Impressions of Djokovic vs. Zverev

Novak Djokovic’s clinical victory tells a lot of its story via the score line of 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Zverev did do some damage with big backhand strikes up the line.  Djokovic countered Zverev’s strategy by hitting some sharply angled shots to the backhand side forcing Zverev to move a bit out of his striking comfort…

Metz 2016: Thiem vs. Pouille Championship Prediction

Dominic Thiem vs. Lucas Pouille This should be a very fun match.  Thiem has been carving out space on the tour for the past 18 months plus and made a nice run to the Roland Garros semifinal round. Pouille gathered a lot of attention for his 5 set win versus Rafael Nadal at the 2016…

Cincinnati 2016: ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Steve Johnson VS Grigor Dimitrov – I am torn on this match.  Johnson won a bronze medal in doubles and pulled a huge upset over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to secure his spot as the top ranked US male in singles.  He is basking in good vibes. Grigor Dimitrov is playing his best tennis since…

Mercedes Cup 2016: Thiem vs. Kohlschreiber Championship Prediction

[3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [7] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) H2H Kohlschreiber has had some career success on grass and holds a 2-0 head-to-head lead over Dominic Thiem.  Both of their career matches were on clay, and Thiem made big improvements from the first match to the second.  On paper, everything seems to favor Kohlschreiber.  Dominic…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Reigns in Spain?

The Fifth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 He is the man Novak Djokovic – Novak bounced back from his loss at Monte Carlo with a strong showing in Madrid.  He lost only one set en route to his record 29th Masters 1000 Shield. Rafael Nadal – Rafa did lose to Andy Murray so staying second…

Power Ranking 2016: Monte Carlo and Barcelona have Rafa Rising

Our Long International Nightmare is Over: Tennis Abides is Back Sorry this is a bit later than usual.  Putting the finishing touches on my dissertation put my tennis writing on the back burner.  Still, the 3rd Masters 1000 event of 2016 along with a 500 level event in Spain deserve some attention prior to the…

Power Ranking 2016: Indian Wells

So far 2016 is looking a lot like 2015 Novak Rules Tennis  Novak Djokovic – I am running out of terms to describe Novak’s hold on tennis.  I called him “Fortress Novak” heading into his record tying 27th Masters 1000 title. That phrase is inadequate as Novak is not just defensive or counter punching, he is…