Wimbledon 2012. Take a deep breath. Relax. After all, you had middle Sunday off to regroup and settle in for week two.
Recall the glorious week of action that just ended on the green lawns of the All-England Club.
Rafael Nadal was ejected in Round 2 by a virtual unknown—Czech Lukas Rosol who then lost his next match to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Nadal’s shocking loss was one of those unbelievable moments in sports.
The following night, Roger Federer was stretched to the full extent of his talent by Frenchman Julien Benneteau in their third-round match.
Unlike Nadal, however, Federer survived to win in five sets.
During the first week for the ladies—seeds Samantha Stosur (5), Li Na (11), Caroline Wozniacki (7), Julia Goerges (22) and Marion Bartoli (9) cut their stay at Wimbledon short. So did many other top seeds who had hoped to move into week two.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was sent out in the first round.
Granted, upsets are more prevalent on the women’s side of the draw. Unlike the men, however, all of the top four ladies survived into the second week and the Round of 16.
So, you ask, after Monday, who is left and what should we expect to happen next?