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.
Kiki Bertens beats Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-6 (1)
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.
Roger Federer leads 5-0 on Centre Court. Adrian Mannarino has won two points so far. Still, he’s having a nice day out.
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!
They’ve played six minutes on Centre Court. Roger Federer has broken twice against Adrian Mannarino, who looks beaten already.
Camila Giorgi beats Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4!
The Russian’s giantkilling exploits are over. It was a routine win for Giorgi, who will play Serena Williams next. Or Evgeniya Rodina.
Dominika Cibulkova beats Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-1!
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.
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.
Jelena Ostapenko beats Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (4), 6-0!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Karolina Pliskova has broken back against Kiki Bertens. There might be a lot of this sort of thing today.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…”
But it hasn’t reached that point. Not yet. The Blessed Roger should beat Adrian Mannarino today, snarling, seething Djokovic ought to have too much for the big Russian Karen Khachanov, Rafa should be too strong for Jiri Vesely in these scorching conditions and the regal Serena should continue her progress against fellow mother Evgeniya Rodina. As long as that quartet keep going, everything will be fine. Nothing to worry about. And if Croatia want to knock England out of the World Cup on Wednesday night, well, that would be ever so unfortunate, a real blow – but would anyone like to wash down a bowl of strawberries with a pint of Pimm’s?
Play begins at 11.30am BST on the outside courts and at 1pm BST on the show courts.