Cincinnati 2016: August 18th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Grigor Dimitrov VS (2) Stan Wawrinka – Grigor appears to be playing much better than some of his earlier 2016 form.  Still, I think Stan wins the battle of one-handed backhands by serving bigger than Grigor and pushing him backward during rallies. Borna Coric VS (3) Rafael Nadal – Coric won a gut-check match last evening after…

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…

Australian Open 2016: Day 7 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [14] Gilles Simon (FRA) – I love Gilles, but this mountain is too high to climb.  Novak should win in 3 sets. [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [15] David Goffin (BEL) – Goffin could win this match.  He is playing quite well and Thiem is good sparring for facing Federer.  Still, Federer likely…

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 5th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD A Huge Slate of Matches in Paris Today [2] Andy Murray (GBR) def [16] David Goffin (BEL) 61 60 [10] Richard Gasquet (FRA) def [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) 76 (3) 41 retd [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [14] Gilles Simon (FRA) H2H – I think Nole wins this one.  Simon is always a tricky…

Paris Masters 2015: November 4th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD A Great Slate of Matches [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Jérémy Chardy (FRA) H2H – Nishikori needs to be sharp as Chardy has had a few good results over the past 4 months.  If Nishikori returns well and gets to Chardy’s backhand, the 6th seed will advance.  If Chardy’s serve and forehand…

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: Tsonga v. Cilic Quarterfinal Prediction

Marin Cilic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga I don’t normally start doing individual match predictions until the semifinal round, but Serena vs. Venus with a Grand Slam quest in progress I figure that match deserves its own preview so I will do it for all four matches. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is playing quite well.  He has moved through…

US Open 2015: September 6th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD The Defending Champion and World #1 Headline [9] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs [27] Jérémy Chardy (FRA) – I am half tempted to pick Chardy, but I think Chardy’s backhand is a weakness.  These two big men play similar styles, but I think Cilic has a more well-rounded game that is less…