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…

Is Oligopoly Better than Monopoly for Top Players?

Catch me if you can When a player is dominating to the degree that Novak Djokovic has been since the start of 2015, questions about how long the dominance will last emerge.  February featured Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem making strides on the tour as well as Stan Wawrinka reaffirming his quality.  We know on…

Australian Open 2016: Day 5 Men’s Predictions

The most decorated player of the hardcourt era of the Australian Open/Championships  Predicted Winners in BOLD Business is about to pick up Roger Federer (SUI) [3] vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [27] – I think Dimitrov has a real chance to win here because the courts in Australia play a bit slower than Roger ideally likes them to…

Paris Masters 2015: November 2nd Match Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Two of these matches are already in the books.  Sorry for my late posting. Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 62 57 62 Bernard Tomic (AUS) def Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 [WC] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. [Q] Dusan Lajovic (SRB) H2H Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA) H2H – Hometown…

Shanghai 2015: October 12th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Martin Klizan (SVK) vs. [WC] Ze Zhang (CHN) H2H – Klizan has a nice game so I think he wins one on the road so to speak. [13] John Isner (USA) vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) H2H – The Big Guy obviously needs to let his serve dictate in order to win. [16] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) H2H – Tsonga could make a lot of things…

US Open 2015: September 5th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD “We’re not playing at Halle?  Doesn’t seem right.” Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [29] vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – These two should put on a fun match, but Roger likely has too much heft for Kohlschreiber to win 3 sets. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) [30] vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] – Bellucci has played quite well in this…

US Open 2015: September 3rd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] – Murray, minus a 3rd set hiccup, played well in round 1. Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – I think Federer wins this match in straight sets, but Darcis can be tricky. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) – Stan is clearly capable of doing…

US Open 2015: September 1st Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – This match could be tricky for Federer, but a 3 of 5 set match favors the superior player. [3] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – I think the hype will out weigh the quality of this match as Nick doesn’t just…

Montreal 2015: ATP Predictions for August 11

Predicted Winners in BOLD Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – This match is really interesting to me.  Each man has what I call a live arm and can blast big shots from many positions on the court.  I think Kyrgios’ serve gives him a slight edge. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Thomaz Bellucci…