*Bouzkova 5-4 Garcia
Blam: in the blink of an eye, Garcia has won her next service game to love and is marching off court with her game face firmly affixed. The Czech now serves to stay in the set.
Bouzkova 4-4 Garcia*
Garcia breaks back! She picks out the postage stamp (if that’s possible in tennis) with a perfect return to a very strong serve, wrongfooting Bouzkova and drawing level in a match she looks to be growing into.
Yesterday’s Wimbledon Diary, featuring childcare, rodents and a very long Sock:
*Bouzkova 4-3 Garcia
More like it from Garcia, who claims the next service game convincingly, first by dispatching an ace of brute force, then by standing back and then watching as a frazzled Bouzkova sends a long pass over the line.
Garcia has held both her service games since being broken early on, but can’t make a dent in Bouzkova’s serve: the Czech sends her opponent dashing back and forth along the baseline like a puppeteer, Garcia eventually running out of steam with a flimsy backhand. 4-2
More from yesterday: Katie Boutler gets a tanning
Meanwhile, Bouzkova goes 3-1 up with a fierce backhand that skitters across the baseline before Garcia can get near it.
Bouzkova goes two games up after a splendid cross-court pass is followed by another understrength return from Garcia – whose best showing at Wimbledon was making it to the fourth round five years ago, where she lost out narrowly to Joanna Konta.
More fun from yesterday: Amanda Anisimova drinks in the glory after a career-high win against Coco Gauff on Centre Court
Marie Bouzkova breaks in the opening game against Caroline Garcia, who wafts a badly underhit volley straight into the net before sloping off to the sideline to wake herself up.
… and our later report from the face-off between Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas: an ill-tempered game and Grade-A entertainment, after which Tsitsipas called his triumphant opponent an “evil bully”.
Gear up for the day’s action with some essential reading from yesterday. First up, the Guardian’s in-house clairvoyant Barney Ronay on Nick Kyrgios’s perfectly pitched pantomime villainy:
Things are different at Wimbledon this year, with a full day’s play scheduled for the usually vacant Middle Sunday. Play starts on the outside courts any minute now, with the action on Centre and No 1 court from 1.30pm (BST). Here’s the order of play:
Heather Watson v Jule Niemeier
(10) Jannik Sinner v Carlos Alcaraz (5)
(1) Novak Djokovic v Tim van Rijthoven
No 1 Court
Tatjana Maria v Jelena Ostapenko (12)
(9) Cameron Norrie v Tommy Paul (30)
(24) Elise Mertens v Ons Jabeur (3)
No 2 Court
Marie Bouzkova v Caroline Garcia
David Goffin v Frances Tiafoe (23)
J Murray/V Williams v J O’Mara/A Barnett