2018 Pro Men To Watch

Federer and Nadal are the 2 big players of 2017.  Will they be able to keep the magic flowing in 2018?     Nadal is still very dangerous on Clay at the French.  Federer could literally beat anybody if he is healthy and playing well and Federer is most likely still the favorite at Wimbledon.

I think if Dimitrov keeps his head straight then he can maintain his time in the top 10.  And Dimitrov is incredibly dangerous.  He played amazing at the World Tour Finals but I’ll be curious to see if he can maintain his form.

The Young Guns of Zverev and Thiem are definitely the big dangers to the elite players since both of them have a lot of energy and both of them hit the ball huge off the ground.

Also, If Jack Sock and Del Potro keep their bodies healthy then they are both incredibly dangerous to the rest of the field.   Sock has a unique power game with his huge spin on the forehand and he has become more crafty and versatile, as well as being faster.   Del Potro is also super dangerous with his big serve and big forehand, if his timing is there he can boss around the other players.

I will be very curious to see if Djokovic and Murray come back to form, since they are returning from injury.   I think both of them had a rough 2017.   Djokovic had very noticeable losses to Nick Kyrgios in Indian Wells and Mexico.   Murray lost to Pospisil at Indian Wells.   I think Murray can come back to the top 5 but I am not sure about Djokovic, I think Djokovic has lost some of his drive and lost a lot of confidence.

The biggest player to watch in 2018 will be Nick Kyrgios.  Nick Kyrigos has the whole game, huge serve, big forehand, touch, volleys, sneaky backhand, no fear.     He has the ability to beat all of the top players.   He is prone to having meltdowns and to lose his focus and motivation.  If Kyrgios is focused then I have no doubt that he can move right up towards the top 5.

Also, if Raonic is healthy, then Milos can return to the top 10.   The combination of his massive serve with his forehand and his desire to go to the net makes him mega dangerous especially on the hard courts and grass courts.   On the Clay courts, Raonic is a dud, he can’t keep up with any of the spaniards.  If Raonic is healthy, look for him to do some damage at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.

I hope that Gilles Muller can keep it up, he had a great upset over Nadal and I love Muller’s lefty attacking game.     I hope that Diego Schwartzman will stay solid as rock and continue his climb up I think he can move close to the top 20.     Also, I hope that Gasquet will stay healthy because he has the ability to get inside the top 15.

Andrey Rublev, Ryan Harrison, Denis Shapovalov, Jared Donalson, and Hyeon Chung are the young gun players to watch in 2018.  Rublev had a big run at the US Open and his ball-striking is excellent.   Ryan Harrison is more of a veteran but it seems that he has found his mental game again.   Shapovalov is mega talented and lefty and it is no fluke that he was able to beat Nadal.   Donaldson is super steady and had that clay court training in Buenos Aires, I think Donaldson will continue to grind his way up into the top 30.   Chung hits the ball in a unique way but it is also no fluke that he won the next gen tournament;  Chung was having a good run at the French Open last year but had a difficult run in with Nishikori.

Also, I think that Matthew Ebden is back in the game.  Look for Ebden to move his way up and get into the top 50.

Overall, the men’s game has a lot of talent right now.  I think 2018 is going to be a year of upsets with various players like Thiem or Shapovalov or Rublev beating well-known players at big events.    It is good to see that the ATP is trying to help the young players since the “old guard” of Fed, Nadal, Murray, and Djoko are hitting 30+.   I’ll be watching the year closely.

One last piece, the prize money has increased more at the Grand Slams.  It is crazy.  Sloane Stephens got 3.7 million at the US Open (good for her!)    And at the Australian Open it looks like the winner is going to get 4 million !!!    This is huge money.   I’ll be curious if the numbers just keep going up,     up to 4.5 million, and then 5 million, etc etc.

Let me know what you think.

-End of Post, DJ ROBO BISCUIT,   stay fluffy!

 

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French Open Prediction 2017 from Biscuit

Hey!  This is my early French Open Prediction!  I’m doing the prediction based on my tennis knowledge and my keeping up with the tour so far this year (also, I can not predict if people will get injured and pull out right before the tournament).

For the WTA this will be the 8 women in the quarterfinals:

Angelique Kerber 

Dominika Cibulkova 

Simona Halep 

Svetlana Kuznetsova 

Carla Suarez Navarro 

Lauren Davis 

Maria Sharapova 

Laura Siegemund

 

Kerber is a counter-puncher.  Cibulkova is a grinder.  Halep’s game is well suited for the clay (hopefully she doesn’t get knocked out by Shelby Rogers early on).   Kuznetsova is a beast and knows how to win on clay.  Navarro is a dirt-baller with a beautiful one-handed backhand.  Lauren Davis is fast and a grinder, she plays great on the clay.  Sharapova is a champion (hopefully they will let her into the tournament).  Siegemund has been playing really well on the clay and she has a really nice game so I have faith that she can make it deep.

ATP French Open QuarterFinals:

Stan Wawrinka 

Roger Federer 

Rafael Nadal 

Dominic Thiem 

David Goffin 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 

Gael Monfils 

Nick Kyrgios 

 

I’m expecting Murray and Djokovic to get knocked out.  For some reason they are very beatable right now.  Tsonga and Monfils have the French crowd to motivate them.  Kyrgios is box-office and if his head is in the game then he can hit right through the clay no problem.  Dominic Thiem is MONEY on the clay with his game.  It is harder on the men’s side due to the depth of competition.  There are some very tough clay court players like Zeballos or Ramos Vinolas or Carreno Busta or Pablo Cuevas and these guys can be VERY VERY dangerous.  But those are my picks!

I hope my fans will comment or my haters will let me know how bad my picks are!  I also challenge other people to make an early prediction!!!

Thank you to all my fans and viewers!  Stay fluffy!

-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT