The 2013 Wimbledon Championships have brought twists and turns in every direction to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, but we're beginning to return to a bit of normalcy with the latest results.
While it can hardly be normal with players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka out early (among many other big names), the top seeds are still rolling along, and the best players took care of business on Saturday.
Will the top-ranked players cruise to victory in the depleted field? Or will the upsets continue as more highly touted stars falter?
Let's take a look at every big result from Saturday, and see what it means going forward.
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No. 1 Novak Djokovic Defeats Jeremy Chardy (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)
The top-ranked Serbian hasn't fallen into the early-round trouble that most of his best competition has, and it's put him in a great position to cruise to the semifinals.
He showed that Saturday by topping 28th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic showed some struggles early, as the two sides were split up at 3-3 in the opening set. Then, the world No. 1 went on a tear and showed us why he's worthy of that top ranking.
The Joker has looked on-point so far in London this year, and perhaps he can break the mold of No. 1 seeds as ESPN Stats and Information points out:
Djokovic wins in straight sets, advances to quarters at Wimbledon. He is trying to be first 1-seed to win Wimbledon since Federer in 2007— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 29, 2013
After the win, Djokovic will face 13th-ranked Tommy Haas, who has yet to face a highly ranked foe. The winner will move onto the quarterfinals and face either Bernard Tomic or seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych for a spot in the semis.
The next true test I expect The Joker to face is in the semifinal round—if David Ferrer can even get there—and I don't think even that will deter the sensational Serbian from reaching another Grand Slam final.
No. 4 David Ferrer Defeats Alexandr Dolgopolov (6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2)
In perhaps the wildest match of the day and one that nearly followed suit with the early-round theme at the All England Club, fourth-seeded David Ferrer slipped past Alexandr Dolgopolov in a five-set thriller, 6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Ferrer went down early, losing a tiebreak in the first set before having to battle back in a tough second set to tie things up. However, the Spaniard looked gassed in the third set and was put on the brink of elimination in a 2-6 set loss.
Then, it looked like an entirely different David Ferrer came back out onto the grass courts.
He sped past Dolgopolov before anyone even realized it, allowing his opponent only three games in the final two sets.
Ferrer kept his dream alive of facing Djokovic in the semifinals, a match which will end up being one of the biggest matchups of the entire tournament if it happens. Djokovic and Ferrer are all the hope the Wimbledon field has in stopping Andy Murray from winning his first Wimbledon title at the All England Club.
No. 1 Serena Williams Defeats Kimiko Date-Krumm (6-2, 6-0)
Serena Williams came in as the undisputed top women's singles player and she's proven it so far, becoming more and more dominant as the tournament progresses.
Her latest victim was Kimiko Date-Krumm, who Serena topped 6-2, 6-0.
Williams has yet to be pushed to a third set, and her opponents haven't even come close: None have won more than three games in a set. ESPN Stats and Information dug up a tidbit to show us just how dominant she's been:
Serena has 24 aces after 3 rounds. Via IBM Slam Tracker analysis, she is only player in Round of 16 whose pct of unreturned serves is 50%— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 29, 2013
With no Sharapova, Azarenka or Caroline Wozniacki in the field, Williams' chances of winning her fifth Grand Slam in the last six major tournaments are very high.
Look for Williams to win her sixth Wimbledon singles title here, moving her closer to Martina Navratilova's all-time record of nine wins.