Wimbledon 2018: Khachanov v Djokovic; Nadal, Williams and Federer through – live!
Monday 9 July 2018 19:56
Latest updates from Manic Monday in SW19Pliskova, last of Wimbledon’s top 10 women, falls to BertensFeel free to email Jacob or to tweet: @JacobSteinberg 6.56pm BST A snippet from Serena Williams’s press conference.Q. The women’s final coincides with Donald Trump’s visit to Britain. If you are in the final, would it be a concern at all if he were to come in light of the boorish comments he’s made about women in sport?SERENA WILLIAMS: I don’t know what comments he’s made about women in sport. But I feel like he has the right to do whatever he wants to do. If he wants to come to a Wimbledon final, he has that right. I hope I’ll be there. I don’t know. I still have a lot of matches to win. For me, I can’t even think that far. I’m just thinking one at a time. 6.45pm BST That roaring you can hear in Serbian is coming from Novak Djokovic, who’s leaping around the locker room as a backhand volley from Anderson lands just inside the line. Court 1 is finally free for Djokovic and Karen Khachanov. As for Anderson, he’ll be delighted. He survived a mid-match wobble and held his nerve in three tie-breaks to reach his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The eighth seed and former US Open finalist will play Roger Federer next. 6.40pm BST The mixed doubles match Jamie Murray (GBR)/Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (30) and Robert Farah (COL)/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) has been moved to Centre Court. What do you think about that, Novak? Djokovic, as it happens, has only been given a Centre Court slot once so far. He’s also played on Court 2. I’m sure he’ll be amused if his match doesn’t finish tonight. 6.37pm BST Rafa Nadal walks off to a huge cheer from the Centre Court crowd. Elsewhere Gael Monfils and Kevin Anderson have gone to a fourth-set tie-break. Novak Djokovic will be desperate for Anderson to win this one. 6.34pm BST Nadal didn’t have to wait long. He earns a third opportunity and this time Vesely plonks a backhand wide to send Nadal into the last eight for the first time since 2011. This was as straightforward as it gets. Nadal was never losing this one. He will play the winner of the match between Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon on Wednesday. Speaking of which, Del Potro has won a first-set tie-break on Court 2, taking it 7-1. 6.32pm BST Rafael Nadal is hunting down victory; he leads 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 on Centre Court. A big serve from Jiri Vesely saves a match point. A forehand error gives Nadal another chance. This time Vesely slams an ace down the middle. Over on Court 1, meanwhile, Gael Monfils has held to lead 6-5 in the fourth set. 6.27pm BST Gael Monfils holds comfortably enough to lead 5-4 in the fourth set on Court 1. Kevin Anderson will serve to keep it alive. Novak Djokovic’s impatience grows. At least it isn’t going to rain, Novak. 6.23pm BST Gilles Simon is continuing to prod Juan Martin del Potro. The Frenchman holds to lead 6-5 in the first set. Don’t rule out an upset on Court 2. 6.14pm BST Juan Martin del Potro is seriously irritable today. He almost thinks about breaking another racket after losing another point, only to think better of it. Gilles Simon holds to lead 5-4 in the first set on Court 2. 6.10pm BST Gael Monfils saves a break point and holds in slightly unconvincing fashion. He leads 3-2 in the fourth set and Kevin Anderson’s frustration is building. This one’s dragging on, which isn’t great news for Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov. 6.06pm BST Juan Martin del Potro receives a code violation for throwing his racket to the ground in a fit of pique. He was annoyed himself for teeing Gilles Simon up for an easy volley. 6.05pm BST Juan Martin del Potro’s lying on his backside, but he isn’t hurt, he’s just a bit upset he hasn’t broken Gilles Simon. He’s had chances. This is an entertaining match. 5.57pm BST On Court 2, Juan Martin Del Potro is being posed a few problems by the tricky Gilles Simon. The fifth seed saves a break point with a stunning drop shot. Simon earns another and Del Potro saves it with a backhand down the line. This has been a long, tense game. Del Potro eventually slaps a forehand away to hold for 3-3 in the first set. 5.46pm BST Jiri Vesely is woefully out of his depth against Rafael Nadal, who breaks again to win the second set and lead 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court. It’s been a non-event there today. 5.39pm BST Hopefully the BBC get him to do Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final.Some news here at Wimbledon... Andy Murray will appear on BBC television tomorrow as a studio pundit and then again on Wednesday as a commentator. 5.37pm BST Gael Monfils gets there in the end! He has made some inroads on Kevin Anderson’s serve today and a break at the right time pulls him back into the match on Court 1. Anderson leads 7-6, (4), 7-6 (2), 7-5. 5.30pm BST Jiri Vesely dumps a dismal backhand long to hand Rafa Nadal three break points. Nadal rips a forehand winner past the Czech to break for a 6-3, 3-2 and leaps into a celebratory fist bump that feels a bit over the top given how the one-sided nature of this match. 5.28pm BST Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon have emerged for the final match of the day on Court 2. I suspect there will be a lot of important people secretly hoping for a Del Potro win. That would probably set up a quarter-final with Rafa Nadal, who’s cruising along against Jiri Vesely on Centre Court. 5.24pm BST Gael Monfils breaks and serves for the third set at 5-3 against Kevin Anderson. He goes 30-0 up, plays a series of awful points and loses the game. Marion Bartoli is having a quiet chuckle to herself. 5.11pm BST All very predictable on Centre Court. Rafa Nadal has won the first set 6-3 against Jiri Vesely. If England weren’t in a World Cup semi-final, I’d think it was 2010 again. 5.10pm BST It was a battle for three sets, but Gulbis had nothing left to give after going behind. His movement has been restricted since that heavy fall during the second tie-break and the fourth set has been a doddle for Nishikori, who earns two more match points with a precise forehand. Gulbis has had enough. He batters a forehand return long and Nishikori is through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final. He’ll face Novak Djokovic or Karen Khachanov next. 5.07pm BST Ernests Gulbis saves a match point before whacking a couple of aces past Kei Nishikori to hold. The problem for the Latvian is that Nishikori is about to serve for the match at 5-1 in the fourth set. 4.57pm BST John Isner is through to his first Wimbledon quarter-final. The towering American has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) and will look to win some tie-breaks against Milos Raonic next. 4.55pm BST Manic Monday doesn’t feel very manic. Let’s call it Mildly Diverting Monday. Rafa Nadal has broken early on against double-faulting Jiri Vesely. 4.53pm BST In shock news, Kevin Anderson has won another tie-break. The No8 seed leads Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). He’s a set away from a quarter-final with Roger Federer. 4.52pm BST Ernests Gulbis is back on Court 2, but the Latvian’s challenge is fading. Kei Nishikori leads 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 2-0. 4.51pm BST This feels like a very optimistic answer from Roger Federer.Not to get ahead of ourselves, but on the final there’s a potential clash with the World Cup final. Obviously England potentially could get through the semi-final and be playing at the same time as perhaps yourself on Sunday. Would you be concerned about the fact people can watch simultaneously the World Cup match, be reacting to that, while in Centre Court? Would it detract from the atmosphere?ROGER FEDERER: Well, it’s going to happen anyway, if I’m going in the final or not, the Wimbledon final will take place, and so will the World Cup final (smiling). I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on. They’ll hear every point, Wow, Love-15, 15-30. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon. That’s how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. Maybe you should ask the questions over in Russia, how they’re going to feel about Wimbledon being played at the same time, so... 4.41pm BST The third match has started on Centre Court. Rafa Nadal leads 1-0 in his head-to-head with Jiri Vesely, the world No93 and another left-hander. 4.40pm BST Gulbis has disappeared for more treatment. It’s a shame he isn’t any good more often. He’s so watchable. 4.38pm BST At the 147th time of asking, Kei Nishikori takes the tie-break when Ernests Gulbis nets a backhand pass. Nishikori leads 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12). Gulbis has the trainer back on. 4.36pm BST Now it’s Gulbis’s turn to waste a set point. He fires a forehand wide at the end of a magnificent rally. This is an absolute farce. 4.33pm BST Nishikori earns a set point. He nets a forehand. Get these two off. 4.32pm BST Gulbis earns a set point. On his serve. Does he:A) Batter a serve past NishikoriB) Net a drop shot 4.30pm BST Facing a second set point, Gulbis slaps a backhand down the line. Oh Kei! He’s got one good knee! 4.29pm BST Good Gulbis disappears, Bad Gulbis returns. He whacks a backhand long to give Nishikori a set point. But he saves it with a big serve. 4.28pm BST Ernests Gulbis returns to Court 2 with heavy strapping on his left knee after his medical timeout. Down 5-2 in the tie-break, he then wins the next three points. Oh Kei! How could you! 4.22pm BST Kevin Anderson has also seen the trainer on Court 1. The South African’s a break down in the second set to Gael Monfils, who lost the first set on a tie-break. 4.21pm BST Over on Court 2, Ernests Gulbis is receiving treatment after hurting his left knee during the third-set tie-break with Kei Nishikori. The Latvian, who suffered a heavy fall behind the baseline, has had to leave the court. Nishikori leads 5-2 in the tie-break. They split the first two set. 4.19pm BST The women’s quarter-finals are all set for tomorrow: 4.17pm BST A big backhand from left to right finishes off Rodina. Williams, the 25th seed, is through to a quarter-final against Italy’s Camila Giorgi. Can she be stopped? She hit 30 winners and 10 aces today. 4.13pm BST Serena Williams is almost there. She leads 6-2, 5-2 against Evgeniya Rodina. 4.08pm BST We’re a set away from a quarter-final between Milos Raonic and John Isner. One for the purists. 4.04pm BST The last singles match of the day on Court 12 is done. Milos Raonic is through to the last eight again after beating Mackenzie MacDonald 6-3 6-4, 5-7 (5), 6-2. There could be a few big servers in the next round. Kevin Anderson, the eighth seed, has taken the first set 7-6 (4) against Gael Monfils on Court 1 and John Isner, the ninth seed, leads 6-4, 7-6 (8) against Stefanos Tsitsipas. 3.56pm BST Related: Roger Federer eases past Mannarino into Wimbledon quarter-finals 3.55pm BST Serena Williams leads Evgeniya Rodina by a set and a break on Centre Court, where it’s been very tepid today. Over on Court 12, Milos Raonic is pulling away from Mackenzie MacDonald in the fourth set. 3.53pm BST Related: Karolina Pliskova, last of Wimbledon’s top 10 women, falls to Kiki Bertens 3.48pm BST Gael Monfils responded to being broken by Kevin Anderson by breaking back. It’s 5-5 in the first set on Court 1. I admit my attention rather drifted away from this match after Anderson broke. I made the mistake of assuming there was no way back against the big-serving South African. 3.44pm BST Evgeniya Rodina is limping a bit, which is problematic given that she’s playing Serena Williams. A double-fault from the Russian makes it 0-30. Then she pings a backhand wind to hand Williams three set points. Another double-fault is greeted by a sigh from the low-intensity crowd on Centre Court. Williams takes the set 6-2. Rodina disappears for a comfort break. 3.33pm BST On Court 1, a double-fault from Gael Monfils gifts a break to Kevin Anderson, who leads 4-3 in the first set. The second serve from Monfils was miles out. 3.29pm BST A match that proves it’s always worth fighting, even when the situation looks bleak. Daria Kasatkina trailed the unseeded Belgian by a set and a break but she hung in there long enough to earn a quarter-final with Angelique Kerber. 3.25pm BST Alert! Alert! Malfunction! System malfunction! The MilosBot 3000 has just lost a tie-break. But he still leads the USA’s Mackenzie MacDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5) on Court 12. 3.24pm BST A fast start from Serena Williams on Centre Court, where she already has a break against Evgeniya Rodina. This could be a doddle. For drama, then, perhaps we should go to Court 2, where Kei Nishikori has levelled his match against Ernests Gulbis after winning the second-set tie-break. A firm backhand down the line from the 24th seed did the trick. 3.19pm BST Kei Nishikori has forced a second-set tie-break against Ernests Gulbis, who won the first set. Over on Court 3, meanwhile, ninth seed John Isner has won the first set 6-4 against the Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas. 3.08pm BST Serena Williams and Evgeniya Rodina walk out on Centre Court. Rodina has already beaten one American, but she’s likely to face Williams tougher than Madison Keys. The subplot here is that this is a match between two mothers. 2.59pm BST An entertaining match draws to a close as Kerber edges a tight tie-break. The highest seed left in the women’s draw is through to the last eight and awaits the winner of the match between Alison van Uytvanck and Daria Kasatakina. Kerber, seeded 11th, will fancy her chances. She knows how to win a grand slam, unlike most of the women still around. 2.57pm BST Roger Federer has won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon. He needs two more to equal his record from 2005-06. He also hasn’t been broken since last year’s semi-final against Tomas Berdych. 2.55pm BST An immense struggle for the top seed. He must be exhausted. He’ll need a long ice bath after this one. 2.52pm BST Roger Federer has broken in the third set in the epic on Centre Court. He leads Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 5-4 and will serve for his quarter-final spot. 2.50pm BST Belinda Bencic shakes her head, shrugs her shoulders and smiles ruefully after netting a forehand to hand Angelique Kerber a match point at 5-6 in the second set. She saves it by taking a high ball out of the air with a crashing volley. From there, it’s advantage Bencic. Kerber lifts a backhand long. She challenges. Bencic puts her hands together and looks to the skies. HawkEye answers her prayer and we will have a tie-break on Court 1. 2.47pm BST Dominika Cibulkova was unrepentant about the dispute with the umpire during her win over Hsieh Su-wei.This is another thing I really don’t want to talk about because I would get really upset and angry about that, because it was ridiculous what happened there. It never happened to me in my career that this would happen. Just a player is complaining. Sometimes I’m also complaining because I think it was a wrong call.But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision. It was really ridiculous for me. I think it was really bad decision from the supervisor and from the umpire. They changed their mind. The umpire told me she don’t remember what happened after the ball. Is it my fault you don’t remember if she hit the net or if she put it on my side?
2.42pm BST Daria Kasatkina, the subtle young Russian, trailed by a set and a break to Alison van Uytvanck. Now she’s 4-2 up in the second set. How quickly it turns. 2.41pm BST Kei Nishikori is having more treatment on his right elbow on Court 2. Ernests Gulbis, who won the first set, is waiting to serve at 1-2 in the second. 2.40pm BST All those set points. Belinda Bencic couldn’t take any of them, though, and that gives Angelique Kerber a glimmer of hope. The German breaks straight back to level the second set at 5-5 and walks off with a steely glint in her eye. You fear for Bencic now. 2.35pm BST Angelique Kerber is battling hard to keep the second set alive on Court 1. Belinda Bencic has had three set points. The game is still going. 2.34pm BST Julia Goerges of Germany has beaten Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2. That’s definitely a positive sign before Wednesday night. Right?
2.29pm BST On Court 1, Belinda Bencic reaches a drop shot from Angelique Kerber and rams a backhand down the line to lead 0-30 in the ninth game of the second set. The young Swiss has a satisfied grin on her face. She spies an opening, a chance to level the match. Kerber has other ideas. The German forcefully snatches the next three points. Bencic responds with another killer backhand down the line for deuce. Then Kerber stoops to net a low forehand, handing Bencic a break point. Kerber tries another lame drop shot. Bencic leads it again and finds the break with a crosscourt backhand! She’ll serve to level the match! 2.23pm BST Kei Nishikori is having treatment to his right elbow. He always seems to be troubled by something. He’s having a medical timeout. 2.22pm BST Thanks, Ben. And let’s go straight to Court 1, where Ernests Gulbis is serving for the first set against Kei Nishikori. Gulbis really is a baffling player. He arrived at Wimbledon with one tour win this year, but he has the talent and it doesn’t take much for him to put a run together. He’s already sent Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, on his way and now he’s tormenting a former grand slam finalist. Nishikori said that his win over Nick Kyrgios on Saturday was his best ever performance on grass, but he’s up against it against Gulbis, who seals the first set 6-4 with a rapier backhand winner. 2.19pm BST And, just like that, Federer takes the second set. He’s heading for the quarter-finals, surely. Also in the fourth round, Raonic is a set and a break up against Mackenzie McDonald, of the United States. In that tie-break, Van Uytvanck has taken the first set against Daria Kasatkina. And now here’s Jacob, refuelled, to guide you through the rest of the day’s action ... 2.16pm BST A roaring “Come on!” as Federer takes the next, to snatch back the serve and move within touching distance of a two-set lead. Over on No 3 Court, Vekic is in real trouble against Julia Görges, with the German 3-1 up in the second after cruising through to take the first. On No 2, Nishikori is serving to stay in the first set, as he trails the Latvian, Ernests Gulbis. 2.13pm BST We have new balls and a seesawing second set, with Federer flying through that service game to 5-5 against Mannarino. A quick rain check elsewhere: Daria Kasatkina has fought back to take the first to a tense tie-break against Alison Van Uytvanck, while Kerber is 3-2 to the good against Bencic in the second. 2.09pm BST A couple of sprawling forehand groundstrokes puts Federer temporarily back level on Centre Court. But Mannarino is composed, and though he seems to be struggling to reach a couple of the Swiss’s more elaborate shots, he is showing his steel. And some brilliant tennis, fit with Mannarino, one-handed, dragging the ball back from the death mid-exchange to take the next. He leads Federer 5-4 in the second. All of a sudden, he’s a game away from levelling this match-up, believe it or not. 2.04pm BST Mannarino is back for more, eking out another game against Federer to edge in front to 4-3 in the second. Thomas Bjorn, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, among the golfing spectators in the Royal Box, looks pretty impressed. Over on No 3 Court, Julia Görges is making relatively light work of Vekic. Inside 47 minutes, she’s within three games of a straight-sets victory. Lovely stuff. 1.59pm BST Federer pulls it back to 3-3 in the second, teed up by a neat serve and volley, but at least Mannarino, the Frenchman, is making him work for it after breezing the first set 6-0. Elsewhere, Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis are tied at 2-2 in the first, while Raonic is very much up and running after taking the first against McDonald 6-3. 1.56pm BST Kerber, after going 3-1 down, has taken that first set 6-3. She looks in the groove now against Bencic. Julia Görges is one-up against Donna Vekic, who got the better of Sloane Stephens early on in this competition. Raonic, meanwhile, is serving to take the first set ... 1.50pm BST So, over on No 1 Court, Angelique Kerber is wrestling with the impressive swiss Belinda Bencic. She’s 5-3 up in the first set after being stuck at advantage for a lifetime, while the No 14 seed, Daria Kasatkina, is behind against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck. Back on Centre Court, Mannarino is making a few waves but nothing to get too excited about just yet. After taking the first set, Federer and the Frenchman are level-pegging at 2-2 in the second. 1.41pm BST While Adrian Mannarino battles to preserve his dignity, I’m off to find some lunch. Ben Fisher will take over for a bit. 1.40pm BST Milos Raonic has made a strong start against the USA’s Mackenzie Macdonald on Court 12. The 13th seed leads 3-0 in the first set. Over on Court 2, meanwhile, Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis are about to get underway. This one could have been Alexander Zverev against Nick Kyrgios. But, well, y’know. 1.39pm BST A future Wimbledon champion?#bbctennis #wimbledon pic.twitter.com/YakHJ4CYC2 1.37pm BST That first set was so humiliating for Adrian Mannarino that the Centre Court crowd are actually cheering against Roger Federer. Even they don’t want to see a slaughter. Obviously they want Federer to win without any hiccups. But that was just embarrassing. At least there’s more fight from Mannarino at the start of the second set. The 22nd seed saves four break points and comes through deuce to hold. 1.33pm BST By the way, Kei Nishikori’s first set against Nick Kyrgios on Saturday also lasted 16 minutes. I’m not sure if that’s the record for a men’s match here. 1.30pm BST Karolina Pliskova’s exit means that all of the top 10 women’s seeds are out. But Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed and 2016 finalist, is still with us. The German has just broken back against Belinda Bencic on Court 1. Bencic leads 3-2 in the first set and it’s going with serve. 1.28pm BST Adrian Mannarino earns a break point! It’s the first break point Roger Federer has faced in this tournament! The comeback’s on! Or not. Federer wipes it out with an ace. He carves out a set point with a forehand winner. A volley forces Mannarino forward and the Frenchman’s lob goes long. Federer needed 16 minutes to win the first set 6-0. Dearie me. Mannarino won five points. He only made five unforced errors. Unfortunately Federer only made one. He also hit 11 winners to Mannarino’s zero. This is ridiculous. 1.23pm BST A fabulous performance from Bertens gets its reward. She dominates the tie-break and takes the first match point with a drive volley to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final and take out the highest seed left in the draw. 1.21pm BST Roger Federer leads 5-0 on Centre Court. Adrian Mannarino has won two points so far. Still, he’s having a nice day out. 1.19pm BST The second match on Court 3 sees the 13th seed Julia Goerges play Donna Vekic, who’s from Croatia. Boo! Hiss! Luka Modric doesn’t scare us! 1.16pm BST They’ve played six minutes on Centre Court. Roger Federer has broken twice against Adrian Mannarino, who looks beaten already. 1.14pm BST The Russian’s giantkilling exploits are over. It was a routine win for Giorgi, who will play Serena Williams next. Or Evgeniya Rodina. 1.12pm BST It was plain sailing in the end for Cibulkova, although she didn’t endear herself to the crowd with her antics at the end of the first set. It will be interesting to hear what both players have to say about that awful call from the umpire. If you missed it, Cibulkova had a shot called out during a Hsieh service game. A challenge showed that was in and the point was awarded to Cibulkova, even though Hsieh had sent the ball back into play. It was a preposterous decision from the umpire and Cibulkova should have offered to replay the point. Hsieh was justifiably furious and play was held up for around 10 minutes while the referee spoke to the umpire. Eventually they decided to replay the point, infuriating Cibulkova. What a mess. The episode seemed to work against Hsieh. It wasn’t as though the feisty Cibulkova, who plays Jelena Ostapenko next, needs any further motivation this week. 1.03pm BST The players have emerged on Centre Court and Court 1. Roger Federer and Adrian Mannarino are on the former, Angelique Kerber and Belinda Bencic are on the latter. 1.03pm BST Jelena Ostapenko can smile, wave and blow the crowd a few kisses now, though she wasn’t feeling too positive an hour or so ago. She made an awful start to this match and trailed by two breaks in the first set. Yet the former French Open champion woke up after receiving a warning for coaching and that was the beginning of the end for Sasnovich, who was powerless to resist once Ostapenko started pretending the ball was the umpire’s head. Sasnovich knocks a backhand long on match point and that’s enough for Ostapenko to reach her second consecutive quarter-final. 12.58pm BST Jelena Ostapenko will do well to lose from here. She leads 7-6 (4), 5-0 against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who can only think about what might have been. 12.56pm BST Serving for a 6-3, 5-2 lead over Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens marches to 40-15. That should be that. But Pliskova has other ideas. She fights back to deuce before breaking to give herself hope of a famous comeback. It could be a turning point on Court 2. 12.47pm BST Jelena Ostapenko is running away with it on Court 3. From 2-5 in the first set, she’s skipped into a 7-6 (4), 3-0 lead over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. 12.45pm BST Dominika Cibulkova hasn’t made many friends on Court 18, but she is closing in on her third quarter-final appearance. The
unseeded Slovakian leads 6-4, 3-0 against Hsieh Su-wei. 12.38pm BST It’s looking grim for Karolina Pliskova. The seventh seed is in danger of going out with a whimper. Kiki Bertens leads 6-3, 3-0 on Court 2. Related: Federer and Serena Williams remain but exodus of seeds raises questions 12.36pm BST Being warned for coaching jolted Jelena Ostapenko into life on Court 3. The Latvian’s fought back from 5-2 down to snatch the first set off Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who served for it twice. The set went to a tie-break and Ostapenko dominated it. Over on Court 12, meanwhile, Italy’s Camila Giorgi won the first set 6-3 against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. 12.33pm BST Play resumes, with both players seething. Fuelled by righteous indignation, Hsieh pulls it back from 0-30 to 30-all. But Cibulkova earns a set point with a clean winner. She nets a backhand, but another forehand winner gives her a second chance. She’s striking the ball venomously and it’s too much for Hsieh to handle. Cibulkova slaps a drive volley away and the first set’s in the bag. She takes it 6-4. Hsieh hasn’t held once. 12.29pm BST After a long discussion, now it seems that the umpire has seen sense and has ordered the point be replayed. It’s Cibulkova’s turn to argue with the umpire. Hsieh was refusing to continue. Cibulkova showed very little regard for fair play. She ought to have intervened on behalf of her opponent. The crowd are firmly on Hsieh’s side now. 12.28pm BST Everybody’s angry today. Over on Court 18, Hsieh Su-wei’s having an argument with the umpire after a call goes against her, leaving her down 0-40 at 4-5 to Dominika Cibulkoba. “Replay the point!” someone in the crowd shouts. Soon others are shouting in support of Hsieh. The referee has come on court to talk to the umpire. Cibulkova hit a shot that was called out. It was in. Hsieh hit it back in the court. Cibulkova challenged. HawkEye showed it was in and the point goes to Cibulkova. This is an outrage. It should be replayed. 12.23pm BST Kiki Bertens, the 20th seed, is a set away from knocking out Karolina Pliskova, the highest seed left in the women’s draw. She’s taken the first set 6-3 against the seventh seed. A Bertens win would leave Angelique Kerber as the highest seed. The No11 seed plays Belinda Bencic later. 12.21pm BST It turns out that Jelena Ostapenko was given a warning for coaching. She’s pumped up now, though, roaring after driving a backhand down the line to break once again! Aliaksandra Sasnovich has served for the set twice on Court 3, but it’s 5-5 and it feels like it’s Ostapenko’s to lose! 12.16pm BST There have been eight consecutive breaks on Court 18. Nobody’s held yet! Dominika Cibulkova and Hsieh Su-wei aren’t exactly up there with your Isners, your Andersons, your Steinbergs. 12.15pm BST Jelena Ostapenko isn’t feeling it. The Latvian’s already hit four double-faults today. That’s how many she usually averages per match, so she’s clearly not in the zone at the moment. Aliaksandra Sasnovich has taken full advantage and finds herself serving for the set at 5-2 on Court 3. Time for Ostapenko to left off a little steam, then. She rams a forehand away for 0-15 and she has an argument with the umpire - I’m not sure what it was about, but Ostapenko walks back to the baseline with a ravenous expression and takes out her frustration on the unfortunate Sasnovich. Ostapenko breaks to love! 12.06pm BST You break, I break. Hsieh Su-wei has broken for a 3-2 lead over Dominika Cibulkova. They’re yet to hold serve on Court 18! 12.03pm BST Karolina Pliskova has broken back against Kiki Bertens. There might be a lot of this sort of thing today. 11.58am BST Hsieh Su-wei must be a nightmare to play against. She has such an unorthodox game - a particular favourite of mine is her aggressive forehand slice, which is so hard to read. Whether she can serve well enough to beat Dominika Cibulkova remains to be seen, though. They’ve shared a four early breaks on Court 18. 11.52am BST Karolina Pliskova sends a forehand way past the baseline and Kiki Bertens, who was so very impressive and gritty against Venus Williams, breaks to lead 2-1 on Court 2. Jelena Ostapenko’s also in a spot of bother on Court 3. She’s already been broken twice by Aliaksandra Sasnovich. 11.46am BST Tim Henman, meanwhile, is criticising Novak Djokovic for having a row with the Centre Court crowd during his win over Kyle Edmund on Saturday. “You want him to go back to hugging everyone?’ John McEnroe says. He’s in waspish form. 11.45am BST On the BBC, they’re having a conversation about whether the length of the grass will help Rafa Nadal. John McEnroe makes up some statistics from the “Institute of Grass” and then asks when the matches start. They’ve started on the outside courts, Mr McEnroe! 11.36am BST Here they come, our cast and crew, umpires, line judges, ball kids and, most importantly of all, the players. Play on the outside courts will begin imminently. Here’s to tennis! 11.28am BST Name of the day: Hurricane Tyra Black, an American junior who plays Japan’s Yuki Naito in fourth match on Court 10. Hurricane’s sister is called Tornado.
Their brother is called Breeze.
11.25am BST Gael Monfils, who plays the No8 seed Kevin Anderson in the second match on Court 1, has told L’Equipe that he deserves more respect. Marion Bartoli criticised the 31-year-old Frenchman last week, accusing him and Nick Kyrgios of behaving like children. Kyrgios hit back at the former Wimbledon champion, before slightly undermining his case by folding meekly against Kei Nishikori on Saturday, and Monfils sounds similarly unimpressed.“My career has been unbelievable. People want to judge my career. But who are these people? Do we know each other? People dream for other people. But dream for yourself!” 11.12am BST In this tournament of giantkillers, watch out for Ekaterina Makarova. The unseeded Russian, who knocked out Carolina Wozniacki, meets the dangerous Italian, Camila Giorgi, in the first match on Court 12. As for Court 18, it’s angry unseeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova against conjurer of riddles Hsieh Su-wei. 11.08am BST There is a general assumption that the cull of the top seeds means that Serena Williams is going to waltz to the women’s title. She could probably win it with baby Olympia under her left arm, right? It’s easy to see why people think that. There aren’t many big names left. But there are a few threats left in the draw. The first match on Court 2, for instance, sees Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, meet Kiki Bertens, the conqueror of Venus Williams. Pliskova has a huge serve and the game for grass. On Court 3, meanwhile, the first match sees former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko meet Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who beat Petra Kvitova. Ostapenko’s on a hot streak at the moment. The explosive Latvian can beat anyone on her day. 10.57am BST Here’s an amusing story: one of the chefs in the media canteen has quit because he doesn’t want to have to work through England’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday or their possible final on Sunday afternoon. “I’ve only got one life,” he told me at the end of his shift on Saturday night. 10.54am BST Centre Court, Roger Federer’s kingdom, overlooks Court 14. The king has stepped outside of his palace this morning and is helping himself to a hit on one of his outside lawns. Hundreds of fans are watching the Swiss’s training regime. He’ll be on Centre Court in a couple of hours. His fourth-round opponent is Adrian Mannarino, a Frenchman who is yet to beat Federer in five attempts. 10.45am BST Hello. It was a strange first week at Wimbledon. On the one hand anyone resistant to change will be glad to hear that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are still standing. On the other hand we’ve already lost Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Marin Cilic from the men’s side. Garbine Muguruza, the defending women’s champion, is out. Simona Halep, the world No1, was sliced and diced by Hsieh Su-wei on Saturday. Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Carolina Wozniacki, Caroline Garcia, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have all left unfashionably early, leaving the No7 seed Karolina Pliskova and the No11 seed Angelique Kerber as the highest ranked players in the women’s draw. They call this day Manic Monday, but the chaos started early this year.A penny for the thoughts of the any All England Club suits. You have to feel for them. Any more unpredictability, any more upsets, and they’ll probably just give up. That’ll be it. What would be the point? The umpires would turn up in their pyjamas. The ball kids would be allowed to update their Instagram accounts in between points. Danny Dyer would be allowed in the Royal Box. In fact, he’d be allowed to introduce the players to the crowd. “Now, who’s this tw...” Continue reading...