WIMBLEDON '17: Roger Federer seeks record 8th championship
Men to watch at Wimbledon, where play begins Monday:
2017 Match Record: 21-9
2017 Singles Titles: 1
Career Singles Titles: 45
Major Titles: 3 - Wimbledon ('13, `16), U.S. Open ('12)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-Won Championship, `15-Lost in Semifinals, `14-QF, `13-W, `12-Runner-Up
Aces: After run to French Open semifinals, lost opener at Queen's Club grass-court tuneup, then withdrew from exhibition matches in England, citing a sore left hip. ... Made at least QFs in each of last nine appearances at All England Club.
Topspin: Murray's comfort level, and crowd support, at Wimbledon are both so strong that he can't be ruled out as a serious title contender.
2017 Match Record: 28-7
2017 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 68
Major Titles: 12 - French Open ('16), Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15, `16), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15), U.S. Open ('11, `15)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-3rd, `15-W, `14-W, `13-RU, `12-SF
Aces: After losing in French Open quarterfinals, entered grass-court tuneup for first time since 2010 - and won title at Eastbourne on Saturday. ... Since 2016 French Open made him first man since Rod Laver in 1969 with four consecutive major championships, failed to defend any of those titles.
Topspin: Djokovic's once-impervious aura has disappeared. Will unusual part-time coaching arrangement with Andre Agassi pay more dividends in London than it did in Paris? Djokovic also has added former player Mario Ancic to his team.
2017 Match Record: 24-2
2017 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 92
Major Titles: 18 - Wimbledon ('03, `04, `05, `06, `07, `09, `12), U.S. Open ('04, `05, `06, `07, `08), Australian Open ('04, `06, `07, `10, `17), French Open ('09)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-SF, `15-RU, `14-RU, `13-2nd, `12-W
Aces: After skipping clay-court season, then losing first match on grass, looked back at his best in winning title at Halle, Germany. ... Seeks record-breaking eighth Wimbledon men's title.
Topspin: Simply can't count Federer out, as his Australian Open championship in January proved after missing last half of 2016. Time off does him good, clearly.
2017 Match Record: 43-6
2017 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 73
Major Titles: 15 - French Open ('05, `06, `07, `08, `10, `11, `12, `13, `14, `17), Wimbledon ('08, `10), U.S. Open ('10, `13), Australian Open ('09)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-Did Not Play, `15-2nd, `14-4th, `13-1st, `12-2nd
Aces: Enters Wimbledon on a three-week break from competition since winning record 10th French Open title. ... Has won a total of five Wimbledon matches over past five years. ... One of his coaches, Carlos Moya, is taking a break and is not at Wimbledon.
Topspin: If his knees hold up, could return to the form that carried him to the final in five consecutive appearances, including two trophies, from 2006-11. ''My legs are fine,'' Nadal said Saturday. ''My week of training has been positive.''
2017 Match Record: 26-10
2017 Singles Titles: 1
Career Singles Titles: 16
Major Titles: 3 - French Open ('15), Australian Open ('14), U.S. Open ('16)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-2nd, `15-QF, `14-QF, 13-1st, `12-1st
Aces: A Wimbledon championship would make him the ninth man with a career Grand Slam, although he insisted Saturday: ''For me, it's not something I think about.''... After run to Roland Garros final, lost opener on grass at Queen's Club.
Topspin: Never past quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 12 appearances, needs to stick to an attacking style to try to make a breakthrough.
2017 Match Record: 22-8
2017 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 8
Major Titles: 0 - Best: RU, Wimbledon ('16)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-RU, `15-3rd, `14-SF, `13-2nd, `12-2nd
Aces: One of four men with 400 aces this season. ... First major semifinal and final appearances came at Wimbledon.
Topspin: Big serve carried him to 2016 final and could bring him far again - as long as his body holds up.
2017 Match Record: 33-12
2017 Singles Titles: 3
Career Singles Titles: 4
Major Titles: 0 - Best: 3rd, French Open ('16), Australian Open ('17), Wimbledon ('16)
Last 5 Wimbledons: `16-3rd, `15-2nd, `14-DNP, `13-DNP, `12-DNP
Aces: Recently made top-10 ranking debut. ... Slid out after first-round French Open exit.
Topspin: By reaching final at grass tuneup, showed his game translates to the slick surface. Now needs to get to second week of a major.
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