it may be a bit passe but:
Feliciano Lopez is the Spaniard with the game unusually suited to grass, but Juan Carlos Ferrero
took unprecedented steps in his preparations for Wimbledon. With time on his hands, thanks to an early exit from the French Open, and unable to find a grass court near his base in Villena, close to Alicante, the clay-court specialist set about converting an artificial grass court into something close to the SW19 turf.
His first step - Eddie Seward, All England club groundsman, cover your eyes - was to ask the Spanish groundstaff to water the court continuously to make it as wet as he remembered Wimbledon. He ordered in bulk quantities of Slazenger's Wimbledon balls and hired two British serve-and-volleying juniors, James Ward and Alex Hutchings, to hit his way into a suitable mindset.
After a fourth-round defeat to Roger Federer in which he was not outclassed, Ferrero is adamant he now has the self-belief to win Wimbledon.
But for now, the race is on between Ferrero and Lopez. Both players are Real Madrid fans and hope to be the first to emulate Manuel Santana, the last Spanish singles champion, who in 1966 celebrated his Centre Court win by putting on a Real Madrid shirt knowing that the Wimbledon authorities could not discipline him because it was pure white.