Quick Hits 16 February 2014

Holding Form Each of today’s ATP finals were won by the favorite.  Tomas Berdych took out a surprisingly (to me at least) resurgent Marin Cilic.  I figured the PED suspension would hurt Marin’s game for some time.  Instead, he’s started 2014 well.  Berdych builds on a strong Aussie Open showing.  A lot of people have…

US Open 2013: Day 2 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Isner should win today, but his return game will dictate how far he advances First Round Jiri Vesely vs. Denis Kudla – This is a good chance for Kudla to get a valuable win. Rogerio Dutra da Silva vs. Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 4-0 suspended – Sticking with yesterday’s pick, but who knows with this…

March 11, 2013: Indian Wells Match Picks

Predicted Winner in BOLD [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – Rafa rolls Ivan Dodig (CRO) v [2] Roger Federer (SUI) – Federer wins Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v [18] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) – Call me nostalgic, but I think Rusty wins unless Stan returns well. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Kevin Anderson (RSA) – The big server beats the veteran. [20] Andreas Seppi (ITA) v [Q] Ernests…

Australian Open Sweet 16: Men’s Predictions

As much as I love the early rounds of Grand Slams, the matches that lay ahead of us all look to be of a high quality.   Grand Slam events are set up a lot like the NCAA college basketball tournament.  Rather than wait for a sweet 16 in March, we have one in January. …

2012 Australian Open Day 5: Tomic d. Dolgopolov & US Washout

6 Quick Hits Roger Federer winning the 1st set vs. Ivo Karlovic made his match fairly simple.  Playing from behind against a huge server can cause some anxiety. Jelena Jankovic sets up a match against Caroline Wozniacki.  To hammer an obvious point, both players need some validation at majors. Juan Martin del Potro vs. Phillip…

A Quick Thanksgiving Note

Thanks to all of the great readers of this blog.  Family travel obligations in the US and the World Tour Finals in London have not meshed in terms of me posting as much as I would like for such a large event.  Do not worry however several posts are coming your way this upcoming week. …

Federer Sweeps and Tsonga Advances

Roger Federer d. Mardy Fish 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Roger did not play his best tennis in completing a 3-0 sweep of his pool.  Even in the one-sided 1st set Roger faced a lot of challenges while serving.  Still, Roger brushed back Fish in the 3rd set after Fish found his range in an impressive 2nd…