Wimbledon: Men to watch

  • Last Updated: June 20 2014, 12:12 BST

We pick out 10 men to watch at Wimbledon 2014 - from title contenders to rising stars.

Grigor Dimitrov: Won the warm-up tournament at Queen's Club
Grigor Dimitrov: Won the warm-up tournament at Queen's Club

Andy Murray

Having ended the wait for a British male singles champion at Wimbledon after 77 years, Murray will try to emulate Fred Perry once more by retaining the title. Although he got mauled by Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals at the French Open, there were signs in his preceding matches that Murray is hitting the ball very well indeed. He is one of the few current players for whom moving on grass comes naturally.

Rafael Nadal

Once again Nadal heads to the All England Club as the French Open champion. He has struggled with the transition from clay to grass in the past two years and won just one match at Wimbledon. Last year he lost in straight sets in the first round to Steve Darcis. Nadal hopes his troublesome knee will react better this time and, if he gets past the few two or three rounds, the world number one becomes a likely champion.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic will quickly hope to put behind him the disappointment of his second French Open final loss to Nadal in three years. He has now lost five of his last six slam finals, including last year's defeat to Murray at Wimbledon. Grass is not Djokovic's best surface but he is a former champion and his all-round excellence means he will probably start as the title favourite.

Roger Federer

If Federer is going to win an 18th grand slam title, an eighth Wimbledon appears his most likely way of achieving it. Federer loves grass and loves the All England Club but feels he returns with something to prove after his shock second-round defeat by Sergiy Stakhovsky 12 months ago.

Stan Wawrinka

It is safe to say Wimbledon has not been the world number three's favourite venue over the years and he has won just one match on his last four visits. But Wawrinka returns as a grand slam champion for the first time and with a game capable of beating any opponent. He has been up and down since his golden day in Australia in January and has struggled with the heightened expectations, both internal and external.

Tomas Berdych

Berdych has become Mr Consistent, reaching at least the quarter-finals at five of the last seven grand slams. His huge hitting makes him a big danger on grass and he reached his only slam final at Wimbledon in 2010, losing to Nadal.

Ernests Gulbis

The newest member of the world's top 10 is a player everyone in the draw will hope to avoid. Gulbis has always had great talent and now he has the committed attitude to go with it. After reaching the semi-finals at the French Open he said he was addicted to success and set his sights on the world number one ranking.

Grigor Dimitrov

Another player with great talent and a game ideally suited to grass, as he showed at Queen's Club recently where he won the title. The 23-year-old has had an excellent year and made his grand slam breakthrough with a run to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.

Ivo Karlovic

At 6ft 11in and with one of the best serves in the game, Karlovic and grass are a natural fit. The Croatian is coming off his best ever clay-court season, including a first-round upset of Dimitrov at the French Open. Karlovic reached his only grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon in 2009.

Dominic Thiem

The 20-year-old Austrian is the brightest young talent to have emerged in men's tennis over the past year. With a game reminiscent of Wawrinka - and a win over him this season - Thiem looks to have an exciting future. Will look for his first win on grass on his Wimbledon debut.