Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #4 – #1

As I said, I am only ranking finals that I had a chance to watch.  I did not see the 1980 final.  I am sure it would rank highly if I had seen it. 4.  2007 Roger Federer d. Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 In 2006, Rafa and Roger traded 4 set wins…

Top 10 Gentlemen’s Championship Matches #7 – #5

7.  1998 Pete Sampras d. Goran Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 If only breaking Sampras were always that easy Pete won due to shots like these Goran also lost the 1994 Wimbledon Final to Sampras, but this was a much better match.  Both men served exceptionally well.  Pete survived a scare in the second…

Wimbledon 2013: Lisicki vs. Bartoli Championship Prediction

Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] v Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 in 2011 Could be Close to the 2013 Scoreline This match, like the entire 2013 Ladies’ draw has been, is hard to predict.  Marion Bartoli is unorthodox in her style of play and in her training.  Sabine Lisicki is a hot and cold power player with a history…

Wimbledon 2013: Murray vs. Janowicz Prediction

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [24] v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] Jerzy will need to surpass this winning effort to beat Murray at Wimbledon Andy Murray was always a player with a lot of nuanced wrinkles in his game, but many observers felt he lacked the aggressiveness to win in the biggest events.  2012 proved that Murray could win the biggest…

Wimbledon 2013: Djokovic vs. Del Potro Prediction

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] This match features two players who have not dropped a single set en route to the final four at Wimbledon 2013.  Djokovic is a 6 time major champion and the 2011 Wimbledon champion.  Del Potro defeated Djokovic at the 2012 Olympic Games hosted at the All England Lawn…

Wimbledon 2013: Ladies’ Semifinal Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD Ladies’ Semifinal Predictions Marion Bartoli (FRA) [15] v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [20] – Bartoli is one of the most unorthodox players on tour.  She also plays well on grass.  These two factors have me thinking she will reach her second Wimbledon final.  If 007 shows up, forget about it. Sabine Lisicki (GER) [23] v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] –…

Wimbledon 2013: Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD Gentlemen’s Quarterfinal Predictions David Ferrer (ESP) [4] v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) [8] – This match features a major contrast in playing style and stature.  Despite all of the differences, this match is nearly a 50-50 proposition.  Ferrer’s Grand Slam record over the past 52 weeks is 20-3.  JMDP is an underdog, but I…

Wimbledon 2013: Ladies’ Quarterfinal Predictions

Projected Winners in BOLD Ladies’ Quarterfinal Matches Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4] v Na Li (CHN) [6] – This match is a microcosm of this entire round.  Plausible cases can be made for either player advancing.  Na Li has reached 3 Grand Slam finals including a victory at the 2011 French Open.  Radwanska has her near miss at the 2012…