The Predictions Game

Hey, folks. Veronica asked for a prediction competition and I have seen people make predictions before, so I decided to give it a try. I like the idea of having rankings on my blog for users like they have rankings in tennis. Then we can crown a winner after each tournament and display the rankings on my blog. It would also be a good way to counter bias because if people want to win the competition they will have to predict with their heads, not their hearts. Come to think of it, this could be really interesting!

  • Rules(Updated)

I will put the rules of the separate page I made for predictions as well.

  1. I will choose one match(or sometimes more depending on the matches) from each round which I think is interesting and take predictions for the match(es).
  2. You can predict the winner, the number of sets played, and the score. The more of these three categories you predict the better will be your chance of winning because if more than one person got the winner right I will next look at who predicted the number of sets played correctly. And if more than one person got both of those right too I will finally look at the score for who came the closest.
  3. You can make only one prediction per match and once you’ve made it that’s it. I won’t take any requests for changes.
  4. Points will be rewarded as follows: 1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 7 points, 3rd place = 4 points, getting the winner and the amount of sets right = 2 points, getting only the winner right = 1 point. If you get the winner, the number of sets, and the score all right then you will get 50 bonus points. I make it that many because if you are that good then you deserve to win the tournament.
  5. Whoever is ranked #1 at the end of the tournament wins and will remain in the #1 spot until the next tournament, at which point we start a new tournament and everyone starts from 0 points again.
  6. The rankings will be displayed on the front page of my blog so that everyone will know who are the best predictors in the tennis world.
  7. I will not take part in the competition as people could believe I rig the rankings in my own favor(knowing the point system you will be able to calculate the points yourself but I think it is better if I sit out anyway).
  • How to Play

After every post during a tournament, I will select the match(es) for which you can make a prediction(s) and post a link to the predictions page(which you can also find under ‘Content -> Other -> Predictions‘ on the top bar of my blog). There you can make your prediction in a comment. Once the match(es) that I selected begins predictions will close and I will accept no more. Once the match is over I will calculate the results and adjust the rankings. The rankings will always be displayed on my blog and once the tournament is over I will announce the winner.

  • The First Match I Will Take Predictions For

The defending champion plays first on Monday as per tradition, and as you probably could have guessed the match I have selected is Djokovic vs Kohlschreiber. Djokovic will be playing his first competitive match in three weeks while Kohlschreiber played Stuttgart and Halle. In Stuttgart, he lost to Monfils in the quarterfinals and in Halle he lost in the first round to Federer in a final set tie-break. The head-to-head is 6-1 in Djokovic’s favor with Kohlschreiber winning the 2009 French Open meeting.

All the meetings have been competitive and they have never played on grass before which is Kohlschreiber’s best surface.

To make a prediction leave a comment here.

The is in your court.

Wimbledon Draw – Murray in Federer’s Half

DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [1] vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs HEWITT, Lleyton AUS (WC)
HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues FRA (Q) vs CHUNG, Hyeon KOR
STRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER vs TOMIC, Bernard AUS [27]

MAYER, Leonardo ARG [24] vs KOKKINAKIS, Thanasi AUS
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
ILHAN, Marsel TUR vs JANOWICZ, Jerzy POL
POUILLE, Lucas FRA vs ANDERSON, Kevin RSA [14]

CILIC, Marin CRO [9] vs MORIYA, Hiroki JPN (Q)
HAIDER-MAURER, Andreas AUT vs BERANKIS, Ricardas LTU
EBDEN, Matthew AUS (WC) vs ROLA, Blaz SLO
SOEDA, Go JPN vs ISNER, John USA [17]

CUEVAS, Pablo URU [28] vs KUDLA, Denis USA (WC)
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS vs ZVEREV, Alexander GER
SOUZA, Joao BRA vs GIRALDO, Santiago COL
BOLELLI, Simone ITA vs NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [5]

WAWRINKA, Stan SUI [4] vs SOUSA, Joao POR
ESTRELLA BURGOS, Victor DOM vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
KLIZAN, Martin SVK vs VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
SELA, Dudi ISR vs THIEM, Dominic AUT [32]

ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [19] vs MILLMAN, John AUS (Q)
YOUNG, Donald USA vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
BROADY, Liam GBR (WC) vs MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS
ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG (Q) vs GOFFIN, David BEL [16]

DIMITROV, Grigor BUL [11] vs DELBONIS, Federico ARG
LACKO, Lukas SVK vs JOHNSON, Steve USA
DE SCHEPPER, Kenny FRA (Q) vs SMITH, John-Patrick AUS (Q)
SAVILLE, Luke AUS (Q) vs GASQUET, Richard FRA [21]

KYRGIOS, Nick AUS [26] vs SCHWARTZMAN, Diego ARG
MONACO, Juan ARG vs MAYER, Florian GER
LAJOVIC, Dusan SRB vs HAAS, Tommy GER
GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP vs RAONIC, Milos CAN [7]

FERRER, David ESP [8] vs WARD, James GBR (WC)
VESELY, Jiri CZE vs LORENZI, Paolo ITA
POSPISIL, Vasek CAN vs MILLOT, Vincent FRA (Q)
SMYCZEK, Tim USA vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA [30]

TROICKI, Viktor SRB [22] vs NEDOVYESOV, Aleksandr KAZ (Q)
STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs BEDENE, Aljaz GBR
BROWN, Dustin GER (Q) vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs NADAL, Rafael ESP [10]

TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [13] vs MULLER, Gilles LUX
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB vs RAMOS-VINOLAS, Albert ESP
DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR vs EDMUND, Kyle GBR (WC)
YMER, Elias SWE (Q) vs KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [23]

SEPPI, Andreas ITA [25] vs KLEIN, Brydan GBR (WC)
STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR vs CORIC, Borna CRO
HAASE, Robin NED vs FALLA, Alejandro COL (Q)
KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ vs MURRAY, Andy GBR [3]

BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [6] vs CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
KRAJINOVIC, Filip SRB vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA (WC)
GULBIS, Ernests LAT vs ROSOL, Lukas CZE
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP [29]

MONFILS, Gael FRA [18] vs CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP
MANNARINO, Adrian FRA vs BERRER, Michael GER (Q)
SUGITA, Yuichi JPN (Q) vs KAVCIC, Blaz SLO
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs SIMON, Gilles FRA [12]

LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [15] vs DARCIS, Steve BEL
BASILASHVILI, Nikoloz GEO (Q) vs BAGNIS, Facundo ARG
PAIRE, Benoit FRA vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
BEMELMANS, Ruben BEL vs BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP [20]

SOCK, Jack USA [31] vs GROTH, Sam AUS
JAZIRI, Malek TUN vs DUCKWORTH, James AUS
QUERREY, Sam USA vs SIJSLING, Igor NED (Q)
DZUMHUR, Damir BIH vs FEDERER, Roger SUI [2]

  • Bottom Half

The draw is out and while Federer got Murray in his half, he has no Nadal to contend with in his quarter. That misfortune fell to Murray who will meet Nadal in the quarterfinals if they both progress that far. I for one hope that match happens. Murray has a poor record against Nadal in slams and it would be a good opportunity for him to improve on that. If you look at Nadal’s quarter it is not that tough if he gets through the first couple of rounds. Murray has some potential stumbling blocks in Tsonga, Karlovic, Muller, and Dolgopolov.

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The dream is alive

Murray has the toughest draw of the big four. Federer’s draw isn’t a cakewalk either. His first four rounds shouldn’t be much of a problem, but then he could play Berdych. Not that Berdych is that big a threat, but he has beaten Federer at Wimbledon before. In the semis, it looks like Murray or Nadal. Both would be very difficult opponents for him. I don’t think Nadal is getting that far but with him I guess you never know. Anyway, Murray would be very tough with the form he’s been in.

  • Top Half

In the top half, Djokovic has a tough first round with Kohlschreiber after three weeks off. If he survives that then he should make quarterfinals where Isner could be difficult. Who knows who will come through in Stan’s quarter. It’s probably between Stan, Kyrgios, and Raonic. In the end, you’d think Djokovic will probably make the final, but my stance on draws is that they are almost entirely meaningless. They are hardly worth a post. It’s just a rough framework of what could happen, and I don’t like speculation.

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Murray to conquer London again?

  • Final Thoughts

I think Federer has a good draw, despite the fact that he got Murray. I think this is also his last realistic chance of winning a slam. It’s now or say goodbye to bel18ve forever. Personally, I don’t care whether he wins it or not. It would be a great story if he can do it no doubt, but I don’t expect it and it won’t bother me in the least if it doesn’t happen. Fedal have won enough. Djokovic already buried Nadal at the French and Murray could do the same to Federer at Wimbledon.

I wouldn’t mind another Djokoray final at all. Murray has dominated the rivalry on grass but they’ve only had two meetings on the surface, and I think Djokovic was tired in the 2013 final after a very difficult match with Del Potro in the semis. He looked tired in the final and if they met in the final again this year I think it would be a much closer encounter. I think Djokovic is ready to defend his title too. He got a tough first round but if he gets past that I like his chances.

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Djokovic played the Boodles event as a warm-up

I read an article where I was quite impressed with his mindset after the tough French Open loss. He says that it didn’t take long to get over the loss because it’s happened so many times and the way Stan and the crowd acted afterward helped him. Also that the time at home did him good. He also said having Becker for grass helps a lot and that Becker makes him volley a lot. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of damage his improved serve does on grass, as well as his volleys.

But first he has a difficult first round to deal with…

The is in your court.

Funny Videos

  • Funny Photos

How’s everyone? Thanks for the comments and discussion on my last post. I think we have exhausted the pre-draw discussion of Wimbledon now and we are ready for the much-anticipated draw which is made tomorrow of course. But before the big event I have something I want to share with you quickly which I think you will enjoy. I have already started the Funny Photos page which is under the galleries tab and which I keep updating, so I hope you are keeping a lookout.

  • Funny Videos

Now I have decided to add a Funny Videos page. Watching a video will require more time from you than viewing a photo, but you may find it well worth your while. I have found a good source of funny videos and will keep updating this category as well. But unlike the funny photos I will make an actual post every time I add a funny video and hopefully have a short discussion about it afterward with you. Also, it won’t always be funny. Sometimes it will just be interesting.

There is a lot of serious discussion on my blog and I think humor is always important to help us relax and realize that it is all just a game and for fun.

  • The First Funny Videos

Today I have three videos, of which only two fall under the funny category. One of them most of you would have already seen probably, but it was so good and fitting after Nadal lost at the French Open that I decided it had to be here. But before that video here is the highlights of the Djokodal match which, by the way, is one of my favorite matches of all-time if not my favorite. Sure Nadal was not at his best, but I think people underestimate what a terrific win that was for the Djoker.

Federer for one said he expected Nadal to win the title, so for him Nadal was the favorite in this match. And yet Djokovic destroyed the beast in straight sets. Despite losing a 4-0 lead in the first set, it turned out to be a clinical victory. So clinical that at 7-5, 6-3, 5-1 and 40-0 the beast’s spirit was utterly broken as he conceded the match with a double fault. It was only the second time in 11 years Nadal lost at the French Open, and the beatdown was so convincing that he may never win another grand slam title.

This was probably the most satisfying match I ever watched, and then someone at Men’s Tennis Forums made the following video which just topped it off nicely.

I’m sure it won’t be in everyone’s taste, but I found it hilarious. And apart from that you have to have a pretty rich imagination to make something like this. It is a bit of an insider joke because a lot of it is related to what goes on at Men’s Tennis Forums, but I think it is funny even if you’re not quite in on all the jokes.

And just in case you didn’t find any of that funny(in which case you have my deepest sympathies) or if you think Andy Murray has no sense of humor, then check out the below video.

I have always known that Murray has a wicked sense of humor, but a lot of people think he is just dull. Sure, he is not the most interesting player to watch when he goes into pushing mode and when he constantly berates himself, but he can be quite funny in interviews. And most importantly he can make fun of himself =))

The is in your court.