Indian Wells 2016: St. Patrick’s Day Quarterfinal Predictions

I am mixing WTA and ATP Predictions Today as I have Been in Ill Health and Don’t Feel like Making 2 Posts.  (any mistakes I make will be blamed on my illness) Predicted Winners in BOLD [18] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) – This should be a fun if under appreciated match.   …

Marseille, Rio, and Delray Beach Championship Predictions

Marseille 2016 Championship Match: [4] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) H2H This is the premiere match of the day as it pits the 2014 US Open champion against a player tabbed by many to have a big future in tennis.  Both men possess massive serves and powerful groundstrokes.  As well as Cilic moves, Kyrgios is the…

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…

Marin Cilic Heading into 2016

In repeat of 2014 final, @cilic_marin beats Roberto Bautista Agut to retain #KremlinCup https://t.co/ym86Gq610S pic.twitter.com/MzXpHAxdmc — HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) October 26, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Where is Marin Cilic’s Game Going into 2016? Adjusting Many players tend to struggle for a few months adjusting to new expectatons after a breakthrough on tour.  Marin Cilic’s adjustment phase was exacerbated…

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…

Tennis Power Ranking 2015: Novak’s New York State of Mind

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #11 Novak Djokovic – Nole claiming his 10th major title and wrapping up his 4th year at #1 is about as comprehensive of a way to be #1 in my ranking as any.  Novak was runner-up in Montreal and Cincinnati, but it all built toward his 2nd US Open crown….

US Open 2015: Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic Semifinal Prediction

Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic This is a tremendous match.  Marin Cilic is riding a 12 match winning streak at Flushing Meadows.  The 6’6″ defending champion has worked his way through the draw and sent a message that poor health rather than being overawed is the reason for his spotty 2015 results.  Novak Djokovic won…

US Open 2015: Quick Hits – A Look at the Final Fours

Two Great Final Fours: This is Not the 1993 US Open Semifinal* The Men’s Final Four is Ideal from My Point of View: Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, and Marin Cilic are the Reigning Champions at All 4 Majors Novak Djokovic is a Clear World #1 Roger Federer is #2 in the World and the All-Time…

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…