Basel 2017: Championship Prediction -Federer vs. Del Potro

[1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [4] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) This should be a great match.  JMDP beat Federer in 4 sets to take their US Open quarterfinal clash in September.  Federer beat JMDP in the Shanghai semifinals en route to 1000 points that keep the 2017 race for #1 alive.  Federer has sailed through all but one of his…

Basel 2017: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. [6] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) – JMDP has a really tough match here, but his momentum from Shanghai and Stockholm should carry him through. [2] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. [Q] Marton Fucsovics (HUN) – Cilic has had a nice year, but also really lacks a signature win.  Maybe a Wimbledon rematch in Fed’s…

Basel 2017: October 25th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [7] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. [SE] Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) – Mannarino has played well in the second half of 2017. Borna Coric (CRO) vs. [WC] Henri Laaksonen (SUI) – Coric has been a bit quiet as of late. [4] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. Joao Sousa (POR) – Delpo just grabbed his 20th career title.  This will not be an easy…

Basel 2017: October 23rd Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Yuichi Sugita (JPN) – This could be a fun match.  I think Shapovalov has an edge in talent, but Suguta has risen in the rankings in his late 20s and has an experience edge.  I expect this to go 3 sets. Robin Haase (NED) vs. [WC] Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) – With a home crowd, a…

Basel 2014: Semifinal Predictions

Roger Federer vs. Ivo Karlovic Roger is on his home turf and facing the Big Man with a lot of momentum on his side.  Ivo could be virtually unbreakable indoors.  Roger has won 9 consecutive tiebreaks.  Roger is better across the board, but Ivo has a puncher’s chance with his massive serve.  Both players should…

Federer’s 68th Title

Roger Federer d. Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 All is Bonus Roger Federer, as I said elsewhere, could rub two rackets together in an attempt to start a fire as a bit of performance art and be defaulted on time violations at every event he enters until he retires and still be considered one of the…