French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal Wins his 10th Roland Garros Title

That moment you make tennis history No man had previously won a single Slam on 10 occasions in the Open era The came Rafa Nadal#LaDecima pic.twitter.com/zYu3voXQuQ — BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) June 11, 2017 Stan Wawrinka was utterly dominated by Rafael Nadal.  Stan faced a player who was hitting the ball freely while defending the court…

French Open 2017: Ostapenko’s Triumph

I did not pick Jelena Ostapenko to win the 2017 Roland Garros title.  Her free-swinging game was a great revelation over the past two weeks.  She serves with snap.  Her forehand is nasty.  Her backhand can do damage.  She moves well and plays with enthusiasm.  Her victory sends notice to the world that she could…

French Open 2017: Men’s Championship Prediction – Nadal vs. Wawrinka

Rafael Nadal vs. Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal is 9-0 in Roland Garros championship matches.  Stan Wawrinka is 3-0 in major finals.  Who wins?  Who keeps his streak?  I think there is a clear on paper favorite.  However, I think this match is much closer than what the paper says.  Rafael Nadal is the most dominant…

French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem Prediction

Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem In one year, the tables may be turned when these two face-off on clay (particularly if Thiem wins this match).  However, right now we have a younger player trying to establish himself on his best surface versus the best player ever on this surface.  Thiem did unseat Rafa in Rome…

French Open 2017: Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka Prediction

They meet again in the same spot.  Will the result be the same?     Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3] This is a hard match to predict.  The world #1 is playing his best clay court tennis since Roland Garros 2016.  Stan Wawrinka is the 2015 champion and seems to be in one…

French Open 2017: Women’s Semifinal Predictions

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [30] This half of the draw went as far away from form as possible.  The #30 seed is the numeric favorite vs. an unseeded opponent.  Both players have perhaps altered their careers with this semifinal run.  I think Bacsinszky has a bit more momentum heading into this match…

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 7th Women’s Singles Predictions

Sorry About Not Posting for June 6th – A lot of Craziness in Life Prevented Me from Doing So Predicted Winners in BOLD Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) [2] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs [28] Caroline Garcia (FRA) (not before 2 p.m.) – The French crowd may be a major factor.  Clay is also not the best surface…

French Open 2017: June 5th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Andy Murray (GBR) [1] vs. Karen Khachanov (RUS) – Murray should win, but I think he’d prefer to be playing Isner. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA) [15] – Match of the Day in my view Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN) [8] – If Nishikori can’t stay on top of the baseline and…

French Open 2017: June 5th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [21] vs. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] – Halep seems to be the favorite in what has been an all-around crazy French Open.  I think Halep can ground CSN’s game. Caroline Garcia (FRA) [28] vs. Alizé Cornet (FRA) – Cornet is a contender. Elina Svitolina (UKR) [5] vs. Petra Martic (CRO) – Svitolina has had…

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 4th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) [8] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [11] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – This is a tricky match to predict.  I am not sure where either player produces enough pressure to break the other down.  I think Kuznetsova has more firepower and winning experience in Paris, but she is…