An astonishing day at Wimbledon…

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Well, I obviously posted a little too early yesterday and missed the biggest upset of them all! Fedex has lost the express bit – after 36 straight grand slam quarter finals or better, he succumbed in the second round.  Clearly, he was not at his best, from the second set on he there seemed to be an air of frustration, despite edging the first set on a tie-break he struggled to gain any rhythm against Stakhovsky, who served and volleyed consistently and, like Dustin Brown and Darcis before him this Wimbledon, kept the points short against a player that is comfortable from the back of the court.

Take nothing away from Stakhovsky, he played exceptionally well, also he got to the net on 60% of points and winning two thirds of those. He came into the match with a clear game plan and  would also have been buouyed by the other wins by underdogs against top players – when Brown upset Hewitt and particularly Darcis beating Nadal, it has an infectious effect.  It also illustrates the depth in men’s tennis currently – after saying that the top four consistently get to the later stages of tournaments, here we have two of the greatest players of all time in Nadal and Federer, losing in the first two rounds at Wimbledon to players ranked outside the top 100.

With all the other exits yesterday, this result topped it all and left many pundits with their jaws on the floor and, perhaps, wondering what next?……

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