Wimbledon's Top Seed Does a Djexit

Published on 2-Jul-2016 by J Square Humboldt

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Wimbledon's Top Seed Does a Djexit


This is the Year of the Underdog.

It's the Zeitgeist in football, and it's already spread to Wimbledon.

More accurately, it's still making itself known at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Just ask Superman Novak Djokovic:

Dude's name is Querry. Sam Querry.

And he's shaken, if not stirred, the men's singles bracket.

Actually, investigating how the 28-year-old American -- the ATP's No 41 dude and Wimbledon's No 28 -- surprised Djokovic would start with the rain delays that plagued their match.

The swingin' Serb probably thought the overnight pause would help him regain his form, but the break did just the opposite. It segmented the enormity of Querry's task to the point that he never appeared overwhelmed by it.

When will commentators ever realize that a fan's lot in life is to wait and see?

Responding to inanities aside, Querry's challenge is to find a consistency that hasn't been there during his career. However, his immediate future looks doable:

Querry bracket

Roger Federer is now the favorite in that Querry's half of the draw. If both held serve, that would be a semi-final match.

But dude's got much to prove before then. Like checking out what cagey veteran Nicolas Mahut brings to the table. At 34, this isn't his first croquet wicket, or whatever subs for a rodeo in the teacup-clinking class.

Querry surely isn't kidding himself about the stars aligning in his favor here.

Mahut's most memorable Wimbledon moment -- and a long one, at that -- was his marathon match against John Isner that took three days, a total of 11 hours, 5 minutes; it was decided, 70-68, in a crazy fifth set in which Isner prevailed.

The Frenchman is 2-0 against Querry, with the most recent victory coming in Holland the week prior to Wimbledon.

Mahut v Querry

Dude may just have dropped the hammer on Djokovic, but if that's gonna mean as much to him in this event as it already does to second-seed Andy Murray and third-seed Federer, he can be hoping for everything to go right again.

He has to find a way to be right.