Davis Cup 2016: Argentina Shocks the World (and Me)!

Croatia led 2 to 1 heading into the final day of the Davis Cup.  Marin Cilic is a top 10 player who had won matches on days 1 and 2.  A home court crowd plus a surface selected to benefit the Croatians spelled doom for Argentina in my mind.  I figured even if JMDP won…

Davis Cup 2016: Day 3 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marin CILIC vs. Juan Martin DEL POTRO – At the 2010 Australian Open, Cilic won a 5 set match over Delpo that seemed to draw battlelines for a coming decade of big man tennis. These are the two best practitioners of Big Man tennis in my view.  When healthy, each can…

Davis Cup 2016: Day 2 Doubles Prediction

Ivan DODIG & Franko SKUGOR VS Leonardo MAYER & Guido PELLA This match is likely to decide the winner.  I could see Croatia sweeping the Day 3 singles matches, but Argentina almost certainly needs this point.  I rarely predict doubles matches due to not knowing enough to say X is more likely than Y with…

Davis Cup 2016: Day 1 Predictions

Davis Cup Day 1 Predictions Predicted Winners in BOLD Marin CILIC vs.  Federico DELBONIS – I think Cilic wins this match and should set the crowd up for a lot of excitement.  How will that momentum carry into the second match is going to be an interesting question. Ivo KARLOVIC vs. Juan Martin DEL POTRO…

Andy Murray’s Winning Streak Leads Him to the #1 Ranking for 2016

Andy Murray won every match he played after his US Open loss to Kei Nishikori.  This streak included winning the World Tour Finals with an undefeated round robin record, two Masters 1000 events, and two ATP 500 level events.  This amounted to 4500 ranking points and enough leverage to overtake Novak Djokovic who finished 2011,…

World Tour Finals 2016: Murray vs. Djokovic for #1

Final Showdown! #Murray & #Djokovic will play for year-end No1 in #ATPFinals title match 🏆 Sunday 6pm GMT. Tickets: https://t.co/3lafb41kqb pic.twitter.com/ldOxurn3lo — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 19, 2016 Many cliches could be used for describing this match, and believe me they work.  The trophy and number one ranking are going to go to the…

ATP World Tour Finals 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (1) Andy Murray VS (4) Milos Raonic – Milos did not put up much of a fight versus Murray in Cincinnati.  Murray has won 5 contested matches versus Raonic in 2016 plus one walkover went to Murray’s favor.  Murray has won 12 of the 15 sets the two have played in…

ATP World Tour Finals 2016: November 18th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (1) Andy Murray VS (3) Stan Wawrinka – I think Andy Murray takes this one, but Wawrinka may have shaken off his post US Open hangover vs. Cilic.  Murray could be in trouble if Wawrinka can bully his way into the match, but recent form suggests Murray in 2 sets. (5)…

ATP World Tour Finals 2016: November 17th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (2) Novak Djokovic VS (9) Alternate David Goffin – This is an intriguing match.  Novak Djokovic has already qualified for the semifinal round.  David Goffin simply (not so simple to beati a 12-time major champion) needs to win 2 sets to secure himself 200 ranking points.  Goffin can receive 80% of…

ATP World Tour Finals 2016: November 16th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This? (1) Andy Murray VS (5) Kei Nishikori – Kei beat Andy in their US Open quarterfinal match, and Andy has not lost since this encounter.  I think Murray will gain a measure of revenge by knocking Nishikori’s record to 1-1 in the round robin phase of this event.  Kei’s best…

ATP World Tour Finals 2016: November 15th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This slate of matches has a definite undercard and main event feel. (6) Gael Monfils VS (8) Dominic Thiem – Although Thiem won his first set versus Novak Djokovic, I believe the more experienced player is favored.  Still, I think Thiem has gone too long without a good win given the…

Czech Dynasty in Federation Cup

Pliskova dug deeeeep Despite Caroline Garcia’s warrior performance on the part of France, the Czech Republic just claimed its 5th Federation Cup title in a 6 year period!  That is remarkable even if I am not the first voice to push Federation and Davis Cup results in this era of incredibly globalized tennis.  These 5…