Rafael Nadal is Out?!?!?!

I will have more on this later, but what an upset.  If Fed or Nole lost, the the other would still impose some order on the top half of the draw.  Andy Murray becomes the favorite to reach the final in the bottom half, but things open up for a lot of other players.  Milos…

Wimbledon Predictions for June 27, 2012

Predicted Winner in BOLD Gentlemen’s Singles Roger Federer (SUI)[3] v Fabio Fognini (ITA) Roger Federer should advance in a fairly routine match.  Fognini is a fun player to watch in my opinion, but this match is not going to be overly competitive. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v Ryan Harrison (USA) Nole should win this match.  It…

10 Quick Wimbledon Takes For Days 1 & 2

Venus Williams Career is Winding Down (We should appreciate her as a holder of  5 Wimbledon singles titles, 7  Grand Slam singles titles, and 3 Gold Medals) Tomas Berdych is a frustrating talent to say the least (Gulbis is too) John Isner is struggling.  He has one of the top serves in the game, but…

Wimbledon Posts Are on Their Way

Dear readers, I am in the middle of moving so I have not posted as much as I would like about Wimbledon, but I will be posting quite frequently very soon. Dan

WTA Benefiting from Continuity

I wrote last year that 2011 was a good year for the WTA.  I felt this way because Petra Kvitova looked like she would be a contender for multiple years, Na Li helped tennis expand into a market of over 1 billion people, Sam Stosur added a Grand Slam champion to the great Aussie tradition,…

Power Ranking for the Week of June 18 – June 24

Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the Week of June 18 through June 24 1.  Rafael Nadal – A French Open title, two Masters 1000 titles and 3 consecutive wins over Nole have Rafa holding the top spot.  2.  Novak Djokovic – Not playing a Wimbledon tune-up was a smart move in 2011.   3….

Tennis Abides Podcast Number 1

Just click on the link and listen to the first Tennis Abides podcast – Dan Listen to this episode PS – You can even download the file if you would like Download this episode (right click and save)

Cilic Wins while Nalbandian Makes News; Haas Defeats Federer

Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas win the two most important Wimbledon tune-up events.  Marin Cilic won his 8th career title and is moving toward a return to the top 10.  Tommy Haas beat an all time great grass court champion to win his 2nd title at Halle while capping an inspiring return from injuries.  Roger…

Nalbandian vs. Cilic – Queen’s Club Final Prediction

David Nalbandian is a great ball striker who has had injury and fitness issues dampen his career.  Marin Cilic is a talented player who looked to be on the verge of the top 5 in early 2010.  The two have already gained momentum for Wimbledon, but the winner may be a spoiler capable of knocking…

Halle Final Prediction – Federer vs. Haas

Quick Transition from Clay to Grass As I mentioned earlier this week, it is hard to appreciate the French Open results for too long because a brand new season begins on grass courts.  At the close of the French Open, Roger Federer seemed to have fallen further behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.  Now, Federer…

Beaten Murray fires verbal volley

Originally posted on Funny Peculiar English:
So to Queen’s Club, the traditional Wimbledon dress-rehearsal, where Andy Murray, the defending champion, was a second-round casualty at West Kensington. His defence lasted just two and a half hours – beaten 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 by France’s Nicolas Mahut. Just over a week before Wimbledon, the Scotsman as he…