I have to give my ex-buddy Sue kudos for an interesting thread.
But I don't really agree with the premise. Nothing parallel universe or bizarre about what's happened in tennis so far this year.
Upsets happen everyday in sports. No names win over bigger names.
And last year held some upsets too at the beginning - Canas beating Fed for one. Happens also at the beginning of the year before everyone settles into a groove.
As for Fed losing, he's been sick, and even without that, dynasties come...dynasties go. Bound to happen at some point.
So again, no, not parallel anything....just merely sport.