Wimbledon 2013: Gentlemen’s Sweet 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Gentlemen’s Singles Round of 16 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Tommy Haas (GER) [13] – After Novak’s semifinal loss in Roland Garros, I thought he would be hard to stop at Wimbledon.  Nothing has changed my perspective on that.  Oddly, he does have a tough road to the title as Haas and Berdych have both…

Wimbledon 2013: Ladies’ Sweet 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Ladies’ Singles Round of 16  Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] – Lisicki is a talented grass court player.  If she happened to be in the bottom half of the draw, she’d have a decent look at the final.  Instead she will likely be beaten in straight sets, but I expect one…

What is at Stake for the Wimbledon Sweet 16

Group 1 – Climbing the All Time Ladder Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is the only member of this group.  A second Wimbledon title would give Nole 7 major titles and a good foundation for finishing a third consecutive year ranked number 1 in the world.  7 majors would, to my mind, place Novak ahead of Boris…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #10-#8

This Top 10 List is Based on Matches I have actually seen.  I was four years old and did not see McEnroe vs. Borg in 1980 therefore I can’t rate it.  This is also purely subjective as each of these matches have their merit. 10.  2000 Pete Sampras d. Patrick Rafter 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2…

Roger Federer and a Racquet Change

Honest Assessment Roger Federer has had a few stretches in his career in which decline looked to be steep and imminent.  2008 was the first of these patches.  Novak Djokovic rolled Roger in the Australian Open semifinal round.  Federer was beaten soundly by Mardy Fish in the semifinal round of Indian Wells.  Nadal thrashed Federer…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 5 Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD Mikhail Youzhny (20) vs. Viktor Troicki – Youzhny is slightly more likely to win a very tough match to predict. Jurgen Melzer vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky – Once again, this is hard to predict, but I’ll take Melzer. Ernests Gulbis vs. Fernando Verdasco – This match is like a random number generator.  There is no way to even guess what it…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 3 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Singles – Second Round [2] A Murray (GBR) vs Y Lu (TPE) – Murray is riding a nice grass court winning streak.  He should move into the 3rd round without much struggle. [3] R Federer (SUI) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – Federer has to look at his draw and think 2…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 2 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Computer Issues Delayed this Entry so Any Matches Already in-Progress will be Noted First Round Richard Berankis vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu James Duckworth vs. Denis Kudla Already in-progress Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili Alexandr Dolgopolov (26) vs. Gastao Elias – Dolgopolov needs a decent result. Milos Raonic (17) vs. Carlos Berlocq – Milos faces a tricky first round test. Horacio Zeballos vs. Santiago Giraldo Grega Zemlja vs. Michael Russell –…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 1 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND Victor Hanescu (ROU)  v Roger Federer (SUI) [3] – Federer had a tough first round in 2010 as defending champion.  Still, he advanced. Benjamin Becker (GER) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] – Murray should win against the man who sent Agassi into retirement in 2006. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] v Steve Darcis (BEL) – Rafa like Murray and…

Why Top 8 May Be the Same as Top 4 for Federer going Forward

Top 4 Matters So Long as … Staying in the Top 4 matters so long as the other 3 members of tennis’ big 4 remain in their top 4 slots.  It is a bit like the Prisoner’s Dilema in which each player benefits from the other three banking ranking points.  However, if one of the…