Federer Seals Year-End Spot for 12 Straight Year

Originally posted on Energy Sports:
Roger Federer, widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, may have had a season to forget, but he will be able to end on a high as a victory over Kevin Anderson at the Paris Masters confirmed his qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals for the…

Marathon man’s 2013 ends with marathon loss

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Thank goodness for final-set tiebreakers. Perhaps that is exactly what Nicolas Mahut was thinking late in his second-round match against Gilles Simon at the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday afternoon. The two Frenchmen had been battling for almost three hours when Mahut held serve at 5-6 in the third set.…

Dimitrov wins first ATP title, Haas snags 15th

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Grigor Dimitrov triumphs in Stockholm by upsetting David Ferrer in three sets on Sunday. In Vienna, Tommy Haas wins a three-setter over Robin Haase. If Stockholm Open: (7) Grigor Dimitrov d. (1) David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Dimitrov captured the first of what are expected to be many ATP titles…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Shanghai

Power Ranking 2013 #13 1.  Rafael Nadal – I said Rafa had locked up the #1 slot on my Power Ranking for 2013 after the US Open.  If Nole wins out, I will have to revise that pronouncement.  Rafa has not done anything wrong since the US Open ended, but this time of year has…

Del Potro vs. Rafa and Nole vs. Tsonga Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Juan Martin del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal JMDP won last week in Tokyo and has a longer winning streak than Rafa at the moment.  JMDP has had some historical success versus Rafa.  His height makes some of Nadal’s high bounding spin a liability for the Spaniard.  If JMDP serves bombs and…

Serena Williams wins her 56th WTA Career Title in Beijing

Originally posted on TennisAceUpdates:
World number one Serena Williams defeated Jelana Jankovic in straight sets to win her second ever China Open title. The Serb and former world number one put up a fight but in the end it was the unstoppable force of Serena Williams that came out victorious 6-2 6-2. Jankovic the number…

6 October 2013: Quick Hits

Novak Djokovic is still #2 in my Power Rankings (I doubt he cares) and will be #2 in the computer on Monday.  Still, Novak has said the right things since the US Open and beat a less than sharp Nadal in straight sets.  Still, if Nole is willing to match Rafa’s toughness, I think he…

Sportz Cosmos Final Predictions: China Open

Originally posted on SportzCosmos:
ATP Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be contesting the final in Beijing. We have the dream final we have wanted. I had predicted in my pre-tournament preview that Djokovic and Nadal will vie for the crown. They have lived up to the expectations of all the tennis fans giving us…

2013 China Open Final Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)  H2H I think Nole has a good chance of winning, but until Rafa’s winning streak is snappedhe has to be favored.  The new world #1 vs. the man he dethroned.  This is the match everyone wants to see.  My prediction is 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for Nadal. [1] Serena…

Live Analysis of the 2013 Japan Open Final Raonic vs. Del Potro

I would have posted a prediction of this, but a massive deluge of rain that caused flooding in a relative’s basement led to a late night.  Hence, I can live comment this match. First Set  Del Potro held easily and Raonic returned the favor for a 1-1 start.  Another easy hold and JMDP leads 2-1….

2013 China Open Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) H2H – I actually do not think Berdych is a bad pick here as he could win, and Rafa is due for a loss.  Still, until Rafa loses or his knees look shaky, I think Rafa has to be favored in any match at the moment. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) v [5] Richard Gasquet (FRA) H2H – Richard…