<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 Australian Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/29/roger-federer-vs-rafael-nadal-2017-australian-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a five set win over Stan Wawrinka that took 47 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 72 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off his most draining match yet but should be rather fresh considering he hasn’t played since Thursday morning. Federer did acknowledge a leg injury during his post match press conference, but the 35-year-old is moving well on the court and hasn’t shown any…

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a five set win over Stan Wawrinka that took 47 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 72 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off his most draining match yet but should be rather fresh considering he hasn’t played since Thursday morning. Federer did acknowledge a leg injury during his post match press conference, but the 35-year-old is moving well on the court and hasn’t shown any glaring signs of being hurt. Federer is returning well in this tournament and has given himself 42 break chances in his last three matches. As long as Federer continues to be aggressive and keep his opponent on his toes, you have to like his chances. Federer looks for his first grand slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon and his fifth Australian Open title. Federer has won 11 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a five set win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 57 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been a machine this tournament, as he’s buckled down in tough spots and has been very tough to break overall. He’s looking more and more like the traditional Nadal, who refuses to lose and simply finds a way to come up away with the critical points. However, there have to be serious concerns with Nadal’s fatigue, as this is a drastic turnaround for somebody who just played a five set match that lasted five hours. The match also had a lot of twists and turns that took a lot of emotion to get through. Nadal looks for his first grand slam title since the 2014 French Open and his second career Australian Open crown. Nadal has won 11 of his last 14 grand slam final appearances. Nadal has won eight of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played 34 times in the past and Nadal has won 23 of those meetings. The most recent match was in Basel in 2015, a match Federer won in three sets. Nadal has won five of the last six meetings against Federer, including the last four on hard court. Nadal is also 9-2 against Federer in grand slams.

I find it very tough to bet against Nadal, as the guy is a machine who simply finds a way. I’ve said it before, you have to beat Nadal to beat Nadal. However, I picked Federer to win this tournament before it started and he has to have the advantage given the major rest factor. Nadal is coming off a grueling matchup and it’s only fair to question how much he has left in the tank. The head to head and possibly the play overall may give the edge to Nadal, but I favor Federer simply off the rest advantage.

Give me Federer in a classic Australian Open matchup.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:54:20 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73688
<![CDATA[Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams 2017 Australian Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/28/serena-williams-vs-venus-williams-2017-australian-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Serena Williams and Venus Williams meet in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 92 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Serena has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just eight games in her last two matches. Serena is playing with extreme confidence and finishing her points quickly. Serena dropped just two points on her first serve in her last match, and when she’s…

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams meet in the final of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 92 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Serena has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just eight games in her last two matches. Serena is playing with extreme confidence and finishing her points quickly. Serena dropped just two points on her first serve in her last match, and when she’s that effective, nobody on tour can compete with her even at her age. So far, Serena looks close to being at her peak given her inconsistent play the last couple of years. Serena looks for her seventh Australian Open title and her 23 grand slam title overall. Serena has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.

Venus Williams is coming off a three set win over Coco Vandeweghe that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 77 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Venus was shaky in the beginning of the match and dropped a first set tiebreak, but she turned her game up a notch and simply overpowered a heavy hitter. Venus is playing some of her best tennis in years at the age of 36 and will enter this match with the belief that she can win the title. If Venus can keep her unforced errors total under 30, she’ll give herself an honest shot to take home the trophy. Venus looks for her first Australian Open title, first grand slam title since the 2008 Wimbledon and her eighth title overall. Venus has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played 27 times in the past and Serena has won 16 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 US Open, a match Serena won in three sets. Serena has won six of the last eight matches against Venus and her last loss to her sister came in the 2014 Canadian Masters. Venus has beaten Serena eight times on hard court.

There’s going to be value on Venus in this match considering how poised and confident she looks out there. Even at her age, Venus looks energized and is really hitting the ball well. However, Serena has been the more consistent player this tournament and is providing far less chances for her opponent to hang around. The only question with Serena is the fact she is playing her sister and the emotions tend to takeover and lead to matches being closer than they probably should be. In the end, Serena is in better form, the better player overall and is playing for way too much, which includes recapturing her No. 1 spot in the world.

I’ll take Serena to win the Australian Open.

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 02:31:13 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73610
<![CDATA[Grigor Dimitrov vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/27/grigor-dimitrov-vs-rafael-nadal-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Grigor Dimitrov and Rafael Nadal meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 75 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov is finally starting to show some consistency, as he has yet to lose a match this year and is now in his second career grand slam semifinal. Talent was never the issue with Dimitrov, it was always about getting over those hiccups and his nerves when times…

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Grigor Dimitrov and Rafael Nadal meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 75 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov is finally starting to show some consistency, as he has yet to lose a match this year and is now in his second career grand slam semifinal. Talent was never the issue with Dimitrov, it was always about getting over those hiccups and his nerves when times got shaky. Dimitrov has won his last six sets and has won no less than 75 percent of his first set points in his last three matches. Dimitrov has 16 career wins over top-10 players, three of which have come already this season. Dimitrov hopes to make his first career grand slam final. Dimitrov has won 10 straight matches on hard court.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 83 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is starting to look more like Nadal, as he’s sliced and diced back-to-back top-10 players and heads into the semifinals rather fresh. Nadal has racked up 104 winners in his last three matches and is serving at a very high level, as he’s been broken just six times in his last four matches. Believe it or not, but Nadal is in his first grand slam semifinal since the 2014 French Open. Nadal hopes to make his fourth career Australian Open final. Nadal has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played eight times in the past and Nadal has won seven of those meetings. The last match was in the 2016 Bejining Open, a match Dimitrov won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to decide.

This clearly looks like the breakout season for Dimitrov many have been waiting to see. But is he at the point where he can beat a determined machine in Nadal? I’m not sure. Dimitrov still has brain farts from time to time and leaves openings for his opponent. If that happens here, Nadal will take advantage and run away with this match. It’s the same reason I couldn’t pick Monfils against Nadal. You have to beat Nadal to beat Nadal, and I’m not sure Dimitrov is that consistent yet.

I’ll take Nadal in a close match that goes four sets.

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Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:51:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73445
<![CDATA[Serena Williams vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/26/serena-williams-vs-mirjana-lucic-baroni-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Serena Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 88 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Serena has yet to drop a set this tournament and is now the head and shoulders favorite to win the tournament based on the rest of the draw. Serena is serving well, hitting her spots and has yet to waste unnecessary energy to win a match. When Serena is…

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Serena Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 88 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Serena has yet to drop a set this tournament and is now the head and shoulders favorite to win the tournament based on the rest of the draw. Serena is serving well, hitting her spots and has yet to waste unnecessary energy to win a match. When Serena is in this form and doesn’t give her opponent any breathing room, she’s pretty much unbeatable. Serena hopes to make her eighth career Australian Open final. Serena has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is coming off a three set win over Karolina Pliskova that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Lucic-Baroni won 70 percent of her first serve points and 33 percent of her second serve points. Lucic-Baroni is having fun out on the court and has hit no less than 33 winners in each of her five matches. Lucic-Baroni is serving well and has been the feel good story of the tournament on either side. Lucic-Baroni is in her first grand slam semifinal since the 1999 Wimbledon and can beat three top-10 players in one season for the first time in her career. Lucic-Baroni also hopes to make her first career grand slam final. Lucic-Baroni has won seven of her last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played twice in the past and Serena has won both meetings. The most recent match was in the 1998 Wimbledon, a match Serena won in 15 games. This will be the second meeting on hard court.

Lucic-Baroni is a feel good story and it’s nice to see her have some serious success on a big stage for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, Serena is looking like Serena and she can see the finish line with players who respectfully weren’t supposed to make it deep in this tournament. There’s not much a 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni can do in this match.

The tennis world would be shocked if Serena was tripped up in this match.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:06:51 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73439
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/26/roger-federer-vs-stan-wawrinka-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Mischa Zverev that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 69 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Federer had a much needed quick match in which he had just 13 unforced errors and faced two break points. Besides his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori, Federer really hasn’t had to work hard in this tournament, which should mean there’s a lot left in the…

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Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Mischa Zverev that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 69 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Federer had a much needed quick match in which he had just 13 unforced errors and faced two break points. Besides his fourth round match against Kei Nishikori, Federer really hasn’t had to work hard in this tournament, which should mean there’s a lot left in the tank for the 35-year-old to cross the finish line. As long as Federer continues to serve the way he has up to this point, he has to like his chances. Federer looks to make his fourth grand slam final since the 2014 season. Federer has won 10 of his last 11 matches on hard court.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 71 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka has won his last nine sets played and he’s been strong in the biggest moments, which includes winning all five tiebreaks. Wawrinka has won no less than 71 percent of his first serve points and has been broken just eight times in his last four matches. Wawrinka seems dialed in right now and should be rather confident, especially if he can have another match of less than 30 unforced errors. Wawrinka looks to reach his fourth career grand slam final. Wawrinka has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played 21 times and Federer has won 18 of those meetings. The most recent meeting was in the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won five of the last six matches against Wawrinka and his last loss came in the 2015 French Open.

Federer was my pick to win the Australian Open before the tournament started and he’s done nothing to make me jump off that train. Federer is serving well and is his usual sharp self on the return. Wawrinka won’t be an easy out given his shotmaking and serving power, but the head to head is glaring and will play a part if Roger gets off to a fast start. This could be the match where we see the sloppy Wawrinka who presses a little too much.

Give me Federer to advance to the final.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:56:03 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73277
<![CDATA[Venus Williams vs. Coco Vandeweghe 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/25/venus-williams-vs-coco-vandeweghe-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 57 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world at 35 years old and is now in her first grand slam semifinal since the 2010 US Open. Venus has yet to drop a set this tournament and has produced a combined 66 winners in her last two matches. The one concern…

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Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 57 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world at 35 years old and is now in her first grand slam semifinal since the 2010 US Open. Venus has yet to drop a set this tournament and has produced a combined 66 winners in her last two matches. The one concern with Venus is her serve, with was subpar in her last match and has to improve in order to advance. Venus hopes to make her first grand slam final since the 2009 Wimbledon. Venus has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.

Coco Vandeweghe is coming off a straight sets win over Garbine Muguruza that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 88 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Vandeweghe is by far the surprise of the tournament, as she’s had little to no grand slam success besides a quarterfinal appearance in the 2015 Wimbledon. Nonetheless, Vandeweghe has lost just nine games in her last two matches and has won no less than 78 percent of her first serve points in her last three matches. Serving at that percentage will make this a successful 2017 season for Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe now has 10 career wins over top-10 players. Vandeweghe hopes to make her first career grand slam final. Vandeweghe has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.

The only meeting between these two was in last years Rome Masters, a match Venus won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide.

We have the experience and the legend American in Venus against one of the future star Americans in Vandeweghe, who is just 25 years old. Should be a good one. And while a possible Venus-Serena final would be terrific and would kill ratings, Vandeweghe has the power and the shotmaking to really tilt this match in her favor. Venus will have a hard time keeping up with Vandeweghe and if she serves like she did in her last match, the feisty Vandeweghe will eat her alive.

I wouldn't mind being wrong on this one, but I see Vandeweghe winning this match.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:49:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73268
<![CDATA[Serena Williams vs. Johanna Konta 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/24/serena-williams-vs-johanna-konta-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Serena Williams and Johanna Konta meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Barbora Strycova that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 63 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Serena is coming off her sloppiest match yet, as she racked up 46 unforced errors and wasn’t consistent with her serve at all. Those subpar performances in Serena standards seem to be a trend later in grand slam tournaments and have left the door open for…

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Serena Williams and Johanna Konta meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Barbora Strycova that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 63 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Serena is coming off her sloppiest match yet, as she racked up 46 unforced errors and wasn’t consistent with her serve at all. Those subpar performances in Serena standards seem to be a trend later in grand slam tournaments and have left the door open for potential upsets. The good news for Serena is that she’s won 12 of her last 13 sets and has given herself a combined 22 break chances in her last two matches. Serena has a chance to make her 10th straight grand slam semifinal. Serena has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.

Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Ekaterina Makarova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 80 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Konta has played no more than 18 games in each of her last three matches and the confidence seems to be building for the 25-year-old. Konta has just 50 combined unforced errors in her last three matches and is winning no less than 76 percent of her first serve points this tournament. It’s now about taking those next steps in grand slam play for the rising superstar, as she’s made back-to-back Australian Open quarterfinals. Konta has 11 career victories over top-10 players, eight of which have come since the start of last season. Konta hopes to make her second career grand slam semifinal. Konta has won nine straight matches on hard court.

This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.

Konta is slicing and dicing her opponents and that’s with an above-average draw, as her last three wins came against top-50 players, including a former No. 1 in Caroline Wozniacki. Konta is more than capable of winning this match and I wouldn’t talk you out of it if you decided to back her given her momentum. However, Serena plays her best against opponents she respects, and although this will be the first meeting, she’s well aware of Konta’s accomplishments as of late.

I have to back the experience and take Serena in this match.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:03:29 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73136
<![CDATA[Stan Wawrinka vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/23/stan-wawrinka-vs-jo-wilfried-tsonga-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 80 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka has played tiebreaks in his last four sets and has managed to be on the winning side every time. Wawrinka has dropped 33 aces in his last two matches and has won no less than 73 percent of his first serve points this tournament. As long as Wawrinka…

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Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Andreas Seppi that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 80 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka has played tiebreaks in his last four sets and has managed to be on the winning side every time. Wawrinka has dropped 33 aces in his last two matches and has won no less than 73 percent of his first serve points this tournament. As long as Wawrinka can manage his unforced errors and avoid a letdown, he’ll have a good chance to win his second career Australian Open. Wawrinka hopes to make his eighth career grand slam semifinal. Wawrinka has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is coming off a four set win over Daniel Evans that took 41 games to decide. In the victory, Tsonga won 81 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Tsonga has played eight sets in his last two matches but is tough to rattle given that he’s won no less than 80 percent of his first serve points this tournament. When you add those serve numbers with Tsonga’s returning ability, he’s proving to be one of the tougher players in the field to eliminate. Tsonga is in his third straight grand slam quarterfinal. Tsonga also hopes to make his seventh career grand slam semifinal and second since the 2014 season. Tsonga has won six of his last seven matches on hard court.

These two have played seven times in the past and Wawrinka has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 French Open, a match Wawrinka won in four sets. Tsonga’s last win over Wawrinka came in the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters, as he’s lost three straight matches. This will be just the second time these two play on hard court.

Wawrinka will be the sexy pick in this matchup, but I give the edge to Tsonga given his return ability. Wawrinka isn’t the best returner and will struggle against Tsonga in that department. The difference is Jo-Wilfried will give himself break chances and should be able to take advantage of Wawrinka’s aggressiveness. I just think Tsonga has been a tad more consistent this tournament and will make less errors in this match.

Give me Tsonga for the minor upset.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:58:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73046
<![CDATA[Coco Vandeweghe vs. Garbine Muguruza 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/23/coco-vandeweghe-vs-garbine-muguruza-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Coco Vandeweghe and Garbine Muguruza meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Coco Vandeweghe is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 78 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Vandeweghe is easily coming off the biggest win of her career and will play in her second grand slam quarterfinal. Vandeweghe has dropped just one set this tournament and has produced a combined 70 winners in her last two matches. We knew Vandeweghe…

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Coco Vandeweghe and Garbine Muguruza meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Coco Vandeweghe is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 78 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Vandeweghe is easily coming off the biggest win of her career and will play in her second grand slam quarterfinal. Vandeweghe has dropped just one set this tournament and has produced a combined 70 winners in her last two matches. We knew Vandeweghe had the power and the shotmaking to be a solid player, it’s just a matter of consistency and putting everything together. Vandeweghe has nine career victories over top-10 players. Vandeweghe hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the first time in her career. Vandeweghe has won five of her last six matches on hard court.

Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Sorana Cirstea that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 86 percent of her first serve points and 77 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza seems to have put a rough end of 2016 behind her, as she’s looking like the confident and deadly player who won the French Open. Muguruza is serving at an elite percentage and has won her last 11 sets played if you don’t count the match against Alize Cornet in which she retired. Muguruza also has 15 or less unforced errors in two of her last three matches, something she has to be proud of considering her struggles towards the end of last season. Muguruza hopes to make her third career grand slam semifinal. Muguruza has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played three times in the past and Vandeweghe has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Cincinnati Masters, a match Muguruza won in straight sets. Vandeweghe’s last win over Muguruza came in the 2014 Wimbledon.

This could be Vandeweghe’s coming out party and it could set up a very successful 2017 season for the American. The problem is we haven’t seen her put together consistent performances and it’ll be interesting to see how she rebounds from such a monster victory. Muguruza seems dialed in and is showing flashes of the No. 2 player she was six months ago.

This should be a fun match, but you have to like Muguruza to get the victory.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:34:51 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73043
<![CDATA[Mischa Zverev vs. Roger Federer 2017 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/01/23/mischa-zverev-vs-roger-federer-2017-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Mischa Zverev is coming off a four set win over Andy Murray that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 66 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Zverev now has six career wins over top-10 players, but his win over Murray is easily the biggest win of his life at 29 years old. Zverev hit 52 winners in the victory and managed to convert on eight of 17 break chances. Zverev has had zero grand slam success before…

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Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Australian Open.

Mischa Zverev is coming off a four set win over Andy Murray that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 66 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Zverev now has six career wins over top-10 players, but his win over Murray is easily the biggest win of his life at 29 years old. Zverev hit 52 winners in the victory and managed to convert on eight of 17 break chances. Zverev has had zero grand slam success before this tournament, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the moment and if he can continue to play at this level. Zverev hopes to make the semifinals of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Zverev has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Roger Federer is coming off a five set win over Kei Nishikori that took 49 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 80 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Federer continues to serve extremely well when he’s getting his first serve in play, and he’s coming off a match in which he had 83 winners. Federer has 32 aces in his last two matches and is going to be tough to beat if he continues to hit his spots the way he has this tournament. The concern for Federer is obvious fatigue, as a five set match can’t be good for a 35-year-old who is trying to win his first major since the 2012 season. Federer hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the fifth straight appearance. Federer has won nine of his last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played twice in the past and Federer has won both meetings. The most recent match was in Halle back in 2013, a match Federer won in 12 games. Zverev has won eight games in two matches against Federer.

No disrespect to Zverev, but Federer has to be doing backflips that he didn’t have to play Murray in this spot. Zverev has very little success against the top players in the world, had to play out of his mind to beat Murray and has no grand slam success heading into this tournament. Beating Murray and Federer in back-to-back matches given his career would be one of the biggest upsets over the last decade. It’s not going to happen.

Look for Federer to get two wins away from a Australian Open title.

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