US Open 2016: August 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – I could see Istomin push this to 4 sets, but Rafa likely wins in 3 or 4 sets. Could this happen again? [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Jerzy looked so promising in 2012 and 2013. [7] Marin Cilic (CRO)…

Cincinnati 2016: Reflections on Semifinal Saturday

Prelude: Burritos to Go? My semifinal Saturday, started with an unexpected surprise.  Before entering the grounds with Mike Kooris (a good friend who is a better tennis player than me), and I went to Chipotle to get less expensive food than what is offered on site.  While eating a tall Canadian entered the restaurant and…

Cincinnati 2016: August 16th ATP Predictions

Steve Johnson’s medal got a few scuffs en route to Cincy. Why? Find out on the live blog –> https://t.co/NFPyALaPVC pic.twitter.com/FUcdqeyCRN — Blair Henley (@BlairHenley) August 15, 2016 Predicted Winners in BOLD (WC) Taylor Fritz VS (Q) Mikhail Youzhny – This is an interesting match of two players at opposite ends of their careers.  I…

Rio Olympic Tennis: The Value of Medals Won in Doubles

Rafa Nadal & Marc Lopez win their QF & reach the medal round. With mixed doubles, Nadal plays 3 matches tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/i586WQ9fiT — Cynthia Tanner (@CJSTanner) August 10, 2016 With most of today’s action wiped out by rain storms, I am going to take a moment to look at doubles.  It is a topic I…

Rio Olympic Tennis: August 6 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Albert Ramos-Vinolas VS (4) Kei Nishikori – Kei should win, but his deep run in Canada may make an adjustment to Rio a bit slower than some other players’ process of adaptation. Malek Jaziri VS (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – I like Tsonga so long as he is feeling healthy. (6) Gael Monfils VS Vasek Pospisil – Pospisil has a canon serve…

Masters Canada 2016: July 27th ATP Predictions

Djokovic is Holding Court Again Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [Q] Dennis Novikov (USA) H2H – Kei should win if he is healthy. [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – Some questions are floating around regarding Novak’s right shoulder and/or elbow.  If he is hampered when serving, this match could…

Masters Canada 2016: July 26th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) H2H – I often am wrong when I pick against Lu in early rounds. [10] Gaël Monfils (FRA) vs. Joao Sousa (POR) H2H – Gael faces a tough opponent, but I like Gael’s chances. [5] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Borna Coric (CRO) H2H – Berdych will likely have…

Washington, DC 2016: July 18th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Daniel Evans (GBR) vs. Benjamin Becker (GER) H2H –  Becker has been winning matches here and there since his 2006 win over Andre Agassi at the US Open. Denis Kudla (USA) vs. John Millman (AUS) H2H – Kudla will need to take care of his serve to advance, but I think he will do just…

Wimbledon 2016: Day 2 Gentlemen’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [WC] Liam Broady (GBR) – I think Andy will advance. [4] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Taylor Fritz (USA) – It will be interesting to see what influence Krajicek brings as part of Stan’s team. [15] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Radek Stepanek (CZE) – This is an…

Nottingham 2016: June 22nd Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (5) Sam Querrey VS (9) Marcos Baghdatis – Both veterans have shown some life recently.  Baghdatis played a little better last week so I will give him the nod. Daniel Evans VS (2) Pablo Cuevas – Cuevas is the #2 seed … Cuevas is the #2 seed. (8) Gilles Muller VS Mikhail Youzhny – Gilles had a great week in Germany…