A day of upsets and surprises was capped at the end by the biggest stunner, not just of the day, but amongst any in the history of Grand Slam Tennis. Roger Federer lost to Sergei Stakhovsky, an unsung, 116th-ranked Ukrainian. The loss hands the 7 time- and defending-champion his earliest loss at Wimbledon since a 1st-round loss in 2002; his earliest loss in any Major since losing in the 1st round at Roland Garros in 2003; and snaps his unprecedented streak of reaching the quarterfinals or better in 36 consecutive Grand Slam events. It was Stakhovsky’s first win over a Top 10 player, making the feat all the more remarkable.
When Rafael Nadal went out in the first round on Monday, the tennis world was shaken. Today, it is reeling.
Earlier in the day, Maria Sharapova was ousted by Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal, currently ranked #131. Sharapova is a former champion here, holder of the career Slam, and former world #1, while the Portuguese woman is so unknown that even Chris Evert admitted to having to look her up.
Other upsets included Ana Ivanovic, who lost to Eugenie Bouchard (#66) of Canada in straight sets; Caroline Wozniacki, who rolled her ankle on the slippery grass and went down to Petra Cetkovska (#196); Jelena Jankovic, who lost to countrywoman Vesna Dolonc, #98; and, arguably, Lleyton Hewitt, a former champion who was mounting a mini-comeback after injury, to German Dustin Brown, ranked #189.
Additionally, the tournament saw 7 withdrawals today, some directly due to injuries suffered here:
Victoria Azarenka, due to a knee injury suffered in her match on Monday.
Marin Cilic, also citing knees.
Steve Darcis, giant-killer of Nadal on Monday, citing a shoulder injury sustained in that match.
Yaraslava Shvedova, with no reason given.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, who suffered a knee injury during his match today against Ernests Gulbis.
John Isner, after two games, due to knee injury.
Radek Stepanek, due to an on-going thigh injury.
When the day began, 7 former world #1 players would take the court: Federer, Hewitt, Sharapova, Azarenka, Wozniacki, Ivanovic, and Jankovic. When it ended, they were all finished for the tournament.
When the day began, 6 holders of Major titles walked onto the court: Federer, Hewitt, Murray, Sharapova, Azarenka, and Ivanovic. When it ended, Andy Murray was the only one still standing.