Opinion: Djokovic’s Union and Becker’s Trophies

Novak is not facing Pinkerton Strike Breakers Novak Djokovic’s move to discuss forming a new union prior to the Australian Open commencing was an interesting move.  I don’t think it was a bad one either.  Many people lept at the idea that Djokovic had made enough money and did not need more.  Many stories exist…

Australian Open 2018: January 21st Men’s Singles Predictions

(Not sure why this did not publish … well a day late and a dollar short) Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [24] Diego Schwartzman (ARG)  – It looks like Echo Year 2.0 could be upon us.  I don’t see many players on tour challenging the top 2 or 3 players (not seeds).  Rafa should…

Australian Open 2018: January 22nd Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) – Federer has won 3 matches quickly and at night.  If he gets a 4th quick win in the day, the 36-year-old defending champion will be looking at needing 9 sets with some rest built into the system to win major #20.  It is…

Australian Open 2018: January 22nd Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Caroline Garcia (FRA) vs. [17] Madison Keys (USA) – Keys will need to be sharp to win this match, but I think the match is on her racquet as her winner to unforced errors ratio will determine the winner.  That makes Keys a slight favorite. [21] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Kerber…

Australian Open 2018: January 21st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [32] Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) – I don’t think this is even close. [2] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. [19] Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) – Wozniacki has to be a co-favorite at this point. [4] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [Q] Denisa Allertova (CZE) – Svitolina can silence a lot of critics who might see her…

Australian Open 2018: Day 4 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [14] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Gaël Monfils (FRA) – Djokovic is 14-0 vs. Monfils.  I expect 15-love to be the result of this match. [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) – Federer trying to avoid the fate of the gazelles. [5] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [Q] Denis Kudla (USA) – Kudla is…

Australian Open 2018: Day 4 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [14] Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) – Sharapova will not have the easiest match here, but she should win. [3] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Muguruza is on my shortlist of players who could hold #1 for a decent stint. [18] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA) – Barty…

Tennis Head-to-Head Winning Streaks

This tweet came up ahead of the Monfils-Djokovic match.  I don’t imagine Ivan Lendl is being invited to a ton of events at the Mayotte or Gilbert households.   #AusOpen Thursday preview: Gael Monfils aims for his 1st Tour-level win against Novak Djokovic on his 15th attempt. pic.twitter.com/99AhcfjmKv — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) January 17, 2018…

Australian Open 2018: Day 3 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – Mayer is a rugged player who will try to test Rafa, but an upset here would be stunning. [3] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. [Q] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) – Dimitrov has to believe in himself a lot more than he did in year’s past due to…