Masters Miami 2015: March 30th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

If only I had tickets to today’s matches, this looks like a day of tennis heaven for a fan

[5] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [31] Jérémy Chardy (FRA) H2H –  Chardy has had a few moments in his career, but I think Raonic’s resolve and serve push him through to a straight sets victory.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] Steve Darcis (BEL) H2H – Darcis has done quite well to get this far as a qualifier, but if Darcis is wondering for whom the bell tolls, he needs to know the bell tolls for him.  Nole in 2

[9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs [22] John Isner (USA) H2H – This is an interesting match-up.  Dimitrov is superior to Isner in every phase of the game except for first and second serve.  Isner has a punchers chance.  Also, Isner is roughly 3X as tough on US soil as he is playing anywhere else.  Still, I think Dimitrov’s variety eventually makes the difference.  I expect Isner to win one set in a tiebreak.

[4] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs [32] Viktor Troicki (SRB) H2H – I find myself  wondering how Troicki is ranked high enough to be seeded.

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) H2H – Two enigmatic characters will produce a memorable match? Maybe.  A few years ago, I thought Bellucci was going to be a big factor on clay and slower hard courts.  Dolgopolov has had a few nice results in his career, but his style of play is as entertaining as it is vexing.  I have no idea who will win this match, but I think the fans will rally behind Bellucci so I will take him to win.

[6] David Ferrer (ESP) vs [26] Lukas Rosol (CZE) H2H – Ferrer has historically played well in Miami and has been quite tough in 2015.

[12] Gilles Simon (FRA) vs [Q] Alejandro Falla (COL) H2H – Facing Simon is a bit like a trip to the dentist.

[18] David Goffin (BEL) vs Jerzy Janowicz (POL) H2H – The physical contrast between these two is quite striking.  I can humorously recall one of the security guards at Cincinnati 2013 telling fans to step away from the fence of the court on which Jerzy was practicing.  Jerzy looked like he needed no security.  Goffin, on the other hand, could be a ringer for any 16-and-under tennis tournament he wanted to enter.  If Jerzy can impose his preferred patterns on this match, he wins.  If not, Goffin will counter-punch his way to victory.  I think the match is on Jerzy’s racquet so I give him the slightest of edges.

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