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As crazy as Wimbledon has been, the quarters shape up to be exciting

Updated: July 2, 2013, 11:40 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

LONDON  -- The carnage of this Wimbledon and its ensuing tectonic narrative shifting is not to be underestimated. For the first time since 1926, neither the men's nor women's defending champion reached the quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal is gone. So too, for the first time since the 2004 Australian Open, Roger Federer isn't part of a Grand Slam quarterfinal. There's a guy ranked 130th who has a chance to go to the semifinals.

Yet, the top half of the draw, which was supposed to produce ...

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