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WIMBLEDON 2014: Capsules on top men's players

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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Men to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

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.

RAFAEL NADAL

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.

ANDY MURRAY

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.

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