Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can del Potro pull off another comeback?

I was at a party yesterday talking to a tennis-liking/playing friend of mine and as usual, talked turned to the pro game: Federer's resurgence, Djokovic's toughness, etc.

Then we started talking about Juan Martin del Potro and that wrist of his. Tough break after all that work to rise from the 400s to a spot in the top 10, and now another year lost.

You have to wonder if he has another epic comeback in him. In talking with my friend, I noted how young del Potro is. He  mentioned how it's one thing for Nadal to come back because he's so mentally tough, but how will it be for del Potro? 

I think he'll be able to pull it off: depends, though, how much self-belief the Argentine has.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Djokovic was up too long

Figured I should add a post so I'm not always reminded of my pick being off!

But in case you missed it out there in your Internet tennis reading, I backtracked some and called it on Wawrinka topping him in their QF matchup. Yay me!

It was a fun tournament to watch, but it's time to move on. This weekend is Fed Cup and I have a story coming out tomorrow on Captain America, Mary Joe Fernandez. I'll be tweeting links and all, so hope you'll check it out!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Round of 16s: It's what I do (Australian Open men's and women's predictions)

And here we are: Australian Open time!

With that, I'm going to give you the round-of-16-to-winner picks I do every Slam. I've been batting about .750 on the men over the years, while usually operating on a 50-50 clip for the women.

Anyway, here I go. First with the men:

Round of 16
Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Kei Nishikori (16)
Grigor Dmitrov (22) vs. Juan Martin del Potro (5)
Andy Murray (4) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (21)
Marin Cilic vs. Roger Federer (7)
Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Kevin Anderson (19)
Florian Mayer vs. David Ferrer (3)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) vs. Richard Gasquet (9)
Juan Monaco vs.  Novak Djokovic (2)

Quarterfinals
Nadal vs. del Potro
Murray vs. Federer
Anderson vs. Ferrer
Wawrinka vs. Djokovic

Semifinals
Nadal vs. Federer
Ferrer vs. Djokovic

Finals 
Djokovic over Nadal

For the women:

Round of 16
Serena Williams (1) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Kirsten Flipkens (18) vs. Julia Goerges
Na Li (4) vs. Venus Williams
Elena Vesnina (23) vs. Flavia Pennetta (28)
Shuai Peng vs. Simona Halep (11)
Dominika Cibulkova (20) vs. Maria Sharapova (3)
Agnieszka Radwanska (5) vs. Kaia Kanepi (24)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (19) vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)

Quarterfinals
Williams vs. Flipkens
Li vs. Pennetta
Halep vs. Sharapova
Radwanska vs. Azarenka

Semifinals
Williams over Li; Azarenka over Sharapova

Finals
Williams over Azarenka

(Photo: The Associated Press)


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kinda excited for '14: You?

I promise I didn't give up on '13 because Federer didn't win the US Open as inaccurately predicted in my last post!

I dug what happened throughout the rest of the season: I mean, what can you say about the play of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams post-Open? Amazing, that's what I'll say!

And I think the sport's in an exciting place for the year ahead. For one, these coaching announcements the past few days are bonkers! Becker? Edberg? Chang? Wow. Players are fired up and I am, too.

That being said, I'm going to do everything I can to write everywhere I can: here, The Doubles Alley, various websites--if you'll have me, I'm there for you! : )

So it's onward and upward for the year ahead!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sticking with tradition: U.S. Open predictions from the round of 16 on

It's that time of the year again, where all the stars descend upon the Big Apple—where I happen to be—for the year's final Slam, the U.S. Open.

And I'm going to do what I do here Slam time, give you my picks from the fourth round on.

First, the men:

Fourth round
Djokovic (1) vs. Granollers
Haas (12) vs. Melzer (29)
Murray (3) vs. Seppi (20)
Anderson (17) vs. Berdych (6)
Tursunov (32) vs. Raonic (10)
Janowicz (14) vs. Ferrer (4)
Federer (7) vs. Nishikori (11)
Isner (13) vs. Nadal (2)

Quarterfinals
Djokovic vs. Melzer; Murray vs. Berdych; Tursunov vs. Ferrer; Federer vs. Nadal

Semifinals
Djokovic over Berdych; Federer over Nadal

Finals 
Federer over Djokovic

For the women:

Fourth round
Williams (1) vs. Hampton (23)
Williams vs. Kerber (8)
A. Radwanska (3) vs. Makarova (24)
Jankovic (9) vs. Li (5)
Wozniacki (6) vs. Vesnina (22)
Kirilenko (14) vs. Kuznetsova (27)
Petkovic vs. Stosur (11)
Cibulkova (17) vs. Azarenka (2)

Quarterfinals
S. Williams vs. Kerber; Radwanska vs. Li; Vesnina vs. Kuznetsova; Stosur vs. Azarenka

Semifinals
Williams over Li; Azarenka over Kuznetsova

Finals
Williams over Azarenka

There you go! Enjoy the tournament!

(Photo: Getty Images)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Wimbledon for the ages

Quick post here: just wanted to say how I really loved this past Wimbledon.

Funny thing, though: I only got to watch about two hours of it all total!

Working full-time the past few months has seriously cut into my TV viewing, especially in the mornings. Trying to get a 4-year-old off to camp doesn't exactly help the sitch either.

But I did enjoy finals weekend: that Marion Bartoli win was amazing, and as a dad to a young daughter, I hope to experience that kind of moment her dad did watching his kid's dream come true.

As for Andy Murray's win, what can you say that hasn't been said already. Amazing, historic, phenomenal, wow. I've long been high on what he could do (I was retweeting old stories of mine all weekend). Glad he made me look good!


Friday, May 24, 2013

What the week before the French Open has revealed

So I've never been a big fan of legit contenders playing in those tiny warm-up events the week before Grand Slams. 

Maybe it's a deep-rooted thing from way back in '95, when Andre Agassi played and won nearly every week before the U.S. Open then ran out of steam in the finals. I just think when you have a shot at going for your first or 14th Major, don't play the Aucklands and Strasbourgs of the world.

All of that said, I think this can be one of the most intriguing French Opens in years because of the above train of thought. The very top tier of players on the ATP and WTA tours took the week off from competition. There are three, in particular, to me that really stand out by standing down: David Ferrer, Agnieszka Radwanska and Nicolas Almagro.

Those three have been consistent top-10 threats for years, racking up titles. But they only have one Grand Slam final between them. Granted, they do compete in a pretty tough era, but what if they set their sights higher in regard to scheduling? It looks like that might be the case this year at Roland Garros.

And maybe a Slam breakthrough is in the cards