Ricoh Open 2016: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Someone called for aces? [3] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. [7] Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – Dr. Ivo may be in his mid 30s, but on grass I’ll take the big man. [8-WC] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [5] Sam Querrey (USA) – Both Mahut and Querrey have won titles on grass, but I think…

Ricoh Open 2016: ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [7] Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – On a medium paced or slow surface, I’d take Ferrer 10 out of 10 times.  I am a little iffy about this pick on grass. [2] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. [8-WC] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) H2H – Mahut is always prepared and plays quite…

Ricoh Open 2016: June 8th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. Aljaz Bedene (GBR) H2H – Tomic is always capable of not showing up mentally.  Is he shows up, he should win. [4] Steve Johnson (USA) vs. [WC] Stefan Kozlov (USA) H2H – The NCAA Folk Hero wins this match. [8-WC] Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) H2H – Mahut…

French Open 2016: May 26th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) – Rafa should win this one. [6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – Tsonga should win, but Baghdatis could have a turn back the clock performance and make it interesting. [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN) – Berdych generally…

French Open 2016: May 25th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [Q] Radek Stepanek (CZE) – To Finish 36 36 60 42  – I will stick with Murray,  but this was an odd start to his Roland Garros even if he wins this match from 2 sets down vs. a 37-year-old. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)…

Masters Rome 2016: May 10th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) H2H – Kei has played well on clay as of late so based on his history he may lose here.  I, however, think he will be pretty steady in Rome. [9] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [Q] Filippo Volandri (ITA) H2H – Ferrer doesn’t lose matches…

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…

US Open 2015: September 3rd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] – Murray, minus a 3rd set hiccup, played well in round 1. Steve Darcis (BEL) vs. Roger Federer (SUI) [2] – I think Federer wins this match in straight sets, but Darcis can be tricky. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR) – Stan is clearly capable of doing…

Press Conference Don’ts

I did consider asking Andy Murray if he would consider hoping freight trains to get from Canada to Cincinnati in 2010 after many questions were asked of his 2009 drive from Montreal to Cincinnati.  Wisdom won out, but these mistakes actually happened.  Rippa.com put out a compilation of the 5 worst press conference fails.  They…

Quick Hits: June 15, 2015

My Quick Hits The extra week in the grass season has made the transition to Queen’s Club and Halle not seem nearly as rushed.  I was unsure if this extra week would mean much, but seeing it unfold for the first time as a fan and follower of the sport, I love it. Rafael Nadal picked…