Djokovic vs. Nadal: 51

Nadal when asked if he misses playing against Djokovic: “It’s better to not play him.” — Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) May 19, 2018   Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will square-off for the 51st time tomorrow.  That alone is noteworthy, but when one considers how tightly meshed their careers have been, especially since early 2011, it…

Opinion: Djokovic’s Union and Becker’s Trophies

Novak is not facing Pinkerton Strike Breakers Novak Djokovic’s move to discuss forming a new union prior to the Australian Open commencing was an interesting move.  I don’t think it was a bad one either.  Many people lept at the idea that Djokovic had made enough money and did not need more.  Many stories exist…

Australian Open 2018: January 22nd Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) – Federer has won 3 matches quickly and at night.  If he gets a 4th quick win in the day, the 36-year-old defending champion will be looking at needing 9 sets with some rest built into the system to win major #20.  It is…

Australian Open 2018: Day 4 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [14] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Gaël Monfils (FRA) – Djokovic is 14-0 vs. Monfils.  I expect 15-love to be the result of this match. [2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) – Federer trying to avoid the fate of the gazelles. [5] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [Q] Denis Kudla (USA) – Kudla is…

Tennis Head-to-Head Winning Streaks

This tweet came up ahead of the Monfils-Djokovic match.  I don’t imagine Ivan Lendl is being invited to a ton of events at the Mayotte or Gilbert households.   #AusOpen Thursday preview: Gael Monfils aims for his 1st Tour-level win against Novak Djokovic on his 15th attempt. pic.twitter.com/99AhcfjmKv — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) January 17, 2018…

Australian Open 2018: Day 2 Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) – The big man is seeded 4th and capable of hammering his way to a title.  Someone has to step up at some point from the younger tiers of players.  Zverev is as good of a pick as any among the younger players at…

French Open 2017: Men’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [20] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) – This is a lot like Rafa’s last match.  Rafa should win against a gritty player from Spain.  Nadal is the Clay GOAT and is in excellent form in 2017, but I have to also think he is in the heads of…

French Open 2017: June 4th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) [15] Gael Monfils (FRA).vs [24] Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-5 – to be completed – Once a match starts, I always stick with my original pick even if someone is down 0-6, 0-6, 0-5. This looks like a 50-50 match. [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [19] Albert Ramos-Vinolas…

French Open 2017: June 2nd Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD: I wish I had a Ticket to This Slate of Matches Court Philippe-Chatrier (11 a.m. start) [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) – Rafa’s biggest concern may be peaking too early in the 2017 clay season.  He should ease into the final 16. [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Diego…

French Open 2017: May 31st Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Renzo Olivo (ARG) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] To Finish 7-5 6-4 6-7(6) 5-4 – I have to stick with my original pick, but Tsonga is close to the exit. Robin Haase (NED) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] – Rafa rolls Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) – This could…

French Open 2017: May 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2] – This is a terrible draw for both men.  I think Djokovic wins in 3 or 4 sets, but Granollers has round of 16 to quarterfinal potential against a generic draw.  The Djokovic-Agassi partnership gets a stiff test out of the gate. Alexander Zverev (GER)…