Djokovic vs. Nadal: 51

Nadal when asked if he misses playing against Djokovic: “It’s better to not play him.” — Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) May 19, 2018   Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square-off for the 51st time tomorrow.  That alone is noteworthy, but when one considers how tightly meshed their careers have been, especially since early 2011, it…

2015 Power Ranking: Rome – Novak Crosses the Rubicon

2015 Power Ranking #6: Novak Abolishes the Roman Republic Novak Djokovic – Novak looked a little out of sorts in his first 3 matches in Rome.  He then won four straight sets versus David Ferrer and Roger Federer to enter Paris with a ton of momentum.  Will he complete his career grand slam and win…

Rome 2015: Sharapova vs. Suarez Navarro – Championship Prediction

[3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs [10] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) I think CSN has a chance.  As I keep mentioning, her one-handed backhand comes at a different angle when she hits topspin.  She also can slice more easily and effectively than most.  WTA players do not see a lot of one-handed backhands so this helps CSN….

Masters Rome 2015: ATP Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] David Ferrer (ESP) H2H – Novak has a decided advantage heading into this match.  He has not dominated any opponents in Rome to this point.  Every match has seen Nole lose a set.  That makes me think Novak may be vulnerable especially if his focus is exclusively on…

Rome 2015: WTA Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [10] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) – Simona is playing quite well.  I think we are heading toward a French Open rematch.  CSN can force different angles on an opponent.  I still like Simona to hustle her way to a championship showdown. Sharapova won the always melodious match-up…

Masters Rome 2015: May 15th ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This Day Has it All: The Big 3, The Big Czech, Kei, Ferrer, The Swiss #2, and The Shire’s Davis Cup Hope [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE)  – I am tempted to take Berdych as he has been quite solid this clay court season while Federer has lost…

Rome 2015: May 15th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWN4vFuSYas] [2] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [Q] Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) – The Battle for Bucharest should go to the the #1 Romanian.  Halep seems to be in good form. [3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – Vika tends to have her best success vs. Sharapova on hard courts.  On…

Masters Rome 2015: Partial ATP Predictions for May 14th

Predicted Winners in BOLD Djokovic’s Economy of Motion is One Reason He is #1 [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [15] Kevin Anderson (RSA) – Anderson’s serve could bother Roger as he did not return Kyrgios very well last week.  However, Anderson is not a classic clay court player and that will probably be to Roger’s advantage…

Rome 2015: Partial May 14th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – Vika’s clay court game seems to be in better shape than most years. More Please [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [Q] Christina McHale (USA) – I love McHale’s demeanor on court, and she has a solid game.  There are times that is just…