Betting on Wimbledon is dramatic enough when the consensus top names clear cut their paths to the quarter- and semifinals every year. Now that we’ve seen two of the Big Four slain and a number of other injuries and withdrawals from the 2013 tournament already, fans and tennis oddsmakers alike are left to make sense of the confusion.
In the first round of the Championships it was Rafael Nadal suffering the unexpected defeat. In three-straight sets Nadal fell to little known German Steve Darcis, effectively turning Wimbledon odds in the sportsbook entirely upside down.
If the No. 135-ranked threat’s uprise taught us anything in his moment in the sun before a shoulder injury forced him to retire from the event, it’s that this isn’t going to be your typical tournament.
Nadal isn’t the only heavyweight to have been sent packing early at the event either. The other, reigning champion Roger Federer, was also ousted in unceremonious and unexpected fashion before the end of the first week. No. 115-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky will go down in the books as the one who brought an end to the Federer gravy train, so keep an eye on the rest of his path through the bracket.
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