Wimbledon 1997: Dangerous floaters: Four men who are equipped to scatter the seeds

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Hicham Arazi

World Ranking 42.

Quarter-finalist at French Open, putting out the favourite Marcelo Rios in fourth round. Though Kuerten grabbed the headlines, Arazi, 23, was arguably most dynamic of Roland Garros newcomers. Sublime talent, crowned with thrilling backhand, recalls 18-year-old John McEnroe's rush to Wimbledon semis. Moroccan left-hander should adapt to any surface. No limit to potential progress but whether he can fight himself out of difficult situations is questionable. Adopts some daft tactics, but even when they backfire they're watchable.

Scott Draper

World Ranking 68.

One of the back-up troops in Australian revival behind front line of Philippoussis and Rafter. The left-hander from Queensland has been compared ad nauseam with greatest left-hander from Queensland, Rod Laver, but hasn't let it worry him and has shown exciting form on all surfaces, including beating Andre Agassi in Key Biscayne in March. Grew up on grass, a better form guide than rankings. Drawn against a seed (Wayne Ferreira) in the first round, but the way Ferreira has been playing lately Draper should fear nothing. If he wins, draw opens up to fourth round.

Tommy Haas

World Ranking 80.

The latest promising German to be saddled with the "new Becker" tag, but is wearing it well, perhaps a result of spending most of his teenage years at Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida. Big breakthrough came in reaching semi-finals in native Hamburg last month. Useful performer on grass, though this is his first Wimbledon. At 19 has irrepressible self-confidence - quoted in Halle last week saying "I want to win Wimbledon, and soon". This year is probably too soon, but same was said about the 17-year-old Becker in 1985.

Alex Radulescu

World Ranking 63.

Something of the forgotten German. Born in Romania but German resident since he was 14. Twice had match point for place in Wimbledon semi-finals last year before losing to MaliVai Washington. Suited to fast surfaces and has practised over last few weeks with Boris Becker. Becker wants Radulescu in Mercedes youth squad, a sign of how much respect the three- times Wimbledon champion has. Draw means Radulescu avoids seeds until at least third round. One serious drawback may be lack of self-belief in latter stages of big tournaments.

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