Halle 2014: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs Alejandro Falla (COL) – Saving 5 match points is no easy task.  So long as Kohlschreiber comes back down from the adrenaline rush, I think his variety will carry him to victory. [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [4] Kei Nishikori(JPN) – From Miami forward, Nishikori could be said to have played better than Federer….

Halle 2014: Quarterfinal Predictions

Rafael Nadal being beaten was not shocking.  We are still waiting on a grass court follow-up to the 2008 Wimbledon final.  Federer and multiple German players in the quarterfinal round mean the tournament directors are likely pretty happy about the state of things even with Nadal losing. Predicted Winners in BOLD  Alejandro Falla (COL) vs Peter Gojowczyk(GER) H2H –…

Why Top 8 May Be the Same as Top 4 for Federer going Forward

Top 4 Matters So Long as … Staying in the Top 4 matters so long as the other 3 members of tennis’ big 4 remain in their top 4 slots.  It is a bit like the Prisoner’s Dilema in which each player benefits from the other three banking ranking points.  However, if one of the…

Halle and Queen’s Club Championship Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Queen’s Club Andy Murray vs. Marin Cilic – The Croatian is the defending champion so he has to have a shot here.  However, Murray is one of the 4 best players in the world for a reason.  Cilic certainly needs this win more as he has lost some of the momentum he gathered in…

Roger Federer and the Grass Court Season

2013 Has Not Been a Great Season Roger Federer has posted a Grand Slam semifinal and quarterfinal finish, along with a runner-up finish in Rome and decent showings in Dubai and Indian Wells.  That may add up to a top 10 level of play (especially given that Federer is 9-2 in majors in 2013), but…

Cilic Wins while Nalbandian Makes News; Haas Defeats Federer

Marin Cilic and Tommy Haas win the two most important Wimbledon tune-up events.  Marin Cilic won his 8th career title and is moving toward a return to the top 10.  Tommy Haas beat an all time great grass court champion to win his 2nd title at Halle while capping an inspiring return from injuries.  Roger…

Halle Final Prediction – Federer vs. Haas

Quick Transition from Clay to Grass As I mentioned earlier this week, it is hard to appreciate the French Open results for too long because a brand new season begins on grass courts.  At the close of the French Open, Roger Federer seemed to have fallen further behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.  Now, Federer…