Miami Open 2016: March 23rd ATP & WTA Predictions

  Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [WC] Michael Mmoh (USA) H2H – This young talent adds some momentum. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – This should be fun and quite unpredictable. Christina McHale (USA) vs. Misaki Doi (JPN) – McHale could use a nice win. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) –…

Masters Miami 2015: March 26th Prediction

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) – Baghdatis has shown a little life lately, but he has not been a good pick in almost a decade. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) – Big time match if JMDP is healthy.  I think Vasek beats a Rusty, but hopefully…

Australian Open 2015 – Men’s Draw: Impressions

Novak Djokovic got a good draw, but Wawrinka and he could contest an epic semifinal. Roger Federer’s camp likely wanted Nole and Rafa to battle it out, but Rafa has a tricky first round match. Jerzy Janowicz vs. Juan Martin del Potro is my favorite first round match on paper.  Each big man wants to…

Power Ranking 2013: Paris to London

Power Ranking 2013 #14 1.  Rafael Nadal – I said Rafa had locked up the #1 slot on my Power Ranking for 2013 after the US Open.  If Nole wins out, I will have to revise that pronouncement.  Rafa has not done anything wrong since the US Open ended, but this time of year has…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Shanghai

Power Ranking 2013 #13 1.  Rafael Nadal – I said Rafa had locked up the #1 slot on my Power Ranking for 2013 after the US Open.  If Nole wins out, I will have to revise that pronouncement.  Rafa has not done anything wrong since the US Open ended, but this time of year has…

Del Potro vs. Rafa and Nole vs. Tsonga Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Juan Martin del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal JMDP won last week in Tokyo and has a longer winning streak than Rafa at the moment.  JMDP has had some historical success versus Rafa.  His height makes some of Nadal’s high bounding spin a liability for the Spaniard.  If JMDP serves bombs and…

6 October 2013: Quick Hits

Novak Djokovic is still #2 in my Power Rankings (I doubt he cares) and will be #2 in the computer on Monday.  Still, Novak has said the right things since the US Open and beat a less than sharp Nadal in straight sets.  Still, if Nole is willing to match Rafa’s toughness, I think he…

Live Analysis of the 2013 Japan Open Final Raonic vs. Del Potro

I would have posted a prediction of this, but a massive deluge of rain that caused flooding in a relative’s basement led to a late night.  Hence, I can live comment this match. First Set  Del Potro held easily and Raonic returned the favor for a 1-1 start.  Another easy hold and JMDP leads 2-1….

2013 Japan Open Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Milos Raonic (CAN) v Ivan Dodig (CRO) – Mios has been on a role since Montreal.  I would not say that he is knocking on the door of the top 5, but Milos’ recent play is noteworthy.  Milos is not a lock to win this match, but a win would mesh with the recent form…

Counterpunch – This is Not the Golden Era

As a fan, I have never enjoyed a period of tennis as much as I have from 2004-present. 2003 was a generational shifting year in which the New Balls players won 3 of the 4 majors.  In 2004, Roger Federer gave a dominating and aesthetically pleasing game to this new era.  2005 saw Marat Safin…