Some seeds refuse to grow, even when planted in the lush grass of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal largely live up to lofty expectations, a startling number of seeded players simply resist blooming in London. Though upsets are part of the excitement and attraction of all Grand Slams, the men's draw cannot be too far off in its predictions, can it?
It can, and it will. Like the draws of 2012 and 2011, the first week will be littered with dashed hopes. A simple formula explains why.
When looking at the results of the past two Championships, one only has to compare players' seedings with their actual results to determine whether he met, exceeded or failed expectations. For example, if the top seed lost in the first round of this 128 player draw, he would end up placing 127 spots below seeding. If he lost in the second round, he would be minus-63, and so on.
Here are the five gentlemen who, based upon their last two Wimbledon appearances, are most likely to leave the lawns early.