Nishikori vs. Nadal Prediction

Nishikori is in the Top 10 Melbourne, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid prove Kei Nishikori belongs in the top 10.  His talent and recent consistency have Nishikori taking advantage of a year of upheaval in the tennis pecking order.  Michael Chang’s influence as coach has to be lauded as well.  Nishikori could become King of Spain…

Nishikori vs. Ferrer Should Be Something

Ferrer is Focused David Ferrer did not exactly back up his upset of Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo.  He lost to Wawrinka and then lost early in Barcelona.  Nevertheless, Ferrer is one of the top clay court players of the past decade.  He is fit and fights for everything.  His wins in Madrid have him…

Nadal vs. Bautista Agut will give us some Data

Nadal vs. Spain in 2014 Rafael Nadal’s clay court losses to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro along with his near miss vs. Pablo Andujar have raised some questions.  Spaniards had generally wilted in front of Nadal, but in 2014 they have pushed back against their numero uno.  Roberto Bautista Agut has had a bit of…

Madrid Masters 2014: May 5 ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD First Round Albert Ramos vs. Nicolas Mahut – Surfaces don’t matter as much as they once did, but Mahut’s game is not overly tailored to clay courts.  Ramos should advance. Fernando Verdasco vs. Andreas Seppi – Hot sauce is hard to predict, but in the early rounds in his home country,…

Madrid Masters Predictions May 9, 2013

Predicted Winners in BOLD Roger Federer vs. Kei Nishikori – Federer has had a mediocre 2013 by his standards.  He also has points to defend.  I expect Roger to advance, but a loss would not be shocking. Andy Murray vs. Gilles Simon – In 2008, Simon looked like Murray’s mini-me.  This could go either  way on clay.  I still think Murray…

Blue Clay Angst is a Sad Moment for Tennis

Counter Factual Time Imagine the organizers at the Key Biscayne event announcing, “Because we are the last event before the European clay court season starts, we will be changing our tournament from a hard court event to a green clay event as a transition to softer courts.”  Would the same players be up in arms…

Power Ranking for the Week of May 7 – May 13

Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the Week of May 7 through May 13 1.  Novak Djokovic – Novak is the number one player in the world, but he will face challenges to remain number one in 2012. 2. Rafael Nadal – He is the greatest ever on clay.  Can he master blue clay in an elevated…