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ROGER FEDERER, 31, SWITZERLAND Ranked: 3, 2013 Match

ROGER FEDERER, 31, SWITZERLAND
Ranked: 3, 2013 Match Record, 39-6, 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: '12-W, '11-QF, '10-QF, '09-W, '08-F
Topspin: Federer's Wimbledon title in 2012, tying Pete Sampras and WIllie Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with no. 7, ended a two-and-a-half year gap between Grand Slam trophies for Federe, by far his longest drought since he won his first at Wimbledon in 2003. Federer has reached at least the quarterfinals in a record 36 consecutive major tournaments. Since his streak of 23 Grand Slam semifinals in a row ended in 2010, Federer has lost in the quarterfinals at five of the last 13 majors, reaching two finals in that span. Federer, who won his first tournament title in 10 months on grass at Halle, Germany, in June, is playing in his 55th consecutive major tournament, one win away from the men's record.

Men to watch for at Wimbledon 2013

An overview of the men to watch for at Wimbledon 2013.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, 26, SERBIA Ranked: 1, 2013 Match
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC, 26, SERBIA
Ranked: 1, 2013 Match Record: 33-5, Major Titles: 6-Wimbledon ('11), U.S. Open ('11), Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-SF, '11-W, '10-SF, '09 QF, '08-2nd
Topspin: Novak Djokovic is a popular pick--including by John McEnroe--to collect a second Wimbledon title after his close-as-can-be French Open semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal. Among his accolades, he has won a higher percentage of second-serve points (59) this season than anyone on tour, and ranks third in 2013 in percentage of return games won (34), behind only David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. (June 7, 2013)

ANDY MURRAY, 26, GREAT BRITAIN Ranked: 2, 2013
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ANDY MURRAY, 26, GREAT BRITAIN
Ranked: 2, 2013 Match Record: 27-5, Major Titles: 1-U.S. Open ('12), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-F, '11-SF, '10-SF, '09-SF, '08-QF
Topspin: After reaching last year's Wimbledon final, Andy Murray won Olympic gold at the All England Club, followed by a U.S. Open Grand Slam victory, putting an end to Britain's 76-year Grand Slam drought in Queens. Now, the Scotsman will be expected by locals to finally become a homegrown champion on the grass. Murray has reached at least the semifinals at eight of the last nine Grand Slam tournaments he's entered. He skipped the French Open with a bad back, but has since rebounded by winning his third title at the grass-court tuneup tournament at Queen's Club. His coach, Ivan Lendl, won eight major titles during his playing career, but never won at Wimbledon. (Sept. 8, 2012)

ROGER FEDERER, 31, SWITZERLAND Ranked: 3, 2013 Match

ROGER FEDERER, 31, SWITZERLAND
Ranked: 3, 2013 Match Record, 39-6, 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: '12-W, '11-QF, '10-QF, '09-W, '08-F
Topspin: Federer's Wimbledon title in 2012, tying Pete Sampras and WIllie Renshaw (who played in the 1880s) with no. 7, ended a two-and-a-half year gap between Grand Slam trophies for Federe, by far his longest drought since he won his first at Wimbledon in 2003. Federer has reached at least the quarterfinals in a record 36 consecutive major tournaments. Since his streak of 23 Grand Slam semifinals in a row ended in 2010, Federer has lost in the quarterfinals at five of the last 13 majors, reaching two finals in that span. Federer, who won his first tournament title in 10 months on grass at Halle, Germany, in June, is playing in his 55th consecutive major tournament, one win away from the men's record.

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RAFAEL NADAL, 27, SPAIN Ranked: 5, 2013 Match
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RAFAEL NADAL, 27, SPAIN
Ranked: 5, 2013 Match Record: 43-2, Major Titles: 12-Wimbledon ('08, '10), U.S. Open ('10), Australian Open ('09), French Open ('05, '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-2nd, '11-F, '10-W, '09-Did Not Play, '08-W
Topspin: Until last year's stunning second-round loss to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol, Rafael Nadal had reached the final in five consecutive appearances at Wimbledon, taking the titles in 2008 and 2010. Following his 2012 defeat, Nadal took seven months off, citing a left knee injury. The absence led Nadal to fall in the rankings, which is why he's seeded only fifth. Nadal played in the finals of all nine events he's entered since returning to the tour in February, and is on a 22-match winning streak. After winning his eighth French Open title this year--more than any man has own at the same Grand Slam tournament--Nadal decided to rest ahead of Wimbledon and pulled out of the tuneup tournament at Halle. (June 3, 2013)

TOMAS BERDYCH, 27, CZECH REPUBLIC Ranked: 6, 2013
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TOMAS BERDYCH, 27, CZECH REPUBLIC
Ranked: 6, 2013 Match Record: 31-12, Major Titles: 0--Best: F, at Wimbledon ('10), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-1st, '11-4th, '10-F, '09-4th, '08-3rd
Topspin: Tomas Berdych runs as hot-and-cold as anyone around these days, just as capable of upsetting Federer and reaching the final (which he did three years ago at Wimbledon) as he is of losing in straight sets in the first round (which he did last year at Wimbledon). Berdych ranks in the top seven on tour this season in aces, percentage of break points saved, and percentage of first serve points won. (Sept 8, 2012)

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, 28, FRANCE Ranked: 7, 2013 Match
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JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, 28, FRANCE
Ranked: 7, 2013 Match Record: 29-10, Major Titles: 0--Best: F, at Australian Open ('08), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-SF, '11-SF, '10-QF, '09-3rd, '08-DNP
Topspin: Tsonga upset Federer in the quarterfinals of the French Open this year, and did the same thing at the same stage at Wimbledon in 2011. Tsonga's game has matured under the tutelage of coach Roger Rasheed, who used to work with two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt. Tsonga has a big serve, a big forehand, and general court coverage that works well on grass courts, but is he ready to take the next step after two consecutive semifinal appearances at the All England Club? (May 27, 2013)

MILAS RAONIC, 22, CANADA Ranked: 15, 2013 Match
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MILAS RAONIC, 22, CANADA
Ranked: 15, 2013 Match Record: 20-11, Major Titles: 0--Best: 4th round, at Australian Open ('11, '13), U.S. Open ('12), Last 5 Wimbledons: '12-2nd, '11-2nd, '10-DNP, '09-DNP, '08-DNP
Topspin: At 6'5" tall, and with a big serve, Milas Raonic should fare better at Wimbledon than his pair of second-round losses so far. Raonic has struggled in grass-court preparation, losing opening matches at both Halle and Eastborne. Raonic, however, leads the ATP World Tour this year by winning 91 percent of his service games and 80 percent of first serve points. Raonic ranks thirst in total aces and is coached by former player Ivan Ljubicic. Raonic was born in Montenegro and moved with his family to Canada at age 3. (Sept. 1, 2012)

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