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ROGER FEDERER (1) Age: 28 Country: Switzerland 2010 Match Record: 19-62010 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 62 Major Titles: 16 - French Open (2009), Wimbledon (2003-07, 2009), U.S. Open (2004-08), Australian Open (2004, 2006-07, 2010) Topspin: Arrives at Roland Garros as defending champion for the first time. ... Breakthrough title at last year's French Open made him only the sixth man with a career Grand Slam; also allowed him to tie Pete Sampras' record for career major titles at 14, a mark Federer went on to break at Wimbledon. ... Has reached the final at 18 of past 19 major tournaments; semifinals at a record 23 majors in a row. RAFAEL NADAL (2) Age: 23 Country: Spain 2010 Match Record: 31-4 2010 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 39 Major Titles: 6 - French Open (2005-08), Wimbledon (2008), Australian Open (2009) Topspin: For the first time in career, will play at French Open coming off a loss there - his record 31-match winning streak at the tournament ended a year ago with a fourth-round loss to eventual finalist Robin Soderling. ... Returning to his dominant self on his best surface, Nadal is 15-0 on clay in 2010, becoming the first man to win titles at Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid in the same season. NOVAK DJOKOVIC (3) Age: 24 Country: Serbia 2010 Match Record: 21-7 2010 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 17 Major Title: 1 - Australian Open (2008) Topspin: Back to third in rankings after brief stay at career-best No. 2. ... Led Serbia to Davis Cup quarterfinals for first time by knocking off United States in March. ... Fitness often seems to be an issue, including during a series of retirements at Grand Slam tournaments; he retired during a quarterfinal match at Belgrade this month because of breathing problems, then skipped the Madrid Masters. ANDY MURRAY (4) Age: 23 Country: Britain 2010 Match Record: 13-7 2010 Singles Titles: 0 Career Singles Titles: 14 Major Titles: 0 Topspin: There hasn't been a British male champion at any Grand Slam tennis tournament since the 1930s. ... Starting at age 15, he trained in Barcelona for about 21/2 years, so clay is not an unfamiliar surface. ... Led tour with .857 winning percentage in 2009, but is only winning at a .650 clip this season. ... Began year well by winning first six matches to reach Australian Open final, but is 7-7 since. ANDY RODDICK (8) Age: 27 Country: United States 2010 Match Record: 26-4 2010 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 29 Major Title: 1 - U.S. Open (2003) Topspin: Reached second week at Roland Garros for first time in 2009. ... Hasn't played in two months, including missing clay-court tournaments in Rome and Madrid, so heads to Paris without much preparation. ... Ranks third among active men in career titles, trailing only Federer and Nadal.
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