As we near the end of Wimbledon's first week, all that we can take away from the results so far is how predictable most of the event has been. There have been some notable upsets, but mostly chalk has advanced.
Li Na, the No. 2 seed on the ladies' side, is the highest-ranked player to fall so far. She's the only top-five player on either bracket that went home before Saturday. The good news is the competition gets tougher from now on, so a lot of top seeds will find themselves in trouble.
To put a final bow on the action through Day 5, we've got a look at the latest results from the All England Club and the storylines we are watching this weekend.
Will Roger Federer Finally Be Tested?
We keep trying to write Roger Federer's eulogy as an elite player, yet he always seems to answer those cries with a masterful tournament performance that reminds us why history will look at him as one of the greatest players ever.
However, it is important to remember that Federer hasn't played in the finals of a Grand Slam event since winning Wimbledon two years ago. He's advanced to the semifinals at the Australian Open each of the last two years, but doesn't have any new hardware on the shelf.
Through two rounds at this year's Wimbledon, Federer has looked like his old self with back-to-back three-set victories. He's got a favorable matchup with Santiago Giraldo on Saturday, defeating the Colombian star at the 2011 U.S. Open in their only previous meeting at a Grand Slam event.
The End of American Men
And then there was one.
No. 9 seed John Isner entered Wimbledon as the only American ranked in the top 60. Less than one week into the event, he remains the only man from the country still playing. The decline for men's tennis in the United States has been well documented, but this is embarrassing.
Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight.com broke down how bad things have gotten for men's tennis in this country:
The U.S. hasn’t had a male quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam since Isner and Andy Roddick reached that stage at the 2011 U.S. Open, nor a semifinalist in the five years since Roddick lost in the final at Wimbledon. No American man has won a major since Roddick did at the U.S. Open in 2003, and after every disappointing Grand Slam, the prospect of an American major champ seems farther away than it did at the one before.
Isner has already put forth his best effort at Wimbledon by playing in the third round. He will need to ride whatever momentum wave he's on with No. 19 Feliciano Lopez waiting on Saturday.
Lopez has yet to lose a set at Wimbledon and is coming off a victory at the AEGON International event two days before Wimbledon started.
The Weather Factor
Saturday was supposed to be a big day on the women's side with No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 3 Simona Halep and No. 5 Maria Sharapova in action, but things stalled early with Williams' match against Alize Cornet being delayed by rain after two games.
Sharapova won't have to worry about weather on Saturday since she's playing on center court, which has a retractable roof, but the rest of the field will be closely monitoring what happens with Mother Nature.
Williams, in particular, would seem to be at a disadvantage with the weather delay because she has played so well through two rounds. The top seed has yet to drop a set and disposed of Chanelle Scheepers in less than an hour on Thursday.
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