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Summary

  1. Eugenie Bouchard beats Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-4
  2. Roger Federer beats GB's Marcus Willis 6-0 6-3 6-4
  3. Belinda Bencic beats Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-3
  4. No more play on outside courts; resume 11:00 BST Thursday

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By Mike Henson, Caroline Chapman and Tom Fordyce

All times stated are UK

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Over and out

The rain may have fallen hard at SW19 today, but at least this chap made everyone smile.

Marcus Willis
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No more live text today. But don't forget, play continute on Centre Court on this link and Today at Wimbledon is on at 20:30 BST on BBC Two.

Goodbye! 

Play: over

That's it for the outside courts on day three. It's too wet, it's too dark, it's too yuck.

Play will resume at 11:00 BST on Thursday. 

We're still going on centre, though, thanks to the roof. 

Pironkova 2-6 2-1 Bencic

After a long, drawn-out affair, Tsvetana Pironkova fends off break point to hold.

We remain with serve in the second set, but Belinda Bencic is pushing hard.

Tsvetana Pironkova
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Next stop, Madrid?

Has the Madrid Open just offered Marcus Willis a wildcard?

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 @Willbomb90!! See you in... Madrid? 😊🙌🏼 twitter.com/wimbledon/stat…

Where there is light, there is hope

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Hardy band of spectators on Court Three.    

But elsewhere...

'This is gross,' an Australian spectator groans as she heads for the exit in heavy rain

I'd say any more play now, other than on Centre Court, is as big an outsider as Marcus Willis.

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Game and first set

Pironkova 2-6 Bencic

Swiss Belinda Bencic wraps up the first set with ease against the world number 59 Tsvetana Pironkova.

This could be over pretty quickly. The 19-year-old is bossing it. 

Belinda Bencic
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In the bleak midsummer

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Covers are still down on the outside courts. With light drizzle continuing, the chances of the action resuming out here today are diminishing.

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Pironkova 2-5 Bencic

Belinda Bencic holds to love in her service game, leaving Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova with it all to do.

She saves a set point with a smash and as we hover on deuce-advantage-deuce advantage, Pironkova eventually holds to make the 19-year-old serve for the set.

Tsvetana Pironkova
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Beer o'clock

Federer beats British qualifier Willis

Marcus Willis and his coach appear to be enjoying a well deserved post-match beverage...

You know you're popular when the beers are waiting for you when you get back to the locker room. #peopleschamp

You know you're popular when the beers are waiting for you when you get back to the locker room. #peopleschamp

There's still no word from the Wimbledon organisers about if/when play will resume on the outside courts today.

We've sent a (reluctant) roving reporter from the BBC commentary box to go and check out the rain situation. More news when we get it.

Pironkova 1-4 Bencic*

Bencic, who is 13th in the world rankings, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last year.

And she's got off to a blistering start in the first round this year.

The Swiss earns three break points and an overhead smash sees her take the game, to move 4-1 up. 

Belinda Bencic
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From Wimbledon - with love 2

Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

Wimbledon - Tick

Centre Court - Tick

Boyfriend playing seven-times champion - Tick

Well, if you can't take a selfie then, when can you, eh?

Jennifer Bate
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From Wimbledon - with love

Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

Marcus Willis may have been beaten in straight sets, but he seems to have captured plenty of hearts with his attitude.

Girlfriend Jennifer Bate blew him a kiss as he left Centre Court to a standing ovation.

Jennifer Bate
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Taxloss clobber

Mike Henson

BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Tax back
BBC Sport

If you have made the trip to Wimbledon from outside the European Union, then your wallet has already taken enough of a pounding without the pesky UK taxman getting his mitts on more.

The queue to claim back the Treasury's cut has been lengthy today. It could get even longer in the post-Brexit age.

Pironkova 1-1 Bencic

The weather outside may be frightful, but the Centre Court roof is so delightful. 

As we've got no where to go...let ..erm....play continue.

The first round match between Tsvetana Pironkova and Belinda Bencic is underway.

World number 59 Pironkova had three break points early doors but Bencic has wrestled the game back off her to hold. 

Belinda Bencic
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Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

And Tara Moore - through the second round herself - seemed to pose as a Centre Court cameraman to get her perch.

Hero @Willbomb90 passing Fed no big deal #Wimbledon

Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC TV

This will be an opportunity for him to reinvest in himself. When you are post Wimbledon you will be looking to play abroad and see what opportunities there are. Hopefully he can get a good schedule, maintain the momentum and climb the rankings.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC TV

Marcus' attitude has been absolutely fantastic. He has embraced every situation and thrived on it. 

The interest that it has created has been absolutely massive and we need that at this time of the year. Having a homegrown hero like this for a couple of days at the championships can only be a good thing.

Former British number one Laura Robson secured her seat for the Willis fest.

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Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC TV

This was his eighth match. Hopefully he will go away and decompress and soak up the last 10 or 12 days of action and then think about how he will move forward. He needs to improve his forehand but he needs to keep working at his strengths. He has a good leftie serve. He has a lot of challenges ahead but hopefully he will continue to embrace them.

John McEnroe

Three-time Wimbledon singles champions on BBC TV

These days is more and more about movement and athleticism. He will have to be able to move on a slower hard court but I'd say it should be easy inspiration to get as fit as possible.

Federer beats Willis

The winning moment for Federer, the moment the dream ended for Marcus Willis.

Federer beats Willis

Bencic v Pironkova on Centre

The Wimbledon air-traffic control tower is calling down seventh seed Belinda Bencic and Tsvetana Pironkova to land on the Centre Court strip.

With play not restarted on the outside courts, we are getting a fair bit behind schedule.

This is yet another first-round match. 

Fed you are a class, class act. Fight from the @Willbomb90. What a tournament, what a run #GOAT

Fed you are a class, class act. Fight from the @Willbomb90. What a tournament, what a run #GOAT

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Lord Daryl Griffin: I think the nation has just got a new sweetheart   

Cass: Charming, gracious and elegent. Roger Federer the ultimate sportsman.

Marcus Willis, speaking to BBC Two: "It is daunting. It is tough. I was playing alright at first, I settled into the match. I was enjoying it out there. If I was playing well and competing with Roger for a couple of sets I was doing well.

"I need to keep my head down. I am disappointed to lose. I didn't play as well as I could but I can hold my head high. I have had a fantastic couple of weeks. I will keep going and do what I have been doing. There is life after Wimbledon and I want more experiences like this.

"I have earned myself a beer now!"

Where next for Willis?

The Coventry League, according to some, on Thursday night. No free games in that competition, you can be sure of that.

Marcus Willis
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Willis speaks

Garry Richardson working his aural magic in the interview room. Marcus Willis looks slightly stunned by it all, and who wouldn't. "I've earned myself a beer now," he says, to widespread agreement.

Roger Federer speaking to BBC Two: "It was very different. Marcus brought some unbelievable energy to the court with his play, the fans and his enthusiasm as well. 

"I always knew this would be a completely different match to what I've played before. I remember when I walked out for the first time here against Pete Sampras in 2001, I was so nervous. 

"My mindset going was I was playing a guy ranked in the top 5o because that is how he was playing. I hope he can rise up the rankings now. It was a pleasure for me to play against him."

Play suspended on outside courts

It's raining again.

Everyone off.

Not before sneaky seventh seed Dominic Thiem can scarper off with a 7-5 6-4 6-4 win over Florian Mayer.

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TellyTuth: Marcus WIllis will tell his grandkids he took 7 games off the greatest tennis player of all time on the #Wimbledon centre court.   

Maggie Cooper: That was was wonderful   

Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Willis is a talented player, he's got a bit of money now and it will be interesting to see what he does from here.

If he could get himself a bit fitter he could get on the circuit. But the circuit is tough, it's not the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Maybe he can get some sponsorship or something to keep him going, and good luck to him. 

There is more coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right here or by clicking the tab at the top of this page

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

What a wonderful tournament and a great story. Hopefully Marcus will use this as a platform to push on. 

Roger Federer is going for title number eight. Nobody has done that.

Marcus magic

Are there a few tears there? And why not, as Centre Court rises to a man who two days ago was a nothing but a stranger. And a hug between mama and papa in the VIP slots. Who's got the tissues?

Roger Federer and Marcus Willis embrace
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Game, set and match

Federer 6-0 6-3 6-4 Willis

Federer to the net as if on oiled castors - nope, clunks a simple volley into the net's embrace. Willis chasing, fetching, desperately reaching.. Fed there beyond the tape to put his best away, and match point it is. Backhand off his toes, the ball looking long - it's not sitting down, it's not sitting down...

Roger Federer
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Andi: In this era of professional sport, someone like @Willbomb90 is a refreshing change - having fun in the biggest match of his life   

Paul Holland: Willis doing a good job here, looked like he'd get totally blown away in the 1st set  

* Federer 6-0 6-3 5-4 Willis

And that is what great players do. Federer tears into the Willis serve - 0-30, 0-40, thank you very much. Willis must break the seven-time Wimbledon champion to write another line or two in his SW19 fairytale.

Roger Federer
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Federer 6-0 6-3 5-4 Willis

Andrew Castle

BBC Sport tennis commentator

Until you get it yourself, it isn't going to happen. Marcus Willis had all the help in the world, he will have been told 'go to bed earlier, eat right' and now he gets it and I wish all the luck in the world for the future.

John McEnroe

Three-time Wimbledon singles champions on BBC TV

The fairytale at least had a few moments. Reality has set in.

Game, set and match Kvitova

Kvitova 6-0 6-4 Cirstea

Petra Kvitova
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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has successfully defused Romania's Sorana Cirstea to make the second round, winning 6-0 6-4.

Solid.