Djokovic winning Tokyo Kicks off a Non-Chase for #1

This is an opinion piece.  It is my opinion that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would be happy to finish 2019 #1, but that neither of them is overly worried about it. Their current 2019 points stand at: Rafal Nadal – 9225 Novak Djokovic – 7765 This would seemingly be a nearly impregnable lead…

US Open 2019: New Power Ranking Lands Rafa at #1

Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Post-US Open Suffling Rafael Nadal – Rafa won his 4th US Open title and also took home the big trophy in Montreal.  Rafa is #1 here and will soon be #1 on the ATP computer. Novak Djokovic – Djokovic’s epic Wimbledon title gives him 1/2 of 2019’s major haul.  His shoulder is a…

US Open 2019: Can Medvedev Win?

Feeling like 2017 again? or 2010? or 2013? First, Daniil Medvedev has done something many tennis fans have been waiting on from younger players.  He has reached 4-consecutive finals.  He picked up 300 ranking points in Washington, DC, 600 in Montreal, 1000 in Cincinnati, and is going to take home either 1200 or 2000 from…

Montreal 2019: Semifinal Predictions UPDATED

Predictions in BOLD Medvedev vs. Khachanov: From Russia 6-Love? This match features two tall, both stand 198 cm/6’6″ tall, 23-year-old Russians.  Their head-to-head is tied 1-1 with both contests coming on indoor hard courts.  Both players are powerful and smart on the court.  Obviously, this should be a close match.  I do think Medvedev’s strong…

Wimbledon 2019 and Why I Started Writing about Tennis

I remember watching this and wondering, “How is this guy with the physique of a pencil beating a clay court monster like Muster?” even though I loved his shot-making. I have always liked tennis and on different occasions discussed the impact my father as well as Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon triumph had on my interest…

Wimbledon 2019: Federer and Nadal’s Wimbledon Tiebreaks

Earlier in the event, I noticed that Nick Kyrgios had won all 5 tiebreaks played against Rafael Nadal.  Rafa reversed this trend winning vs. Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).  Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal contested their 4th Wimbledon clash today.  While only one set today went to a tiebreak, Roger Federer added to…

Wimbledon 2019: Djokovic & Federer set up Blockbuster Final

Novak Djokovic fought through a game challenge from Roberto Bautista Agut to reach his 6th Wimbledon final.  RBA confirmed that his 5 wins at Wimbledon to reach the semifinal round as well as his wins over Djokovic at Qatar and Miami were not mere luck.  Djokovic proved his metal by regrouping quickly and taking over…

Wimbledon 2019: Semifinal Predictions

Novak Djokovic vs. Roberto Bautista Agut Djokovic is probably at his deadliest on slow hard courts.  His record 7 Australian Open singles titles, and the dominating manner he has won those 7 titles, speak to his dominance.  RBA has beaten Djokovic twice in 2019 on hard courts that historically play pretty slowly: Qatar and Miami. …

Ragnarok for Tennis History this Weekend?

My son is interested in the Avengers in general and Thor in particular.  The rewriting of tennis history that could happen this weekend is massive. Serena Williams can tie Margaret Court for the most singles majors ever (24) while also collecting an 8th Wimbledon crown.  While Serena’s 23 majors all come in the Open Era,…

Wimbledon 2019: Round of 16 Gentlemen’s Predictions

One time only (probably), match predictions are back en masse for the biggest day of the tennis year! Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Rafael Nadal vs Joao Sousa Rafa should win this match.  I think Sousa can make the match somewhat interesting in terms of individual points, but he is going to have to string a lot of…