A wild and wacky first week

Updated: June 30, 2012, 11:00 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- If there was a question that hung over the first week of the Championships at Wimbledon, it would be: "How exactly did austere Wimbledon turn into a bizarre combination of Wacky Wednesday and March Madness?"

In the era of the Big Three, first-week predictability is the Grand Slam's dominant characteristic. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have won 32 of the past 36 Slams. Federer's quarterfinal streak dates to Wimbledon 2004. Nadal entered the tournament ...

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