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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…

Australian Open: Federer vs. Murray Pick

Predicted Winner in BOLD Singles – Semifinal [3] A Murray (GBR) v [2] R Federer (SUI) This match is a hard one for me to predict as I can see plausible scenarios for a one-sided result for either man, for a semi-routine four set win for each man, and for a five set thriller.  I…

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic vs. David Ferrer Pick

Predicted Winner in BOLD Singles – Semifinal [1] N Djokovic (SRB) v [4] D Ferrer (ESP) The three-time champion, two-time defending champion and world number one enters this semifinal as a heavy favorite.  As well as Ferrer has played in the past 12-15 months, this is a mismatch on paper.  Ferrer did manage to win…

Australian Open Women’s Semifinal Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Women’s Singles – Semifinals Na Li (CHN) [6] v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] Na Li did defeat Maria Sharapova in the 2011 French Open semifinal en route to her lone Grand Slam title.  Sharapova has since captured the French Open title and is destroying her 2013 competition.  Na Li could win…

Australian Open Day 10 Women’s Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [1] v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – Kuznetsova has a chance.  Still, the defending champion and world #1 has a method for ceasing to be an afterthought – beat people.  I think Vika wins in 2 tight sets. Serena Williams (USA) [3] v Sloane Stephens (USA) [29] – Great…

Australian Open Day 10 Men’s Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Singles – Quarterfinals [7] J Tsonga (FRA) v [2] R Federer (SUI) – Tsonga has beaten Roger in three big matches.  Still, I think it would be unwise to pick against Roger.  Federer has yet to drop a set and may be setting his 31 year old body up for a two…

Venus Williams’ Legacy

Sports Illustrated Mailbag Today a tennis fan asked Jon Wertheim if Venus Williams will ever win another singles major.  Wertheim, an all-around good guy, answered that it was unlikely due to age, health and form.  This is an answer I think most tennis writers would give. It is easy to forget that Venus first reached…

Australian Open Day 9 Women’s Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Quarterfinal Round Na Li (CHN) [6] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] – This all comes down to who is in form.  If Na Li is playing at her 2011 level, she will advance.  If Radwanska and Li play at their 2012 levels, Radwanska wins.  I’ll go with more recent history and…

Australian Open Day 9 Men’s Picks

Predicted Winners in BOLD Quarterfinals David Ferrer (4) vs. Nicolas Almagro (10) – David Ferrer could reach his 3rd slam semifinal in the past 52 weeks.  He led the tour with 7 titles in 2012.  He also picked up his first 1000 series title after adding French and US Open semifinal runs to his career…