Midterm Grades: Marathon match, near upsets headline Week One
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut gave Wimbledon profiles in courage
The Williams sisters are again on a roll on the Wimbledon lawns
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have survived despite uneven performances
We've had a match that ended 70-68 in the fifth set, a near upset of Roger Federer, a visit by the Queen, and a spitting incident. Otherwise it was a slow first week at the All England Club. Herewith, our midterm marks, graded on the USC Athletic Department curve.
Nicolas Mahut and John Isner: Let's save the debate over whether to play the fifth set for another time. Now, let's just applaud this joint profile in courage. 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. It's funny just to look at.
Williams-Williams: Overshadowed the first week, the top women's seeds are cruising toward another final as well as another doubles title.
Robin Soderling: French Open finalist through week one without dropping a set.
Jarmila Groth: Little known player reaches the second week of second straight major.
Ice baths: Nice product placement thanks to Isner-Mahut.
Alejandro Falla: Can't close the deal on The Greatest Upset in the Open Era, but what an effort against Federer in round one. (Props, too, to Robin Haase and Phil Petzschner.)
Qualifiers: None left on the men's side, but some strong efforts starting with Mahut. Kaia Kanepi keeps torch alive for the women.
ATP: Another successful defense in the anti-trust suit against the deep-pocket Hamburg plaintiffs. But tennis still vulnerable to anti-trust under certain circumstances.
Roger Federer: The top seed and six-time champ has looked plainly mortal. But credit him with staying alive. Like the cliché goes: you can't win a major in week one, you can only lose it. And, ragged as his game has been, he hasn't lost.
Rafael Nadal: Top player and 2008 champ has looked plainly mortal (and slowed by injury). But credit him with staying alive. Like the cliché goes: you can't win a major in week one, you can only lose it. And, ragged as his game has been, he hasn't lost.
WTA French Open finalists: Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur both lose in round one. In the former case, it was all but expected. In the latter case, it's troubling.
Marin Cilic: After a purported breakthrough in 2009, he's sure been quiet in 2010. Was out of Wimbledon early the first Monday.
Call of Duty (and Entourage on DVR): Kim Sears backing the Andy Murray camp.
Victor Hanescu: Romanian retires in the fifth set of his third-rounder, but not before spitting at a fan and intentionally footfaulting, earning a $15,000 fine.
The 2009 Wimbledon final: Federer beat Roddick in an "epic" 16-14 fifth set. Isner -- Mahut eclipsed that by more than 100 games!
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