Roland Garros 2019: Men’s Final Four Prediction

Top Half: Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem The two biggest non-Rafa threats for the 2019 title have a potential semifinal date every tennis fan should look forward to.  Thiem’s wins at Indian Wells and Barcelona as well as close lose to Nole in Madrid should make him believe his 2018 runner-up finish was one of…

Roland Garros 2019: Women’s Final Four Predictions

A couple of matches are already in the books, but I think it is early enough to still give my semifinal predictions. Women’s Semifinal Predictions Top Half: Maria Sakkari vs. Simona Halep  The defending champ is an easy pick for the semis.  Not taking Osaka who has won the past two majors and is ranked #1…

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,…

Australian Open 2019: Draw Impressions

Six titles in the past year ain't bad. Congrats, @Petra_Kvitova. 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/Zl0SOSjBmW — Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) January 12, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Women’s Singles Draw Simona Halep may be the #1 seed, but she got a brutal draw.  If Halep reaches the semifinals, her confidence should be sky high, but many obstacles loom. A Naomi…

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?…