The Most Shocking Upsets in Wimbledon History

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The Most Shocking Upsets in Wimbledon History
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Steve Darcis

Rafael Nadal's stunning straight-sets loss to Steve Darcis in the first round on Monday raises an obvious question: Was that the biggest upset in Wimbledon history? And what about the second-round losses by Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova?

All three are certainly in the discussion.

Gauging the magnitude of an upset is a subjective exercise, of course.

Even time can affect the status of an upset. When unseeded 18-year-old Billie Jean Moffitt stunned top-seeded Margaret Smith in Smith's opening match of the 1962 Wimbledon tournament, it seemed like a major upset. In retrospect, the result doesn't seem as surprising because Moffitt, who became Billie Jean King, went on to win six Wimbledon singles titles.

The bottom line in the determination is this: How shocked were tennis fans by the result?

This proposed list of 15 shocking Wimbledon results was quickly expanded by two with the losses by Federer and Sharapova. So here's a countdown of the 17 most stunning upsets in Wimbledon history.

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