Shanghai Masters 2017: October 11th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD

[6] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. Ryan Harrison (USA) – Harrison is 1-3 vs. Dimitrov, but has played well enough in 2017 that he could spring an upset here.  I think Dimitrov will come through in 2 competitive sets.

[3] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) – The big man should advance here.  Tennis needs someone to step forward and become a general threat to win any match/event on tour.  Zverev seems to be close to this point, but he is not there yet as evidenced by his 1-2 record at the US and French Opens this year.

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[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Jared Donaldson (USA) – I don’t think Rafa is playing the best tennis of his career, but there are few on tour with the weapons and willingness to take him out of his comfort zone.

[2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) – Roger should win this encounter.

[10] Sam Querrey (USA) vs. [Q] Frances Tiafoe (USA) – I nearly picked Tiafoe.  Querrey has a 9-2 record in his past 2 majors.  That is a feast after many famines in US men’s tennis.

[8] David Goffin (BEL) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA) – These two have some similarities.  I think Simon counter-punches and retrieves more often than Goffin, but when Simon is at his best he also takes the ball early.  This could be a fun match if Simon is on his game.

[12] John Isner (USA) vs. [Q] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

[5] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) – See what I said about Zverev.  Tennis needs Thiem to be a consistent threat on surfaces other than clay (if possible).

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs. [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – If Lopez can knock off enough volleys, he should win.

Steve Johnson (USA) vs. [WC] Di Wu (CHN) – The moustache pushed Kyrgios off the deep end.

[11] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) – Anderson should advance.

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