<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Kevin Anderson vs. Kei Nishikori 2017 Geneva Open Quarterfinals Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/05/26/kevin-anderson-vs-kei-nishikori-2017-geneva-open-quarterfinals-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Geneva Open.

Kevin Anderson is coming off a three set win over Jared Donaldson that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 78 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Anderson is starting to find his success again during clay season, and it's been all about his serve where he's produced 26 aces in this tournament alone. When Anderson is effective with his power game and hitting his spots, he's still a tough out even…

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Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Geneva Open.

Kevin Anderson is coming off a three set win over Jared Donaldson that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Anderson won 78 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Anderson is starting to find his success again during clay season, and it's been all about his serve where he's produced 26 aces in this tournament alone. When Anderson is effective with his power game and hitting his spots, he's still a tough out even with his injuries and inconsistent play. Anderson has a shot to make the semifinals in two of his last three tournaments, which would be by far his best tennis we've seen from him in awhile. Anderson has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.

Kei Nishikori is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nishikori won 82 percent of his first serve points and 62 percent of his second serve points. Nishikori is trying to find his footing this season, as he's often been hit or miss, which includes withdrawing from the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters due to a wrist injury. Nishikori looked sharp in his last match, but that was also against a guy ranked 76th in the world. Of course, when Nishikori is healthy and in his groove, he's a threat to win in any tournament he's participating. Hopefully, Nishikori can find his form before the French Open begins. Nishikori has split his last eight matches on clay court.

These two have played five times in the past and Nishikori has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Miami Masters, a match Nishikori won in straight sets. Anderson’s only win over Nishikori came in the 2015 Shanghai Masters.

There's value with Anderson given the inconsistent play of Nishikori. Sometimes he's feeling it, other days nothing can go right, and then of course there's the wrist that seems to flair up from time to time. Assuming both guys are motivated and healthy, this is a match Nishikori should win. His defense and return will counter Anderson's power and frustrate the South African. After all, we've seen Nishikori have his number over the years, and when both guys are feeling good, he's easily the better player.

I like Nishikori in straight sets.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 13:14:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86124
<![CDATA[Alexander Zverev vs. Novak Djokovic 2017 Rome Masters Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/05/21/alexander-zverev-vs-novak-djokovic-2017-rome-masters-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a three set win over John Isner that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 88 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has dropped just two sets this tournament and is putting tons of pressure on his opponent due to ridiculous serving as of late. Zverev is always a threat due to his athleticism and shot making, but if his serve remains this consistent, he's going to be a tough out…

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Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a three set win over John Isner that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 88 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has dropped just two sets this tournament and is putting tons of pressure on his opponent due to ridiculous serving as of late. Zverev is always a threat due to his athleticism and shot making, but if his serve remains this consistent, he's going to be a tough out against anybody and will climb up the rankings quite quickly. Zverev hopes to win his fourth career final and is 1-1 in final appearances on clay court. Zverev has won his last three final appearances overall. Zverev also has seven victories over top-10 players with three coming this season. Zverev has won 12 of his last 13 matches on outdoor clay court.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 81 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic is finding his rhythm at the right time, as he has yet to drop a set this tournament and has actually lost just 14 games in his last three matches. It wasn't that long ago when many were finding chinks in the armour and saying Djokovic may be falling off a bit. Well, Djokovic is looking sharp heading into the French Open and is probably playing his best tennis since Doha. Djokovic looks for his 68th career title and is 13-9 in final appearances on clay court. Djokovic has won 13 of his last 16 final appearances overall. Djokovic has won seven of his last eight matches on outdoor clay court.

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

It's amazing these two have never played yet, but it's a must-watch for tennis fans everywhere. Arguably the best player in the sport right now against a rising star who could soon have tennis by the throat if he continues to play consistent. Shotmaking galore and great defense from both sides from two of the more talented players in the world. As for picking a wainner, I have to go with Djokovic. Zverev is talented enough to win this match, but he's still young and has slippages in his game that allows less talented players hang around. Against Djokovic, that’s enough to lose. Djokovic pounces on any mistake his opponent makes and makes him pay. It will also be Djokovic’s 30th birthday the following day, so this will be a nice birthday present.

Fun match and hopefully it goes three sets, but Djokovic will be on the winning side.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 15:12:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85872
<![CDATA[Simona Halep vs. Elina Svitolina 2017 Rome Masters Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/05/21/simona-halep-vs-elina-svitolina-2017-rome-masters-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 68 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. It's safe to say Halep has found her groove, as she's dropped just one set this tournament and is back to playing with that energy and confidence. Halep has simply dominated her service game in her last three matches and has dropped just 12 games in her last four sets played.…

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Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina meet Sunday in the 2017 Rome Masters Final.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 68 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. It's safe to say Halep has found her groove, as she's dropped just one set this tournament and is back to playing with that energy and confidence. Halep has simply dominated her service game in her last three matches and has dropped just 12 games in her last four sets played. Halep looks for her 16th career title and is 5-5 in final appearances on clay court. Halep has won her last four final appearances overall. Halep has won 15 straight matches on outdoor clay court.  

Elina Svitolina is coming off a win over Garbine Muguruza in which she retired during the first set. In the victory, Svitolina won 75 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina has a nice little rest advantage after having to play just a few games in the semifinals and has played just 26 games since the quarterfinals. Its no secret this has been the breakout year for the 22-year-old Svitolina, and as long as she's aggressive on the return, she's one of the more dangerous players on tour. Svitolina looks to beat three top-10 players in this tournament alone. Svitolina also looks for her eighth career title and is 2-0 in final appearances on clay court. Svitolina has a chance to win her fourth title this season. Svitolina has won nine of her last 10 matches on outdoor clay court.

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

This is a terrific final to get us ready for the French Open, as both players are in great form and should be players to watch in the upcoming grand slam. When it's all said and done, however, I’m siding with Halep simply because she's more the more consistent player as of late and seems to have that pep in her step again. The Romanian firecracker is tough to beat when she has that confidence going as that fire burns deep. This will be a strong test for Svitolina, and I’m not sure she’ll be able to match Halep’s energy in this one.

I like Halep to win the title and gain tons of momentum heading into the big tournament.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 13:58:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85869
<![CDATA[French Open 2017: Tennis ATP Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/26/french-open-2017-tennis-atp-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We’re less than a month away from the 2017 French Open, so it’s time to take a look at some of the future odds on the men's side. Of course, with future bets, I look for the best value and don’t mind playing bigger odds to give myself a chance to hedge for a guaranteed profit. Of course, we’ll have a lot of the individual matches for the French Open covered here at Sports Chat Place as well.

WTP Picks, Odds, Predictions, Dark Horses

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We’re less than a month away from the 2017 French Open, so it’s time to take a look at some of the future odds on the men's side. Of course, with future bets, I look for the best value and don’t mind playing bigger odds to give myself a chance to hedge for a guaranteed profit. Of course, we’ll have a lot of the individual matches for the French Open covered here at Sports Chat Place as well.

WTP Picks, Odds, Predictions, Dark Horses

But enough talking.

 

Here are five ATP players I will have on my card for the 2017 French Open.

Gael Monfils - Let’s start with some big odds, shall we? Gael Monfils hasn’t yet been able to build on what was his best season, but he's still playing focused tennis and is a lot easier to trust than he was in the past. Monfils also made a decent fourth round appearance in the Australian Open. The bottom line is Monfils is going to be the heavy crowd favorite every time he takes the court, and that's helped him in the past reach three quarterfinals and one semifinal in this event. Monfils is no real threat to win the French Open, but odds of +6600 provide a lot of hedging room if he makes it to the fourth round or quarters.

Rafael Nadal - Rafael Nadal owns this tournament and is the favorite for good reason. Nadal has won the French Open nine times and it's the only grand slam where he's never lost a final. Nadal hasn't won this tournament since 2014, but his form suggests he's ready to make another run considering he's made four finals this season and is fresh off the Monte-Carlo Masters title. Nadal only gives us +175 odds, but those are odds you’re not going to see as he gets deeper into the tournament.

Stan Wawrinka - Stan Wawrinka won the French Open in 2015 and reached the semifinals last season. In three of the last four French Opens, Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals. In nine of the last 11 grand slams overall, Wawrinka has made at least the quarterfinals. You get the picture. As long as Wawrinka avoids an early round upset and finds his form at the right time, few can beat him when he’s playing his A-game tennis and hitting his spots. Wawrinka has also never lost a grand slam final. You can find Wawrinka with odds of +925 to win the French Open, which not only provides a nice payout, but it also provides wiggle room if he gets to the quarters or semis.

Dominic Thiem - You can slowly start to see Dominic Thiem find himself on the tennis court, as the play is more consistent and it's leading to better performances on bigger stages. Thiem made the semifinals of last year's French Open and clay appears to be his best surface considering six of his 11 titles have come on clay. It’s just a matter of Thiem controlling his nerves and limiting his unforced errors, as he can disappear for stretches of a match and have you questioning the 23-year-old. But when he’s on, Thiem has shown he can play with anybody in the world. It may be too early for Thiem to win his first grand slam, but odds of +2500 makes him a nice dark horse and provides hedging room if he makes another deep run in this tournament.

Tomas Berdych - You can get Tomas Berdych with odds of +12500 to win the French Open. Jackpot. Sure, Berdych has only made one grand slam final in his career and is not really a threat to return as he approaches 32 years old. However, Berdych has reached the quarterfinals in two of the last three French Opens and seven of his last 12 grand slam appearances overall have resulted in at least he quarters. Berdych competes hard, still has a monster serve and his experience wills him to victories. Given his track record, Berdych will be two or three wins away from a grand slam title. At that point, having these monster odds in your pocket opens the door for guaranteed profit once you start hedging.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:36:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84106
<![CDATA[French Open 2017: Tennis WTA Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/26/french-open-2017-tennis-wta-odds-pick-predictions-dark-horses#comments We looked at the ATP predictions and dark horses for the 2017 French Open, now it’s time to take a look at the women’s side. With no Serena Williams due to her pregnancy, the WTA French Open is wide open. If you’re a stranger to these articles, it’s important to know I go for some of the longshots to either secure a possible monster payout due to my money being tied up so long, or I like providing hedging room to guarantee a profit later in the tournament.

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We looked at the ATP predictions and dark horses for the 2017 French Open, now it’s time to take a look at the women’s side. With no Serena Williams due to her pregnancy, the WTA French Open is wide open. If you’re a stranger to these articles, it’s important to know I go for some of the longshots to either secure a possible monster payout due to my money being tied up so long, or I like providing hedging room to guarantee a profit later in the tournament.

ATP Picks, Odds, Predictions, Dark Horses

It’s all about the value.  

Either way, here are some players to consider for the 2017 WTA French Open.

Simona Halep - Simona Halep has had an up-and-down season that included a first round exit in the Australian Open, but she found her form in Miami and did beat a top-10 player in Johanna Konta in the Fed Cup. Halep’s only grand slam final appearance was in the 2014 French Open, and when she's playing her best fiery tennis, few can hit with her. With no Serena, this seems like a great chance for Halep to win her first grand slam title. Odds of +650 are terrific for the Romanian firecracker.

Venus Williams - Clay court has never been the best surface for Venus Williams, and she hasn’t made the quarterfinals of the French Open since 2006. However, anybody have Venus making the Australian Open final this season? Who thought Venus would be 14-5 this season at nearly 37 years old? Exactly. Few are playing as well as Venus right now, which makes her a live dark horse even with odds of +6600. At the very least, you have hedging room in the later rounds.

Elina Svitolina - Elina Svitolina is starting to come into her own at 22 years old, as she's won two titles and has beaten Angelique Kerber three times this season. The only grand slam quarterfinal for Svitolina was in the 2015 French Open, and that’s whan she was a baby still trying to play consistent tennis. That’s no longer the case here. The Svitolina now is swinging the racket with great confidence and has eight wins over top-10 players since the start of last season. Svitolina and odds of +1800 is a nice bet.

Garbine Muguruza - Garbine Muguruza has shown enough that she’s recovered from her struggles late last season, as she made the quarters in the Australian Open and has a couple of wins over top-10 players. But the real reason to like Muguruza with odds of +450 to win the French Open is because she won this event last year and made the quarterfinals the two years before that. Muguruza plays her best tennis on clay and is the favorite for good reason now that Serena isn’t in the field. These odds won't be there anymore once Muguruza gets off to a strong start and wins a few matches.

Johanna Konta - Johanna Konta has played in two French Opens and has yet to make it out of the first round. So, why on the card? Well, Konta is currently 20-3 this season overall and that includes winning the Miami Masters and making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Konta clearly plays her best tennis on hard court, but you can see the confidence building for the soon to be 26-year-old, and she's nw going on the court expecting to win every match. With her game, that’s scary. I’ll take a stab with Konta and +2000 odds given her current form and confidence level.

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<![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer 2017 Miami Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/02/rafael-nadal-vs-roger-federer-2017-miami-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet Sunday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Fabio Fognini that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 83 percent of his first serve points and 80 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is coming off a serving clinic in which he dropped just nine service points all match. Nadal has won his last eight sets and has lost a combined 11 games in his last two matches. Nadal is playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in a while, and he’s already in…

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet Sunday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Fabio Fognini that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 83 percent of his first serve points and 80 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is coming off a serving clinic in which he dropped just nine service points all match. Nadal has won his last eight sets and has lost a combined 11 games in his last two matches. Nadal is playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in a while, and he’s already in his third final appearance this season. Nadal hopes to win his 70th career singles title and first since the 2016 Barcelona Open. Nadal is 16-23 in final appearances on hard court. Nadal has never won a Miami Open title and is 0-4 in final appearances in this event. Nadal has won 11 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer continues to grind out victories and takes advantage of every little mistake his opponent makes. Whether it's hitting a winner to save break point or pulling away in a tiebreaker, Federer comes up big when he needs to most. The 35-year-old Federer has given away very little since his semifinals run in last years Wimbledon. Federer hopes to win his 91st career singles title and third this season. Federer is 62-23 in final appearances on hard court. Federer has won two Miami Open titles, but this is first final appearance since 2006. Federer has won 11 straight matches on hard court.

These two have met 36 times in the past and Nadal has won 23 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won the last three meetings against Nadal with his last loss coming in the 2014 Australian Open. These two have both won nine matches against one another on hard court.

It always feels like a coin flip when these two meet and a case can be made for either side. Nadal has been very impressive this tournament and has had to work far less to get to this point. However, Federer has had the upperhand over Nadal twice this season and the last match wasn’t even close. In fact, Federer lost just 10 service points and won 43 percent of return points. Federer has just been rock solid the last few months and has been money in big matches.

I’m going to back Federer like I have in the previous meetings.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:22:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81953
<![CDATA[Johanna Konta vs. Caroline Wozniacki 2017 Miami Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/01/johanna-konta-vs-caroline-wozniacki-2017-miami-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet Saturday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 71 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki is coming off her toughest match of the tournament but even then lost a combined two games in the final two sets. Wozniacki is simply in terrific form right now and is playing that elite level defense which forces her opponent to hit way more balls…

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Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet Saturday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 71 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki is coming off her toughest match of the tournament but even then lost a combined two games in the final two sets. Wozniacki is simply in terrific form right now and is playing that elite level defense which forces her opponent to hit way more balls than they'd like. Wozniacki is already in her third final this season and will continue to climb the rankings in her current form. Wozniacki looks for her 26th career singles title and first since the 2016 Hong Kong Tennis Open. Wozniacki is 20-14 in title appearances on hard court. Wozniacki has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.

Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 73 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Konta continues what has been a breakthrough season for the 25-year-old, and she's in her fourth final appearance since July of last season. Konta remains a mixed bag in terms of risk and reward, but her constant looking for winners and hitting big has paid off for her in the long run. Konta could very well find herself in Singapore at the end of the season if she can continue this consistency. Konta looks for her third career singles title and second this season. Konta is 2-1 in title appearances on hard court. Konta has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Konta won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided. This will obviously be the second meeting on hard court.

Konta has burned me a couple of times this tournament and deserves some serious credit for her play. However, Wozniacki is the type of player who can hurt Konta big due to her ability to keep the ball in play. Konta’s constant go for broke style won’t work against a player like Wozniacki who forces her opponent to play long rallies. This is a match where Konta could produce a ton of unforced errors. Not to mention Wozniacki has far more experience in these type of matches and is playing more consistent tennis.

I like Wozniacki to win her first title of the season.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:14:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81908
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Nick Kyrgios 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/31/roger-federer-vs-nick-kyrgios-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off an emotional match where it looked like he was going to cruise and then found himself in a third set tiebreak. Still, Federer continues to find ways to win and still converts on the biggest points more times than not. Federer’s play suffocates…

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Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off an emotional match where it looked like he was going to cruise and then found himself in a third set tiebreak. Still, Federer continues to find ways to win and still converts on the biggest points more times than not. Federer’s play suffocates his opponent, and he waits for them to make the mistake that ends the match. Federer hopes to make his 139th career singles final and third this season. Federer hopes to make his first Miami Open since the 2006 season. Federer has won 10 straight matches on hard court.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a three sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 79 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios continues to show this improved play where he stays focused for most of the match and doesn’t have these mental lapses where he throws games away. Kyrgios in this form is extremely dangerous and a treat for any tennis fan who enjoys quality play. Kyrgios has 12 career victories over top-10 players and two of them have come this season. Kyrgios looks to reach his fifth career singles final and first since the 2016 Japan Open. Kyrgios has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2015 Madrid Masters, a match Kyrgios won in three sets. This will obviously be the first match on hard court.

I’m happy we get this match after being robbed of it a couple of weeks ago when Kyrgios withdrew due to food poisoning. Kyrgios has the ability to beat anybody in the world with the way he’s playing and is always tempting as an underdog. However, you have to ride the consistency and experience with Federer. He’s as solid as they come and pounces on any mistake his opponent makes.

Should be a fun match, but Federer will have the edge.  

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:43:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81887
<![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/31/rafael-nadal-vs-fabio-fognini-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Jack Sock that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nadal looked really sharp in his last match in which he won 46 percent of his return points and converted four of five break chances. Nadal has now won his last six sets and is starting to show signs of being the player we’re all used to seeing. As long as Nadal can be…

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Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Jack Sock that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nadal looked really sharp in his last match in which he won 46 percent of his return points and converted four of five break chances. Nadal has now won his last six sets and is starting to show signs of being the player we’re all used to seeing. As long as Nadal can be more consistent with his second serve, he’ll continue to make deep runs in tournaments. Nadal hopes to make his 104th career singles final and third this season. Nadal has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

Fabio Fognini is coming off a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Fognini won 67 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Fognini was able to take advantage of a banged up Nishikori and is playing in his first semifinal since Moscow. Fognini has won his last six sets and is extremely dangerous when hitting his spots, which he's done recently. Fognini has nine career wins over top-10 players with two coming this season. Fognini hopes to make his 13th career singles final and first since the 2016 Kremlin Cup. Fognini has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played 10 times in the past and Nadal has won seven of those meetings. The last meeting was in last years Barcelona Open, a match Nadal won in straight sets. Fognini’s last win over Nadal came in the 2015 US Open. Two of Fognini’s wins over Nadal came on clay court.

There’s going to be value in backing Fognini, as he has a few wins over Nadal and has the shotmaking to pull off the upset. However, Nadal is the more consistent player overall and is playing some of his best tennis of the year at this very moment. Nadal has seen enough of Fognini to take him out of his comfort zone and not allow so many chances for winners down the line.

This is a favorable match for Nadal.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:36:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81839
<![CDATA[Johanna Konta vs. Venus Williams 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/30/johanna-konta-vs-venus-williams-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Konta was an error machine for much of her last match and it didn’t look like she had a chance to win after being down a set and a break. However, Konta continued to go for her winners and it eventually paid off long term. Konta continues to be a nightmare for opponents…

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Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Konta was an error machine for much of her last match and it didn’t look like she had a chance to win after being down a set and a break. However, Konta continued to go for her winners and it eventually paid off long term. Konta continues to be a nightmare for opponents on hard court and is racking up the winners to make up for her mistakes. Konta hopes to make her fourth career singles final and second this season. Konta has won 13 of her last 15 matches on hard court.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 58 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world with her play and earning a victory over the top ranked player for the first time since 2014 was another treat. Venus keeps turning back the clock and seems to be getting better the older she gets. With an improved serve and far less unforced errors, Venus is a clear threat to anyone she plays despite her age. Venus looks to make her 82nd career final singles appearance and second this season. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played three times in the past and Konta has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Stanford Classic, a match Konta won in three sets. Two of the three matches went the distance and this will be the fourth time these two play on hard court.

Konta has been dominant on hard court as of late and has the shotmaking to give Venus a hard time. However, you can’t bet against Venus in her current form, as she just seems to find a way and is playing extremely clean tennis overall. She’s also enjoying the moment and the confidence is through the roof.

If I backed Venus against Kerber, I’m certainly going to ride the hot hand again against Konta.

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