Monte Carlo 2015: What Most of Us are Missing

I am guessing that most of my readers love tennis.  What more could be added to a gathering of the top players in the world?  For one, an idyllic Mediterranean setting.  Of course, throwing in a cool stadium doesn’t hurt anything either.  I wish I was there. There's plenty at stake to go around in…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 13 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [13] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) – Any match with Gulbis could go in any direction. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Borna Coric (CRO) – I’ll pick a mild upset, but I think Coric is the underdog on paper. Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Fognini on clay…

Looking Forward to Monte Carlo?

Tennis Abides will be back to predicting for the Masters 1000 Emeritus Event @rogerfederer #AvataRF pic.twitter.com/lqRZcNMOAk — Nusi (@NusiP) April 10, 2015

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Monte Carlo – Wawrinka is All In

2014 Power Ranking #5 – Monte Carlo Crowns a New Number One Stanislas Wawrinka – Good to Great … sounds about right.  The 2014 points totals are competitive, but Stan has wins over Rafa, Nole and Federer along with a Slam and Masters 1000 title.  As strange as it sounds to me, Stan is my #1…

Monte Carlo Quick Hits April 16, 2014

Rafael Nadal starts his quest for 9 (NINE!) Monte Carlo titles in 10 years.  Under a lot of grading scales 90% is a B+ or A-, but if ATP Tennis is graded on a curve, Rafa just gave a failing grade to everyone else on tour. Fabio Fognini’s 7-6, 6-4 win over Bautista Agut delivered…

Monte Carlo Quick Hits April 15, 2014

Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Fabio Fognini is the best round of 32 match one could expect on clay. Rafael Nadal and Pablo Andujar are one match away from a re-match of the best clay court match of 2014 to this point.   I don’t want to read too much into David Ferrer’s 6-3, 6-0 demolition…

Nadal and Clay Court Invincibility

My second to most recent column revolved around Nadal’s seeming invulnerability on clay. All of the sudden, Nadal is pushed hard by Grigor Dimitrov, struggled holding a lead and closing out a match vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.  Now, his solid wins over Ferrer and Almagro in Latin America…

Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Post Monte Carlo

Dan Martin’s 2013 Power Ranking #6 1.  Novak Djokovic – Nole ends a nearly 9 year winning streak by Nadal in Monte Carlo and in straight sets no less.  He’s #1. 2.  Rafael Nadal – Rafa has played 5 events in 2013.  His results: 3 titles and 2 runner-up finishes. Did someone really knock over his water…

Nadal’s Reign: Unrelenting Supremacy

King Rafa 2005 – ? Can anyone stop a prepared Nadal on clay?  That is a question that has been hounding professional tennis since 2005.  There are a few scenarios for how Nadal might lose a match on clay, but these scenarios become even less likely when a match moves to a best of five…

Rafael Nadal’s Comeback is Still On Track But Just Not the Fast Track

Credit Zeballos Horacio Zeballos of Argentina won the biggest match of his life by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to win in Vina del Mar, Chile.  Zeballos also defeated a cast of solid clay court players to reach the final by dispatching Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos and Carlos Berlocq in succession.  Still, unless he…