Predicted Winners in BOLD
A Great Slate of Matches
 Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Jérémy Chardy (FRA) H2H – Nishikori needs to be sharp as Chardy has had a few good results over the past 4 months. If Nishikori returns well and gets to Chardy’s backhand, the 6th seed will advance. If Chardy’s serve and forehand dictate play, watch out for an upset.
 Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) H2H – Gasquet won two 250 level events and reached the Wimbledon semifinal and US Open quarterfinal to post a nice 2015. He also played well in Basel last week.
 Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Borna Coric (CRO) H2H – Coric posted a relatively easy win over Verdasco. That was not what I expected. The good news for Coric is that I really do not expect him to defeat Andy Murray in this match.
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE) – I half expect Rosol to win this match, but Rafa beat him last week and played through other tough matches in Basel as well. Rafa’s runner-up finishes in Basel and Beijing as well as his semifinal finish in Shanghai have given him some momentum as 2015 reaches its conclusion.
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA) H2H – I cannot discount what happened in Melbourne earlier this year, but I think Federer wins in a fairly routine indoor match for the 3rd seeded Swiss.
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [Q] Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) H2H – Berdych had a good start to 2015. He seems to be putting together a nice ending to 2015. The middle portion of the year was a bit soft for the Big Czech.