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,…

Roland Garros: June 1st 2019 Match of the Day -Fognini vs Bautista Agut

Roberto Bautista Agut (18) vs. Fabio Fognini (9) Each player has had an interesting 2019 with some notable wins.  Fabio Fognini beat Rafael Nadal en route to taking the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 shield.  Roberto Bautista Agut has two wins over Novak Djokovic in 2019 with each match taking place on a hard court.  The…

Twitter Highlights from 1-4-2019

Who says tennis is easy on the body? The force on the outside of RBA’s right foot and leg… Leg is nearly straight & outside of his heel is taking on absurd amounts of force. Low centre of gravity so important. Reminder of how brutal tennis is on joints. Which other sports have movements like…

St. Petersburg 2017: Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [8] Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH) – This should be a fun match, but I think the seeded player advances in 2 close sets. [1] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [3] Fabio Fognini (ITA) – This is a tough match to call. Roberto Bautista Agut is the more steady player and dogged competitor.  Fabio Fognini is the better…

Shanghai 2016: ATP Championship Prediction

Andy Murray vs. Roberto Bautista Agut Roberto Bautista Agut has had a great week piling up quality wins and culminating in a semifinal win over world #1 Novak Djokovic.  Or was that the culmination?  Could he possibly beat world #2 Andy Murray and take home a Masters 1000 shield?  He could, but my educated guess…

US Open 2016: September 2nd Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – Youzhny is a good opponent for Novak as I don’t think he can overpower an injured Novak.  Also, Youzhny’s great variety is neutralized a bit by Novak’s speed and anticipation. [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) – Rafa seems closer to his…

US Open 2016: August 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – I could see Istomin push this to 4 sets, but Rafa likely wins in 3 or 4 sets. Could this happen again? [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Jerzy looked so promising in 2012 and 2013. [7] Marin Cilic (CRO)…

Cincinnati 2016: August 16th ATP Predictions

Steve Johnson’s medal got a few scuffs en route to Cincy. Why? Find out on the live blog –> https://t.co/NFPyALaPVC pic.twitter.com/FUcdqeyCRN — Blair Henley (@BlairHenley) August 15, 2016 Predicted Winners in BOLD (WC) Taylor Fritz VS (Q) Mikhail Youzhny – This is an interesting match of two players at opposite ends of their careers.  I…