Wawrinka, Del Potro Win on Opening World Tour Finals Day

Originally posted on Energy Sports:
Stanislas Wawrinka enjoyed a memorable debut match at the World Tour Finals, defeating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.  At 28 years old, Wawrinka has had the best year of his career, and is now 1-0 Group A.  With world number one Rafael Nadal likely to grab first in the group,…

Power Ranking 2013: Paris to London

Power Ranking 2013 #14 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…

World Tour Finals preview and predictions

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
If you’re watching the World Tour Finals this week and have a sense of déjà vu, you won’t be alone. We aren’t still in Paris. This really is London—it’s simply the exact same competitors. The eight participants at this season’s year-end championship were the eight quarterfinalists in Paris. Rafael Nadal,…

Djokovic triumphs in grueling Paris final

Originally posted on TPFTennis:
Novak Djokovic won his 16th Masters title with a 7-5 7-5 win over David Ferrer in Paris today. Like in yesterday’s semi-final against Roger Federer, Djokovic fell behind to a break in the opening stages. Despite Ferrer taking the early ascendancy it could have gone either way. The tide turned soon…

Bercy 2013 Championship Prediction: Djokovic v. Ferrer

David Ferrer’s results suggest that he is clearly a top 4 player.  He reached the French Open final, the Australian Open semifinal, and the quarterfinal round at the US Open and Wimbledon this year.  He went 19-4 in Grand Slam singles matches in 2013.  He was runner-up at the Masters 1000 events in Miami and…

Paris final preview and pick: Djokovic vs. Ferrer

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
David Ferrer is one win away from an improbable Paris title defense. Standing in Ferrer’s way on Sunday is Novak Djokovic. There’s something about Paris for David Ferrer. He captured his first-ever Masters 1000 title at this same indoor hard-court event last fall and earlier this season he reached his…

Paris SF preview and pick: Nadal vs. Ferrer

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
It will be an all-Spanish affair when Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer do battle in the Paris semifinals on Saturday. Either Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer awaits the winner. Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will be squaring off for the 25th time in their careers when they meet in the…

Paris SF preview and pick: Djokovic vs. Federer

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
A spot in the Paris final will be at stake when Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic collide on Saturday. The winner will go up against either Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be facing each other for the 30th time in their careers but for…

Bercy 2013 Semifinal Predictions: Djokovic v. Federer & Nadal v. Ferrer

The Masters 1000 event in Paris is always good, but having all 8 World Tour Finals participants in the quarterfinal round was something.  Here are my picks: 2 Novak Djokovic vs. 5 Roger Federer Federer has played well to get to this point.  Beating Kevin Anderson, Phillipp Kohlschreiber and Juan Martin del Potro in succession…