The final American flopped out of the 2014 Wimbledon on Monday, breaking a record that held steady since 1911 in the process.
In one of the first matches of Day 7, John Isner was upset at the hands of Feliciano Lopez to ensure an American did not make it through to the Round of 16—quite a feat, as noted by Wimbledon's Twitter account:
Following the exit of John Isner, no American men or women are through to the round of 16 at #Wimbledon for the 1st time since 1911— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 30, 2014
That was just the beginning of an epic day in London marred by upsets and colossal shifts in the draw on both the men's and women's sides. Here is a look at the most notable results from early in the day's proceedings.
For the full results, check out Wimbledon.com.
Feliciano Lopez def. John Isner, 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (3-7), 5-7
Isner, the tournament's No. 9 seed, fired off an outstanding 52 aces on Monday against the No. 19 seed, a number that would see any normal contender through to the next round with relative ease.
Except the 29-year-old succumbed whenever the occasion asked him to rise to it.
As Wimbledon noted, Isner's prowess at tiebreaks was what made him so formidable:
Except on Monday against Lopez. He took the first set via tiebreak, but proceeded to lose the next two and ultimately succumbed to the pressure. For the 32-year-old Spaniard, the triumph while firing off just 10 unforced errors is an important one, as captured by the ATP World Tour's website:
[There were] a lot of aces. [It was] at tough match to play. I knew it was going to be like this. I knew we going to play a lot of tie-breaks, so this is the match I was excepting to play. Luckily I made it. I'm very happy to go through. It was a very difficult one for me today. When you beat players like John, when you go through a difficult match like this, you have to be proud of yourself. To beat Johnny on that court is such is difficult task, and I made it.
Lopez is now through to Round 4 after delays pushed back his portion of the draw over the weekend, and he faces a tough matchup with the winner of the next result on this list, although his current form on grass suggests he can buck history and continue onward.
Stan Wawrinka def. Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
The No. 5 seed is, at least momentarily, on a different planet.
Stan Wawrinka, after running through the likes of Joao Sousa (6-3, 6-4, 6-3) and Yen-Hsun Lu (7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5), came out Monday and made quick work of Denis Istomin by registering 12 aces and winning 83 percent of his first serve points.
While Istomin was hobbled, at one point calling the doctor onto the court, it is hard to imagine the result would have been drastically different either way for the star who has lost just one set so far in the tournament.
Wawrinka's coach Magnus Normanis was not too pleased with how his understudy has been treated by the tournament because of delays, as captured by Eleanor Crooks The Daily Mail:
It's a tough situation because if he wants to go through here he has to win five best-of-five-set matches in seven days so it's going to be really hard, and three days in a row. It's not really human but we're not complaining. We know what we have to do and we'll just try to focus on one point at a time and one match at a time.
If Wawrinka is deterred by the frantic pace of the proceedings, he has yet to show it on the court. His form will truly be tested against Lopez in the next round. While the Swiss sensation holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over his adversary, they have never met on grass.
Further throwing the end result of the matchup into question is the fact Wawrinka has never been past the fourth round in London, while Lopez has been to the quarterfinals three times and counting. Should both carry their sound momentum from Monday into the fray, it's going to make for a highlight of the tournament.
Eugenie Bouchard def. Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 7-5
Eugenie Bouchard has the look of a surefire contender after blowing past the upset-minded Alize Cornet, who entered Monday's opening match on Centre Court fresh off a triumph over one Serena Williams.
Who wins the women's side of the draw?
Honestly, Cornet likely did better than many could have ever expected on Day 7 in the face of one of the sport's rising stars.
Not only was Bouchard the only woman to reach the semifinals at both the Australian and French Open this year, she blew through her opening matches against Daniela Hantuchova (7-5, 7-5), Silvia Soler-Espinosa (7-5, 6-1) and Andrea Petkovic (6-3, 6-4).
Bouchard found herself down 5-3 in the second set but rattled off four games to down the French sensation, using her aggressiveness and energy to overwhelm en route to the win. Former player Martina Navratilova noted that these tendencies make Bouchard tough to upend:
Bouchard was impressive today against Cornet,she will be a tough out:)— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 30, 2014
As if her current form were not enough, Bouchard gets an additional day off after rain on Monday postponed the dance between contenders Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. Given her fresh legs and momentum, it would be unwise to bet against the Canadian.