Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Novak Takes Madrid

With apologies to #NoleFam, I am a few days later getting this out there than I would have liked.  Also, multi-media content will be added later today. Novak Djokovic –  Novak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas to grab a lot of momentum and ranking points in Madrid.  He is also now tied for the…

Madrid 2016: Cibulkova vs. Halep Championship Prediction

Dominika Cibulkova vs. Simona Halep This is potentially going to be a great match.  Both players when playing good tennis fight for every inch of the court and never surrender a point.  Each is playing well and healthy at the moment.  Cibulkova leads their head-to-head 3-1, but Halep’s one win was their only meeting on…

Madrid 2016: May 6th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. [Q] Louisa Chirico (USA) – I like Cibulkova to win here and have a big remaining 2016.  She can certainly contend for an olympic medal and make second week runs at the remaining majors. [6] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) – If Stosur dictates with…

Madrid 2016: May 5th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – Halep should win the battle for Romania. Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs [Q] Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) – Stosur is playing well even if this event has a Romanian feel to it. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs. [Q] Louisa Chirico (USA) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)…

Madrid 2016: May 4th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a nice slate of matches [6] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [10] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) – I am torn on this one.  If Simona is on the road back, she likely wins.  I need to see it to believe it though. [8] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) –…

Masters Madrid 2015: Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray Championship Prediction

Murray Rising Andy Murray is playing the best clay court tennis of his career.  On Monday, Murray won his first ever clay court title in Germany.  He has backed up this victory with successive wins over Kohlschreiber, Raonic, and Nishikori.  Kei Nishikori is a serious threat on clay, and Murray took him down in straight…

Preternatural Petra Kvitova Wins Madrid

Petra Kvitova is the biggest enigma in women’s tennis.  We’ve seen Petra struggle with her health and lose to players with far less talent.  We’ve also seen Petra play two nearly flawless Wimbledon finals, win a year end championship with guts and brilliance, and now demolish her semifinal and championship opponents at Madrid.  Given that…