Basel and Vienna 2016 Championship Predictions

Basel 2016

Marin Cilic vs. Kei Nishikori

Generally Nishikori seems to have an edge when these two play, but in larger circumstances Cilic has had an edge.  With Cilic seeking to qualify for the World Tour Finals and playing for a title on a fast indoor court, it seems like the advantage shifts to Cilic.  If Cilic serves well and dictates play by executing his big man tennis, he will likely win.  Nishikori needs to attack Cilic’s serve when possible and take care of his own serve. Nishikori is perhaps the player best equipped to steal time from his opponent on tour, but the speed of the courts in Basel may allow Cilic enough free points to not be bothered by Nichikori taking the ball on the rise. My Prediction: Marin Cilic d. Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-3

Vienna 2016

Andy Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tsonga was the only player to really challenge Andy Murray at Wimbledon this year. Will that be enough to pull an upset and dent Murray’s hopes for finishing 2016 ranked #1? Probably not.  Murray’s return of serve is going to keep Tsonga under pressure.  Murray is riding a winning streak and can add 200 more ranking points with a win in Vienna.  Andy Murray is in a spot to make the Bercy and World Tour Finals events decisive for the top ranking.  I think he is motivated and playing near his peak.  That is bad news for Tsonga.

My Prediction: Andy Murray d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4


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