Rio Olympic Tennis: August 7th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Dustin Brown VS Thomaz Bellucci – I think the home court edge will be big in this match. Also, the slow surface hurts Dreddy’s attacking style.

Viktor Troicki VS (2) Andy Murray – Andy can beat this Serbian player in Rio.  Can he beat the other?

(1) Novak Djokovic VS Juan Martin del Potro – A 2012 bronze medal rematch that I think ends with a different result.  JMDP could hit through this slow surface and eat up the high bounces, but the courts in Australia are generally slow with high bounces.  Novak is a six-time Australian Open champion.

(3) Rafael Nadal VS Federico Delbonis – Rafa seems to be chomping at the bit to get back on the court.

(7) David Ferrer VS Denis Istomin – I think Ferrer wins, but David’s best days seem to be behind him on tour.

Rogerio Dutra Silva VS (WC) Thomas Fabbiano

(WC) Sam Groth VS (8) David Goffin – Groth has a puncher’s chance, but I think Goffin wins pretty easily.

(16) Benoit Paire VS Lukas Rosol – Rosol could pull this mild upset.

(11) Pablo Cuevas VS Nikoloz Basilashvili

(10) Roberto Bautista Agut VS Andrey Kuznetsov – I love Bautista Agut’s fight.

Joao Sousa VS Robin Haase

(WC) Radu Albot VS Teymuraz Gabashvili

Yen-Hsun Lu VS Paolo Lorenzi – I typically fail with my picks involving Lu.

Fabio Fognini VS Victor Estrella Burgos – Fognini played well in the post Wimbledon clay court swing.

Gilles Muller VS Jerzy Janowicz – Jerzy could really use a win.  His career since Wimbledon 2013 has been a narrative of decline.  I think Muller’s solid play in 2016 is more than enough of a reason to pick him.  The slower surface probably favors Jerzy so I think this could be a little closer than their rankings and recent play might suggest.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Janowicz ranking is irrelevant, he played 2 matches since january.
    What is relevant is that he is been away from the tour for yes, over 6 months. Can’t see how Muller can lose this match to be honest.

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