Australian Open 2014: Day 10 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [22] – I think Grigor may win a set.  Winning 4 matches here bodes well for Grigor’s transition to the top tiers of tennis, but Rafa is very likely too much for Dimitrov at this time.  Don’t be shocked if Rafa does what he did to Monfils….

Australian Open 2014: Day 10 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Simona Halep (ROU) [11] vs. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [20] – I think Halep is an up and coming player on the WTA.  Cibulkova is a known commodity.  I will take the player with more up-side to advance. Halep d. Cubulkova 6-4, 6-2 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [5] vs. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [2] – Vika has her second consecutive match with…

Australian Open 2014: Day 9 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7] vs. David Ferrer (ESP) [3] – These two have split their last four matches (all on hardcourts).  This makes it a tough match to call.  Berdych obviously needs to dictate play and impose his serve and big shots on Ferrer.  David has to make the Big Czech move and play defensive…

Australian Open 2014: Day 9 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Na Li (CHN) [4] vs. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [28] – Pennetta is a tough player who has gotten better with age (no easy task).  Na Li has one French Open title and two Australian Open runner-up finishes in recent years.  Li plays well in Melbourne and has more weapons than Pennetta.  For those reasons, I…

Australian Open 2014: Day 8 Women’s Predictons

Predicted Winners in BOLD My picks yesterday were not good on the women’s side of the draw.  I will try to do better.  With Serena losing, anyone left in the draw has to like her chances better of winning the title.  This should be interesting. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [20] vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [3] – If an opponent can…

Australian Open 2014: Day 8 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [16] – After what Nadal did to Monfils, I think it is safe to say he is dialed in at this event.  I think Murray and Nole are his only two true threats. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [10] vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [6] – After what happened in Paris last year, I…

Australian Open R4 preview and pick: Djokovic vs. Fognini

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Novak Djokovic is one win away from the Australian Open quarterfinals, perhaps against familiar foe Stanislas Wawrinka. Standing in his way on Sunday, however, is Fabio Fognini. Novak Djokovic and Fabio Fognini will be going head-to-head for the seventh time in their careers when they collide in the fourth round…

Andy Murray’s huge shank makes his opponent laugh

Originally posted on For The Win:
Andy Murray advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over Feliciano Lopez Saturday — but the win wasn’t exactly flawless. In the first set, Murray nearly sent a serve into the first row, eliciting a laugh from Lopez.