Top 10 Wimbledon Upsets
Stunning, unexpected losses by teams or individuals are a major component of professional sports. They are, in fact, integral to the health of the sport, as upsets sustain interest and provide at least temporary relief when monotony appears to be running roughshod over drama.
Tennis is no exception. This year's Wimbledon has been a veritable bloodbath for top-ranked players. Rafael Nadal, two-time Wimbledon champ and fresh off his historic eighth French Open victory, went down in the first round. Reigning Wimbledon champ Roger Federer, who was hoping to equal Nadal's feat with an eighth Wimbledon title, was knocked out a day later. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova fell on the women's side in the opening week, and then Serena Williams was eliminated by Sabine Lisicki on Monday.
Upsets of this magnitude are rare, and to come in a series as they have this year rarer still. But even as shocking as this Wimbledon has been, a look through the championship's history turns up quite a few even more stunning upsets by players thought to be incapable of such feats. These matches have turned tournaments on their heads and in some cases altered the legacies of the world's greatest players. This year, the upsets on the men's side may have opened the door for Andy Murray to be the first British man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era.
In light of this tournament's drama, here's our list of the Top 10 Greatest Upsets at Wimbledon.