Men to watch at Wimbledon, which begins Monday:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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