Masters Canada 2016: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs.  Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – This could be a really good match.  I think Stan will win because his game is more well rounded.  Still, Anderson might avenge last year’s US Open loss to Stan.  

[3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Grigor has shown some signs of life in Toronto.  If the Bulgarian can push Kei back behind the baseline during rallies and take care of his serve, this pick will look foolish.  I think Kei has fewer “ifs” in his path to victory so I will go with the 3rd seed.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [5] Tomas Berdych (CZE)  – I feel a bit like Berdych is Charlie Brown trying to kick a football versus Novak.  He probably isn’t going to get there, but he keeps trying.  

[4] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. [10] Gael Monfils (FRA)  H2H – *MATCH OF THE DAY* If I were in Toronto, this is the match I’d most want to see in the quarterfinal round.  Milos Raonic had a strong grass court season that transformed his position on tour into that of a major contender.  He is also playing in Canada.  Gael Monfils won a title in DC by breaking an unbreakable opponent in the final.  He has posted strong wins in Toronto including taking down David Goffin in the round of 16.  Both guys have momentum and weapons.  It should be fun seeing both Raonic trying to win points at the net and Monfils attempting passes.

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