January 5th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

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[3] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) H2H – Berdych has been a model of consistency despite not challenging the top tier all that often.

[4] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. llya Marchenko(UKR)  H2H – I like Ferrer here.

[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) H2H – Uncle Toni is predicting a big 2016 from Rafa.  This is the first real step toward fulfilling that prediction.

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. [WC] Malek Jaziri (TUN) H2H – The shotmaking Spaniard should advance.

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA) H2H – This should be a fun match to watch in person.

[8] Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs. [Q] Benjamin Becker (GER) H2H – Becker is still plugging away on tour, but I don’t think he wins this match.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) H2H – I have to pick against one Spaniard (Busta is playing Rafa so that doesn’t count).

[6] Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) H2H

Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) H2H

Brisbane

[6] David Goffin (BEL) vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) H2H – This should be fun, but Goffin is the far more steady performer of the two.

[8] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [WC] James Duckworth (AUS) H2H – Thiem could push his standing in the game upward in 2016.

[7] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) H2H  – I love Mahut, but I don’t see this going his way.

Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs. Steve Johnson (USA) H2H – The NCAA folkhero wins.

[Q] Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs. [Q] Oliver Anderson (AUS) H2H – Both should be match tough from qualifying.

Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. [Q] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) H2H

Denis Istomin (UZB) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) H2H

Chennai

[Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND) vs. [WC] Andrey Rublev (RUS) H2H – This should be an interesting match.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs. [WC] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) H2H – Most of the Spaniards are in Qatar, but this draw might do DGT some good.

[5] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs. Taro Daniel (JPN) H2H

Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL) H2H – Does everybody hate Lukas?

[6] Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. [WC] Karen Khachanov (RUS) H2H

[7] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) H2H  – I like Pospisil’s power game in this match.

Austin Krajicek (USA) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) H2H – The USTA will be watching this one, but I think Ram’s experience helps him.

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs. Luca Vanni (ITA) H2H

[Q] Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs. [Q] Jozef Kovalik (SVK) H2H

 

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