De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 6-5 Broady*
A long baseline rally by Broady is lost when he commits a foul to give a 15-30 deficit. Then he fails, and has two break points to face. The first one is caught by De Minaur, who whips the ball right through Broady’s fingers, and now the Australian can once again serve to win the match.
* De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 5-5 Broady
Broady is alive! Finally, it breaks. A spark at 0-30 as De Minaur nets from the baseline, and many shouts from the home crowd. But some hard hitting of a soft, dead volley makes it 15-30. Then comes two break points for Broady as De Minaur blames the forward. The first one is saved by a winner of the competition. The second is not, because the first goes outside the border.
De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 5-4 Broady*
A Broady ace makes it 40-15, but then a poor second serve gives De Minaur a chance to make it 40-30, then it’s Monday. De Minaur goes closer but makes a mistake on the return, and Broady holds serve.
Anisimova now leads Gauff 4-1 in that second set.
De Minaur * 6-3, 6-3 5-3 Broady
An easy catch for De Minaur, and now Broady has to serve to save himself.
De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 4-3 Broady*
Wide relief as his touch takes him to 40-15 when it looked like he was going away. When it’s sent around the house, it’s much less fun and can only end up posting on the net. Still, he takes it, and his exit from the tournament is postponed for now.
Gauff breaks back and breaks 1-2, and serves against Anisimova.
Meanwhile, in a jacket, Cliff Richard is pictured in the crowd.
* De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 4-2 Broady
De Minaur is made to work on his service. An early scare means it’s 30-30 but it still gets the job done.
Anisimova breaks Gauff, and is 2-0 in the second set.
De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 3-2 Broady*
Broady makes a tough call when he thinks he’s got an ace. He proved wrong, and one challenge remained. It ends up on the net when a subtle 30-30 drop takes him out. An excellent service reaches us in 40-30 hours, and when it is changed, it takes its service. He did not lose heart then.
De Minaur * 6-3, 6-3 3-1 Broady
Broady’s voice is getting louder, and he still has life in him. But De Minaur’s speed catches him and he misses the header to be pulled back for 30-30. Then there’s some miscue with the linesman getting two foul calls on De Minaur’s serve, both of which are challenged. And after all that, Broady gets a break point at 30-40. But, from baseline, with De Minaur on the move, he can only make a retreat. And then De Minaur takes him to serve.
Gauff took the first set in that tie-break with Anisomova, the first set lasting an hour and four minutes.
De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 2-1 Broady*
Double-faults at 30-0, but then gets to 40-15 at 40-15, swinging it down the line for 40-15. De Minaur then smashes a 40-30 winner from the baseline, which seems to distract Broady who then nets a deuce. Still, he recovers and loudly celebrates the victory of the game.
Anisimova and Gauff are now in a tie-break, their first set something of an epic.
De Minaur * 6-3, 6-3 2-0 Broady
De Minaur smells blood and gets a little excited when he gets a chance to hit a winning home run, and turns back to substitute. Broady then gets his first break point of the entire game when he sends De Minaur round the house. It comes and goes, as it is caught by De Minaur who covers what looks like a lost cause and can only get the ball out. The call is tried to no avail, and De Minaur serves. The possibility of an unlikely return is eliminated.
De Minaur 6-3, 6-3 1-0 Broady*
Broad, sadly, seems to be losing heart. There’s no shame in losing to an opponent who seems to have the tools to be the next big thing, especially on grass. Three break points arrive quickly, and although the first two are saved, Broady makes a mistake on a break and ends up out of bounds. A shame.
Gauff has broken his back, so he is back on serve in that game with Anisimova at 5-4.
De Minaur * 6-3, 6-3 Broady
A quick back makes it 30-0, and then Broady goes for a winner, but misses the corner. Three set points, and the first is taken when Broady wins again. It’s a long way for Brits.
De Minaur 6-3, 5-3 Broady*
Now serving better than Broady, and he made De Minaur serve for the second set.
Anisimova has won four straight games and is now leading 4-3 in the first set and serving.
De Minaur * 6-3, 5-3 Broady
Suddenly, Broady gets the buzzer, and he gets to 0-30, working the back of De Minaur. But then De Minaur, pulling himself off the floor, digs a 15-30 volley into the net. Then comes a big serve for 30-30, then Broady overshoots the baseline, and then does the same to get back into possession. It has not yet reached the breaking point.
De Minaur 6-3, 4-3 Broady*
From the big, ugly Stockport lad. A break over the head of De Minaur, a whip on his opponent’s serve makes it 30-0, then Broady nets from the baseline to serve up three break points. The first is saved with a net when Broady wins a rally. De Minaur’s recovery power is somewhat reduced, though he can’t return Broady’s last serve. Next, Broady sends De Minaur running, and then breaks off a back drop to go for the Deuce. Two fine serves are unreturned and Broady punches the air with gusto.
Meanwhile, Anisomova broke her back, and she came back with a 2-3 lead against Gauff.
De Minaur * 6-3, 4-2 Broady
Broady has De Minaur doing something terrible, only for the Australian to eventually hold his serve.
Good day, everyone. Thanks, Will and Gregg, for their sterling service. I join the crowd with both Liam Broady and Amanda Anismova in distress. Some housekeeping: The next server thing I’m going to skip because it confuses me with every server change. *current indicates the current server.
De Minaur * 6-3, 3-2 Broady (* indicates another server)
Ah, hard luck Broady. De Minaur has broken again. And, with that, I’ll hand over to tennis enthusiast John Brewin. Relax!
In another place, Coco Gauff leads 3-0 against her American friend Amanda Anisimova. Botic van de Zandschulp leads 2-1 in the third set Richard Gasquet won the first but lost the second, while Jason Kubler led 4-3 in the fourth set against Jack Sock and Cristian Garín in the fourth advanced 5-4. vs. Jenson Brooksby. Both Sock and Garin are now joining two groups.
De Minaur 6-3, 2-2 Broady* (* indicates another server)
De Minaur is a bit good, isn’t he? He loves, keeping Broady locked in with a couple of thunderous serves and finishing with his eighth point of the match for good measure.
De Minaur * 6-3, 1-2 Broady (* indicates another server)
De Minaur gets two break points but Broady saves them both, the latter with his first ace of the match. Instead, Broady misses a frantic rally after being maneuvered into the corner of the court, but pulls back with another wicked shot that eludes De Minaur and sees the game out.
De Minaur 6-3, 1-1 Broady* (* indicates another server)
De Minaur makes it 40-0, but Broady puts up some resistance and scores a few points. He can’t quite fool her, however, letting a rebound attempt slip into the net.
De Minaur * 6-3, 0-1 Broady (* indicates another server)
Broady fires some big shots up the court, knocking down a single point on the way to the hole. De Minaur ended the first set six aces to Broady’s nil, so the British No 5 could have done more than anything else.
First set: De Minaur 6-3 Broady
It’s an easy defense for De Minaur, who loves the game. Broady’s road to success is now very long.
De Minaur * 5-3 Broady (* indicates another server)
Broady regains his composure on serve, but it may be too late to save the first set. De Minaur has a chance to serve him.
De Minaur 5-2 Broady* (* indicates another server)
De Minaur races to 40-0 and looks set for a love affair, but a venomous exchange of forehands with Broady ends the streak. However, it is a temporary separation. The British hope tries a piece of ambition, but it goes beyond the baseline.
De Minaur * 4-2 Broady (* indicates another server)
Suddenly De Minaur is upping the tempo and Broady is under a lot of pressure. The Australian wins three break points, ending the game with a cross-court winner that his opponent can only spoon wide.
De Minaur 3-2 Broady* (* indicates another server)
De Minaur drops a single on the way to another straight catch. Time to drink.
Then move on to De Minaur and Broady. Broady wins his second service game to his liking, with a gorgeous drop shot that left his opponent stretching senselessly and almost crashing into the net. The pair is level at 2-2 in the first set.
Krejcikova fights hard in the final game, earning a break point but unable to hold it. Tomljanovic takes advantage and then, after a brief rally, wins match point, dropping to the ground and grinning in a mixture of triumph and relief.
Thanks, Gregg. I’m still trying to shake off the sugar cravings after parting ways with a stack of strawberry jam and half a pint of double cream in preparation, so let’s start with the match report from Katie Boulter’s Harmony Tan debacle earlier.
Alex de Minaur and Liam Broady have just come out to warm up on Court No 1. I’ll turn it over to Will Magee to bring you updates for the next hour. Bye.
Tomljanovic fights hard to hold serve and plays some beautiful tennis to bring up two break points in the next game. A nice backhand across the court is too little for Krejcikova to handle. Tomljanovic leads 4-2 in the deciding set.
Gary Naylor has a view on the low turnout at Wimbledon.