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Mike Dickson: Out on boiling court three the crowd really wanting to get behind Robson bit she can’t muster the consistency to topple Rodina.

This Wimbledon has probably come a month too soon for her but clearly there has been decent improvement in the week since Eastbourne.

We’re approaching three hours over on Court No 2 where Muller has just taken a 3-0 lead in the fourth set against Tsonga. 

This one has all the hallmarks of a huge five-setter so I hope the fans have applied their sun cream. 

Nadal takes the second set with ease despite still not looking quite at his best. Bellucci hasn’t been able to make the most of his strong service game and has been drawn into too many duels with the Spaniard. There’s only one winner here… 

Despite battling back to 5-4, Robson has lost the first set to Robina over on Court No 3. She hit 18 winners but made 20 unforced errors. 

Robson started well, but some nervy play in the middle of the set was her undoing. The Brit has gone off the court temporarily for a short break. 

Stuart Fraser: No reason as to why, but we’ve just heard that Serena and Venus Williams have withdrawn from the doubles. Could be a precautionary measure.

Brit Johanna Konta was due to take them on with American Maria Sanchez. Instead, they will now take on the lucky loser pairing Misaki Doi and Stephanie Vogt.

Sam Cunningham: Kiki Bertens earned £29,000 for her 35 minutes on court against Petra Kvitova. She didn’t win a single point on Kvitova’s serve and took only one game in the entire match.

Viktor Troicki – the 22nd seed – is in action over on Court Six against Aleksandr Nedovyesov. He took the first set 6-1 and is on serve at 4-3 in the second.

And back on centre… the first set is done. 6-1, and it’s taken the second seed just 18 (EIGHTEEN) minutes to see off his opponent. Remarkable.

I said the crowd on Centre would see more tennis in this one, but if Roger Federer continues like this it won’t be a lot more.

He’s already 4-1 up on Dzumhur, and has raced into a commanding lead. His opponent, the Bosnian, is under a towel on his bench… it’s a daunting task ahead of him.

Well, Laura Robson has already won more games than she did in Eastbourne just 10 days ago. She’s just held her serve to take a 3-2 lead in front the crowd on Court Three.

This would be a real boost if she can come through, today. Judy Murray is up on the balcony above the court watching on.

A huge shout of ‘Federer, I love you!’ echoes around Centre Court as the No 2 seed wins the first point of his match against Damir Dzumhur.

Kvitova despatched her opponent in remarkable time in the previous match, but the crowd courtside will see a bit more tennis in this one…

Mike Dickson: So an easy win for Petra Kvitova but her opponent Kiki Bertens will be able to put it in perspective. She has had a major cancer scare this year and was only given the all clear in May. Her ringrust is understandable.

Meanwhile Laura Robson is striking the ball quite well and is 2-1 up on Rodina, she really does have terrific hands.

…And there it is, Rafa Nadal has seen out the first set against Thomaz Bellucci, despite a brief scare on Court One. 

He squandered a couple of games in the latter stages, but held out for a 4-2 win. We’re into the second, and you’d expect the world No 10 to kick on from here.

It’s been a long time coming… but Laura Robson is back on court at Wimbledon. Her return to action after 17 months of injury didn’t end too well after a pretty emphatic defeat in Eastbourne, and she’ll be hoping to fare slightly better in SW19. 

She faces Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on Court Three – it’ll be starting imminently.

Laura Robson of Great Britain walks out for her Ladies Singles first round match at Wimbledon

Rafa Nadal was serving for the set at 5-2 not too long ago, but the match on Court 1 has taken another twist, and it’s the Spaniard on the back foot now.

He’s lost two in a row and Bellicci has found a way back in at 5-4. That said, it’s Rafa serving again for the set…

Mike Dickson: Something I just learned – the Grand Slams have stopped posting fines for players after complaints from them that they were discovering the extent of them by reading journalists on Twitter.

So I was trying to establish what Liam Broady was fined for his audible obscenity yesterday but can no longer simply read it off a list, and we will have to wait until he is officially notified.

Broady is trying to keep a low profile today, and that will probably be the fate of his near contemporary Kyle Edmund, who sadly was affected by shoulder trouble in his defeat to Dolgopolov. It would seem that the chances of him deposing James Ward in the Davis Cup team to play France post Wimbledon have very much faded.

Well what a whirlwind that was! Kvitova has just swept Bertens aside in straight sets and in just over half an hour. 

Strong serves, brilliant ground shot and very few unforced errors made for a Centre Court stroll. 

It’s all over on Court No 3 and another Brit bites the dust as Dolgopolov dominates Edmund in straight sets.

Edmund was unlucky to lose the first set tie-break before a shoulder injury seemed to ruin any momentum he had. He looked far from his best today and will hope for better next year.

Laura Robson up next on Court No 3! 

Amazing tennis from Kvitova to take the first set 6-1. She conceded just four points throughout the first set and didn’t drop a single point on her serve. She domintated every area and came to the net brilliantly. 

Looks like we’ll be seeing Roger Federer in no time should Kvitova’s form continue.  

Bellucci, who is yet to take a single set from Nadal, has just won the first game of the match with relative ease. 

Nadal looks in good shape despite a strange forehand which landed low at the net. 

Kvitova has raced into an early 3-0 lead in the first over on Centre Court. The No 2 seed looked every inch the defending Wimbledon champion as she breezed through the opening stages.  

Sam Cunningham: The sun hats, sun glasses and fans are out in full force this afternoon as the temperature soars here.

Barely a bare head in sight at Court No 2 where Jo-Wilfried Songa is battling Gilles Muller in a tightly contested match.

Edmund limped through the second set, succumbing to a 6-1 defeat before heading into the changing rooms for a toilet break. Doesn’t look good for the Brit.  

Defending champion Kvitova receives a fitting ovation from the Centre Court crowd as she prepares to face Dutch star Kiki Bertens in the Tuesday afternoon sunshine. 

After falling 3-0 behind in the second set, Edmund called for a medical break to receive treatment on his shoulder. 

The Brit is really struggling now and Dolgopolov doesn’t look like relenting. 3-1 in the second.

Over on Court No 2, Tsonga has cut a frustrated figure at times but he’s eventually win the first set after a lengthy 10-8 tie-break. 

It was a very tight opening set, but it would have been an injustice if Muller had won it in fairness. 

The Frenchman has been so dominant on serve throughout, you wonder how Muller is going to scrape through a break. 

After racing into a 4-2 tie-break lead with some fine net play, Edmund lost his nerve slightly and hand the advantage back to Dolgopolov. 

You have to hand it to the Ukrainian who won five points in a row to take the first set. 

Riath Al-Sammarrai: Might be worth folk keeping an eye on Court 16, where we will soon see the fastest draw in tennis.

Sam Groth has the biggest serve in the game, having delivered one at 163mph three years ago. With the weather conditions as they are, he might well beat Taylor Dent’s Wimbledon record of 148mph. He is up against Jack Sock.

After the initial loss of serve, Edmund battled back to a 5-4 lead in the first set before Dolgopolov replied with a very solid service game. This first set could go either way… 

Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova will be first up on Centre Court when plays starts in the main stadium at about 1pm, followed by seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2013 champion Andy Murray.

Rafael Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion who has struggled this year, is first up on Court No. 1.

Two love service games in a row for Tsonga, who looks very happy on his serve. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, so does Muller… 3-3 in the first.

Laurie Whitwell: Speaking of sun cream, Andy Murray knows the importance of application. Here he is slapping up ahead of a hit on the practice courts with former world No 4 Jonas Bjorkman.

Heavily-pregnant Amelie Mouresmo walks around observing as he begins his session.

Over on Court No 9, German star Brown has lost the first set fairly convincingly. Lu hit the ground running before finishing the first set with a 6-3 lead.  

Edmund shows a bit of Yorkshire grit to break straight back! That could be an important moment for the 20-year-old, who had made a slow start to the match. 

It’s been a depressing start for Edmund, who is 2-1 down in the first after losing his service game. Dolgopolov has hardly given the Brit a look-in with a number of powerful ground shots. The Ukrainian is an absolute whippet across the court.  

Stuart Fraser: Play under way on all the outside courts here at Wimbledon. Would not be surprised if there is a record crowd here today.

There were more people in the queue than there were Centre Court and No 1 Court tickets at 8:30pm last night, and the All England Club asked people not to join the queue at 7am this morning due to the huge numbers already at Wimbledon Park.

It is understood that anyone joining the queue in the last hour may not get into the grounds until after 6pm!

Three aces from Muller tell you how this match is likely to go. Tsonga pushed Muller all the way in the first game, however. The Frenchman looked decent in the early stages. 

Mike Dickson: Roy Hodgson here today and seen chatting with Philip Brook, the All England Club Chairman. Hodgson, a bit like Jose Mourinho, is quite a tennis aficionado.

Pretty hot here today, heading over 30 degrees. The last time it was this hot at Wimbledon was….when Andy Murray won the final in 2013 when it got up to 33. Hopefully an omen.

Laurie Whitwell: It was so hot yesterday that red-skinned people took shelter in the bowels of the two big show courts and queued at length for water fountains. The temperature is set to rise today. As one with a fairer complexion the factor 50 is on its way out…

Edmund is just about to begin his Wimbledon campaign with what will surely be a difficult test against Ukrainian Dolgopolov. 

British No 3 Edmund’s preparations have been hindered with an abdominal injury that forced him out of the French Open, but he will have fans on his side over on Court No 3. 

We’re just about to get underway at Wimbledon with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga up against Gilles Muller over on Court No 1.

It’s a tough opener for the Frenchman, who will have to defend against Muller’s powerful left-handed serve.

Tsonga has also struggled with an abdominal injury in recent weeks, so it could be the time to strike for Muller.  

Stuart Fraser: British No 1 Heather Watson will have to return to Wimbledon on Tuesday to complete her first-round match after battling back on Monday night to level at one set all with France’s Caroline Garcia.

Watson had looked to be heading for an early exit from the Championships at a set and a break down, but she produced a late comeback to level the match at 1-6, 6-3 against No 32 seed Garcia before play was called off for bad light.

Tournament officials had made a puzzling decision earlier in the evening by opting to put Sloane Stephens’ match against Barbora Strycova on Centre Court, before switching Watson and Garcia’s clash from the delayed No 2 Court out to Court 12, where there were long queues of fans to get in.

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No 10 seed Rafa Nadal has taken to the courts in a bid to sharpen up ahead of his first round clash with Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci over on Court No 1. 

Sam Cunningham: Lleyton Hewitt ended his Wimbledon singles career in the same way he started it back in 2000 and the same way he conducted himself throughout his 15 years there. In a battling, bruising, relentless encounter.

Only where so many have ended in victories — and the Wimbledon crown in 2002 — this first-round match against Jarkko Nieminen finished in defeat.

In a telling moment, Hewitt’s knees started to give way in the penultimate game of the match. And understandably so.

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Mike Dickson: Liam Broady, of no fixed abode, suddenly found himself as the king at one of London’s most prestigious addresses on Monday.

The British No 6 lives out of the back of his car, staying with friends and lodging at Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre, and emerged from the hinterland of the tour’s lower reaches to score a famous victory where the sun shines in SW19.

Intimidated at first, he came back to beat Australia’s far more seasoned Marinko Matosevic 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Court 18, an arena at the All England Club that every year seems a magnet for drama.

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Here’s Sportsmail’s Laurie Whitwell and Stuart Fraser on an enthralling first day… 

I got into Wimbledon without a bag check for the second day running. Perhaps they thought I was unlikely to be the first High Anglican to bomb the All England Club.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverages of day two down at SW19. 

It’s another glorious day and we have an action-packed day of tennis in store with the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal all gracing the hallowed Wimbledon turf. 

Stay tuned for updates from across the courts and insight from our team of expert reporters. 



Follow Sportsmail’s live coverage of all the action from Wimbledon as Andy Murray begins his tournament with a first round clash against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Last year’s finalist Roger Federer will also be in action on Centre Court as the Swiss star looks to get the better of Damir Dzumhur.

Elsewhere, No 10 seed Rafael Nadal faces Thomaz Bellucci and Great Britain’s Laura Robson takes to Court No 3 for her opening match with Evgeniya Rodina.


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