Originally posted on The Grandstand:
No Roger Federer, no problem? Doubtful. Switzerland has Stanislas Wawrinka for its first-round Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic, but the home team is a considerable underdog with the defending champs on the other side of the net. Roger Federer’s Davis Cup participation is limited almost exclusively to saving…

Originally posted on Overcooked Forehand:
A familiar male captured the title after some unpredictable and unfamiliar situations — see five-hour match with Stan. Azarenka took a beating, so we’ll back off here, provided the mysterious injury timeout doesn’t happen again. And here are 10 other things from the hippest major to date: Getty Images Five things we…

First Power Ranking of 2013

Dan Martin’s 2013 Power Ranking #1  Post Australian Open Ranking 1.  Novak Djokovic – Nole won the Australian Open in convincing style to pick up where he left off in my rankings. 2.  Andy Murray – He is playing quite well, just not quite well enough to have won the first major of the year….

Novak’s Reign

Owning an Event For a player to pile up a lot of major title, he tends to need to own one event.  Jimmy Connors won 5 US Open titles, Bjorn Borg won 6 French Open titles and 5 Wimbledon titles, Andre Agassi won 4 Australian Open titles, Pete Sampras won 7 Wimbledon and 5 US…

Australian Open Final Prediction Murray vs. Djokovic

2013 Australian Open Men’s Final #3 Andy Murray vs. #1 Novak Djokovic We have a lot of data to draw upon for this match.  In 2012 alone the two met seven times.  Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in Melbourne, Miami, Shanghai and London.  Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in Dubai, at the Olympic Games, and…

Australian Open Women’s Final Pick Li vs. Azarenka

Predicted Winner in BOLD Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1] v Na Li (CHN) [6] WARNING: I have picked against Na Li in the past two rounds and been spectacularly wrong.  Each player enters the third Grand Slam final of her career.  I think Li has more variety than Azarenka and a better serve.  Those two factors…

Originally posted on Pepsicated:
The world number one Novak Djokovic is through to his third successive AO final by pretty much running through the Spaniard David Ferrer. The result didn’t surprise me as I didn’t think Ferrer had the game to beat Novak if the Serb was anywhere near his best. While I expected a…