2013 Wimbledon: Biggest Storylines of Thrilling Week 1 at All England Club

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2013 Wimbledon: Biggest Storylines of Thrilling Week 1 at All England Club
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The first week of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships have featured every result imaginable. While the top two overall seeds in the singles draws have been in control throughout, monumental upsets headlined the first few days in London.

Heading into Day 6, only five of the top eight men's seeds remain and only four of the top eight women's seeds. Now, with a plethora of former Wimbledon champions and former world No. 1s out, a handful of fresh faces look to take advantage and make a name for themselves.

But with the first week coming to a close, it's time to look back.

Here we'll revisit the biggest storylines from the first week at the All England Club.

 

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Both Exit Men's Draw Early

Steve Darcis became a household name on Day 1 at the All England Club after knocking off two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 

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The 135th-ranked Belgian won 74 percent of his first-serve points for the match and recorded 53 winners in all before withdrawing from the tournament two days later. 

Contrary to Nadal, Roger Federer was able to come out fast at SW19, advancing past the first round before suffering his earliest defeat at Wimbledon since 2002. The loss came at the hands of world No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky, who had been 0-20 against top-10 players before beating Fed.

Stakhovsky won in four sets, playing a near-flawless match.

The Ukrainian hit 72 winners on the day and committed just 17 unforced errors. He demonstrated nerves of steel throughout, winning two tiebreaks, including the crucial fourth-set tiebreak which eliminated Fed.

 

Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova Bounced From Second Round

Black Wednesday at Wimbledon saw a ton of favorites fall, including two of the top-three women's players on the planet.

World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from her second-round match after injuring her knee in the first round. Meanwhile, third-seeded Sharapova was upset by unseeded Michelle Larcher de Brito, who's ranked just 131st in the world.

Sharapova lacked the necessary focus from the start. She double-faulted five times and was broken three times during the match, which she lost in straight sets. The exit was Sharapova's earliest at Wimbledon since 2009.

Shockingly, the Russian star has now lost in the round of 16 or earlier at Wimbledon in six of the past seven years.

 

American Men Drop Like Flies

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For the first time in over a century, no American man reached the third round of the singles draw at Wimbledon, via Wimbledon:

Top-ranked American John Isner was forced to retire with a knee injury just two games into his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino. That result was particularly brutal for the United States considering that quarter of the draw had opened up with both Nadal and Federer going out.

The other seeded American man, Sam Querrey, wasn't even able to get past the first round, losing to 20-year-old Aussie Bernard Tomic in five sets.

Five American men, including Isner, Steve Blake and Bobby Reynolds reached the second round, but all five lost, with Rajeev Ram being the only one who was able to win a single set for the United States in the second round.

 

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