- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

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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