Shanghai Semifinal Predictions (Tennis Abides is Back)

Sorry about my hiatus* Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer The two leaders in the rankings race for 2014 face-off for the 5th time this year.  Nole won their encounters at Wimbledon and Indian Wells.  Federer won in Dubai and Monte Carlo.  Djokovic has applied a sleeper hold to the race for #1 in 2014 and…

ATP Shanghai, Semi-Final Preview: Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer

Originally posted on Moo's Tennis Blog:
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet in the semi-finals of Shanghai on Saturday (starting at 1pm UK time) for the fifth time this year and the 36th time in their career.  A win for Djokovic would see him level the H2H at 18 all.  Djokovic was first…

Federer saves 5 match points but needs just 1 in Shanghai

Originally posted on rogerfedererfan:
It’s been almost a month since we saw Roger Federer last but he made sure we got more than just a glimpse of him on his first match back on the hardcourts of Shanghai. Federer faced off against the fast rising Argentinean player Leonardo Mayer. Mayer was ranked 94 at the…

Thursday match picks, including Federer vs. Bautista Agut

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Shanghai Rolex Masters (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Mikhail Kukushkin: Dominic Thiem lost 6-3, 6-4 to Djokovic in the second round and was “absolutely satisfied” with his performance while calling Djokovic’s tennis “noble.” If Thiem played well and still managed only seven games, what can anyone expect from Kukushkin? Djokovic in…

Shanghai Rolex Masters preview and picks

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Novak Djokovic is a fresh off a fifth title in Beijing, where he is 24-0 lifetime. The world No. 1 is not quite as dominant in Shanghai, but to say he is not too shabby at the event would be an understatement. Djokovic boasts a 16-2 lifetime record and is…