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…

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…