ICYMI at Wimbledon 2017: All of the best bits

Federer's reign without end (3:22)

With his eighth Wimbledon title and 19th major overall, Roger Federer's reign at the top has no end in sight. (3:22)

LONDON -- The players descended in their whites and the supporters responded by arriving equipped with Pimm's and picnics.

We saw some early-round upsets and some epic five-set matches -- this year's Wimbledon did not disappoint.

From flying ants to flying volleys; here's a round-up of the best bits from Wimbledon 2017.

Best match

"Manic Monday," as it is colloquially known -- the second Monday when all remaining men and women play on the same day -- was not short of fantastic tennis action.

But one match in particular stood out in our minds.

Over on Court 1, Gilles Muller defeated Rafael Nadal in an unbelievable 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 marathon.

Tennis enthusiasts expressed their love on Twitter:

While fans were poised on the edge of their seats for a full 4 hours, 48 minutes.

Biggest shocking defeat

It was Day 1, and expectations were running high.

Stan Wawrinka, the fifth seed and member of the exclusive Big Five' gang, stepped out on court to face World No. 49 Daniil Medvedev. Wawrinka has this one in the bag, right?


We can't be that surprised, can we?

After all, it was the sixth time in the past eight seasons that Wawrinka has fallen before the third round at the All England Club. And according to ESPN Stats & Information, he is just the fourth top-five man since 2000 to lose in the first round at Wimbledon.

Further, since 2010, Wawrinka has only 10 match wins at Wimbledon, less than half as many as he has in any other major.

Only 40 more days until the US Open, Stan. Forty days.

Shot of the tournament

Seriously, how super-cool is this shot?

Thank you, Dustin Brown.

Happiest fan

On Day 8, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta beat Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 making her the first British woman to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978.

One fan was particularly chuffed with the result:

How happy is this steward, who took a selfie with Johanna Konta right after her thrilling three-set win to make the Wimbledon semifinals?

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There was Sam Querrey who knocked out reigning champ and hometown favorite Andy Murray to become the first U.S. man to reach a major semifinal since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.

Then there was Dudi Sela who defeated John Isner -- a man 13 inches taller over a grueling 3 hours, 51 minutes.

Not forgetting Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo's brutal, alternating slugfest against Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the men's doubles final.

... But the real unsung heroes -- the most valuable player(s) award -- has to go to the devoted fans who sat out on the hill on Day 8 in the pouring rain to watch their tennis idols charge around under the protection of the Centre Court roof. That's dedication.

We are British, we will watch tennis #murraymound #wimbledon @wimbledon

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Rising star award

One lucky ball boy got the call-up of a lifetime over on Week 2 Wednesday (move over Murray):

Worst wardrobe malfunction

Elsewhere, this one guy had bigger problems to think about than making it through to the Wimbledon finals.

We think he deserves a shoutout.

Poncho problems... . #Wimbledon #tennis #sport #instasport #rain

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Biggest press room blunder

Andy Murray -- reigning champion and World No. 1 -- was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals by No. 24 Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.

In spite of his recent loss, the fiery Brit was still quick to shoot down a misinformed reporter in his postmatch news conference ...

Best dressed

On Sunday, Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title (most in men's tennis history), 19th major title (extends men's all-time record) and 17th grass court title (extends his Open era men's record).

But in spite of these record-breaking accomplishments, attention was deflected to some other members of Roger's player box ...

Best multi-tasker

Apparently it was going to take more than Grand Slam action to pry this lady away from her knitting duties ...

Biggest gate-crasher

Four days into the tournament, something big happened. No, we're not talking about Madison Keys losing to Camilla Giorgi, nor Madison Brengle defeating odds-on favorite 11th seed Petra Kvitova. This day will forever be remembered as "flying ant day" -- the day flying insects invaded SW19.

Twitter went mad for it. We, at Wimbledon, did not.

Read what the players had to say about it here.

(Although who could blame the poor blighters for wanting to get in on a slice of the Wimbledon action?!)