And here we go … on the 2016 tennis season
Predicted Winners in BOLD
Qatar – I’ll put the event with the world #1 playing first
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [Q] Dustin Brown (GER) – Dreddy vs. Nole is a fun match, but Novak’s returns and passes make this less than ideal for Dustin.
 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs. Daniel Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) H2H – Una guerra civil?
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs. [WC] Marsel Ilhan (TUR) H2H – This is perhaps a bigger geopolitical conflict than tennis conflict.
 Jérémy Chardy (FRA) vs. [WC] Mubarak Shannan Zayid (QAT) H2H – Chardy ended 2015 reasonably well.
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs. [Q] Kyle Edmund (GBR) – The Davis Cup momentum may help Edmund, but I think Klizan is a pretty safe pick.
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) H2H
Robin Haase (NED) vs. [Q] Aslan Karatsev (RUS)
Gilles Simon (FRA) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – This match is a great way for me to start the year. A cagey veteran versus a promising younger player coming off of a disappointing 2015. I think Dimitrov will have at least a slightly better 2016, but it will not start in Brisbane as Simon finds a way to play his sort of match and win.
Sam Groth(AUS) vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) H2H – A home court edge will help the Aussie power broker.
[WC] Benjamin Mitchell (AUS) vs. [Q] Tobias Kamke (GER) H2H – When in doubt pick the player whose name you know.
Denis Kudla (USA) vs. [WC] John-Patrick Smith (AUS) H2H – Kudla is a tough out.
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. [Q] Ante Pavic (CRO) H2H – Spain over Croatia twice?
 Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) H2H – I don’t even see this as an upset.
John Millman (AUS) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) H2H – This is a 50-50 match.