Nick’s Picks- Men’s Final US Open 2013

•September 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Rafael Nadal Vs. Novak Djokovic

This will be an exciting match with worldwide attention. Brings two of the greatest players together. Djokovic is #1, but Nadal is playing some of his best hard court tennis of his career. Nadal is standing much closer to the baseline. His movement is superb. I don’t think that Djokovic is playing as well as he has in the past.

This wont be a quick match. Djokovic will have to play excellent and can not get into too many cross court rallies. It is hard to tell who will win this match, but based on the tournament I think the edge has to go to Nadal.

Nick’s Pick- Nadal

Nick’s Picks- Women’s Final at the 2013 US Open

•September 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Serena Williams vs Victoria azarenka

This is a legacy match. Alot of pressure will be in Serena, Azarenka hitter but can go off some. She won’t be afraid. This is Serena’s house. She is strong on the baseline and not afraid to come in. Serena will have to start early and keep Azarenka out from the start.

Azarenka can not give Serena any tentative serves or she hit them back real fast. Fans of NYC will be on Serena’s side. This will be a heck of a match. Serves will be key.

Nick’s Pick- Serena to win.

Nick’s Picks- Women’s Semis at the US Open

•September 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Victoria Azarenka Vs. Flavia Pennetta 

Pennetta is a magician on the court. She has a pretty darn good serve, but can not match power with power against Azarenka. She must be ready to jump on any defensive ball that Azarenka hits. Azarenka will move Pennetta around. This match will be power vs. finesse. The match will be interesting, but unless Azarenka makes a series of unforced errors she will win the match.

Azarenka must play aggressively but can not go for outright winners.

Nick’s Pick- Azarenka

 

Li Na Vs. Serena Williams 

This will be a very interesting match. Li Na is very confident and very smart. She stands close to the baseline and hits the ball very flat. She forces her opponent to overhit. Serena is power personified. This match will be sheer power. Serena will try to move Li Na around. This will not be an easy match but Serena wins.

Nick’s Pick- Serena

Nick’s Picks- Day 9 at the US Open 2013

•September 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ekaterina Makarova Vs. Li Na

Makarova is on a run knocking out some of the big girls of the tournament. She has a real slappy, dangerous  forehand. Li Na is just tough to beat. She is full of confidence and she will force you to overhit. Li Na’s return of service will give her the edge.

Nick’s Pick- Li Na

 

Novak Djokovic Vs. Marcel Granollers 

Marcel has been on a heck of a run winning some long matches. He has been good at staying in the long battle, but when you play Djokovic you need to do more than just stay in a  battle. I belive those long matches have taken their toll. Djokovic doesnt make too many mistakes and is difficult to beat.

Nick’s Pick- Djokovic

 

Serena Williams Vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Navarro will fight you tooth and nail. This match is power vs. keeping the ball in play. I think Navarro will have a tough time beating the great Serena Williams.

Nick’s Pick- Williams

 

Andy Murray Vs. Dennis Istomin

Few thought that Istomin would be here. I would like to see Murray get off to a quicker start. He has a tendency to start slow, but puts it into gear during the match. He has too much, plus he has the confidence in knowing that he is a grand slam champion.

Nick’s Pick- Murray

 

Nick’s Picks- Day 8 at the US Open 2013

•September 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ana Ivanovic vs Victoria Azarenka

Ana is a great retriever who doesn’t have a great weakness. However she doesn’t have a great strength either. I believe that when you play against Azarenka, who is focused on getting to the finals, you have to have a weapon which Ana doesn’t have. Azarenka is the more aggressive player and will win this match.

Nick’s Pick- Azarenka

 

Tommy Robredo vs. Roger Federer

Robredo doesnt miss too many balls, but he doesnt make too many outright winners. Federer is on a mission playing extremely well. He gets into his forehand as much as he can.

Nick’s Pick- Federer

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber Vs. Rafael Nadal

Philipp is a tough competitor, it is just in his German heritage. He has a great one handed backhand. He moves well and his serve is very good. Nadal will not miss. He will pound Philipp’s one handed backhand with heavy forehands.

Nick’s Pick- Nadal

 

Flavia Pennetta Vs. Simona Halep

Pennetta is a feisty player who is very intelligent. She can hit the ball and moves extremely well. She has been in this type of battle before. Halep has been on a roll this summer. She has one of the best 2 handed backhands. At times her forehand can fly. She can serve well, but she can double fault.

This match will be very interesting, but I think the experience of Pennetta gives her the edge, but don’t be surprised about the upset because Halep has no fear at all.

Nick’s Pick- Pennetta

Nick’s Picks- Day 7 at the US Open

•September 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Andy Murray vs. Florian Mayer

Mayer is an excellent ground striker with no great weakness. To beat Andy you have to be explosive with a couple of big guns. I believe that Murray is taking one step at a time. I find it difficult to believe that Mayer can beat Murray.

Nick’s Pick- Andy Murray

 

 

Sloane Stephens vs Serena Williams

This will be the match of the day to watch. Sloane is America’s next hope. Serena Williams is and must be considered one of the very best in the history of the game. Winning this tournament is a must for her. This will be a high tension match because Serena is the queen and she does not want her throne taken from her. Serena must come out swinging and can’t give Sloane an indication that she may win.

Nicks pick- Serena to win, but who knows what might happen

 

 

Jelena Jankovic vs Li Na

Jelena has made her mind up to be in the top 10 again. She has solid ground strokes and a more aggressive serve. Her movement is as good as it can be.

Li Na is a steady on top of the baseline player. She doesn’t miss. She is very confident and has a good serve. She forces her opponents to miss because she gets everything back.

Nick’s pick- I am smelling a possible upset. Jelena to win

 

 

Tommy Haas vs Mikhail Youzhny 

You don’t hear of Youzhny being a threat to win a grand slam, but he is a fierce competitor with good ground strokes.

Tommy has one if the best one handed backhands of the world with a big forehand. His movement is excellent. He is not afraid to attack the net either. Tommy must control his temperament tomorrow. Can’t break his focus.

Nicks pick- This match won’t be quick, but I think Haas will pull it out.

Nick’s Picks- Day 5 at the US Open

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Li Na vs Laura Robson

Li Na is a grand slam champion and a great entertainer. She has solid ground strokes. Takes the ball very early.

Robson is a lefty coming off a serious hand injury. She is developing an excellent lefty serve. If her wrist does not give her trouble she has a darn good backhand. Her serve must be working. Will have to gamble, you can’t keep the ball in play with li Na.

This will be interesting to see the youngster playing the old timer. Match will be determined by Robson’s ability to cut down on unforced errors.

Nicks pick- slight edge to Li Na due to experience. There should be no pressure on Robson.

 

 

 

Jamie Hampton vs Sloane Stephens

Nice to see 2 Americans in the third round. Both are very promising. Both are hard hitters with great movement. This will put a little more pressure on Stephens because she is higher seeded and playing a fellow American. Stephens cannot press and put pressure on herself.

Nicks pick- edge goes to Stephens

 

 

Novak djokovic vs Benjamin Becker

Becker is a veteran at 32 years old. He has been around a long time. Yes, he can be dangerous, but he is playing against a man that really does not have a weakness. He can do a bit of everything and when he plays like he can this will go to him.

Nicks pick- djokovic

 

 

 

Lleyton Hewitt vs Juan Martin Del Potro

Del potro is a giant. He has a big serve with a steady backhand. He has a killer straight arm forehand. What will happen in this match? Hewitt cannot hit with him, he must throw some angles and high balls. Staying behind the baseline will not be enough to beat Del Potro.

Lleyton refuses to say he is finished. In his mind he is still a youngster. The longer this match goes, can Hewitt keep on counterpunching? For Hewitt to win this match he must rattle Del Potro.

Nicks pick- Del Potro

 

 

Matches to watch

Tommy haas refuses to say he is finished. He is in tip top shape. Come cheer him on.

 

Sabine Lisicki is on a roll, hitting for winners wherever she is. Her serve seems to be clicking too.

 
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