Time Line: Wimbledon 2013.
Wimbledon 2013 has been a Grand Slam filled with more than its share of surprises, including huge upsets. We've all grown accustomed to order, especially in the men's draw where the top four seeds usually advance to the final stages of majors.
But that is changing. Wimbledon is, perhaps, the precipice when the powers that be begin to shift and slide.
This change in the tennis landscape has the effect of empowering the other players to try harder, knowing they have a shot to win on a very big stage.
Several players who were penciled into the final eight have fallen by the wayside. It all began on the first day, extending through the seventh day of action—so far.
Players on both sides of the draw have suffered injury and had to withdraw. Phillip Kohlschreiber retired during his opening round match. John Isner of the United States and Steve Darcis of Belgium had to retire after winning their openers.
The same was true of Victoria Azarenka in the women's draw after suffering a fall in round one.
The following upsets, however, changed the face of this Wimbledon fortnight. The unexpected losses are the reason so many new quarterfinalists are emerging to take center stage. These upsets are ranked according to their impact on the remaining draw.