June 27, 2013
Sergiy Stakhovsky stuns Roger Federer, Steve Darcis downs Rafa Nadal, Maria Sharapova is out-screamed and out-played by Michelle Larcher de Brito…what is going on? This could be the craziest Wimbledon ever, with injuries to the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Victoria Azarenka just adding to the unlikely drama.
Take your eye off the tennis for a second and you miss some major happening – and we’re still nowhere near the end of the first week yet!
It’s becoming so gloriously unpredictable that you get the feeling no one in either draw is safe.
British hope Andy Murray must believe deep down that he has a wonderful chance to make this his year.
Seems like only a few days ago when people were speculating that Murray might have to beat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic to win Wimbledon.
Now only Djokovic stands in his way from the Big Three.
You can feel Murray Mania start to build – and tickets for the second week will be like gold dust as the expectation increases.
Wimbledon, a magical venue whatever the nature of the unfolding action, is now gripped in a fever of British hope.
But the way things are going not even Murray and Djokovic are safe.
What on earth is going to happen next? Nailed-on favourite Serena Williams to be toppled against massive odds?
You’d think Serena’s predominance is the stability we can hold onto in these turbulent tennis times. Let’s wait and see because all predictions have already gone out of the window.
And if Murray v Djokovic looks like the inevitable climax to the men’s tournament, Juan Martin Del Potro could have something to say about that.
New stars will also emerge as the tournament progresses. There’s a sensation of change in the air.
We all love Federer and Nadal, but there’s no point in mourning their loss for too long. Not during Wimbledon itself. We probably haven’t seen the last of them; and besides, to focus on their premature departure would be to miss the present and immediate future.
At this Wimbledon, it seems that anything can happen. The natural order has been upset on a Shakespearian scale. Who knows if it will be restored before the final curtain comes down?
The sheer uncertainty is strangely thrilling, isn’t it?