Sam Querrey produced the undoubted shock of Wimbledon so far on Saturday when dumping defending champion Novak Djokovic out of the men’s draw 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 and landing odds of 14/1 in the process.
The 6ft 6in world-number 41, faces Frenchman Nicholas Mahut in the next round, but, despite slaying one of the all-time greats in his third-round rubber, Querrey finds himself the betting outsider once more, albeit at a more competitive 23/20.
Mahut, most famous for losing the longest match in history in a 70-68 deciding set against John Isner at the All England Championships in 2010, is the 67/100 favourite to progress to the quarter finals at the American’s expense.
His favouritism can partially be explained by victories in the pair’s two prior tangles, at the US Open in 2015 (7-5, 7-6, 7-5) and this year en route to a tournament win on the grass at Hertogenbosch (6-7, 6-4, 6-4).
Querrey’s opponent plays his best tennis on the green stuff, which has brought all four of his ATP tour titles to date, but, more importantly, he stands to profit from the post-upset bounce that so often strikes down those who take out an elite player early in the men’s draw at SW19.
Last year Rafael Nadal, tenth seed, but still one of the greats of the modern game, was cut down by dreadlocked German entertainer Dustin Brown, marking the fourth successive year he had been eliminated from Wimbledon by a player ranked 100th or lower.
All four giant-killers fell at the next hurdle, unable to maintain the performance-levels of their previous-round heroics.
The same fate befell Sergiy Stakhovsky, who stopped Roger Federer from reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2002 when knocking him out in the second round in 2013.
Rubbed out by the world number 3-7 Jurgen Melzer in his next tie, the Russian summed up the problems faced by the upsetters at the All England Club, telling the BBC afterwards, “You give so much energy into the match, you fight so hard,” he told the BBC on Thursday. “It’s hard to come back and play again with those emotions after that.”