Ernests Gulbis was another shock casualty in the top half of the draw, going down in straight sets to Wimbledon giant-killer Sergiy Stakhovsky. Following the strongest tournament of his career, which saw him reach the semi-finals of the French Open last month, the Latvian has endured a very disappointing grass court campaign. Stakhovsky, on the other hand, reaches the third round of The Championships for a second consecutive year, and will fancy his chances against unseeded Jeremy Chardy in the last 32.
Mikhail Youzhny's difficult 2014 continued with a four set defeat to qualifier Jimmy Wang of Taipei. The Russian moves to an 8-12 win-loss record for the year, while his opponent will look forward to a third round clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who almost found himself featured in this article, eventually overcoming Sam Querrey in his second consecutive two-day, five-set epic. Not many of the seeded players had straightforward routes throughout the rest of the top half, either, with Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini and Alex Dolgopolov all dropping the first set before eventually joining the party in the last 32.
There were more shocks in the bottom section of the draw, too, Richard Gasquet most notably squandering a two set lead and a host of match points before losing to teenage Nick Kyrgios 10-8 in the deciding set. Despite making the final of Eastbourne last week, Gasquet is struggling to find the form and consistency that carried him all the way to the World Tour Finals last year and it's hard to see him turning it around.
Gael Monfils is prone to unpredictable performances, but it was still surprising to see him lose to another impressive young gun, Jiri Vesely, after coming from two sets down to force a deciding set. Former junior number 1 Vesely will now face Kyrgios in the third round with the winner likely to face two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the last 16, an exciting prospect for fans interested to see how the next generation of tennis stars are progressing.
22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was yet another big name to crash out as he lost to Italian Simone Bolelli 7-5 in the fifth set. Bolelli goes through to face Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori, who seems to have thankfully shaken off the back problem which compromised the back end of his clay court campaign, as he came through his second round match against Denis Kudla for the loss of just six games.
The giant-killing stories only tell part of the story of the second round of Wimbledon 2014, as elsewhere Djokovic was forced to go four sets to beat Radek Stepanek, Rafael Nadal was forced to recover after coming within a point of trailing Lukas Rosol by two sets, and Stan Wawrinka overcame a scare to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu in four sets.
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