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Will Djokovic, Murray take advantage of Fedex, Rafa's exit?
The inevitable has happened. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been knocked out of the Wimbledon 2013 by Sergiy Stakhovsky and Steve Darcis respectively. They were favourites to win the Wimbledon 2013 crown along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. So, with Nadal and Federer out, the title may be a fight between Murray and Djokovic.

With this loss, Federer ended his run of 36 consecutive quarter finals appearance in a grand slam. It was not expected, especially with his opponent ranked 116 in the world. The world had already been taken by storm, when Nadal lost his first round match and Federer was immediately considered as a favourite to win the grand slam, but the world came crashing down for Federer and Swiss fans with his loss so early in the competition.

With Murray and Djokovic in different half of the draw, a final match between them seems to be well on course. But, with the way things have shaped up in the first three days of the competition, it would not be a surprise, if neither reaches the finals and the crown is won by someone outside the top 10 ranked player. If this would happen, it could be the biggest surprise of Wimbledon, ever.

Murray, as the draw for the 2013 Wimbledon had come out drew a horror tale, as he was in the same half of the pool, which included Nadal and Federer. It was a tough task for him to reach the finals, in spite of playing in his home nation. But things have changed in a matter of just three days, where his route to the finals looked a bit easier than what was originally thought. He does not have any strong contenders to challenge him until the finals.

Even, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who could have been another threat, had to retire from the game, increasing Murray's chance of reaching the finals. His biggest opponents may be M. Youznhy and Fernando Verdasco. Neither of them will stand a chance to defeat Murray, if the Brit plays his normal game. He even does not have to be extraordinary to brush aside these players.

On the other half of the pool, Serbian Djokovic will not get much affected by their exit, as neither Nadal nor Federer were in the same pool as the Serbian. Many expected Nadal/Federer vs Djokovic final – only his opponent might change, if he reaches the finals.

Djokovic's challengers remain the same in the run up to the finals. He can't think of taking his matches easy with players such as Tommy Haas, James Blake, Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer, Del Potro is his half of the pool, who on their given day can defeat Djokovic. The Serbian does not want to follow Rafa and Federer footsteps in the competition. Rafa, Tsonga and Federer's exit from the tournament has suddenly made Djokovic's half of the pool - a pool of death, which was earlier not the case.

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