Wimbledon 2015: Gentlemen’s Singles Draw Initial Impressions

My Predicted Semifinalists Top Half: Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem – One of these picks is a reach, but my pre-initial take was Raonic in the semifinal round.  Jon Wertheim had the same semifinal picks as I did so I decided not to copy Wertheim too much.  I think Wawrinka is likely to have a…

US Open 2014: Day 3 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) – MATCH OF THE DAY ALERT I would not be shocked to see Hewitt win, but Berdych should be able to dictate play and win in 3 or 4 sets.  However, if LLeyton can hold serve consistently and get sets to 4-4 or…

Can Hewitt exact some Revenge on Karlovic for 2003?

Karlovic has been a hard nut to crack for Hewitt Lleyton Hewitt entered Wimbledon 2003 as the defending champion and as the top player of the New Balls generation.  His peers were making inroads prior to Wimbledon 2003. Juan Carlos Ferrero was an Australian Open quarterfinalist and won Roland Garros.  Andy Roddick was an Australian…

Federer, Edberg and Consistency

Rafael Nadal’s biography had a line about being able to weather a storm and grind Federer down in their matches.  This has been a reality in their rivalry at every stage minus maybe the stretch from Wimbledon 2006 through the World Tour Finals of 2007 in which Roger 5 of 7 matches versus his nemesis….

US Open 2013: Day 9 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Fourth Round Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Marcel Granollers – Nole has to gear up if he is going to try to reach the final and then face Rafa.  Watch out Marcel. Mikhail Youzhny (21) vs. Lleyton Hewitt – If Youzhny plays as he did vs. Haas, he wins this match.  I am picking on sentiment here, but…

US Open 2013: Day 7 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in Bold Third Round Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Joao Sousa – Nole should roll. Tim Smyczek vs. Marcel Granollers – And then there were none … US men are eliminated from the singles draw.  The USTA should be a touch worried about the state of the men’s game. Andy Murray (3) vs. Florian Mayer – The defending champion moves forward. Stanislas Wawrinka (9)…

US Open 2013: Day 5 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Second Round Marcel Granollers vs. Rajeev Ram – Ram’s Samprasesque game has a chance here, but he is not the favorite.  I hope I am wrong about the pride of Indianapolis. Tobias Kamke vs. Denis Istomin – This should be a good match. Kevin Anderson (17) vs. Marcos Baghdatis – I’ll take the big man in 4 sets. Juan Martin…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 3 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Singles – Second Round [2] A Murray (GBR) vs Y Lu (TPE) – Murray is riding a nice grass court winning streak.  He should move into the 3rd round without much struggle. [3] R Federer (SUI) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – Federer has to look at his draw and think 2…

Wimbledon 2013: Day 1 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES – FIRST ROUND Victor Hanescu (ROU)  v Roger Federer (SUI) [3] – Federer had a tough first round in 2010 as defending champion.  Still, he advanced. Benjamin Becker (GER) v Andy Murray (GBR) [2] – Murray should win against the man who sent Agassi into retirement in 2006. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5] v Steve Darcis (BEL) – Rafa like Murray and…

Halle and Queen’s Club Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Queen’s Club Andy Murray vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tsonga does not perform well in semifinals (too soon).  This match could go either way, but Murray is the better player when he is 100%, and I would guess he is close to 100% right now. Marin Cilic vs. Lleyton Hewitt – I initially saw this as a Cilic…