Sunday, June 29, 2008

And on the seventh day ...

As they take the traditional break at the All-England Club, I figured I'd take a look back at the week that was—and what a week it was! Here's the recap of some of the big storylines:

• Upsets abounded: World number one Ana Ivanovic? Gone. 2004 champ Maria Sharapova? Ditto. 2008 Aussie champ Novak Djokovic? Blink and you missed him. Two-time runner-up Andy Roddick? Probably back in New York by now with his supermodel fiancee. All in all, of the top 10 seeds on the men's side, only four are heading into the second week, while on the women's side, six are through. For a minute there, it looked like no one could be considered safe!

• On a collision course: Amid all the carnage, though, among the top seeds, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal look like they're on line to book their annual Sunday battle. And after the women's draw has been wrecked, it's hard to see someone stopping the Williams sisters from meeting. Of course, those are the finals I predicted, so I have to say that! Seriously, though, it seems things are falling into place to make that happen.

• The comeback kids: Former top tenners Marat Safin and Mario Ancic both took out current members of the ATP's elite, Djokovic and David Ferrer. Injuries and overall headcasedness have slowed Safin in the past couple of years, but when his head's in the game, watch out. He has a great shot at making a real deep run here. Ancic hasn't even gotten to play that much over the past couple of years with a range of injuries and illness. That match he played against Ferrer was one of the best on grass that I've seen in a long time. I think he'll get to the quarters, but waiting for him there should be Federer. Still, it's been a great tournament so far, and hopefully he'll get back to where he was.

• All eyes on Andy: Andy Murray has been ripping through his matches here, much to the delight of the British crowd. I watched some of the Tommy Haas match, and man, can that kid play! The road ahead gets real tough, but if he keeps it together, who knows what he can accomplish here?

• Fashion statements: Nike definitely broke out some unique looks for some of it's stars: from Sharapova's tux to Serena Williams trench coat to R-Fed's cardigan. We know Alla Kudryavtseva didn't like the tux, but I kind of dug the cardigan. I'm not really a fan of the trench coat, but hey, to each their own!

(Photos: Getty Images)

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