Predicted Winners in BOLD
Steve Johnson VS Grigor Dimitrov – I am torn on this match. Johnson won a bronze medal in doubles and pulled a huge upset over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to secure his spot as the top ranked US male in singles. He is basking in good vibes. Grigor Dimitrov is playing his best tennis since 2014. Dimitrov is more talented than Johnson, but Johnson seems less likely to throw in a confusing performance. I think Dimitrov continues his renaissance, but that thought is a 51-49% type of thought.
(12) Marin Cilic VS Borna Coric – Cilic goes from beating a man coached by a famous Croatian to facing the next big Croatian prospect. I think Cilic wins due to savvy and familiarity.
(1) Andy Murray VS Bernard Tomic – Tomic is playing quite well in the Queen City. I think he should model himself after Andy Murray if he truly wants to push toward a long-term stay in the top 10.
Milos Raonic VS (8) Dominic Thiem – On a hard court, I favor Milos in this battle of youngish lions. I think Milos can hold serve more easily and perhaps force Thiem out of his ideal hitting zones due to his swings being a little too big for the faster bounces?