The winners of Wimbledon 2013 have arrived.
How could this be? It is only middle Sunday, as the British call it, the pause between the opening action and the serious drama of Week 2. The champion has yet to be discovered, much less enthroned. So, winners?
Among the bulk of players on tour, the Grand Slams remain rationally out of reach. The real goal of each week is to improve one's ranking. This is done simply. A player only has to improve upon his performance this year at a tournament, compared to last year's result. Each round offers ranking points, and ranking points cumulatively equate to tour-ranking placement.
Tomas Berdych sums it up best, as quoted by the official Wimbledon website, "Really, I mean, I need to focus for myself, not what the others are doing."
Here are the players who have gained the most ground thus far at the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, based upon ranking points gained and estimated tour-ranking advancement.