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Penpix of the six leading contenders for the men's singles title at the 2013 French Open which gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)

World ranking: 1

Age: 26

Birthdate: May 22, 1987

Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned Pro: 2003

Coach: Marian Vajda

Website: www.novakdjokovic.com

Twitter: @DjokerNole

Career singles titles: 37

Grand Slam singles titles: 6 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, Wimbledon 2011, US Open 2011)

Career prize money: $49,719,375

Best French Open result: Runner-up (2012)

- Djokovic needs a French Open to complete a career Grand Slam but goes into Roland Garros sending out mixed signals. Having relieved Rafael Nadal of his Monte Carlo title in April, he then suffered early losses in Madrid and Rome. Last year, he swept past Roger Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals in Paris before losing in four to Nadal in a final which was completed on the third Monday.

ROGER FEDERER (SUI)

World ranking: 3

Age: 31

Birthdate: Aug 8, 1981

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Residence: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 1998

Coach: Paul Annacone

Website: www.rogerfederer.com

Twitter: @FedererOfficial

Career singles titles: 76

Grand Slam singles titles: 17 (Australian Open 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, French Open 2009, Wimbledon 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, US Open 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Career prize money: $77,153,203

Best French Open result: Champion (2009)

- Completed a career Grand Slam with victory in the 2009 final over Robin Soderling, who had handed Nadal his one and only loss. But Federer was swept aside by Nadal in the Rome final last week, winning just four games and heads to Paris without a title in the year for the first time in 13 years.

RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

World ranking: 4

Age: 26

Birthdate: June 3, 1986

Birthplace: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Residence: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

Weight: 188 lbs (85 kg)

Plays: Left-handed

Turned Pro: 2001

Coach: Toni Nadal

Website: www.rafaelnadal.com

Twitter: @RafaelNadal

Career singles titles: 56

Grand Slam singles titles: 11 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010)

Career prize money: $53,801,264

Best French Open result: Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)

- No man has ever won eight singles titles at the same Grand Slam event but Nadal is the overwhelming favourite to achieve the feat over the next two weeks. His record in Paris is a staggering 52 wins against just one loss, his 2009 injury-hit defeat to Soderling. Since his return after seven months out with injury, Nadal has won six titles from eight finals.

DAVID FERRER (ESP)

World ranking: 5

Age: 31

Birthdate: April 2, 1982

Birthplace: Javea, Spain

Residence: Valencia, Spain

Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned pro: 2000

Coach: Javier Piles

Website: www.davidferrer.com

Twitter: @DavidFerrer87

Career singles titles: 20

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $18,544,109

Best French Open result: Semi-final (2012)

- In another era, Ferrer, nicknamed 'The Bulldozer', probably would have crushed most rivals to a earn respectable haul of major titles. But with Djokovic, Federer and Nadal in his way, he is the sport's "nearly man". Made the semi-finals in 2012 where Nadal allowed him just five games.

TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE)

World ranking: 6

Age: 27

Birthdate: Sept 17, 1985

Birthplace: Valasske Mezirici, Czech

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned Pro: 2002

Coach: Tomas Krupa

Website: www.tomasberdych.cz

Twitter: @TomasBerdych

Career singles titles: 8

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $14,419,926

Best French Open result: Semi-final (2010)

- A contemporary of Ferrer in the 'almost, but not quite' category of leading men. Possessing groundstrokes which make him the envy of most men on the tour, Berdych is a career of 'ifs' and 'maybes'. Lacks self-belief at crucial times -- in 2010, he was two sets to one up on Soderling in the semi-finals in Paris before the Swede prevailed. Wimbledon runner-up just four weeks later.

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (FRA)

World ranking: 8

Age: 28

Birthdate: April 17, 1985

Birthplace: Le Mans, France

Residence: Gingins, Switzerland

Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg)

Plays: Right-handed

Turned Pro: 2004

Coach: Roger Rasheed

Website: www.jowiltsonga.fr

Twitter: @tsonga7

Career singles titles: 10

Grand Slam singles titles: 0

Career prize money: $11,532,819

Best French Open result: Quarter-finals (2012)

- On the 30th anniversary of Yannick Noah's French Open win -- the last by a home male player -- the popular Tsonga remains his country's best hope of ending that wait. Has shown glimpes of claycourt form this year, reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and quarter-finals in Madrid. However, his biggest rival could be the impatient home crowd.

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