Australian Open 2016: Day 2 Men’s Predictions

We’d be lucky to get a repeat performance

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [2] Andy Murray (GBR) – Murray is highly favored here.

Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – Stan should win, but Tursunov is always fun.

[5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – Their 2009 clash was legendary.

[8] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs. [10] John Isner (USA) – I don’t think Isner wins this match because Jerzy should be able to hold serve and hold up in the elements.

Rajeev Ram (USA) vs. [11] Kevin Anderson (RSA) – Rampras has a chance, but not much of one if Anderson is sharp.

[13] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Lucas Pouille (FRA)

[16] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – This should be fun.

[18] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)

Gilles Muller (LUX) vs. [20] Fabio Fognini (ITA) – Again, who knows with these two?

Daniel Muñoz De La Nava (ESP) vs. [21] Viktor Troicki (SRB) – Troicki should be in good form after winning Sydney.

[23] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Yuichi Sugita (JPN)

[25] Jack Sock (USA) vs. Taylor Fritz (USA) – Is Sock healthy?

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. [30] Jeremy Chardy (FRA) – How does anyone predict this match?

Aljaz Bedene (GBR) vs. [31] Steve Johnson (USA) – The NCAA folk hero wins.

[32] Joao Sousa (POR) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) – Not really an upset if it happens

James Duckworth (AUS) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – Lleyton’s last stand lasts at least one more round.

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Sam Groth (AUS) –  Home court edge?

Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs. Donald Young (USA) – This is a 50-50 match.

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) – Picking with my heart again

John Millman (AUS) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)  –  Bellucci has never quite done what I was hoping to see from him on tour.

Taro Daniel (JPN) vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE) – No hate here for Rosol

Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Guido Pella (ARG)

Simone Bolelli (ITA) vs. Brian Baker (USA) – Picking with my heart here

Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) – Robredo does everything right in terms of preparation and professionalism.

Benjamin Becker (GER) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)

Stephane Robert (FRA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) vs. Radek Stepanek (CZE)  – The worm advances?

Ryan Harrison (USA) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)  -I worry that Harrison is unlikely to make a later push a la Donald Blake.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs. Tim Smyczek (USA) – This is a 50-50 match, but Tim earned some good karma in Australia last year.

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