Is Oligopoly Better than Monopoly for Top Players?

Catch me if you can When a player is dominating to the degree that Novak Djokovic has been since the start of 2015, questions about how long the dominance will last emerge.  February featured Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem making strides on the tour as well as Stan Wawrinka reaffirming his quality.  We know on…

Australian Open 2016: Day 8 Men’s Predictions

This fairly intense exhibition match went to Raonic Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [13] Milos Raonic (CAN) – This is the match of the day.  Each man won a tune-up event, and each man has played well to reach this point.  I am torn.  I think experience will help Stan, but Milos has…

Australian Open 2016: Day 6 Men’s Predictions

Don’t Count Me Out Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Lukas Rosol (CZE) – I like Stan here, but Rosol is a dangerous opponent. [16] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. John Millman (AUS) – Aussie battle [13] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. [21] Viktor Troicki (SRB) – I like Milos to keep advancing. [2]…

Australian Open 2016: Day 4 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Sam Groth (AUS) – This could be somewhat tricky as Groth has firepower and crowd support.  Still, Murray would be in more peril if this were a 2 of 3 set match.  He should be able to weather any hot streaks from Groth in a 3…

Australian Open 2016: Day 2 Men’s Predictions

We’d be lucky to get a repeat performance Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [2] Andy Murray (GBR) – Murray is highly favored here. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs. [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – Stan should win, but Tursunov is always fun. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – Their 2009 clash…

Chennai 2016 Championship Prediction: Wawrinka vs. Coric

Stan is nobody’s stepping stone or is he? Stan Wawrinka vs. Borna Coric A lot of experts have tabbed Coric for big things.  He has played pretty well over 18 months.  Facing Stan Wawrinka in the Chennai final should be a good measuring stick for the young Croatian.  Stan leads their head-to-head 2-0 with a…

Tennis Power Ranking – Novak Claims 2015

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #12 This is a tough list to produce becuse Novak devoured so many ranking points in 2015 especially at the end of the year Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic won 3 majors, the World Tour Finals, 6 Masters 1000 events, and won Beijing, a 500 level event, in 2015.  Nole…

World Tour Finals 2015: Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka Prediction

Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka Each man handed the other a straight set Grand Slam loss this year. Wawrinka went 20-3 and Federer went 18-4 in Grand Slam play this year. Federer was stronger in Masters 1000 play, and Stan has shown a penchant for finding his best tennis when he needs it most.  Both…

World Tour Finals 2015: Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka

Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka Do we end up with a Swiss semifinal rematch from 2014 or will Andy Murray thrill his home fans by winning this match?  I would pick Murray without much hesitation if a Davis Cup championship on indoor clay were not right around the corner.  Murray hitting on clay and being…

World Tour Finals 2015: Stan Wawrinka vs. David Ferrer Prediction

Stan Wawrinka vs. David Ferrer In my view, this match all comes down to Stan’s mentality.  On an indoor court at this stage of each man’s career, Stan should be able to serve big enough to dictate play.  It is unclear how much fight Stan brought to his Monday match versus Nadal.  Jim Courier questioned…