2014 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on men to watch

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 11:23 am •  Published: May 24, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:


Seeded: 1

Age: 27 (turns 28 on June 3)

Country: Spain

2014 Match Record: 34-6

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 63

Major Titles: 13 — French Open ('05, '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13), Wimbledon ('08, '10), U.S. Open ('10, '13), Australian Open ('09)

Last 5 French Opens: '13-Won Championship, '12-W, '11-W, '10-W, '09-Lost in 4th Round

Topspin: Career record at French Open is 59-1 with eight titles; only loss came in fourth round in 2009 to Robin Soderling. ... Trying to become only man with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament and first with five in a row at Roland Garros. ... Enters with three losses on clay in 2014, the most he's had in a single season since way back in 2004. Could face all three men who beat him: Nicolas Almagro in fourth round, David Ferrer in quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic in final.


Seeded: 2

Age: 27

Country: Serbia

2014 Match Record: 24-3

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 44

Major Titles: 6 — Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13), Wimbledon ('11), U.S. Open ('11)

Last 5 French Opens: '13-SF, '12-F, '11-SF, '10-QF, '09-3rd Round

Topspin: Semifinalist five of last seven years. ... Lost to Nadal in 2012 final, 2013 semifinals. ... Needs French Open title to complete career Grand Slam. ... Sidelined for part of clay season with right wrist injury but victory over Nadal in Rome final showed Djokovic is ready. ... Could face Roger Federer in semifinals. ... Donated and raised more than $1 million for victims of floods that killed at least 45 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia.


Seeded: 3

Age: 29

Country: Switzerland

2014 Match Record: 21-5

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 7

Major Titles: 1 — Australian Open ('14)

Last 5 French Opens: '13-QF, '12-4th, '11-4th, '10-4th, '09-3rd

Topspin: Won first Grand Slam title in January, after reaching first major semifinal at U.S. Open in September. ... 6-0 record this year against opponents ranked in the top 10. ... Won his first Masters title at Monte Carlo in April on red clay, beating countryman, pal and 2008 Olympic gold medal doubles partner Roger Federer in the final. ... Coached by Magnus Norman, who was working with Soderling when the Swede upset Nadal in Paris.


Seeded: 4

Age: 32

Country: Switzerland

2014 Match Record: 28-6