China Open and Japan Open 2017: ATP Championship Predictions

Dear readers,  Sorry about not posting semifinal predictions for either event.  I was sick (2017 has not been great with my health).  Here are my takes on the two championship matches. China Open: Rafael Nadal vs. Nick Kyrgios Rafa has been pushed in this event.  He has also responded.  A win here puts Roger Federer…

China Open 2017: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [6] John Isner (USA) – I don’t think Rafa enjoys playing Isner much.  Rafa wins two ways: excellent play and grinding his opponent’s mental and physical game down.  Isner hits so many aces that this grinding style doesn’t impact him as much.  Isner led 2 sets…

China Open 2017: October 4th ATP Predictions

It’ll be @delpotrojuan against Dimitrov in Beijing R2 🍿💥#ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/lRlDUfg4OB — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 3, 2017   Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Mischa Zverev (GER) – This is a classic Kyrgios trap match.  If he plays with poise, he should win.  The older Zverev will attack often enough giving Kyrgios…

Masters Miami 2017: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA) H2H – I have been bullish on Fognini this entire event.  I think Rafa has enough defensive skills as well as shot-making ability of his own to diffuse a red hot Fognini.  Fognini has claimed some big wins over Nadal, but the odds are…

Masters Miami 2017: March 30th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [10] Tomas Berdych (CZE) H2H – Berdych is capable of winning this match, but history tells us he is the decided underdog.  Roger Federer is likely to play a light clay court schedule so he could be motivated to grab as many computer points as possible in…

Indian Wells 2017: March 17th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [9] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [15] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) H2H – If Kyrgios serves like he did in his 2 recent wins vs. Novak Djokovic, this pick will look foolish.  I think Federer is riding high mentally after picking up his 2nd win of 2017 vs. Rafael Nadal.  Also, playing during the…

Shanghai 2016: October 12th ATP Predictions

Finally Grigor beats Rafa! Makes me really happy ! Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov 2016 Beijing China Open QF https://t.co/Og3fDzCnVf — Vall (@Val_Lyubomirova) October 7, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium (1 p.m. start) [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [Q] Kyle Edmund (GBR) H2H – I like Stan to win this match, but not nearly…

Japan Open 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Tokyo’s draw seemed softer than Beijing’s at the outset, but I am not sure that the quality of the final four at each ATP 500 level event is terribly different. (5) David Goffin VS (4) Marin Cilic – Cilic played well at Queen’s Club, Wimbledon, the Rio games, and Cincinnati.  His mystifyingly poor US Open…