I don’t have a great deal of time tonight so here’s a selection of predictions with a few comments to some of the more interesting matches. I’ve been out of the loop today, but I am slightly perplexed about the news that Rafael Nadal has appendicitis, but is set to play tomorrow with permission from doctors. Tianjin and Osaka have both gone shockingly well so far for my predictions, meanwhile Linz took a hit today as Camila Giorgi thrashed my champion, Andrea Petkovic. I’ll be back tomorrow with more detailed previews.
Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem: An interesting match as Thiem gets his first shot at Djokovic. I can’t see Thiem getting the win or even a set, particularly as he stated on Facebook that his chances are 5:95% maximum! The fact they have never played will probably go in Thiem’s favour so I expect one of the sets to be close.
Prediction: Djokovic d. Thiem in 2 sets (1 tight, 1 easy)
Andy Murray v Jerzy Janowicz: Murray and Janowicz will play for the second time in a week. Murray defeated Janowicz in three sets in Beijing, coming from a set down to prevail. I’d take Murray to win this in more comfortable fashion.
Prediction: Murray d. Janowicz in 2 tight sets
David Ferrer v Martin Klizan: Ferrer has lost first round in his last two tournaments, meanwhile Klizan had arguably his best ever victory in a sensational win over Rafael Nadal in Beijing. Klizan definitely has chances in this one, but I have a feeling Ferrer might sort his form out.
Prediction: Ferrer d Klizan in 3 sets
Gilles Simon v Stan Wawrinka: My wacky semi-final prediction of Simon nearly blew up early as Simon lost the first set to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Simon recovered to win the next two sets for the loss of one game. It’s risky, but i’m sticking by my original prediction.
Prediction: Simon d. Wawrinka in 3 sets
ATP Shanghai 2nd Round Predictions
Roger Federer d. Leo Mayer in 2 sets
Vasek Pospisil d. Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets
Grigor Dimitrov d. Julien Benneteau in 3 sets
Jack Sock d. Kei Nishikori in 2 sets (or retirement)
Tomas Berdych d. Richard Gasquet in 2 sets
Malek Jaziri d. Wang Chuhan in 3 sets
Milos Raonic d. Juan Monaco in 2 tight sets
Mikhail Youzhny d. Ivan Dodig in 2 sets
John Isner d. Steve Johnson in 2 tight sets
Feliciano Lopez d. Rafael Nadal in 3 sets
WTA Osaka 2nd Round Predictions
Luksika Kumkhum d. Eri Hozumi in 3 sets
Elina Svitolina d. Naomi Osaka in 2 sets
Misaki Doi d. Madison Keys in 3 sets (Madison has an injury?)
Heather Watson d. Yulia Putintseva in 3 tight sets
WTA Tianjin 2nd Round Predictions
Alison Riske d. Olga Govortsova in 3 sets
Sorana Cirstea d. Andrea Hlavackova in 2 sets
Ajla Tomljanovic d. Duan Ying-Ying in 3 tight sets
Varvara Lepchenko d. Liu Fangzhou in 2 sets
WTA Linz 2nd Round Predictions
Marina Erakovic d. Klara Koukalova in 3 sets
Stefanie Voegele d. Anna Schmiedlova in 2 sets
Camila Giorgi d. Ons Jabeur in 3 sets