Djokovic rolling along nicely at 6-3, 3-1 against Chardy.

19:09If you thought Serena v Date-Krumm might be moving to No.2 Court, think again. The ladies' doubles between Author:

Second Best News Conference Exchange of the Day

19:04Q. I used to travel the world of table tennis with Andrezej Grubba. Do you know him?

News Conference Exchange of the Day

19:02Q. Are you a One Direction fan at all?
KAIA KANEPI: One Direction?
Q. The band.
KAIA KANEPI: No, I don't know.

18:58David Ferrer twice failed to serve out the second set - but he took it on the tie-break. One set all with Alex Dolgopolov. Serena and Kimiko Date-Krumm due next on that court. We have about two hours of light left.

Haas def. Lopez 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. 6-4

18:50Tommy Haas ends Feliciano Lopez's seven-match winning streak to move into the fourth round for the third time - and first since he reached the semi-finals here in 2009. He could meet Novak Djokovic next - who leads Jeremy Chardy 5-3 on Centre.

18:33Novak Djokovic and Jeremy Chardy are just getting going on Centre. Ferrer has been broken by Dolgopolov as he served for the set. Li Na won the second set 6-0 and is into a decider against Klara Zakopalova. What did Li say the other day? Welcome to the wonderful world of the WTA...

18:28We also had an email from Paolo earlier, an Italian hailing the success of his countrymen at Wimbledon this year. They have four players still in the singles draws in the second week (Seppi, Vinci, Knapp, Pannetta).

Michal from Poland

18:28"I hope for the Polish quarter-final Kubot-Janowicz, but I’m afraid of Tsvetana’s grass-court game, which might trouble Aga in last 16."

Aga Radwanska on Polish success at Wimbledon

18:27"I'm just very happy to see much more Polish names in the draw. Of course, Jerzy (Janowicz) and Lukasz Kubot today as well, you know, really playing great tennis. I think now, you know, the Polish tennis, it's a bit bigger. So happy about that."

18:24Serena and Kimiko Date-Krumm are still kicking their heels in the locker room - awaiting the end of the men's match on No.1 Court. After losing the first set, David Ferrer is up a break in the second at 5-3. Could be a long one... On No.2, Tommy Haas is two sets to one up over Feliciano Lopez.

18:23"That is the match everyone wants to get to," says Lisicki about the probability of playing Serena Williams next. Lisicki has beaten the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon in three of the last four years. I don't need to remind you who the current Roland Garros champ is... (it's Serena)

Sabine Lisicki

World No.23 Sabine Lisicki celebrates. 18:16"I'm so pleased. It's my favourite court in the world and I love playing here. Sam played a fantastic match so it was very tough but I'm glad to have the challenge, The crowd was super, so nice."

18:14With this win, Sabine Lisicki goes to 16/4 at Wimbledon. She is 16/15 at other Grand Slams. She loves that green stuff.

Lisicki def. Stosur 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

18:10Sammy Stosur lost her way in the way that only Sammy Stosur can, sadly. No shame in losing to lawn lover Sabine Lisicki though. The German has reached at least the quarter-finals on her last three visits to Wimbledon.

Kanepi def. Riske 6-2, 6-3

18:06Princess Laura Robson's next opponent will be Estona's Kaia Kanepi after a surprisingly easy win over grass-court specialist Alison Riske. Dream run for the American wild card - but she goes out in the third round.

18:02Gotta feeling there might be some interest in this match move... Grigor Dimitrov and Frederik Nielsen are heading to Court 16 to face Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic.

Upset Alert

17:58There's another one brewing on No.3 Court where Klara Zakopalova leads No.6 seed Li Na 6-4.

Tomas Berdych on being told he is popular on Twitter

Tomas Berdych volleys back a shot from Kevin Anderson. 17:57"Good. Perfect. Nice to heard...I'm trying to be popular by my game and what I'm doing on the court. Then, of course, on the court you cannot do everything, all the stuff. You have to really focus to hit the ball. I see that so many people see quite boring so you need to have some fun around."

Upset Alert

17:53Alex Dolgopolov races into net and puts away an easy volley behind the serve to clinch the first set against No.4 seed David Ferrer.

17:49Fizzing pass from David Ferrer staves off a set point and they switch over at 6-6.

17:43Ferrer and Dolgopolov are into a first-set tie-break on No.1 Court...

Bernard Tomic

17:41"It's an amazing feeling to play on this court because it is the most prestigious court in our tennis world. Very happy to get the position to play on this court. I played well against Richard."

17:36Sammy Stosur thwacks a forehand into the net and Sabine Lisicki has the second set on Centre Court. They're into a decider. Kaia Kanepi takes the first set against Alison Riske 6-2.

Del Potro def. Zemlja 7-5, 7-6, 6-0

17:32For the third year in a row, Juan Martin Del Potro reaches the fourth round - and he's a huge favourite to make the next step into the quarters. He plays Andreas Seppi next.

Laura Robson

17:30"It's now my second time in the second week of a slam, so that's pretty cool. Except at US Open I played on the Sunday, so it didn't quite feel like a second week, and my brother said it didn't count. But, yeah, this time will be on the Monday, so that's pretty cool."

17:27The trainer has now been called to... Centre Court where Sabine Lisicki needs some attention to her right hand. She leads Sam Stosur 5-2 as she looks to take the match into a decider.

17:25Tommy Haas is back on track against Feliciano Lopez. One set all on No.2 Court. Daveeeeed Ferrer is a break up in the first set against Alexandr Dolgopolov. Kaia Kanepi also up a break on Alison Riske.

Liam shows off his lemonade stand17:21Fancy a lemonade? If you do, pop along to the adorable Liam's lemonade stall en route to the All England Club. Liam is three years old and raising money for St John's Ambulance. His lemonade (with a little help from his mum) is reportedly award-winningly delish.

Statto Corner

17:18Laura Robson will move into the Top 30 after her third-round win today - the first British woman to do so since Jo Durie in 1987.

17:16Strange situation. Delpo is back on his feet - and he breaks again for a 4-0 lead - but he has called the trainer to look at that left knee.

17:12Uh-oh... Juan Martin Del Potro has taken a horrible tumble on Court 12 as he chased down a drop shot. He's flexing his left knee. He leads by two sets and 3-0 over Grega Zemjla.

17:08After a bit of sun-soaking for Ms. Caroline Cheese, she's back in the blog hub and taking over! Until tomorrow, good people.

[4] Agnieszka Radwanska def. Madison Keys 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

17:06Big win for Aga, who beats the big-hitting youngster. Up next for the 2012 finalist? Tsvetana Pironkova.

Score Update

17:01Keys saves four match points to hold for 3-5 in the third vs. Radwanska. Stosur serves out the first set, 6-4 vs. Lisicki. Feliciano Lopez wins the first set 6-4 vs. Tommy Haas, but the German up 3-0 in the second. Two sets up for Juan Martin Del Potro on Court 12 Grega Zemlja, 7-5, 7-6.

Richard Gasquet on his loss

16:59Yeah, it was a very nice match, a lot of nice rallies. It was a big match. I think I play my game. I try my best. He just serve very good. I'm not solid in the tiebreaks, and that's why he win. I think he deserve this win. He play very good. Congratulations to him.

16:57Radwanska holds for 5-2 in the third set vs. Keys. Meanwhile, Stosur is serving for the first set vs. Lisicki, 5-4 on Centre Court.

Andreas Seppi on his 7-0 five-set record in 2013

16:54Well, I don't know why, but I think physically I'm feeling well, you know, and I think as long the match is as well I'm playing always. Yeah, I mean, physically I feel well if it's five sets. I think also especially today I was serving better in the fourth and fifth set. Yeah, that helped me a lot, especially to win, I think in the end.

Tomas Berdych on his win over Kevin Anderson

16:51All of our matches are very close, very tough. He's very aggressive. He makes me work really hard. I was happy with the end of the fourth set. I had a small issue in my back, but I'm through and that's how it is. That's tennis, you have to be ready to play a very long time. I survived. Last year I lost twice in the first round [at the Olympics, as well], so I'm looking forward to going into the second week.

Tsvetana Pironkova def. Petra Martic 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

16:48On rolls the grass-loving Bulgarian who has been to a quarter-final and a semi-final in her Wimbledon past. She faces the winner of Radwanska-Keys, whic is still on court.

[7] Tomas Berdych def. [27] Kevin Anderson 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tomas Berdych volleys back a shot from Kevin Anderson. 16:46On goes Tomas, the 2010 finalist here. He gets Bernard Tomic in the fourth round.

Kei Nishikori on his loss

16:45Yeah, it's not easy, you know, after losing [in] five sets. He raise his level I think in the fourth and fifth set. He didn't give me much unforced errors, served well, so I didn't have much chance to break him. That's the reason I lost today.

16:44Berdych serving for it now vs. Anderson, 6-5 in the fourth set. It was a slow start for the No.7 seed, but he's caught form in this match and should take care of business here.

Tweet from Chris Oddo

16:42Keys saves 5 bps to draw even at 1-1 in the decider w/ Radwanska. This is coming-of-age match for Madison, IMO, win or lose.

16:41A third set for Radwanska-Keys on No.3 Court witht he American 18-year-old winning the second 6-4. They've played just once before, a match Aga won 6-1, 6-1 in Miami last year, though earlier this tournament couldn't recall the meeting.

16:39Sorry Rhyian, I'm not a Brit ... you'll have to ask them! But Robson did mention in press yesterday that she only goes to Australia for the Australian Open each year, so you might be fighting an uphill battle.

Email from Rhyian

16:38I'm trying to claim Laura Robson as one of our own because she was born in Melbourne through Twitter #aussielaura ... Any chance of you Brits giving her up?

Email from David

16:36Yes, we are happy and proud of Monica's achievement. Not only Ricky Martin is following her

16:34Anderson was serving to force a fifth set vs. Berdych on No.1 Court, but can't do it and it's 5-4 to the South African. Berdych leads two sets to one in that encounter. Berdych leads their head-to-head 8-0 and had won eight of their last nine sets played coming into Saturday.

16:27Hey Court 18 lovers! The doubles match of Pennetta/Petkovic vs. Huber/Mirza has just been moved there. Head on over!

16:25Oops, I forgot to call the ITF guys 'wizards' as Caroline does. So, I'm fired?

Retirement/walkover record equaled

16:22After Sijsling's retirement, Wimbledon has equaled the most retirements/walk overs in Open Era history with 13. The same amount occured at Wimbledon in 2008. Dodig has now won two of his matches via retirement following a first-round retirement from Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first set.

Bernard Tomic on his win

16:19I'm very happy. I played a good match. It was difficult coming out it was the first time I was playing on Centre Court. I was pretty nervous. I felt good out there. I felt honored to have the chance to play on Centre Court. There were difficult situations that I got out of today. Richard is a very good player, so I'm lucky to get through there. I'm happy to get the experience before in 2011 and now I'm just playing as well. I hopefully can keep it going.

16:16Grass goddess Tsvetana Pironkova loses the second set vs. Petra Martic 6-4 after winning the first 6-1. They're headed to a decider.

16:14Tomic faces the winner of Kevin Anderson-Tomas Berdych, going on now on No.1 Court. Next up on Centre Court: Another Australian as Sam Stosur takes on Sabine Lisicki.

Bernard Tomic def. [9] Richard Gasquet 7-6(7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5)

16:13Another magical run for Bernie? Sure feels like it. The 2011 quarter-finalist is into the fourth round with a solid performance over Richard Gasquet. If you were privy to watch that one, it was sensational tennis on Centre Court.

Sloane Stephens on her upcoming match vs. Monica Puig

16:10Yeah, we went to the same academy for a while, so I think I've known her for a really long time. Obviously it's the fourth round of a Grand Slam, so you just got to go out and play hard and just play your best and do your best I mean, I'm looking forward to it obviously. I love getting out there on the court. It should be good. I think it will be a battle. It will be a good match.

Ivan Dodig def. Igor Sijsling 6-0, 6-1, 1-0, Ret.

16:08Something wasn't right with Sijsling. Dodig gets the winner of Ferrer-Dolgopolov in the fourth round.

Score Update

16:07Fourth-set tie-break for Tomic-Gasquet, Bernie leading two sets to one. Berdych maintaining a two-sets-to-one lead on Anderson on No.1Court. Radwanska up 7-5, 3-3 vs. Madison Keys. 5-5 for Del Potro vs. Zemlja.

Laura Robson after the match

16:06"I was getting my butt kicked basically. I just tried the best I can to stick with it until she got nervous, which is what happened. The crowd is amazing. It was totally amazing out there! I couldn't have done it without them. I'm really excited to be in the fourth round."

Laura Robson def. Marina Erakovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

16:01What a win from Laura! They're on their feet on No.2 Court and I can hear the thunderous applause on Robson Ridge (let's go with that for at least a couple of hours). Laura is the first British woman into the fourth round at Wimbledon since Sam Smith did so in 1998.

15:55Erakovic holds for 3-5. She staved off two match points there. Or was it one? Let's say she staved off AT LEAST one match point there. Laura now serving for it.

15:52Robson holds! She's a game away from her second career major fourth round, 5-2 up vs. Erakovic in the deciding set. Would get the winner of Riske-Kanepi (yes, you read those names right).

15:47Sijsling is no longer sizzling on the same court that he beat Milos Raonic on a couple of days ago. Ivan Dodig has a 6-0, 3-1 lead there. What's up with all these lopsided men's matches we've seen today?

15:45I'm off to give Marina Erakovic a talking to. Nick McCarvel is here...

15:40Marina Erakovic has gone walkabout. After failing to serve out the match, she has now gone 4-0 down in the third against Laura Robson and has lost the last eight games. Aga Radwanska grabs the first set against Madison Keys 7-5.

15:35Disappointing news from Newmarket where Hawkeyethenoo fails to win the 3.30 despite being well fancied. I've gone off topic. Apols. It's a grass-court specialists day on Court 14 where 2010 semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova leads Petra Martic 6-1, 1-0. Alison Riske on that court next.

15:29Two set points for Bernie Tomic over on Centre, and he takes the second with a fizzing, dipping forehand that a net-rushing Richard Gasquet can't pick off his toes. The Aussie leads by two sets to one. Laura Robson now 3-0 up in the decider against Marina Erakovic.

15:26Nineteen-year-old Puig will face 20-year-old Sloane Stephens in round four which should be a fun one. Tomas Berdych seems to be back on track against Kevin Anderson, up a break in the the third after splitting the first two sets.

Puig def. Birnerova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

15:20They'll be dancing in the streets of Puerto Rico... Monica Puig is through to the fourth round after finishing a match held over from yesterday. Laura Robson might be getting tweets from One Direction - but Puig's biggest fan is none other than Ricky Martin, so...there's that.

15:18Double fault from Marina Erakovic - on set point - and Laura Robson is level at one set all.

15:11Erakovic serving for the match against Robson...but she falters and the Brit strikes. It's 5-5 in the second.

Vinci def. Cibulkova 6-1, 6-4

15:05Italy's No.11 seed Roberta Vinci makes quick work of No.18 seed Dominika Cibulkova to set up a fourth round against Li Na or Klara Zakopalova. Quite the Wimbledon for Italy: Vinci, Andreas Seppi, Karin Knapp and Flavia Pennetta into the fourth round.

15:01I didn't realise how significant that Seppi win was... It was actually the marathon man's seventh straight win over five sets - and all in 2013. Two at the Australian Open, one in Davis Cup, two at the French and now two more at Wimbledon.

Petra Kvitova

14:59"In 2011 I played really well. I mean, I play my best, for sure. Every shot was going to the court. It's not the same this year. But, I mean, I have some good things in my game what really seems like 2011. But I drop off little bit. It's always little bit up and down, but I hope it will be more up than down."

14:53Interesting... After saving three set points, Gasquet breaks and serves out to love and it's one set all against Tomic. Tomas Berdych is a break up in the second against Kevin Anderson after dropping the first. Marina Erakovic is a set and a break up now on Laura Robson.

14:51Tomic is promptly broken and it's Gasquet who will serve for the second set.

Seppi def. Nishikori 3-6, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4

14:47A rare five-setter in this Wild Wimbledon - and Italian Andreas Seppi comes out the other end. This is the furthest Seppi has been in nine visits to SW19. Disappointment for the No.12 seed Nishikori, who still has only one Grand Slam quarter-final to his name (Australian Open 2012).

14:44Bernie Tomic sees two set points drift by - one courtesy of a Becker-style volley that goes just wide - but here's another... Ace from Gasquet.

14:38'Princess' Laura Robson isn't looking very regal out on No.2 Court where she trails Marina Erakovic trails 6-1, 1-1. Bit of an epic in progress out on Court 19 where Murray/Peers and Blake/Melzer are at 8-8 in the fifth. Andreas Seppi a break up against Kei Nishikori in the fifth set of their encounter on Court 14.

Stephens def. Cetkovska 7-6, 0-6, 6-4

14:27Another one thanking the British weather: Sloane Stephens is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. The American had not long been bagelled in the second set when they went off for bad light and she's come back to wrap up the win over the dangerous Czech.

14:25Definite Upset Alert on No.1 Court where the giant Kevin Anderson has served out the first set against Tomas Berdych. Robson now 5-1 down against Erakovic.

14:13I just love watching Bernie play. Tomic sets up a second set point with a fizzing backhand winner - and then takes it with a dinky, angled drop shot. Unorthadox. He leads Gasquet by a set on Centre. Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, is up a break in the first set against No.7 seed Tomas Berdych. Laura Robson has made a slow start against Marina Erakovic, down 3-0 on No.2 Court.

14:09Tomic with a set point in the tie-break but after an epic rally - featuring all sorts of slicing and dicing and oohing and aahing - the Aussie smacks a backhand into the trams. Gasquet with a set point now - but a huge ace out wide saves it.

14:01Youzhny's win means Laura Robson and Marina Erakovic can head to No.2 Court for their third-round match. Sloane Stephens and Petra Cetkovska have resumed their match in the deciding set on No.3 Court. Richard Gasquet is serving to take the first set against Bernie Tomic into a tiebreak.

Petra Kvitova on her two-day win

An apologetic Petra Kvitova.14:00"I didn't have a good night's sleep! I finished quite late, I still had in my mind the match from yesterday. It doesn't matter - I came on the court and tried to fight for every point. It's a dream for me to play my best here - but the title is still so far away. It's still really open."

De Schepper def. Monaco 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

13:54Fernando Verdasco v Kenny De Schepper... Another fourth-round match you MAY not have expected. De Schepper had never been past the second round in four previous Grand Slam appearances before arriving at SW19 but he's into the last 16.

Youzhny def. Troicki 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

13:49Andy Murray will face Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in the last 16 on Monday after putting away Serbia's Viktor Troicki. The Russian is making his 49th Grand Slam appearance - and it's his eighth visit to the fourth round of Wimbledon. His best effort was his quarter-final run last year when he lost to Roger Federer...remember him?

13:41Raucous atmosphere on Court 14 and that's because Japan's favourite son Kei Nishikori is up against Andreas Seppi there. Nishikori leads by two sets to one.

Kubot def. Paire 6-1, 6-3, 6-4

13:37Not much sign of that groin injury now... Lukasz Kubot is doing his trademark can-can dance (not sure how to describe it) after seeing off gifted Frenchman Benoit Paire. He gets another Frenchman - Adrian Mannarino - next. Hands up if you predicted that fourth-round match... Yeah, didn't think so.

Kvitova def. Makarova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

13:30Petra Kvitova will be thanking the British weather... She was struggling having lost the second set and gone down a break in the third Author:

Verdasco def. Gulbis 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

13:26Fernando Verdasco has way too much for Unpredictable Ernie today, the Spaniard serving out to love to reach the fourth round here for the fourth time - but the first time since 2009. He plays the winner of De Schepper and Monaco.

13:22What is going on here? Lukasz Kubot is sitting on the ground, flexing his leg. Could be a groin problem? It's 4-4 and they're one point into the ninth game of the set. Trainer is on the way... Kubot is two sets up against Benoit Paire.

13:13Andy Murray is about to leave the Royal Box - not surprising, he's busy trying to win a Grand Slam here. On his way out, he might take a quick glance up at the scoreboard and see that Mikhail Youzhny is one set away from victory. Murray would face the Russian next.

13:09Hold on... this isn't on my list...call security...a suited and booted Andy Murray has entered the Royal Box as the special guest of honour. Massive ovation for the Olympic gold medallist. He walks down the stairs and looks a little sheepish as the crowd show their approval.

13:01Centre Court action will get under way...just as soon as the Olympians and Paralympians have been introduced to the crowd.

12:57Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Verdasco are both two sets up - against Viktor Troicki and Ernests Gulbis respectively. Not many people were backing Verdasco to take advantage of the decimated bottom half of the men's draw, but I reckon this scoreline against Gulbis might make a few people sit up and take notice.

12:55Just IN CASE you need to know: Australia beat the Lions 16-15 to set up a third test decider next Saturday. What with Andy Murray winning Wimbledon and the Lions winning the series, it could be quite a weekend for British sport... Have I got ahead of myself? Apols...

12:42Benoit Paire trails by two sets to Lukasz Kubot - and according to New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg, he has just destroyed his racket in response. Let's see if it helps...

12:32The Bunker is ABUZZ. Apparently, some members of One Direction will be at Wimbledon today. Hope they got No.2 Court tickets: that's where Laura Robson is playing today. Robson revealed yesterday she had received a string of messages from fervent 1D fans after Harry from the band sent her a good luck tweet. "I think I’ve gained 20,000 followers and they have no idea who I am.," she said. "There were thousands of messages saying: ‘Who is she’. I was wetting myself because it was so funny."

12:27What's up with Benoit Paire? With the bottom half of the men's draw falling apart, many were tipping him for a deep run here - but the gifted Frenchman is a set and a break down against Lukasz Kubot.

12:18While the Lions take on Australia in the second rugby union test (weird sport with egg-shaped ball, dear international readers), there are not one but two British-Aussie doubles pairings in action. Jamie Murray and John Peers lead Blake/Melzer by a set, while Jamie Delgado and Matt Ebden are on serve in the first against Stepanek/Paes.

12:16Fifteen-year-old Sara Tomic - sister of Bernie - goes down 6-1, 6-0 to highly-regarded Estonian Anett Kontaveit. On the plus side, she has plenty of time to shower and get ready to watch her big brother take on Richard Gasquet on Centre shortly.

12:12Fernando Verdasco rolls through the first set against Ernests Gulbis 6-2. Gulbis, you'll remember, was two sets to one against Jo-Willy Tsonga when the Frenchman retired injured in their second-round match. Mikhail Youzhny is a set up on Viktor Troicki.

12:10It's a weird quirk that American Alison Riske has a 13/6 win/loss record on grass, but is 0/11 on other surfaces. She plays Kaia Kanepi next in the third match on Court 14, which is winnable for the lawn lover. Then she gets Robson or Erakovic where I expect her challenge to end. There, I've said it.

Tweet from @oddepinn

11:58"how far do you think Alison Riske can reach at this years Wimbledon? Just your neutral tweet."

11:53Worth keeping an eye on No.3 Court where Ernests Gulbis takes on Fernando Verdasco - could be explosive. The Spaniard has the early break there with a 2-1 lead. Mikhail Youzhny is off like a train on No.2, leading Viktor Troicki 4-1.

11:49Amid the robin-induced drama, play got under way... And if there are a few unfamiliar names around the grounds today, that's because the Junior events get started today. Look closely, there could be a future world No.1 right under your nose.

11:43Onward... Some news for British tennis fans: Scot Jamie Baker has announced his retirement. The 26-year-old has battled back from serious illness but has decided to call it a day. Josh Goodall has also decided to end his playing career.

11:41It's OK everyone, robin has left the building. Calm has returned.


11:32Um, sorry to be dramatic, but there's a robin flying about in our office. It's very much panic stations. I'm not sure what effect it will have on this live blog...

Tweet from British para-equestrian gold medallist @sophiewells90

11:28"On the way to wimbledon! In the royal box - exciting!!"

11:22On Royal Box Watch today, we relive the unbelievable memories of last summer with the visit of a host of Olympic and Paralympic stars, including Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Kath Grainger, and Sophie Christiansen. There'll be a few gold medals floating about.

11:20Viktor Troicki and Mikhail Youzhny face off for the right to meet Andy Murray on Monday in the opening match on No.2 Court before Robson-Erakovic. Then it's an eye-catching match between Tommy Haas and Feliciano Lopez to finish.

11:10Equally decent line-up on No.1 Court where Petra Kvitova and Ekaterina Makarova resume their match, with Makarova up a break in the third. Then it's Tomas Berdych's battle with big-serving Kevin Anderson. Upset alert for David Ferrer against the quirky skills of Alexandr Dogopolov. We finish with the match I'm most looking forward to today: 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm against No.1 seed Serena Williams.

11:05The Centre Court line-up has a distinctly Aussie flavour - which will be a comfort for them after their inevitable defeat by the Lions in the second test. First up, Bernie Tomic goes up against Richard Gasquet then Sammy Stosur faces Sabine Lisicki. We finish with No.1 seed Novak Djokovic's third-round clash with Jeremy Chardy.

11:02Robson is back in action today, taking to No.2 Court (which The Sun isn't too chuffed about) for her third-round match against Marina Erakovic. The New Zealander won their only other meeting - on grass at Birmingham last year.

10:53The Sun newspaper is particularly taken with Robson, describing her as "Princess Laura" and a "national treasure" after she "won the hearts of the country" by beating Mariana Duque-Marino. Feel I should point out to any overseas readers that there may be a touch of hyperbole there. Just a touch.

10:50No prizes for guessing who's hitting the headlines in the UK this morning: Laura Robson and Andy Murray are battling it out for front and back page space. Yesterday was the first time two Brits have won singles matches on Centre at Wimbledon since last century - Rusedski and Henman in 1999.

10:39Onto the action soon, but first, a reminder to email us on socialmedia@aeltc.com or tweet using #Wimbledon or me directly @carolinecheese. Don't worry about telling me that Serena Williams is wearing non-white shorts though, several hundred people have already made me aware of this. Thanks!

10:34The gates are open, the people are flooding in, Wimbleday Six is go, go, go. Many of them will be heading straight for Court 14 where Tiger Tim Henman will be giving an HSBC Road to Wimbledon masterclass to some lucky kids. Hopefully he'll be giving them some tips on the backhand smash - a lost art since Timbo's retirement.



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