A fine start for Steve Johnson on Court 3. That worrying head-to-head record isn’t holding him back. The American has broke early to lead 2-0 against Kei Nishikroi. Things aren’t going so well for another American, though. Sam Querrey, a semi-finalist in 2017, trails by a break in the first set against Australian scrapper John Millman on Court 17.
The players have arrived on the outside courts. We’ll have play soon. First up on Court 2, Petra Kvitova takes on Magda Linette. Kvita, the No 6 seed, has only played Linette once before and beat her in Montreal in 2016. Meanwhile Kei Nishikori is looking to extend his dominance over Steve Johnson on Court 3. Nishikori has won all four of his previous meetings with the unseeded American, who had a good five-set victory over Alex de Minaur in the second round.
Eric Dier is in the Royal Box today. I suppose he does bear a passing resemblance to Prince Harry.
Coco-mania has taken Wimbledon by storm. When I left the grounds last night the hill was packed and everyone was transfixed as they watched Gauff’s win over Polona Hercog. I’ve rarely seen it so busy for a third-round match.
Hello. The sun’s beating down on SW19, everyone’s suffering from a Cori Gauff hangover (what a kid!) and we’ve got another packed schedule ahead of us. For a start we have the grandees of the sport, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, all in singles action. While Williams has a rerun of last year’s semi-final when she faces Julia Goerges in the first match on Court 1, Nadal will hope not to suffer any after-effects from his weird evening with Nick Kyrgios when he faces the experienced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and when that’s done Federer gets to have a go at another Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, the 27th seed.
But that’s not all! Because what a day it is to be British! Harriet Dart, snubbed in the mixed doubles by the treacherous Jay Clarke, is through to the third round for the first time and plays Ashleigh Barty, the world No 1, in the first match on Centre. Then there’s Johanna Konta, moving along without much fanfare, in an intriguing tussle with the USA’s Sloane Stephens, the ninth seed and former US Open champion, in the second match on Court 1, where the singles action finishes with the resurgent Dan Evans taking on Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who’ll be riding high after his thumping second-round win over Marin Cilic.
And that’s still not all! Because Andy Murray is playing not one but two doubles matches after his adventure with Serena had to be postponed because of the Gauff show last night. First Sir Muzz plays alongside
Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round of the men’s doubles – they face Franko Skugor and Nikola Metic – and then he gets down to business with Serena in a match that still needs a court and won’t start before 5.30pm. They play Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi.
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Play begins at: 11am BST.