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Steve Tongue is a Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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South Africa's Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon 2014: Combustible Fabio Fognini fails to set up date with Andy Murray

The Italian was beaten by South Africa's Kevin Anderson who is now the man that lies in wait for the defending champion

Denis Istomin has mother Klaudiya in his corner – as a coach

Wimbledon 2014: Blazing trail with women coaches pays off for both Denis Istomin and Mikhail Kukushkin

The Uzbeki is coached by his mother, while the Kazakh is married to his coach

Gaël Monfils made another early Wimbledon exit, this time at the hands of Jiri Vesely

Wimbledon 2014: Gaël Monfils and Richard Gasquet fall but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battles on

It was a bad day for the French here as Richard Gasquet and Gaël Monfils, seeded 13 and 24 respectively, went out to two of tennis’s bright young things before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga restored some Gallic pride. All three matches were five-set epics, Tsonga’s having been held over from the previous night, just as his first-round encounter had been.

Venus Williams is the oldest player left in the women’s draw but 34-year-old still packs a punch

Wimbledon 2014: Venus Williams sets up battle of champions with Petra Kvitova

There will be a meeting of former champions tomorrow after Venus Williams came through a rollercoaster second-round match to earn a tie against the sixth seed and 2011 winner Petra Kvitova.

Roberto Bautista Agut insists he is ‘not scared’ of Andy Murray

Wimbledon 2014: Roberto Bautista Agut denies Andy Murray revenge

Jan Hernych beat the British No 1 in the Scot's first game as a professional, in April 2005
China's Li Na returns against Austria's Yvonne Meusburger during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2014 Wimbledon
Heather Watson celebrates after her impressive victory over Ajla Tomljanovic

Wimbledon 2014: Aggressive Heather Watson beats lockjaw to topple Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic

Despite unusual ailment, the British No 1's new front-foot approach secures straight-sets victory and a meeting with No 9 seed Kerber
Samantha Murray, right, proved no match for Maria Sharapova

Wimbledon 2014: Britain's other Murray brushed aside by Maria Sharapova

Stockport's Sam Murray was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by the former champion
Kei Nishikori supporters nail their colours to the mast, literally
Naomi Broady celebrates her victory with her four-year-old niece Lola

Naomi Broady: British star who had funding cut by LTA for posting picture of herself next to condom machine wins opening match of Wimbledon 2014

The first Briton to fall at this year's Wimbledon went out shortly after 2pm on the opening day and a familiar woeful tale was unfolding thereafter until Naomi Broady recovered from a set down for a gutsy victory. The male contingent, with the obvious exception of Andy Murray, found the going tough and failed to get going.

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