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…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Murray’s Italian Offensive

The Sixth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 Novak Djokovic – Novak would have stayed at #1 had he lost his first match in Rome. In that respect, his wins over Rafa and Nishikori bolster his position.  Rafa’s game effort, Kei being tough, and Murray winning in Rome make his road to Paris look more interesting though….

Masters Rome 2016: ATP Semifinal Predictions

One more time? Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [LL] Lucas Pouille (FRA) H2H – Pouille may be the luckiest of lucky losers.  He entered Rome with a little over 900 ranking points.  He will add at least 360 points to his ranking total despite not making it through the qualifying rounds in Rome….

Rome 2016: WTA Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. Madison Keys (USA) – Keys has played well in this event, and Muguruza has had some mystifying losses since last year’s Wimbledon championship match.  Still, I think clay favors Muguruza, and her greater comfort on clay will likely be the difference in this match. [1] Serena…

Masters Rome 2016: May 13th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [12] David Goffin (BEL) H2H – Both players have momentum. Andy played well in Madrid while Goffin crushed Berdych.  I like Andy to win this match, but I liked Berdych yesterday (I have to own it to move forward). [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP)…

Rome 2016: May 13th WTA Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. [11] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) – I thought Muguruza might return to her better form in Madrid, but it appears I was one week early.  If Muguruza finds her form and confidence renewed, she will be a contender in Paris. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [9] Svetlana…

Rome 2016: May 12th ATP Predictions

[3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [13] Dominic Thiem (AUT) H2H – I like Roger Federer so long as his health holds up. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – On clay, I like Rafa, but if Kyrgios beats Rafa it would be quite interesting on many levels. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Thomaz Bellucci…

Rome 2016: May 12th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [Q] Christina McHale (USA) – This should be a fun test for Serena, but I think Serena wins. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Can Bouchard string 2 some wins together? [8] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. [11] Timea Bascinszky (SUI) Madison Keys (USA)…

Masters Rome 2016: May 11th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Alexander Zverev (GER) H2H – If Federer is healthy, I like him to advance in a tough match. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [Q] Stéphane Robert(FRA)  H2H – Robert got through qualifying and one round, but he is done. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) H2H – Kohlschreiber…