After a week of shocking upsets at the All England Club, many thought the top players would start to show their dominance once again during Week 2. However, Monday is proving to be more manic than manageable for the best players in the game.
Although rain delays have postponed some matches at the All England Club, damage has already been done to some of the top players, and for some it’s physical.
With seeded players dropping like flies, let’s take a look at which big names are left, and why you may not see them in the draws anymore.
Play was suspended on Centre Court, pausing Roger Federer’s match against Xavier Malisse, and the time off looked to be a blessing for Fed-Ex.
Federer barely pulled out a win in the first set, winning 7-1 in a tiebreak, but had to stop for a medical break because of an aching back.
Unfortunately for Federer, the No. 3 player not only has to deal with mist and medical issues, but also Malisse.
Malisse has been called the “Seed-Slayer” this week at the All England Club for his surprising upsets over No. 13 Giles Simon and No. 17 Fernando Verdasco. Malisse has confidence and precise groundstrokes on his side, and with an ailing Federer and tumultuous weather conditions, he could take down yet another seeded player.
The stop-and-start pace on Centre Court hasn’t shaken either player’s nerves, however Federer’s textbook backhand has been a little shaky in the second set—probably because of his hurting back—so expect Fed-Ex to ask for another medical timeout or try to avoid the best shot in his game.
The No. 1 woman in the world, Maria Sharapova, is also struggling Monday in her fourth round match against No. 15 Sabine Lisicki, dropping the first set to the hard-hitting German 4-6.
The All England Club replaced their grass before Wimbledon 2012 to prepare for the quick turnaround with the Olympics, and the new surface seems to be advantageous for power-hitters like Lisicki.
In the second Round of Wimbledon 2012, we saw the biggest upset so far, with No. 2 Rafael Nadal losing to the unknown Lukas Rosol. Rosol pulled out the win simply because he hit all of Rafa’s hard shots even harder, and it looks like Lisicki could use the same strategy against Sharapova.
With a crushing forehand, Sharapova’s weakness lies in her backhand, and if Lisicki continues to put pressure on that side, we very well may see the No. 1 woman in tennis fall from the top.