Viktor Troicki, who is probably most known to the majority of tennis fans for his one-year suspension from the game following his refusal to take a blood test, has been a steady top 30 player up to that point and following his return, climbed quickly in the ranking back to his rightful place.
The Serb has been having a decent season so far and he will look to score a few wins at Wimbledon.
Notable Results to Date
The Serb's 2016 season has been steady with some good results on hard courts and on clay. He won the ATP 250 title in Sydney in January, defeating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the finals and has made the fourth round at the French Open, going out to Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
Best Grass Results Leading into Wimbledon
The 30-year-old's grass season has been very disappointing so far. The Serb hasn't been able to win even one match on grass this year and has lost in the first round in Stuttgart to Florian Mayer from Germany and in the first round in Halle to another German, Alexander Zverev.
Best Results at Wimbledon
At the All England Club, the Serb's best result was reaching the fourth round in 2012 and again last year. In 2012 it was his compatriot world number one Novak Djokovic who took him out in three sets. Last year, Canadian Vasek Pospisil came back from a deficit of two sets to love to win in five sets. Troicki was a set away from a first career quarterfinal in a slam and this missed opportunity probably still weighs heavily on his mind.
How Troicki's Game Translates to Grass
Troicki is a tall (1.93 m) and strong player with a good first serve which is important for a player if he wishes to do well on grass which is the fastest surface in the game. The grass is also a surface that favors offensive players like Troicki who have powerful groundstrokes and always look to finish points quickly by going for the lines and out-hitting opponents. The problem is that the Serb's defensive skills are lacking and he's not a very good returner, which hurts him on this surface.
A Look at Troicki's Wimbledon Draw
Troicki has a comfortable first round match against the French qualifier Tristan Lamasine who is ranked 206 in the world. In the second round, he could face either Pospisil, who beat him last year in the fourth round, or Albert Ramos-Vinolas from Spain. If he makes it through to the third round, it's likely he will face the seventh seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
It's hard to see the 30-year-old Serb going further than the third round, but if he is able to make it into the fourth round he will probably have to face American John Isner or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. If he goes through to the quarterfinal, he should meet there the 2013 Champion and second seed Brit Andy Murray. In case he does the impossible and reaches the semifinal, the fourth seed Wawrinka is his projected rival. In a possible final, he could face Djokovic or third seed Roger Federer.
Seeing the tough draw he is dealt with, Troicki would probably be satisfied with a couple of wins and a third round showing at the All England Club.