Masters Canada 2016: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs.  Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – This could be a really good match.  I think Stan will win because his game is more well rounded.  Still, Anderson might avenge last year’s US Open loss to Stan.  

[3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Grigor has shown some signs of life in Toronto.  If the Bulgarian can push Kei back behind the baseline during rallies and take care of his serve, this pick will look foolish.  I think Kei has fewer “ifs” in his path to victory so I will go with the 3rd seed.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [5] Tomas Berdych (CZE)  – I feel a bit like Berdych is Charlie Brown trying to kick a football versus Novak.  He probably isn’t going to get there, but he keeps trying.  

[4] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. [10] Gael Monfils (FRA)  H2H – *MATCH OF THE DAY* If I were in Toronto, this is the match I’d most want to see in the quarterfinal round.  Milos Raonic had a strong grass court season that transformed his position on tour into that of a major contender.  He is also playing in Canada.  Gael Monfils won a title in DC by breaking an unbreakable opponent in the final.  He has posted strong wins in Toronto including taking down David Goffin in the round of 16.  Both guys have momentum and weapons.  It should be fun seeing both Raonic trying to win points at the net and Monfils attempting passes.

Montreal 2016: WTA Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [9] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – I like Halep in this match due to her mobility and tenacity.  Still, Kuzy is a veteran with a big forehand who just posted another nice win in 2016 in beating Petra Kvitova.  

[2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) – Kerber had to battle through against Vesnina, but I think she is a solid favorite in this match due to her scrambling and lefty shot-making.

[10] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)  – I haven’t picked any of the Russian players to win.  That might be an oversight on my part, but I think Madison Keys has a lot of momentum after beating Venus.

[15] Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. [Q] Kristina Kucova (SVK) – Konta leads the US Open Series standings after winning a title last week in California.  

Masters Canada 2016: July 28th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) H2H – Ram could win, but he is certainly not the favorite.

[2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [16] Jack Sock (USA) H2H – Stan should win, but typically his Masters 1000 results are pretty scattered so a Sock win should not be discounted.

[4] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. [Q] Jared Donaldson (USA) H2H – Not in my  house! (?)

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [Q] Radek Stepanek (CZE) H2H – If Novak knocked the rust off yesterday, this could get ugly for the Worm.

[12] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – Anderson is due to have a nice 2016 result.

[7] David Goffin (BEL) vs. [10] Gael Monfils (FRA) H2H *Match of the Day* These two should produce some great tennis.  I like Gael due to his momentum.

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Could Grigor be finding some form?

[5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) H2H – Harrison did well in Washington, DC and has done quite well in Toronto.  If he can boost his ranking enough to get out of needing to qualify for most events that would be a big plus, I do see him being bounced by the Big Czech today though.

Montreal 2016: July 28th WTA Predictions

These have to be quick so No Analysis

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Kerber vs. Venus 2014 – Both are in action today

[5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs [16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

[6] Venus Williams (USA) vs [10] Madison Keys (USA) 

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] Kristina Kucova (SVK)

[7] Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

[9] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [12] Petra Kvitova (CZE)

[2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs [17] Elina Svitolina (UKR)   *Match of the Day*

[15] Johanna Konta (GBR) vs [LL] Varvara Lepchenko (USA)

Masters Canada 2016: July 27th ATP Predictions

Djokovic is Holding Court Again

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [Q] Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H – Kei should win if he is healthy.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – Some questions are floating around regarding Novak’s right shoulder and/or elbow.  If he is hampered when serving, this match could become more complicated.

[4] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) H2H – I like Milos to reach at least the semifinal round in Toronto this year.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. [WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) H2H – The young man has a great chance to upset Dimitrov and advance.

[9] John Isner (USA) vs. [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) H2H – I like Isner as he has more or less been the US #1 and Harrison may be tired from his exploits in DC and Toronto.  Still, Harrison seems to be rebounding on tour and is heading toward the top 75.

[6] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – If Thiem can break serve once or twice he should win this match as Anderson’s serve is the only area of competitive disadvantage for Thiem.

[8] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) H2H – This should be fun for the Croatian contingent.  I expect several tiebreak sets.

[10] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Vasek Pospisil (CAN)  H2H – Pospisil’s serve makes him dangerous, but Monfils is playing quite well and should win.  

[Q] Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. [WC] Peter Polansky (CAN) H2H – The worm should win this match.

[12] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. [WC] Steven Diez (CAN)  H2H – Tomic has the talent to be a factor in many events.  Can he make good on his talent?

[16] Jack Sock (USA) vs. Donald Young (USA) H2H – Young being a lefty will help him in terms of directing rallies either away from the Sock forehand or pulling Sock out of comfortable rallying positions and patterns.

[13] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) H2H – The pride of Indiana wins again?

[7] David Goffin (BEL) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) H2H – Querrey’s serve and forehand give him at least a puncher’s chance, but Goffin should prevail.

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. [Q] Jared Donaldson (USA) H2H – Fabio should win this match.

Montreal 2016: July 27th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

These will be quick as my time is limited

[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU) – This could go either way, but I think Aga has to be the pick.

[6] Venus Williams (USA) vs. Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Venus should have had enough time to travel and recover from Sunday’s long match.

[11] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – I like Cibulkova to win, but I was surprised that Bouchard won her first match.

[2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) – Kerber should win this match, but Lucic-Baroni won’t fold so Kerber has to go and win rather than wait for ML-B to lose.

[7] Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs. [Q] Camila Giorgi (ITA) – An Italian rumble that will end in an upset?

[17] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [WC] Françoise Abanda (CAN) – She is a talent.

[10] Madison Keys (USA) vs. Madison Brengle (USA) – Which Madison will reign supreme?

[12] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER) – Kvitova is so erratic I can’t pick her here.

[8] Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs. [Q] Kristina Kucova (SVK)

[14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)

[15] Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. [Q] Vania King (USA)

[16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. [LL] Christina McHale (USA)

[13] Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

[9] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [Q] Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) – A Russian Civil War?

Masters Canada 2016: July 26th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) H2H – I often am wrong when I pick against Lu in early rounds.

[10] Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. Joao Sousa (POR) H2H – Gael faces a tough opponent, but I like Gael’s chances.

[5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Borna Coric (CRO) H2H – Berdych will likely have too much firepower to lose to Coric at this stage of each man’s career.

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. Jérémy Chardy (FRA) H2H – If Pospisil serves really well, he could pull the upset, but Chardy is the more solid player.

[2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – Stan wins a war of one-handed backhands.

[14] Benoit Paire (FRA) vs. [Q] Radek Stepanek (CZE) H2H – I almost took the worm.

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. Donald Young (USA) H2H  – I think Young can pull the upset as his game matches up reasonably well with Dolgopolov’s.

[15] Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA) H2H – Fognini just won a title on Sunday and had to fly across the ocean.  Oh yeah, he is also switching surfaces from clay to hard courts.  This all benefits Johnson’s chances.

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Taylor Fritz (USA) H2H – Ivo is having a really solid summer.

Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. [Q] Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H

[13] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. [Q] Emilio Gomez (ECU) H2H – Emilio Gomez is the son of 1990 French Open champion Andres Gomez.  I don’t think that will help him much vs. Pouille, but it is a fun factoid.

John Millman (AUS) vs. [Q] Jared Donaldson (USA) H2H

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) H2H – Gulbis should win if he is dialed in to this match.  Hence my pick.  I know Ram will bring whatever he has to the table.

Montreal 2016: July 26th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Sara Errani (ITA) vs. [WC] Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) – I don’t think the Canadian wins this match.

Genie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Lucie Safarova (CZE) – Again, I think the home crowd will not see what it wants.

[3] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. Naomi Broady (GBR) – The Roland Garros champion needs to build some equity before Rio and the US Open.

[5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) – The Aussie could have had better luck in the draw than this.  Halep should win.

Alizé Cornet (FRA) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER) – Two of the more interesting players on the tour will face-off.  I think Cornet has a bit more variety, but a little less grit than Petkovic so this is a 50-50 match.  In French Canada, I might give a slight edge to Cornet.

[10] Madison Keys (USA) vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS) – This could be the match of the day. Both players are quite good, but Keys has had better results in 2016 despite Vesnina’s Wimbledon semifinal run.

[15] Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA) – I like Konta so long as she is not worn out from her title win on Sunday and travel to Montreal from California.

[WC] Françoise Abanda (CAN) vs. [Q] Saisai Zheng (CHN) – I have to pick at least one Canadian don’t I?  I actually think Zheng will win due to her qualifying matches making her match tough.

[11] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. [Q] Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL)

[16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. [Q] Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Timea Babos (HUN) vs. [Q] Vania King (USA)

Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs. [LL] Christina McHale (USA) – McHale played so well at Wimbledon that I wish her ranking were high enough to skip qualifying rounds/lucky loser entries.

[14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [Q] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) – This could be a fun match for those with tickets.

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)

Monica Niculeascu (ROU) vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. [Q] Kristina Kucova (SVK) – Wickmayer is usually a pretty tough player to eliminate.

Masters Canada 2016: July 25th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Ivan Dodig (CRO) H2H – This could be a great match.  I think Coric wins, but Dodig should not be underestimated.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. Yuichi Sugita (JPN) H2H – Grigor has to eventually win a match in which he is the favorite right?

[9] John Isner (USA) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR) H2H – Isner did not go as deep in DC as he should have as the number one seed.

[11] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. [WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) H2H – This can and should be a lot of fun.  Kyrgios needs to show some fight after his exit from Wimbledon.  If Kyrgios is not sharp, he will lose this match.

Sam Querrey (USA) vs. [WC] Frank Dancevic (CAN)  H2H – Querrey should win, but Frank deserves a ton of credit for still plugging away on tour.  Also, maybe the crowd carries Frank further than one should expect.  I’ve been in the media room with both of these guys, and they are both easy going dudes.

Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs. Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – Anderson is due for a solid win, but I am not 100% sure he gets it here.

Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. [PR] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) H2H – Muller deserves some good luck.

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs. [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) H2H – Harrison had a nice showing in DC, and could win this match.  If he is going to rally, this would be the sort of win that could turn his career around for the better.  Still, I wonder how much energy Harrison will have after qualifying in DC, playing a few rounds there, traveling to Toronto, and qualifying in Toronto.

[12] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. [Q] Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) H2H – Tomic is a hard guy to predict.  He has the talent to win the match.

[16] Jack Sock (USA) vs. Denis Kudla (USA) H2H – Sock has a few more weapons, but both of these players maximize their talent.

Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs. [WC] Steven Diez (CAN) H2H – Edmund has been carving out a nice year for himself.  I think that continues.

[WC] Peter Polansky (CAN) vs. [Q] Tim Smyczek (USA) H2H – I think Tim wins, but this should be a fun match.

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs. Stéphane Robert (FRA) H2H – If Youzhny can turn back the clock, he wins.  I am just not sure time works that way.

Montreal 2016: July 25th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[WC] Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. Barbora Strycova (CZE) – This is a high quality match.  I think it could go either way, but I had to pick someone.

[13] Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Heather Watson (GBR)  – If this match were in a later round, I’d probably pick Watson.  I think Stosur is match tough from her stint in DC and will come through.

[12] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. [Q] Magda Linette (POL) –  Kvitova is an enigma.  It is hard to imagine her being seeded 12th, but that is the reality.

[WC] Françoise Abanda (CAN) vs. [Q] Saisai Zheng (CHN) – Zheng being match tough from the qualifying rounds will hurt the wild card.

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Madison Brengle (USA) – Makarova should advance.

[17] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [Q] Jennifer Brady (USA) – Svitolina has a lot of talent.  Will she be in the top 10 by the end of the year?

Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. [Q] Camila Giorgi (ITA) – Sloane’s play in DC was poor.

Monica Puig (PUR) vs. [Q] Naomi Broady (GBR)  – I love Puig’s hustle on the court.

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs. Annika Beck (GER) – This should be an excellent match.  I expect it to go 3 sets.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. [Q] Nao Hibino (GBR) – One for the veteran?