In an era dominated by four men, major upsets in tennis have been fairly hard to come by in recent years. While there are signs that this is beginning to change, one man who used to be as likely a source as any of a "Big Four" casualty is fading from the minds of those who like a good shake-up. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has slipped down the rankings since retiring in the second round of Wimbledon last year, and has also failed to beat a player ranked above him since his 2013 Roland Garros win over Roger Federer.
At one point on quarter final day, with Rafael Nadal already out at the hands of 19 year old Nick Kyrgios, Andy Murray had just been dumped out in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov, and both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer trailed by a set in their respective matches. While the latter pair eventually overcame their opponents, the message is clear at this year's Championships: change is coming at the top of mens' tennis, and tomorrow we will found out just how soon.
Despite the relatively straightforward progression of most of the big names in the first two rounds of this year's Championships, David Ferrer is one of a significant handful of seeded players booking his flight home earlier than expected. An expected quarter-final opponent for defending champion Andy Murray, the Spaniard suffered his earliest loss in a Grand Slam since Australia 2010.
Monday will see Andy Murray return to Centre Court at Wimbledon in a bid to repeat his historic success from last year. Here I run the rule over the potential contenders for the third Grand Slam event of the year, and it looks as if it could be one of the most unpredictable major events in recent years, following this morning's draw.
The grass court swing got underway last weekend with two very popular minor tournaments in London and Halle. Federer, Nadal, Murray, Raonic, Berdych and Wawrinka were all in action as all of the players ramped up their preparations for Wimbledon.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the first week of grass court play in 2014:
Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the same Grand Slam event nine times with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Novak Djokovic in today's final.
It looked a near certainty even before the first balls were hit in Paris two weeks ago that we'd witness another final between Djokovic and Nadal on Philippe Chatrier. For the first time in years, the bookmakers' had Rafa down as the underdog, and Novak seemed to justify his billing as narrow favourite by taking the opening set. What followed was an intriguing clash which perhaps lacked the quality of many of their 41 previous meetings, but what will fittingly go down as one of 2014's most attritious tennis matches:
The first week of Grand Slam events can often feel like a bit of a procession on the mens' side of the draw, as the top seeds generally make light work of their first few opponents, but at the halfway point of this year's French Open, we've caught some early glimpses of players who might one day be among the men touted for glory at these events.
Here I take a look at the young guns who had a taste of competing on some of the most reputable tennis courts in the world for what could be the first of many times.
Philippe Chatrier is tomorrow's setting for what is, for many, the most highly-anticipated clash of the second round at Roland Garros, as up-and-coming Dominic Thiem takes on eight-time French Open champion and top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday's second match.
Here's all you need to know about the Austrian upstart and where the match will be won and lost:
After what had been a fairly routine first couple of days for the big names at Roland Garros, the first significant shock wave was sent through the men's singles draw this evening as Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was felled by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the opening round.
Here's a report on the first two days of action in Paris:
With the qualifying rounds now in their final stages of completion, the draw is nearly full for this year's French Open, which will see Rafael Nadal gun for his 9th title in Paris and Novak Djokovic pursue his career slam.
Friday's draw ceremony threw up some interesting prospective clashes. Here, I analyse how it panned out for some of this year's key participants: