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)…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 14 Predictions

What do I think will happen at the Masters 1000 Emeritus Event?  Read on Predicted Winners in BOLD [14/W] Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. [Q] Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)  H2H – I have come to expect the unexpected with Gael, but I think clay is his best surface. [11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. [LL] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) H2H – Tsonga has [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [Q] Albert…

Monte Carlo 2015: What Most of Us are Missing

I am guessing that most of my readers love tennis.  What more could be added to a gathering of the top players in the world?  For one, an idyllic Mediterranean setting.  Of course, throwing in a cool stadium doesn’t hurt anything either.  I wish I was there. There's plenty at stake to go around in…

Monte Carlo 2015: April 13 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [13] Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) – Any match with Gulbis could go in any direction. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs Borna Coric (CRO) – I’ll pick a mild upset, but I think Coric is the underdog on paper. Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Fognini on clay…

Looking Forward to Monte Carlo?

Tennis Abides will be back to predicting for the Masters 1000 Emeritus Event @rogerfederer #AvataRF pic.twitter.com/lqRZcNMOAk — Nusi (@NusiP) April 10, 2015

Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Monte Carlo – Wawrinka is All In

2014 Power Ranking #5 – Monte Carlo Crowns a New Number One Stanislas Wawrinka – Good to Great … sounds about right.  The 2014 points totals are competitive, but Stan has wins over Rafa, Nole and Federer along with a Slam and Masters 1000 title.  As strange as it sounds to me, Stan is my #1…

Monte Carlo Quick Hits April 16, 2014

Rafael Nadal starts his quest for 9 (NINE!) Monte Carlo titles in 10 years.  Under a lot of grading scales 90% is a B+ or A-, but if ATP Tennis is graded on a curve, Rafa just gave a failing grade to everyone else on tour. Fabio Fognini’s 7-6, 6-4 win over Bautista Agut delivered…