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WIMBLEDON 2015: Capsules on top men’s players

June 27, 2015

Men to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday:


Seeded: 1

Age: 28

Country: Serbia

2015 Match Record: 41-3

2015 Singles Titles: 5

Career Singles Titles: 53

Major Titles: 8 — Wimbledon (’11, ’14), U.S. Open (’11), Australian Open (’08, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’15)

Last 5 Wimbledons: ’14-Won Championship, 13-Lost in Final, ’12-SF, ’11-W, ’10-SF

Topspin: Fourth year in a row seeded No. 1 at the All England Club. ... Has reached at least the semifinals each of the past five years, including winning the titles in 2011 and 2014. ... After 28-match winning streak ended with loss to Stan Wawrinka in French Open final, took some time off and did not enter any ATP grass-court tuneup tournaments. ... Leads tour in wins, titles this season.


Seeded: 2

Age: 33

Country: Switzerland

2015 Match Record: 34-6

2015 Singles Titles: 4

Career Singles Titles: 86

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: ’14-F, ’13-2nd, ’12-W, ’11-QF, ’10-QF

Topspin: Has not won a Grand Slam title since earning his record 17th at Wimbledon in 2012. ... That allowed Federer to equal Pete Sampras and Willie Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with seven championships at the All England Club. ... Playing in his 63rd Grand Slam tournament in a row, a record. ... Won the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, in June for the eighth time.


Seeded: 3

Age: 28

Country: Britain

2015 Match Record: 41-6

2015 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 33

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

Last 5 Wimbledons: ’14-QF, ’13-W, ’12-F, ’11-SF, ’10-SF

Topspin: No matter what else he accomplishes, will always be remembered as the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon, beating Novak Djokovic in the 2013 final. ... Title defense ended in the quarterfinals last year against Grigor Dimitrov. ... Now being coached by former women’s No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo and former doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman. ... Prepared for Wimbledon by winning fourth title at Queen’s Club.


Seeded: 4

Age: 30

Country: Switzerland

2015 Match Record: 30-9

2015 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 10

Major Titles: 2 — French Open (’15), Australian Open (’14)

Last 5 Wimbledons: ’14-QF, ’13-1st, ’12-1st, ’11-2nd, ’10-1st

Topspin: Coming off his second Grand Slam title, at Roland Garros, where he beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer along the way. ... Of all the major tournaments, has had the least success at Wimbledon, where he has yet to make it past the quarterfinals and has three first-round exits in the past five years. ... If his big forehand and beautiful-as-can-be one-handed backhand are on target, can present problems for any opponent.


Seeded: 9

Age: 26

Country: Croatia

2015 Match Record: 10-9

2015 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 13

Major Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (’14)

Last 5 Wimbledons: ’14-QF, ’13-2nd, ’12-4th, ’11-1st, ’10-1st

Topspin: Missed a portion of this season, including the Australian Open in January, because of an injured right shoulder. ... When his dangerous serve and forehand are clicking, the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Cilic is capable of beating anyone on a fast surface, as he proved by winning last year’s U.S. Open title. ... Ranked fourth on tour in aces and percentage of first-serve points won in 2014.


Seeded: 10

Age: 29

Country: Spain

2015 Match Record: 33-11

2015 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 66

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: ’14-4th, ’13-1st, ’12-2nd, ’11-F, ’10-W

Topspin: After reaching the final in five consecutive Wimbledon appearances, including a pair of titles, has failed to get past the fourth round in any of the past three years. ... At Stuttgart, Germany, in June, won first grass-court title since Wimbledon in 2010, but then lost opening match at Queen’s Club. ... Despite problems he’s had this year, still ranks fourth on tour in percentage of return games won.


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