On the heels of Rafael Nadal's early exit from the 2012 Championship at Wimbledon, Day 5 of the men's pairings saw four more players lose to lower seeds. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer survived early scares, leaving fans wondering who will be the next to fall.
Surprise Round 2 winner Sam Querrey was one of the unseeded winners in the second round. He will look to extend his run against Marin Cilic (16) from Croatia.
A win would at least tie his best finish in four appearances at Wimbledon, but Querrey's fortune doesn't figure to continue the string of upsets that has shaken the brackets thus far.
Querry is best known for his big serve and strong forehand, taking advantage of his large frame (6'6"). He was once as high at No. 17 in the ATP rankings, but an elbow injury that required surgery saw him slide into the 70s.
Cilic didn't have much trouble with Querrey when the two met in the semifinals of the Aegon Championship at Queen's Club earlier in the month.
Cilic eventually won the tournament after dispatching Querrey, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Both players are showing signs of improvement as they come back from injuries. Cilic is making quicker strides after missing almost two months to open the season with a knee injury.
It was very difficult, especially in that third game having to save eight or nine break points, and then struggling a little bit with the rhythm and with the nerves. In the past I have found it hard to get used to the grass but this year I came a little bit earlier, had enough time on grass, and I was hitting the ball well.
It's definitely a great week for me and great preparation for Wimbledon.
—Marin Cilic following his recent victory over Querrey, per a Yahoo.com report
Having shown the ability to weather and thrive against Querrey's strengths, Cilic will be a formidable opponent. At 24 years old, Querrey can be expected to regain form and will prove to be a worthy challenger, but this could still be too soon in his recovery to make a deep push in a major tournament.
There figures to be several more upsets at Wimbledon in 2012, but Querrey has an uphill battle to continue his resurgence up the ATP rankings.
Perhaps 2013 will see Querrey make a deep run, but it will be surprising to see him advance to Round 4 in 2012. Then again, this tournament has already been full of surprises.
Viktor Troicki (Ser) def. (15) Juan Monaco 7-5 7-5 6-3
(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) def. (28) Radek Stepanek (Cze) 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-2
Denis Istomin (Uzb) def. Alejandro Falla (Col) 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5)
Xaiver Malisse (Bel) def. (17) Fernando Verdasco (Spa) 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 4-6 6-3
(18) Richard Gasquet (Fra) def. (12) Nicolas Almagro (Spa) 6-3 6-4 6-4
(26) Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) def. (8) Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3
(31) Florian Mayer (Ger) def. Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5
(3) Roger Federer (Swi) def. (29) Julien Benneteau 4-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-1