Wimbledon 2012: Breaking Down the Biggest Surprises and Disappointments

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the winner's trophy after winning his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Wimbledon 2012 was full of surprises and disappointments. 

The action at the All England Club produced unlikely results, as two 30-year-old tennis stars and previous Wimbledon champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, once again conquered the prestigious grass-court Grand Slam.

Without further ado, here are the most memorable highs and lows from this summer's Championships at Wimbledon. 


Serena Revives Her Game

Coming into Wimbledon 2012, Serena Williams had not won a major tournament since exactly two years before at the All England Club in 2010. But after months of disappointment and an awful start to the 2012 season, Williams rebounded beautifully with a magical run to both the women's singles title and women's doubles title with her sister Venus.   

Serena dropped just three sets all singles tournament long, and stole the show with her brilliant serving display. Williams set a tournament record, hitting 102 aces this summer at Wimbledon.


Fed-Ex Delivers For a Seventh Time

Nearing age 31, no one expected Roger Federer to challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the All England Club, except Fed-Ex himself. Federer remained consistent throughout the two-week tournament and took down the top-seeded Djokovic and crowd favorite Andy Murray in the semifinal and final, respectively, in four sets each.

The win ties Federer with Pete Sampras for the most all-time Wimbledon titles in the Open era. 


Top-Seeded Sharapova Stunned 

Just weeks after winning her first career French Open title, Maria Sharapova entered Wimbledon as the world No. 1 and the top seed on the women's draw, however, she would be headed home after a fourth round encounter with Sabine Lisicki. 

Sharapova fell in straight sets and opened up the bracket for Agnieszka Radwanska to make her first ever Grand Slam final appearance. Sharapova's loss was one of the more head-scratching moments of the tournament, and certainly one of the biggest disappointments after her dominant performance on the clay at Roland Garros just weeks prior. 


Rafa Stumbles Early

Rafael Nadal's second round loss to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon proved to be one of the more shocking results of the past few years on the men's side. Nadal was seeded second in the men's draw, but fell in five sets to Rosol, who lost in his very next match in the third round.

Many projected Nadal to win his third Wimbledon title this summer, and to at the very least reach the final at the All England Club, but it wasn't meant to be. 


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