Newport, Bastad, & Umag 2017: July 21st Predictions


[1] John Isner (USA) vs. Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H – Isner has to be favored, but his matches often involve tiebreaks.  If Novikov can play well in tie breaks, he can pull the upset.

[4] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) H2H – Could Frantangelo become the first Bjorn since 1980 to win a grass court title?  Probably not.


[7] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov  (RUS) H2H – I’ll go with a minor upset here.

[5] Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) H2H – Khachanov has become a fun player to follow in recent months.

[8] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) H2H – Veteran power

[2] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. [6] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) H2H – ARV has been quite impressive this year.  I think Hot Sauce’s shotmaking ability makes him very dangerous though.


[1-WC] David Goffin (BEL) vs. [WC] Ivan Dodig (CRO) – It is good to have Goffin back on tour after an injury induced hiatus.  I think he makes the most of this first week back and does damage in Umag.

[3] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. [LL] Andrey Rublev (RUS) H2H – Fognini is always hard to predict, but I think his shot-making skills get him to the finish line.

Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) – Boa Noite Giannessi

[4] Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) vs. [8] Jiri Vesely (CZE) H2H – Match of the day!


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