LiveAll the action from day nine of the Wimbledon tennis championships

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  • All the news from behind-the-scenes at Wimbledon on day nine.

9:25pm

I went over to the Fairway Village opposite the All England Club to check out the hospitality options at the championships.

Meanwhile, someone who had a great view of Federer's game versus Stan Wawrinka this afternoon was Elspeth Miller.

She sent in these photos of Federer in action and giving a friendly handshake at the end.

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I am signing out for this evening but I will be back tomorrow when I will be meeting up with All England Club head coach Dan Bloxham again, this time for an interview.

My aches from our tennis clinic on Sunday have just about gone.

In case you missed yesterday's blog, here it is.

7:23pm

Still no sign.

There have been plenty of non-famous people coming out of the ornate wooden doors looking thoroughly embarrassed at the gathered masses.

I've been here half an hour.

I give up.

 

7:10pm

It turns out the hundreds of people aren't here to see Lorraine but there's anticipation of a player coming out but no one knows who. People keep cheering and everyone looks at the door but is a false alarm.

7:04pm

At the royal entrance there's quite a crowd gathered. On balcony over-looking the masses is only Lorraine Kelly and pals.

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Overheard: "Shall we get a photo?"

"Of Lorraine bloody Kelly? nah."

6:37pm

Martina and Bruno smashed it and won the match.

Great atmosphere as they took a bow at the end, everyone cheering.

It was a tight game, but they took the lead at the end.

I'm off to explore.

Hope you've enjoyed today so far.

Take a look at these impressive stats from Federer's game earlier:

STATS: 46 winners from the racket of @rogerfederer today. Here's a look at the numbers... #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/i9DQbKgBVx

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2014

6:15pm

It's much cooler now and it's starting to cloud over. What a contrast to what I'm calling 'wet Monday'.

The security is very tight here which is great.

They won't let you leave or enter a court unless it's a break in play, such as the end of a set.

I guess it means there's less disturbance.

I've decided I like mixed doubles. It's exciting to watch.

All players know exactly where they need to be and are very much in tune with each other.

There's a lot of challenges going on now it's drawing to an end. Tense times.

I'm still rooting for Martina and Bruno.

5:45pm

I have been noticing a lot of traits Martina taught us at the weekend in action. She holds her racket up in front of her in between shots to be ready for the next ball, keeps her footwork light and bounces the ball before serving.

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Martina serving on court two.

I'll be the next pro at this rate. Maybe a few more lessons needed first.

 

5:33pm

Glad to see on the screen that Djokovic won-phew! 

Things are going well here.

Some spectators have even cracked open the hummus and (pre-prepared darling) carrot sticks.

No scabby burgers and warmed up pies here!

5:16pm

A big cheer just came from the show courts- has something dramatic happened? A great rally on this court a moment ago. Both sides getting frustrated by missed close up shots. Martina and Bruno currently even against Klizan and bencic. Such a warm afternoon. At least it's not as hot as earlier. There's a bit of a breeze now.

5:06pm

I have got onto court two because my old pal Martina Hingis is on mixed doubles with Bruno Soares.

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It is brilliant to see her on court. I'll have to see if she can put her own advice from Sunday into practice.

Having that insight into an individual player's tactics has really helped me understand it all. Come on Martina!

4:44pm

As you can imagine, in the press conference, the questions were tough for Murray.

He said: '[Dimitrov] was the better player from start to finish.

'My start to the match was poor. I started the match badly. I think I gave him confidence.'

He is now going to discuss his partnership future with Amelie Mauresmo, hopefully over a few drinks, he deserves it.

4:31pm

It is an absolutely roasting day at Wimbledon today.

People on Murray Mound are looking decidedly pink having been sat there all day.

I have just arrived after an interview in Morden this afternoon to the shocking news that Andy Murray has been knocked out by Grigor Dimitrov.

Some wise words from Twitter here:

Hopefully Dimitrov's girlfriend Maria Sharapova is happy - she can hail a cab home with Murray.

Who do we think will be in the final at this rate? Answers on a postcard (or a tweet.)

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