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Live Blog : Friday 4 July 2014

  • Federer to meet Djokovic in men's final
  • Djokovic beats Dimitrov in dramatic 4-setter
  • Bryan brothers advance to doubles final
  • Friday's Results
by Caroline Cheese

19:18So on a day when experience trampled all over the exuberance of youth, this, ahem, experienced live blogger needs a little lie-down. I'll see you tomorrow.

19:12Right, before we check out, here's a reminder of what's on tap tomorrow. We begin at 2pm UK time with the women's final between Genie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova. Then it's the ladies' doubles final between Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic and Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci. We finish with the men's doubles decider between the Bryans and Vasek Pospisil/Jack Sock.

19:10

19:06Novak Djokovic said he saw coach Boris Becker briefly after the match, but Boom Boom seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. "He said, 'Let's speak later.' I didn't realise, but then I saw the TV." Becker was off to watch Germany-France in the World Cup quarter-finals and it's been quite the day for BB: Germany's 1-0 win puts them through to the semi-finals.

Djokovic on facing Federer

19:05"I respect Roger and everything he has achieved in his career as a player. To come back and play finals of Wimbledon again, it's incredible what he's doing. But when we come to the court, that ends. I'm there to win whoever is across the net."

Novak Djokovic

19:01"Losing three out of four last Grand Slam finals, it cannot be satisfying. But I know that I can win the title... It's mental in the end of the day. Things have to come together for you to win a Grand Slam. That's why not so many players throughout the history have done that."

18:58Dimitrov was floored by Djokovic on Centre

Grigor Dimitrov

18:56"I think this is the first time for me to be in semi-final of a slam, so obviously to me that's just positive... I think I'm in a good spot at the moment. I'm practising well. I'm doing a good work on and off the court... I can take a lot of positives out of all the matches I played out here in England. There's no look back."

18:54Grigor Dimitrov and Novak Djokovic have been facing the media after their dramatic semi-final earlier.

Attack of the Stat

18:47At 32 years and 332 days, Roger Federer is the third oldest Wimbledon finalist in history. He is through to his 25th Grand Slam final - stretching his all-time lead over Rafael Nadal to five.

18:45Djokovic and Federer will meet for the 35th time on Sunday - but for the first time in a Grand Slam final since the 2007 US Open. Federer leads the head-to-head 18-16, but Djokovic has won four of the last six.

18:33And by the way, move aside Stan Wawrinka, there's a new kid in town: Roger Federer will move up to No.3 in the world rankings after the tournament and become the new Swiss No.1.

18:28So it's the dream Wimbledon final we always hoped for: Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg. Last time they met on Centre Court, Edberg won in five sets to claim the 1990 title. Who you backing to come out on top in the Clash of the Coaches?

Federer on possibly winning an 8th title

18:26"It means a lot, I must say. I'm unbelievably proud every time I can walk to the grounds and play this tournament. I know I don't have 10 left. The first one in 2003 was a dream come true. To have another chance to go through these emotions is an unbelievable thrill."

Federer on facing Djokovic

18:24"It's always great. We always play good matches against each other. Novak is a great champion and he's been around a long time. He's used to these occasions as well, he knows how to get it done. So I hope it's going to be a good match."

Roger Federer on a 'perfect' run to the final

18:19"I'd say so. I played some great tennis under pressure at times. I expect a lot of myself here. I was happy to get through the first rounds without any problems and second week, I've been able to get better."

Federer def. Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

18:15Clinical from Roger Federer, who reaches his 9th Wimbledon final, his 25th Grand Slam final and will go for a historic 8th Wimbledon crown against Novak Djokovic on Sunday. It was never in doubt, was it?

18:14

Federer *6-4, 6-4, 5-4 Raonic

18:11Federer somehow gets back a huge serve out wide, and Raonic makes a mess of the short ball, placing it right back to Fed, who whips the pass cross-court. That's 0-30 and now Raonic nets a backhand. Three break points and after an ace saves the first, the Canadian is wild with the forehand. Fed to serve for a place in the final...

Federer 6-4, 6-4, 4-4* Raonic

18:08We're up to 58 aces across the two semi-finals. I think I guessed 67 in the Great Bunker Sweepstake so it's all in the balance. Fed holds to love. Big service game coming up for Raonic.

Federer *6-4, 6-4, 3-4 Raonic

18:05Federer has still dropped serve only ONCE in the tournament. Incredible.

Federer *6-4 6-4 2-3 Raonic

18:01Hello again. I can confirm it's scorchio (in British terms) out there - and there are some very interesting sunburn patterns to be observed around the grounds.

17:57CAROLINE BROUGHT ME STRAWBERRIES! And with that I hand the live blog back to her. Can Milos Raonic make a come back? I'll ponder that while I chow down on these red goddesses.

Federer 6-4 6-4 2-2 Raonic

17:52Is Federer the superior server so far today? Feels it. He holds for 1-all in the third as is winning 77 percent of points on his first delivery, compared to 79 percent for Raonic. Roger with the two breaks in each of the first two sets. The Swiss man has still been broken just ONCE in this tournament.

Tomorrow's order of play!

17:47There's little shock here, but it's as follows, all finals being played tomorrow: CENTRE COURT - 2pm - Bouchard v Kvitova, followed by Babos/Mladenovic v Errani/Vinci, followed by Bryan/Bryan v Pospisil/Sock

Federer leads 6-4, 6-4

17:42It's coasting right now for the seven-time champion, who serves a bomb up the T for a 30-15 lead. He then stands his ground at 30-all, popping a forehand volley into an open court and Milos misses the return. Roger is one set from the final!

Federer 6-4, *5-4 Raonic

17:40Federer breaks here thanks to some poor decision-making from Raonic, who misses an overhead long at love-30 and then is broken at 15 when Roger hits a second straight down-the-line backhand winner in the game. Vintage Roger there.

Federer 6-4 *1-2 Raonic

17:21Raonic scratched his way through that game as coach Ivan Ljubicic looking on concerned from the players' box. Not necessarily clicking for Milos so far here, but on serve in the second.

No sweat so far for Roger

17:12

Federer wins first set, 6-4

17:08Federer reels off another hold and - thanks to that opening-game break - he safely has a one-set lead after 32 minutes, having hit 13 winners and going five for six at the net vs. the Canadian.

Email from Jennifer

17:07I'm on the second busiest highway in Canada (in the passenger seat of course) without TV! Thanks for frequent updates!

Federer fights off break point, holds

17:03Roger was down a break point a 30-40, but hits a service winner to fight that off and then blasts two aces up the T, 5-3.

Federer leads 4-2

16:56What's Roger's secret so far? Solid net play. The seven-time champion is batting .1000, going five-for-five at the net.

Thoughts go out to Vicky

16:53

Email from Chantelle in Calgary

16:51‎I wish these announcers would bother to learn how to pronounce Raonic's name correctly...meelosh rownitch. It's not hard, they should know it by now...

The Brits are finished

16:48I'm sad to break it to you that all the British players in the main draws are finished, with Neal Skupski and Naomi Broady going out in mixed doubles, 6-4, 6-3 to Aisam Qureshi and Vera Dushevina. Good work, Team GB! Thanks for the memories.

Raonic on the board

16:46Milos recovers from that woeful start to hold, 1-2. Roger taps in a forehand volley with a 40-love lead on his own serve, however, going up 3-1.

16:37Hello all! Caroline has promised me strawberries when she returns... I'll keep you posted. If you're a Raonic fan you'll hope that first game wasn't a harbinger of things to come as an apparent ace was ruled out (Hawk-Eye confirmed) in the first point and then Milos double faults and misses two groundies. Break to Federer, 1-0.

16:34OK, Roger Federer and Milos Raonic are knocking up on Centre. Happily, Nicholas McCarvel has completed his warm-up and is ready to take you through the opening stages of this one.

16:32

Email from Bragadish

16:30 I am a die hard Djoko fan and want to see him finally win the title after a long time. Go Nole!!!!

16:25Could Novak Djokovic's run to the final have anything to do with his hair-care routine? The on-site hairdresser told our blogger Sarah Edworthy this morning that the Serb has already been to the salon three times, each time only getting a tiny amount chopped off. “He has very strong, coarse hair and, because it sticks up naturally, he would notice growth quickly," says stylist Suzanne. "But definitely not in two days."

Email from Sujay

16:21Dimitrov is where Murray was probably 3 years ago. Full of promise with a bit of fine tuning required. A bitter end for the Bulgarian beast whose grit left him at such an important moment.

Djokovic on reaching his third Wimbledon final

16:20"I have lost the last couple of Grand Slam finals so I'm looking forward to it. It's a big challenge, a big match. And it's the Wimbledon final: the biggest event we have in sport."

Novak Djokovic

16:18"He deserves respect - it was a tough match. The fourth set could have gone either way. I started well and like the last match against Cilic, I allowed my opponent to come back into the match. Overall I'm just really glad to get to another Wimbledon final."

16:15Jude Law and the rest of the Centre Court crowd are on their feet to applaud the players after some incredible drama - not the highest quality I don't think, but you can't argue about the entertainment. Or you can actually on socialmedia@aeltc.com

Djokovic def. Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6

16:11Yeesh, a double fault from Dimitrov - the second serve millimetres long - and Djokovic has a match point. He's into the net! But Dimi finds the pass and it's 7-7. No, that's a really nasty slip from Dimitrov - and Djokovic is checking he's ok. But now another match point for Djokovic and he wins it with a passing shot off a netcord. What a way to win through to your third Wimbledon final.

16:04A stunning 19-strike rally ended by Dimitrov's volley put-away makes it 3-1 to the Bulgarian, but he follows it by netting the simplest of forehands. It's kind of how this match has gone. Now a lame forehand into the net from Djoko and Dimi changes over at 4-2. Dimi sticks a volley behind Djoko and has three set points. Ridiculous rally, with Dimi slipping and sliding all over the place like a...well, like a cow on ice (copyright M Sharapova), and Djoko saves one of them. Then another. One left for Dimi and it's on his serve. Brutal point from Djoko and eventually Dimitrov nets the forehand. They change over at 6-6. So so so tense now.

Email from Nardon in New Zealand

16:03Awesome match. Picking Dimitrov v Raonic final. Watching in Invercargill, New Zealand. Maybe a Canadian double to take down titles?

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-6 Djokovic

16:02Hold tight, we're going to a tie-break...

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-5* Djokovic

15:58Djokovic still railing against the surface, which has become dry, dusty and slippery amid these ARID conditions we've been enjoying. He'll have to refocus now: he needs another hold to force the tie-break.

Dimitrov *4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 5-5 Djokovic

15:53Absolutely stunning from Dimitrov, giant strides across the court to pick up a drop volley and thread it back down the line. He's two points from the set at deuce The Bulgarian then scrambles back a stinging pass from Djoko and it's now set point. Crowd loving it, but Djoko quietens them with a big first serve. Great bellows from Djoko as he holds serve. Both men really fired up now.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 5-4* Djokovic

15:49Sujay, it would be a pretty awesome prospect... We're still on serve. Given what happened in the last tie-break, maybe Djoko would settle for another?

Email from Sujay

15:48I'm really hoping Dimitrov finds the fire again. It's one thing to see a promising player reach the semis and lose to a champion and an another thing to make a final. But more than that, it would be a sight to see Federer against Baby Federer in a slam final. Do you want to see that too? :)

15:45The Murrays' Wimbledon is over as Jamie Murray and Casey Dellacqua lose in the mixed quarter-finals 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to Max Mirnyi and Hao-Ching Chan.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 4-3* Djokovic

15:44Djokovic aims a kick at the turf in frustration after he mistimes a groundstroke. Dimitrov holds.

15:43

Dimitrov *4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-3 Djokovic

15:37It's 02:37am in Dunedin, by the way, and not a single typo in that last email. I salute you Jan. And surely they have strawberries in New Zealand?! Djokovic saves three break points to cling on to his serve. A relieved Boris Becker runs his hand through his hair.

Email from Jan in New Zealand

15:36Djokovic will come through without a doubt! Living down under in Dunedin, NZ I'm suffering from little sleep over the past two weeks! But the tennis is awesome, and I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. The one thing missing? Strawberries and cream!

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 3-2* Djokovic

15:32I wish I could explain the goings-on on Centre, I really do, but it's baffling. Dimitrov falls to 15-40 but he manages to dig out a couple of big serves.

Dimitrov *4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 2-2 Djokovic

15:29He's not finished yet: Dimitrov shakes off that horror show of a game and breaks straight back, finishing with a running pass.

Email from Jane in Canada

15:28I am liking what I see on Court No. 3. Although I’m only able to watch via IBM Slamtracker it’s no less exciting. A very good day for Canada today too.

15:24Happy Independence Day! Jack Sock will represent for U.S of A in the men's doubles final, partnering Canada's Vasek Pospisil to a straight-sets win over Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 1-2* Djokovic

15:22Eek, Dimitrov begins the third game with THREE straight doubles. Groans around Centre Court. At 0-40 down, he gets a second serve in - but then wellies a forehand miles over the baseline. A truly, truly terrible game from the Bulgarian.

15:19Who's backing a Dimitrov revival? Tweet me @carolinecheese or whack me an email on socialmedia@aeltc.com Or is Djoko heading for a 14th Grand Slam final?

Email from Kathleen

15:18I think this will go five sets; I don't see either Dimitrov or Djokovic giving way easily.

15:17Flat-out on Centre Court

15:15Dimitrov has some new shoes delivered now. The 23-year-old suddenly looked every bit the Grand Slam semi-final debutant in that tie-break, as Djokovic showed the benefit of his 22 previous trips to a major semi.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 Djokovic

15:10Both players still struggling to keep their footing - but it's Dimitrov who suffers most in the breaker. A slip on a forehand leaves him a mini-break down and after changing over at 4-2 down, he promptly double-faults. I think this is what you call a brain cramp: backhand into the net and then a lame return into the net gives Djokovic a two sets to one lead.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-6 Djokovic

15:07A couple of holds later and it's tie-break time. How crucial could this be...?

15:04

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 5-5* Djokovic

15:01Dimi and Djoko are both floored as they scramble about at the net - look out for that photo. Dimitrov wins the point to hold and level.

14:56The Bryan brothers are through to their 26th Grand Slam final, Bob 'n' Mike beating Llodra/Mahut in straight sets. They'll go for their 99th title as a team on Saturday, and it looks like they'll face Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, who lead Paes/Stepanek by two sets and a break.

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 4-4* Djokovic

14:51Glorious pass from Djokovic, chasing down a drop volley and flicking it cross-court to make it 15-30. He punches the air in triumph - and then goes long with a return. He's fuming, unsurprisingly. Gets to deuce but then makes a right mess of a low volley. The Serb could explode at any moment.

14:50

Dimitrov *4-6, 6-3, 3-4 Djokovic

14:43OK, I take back everything I said. Djokovic is still in a very strange place, serving and volleying on a second serve?! Um...maybe he thinks he actually is Boris Becker. The Serb faces a break point, misses the first serve by miles, but then hits a surprise short backhand into the sideline. I'm not totally sure he meant that but it was very effective. Djoko escapes.

Dimitrov *4-6, 6-3, 2-3 Djokovic

14:38Djokovic plays one of the worst volleys you'll ever see - think it might even have bounced before the net - but it doesn't put him off coming in behind his first serve on the next point and wrapping up the game. Djokovic is putting new shoes on at the changeover, in case those details are important to you.

14:37

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 2-2* Djokovic

14:35Djokovic looks to have regained his composure after losing five straight games to drop the second set. He gets to 30-30 but Dimitrov comes through.

14:32Josh, I will forgive the over-familiar greeting - just on this occasion. The Wimbledon.com team is embedded in is widely regarded as the beating heart of the All England Club: the basement of the Broadcast Centre. Here I have a multitude of screens at my disposal, and thus end up watching nothing properly.

Email from Josh in Malaysia

14:31Dear Sweet Caroline, where are you blogging from exactly? Centre Court? Media room? Cosy hotel across SW19?

14:24

Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 0-0* Djokovic

14:19Having saved one set point, Djokovic stops a rally to challenge a call - but he's wrong, and Dimitrov is level. That set turned around very quickly and very dramatically.

Dimitrov *4-6, 5-3 Djokovic

14:16This is quite the turnaround: Djokovic is broken for the second time in a row and Dimitrov will serve to level the match. The Serb is looking at his player box and gesticulating.

14:11The women's doubles final is set: Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic beat Petkovic/Rybarikov 6-1, 6-3 and they'll meet Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani in Saturday's final. The Italians had an almost-as-comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Hlavackova/Zheng.

Dimitrov *4-6, 3-3 Djokovic

14:07Djokovic stares accusingly at the turf as he mistimes a forehand to leave him 0-30 down - but Dimitrov makes a poor error to let Djoko back in. But a thumping off-forehand paints the line and now Dimi has two break points. Misses the pass on the first, but Djoko NETS on the second. Game on!

14:05

14:02Can Dimitrov launch a comeback?

Dimitrov *4-6, 1-3 Djokovic

13:56Hmmm. This wind is playing merry havoc out there. Djokovic slaps the net with a forehand and Dimitrov has a first break point. Djokovic wrong-foots Dimitrov though - and the Bulgarian ends the rally on his behind after slipping. Groans of disappointment from the crowd, who are hoping for a Dimitrov recovery here.

13:54Becker keeps his beady eye on Djokovic

Dimitrov 4-6, 1-2* Djokovic

13:49Early danger for Dimitrov - who's hitting 61 percent of his first serves against the best returner in the game - and after a couple of deuces, he's break point down. His backhand clatters the top of the net and flies out. This is super impressive from Djokovic.

Kvitova on Bouchard

13:48"I think Bouchard is playing very solid game. She's a very good mover. She's near the baseline. I think it's very similar to my game. I think it's going to be tough battle. Definitely I had a few already, so I know how it's feel and what I can expect."

Petra Kvitova on winning in 2011

13:45"Definitely it's not easy. I need really some time to get used to everything. I need to change little bit myself. I had to be more, like, inside, thinking more, little bit the pressure. It took a lot of energy from me."

13:44Petra Kvitova will be going for her second Wimbledon and second Grand Slam title tomorrow. Some thoughts from the Czech coming up...

Dimitrov 4-6, 1-0* Djokovic

13:41Dimitrov has dropped his third set of The Championships but he's off to a confident start to the second, finishing with a 136mph ace.

Dimitrov *4-6, 0-0 Djokovic

13:36Djokovic is serving very smartly in tricky conditions - bright sunshine and gusty winds. Dimitrov isn't handling it quite so well, and his ninth unforced error gives Djokovic a hold to love and the set.

Dimitrov 4-5* Djokovic

13:31Novak Djokovic lands an extraordinary 19 out of 19 first serves to start the match - until missing one at the end of the eighth game. Dimitrov holds and the Serb will try to serve out the set after this changeover.

13:29"A player who would fight you to death for your last Rolo" is how I saw Genie Bouchard described earlier. She is tough as nails.

Bouchard on Bieber and marriage proposals

13:28"He (Bieber) has not been in touch in the past 24 hours. I have not really gone on Twitter to check marriage proposals. I've been trying to keep my focus and not go on social media too much during the tournament. I do my own tweets and Facebook and things like that, so when I don't do them it's because I'm really not on and trying to stay focused. Maybe after I'll go back and respond to some. But for now I'm just keeping the blinders on."

Genie Bouchard

13:26"I'm proud of what I accomplished, but the job is not over. It's a great tournament and it's a great moment for me, so I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as I can."

13:25The women's finalists have been carrying out their pre-match press duties just now. Some soundbites coming up, first from Genie Bouchard...

Dimitrov 2-3* Djokovic

13:20Hmm, strange one from Dimitrov. He made a very confident start but all of a sudden, the size of the stage seems to hit him and four bad points give Djoko a break to love. Boris Becker is pleased.

Dimitrov 2-1* Djokovic

13:15Slight setback for Dimitrov as a string pings in Djokovic's opening service game but no drama, he holds to love in the next game and we remain on serve.

Dimitrov 1-0* Djokovic

13:12Very solid start from the Bulgarian in his first Grand Slam semi, holding to 15 in his opening service game.

13:09Everyone ready? Play... Grigor Dimitrov to serve first.

13:08

13:04Maria Sharapova is here! Wearing shades (obviously), she takes her seat in the players' box to support her beau Dimitrov.

13:02Rod Laver having an animated chat with Jack Nicklaus as Novak Djokovic walks onto Centre Court, followed by the pretender, Grigor Dimitrov. Would love to hear what they're talking about...

Chastine from the Philippines

13:01Good luck to Roger Federer on his semifinal match later. I hope and pray that he wins his 8th Wimbledon title this year. There's something about Wimbledon that makes it extra special and unique. Most of the players credit it to its aura/atmosphere and antiquity. I agree. but my reason for liking Wimbledon is more personal. I make no attempt to hide the fact that I adore Roger so much that to see him so comfortable and so "at home" in Wimbledon is enough to make me love it. Roger and Wimbledon - they're perfect together.

12:54The Bunker Sweepstake is under way. The question is: How many total aces in both semi-finals? I've gone for 67. Already regretting it.

12:50

From Alex from Montreal

12:49Watching Wimbledon since 1977, first time Canucks have a legitimate shot. Miss Bouchard being from Montreal and will be first slam champion is icing on our Canada day cake.

12:45Anyway, Great Britain is now fully focused on the all-important mixed doubles as we attempt to salvage a complete fail of a sporting year. Naomi Broady and Neal Skupski are second on No.1 Court against No.16 seeds Aisam Qureshi and Vera Dushevina. Jamie Murray and Aussie partner Casey Dellacqua meet Mirnyi/Chan third on Court 12.

12:41ESPN's trailer should get you in the mood for today's semi-finals. "Grigor Dimitrov's dream run," notes the smooth-as-silk voice of narrator Clive Owen. "Has been Britain's worst nightmare." Alright, no need to go on about it Clive, you're meant to be one of us.

Weather Update

12:38Eek, I forgot to give you the weather again: Dry and mostly sunny morning, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of RAIN during the evening and overnight. Max temp: 26C (79F).

12:34

12:30Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci - winners of four Grand Slam titles but never Wimbledon - are 6-3, 2-1 to the good against Andrea Hlavackova and Zheng Jie in their women's dubs semi-final.

12:25 Less Tornado, more light breeze. Tornado Black is out of the girls' singles, going down very meekly to Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1.

12:23QUICK, get all your Tornado Black puns out now. She trails 6-3, 4-1 against Ostapenko and it looks like the Latvian is weathering the storm very nicely.

12:22

12:16Patrick, I've rifled through the history books all the way back to... erm, this year's Australian Open final and a victory for Stan Wawrinka. Perhaps the finest one-hander in the game, no?

Email from Patrick

12:14I think it was 2012 when a one-handed backhand last made it to a Grand Slam final, and if we ignore Roger then the last one-hander in a final must have been Gustavo Kuerten? Can you cross check this for me?

12:06

Dimitrov on Rasheed

12:03“It just clicked, it just happens. You can't really describe things like that sometimes...We're just at the beginning. On the court I'm just playing better tennis. I have better shot selections; I'm more consistent throughout all the weeks, winning more matches."

11:58Part of the change in Grigor Dimitrov is down to Aussie coach Roger Rasheed, a taskmaster who once proudly claimed "I can make you vomit in a minute." Since they started working together, Dimitrov has won his first title (and followed it with three more), made career-best runs at the Australian Open and now here, and will be in the top 10 after Wimbledon. More on the Rasheed effect on Wimbledon.com

11:55A little over two hours to go until two mouthwatering men's semis get under way: first will be Novak Djokovic v Grigor Dimitrov. The Serb world No.2 leads the head to head 3-1, but their last meeting was more than a year ago and the Bulgarian has come a long way since then.

Royal Box

11:49The King himself, Rocket Rod Laver is back to sit on his throne. In his shadow will sit Jack Nicklaus, Bradley Cooper, Jude Law, Justin Rose, Larry Ellison, Bear Grylls, and Brian O'Driscoll. If you don't know who any of those people are, let me know (socialmedia@aeltc.com or @carolinecheese) and I'll try to explain.

11:44We are well under way on the outside courts and my eyes are immediately drawn to Court 10 where No.3 seed Tornado Black - the hotly-tipped American - is in quarter-final action in the girls' singles. She's up against unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who lists her hobbies as shopping, dancing and reading. Covering all bases there.

11:43

11:37It's also Pam Shriver's birthday. And Henri Leconte's and indeed, Andrei Cherkasov's. Birthday greetings all round. Wonder if they'll have a joint do, save on the sausage roll budget.

11:36

Happy 4th of July

11:31It's Independence Day but we have no Americans flying the flag here in the singles. A small crumb of comfort: the last non-European to reach the Wimbledon final was Andy Roddick in 2009.

Attack of the Stat

11:28Federer has never lost to a Canadian opponent (8-0); Raonic has never beaten a Swiss opponent (0-7). Federer is responsible for four of those losses.

Email from Linda & Manfred Zumm Port Moody, BC

11:25Genie, Raonic, good luck, Canada is watching, we are sooooo happy for both of you regardless of the outcome

11:22Federer v Raonic: there will be aces

Attack of the stat

11:18Milos Raonic has held 98 percent of his service games (84 out of 86); Roger Federer has held 99 percent of his service games (73 out of 74). Something's got to give (or there'll just be a lot of tie-breaks).

11:16Today Canadian eyes are on Milos Raonic, the man with the howitzer serve, who I learned today wears that long white sleeve because of a skin complaint. So there you go.

11:11It's not just tennis either. The New York Times has also noted that: the Toronto Blue Jays are top of the American League East; the last two No. 1 picks of the NBA draft are from Canada; and Canada won one more gold at this year's Winter Olympics than USA - including the ice hockey gong.

Vasek Pospisil on Canadian tennis

11:08“I think if the children here in Canada can see the Canadian players having good results, it can only be positive for tennis in Canada. I really hope this will continue, and that tennis will be able to become a major sport in Canada in the future.”

10:56Another question: Is Canada the new tennis superpower? And has anyone in Canada - a nation where badminton is more popular than tennis - noticed? Genie Bouchard is into the ladies' final, Milos Raonic is in the men's semis, while Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor are still in the doubles events.

10:52I can't answer the first two questions with any confidence. The third? It's honorary steward David Spearing. 'Who is the man in the black hat?' annually our most-asked question. More FAQs on Wimbledon.com

Morning!

10:45Today's big questions: will youth trump experience? Are the Big Four yesterday's men? Who is the man in the black hat that sits in the players' box on Centre Court?


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