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 holds routinely, he has a great chance to win because he can crack returns and be offensive in points. Still, I think the more ifs a player needs to win makes him less likely to win. Rafa struggled a bit vs. Berlocq and Wawrinka. This could go either way, but I think Rafa wins in 3 sets.
Novak Djokovic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Tsonga’s semifinal showing to this point has him looking more promising for the World Tour Finals. Still, this is a pretty straight-forward prediction. Nole won last week and Tsonga is likely a bit rusty. I think Djokovic wins in 2 sets.
Shocking to pick the top two players in the world …