It was just another ho hum day at Wimbledon on Day 3. A day that included the upsets of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, two of which were serious contenders in their draws. It was also a day that included 7 withdrawals or retirements including, Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Radek Stepanek, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Yaroslava Shvedova and fresh off of his upset of Rafael Nadal, Steve Darcis. All of these players with the exception of Darcis, Stepanek and Shvedova were seeds. It was a strange day indeed. The fun did not end there as qualifier Dustin Brown upset former Major Champion, Lleyton Hewitt.
It was a morning and afternoon of surprises, not just by the results, but in the case of Federer and Sharapova, by the severity of their defeats considering they each had excellent chances to bring home the championship.
Sharapova lost to Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-3, 6-4 while Federer lost to Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6. De Brito dominated her match while Federer uncharacteristically lost two tiebreakers and three straight sets after taking the first.
It is hard to remember events comparable to Wednesday in a Major.The combination of upsets and withdrawals make it possibly the strangest single day in Majors history.
2nd seeded Andy Murray somewhat restored order breezing by Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets and has quickly become one of the favorites to win his Home Country's Major Championship which has eluded him. Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer still loom large in the top half of the bracket but Murray could only see a seed as high as 15 in Nicolas Almagro in his half of the bracket.
The highest seed left in what was Sharapova's side of the Ladies bracket is 8th seed Petra Kvitova. Meanwhile, top seed Serena Williams' path to a Championship looks much easier on paper. And after what we witnessed on Day 3, I emphasize "On Paper".
As for Roger Federer, it was the earliest he has been dispatched from a Major in 10 years where he lost at Roland Garros and as he approaches 32 years of age, it is unknown as to how many more chances he will have to take another Major Championship. But Federer made it clear that he intends on coming back and trying again, "It's always a disappointment losing any match around the world and particularly here. What do you do after something like this? 24 hour rule. Don't panic at this point. That's clear. Go back to work. I'm looking forward to next year, that I can do better here next year. I still have plans to play for many more years to come."
The tournament continues with Day 4 on Thursday, but it is highly unlikely we will witness one like Wednesday in a very long time.