Halle 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Alexander Zverev (GER) H2H – Recently, I’ve generally been favoring younger players versus veteran players.  Roger Federer playing at Halle is not a normal veteran. [3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [PR] Florian Mayer (GER) H2H – Thiem is having the 3rd best year on tour.  He has won…

Halle 2016: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) H2H – A veteran making a late surge versus a young talent makes for an interesting match-up.  I like Zverev if solely because Baghdatis has dodged a few close calls to get to this point. [1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [5] David Goffin (BEL) H2H –…

Halle 2016: June 16th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) H2H – This is a classic puncher vs. boxer match.  Kohlschreiber has more variety and a more sound skill set than Ivo.  However, Ivo is going to hold serve almost every game he serves so the big man will be in the mix to…

Halle 2016: June 15th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP) H2H – On clay, I’d take the Spaniard.  On a hard court, I think this is a 50-50 match.  On grass, I am taking Kohlschreiber. [2] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [PR] Florian Mayer (GER)  H2H – Mayer can win this match, and my hunch is…

Mercedes Cup 2016: June 9th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Sam Groth (AUS) H2H – I like Thiem, but his deep run in Paris may mean his grass court adjustments have not taken place yet.  This could be a huge opportunity for Groth. [1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Taylor Fritz(USA) 4-3 – to be completed (not before…

Mercedes Cup 2016: June 8th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [WC] Michael Berrer (GER) vs. [Q] Florian Mayer (GER) H2H – Mayer’s match play in the qualifying rounds gives him an edge in my mind. [7] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Denis Kudla (USA)  H2H – Kudla is a fighter who plays his best tennis on grass.  However, Kohlschreiber in Germany is a tough…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Reigns in Spain?

The Fifth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 He is the man Novak Djokovic – Novak bounced back from his loss at Monte Carlo with a strong showing in Madrid.  He lost only one set en route to his record 29th Masters 1000 Shield. Rafael Nadal – Rafa did lose to Andy Murray so staying second…

Power Ranking 2016: Monte Carlo and Barcelona have Rafa Rising

Our Long International Nightmare is Over: Tennis Abides is Back Sorry this is a bit later than usual.  Putting the finishing touches on my dissertation put my tennis writing on the back burner.  Still, the 3rd Masters 1000 event of 2016 along with a 500 level event in Spain deserve some attention prior to the…

Miami Open 2016: March 25 WTA and ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Kerber is allowed a post-Slam hangover, but I think she will be back in the mix sooner rather than later. [8] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [Q] Taylor Fritz (USA) H2H  – Unlikely, but I have a feeling. [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [PR]…

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…