Djokovic vs. Nadal: It Feels like 2012 to Me

Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal has mowed down his opponents over 6 matches.  While winning 18 of 18 sets, gives Nadal an edge on form, the two sets Djokovic dropped should be of no hindrance to his chances in the final as Djokovic got a physically easy quarterfinal and looked to be in…

Kvitova vs. Osaka Could Be Awesome

Petra Kvitova vs. Naomi Osaka I watched Naomi Osaka take apart Madison Keys in the 2018 US Open semifinal.  It became clear to me that Osaka could hit with power like many on tour and could also scramble and play defense and could also counter-punch turning defense to offense.  At the conclusion of the match,…

Roland Garros 2018: Men’s Thoughts

Not shockingly, I think the top tier of contenders for the 2018 Roland Garros crown is occupied by a lone individual.  Here are my tiers of interest for the second Grand Slam event of 2018: Tier 1 – Rafa Rafael Nadal is ranked #1, the defending champion, a 10-time champion (!), and won Monte Carlo,…

Masters Miami 2018: Men’s Singles Predictions for March 26th

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium  (11 a.m. start) [16] Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) vs. Steve Johnson (USA) – This should be a fun match for anyone with tickets.  These two guys play heady tennis and battle with all they have to offer on a given day. [17] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. [15] Fabio Fognini (ITA) – If Kyrgios is healthy…

Miami Open 2018: March 26th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium (11 a.m. start) [3] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. [13] Sloane Stephens (USA) – Either is capable of winning this match, but Muguruza has a slightly better chance of advancing. [8] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [11] Johanna Konta (GBR) – Venus had a great 2017, but this could be the type of win to propel her toward similar…

Masters Miami 2018: March 23d Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium  (11 a.m. start) [2] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) – Cilic will get a needed win. [9] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Benoit Paire (FRA) – I like Novak to get this win. [5] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. Robin Haase (NED) – JMDP is riding high Grandstand [7] David Goffin (BEL) vs….

Miami Open 2018: March 23rd Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Quick picks today Stadium  (11 a.m. start) [4] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN) – All good things come to an end, but … not yet [8] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [Q] Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) [2] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Monica Puig (PUR) – Will Puig ever rise to the heights she did at the 2016 Olympics?…

Masters Miami 2018: Men’s Singles Predictions for March 22nd

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium (11 a.m. start) Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs. Donald Young (USA) – I wrestled with this prediction.  Mayer should love the slow conditions.  Young is always tough on US soil. Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Nicolas Kicker (ARG) – Tiafoe was #11 in my recent power ranking. Grandstand Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) – Can…

Miami Open 2018: March 22nd Women’s Singles Predictions

Spring has…sprung?#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/tR8IfSJ3cd — Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) March 21, 2018 Why Miami is played in March and Cincinnati in August Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium (11 am. start) [10] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE) – Kerber’s excellent 2016 and strong 2015 seem to be more relevant than her poor 2017 campaign. [1] Simona Halep…

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…