Wimbledon 2015: July 3rd Gentlemen’s Predictions

I think Kyrgios is closer to his 2014 form at the moment, but I think the result will be similar to last year with Milos winning in a longer match this time around

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[11] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs [21] Richard Gasquet (FRA) – The age-old question of the slumping force vs. the inconsistent object?  I think Gasquet’s experience to help him advance.  This could go either way and could end as a one-sided or close win in either direction.  I think Dimitrov is struggling and those struggles will be his undoing.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [27] Bernard Tomic (AUS) – I could see Tomic push Novak a bit, but I cannot see Tomic winning this match.  If Tomic somehow could, this tournament would become wide-open, and he’d notch his biggest win ever.

[4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – Does Verdasco have anything left in the tank?  If so Hot Sauce and Stan the Man might put on a shotmaking showcase.

[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs [17] John Isner (USA) – I have gone back and forth on this a lot.  Cilic used a lot of energy in his 2nd round match, but I don’t expect Isner to be running him around the court.  I settled on CIlic because I think he knows if his well-above average serve succeeds against Isner’s return game that the rest of his skill set should lead him to victory.  Isner needs this win in my opinion, but I think Cilic has to be comfortable knowing what he needs to do to win.  If Cilic executes, he should prevail.

[7] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [26] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – I think Nick, despite some bad press, is closer to his 2014 form than Raonic.  However, I also think Raonic will eek out a win in 5 sets.  These two guys will be blasting huge serves so the ball kids and line judges should take cover.

[16] David Goffin (BEL) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – I think Goffin will be steady enough to ride the waves of momentum typical in a Baghdatis match.

[14] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs [24] Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – Mr. Anderson makes his way through.

Denis Kudla (USA) vs Santiago Giraldo (COL) – In 2015, Denis Kudla put in some serious grass court work in the minor leagues of tennis so to speak, and now he has a great chance at the round of 16 at a Grand Slam.  He is likely the underdog, but I suspect that is what he prefers.


Wimbledon 2015: July 3rd Ladies’ Singles Predictions

One win each away from doing this all over again

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Heather Watson (GBR) – I just saw someone tweet that Watson would win this match. I do not think this is likely or even really possible if Serena is playing her normal level of tennis.  I expect Williams to win in two sets with one of them being somewhat close.

[4] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs [29] Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – Maria’s footing and footwork are always a question mark, but the hot conditions have probably made the court play a bit firmer than usual, and this is to Maria’s advantage.

[6] Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs Sloane Stephens (USA) – The winner of this match has a great path to the semifinal round.  I think it could go either way, but Safarova’s recent play in doubles should help her when she is at net.  Also, Safarova has momentum from Roland Garros.

[16] Venus Williams (USA) vs Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) – Unless Wednesday was too draining, I expect Venus to play through to meet Serena.

[22] Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs Coco Vandeweghe (USA) – Stosur has the tools to do well here, but I keep expecting a letdown.

[23] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) – This could be interesting, but I think Vika is putting together a solid comeback year after last year’s injury marred campaign.

[14] Andrea Petkovic (GER) vs Zarina Diyas (KAZ) – Petko-power

[30] Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs [Q] Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) – Mattek-Sands seems to be in a good spot as a competitor on court and has little to lose.  Therefore, I will take her in an upset.

Roger Federer’s unbelievable tweener lob is the shot of Wimbledon

Dan Martin:

Another of many takes on this shot

Originally posted on For The Win:

Normally when Roger Federer hits his patented tweener, it’s with the force of a regular backhand. (As with his most famous one against Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open.) The Fed runs back toward the ball, faces the other way, then whips his racket between his legs, just like a normal groundstroke, albeit with a wee more danger. In his second-round match at Wimbledon, Federer added a new wrinkle to the repertoire: a tweener lob, complete with a one-legged hop.

This one fell for a winner, as the Fed’s tweeners often do and the world No. 2 was off and running to a big lead over American Sam Querrey.

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Nadal sent packing from Wimbledon by Dustin Brown

Originally posted on ATP Mens Tennis:

Rafael Nadal was sent tumbling out of Wimbledon 2015 by Dustin Brown. Dustin Brown had previously defeated Nadal in Halle in their last meeting on grass. The loss was a shock to Spaniard, who had begun to show good grass court form. Rafa was able to save two match points on his serve but ultimately fell when the German served out the match. Brown’s heavy hitting and strong serving blew the Spaniard of the court in 4 sets. 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Dustin Brown

Now for last four years, Nadal has been eliminated in the 4th round or earlier in Wimbledon, quite a tumble for the two-time Wimbledon champion is only one of two people to ever defeat Roger Federer in a Wimbledon final (the other being Novak Djokovic). Nadal’s record is now 33-12 for this year. He’s only won two titles (ATP 250s) and hasn’t progressed past the Quarterfinals in…

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Wimbledon R2 previews and picks: Federer vs. Querrey, Bautista Agut vs. Paire

Originally posted on The Grandstand:

Fed 2Roger Federer will continue his Wimbledon campaign on Thursday against tough grass-court opponent Sam Querrey. Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire are also in action.

Sam Querrey vs. (2) Roger Federer

Federer and Querrey will be squaring off for the third time in their careers and for the first time in more than seven years when they clash in round two of Wimbledon on Thursday. Both of their previous encounters have gone the way of Federer,who cruised 6-4, 6-3 at the 2007 Miami Masters and 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 one season later at Roland Garros. The world No. 2 is still going strong at 33 years old and improved his 2015 record to 35-6 by disposing of Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Querrey made similarly lightning-quick work (one hour and 19 minutes compared to just one hour and seven minutes for Federer) of his first-round opponent, as he blitzed Igor Sijsling…

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Wimbledon R2 preview and pick: Nadal vs. Brown

Originally posted on The Grandstand:

Rafa4Rafael Nadal will be back in action at Wimbledon on Thursday with former Halle conqueror Dustin Brown on the other side of the net. Hasan Murad previews the second-round tussle.

It will be the second career meeting between Rafael Nadal and Dustin Brown when the two veterans take the court on Thursday at Wimbledon. The duo’s only previous meeting also took place on grass (second round of Halle in 2014), and astoundingly it was the current world No. 102 who swept Nadal away 6-4, 6-1 in less than an hour.

Nadal seemed to be in cruise control throughout his 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 opening-round victory against Thomas Bellucci on Tuesday, as the Spaniard struck 23 winners to roar into the second round.

Standing in his way is one of the two active players to have a winning record over the current world No. 10. Earning just his fourth win at Grand…

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Wimbledon 2015: July 2nd Gentlemen’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) v Sam Querrey (USA) – Querrey has had a number of nice results on grass in his career and has a big serve/forehand combination.  I don’t think he will handle the low ball as well as he will need to to challenge Roger though.  The Fed will need to play pretty clean tennis and take care of his serve, but he should advance.

We’d love to see something this entertaining

[10] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v [Q] Dustin Brown (GER) – Halle 2014 was entertaining between these two.  I think it will be played more on Rafa’s terms this time around, but Dreddy has a puncher’s chance at an upset as he will try to give Rafa no rhythm.

[3] Andy Murray (GBR) v Robin Haase (NED) – Murray is not on Centre Court to the surprise of some, but his match is easier on paper than Fed or Rafa’s.

[13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) – Is Jo healthy?  Has he recovered his stamina from a long first round match?  If those answers are yes, expect Tsonga into the 3rd round.

[WC] James Ward (GBR) v Jiri Vesely (CZE) – No joy for the home fans

[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [WC] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) – This could be a gem of a match.  Mahut’s results at Roland Garros were eye-catching.  He is a cagey grass court player, but the Big Czech has to be the favorite.

[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) v Blaz Kavcic (SLO) – Gilles’ footspeed and indifferent determination will be the difference.

[18] Gael Monfils (FRA) v Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

[30] Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN) – If Vasek can hold serve enough to unnerve Fognini, Popspisil will win.  I think that is what happens.

[23] Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Aljaz Bedene (GBR) – Troicki is loving grass and this draw.

[23] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – I know the head-to-head may point the other direction, but I like the big man to win.

[25] Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Borna Coric (CRO) – Seppi showed me something at Halle, but this is no easy match.

[20] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Benoit Paire (FRA) – I like Paire to keep some lunacy alive at SW19.

Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Pablo Andujar (ESP) – On clay, I’d reverse this pick.

[15] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) v [Q] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) – FLo needs this and should be able to get it.

Sam Groth (AUS) v James Duckworth (AUS) – The battle for Oz?  This is a match for a fan with a grounds pass to absorb as Aussie fans could make this a gem.

Wimbledon 2015: July 2nd Ladies’ Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[18] Sabine Lisicki (GER) v Christina McHale (USA) – If this were on a slower surface, I would consider taking McHale as she competes so well.  Lisicki’s serve at Wimbledon can be deadly, and I think that means the German will play with enough confidence to win this match.  McHale will not hand it to her, but I think Lisicki takes it.

[2] Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Kurumi Nara (JPN) – Petra looked very strong in round 1.  Petra has 2 Wimbledon titles and 3 Fed Cup titles, but a 3rd Wimbledon certainly would add to her historical stature.

[13] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) – Aga has been through some rough months on tour. Perhaps she is regrouping.

[8] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) – Someone in the ESPN team needs to do a piece of Patronimics in various Slavic languages.  At any rate, I like the Russian.

[5] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v Denisa Allertova (CZE) – The Wizard of Woz advances in a straight forward manner.

[10] Angelique Kerber (GER) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – Had Kerber not won a tune-up event and looked strong in her first round match, I’d be picking AP.  This should be a fun match for fans, but I think Kerber fights through to the 3rd round with her lefty baseline counter-punching.

[15] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) – The Swiss are coming.

[28] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) – I can’t keep taking the seeded players can I?

[20] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) – My favorite WTA player verses one of the best stories in tennis.  I think the veteran will find a way to advance, but if Muguruza gets her footwork on grass down path she could be dangerous due to her power game.

[26] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) – This should be another fun match for people holding tickets.

[21] Madison Keys (USA) v Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) – Keys’ progress on tour has been quite impressive the past 6 months.

[25] Alizé Cornet (FRA) v [Q] Olga Govortsova (BLR) – Cornet is a player with variety and grit.  Those come in handy in Grand Slam play.

Tatjana Maria (GER) v [Q] Ying-Ying Duan (CHN)

Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

[31] Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)

[17] Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Casey Dellacqua (AUS) – I like the Ukranian’s game a lot, but this should be another competitive match.