John Isner and Intentionally Slower Surfaces

Wimbledon decided to look into slowing its courts down and increasing the length of points after the 1998 men’s final.  The rest of the tour tended to follow Wimbledon’s lead as outdoor and indoor hard courts were slowed down, indoor carpet events went away, and tennis balls were slowed down too.  It may not be…

Bercy 2016: Andy Murray vs. John Isner Championship Prediction

Andy Murray vs. John Isner This match is fairly straight forward.  Andy Murray returns better, moves better, and has a more stable all-around game than John Isner.  Does that mean Andy Murray will win? Probably, but John Isner has one of the top 5 serves in men’s tennis.  His serve may be the best serve…

Atlanta 2016: Nick Kyrgios vs. John Isner Championship Prediction

Nick Kyrgios vs. John Isner This match is interesting on several levels.  Isner skipped the olympic games to in part seek his 4th Atlanta title.  Nick Kyrgios’ troubles with Tennis Australia left him out of the 2016 olympic games.  Each man has a massive service game.  Isner’s consistency has never been questioned, but his game…

Atlanta 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Yoshihito Nishioka VS (2) Nick Kyrgios – Kyrgios being left out of the olympic games more than likely put him into the Atlanta draw.  Kyrgios has a great chance to reach an ATP final and purge some of the negativity that came from his Wimbledon and Toronto exits. John Isner VS (WC) Reilly Opelka – 2.09…

Washington, DC 2016: July 21st ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (Q) Ryan Harrison VS (5) Steve Johnson – This is a big match for both men.  Johnson won his first title right and had a decent Wimbledon.  He entered Newport as the #1 seed and underperformed.  A strong showing in DC would make Newport a blip on Johnson’s 2016 radar.  Harrison battled through the qualifying…

Australian Open 2016: Day 8 Men’s Predictions

This fairly intense exhibition match went to Raonic Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [13] Milos Raonic (CAN) – This is the match of the day.  Each man won a tune-up event, and each man has played well to reach this point.  I am torn.  I think experience will help Stan, but Milos has…

Australian Open 2016: Day 6 Men’s Predictions

Don’t Count Me Out Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE) – I like Stan here, but Rosol is a dangerous opponent. [16] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. John Millman (AUS) – Aussie battle [13] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. [21] Viktor Troicki (SRB) – I like Milos to keep advancing. [2]…

Australian Open 2016: Day 4 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Sam Groth (AUS) – This could be somewhat tricky as Groth has firepower and crowd support.  Still, Murray would be in more peril if this were a 2 of 3 set match.  He should be able to weather any hot streaks from Groth in a 3…

Paris Masters 2015: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [10] Richard Gasquet (FRA) H2H – Their rivalry changed when Murray won from 2 sets down at Wimbledon 2008 vs. Gasquet. Murray has been rolling in Paris.  Gasquet has had a nice year in 2015, but I think Murray dominates. [8] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [13] John Isner…