Madrid 2015: Championship Prediction Kuznetsova vs. Kvitova

Svetlona Kuznetsova vs. Petra Kvitova: An Unexpected Final In this corner Raise your hand if you had these two in the final?  Kuznetsova won the 2009 French Open and was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2006.  Kuznetsova may be a good bet for the International Tennis Hall of Fame when she retires if one adds her…

Madrid 2015: ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD I am still sick and missed predicting the WTA semis – good thing as I would have gotten both wrong [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [10] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – If Grigor wins, panic might be warranted by the Rafa fans.  I don’t think that will happen though. [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs…

Masters Madrid 2015: May 7th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD I am a bit ill so these are coming later than usual. Manolo Santana (11 a.m. start) [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) H2H – I like Rafa to advance. [7] David Ferrer (ESP) vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) H2H – This match should be pretty awesome, but in the end I…

Madrid 2015: May 7th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD These are a bit later than usual, but I am under the weather. Manolo Santana (11 a.m. start) [3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs [5] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Already in progress so no prediction [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [10] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) – This match should be a good measuring…

Masters Madrid 2015: May 6th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (This is an incredible slate of matches) [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Steve Johnson (USA) H2H – Johnson is a great story, but not every story has a happy ending. [1] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – I could see this going either way as Roger may be pacing himself for Paris….

Madrid 2015: May 6th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs Caroline Garcia (FRA) – Sharapova is likely to win on what seems to be her best surface. Wrong Surface I know  [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – For a second consecutive match, Serena finds herself benefiting from playing on clay.  Serena adapts to dirt…

Madrid 2015: May 5th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) – I am tempted to call an upset here.  Kvitova’s health is a mystery.  Still, I think Kvitova is slightly favored here as her talent is undeniable. [3] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs [Q] Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) – Maria is heavily favored here. [10]…

Masters Madrid 2015: May 4 ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [11] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Benjamin Becker (GER) H2H – It is pretty amazing Becker is still out there given that his biggest moment came at the 2005 US Open.  On clay, Becker might even have a look at an upset vs. FLo.  Still, Lopez is playing the best tennis of his career, and…

Madrid 2015: May 4 WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) – Kuzy is a tricky veteran who can win big on clay. At this stage of each of their careers, Muguruza should win, but will playing in Madrid inspire her or make her nervous.  If she feels pressure to perform well in Spain, my pick…

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Post Madrid & Rome – Nole Rising

After the injury marred Madrid final, I had no idea how to rank my Top 10 so I did the cowardly sensible thing and waited another week.  So here is a Double Masters 1000 Power Ranking Extravaganza. 2014 Power Ranking #6 – Madrid and Rome (Roam If You Want To) Novak Djokovic – Nole answered questions about…