June 22, 2017

Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Contender Profiles

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(June 22, 2014) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for 2014 Wimbledon. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff


1.Novak Djokovic

2014 Record: 30-4

Grand Slam Record: 168-32

Wimbledon Record: 38-8

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2011)

Fast Fact: The last occasion when the player who beat Djokovic at a Grand Slam event failed to win the title was 2011 French Open (Federer d. Djokovic, Nadal won title).


2. Rafael Nadal

2014 Record: 41-7

Grand Slam Record: 184-24

Wimbledon Record: 36-7

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2008, ‘10)

Fast Fact: Nadal will be attempting to win his 700th career match in the opening round of Wimbledon.


3. Andy Murray

2014 Record: 27-11

Grand Slam Record: 126-31

Wimbledon Record: 37-7

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2013)

Fast Fact: Since winning the 2013 Wimbledon title, Murray has reached the semifinals only twice in 11 events (Acapulco, Roland Garros).


4. Roger Federer

2014 Record: 34-7

Grand Slam Record: 268-43

Wimbledon Record: 67-8

Wimbledon Best Result: Won (2003-’07, ’09, ‘12)

Fast Fact: If Federer wins the title at age 33, he will become the oldest Grand Slam titlist since 1972 French Open (Angel Gimeno, 34), and the oldest Wimbledon Men’s Champion in the open era.


5. Stan Wawrinka

2014 Record: 24-7

Grand Slam Record: 75-36

Wimbledon Record: 9-9

Wimbledon Best Result: 4R (2008-‘09)

Fast Fact: After starting the year winning three of his first six events and compiling a 20-3 match record, Wawrinka has played .500 tennis since then (4-4).


6. Tomas Berdych

2014 Record: 27-8

Grand Slam Record: 97-43

Wimbledon Record: 13-10

Wimbledon Best Result: RU (2009)

Fast Fact: Berdych has been ranked in the ATP Top Fifty for 450 consecutive weeks (since Oct 31, 2005), fourth longest active streak behind Federer, Nadal, and Ferrer.


7. David Ferrer

2014 Record: 31-11

Grand Slam Record: 119-46

Wimbledon Record: 24-11

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2012 –‘13)

Fast Fact: Ferrer is attempting to reach his 11th consecutive Grand Slam Quarterfinal, which would tie him with Nadal for 4th longest streak of the Open Era (trailing Federer, Djokovic, and Lendl).


8. Milos Raonic

2014 Record: 19-9

Grand Slam Record: 27-14

Wimbledon Record: 3-3

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2011-‘13)

Fast Fact: The highest ranked opponent that Raonic has defeated on grass is No. 45 (Giraldo, 1R Wimbledon, 2012).


9. John Isner

2014 Record: 19-10

Grand Slam Record: 33-24

Wimbledon Record: 3-5

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2010, ’11, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Of 27 complete sets of tennis that Isner has played at Wimbledon, thirteen have reached a tiebreak (and one that reached 70-68).


10. Kei Nishikori

2014 Record: 29-7

Grand Slam Record: 28-19

Wimbledon Record: 4-5

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2012-‘13)

Fast Fact: Nishikori has lost only two 5 set matches in his career, but both have come on grass (2013 Wimbledon, 2008 Davis Cup).


11. Grigor Dimitrov

2014 Record: 30-9

Grand Slam Record: 12-15

Wimbledon Record: 3-4

Wimbledon Best Result: 2R (2011-‘13)

Fast Fact: Since turning pro in 2008, over 40% of Dmitrov’s career wins (47 of 116) have come in the last 12 months.


12. Ernests Gulbis

2014 Record: 32-12

Grand Slam Record: 25-27

Wimbledon Record: 5-6

Wimbledon Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Gulbis has lost in the opening round in over half of the grass court events played in his career (8 of 14).


13. Richard Gasquet

2014 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 71-38

Wimbledon Record: 19-8

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2007)

Fast Fact: Gasquet has been upset by a lower ranked player in 9 of the 10 events he’s played in 2014.


14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2014 Record: 21-12

Grand Slam Record: 78-26

Wimbledon Record: 19-6

Wimbledon Best Result: SF (2011-‘12)

Fast Fact: Since winning three straight matches vs. Top Ten opponents in the 2011 ATP Tour Championships, Tsonga has compiled a 4-28 record vs. the Top Ten.


17. Mikhail Youzhny

2014 Record: 7-11

Grand Slam Record: 94-51

Wimbledon Record: 29-13

Wimbledon Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: Ten of Youzhny’s 13 losses at Wimbledon have come to Grand Slam titlists.


Uns. Lleyton Hewitt

2014 Record: 11-11

Grand Slam Record: 144-58

Wimbledon Record: 40-14

Wimbledon Best Result: W (2002)

Fast Fact: Hewitt has won 7 grass court events in his career, ranking fifth in the open era.