Roger Federer is Back to #1 with his 97th Career Title

Roger Federer is #1 again.  He is the oldest #1 in history supplanted Andre Agassi in that category.  Given that he defends 2000 combined points at Indian Wells and Miami, I am not sure that it will be a long reign.  Still, it is fairly unbelievable.  If Rafa wins Acapulco, where the Spaniard is defending…

My History of Favorable Treatment from Tournaments toward Stars

Roger Federer’s frequent night play on Rod Laver Arena sparked some controversy at this year’s Australian Open. I will start with 1991 because I recall the write-up of Jimmy Connors 1991 US Open run mentioning him asking for and receiving extra night matches. Could Connors have run like this during the day and recovered as…

Australian Open 2018: Federer vs. Cilic Championship Prediction

Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic This should be a good match.  It may be a straight set match, but I expect that the winner and perhaps the runner-up will play well in this final.  Marin Cilic is in his 3rd career major final and has momentum both from beating people he should but also by…

Australian Open 2018: Federer vs Chung Preview

Roger Federer vs. Hyeon Chung I really have no feel for how this match will unfold. Roger Federer is clearly the favorite as he is the #2 seed and defending champion.  Federer has a big experience advantage. Chung has younger legs and even with a night match and with Federer having won all of his…

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…

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…

Tennis Abides 2017 Men’s Awards

  Having laid out that I am not a huge fan of bestowing honors not won or lost on the court, I will throw out my ATP awards for the 2017 season. Players of the Year: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer  Rafa put up the better computer numbers, but Roger dominated their head-to-head matches.  Rafa…

ATP World Tour Finals 2017: Day 3 Round Robin Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. [8] Jack Sock (USA) H2H – The winner of this match will keep his semifinal hopes realistically alive.  Cilic has more experience and a more well rounded game.  Jack Sock has his massive forehand and momentum from winning in Paris.  Sock leads their head-to-head 2-0 with both wins coming in 2016 (Davis Cup…