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WIMBLEDON 2014: Capsules on top men’s players


Men to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday:


Seeded: 1

Age: 27

Country: Serbia

2014 Match Record: 30-4

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 44

Major Titles: 6 – Wimbledon (’11), U.S. Open (’11), Australian Open (’08, `11, `12, `13)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-Lost in Final, `12-SF, `11-Won Championship, `10-SF, `09-QF

Topspin: Third year in a row seeded No. 1 at the All England Club; was elevated from No. 2 ranking based on grass-court results, including runner-up showing at Wimbledon in 2013. … Has made it to the semifinals or better each of the last four years, including winning the title in 2011. … Has a chance to overtake Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the rankings by the end of the tournament.


Seeded: 2

Age: 28

Country: Spain

2014 Match Record: 41-7

2014 Singles Titles: 4

Career Singles Titles: 64

Major Titles: 14 – Wimbledon (’08, `10), U.S. Open (’10, `13), Australian Open (’09), French Open (’05, `06, `07, `08, `10, `11, `12, `13, `14)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-1st, `12-2nd, `11-F, `10-W, `09-Did Not Play

Topspin: After reaching the final in five consecutive appearances at Wimbledon, including titles in 2008 and 2010, has bowed out in the second round (against 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol), then the first round (against 135th-ranked Steve Darcis). … Add in an opening loss on grass at Halle, Germany, this month, and Nadal takes a three-match losing streak on the surface into Wimbledon. … Leads the tour with 41 match wins and four titles, including his record-extending ninth at the French Open two weeks ago.


Seeded: 3

Age: 27

Country: Britain

2014 Match Record: 27-11

2014 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 28

Major Titles: 2 – Wimbledon (’13), U.S. Open (’12)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-W, `12-F, `11-SF, `10-SF, `09-SF

Topspin: Ended the host country’s 77-year wait for a British men’s champion at Wimbledon by beating Djokovic in the 2013 final. … Has grown comfortable in the intense spotlight that shines on him for these two weeks every year. … No worse than a semifinalist each of the past five years at the All England Club, including a runner-up finish to Roger Federer in 2012. … Now coached by former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo.


Seeded: 4

Age: 32

Country: Switzerland

2014 Match Record: 34-7

2014 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 79

Major Titles: 17 – Wimbledon (’03, `04, `05, `06, `07, `09, `12), U.S. Open (’04, `05, `06, `07, `08), Australian Open (’04, `06, `07, `10), French Open (’09)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-2nd, `12-W, `11-QF, `10-QF, `09-W

Topspin: Won his record 17th and, to date, last Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2012, tying Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with No. 7 at the All England Club. … His surprising second-round exit at Wimbledon last year (against 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky) ended Federer’s streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive majors. … He’s now lost before the quarterfinals at three of the past four majors. … Playing in his 59th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, a record for men.


Seeded: 9

Age: 29

Country: United States

2014 Match Record: 19-10

2014 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 8

Major Titles: 0 – Best: QF, at U.S. Open (’11)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-2nd, `12-1st, `11-2nd, `10-2nd, `09-DNP

Topspin: Made it to the fourth round at the French Open, something he’s still never done at Wimbledon, despite his booming serve. … Will always be linked to winning the longest match in tennis history – an 11-plus-hour marathon that ended 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut – at Wimbledon in 2010. … Only American man ranked in the top 50.


Seeded: 11

Age: 23

Country: Bulgaria

2014 Match Record: 30-9

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 4

Major Titles: 0 – Best: QF, at Australian Open (’14)

Last 5 Wimbledons: `13-2nd, `12-2nd, `11-2nd, `10-1st, `09-DNP

Topspin: Widely considered the next big thing in men’s tennis, even earning the nickname “Baby Fed” because of his Federer-esque style of play. … Won the trophy at Queen’s Club on grass last week, giving him three titles on three surfaces in 2014.

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