We can always expect shocks and surprises at the Wimbledon Championships, but no one could have predicted how the 2013 edition of the tournament would have looked after the second round.
Rafael Nadal hardly had time to get accustomed at SW19 before he was defeated in straight sets by Belgian unknown Steve Darcis on the opening day of the competition. Two days later and it was time for defending champion Roger Federer to take an early shower – humbled by Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky – while tennis heavyweights Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were also both forced to bow out in the second round too.
Seeing as though Novak Djokovic had already been kept separate from Federer, Nadal and British number one Andy Murray in the draw, everyone is now convinced that the 2013 Wimbledon final will feature the Scot against the Serb. However, with the way things are going in the sport at the moment, nothing can be taken for granted.
For one, Argentine ace Juan Martin Del Potro is in Djokovic’s half of the draw – which at one time looked the easier part of the competition. But the shocks have turned that belief on its head – and he will not want to miss out on one of his best opportunities to win the sacred Wimbledon trophy yet.
He has already been priced as the clear third favourite to win the championships by bookmakers and has a proven track record for taking a chance when it comes his way – he won the 2009 US Open after beating Federer in a five-set thriller after all.
Over on the other half of the draw, the stars appear to be aligning and giving Murray a nice route straight to the 2013 final. However, the Scot’s downfall could come at the hands of his old foe Jerzy Janowicz.
Tennis fans may be quick to be convinced that Murray will chalk up another victory if the two meet on different sides of the court. Take in the fact that the British number one lost to Janowicz 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at the 2012 BNP Paribas Masters last autumn though, and this win no longer seems so much of a certainty.
In fact, it would be foolish to write off the chances of this tough Pole at all. He currently holds wins over the likes of David Nalbandian, Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Cilic – not bad seeing as though he is just 22.
One thing’s for sure, the whole unpredictable nature of Wimbledon 2013 just shows that those unknown in the tennis world still have the opportunity to achieve big things. It might just be time to pick up your tennis rackets from Millet Sports and take a step closer to making headlines at SW19 yourself.