2012 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

Profiles of the top contenders for the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff


1. Novak Djokovic

2012 Record: 36-6

Grand Slam Record: 123-25

Wimbledon Record: 27-6

Wimbledon Best Result:  W (2011)

Fast Fact: Djokovic has reached the semifinals in eight consecutive Grand Slam events, a record that trails only Federer (23) and Lendl (10).


2. Rafael Nadal

2012 Record: 41-5

Grand Slam Record: 156-21

Wimbledon Record: 35-5

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2008, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Nadal has reached the final of Wimbledon in all of his appearances since 2005 (lost 2R to Muller).


3. Roger Federer

2012 Record: 39-6

Grand Slam Record: 237-36

Wimbledon Record:  59-7

Wimbledon Best Result:  W (2003–’07, ‘09)

Fast Fact: Federer failed to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in consecutive years (2010-‘11), which last occurred at a Grand Slam event in the 2003-’04 French Open.


4. Andy Murray

2012 Record:  26-9

Grand Slam Record: 87-26

Wimbledon Record: 24-6

Wimbledon Best Result:  SF (2009-‘11)

Fast Fact:  The week of July 2nd will mark Murray’s 200th consecutive week ranked in the ATP Top Five.


5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2012 Record:  29-12

Grand Slam Record:  56-19

Wimbledon Record: 13-4

Wimbledon Best Result:  SF (2011)

Fast Fact:  Tsonga has played a five set match in each of his last nine Grand Slam events, and has lost a five set match in four of his last six Grand Slams.



6. Tomas Berdych

2012 Record:  35-11

Grand Slam Record:  72-35

Wimbledon Record:  23-8

Wimbledon Best Result:  RU (2010)

Fast Fact: Berdych, who won at Montpellier earlier this year, has never won more than one title in a year.


7. David Ferrer

2012 Record: 43-8

Grand Slam Record:  83-38

Wimbledon Record:  16-9

Wimbledon Best Result:  4R (2006, ’10, ‘11)

Fast Fact:   Ferrer’s winning percentage on grass (70%) is better than his career winning percentage (65.6%)


8. Janko Tipsarevic

2012 Record:  30-13

Grand Slam Record:  35-33

Wimbledon Record:  9-8

Wimbledon Best Result:  4R (2007-’08)

Fast Fact:  Tipsarevic had a losing record for his career (139-142) until he reached the Delray Beach final in Feb, 2011; since that time he has a record of 79-35.


9. Juan Martin Del Potro

2012 Record:  37-9

Grand Slam Record:  47-20

Wimbledon Record:  6-4

Wimbledon Best Result:  4R (2011)

Fast Fact:  When Del Potro lost his French Open quarterfinal to Federer after leading two sets to love, it was his first loss in 2012 when winning the opening set (34-1).


10. Mardy Fish

2012 Record:  7-6

Grand Slam Record: 45-36

Wimbledon Record:  12-9

Wimbledon Best Result:  QF (2011)

Fast Fact:  Fish has played the fewest matches (13) in 2012 of anyone ranked in the ATP Top Fifty.


11. John Isner

2012 Record:  23-11

Grand Slam Record: 23-17

Wimbledon Record:  2-3

Wimbledon Best Result:  2R (2010-‘11)

Fast Fact:  Nicolas Mahut is the only player Isner has beaten at Wimbledon, defeating him in the opening round in 2010 and 2011.



12. Nicolas Almagro

2012 Record:  38-12

Grand Slam Record:  42-31

Wimbledon Record:  5-7

Wimbledon Best Result:  3R (2009, ‘11)

Fast Fact: Almagro has lost at least one set in every singles match he’s played at Wimbledon.


13. Gilles Simon

2012 Record:  29-15

Grand Slam Record:  38-25

Wimbledon Record:  9-6

Wimbledon Best Result:  4R (2009)

Fast Fact:  Simon has won 17 grass court matches in his career, but only two wins were against players ranked in the Top Fifty (No. 28 Hanescu, No. 49 Calleri).


14. Feliciano Lopez

2012 Record:  12-15

Grand Slam Record:  56-42

Wimbledon Record:  24-10

Wimbledon Best Result:  QF (2005, ’08, ‘11)

Fast Fact:  Lopez is tied for 6th place with Andy Murray for most Wimbledon match wins among active players (Men’s Singles).


16. Marin Cilic

2012 Record:  15-9

Grand Slam Record:  37-20

Wimbledon Record:  5-5

Wimbledon Best Result:  4R (2008)

Fast Fact:  Since defeating No. 5 Del Potro and No. 7 Roddick back-to-back to reach the 2010 Australian Open semifinals, Cilic has a record of 2-16 vs. Top Ten players over the last 2 ½ years.


30. Andy Roddick

2012 Record:  7-11, 2-0 eastbourne

Grand Slam Record: 126-43

Wimbledon Record:  39-11

Wimbledon Best Result:  RU (2004, ’05, ‘09)

Fast Fact:  Roddick has the third best winning percentage on grass among active players (83-20, 80.6%), trailing only Federer and Nadal.