US Open 2016: August 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – I could see Istomin push this to 4 sets, but Rafa likely wins in 3 or 4 sets. Could this happen again? [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Jerzy looked so promising in 2012 and 2013. [7] Marin Cilic (CRO)…

US Open 2016: Quick Thoughts on the Men’s Draw

Novak Djokovic’s Quarter The defending champion and number one seed received no favors with this draw.  Big hitters Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, and Kevin Anderson have at times pushed/troubled Novak Djokovic.  Jerzy Janowicz is not in Bercy 2012-Wimbledon 2013 form so the first round should not be a major issue.  Djokovic’s biggest obstacle is 2014…

Cincinnati 2016: ATP Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (1) Andy Murray VS (4) Milos Raonic – Milos has faced Andy Murray at the Australian Open semifinal, Queen’s Club final, and Wimbledon final.  In each case, Milos finished on the losing end of these encounters.  Can today be different?  It might.  Milos Raonic has increased his net attacks in 2016…

Cincinnati 2016: ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Steve Johnson VS Grigor Dimitrov – I am torn on this match.  Johnson won a bronze medal in doubles and pulled a huge upset over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to secure his spot as the top ranked US male in singles.  He is basking in good vibes. Grigor Dimitrov is playing his best tennis since…

Cincinnati 2016: August 18th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Grigor Dimitrov VS (2) Stan Wawrinka – Grigor appears to be playing much better than some of his earlier 2016 form.  Still, I think Stan wins the battle of one-handed backhands by serving bigger than Grigor and pushing him backward during rallies. Borna Coric VS (3) Rafael Nadal – Coric won a gut-check match last evening after…

Cincinnati 2016: Matching Players to Kentucky Bourbons

Masters Cincinnati is close enough to Kentucky that visitors can likely find more bourbon options than they have at home.  This is particularly true if one jaunts south of the Ohio River into Kentucky to a place like The Party Source.  Bill Straub, friend of Tennis Abides, and bourbon expert from Modern  Thirst took my descriptions…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Wins Toronto for 30th Shield!

The 8th Tennis Power Ranking 0f 2016 Novak Djokovic – His serve at times looked shaky in Toronto, but his win gives Novak a record 30th Masters 1000 shield and 1000 extra points in his lead over Andy Murray.  His wins over Berdych, Monfils, and Nishikori all make Wimbledon a more distant memory.   Andy Murray…

Masters Canada 2016: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs.  Kevin Anderson (RSA) H2H – This could be a really good match.  I think Stan will win because his game is more well rounded.  Still, Anderson might avenge last year’s US Open loss to Stan.   [3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Grigor has shown…

Masters Canada 2016: July 28th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Rajeev Ram (USA) H2H – Ram could win, but he is certainly not the favorite. [2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [16] Jack Sock (USA) H2H – Stan should win, but typically his Masters 1000 results are pretty scattered so a Sock win should not be discounted. [4] Milos…