June 29, 2018 / 1:15 PM / 3 months ago

Penpix of top men's contenders at Wimbledon

(Reuters) - Penpix of the top men’s contenders at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships:

FILE PHOTO: Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) and Switzerland's Roger Federer shake hands at the net after Djokovic won their semi-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Picture Supplied by Action Images

1-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

World ranking: 2

Born: Aug. 8, 1981 (Age 36)

Height: 1.85 meters

Plays: Right-handed

Grand Slam titles: 20 (Australian Open 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018; French Open 2009; Wimbledon 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017; U.S. Open 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

2018 ATP match record: 25-3

2018 ATP titles: 3

Biggest weapon: Federer’s trademark serve-and-volley game makes him the bookmakers’ favorite to seal his ninth Wimbledon title this year. His amazing movement and shotmaking skills combined with his experience on the surface makes him a complete package.

Biggest weakness: Fatigue may hinder the 36-year-old’s progress during the latter stages of the tournament, and he must avoid five-setters to sustain a title bid.

2-Rafa Nadal (Spain)

World ranking: 1

Born: June 3, 1986 (Age 32)

Height: 1.85 meters

Plays: Left-handed

Grand Slam titles: 17 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; U.S. Open 2010, 2013, 2017)

2018 ATP match record: 30-2

2018 ATP titles: 4

Biggest weapon: Nadal’s whipped forehand and left-handed serve allow him to control rallies from the baseline. His ability to stretch points makes him an awkward opponent on any surface.

Biggest weakness: The Spaniard has often struggled against big-serving opponents on grass, and it was his undoing in a five-set defeat by Gilles Muller in the fourth round last year.

12-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

World ranking: 17

Born: May 22, 1987 (Age 31)

Height: 1.88 meters

Plays: Right-handed

Grand Slam titles: 12 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015; U.S. Open 2011, 2015)

2018 ATP match record: 18-9

2018 ATP titles: 0

FILE PHOTO: Australia's Nick Kyrgios tries to kiss the ball as it flies past during his second round match against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed Picture Supplied by Action Images

Biggest weapon: His court coverage and groundstrokes accuracy allow him to grind out matches even when he is not at his best.

Biggest weakness: Djokovic’s serve has been a mixed bag since his elbow surgery earlier this year.

4-Alexander Zverev (Germany)

World ranking: 3

Born: April 20, 1997 (Age 21)

Height: 1.98 meters

Plays: Right-handed

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 ATP match record: 34-10

2018 ATP titles: 2

Biggest weapon: The talented youngster has every shot in his locker, with his double-handed backhanded ranked as one of the most powerful shots in test.

Biggest weakness: Lack of big-game experience at the All England Club and burden of expectations have proved too much for the German during his last three appearances.

3-Marin Cilic (Croatia)

World ranking: 5

Born: Sept. 28, 1988 (Age 29)

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 5, 2018 Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Height: 1.98 meters

Plays: Right-handed

Grand Slam titles: 1 (U.S. Open 2014)

2018 ATP match record: 27-9

2018 ATP titles: 1

Biggest weapon: The Croat boasts a booming serve that comes handy during crucial stages of the match.

Biggest weakness: While good for a big man, Cilic is not the most graceful mover on court.

16-Nick Kyrgios (Australia)

World ranking: 19

Born: April 27, 1995 (Age 23)

Height: 1.93 meters

Plays: Right-handed

Grand Slam titles: 0

2018 ATP match record: 16-6

2018 ATP titles: 1

Biggest weapon: The Australian can not only dictate rallies with his big forehands but also mix it up with deft touches at the net.

Biggest weakness: Kyrgios has struggled to perform at Grand Slams, having never progressed beyond the quarter-finals stage. His lingering fitness problem have also been a cause over the last couple of years.

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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