Monte Carlo 2015: April 15 Predictions or Special IRS Edition

Predicted Winners in BOLD What a picturesque venue [7] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Juan Monaco (ARG) H2H – I am quite tempted to pick an upset here, but Stan has done well when defending titles. [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] Lucas Pouille (FRA) H2H – Rafa will be tested in Monte Carlo but not in this match. [2] Roger Federer (SUI)…

Monte-Carlo previews and picks: Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, Cilic vs. Mayer

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic will kick off their Monte-Carlo campaigns on Tuesday. They are set for respective meetings with Fernando Verdasco and Florian Mayer. Fernando Verdasco vs. (9) Grigor Dimitrov Dimitrov and Verdasco will be squaring off for the third time in their careers when they collide in round…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 14 Predictions

What do I think will happen at the Masters 1000 Emeritus Event?  Read on Predicted Winners in BOLD [14/W] Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. [Q] Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)  H2H – I have come to expect the unexpected with Gael, but I think clay is his best surface. [11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. [LL] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) H2H – Tsonga has [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [Q] Albert…

Monte Carlo 2015: What Most of Us are Missing

I am guessing that most of my readers love tennis.  What more could be added to a gathering of the top players in the world?  For one, an idyllic Mediterranean setting.  Of course, throwing in a cool stadium doesn’t hurt anything either.  I wish I was there. There's plenty at stake to go around in…

Quick Hits: Sock, Kerber, Schmiedlova, & Klizan Grab Titles

Jack Sock won an All-US final in Houston by defeating Sam Querrey 7-6, 7-6.  Sock is 10-2 in 2015.  His heavy forehand gives him a true weapon.  Sock may find himself typically residing within the top 30 on the ATP Tour. Angelique Kerber managed to avoid a lot of near losses while grabbing the title in…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 13 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [13] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) – Any match with Gulbis could go in any direction. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Borna Coric (CRO) – I’ll pick a mild upset, but I think Coric is the underdog on paper. Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Fognini on clay…

Djokovic, Nadal on same side of Monte-Carlo draw

Originally posted on The Grandstand:
Both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal found themselves in the top half of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters draw when the ceremony was held on Saturday. Thus the top two favorites for the title are on a collision course for the semis, but neither one–especially not Nadal–will be looking that far…