Bercy 2016: November 2nd Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

Court Central

[5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) H2H – Nishikori has to be the pick, but legitimate questions can be asked about his durability.  Did his deep run last week open a door for Troicki this week?

[13] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) H2H – I lean toward Pouille who has a much more well rounded game, but Lopez’ athleticism and attacking style should benefit from this surface.

[11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) H2H – Jo-Wilfried’s form in Vienna should be enough to win this match.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX) – Novak has seemed a little off ever since winning Roland Garros.  Perhaps Murray’s challenge to his number one ranking will reignite Djokovic’s focus.  If so, Muller is in a bad spot.

[2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – These two have had some fun matches including their 2013 Wimbledon tilt.  Andy could fall if the pressure of seeking number one gets to him, but I don’t think that will be the case.

 [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [Q] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) H2H  – Stan could use what looks like a relatively straightforward match.

Court 1

[8] David Goffin (BEL) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA) H2H – Mahut will have to apply constant pressure to have any chance.  Otherwise, Goffin’s return and groundstrokes will dictate play.

[9] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) – Ivo reached the Vienna semifinals and had a chance to reach the final.  Cilic just won Basel.  I’d advise fans on court one to take cover from some of the serves that will be blasted, but Cilic gets a slight nod based upon his well-rounded game.

[6] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Jack Sock (USA) H2H – On this surface, I could see Sock benefitting from short points and Thiem perhaps struggling with the faster conditions.

[10] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA) – I love both players, but I think Simon is a slight favorite in this match despite RBA’s seeding.

[16] Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) – This should be a fun match for fans getting to see it court side.

[15] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. John Isner (USA) H2H – Ferrer withdrawing in the Vienna semifinal round raises enough questions about his health for me to consider Isner.  The big man’s 1-7 record versus Ferrer including a loss at Bercy 2015 does not inspire me with enough confidence to actually pick Isner.  John Isner’s volleying and backhand are not strong enough to put balls away versus a player who fights and moves like Ferrer.  If Ferrer can run and grind, I think he will relish this challenge and add an 8th win over Isner.

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