Today the 3 seeds were out of luck as both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapaova were defeated by unranked opponents.
131 seeded Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal defeated Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in a match that included multiple falls by Sharapova and a medical timeout necessary in order for her to continue playing the match. The courts have been said to be slippery and a record 7 players, including Men’s 6th seed Jo Wilfred Tsonga retried due to injury and one has to wonder if the conditions are safe enough to be played on to begin with.
While indeed The Sharapova loss was shocking, with the injuries involved it is a little understandable for her defeat. Not so for Roger Federer who has 7 career titles…a richer history at Wimbledon than just about anybody. Federer fell at the hands the 98th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). This marks the first time that Federer has not reached at least the quarterfinal of a major since the 2004 French Open.This may be the end of an era of men’s tennis, one in which the title was a given to go to the likes of Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic.
With the upsets of Nadal and Federer, with age and injury history perhaps playing a major part of their futures, it could be that we see new names rise up and take away the majors. Andy Murray (my prediction prior to the tournament) certainly has a shot to be one of the big names, and Djokovic isn’t going away, but it’s quite possible that a new crop of youngsters comes along and changes the top-heavy tennis we’ve grown so accustomed. And so with that in mind, we should enjoy every time we get a chance to watch these great titans play, because thanks to these guys, the sport has never been more fun to watch.