Predicted Winners in BOLD
(Q) Ryan Harrison VS (5) Steve Johnson – This is a big match for both men. Johnson won his first title right and had a decent Wimbledon. He entered Newport as the #1 seed and underperformed. A strong showing in DC would make Newport a blip on Johnson’s 2016 radar. Harrison battled through the qualifying rounds and 2 matches here in DC. Harrison has a winnable match in front of him versus Steve Johnson. I still think Johnson wins based on his body of work over the past 2 years, but Harrison could build a foundation for a comeback in DC.
(1 John Isner VS Marcos Baghdatis – Isner won a match vs. Baghdatis at Wimbledon. Obviously, each set will likely be close and tiebreak play will likely decide the match.
Borna Coric VS (2) Gael Monfils – This is a 50-50 match in my mind. Coric should still have momentum from his Davis Cup win on Sunday. Monfils is the #2 seed and has had a long top 10 to top 15 career.
(8) Sam Querrey VS (11) Alexandr Dolgopolov – Dolgopolov should likely beat Querrey based on talent, but I think Querrey has more tactical discipline and more momentum.
Bernard Tomic VS (13) Ivo Karlovic – Karlovic has a lot of momentum coming our of Newport, but so long as Tomic doesn’t dump his serve he should be winning sets or at least reaching tiebreaks.
Daniel Evans VS Jack Sock – I keep getting predictions pertaining to Evans wrong. Why stop that trend now?
(7) WC Alexander Zverev VS Malek Jaziri – This kid is good.
(14) Gilles Muller VS (4) Benoit Paire – Muller certainly can win this match, but I think Paire is the slightly more likely winner.