My verdict on the top eight from the men's and women's Wimbledon draw
07:35 GMT, 25 June 2012
Best finish: Winner 2011
Has the ability to ‘shrink’ the court with his balance and flexibility, but he is so much more than an outrageously good mover.
His return has developed so that he can properly get a racket even on monster serves. Perhaps the most underrated part of his game is his improved second serve.
He is fearless on the big points and he just seems to be getting better.
Best finish: Winner 2008, 10
One of Rafa’s greatest qualities is his ability to adapt. He comes off the clay – which he dominated again – and subtley changes his game for the grass, which involves playing closer to the baseline and flattening his swings.
Seems to use the first week to get to where he wants to be for the second. Despite baseline power, he's one of the best volleyers with very soft hands. Look how accurate his serve is.
Best finish: Winner 2003, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09
He has to be the youngest nearly 31-year-old I’ve ever seen, and overall he is playing better than a year ago.
His movement and balance are majestic on grass, and he can vary the spin on his shots like nobody else. He has the best approach shot in history and my favourite speciality is his half-volley off the baseline.
Best finish: Semi-finalist 2009, 10, 11
I think his coach, Ivan Lendl, has been doing the right thing in working on trying to make his forehand bigger and his second serve more effective.
Andy has great dexterity and his movement is superb, never better than on grass. He remains a brilliant returner. His biggest problem is winning six sets against two of the top three.
Best finish: Semi-finalist 2011
One of the reasons Jo-Willy is so great to watch is that you are never quite sure what is going to happen. Of all the top guys he is the one most likely to reach soaring highs in his game and mix it up with some real lows.
The first delivery is a big ace-ing serve and his forehand is massive. His return of serve is a slight weakness.
Best finish: 4th round 06, 10, 11
I find it amazing what he is doing at the age of 30 and how he has improved, turning himself into a good fast surface player after being known as a clay courter in his early career.
He is a deceptively good returner with great reach. A real animal of a competitor with a good first serve but, on grass, he is less of a threat against the best.
Best finish: Finalist 2010
He doesn’t look like he’s killing the ball but his easy power makes him lethal off both sides. There is probably nobody else who can hit through the court like the Berdman and he is ultra-aggressive.
When he is ‘on it’ it’s like trying to stop a juggernaut, but he can go missing. He does not always like the low bounce and his movement is only decent for someone 6ft 5in, rather than outstanding.
Best finish: 4th Rnd 2007, 08
Bearded Serb is another late bloomer we're seeing, his career surging after being part of the Davis Cup winning team in 2010.
He has a good serve for a guy who is not that big and is very quick, hitting the ball explosively off either side when on the run.
A bright, interesting guy who spent much of his career around the 50 mark in the rankings, so he should be an inspiration to others.
Best finish: Winner 2004
the last few months we have started to see the Sharapova of old. It was
startling how much she had improved on clay, culminating in the French
return is lethal, her backhand excellent, but the forehand can be less
consistent. She is a great competitor and must be super-confident.
Her movement is not great but she seems to be compensating for shortcomings again.
Best finish: SF 2011
She looks to stand up to the plate and take it to her opponent, hitting hard from the baseline.
Last year’s Wimbledon semi-final will help, and Kvitova won her title last year after making the semis 12 months before.
Belarussian's groundstrokes are punishing and she is great at pouncing
on anything short. She will appreciate the true bounce at Wimbledon.
Best finish: QF 2008, 09
There’s something about her eclectic game that reminds me of Martina Hingis and makes her interesting to watch.
not a power merchant but uses the angles well and is a great defender.
There is plenty of guile and she has great anticipation to add to her
She’s a good volleyer, too, but lacks a real killer shot.
Best finish: Winner 2011
natural a grass court game as you will find, up there with Serena.
Kvitova has a great swinging serve and can hit all the spots in the
Her returns are aggressive and the surface rewards the way she plays, going for short points.
She struggled after the Australian Open but has come into form this month. How she reacts to being defending champion is unknown.
Best finish: 3nd rd 2009
It’s one of the great mysteries of the women’s game to me that she has such a poor record at Wimbledon after nine years.
might be something to do with her Western grip, meaning that she does
not like the low bounce, but she has the potential to go well at SW19.
Has one of the best serves in women’s tennis and she plays an aggressive game.
Best finish: Win 02, 03, 09, 10
There’s no doubt in my mind she should be seeded higher as there is more to come from Serena.
The best first serve in women's history, great movement and massive power off either flank.
Venus she is inherently confident on grass and murders any short
serves. Despite an early exit at the French, where she had little luck,
probably my favourite in an open field.
Best finish: 4th Rnd
A tough year for someone who began it as world No 1. She has taken on
former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson as coach, which could
give her a boost.
No ‘Wow’ shot, although the backhand is strong and she has a good
return of serve. A fine athlete. Confidence is a big thing for her
Best finish: 3rd Rnd
The rise of the German has been one of the most remarkable stories of
the past 12 months. Before the US Open she was not even in the top 100.
She is an example of what can be achieved through consistent hard work. A
solid all-rounder with a good left-handed backhand, her poor Wimbledon
record can be overlooked.
I've got a sneaking feeling we might see a good run from one of the
British women. I won’t be completely surprised if someone makes the last