Tennis Power Ranking 2017 #4: Nadal as the Count of Monte-Carlo

Nadal Needed No Escapes in Monte-Carlo Roger Federer – Roger stays at #1 for now, but his minimalist approach to clay in 2017 will likely not leave him at #1 beyond Madrid or Rome depending on who wins those events.   Rafael Nadal – Rafa holding 10 Monte-Carlo titles is insane.  It will take a clay court…

Monte-Carlo 2017: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT RAINIER III (11:30 a.m. start) [11] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. [15] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) H2H – This is the undercard match, but the winner will have 600 points in the bank and a shot at 1000 on Sunday.  I like Pouille’s game and talent a lot.  Albert Ramos-Vinolas backed up his…

Monte Carlo 2017: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. [15] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) H2H – Cilic is having his first good event since Acapulco.  Ramos-Vinolas just upset the world #1 and is due for a letdown.  I think Cilic wins in a fairly straightforward manner. [11] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. [16] Pablo Cuevas (URU) H2H –…

Monte Carlo 2017: April 20th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT RAINIER III (11 a.m. start) [1] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [15] Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) H2H – Andy Murray had some clay breakthroughs last year.  Can he break all the way through in 2017? [3] Stan Wawrinka(SUI) vs. [16] Pablo Cuevas (URU) H2H – If one of the top 4 seeds is going…

Monte Carlo 2017: April 19th Predictions

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Andy Murray is upbeat about his chances at the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/MonteCarloMasters?src=hash”>#MonteCarloMasters</a&gt; as he returns to action following a month out. <a href=”https://t.co/H3JiFhPBzw”>https://t.co/H3JiFhPBzw</a&gt; <a href=”https://t.co/5ThnJz6FCe”>pic.twitter.com/5ThnJz6FCe</a></p>&mdash; Tie Break Tens (@tiebreaktens) <a href=”https://twitter.com/tiebreaktens/status/854328206140329984″>April 18, 2017</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT RAINIER III (11 a.m. start) [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)…

Monte Carlo 2017: April 18th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT RAINIER III (11 a.m. start) [11] Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Ryan Harrison (USA) H2H – The surface likely favors Pouille even if his 2017 has not been sparkling to this point. [7] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. [Q] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) H2H – Tsonga has had some big wins in 2017. [2] Novak…

Monte Carlo 2016: Nadal vs. Monfils Championship Prediction

Rafael Nadal vs. Gael Monfils Gael Monfils was not the expected finalist, but his play at Masters Miami was excellent so he is in a nice spot in terms of playing strong tennis on two different surfaces.  Monfils also made a quarterfinal appearance in Melbourne and was a runner-up in Rotterdam earlier this year.  Monfils…

Monte Carlo 2016: April 11th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [WC] Andrey Rublev (RUS) H2H – This should be fun, but Zverev is very solid. [13] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – Again this should be fun, but Gael should win if he plays along the lines of how he played in Miami. [9] Richard Gasquet…

Monte-Carlo 2015: Djokovic vs. Berdych Championship Prediction

Being sick and having sick kids caused me not to have a prediction for the most anticipated match since the Australian Open – sorry about that Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych These two played an interesting match in Dubai not too long ago.  Berdych has been quite consistent in 2015, but he needs to add…

Monte-Carlo 2015: April 17th Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) v [4] Milos Raonic (CAN) H2H – Milos leads their head-to-head 3-1, but all of the matches have been fairly close and none of the 4 were on clay.  I think Milos is currently playing big matches better than Berdych has in recent months.  Therefore, I think Milos wins…

Monte-Carlo 2015: April 16th Predictions for a Sweet 16

Predicted Winners in BOLD This is a great schedule of matches [7] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v [9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Someone forgot to tell these two that one-handed backhands are an endangered species.  Stan’s form was great in his opening match, but somehow I think Grigor finds a way in 3 sets. [WC/14] Gael Monfils…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 15 Predictions or Special IRS Edition

Predicted Winners in BOLD What a picturesque venue [7] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Juan Monaco (ARG) H2H – I am quite tempted to pick an upset here, but Stan has done well when defending titles. [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] Lucas Pouille (FRA) H2H – Rafa will be tested in Monte Carlo but not in this match. [2] Roger Federer (SUI)…