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Nick’s Picks- Australian Open semi-finals

Legendary Coach Nick Bollettieri alongside Ryan Harrison (left) and Kei Nishikori (right)

Novak Djokovic Vs. David Ferrer

There was some chatter in the locker room and among the commentators that too much was given to the victory over Wawrinka in Novak’s 5 hour match. He beat Berdych in 4 sets, did that answer the question?

I am sure you are all aware of the Ferrr-Almagro match, which not only exhausted the two players, but also the fans, announcers, and me.

Ferrer had to cover so much ground to beat his very good friend. Will he be able to come out and be a contender against the #1 player in the world?

The big differences in this match will be: Djokovic’s consistent serve, his ability to stay on the baseline and his confidence. There will be very few short points, and in my mind Ferrer will show no signs of being tired.

This match will boil down to Djokovic being able to compete in long rallies, short rallies, and just about everything else. No matter which way I look at it, the victory will go to Djokovic.

PS. I had to erase Almagro a couple of times from this prediction because in my mind, he beat Ferrer.

Li Na Vs. Maria Sharapova

Li Na is so darn good for the game because she is an entertainer and a darn good player as well. She is 31 years old but moves like a teenager. The 20 feet or so behind the baseline is wasted space for Li who stands right on the baseline most of the time. Her style of play is keeping the ball in play and then counter attacking whenever possible.

Maria has really short-changed the fans with their matches finishing before late arrivals can even get in. A total of 9 games have gone to her opponents in all of her first 4 rounds.

She only knows 1 style of play:  Stand close to the baseline and hit the ball early with very little spin. To bad she does not enter into the home run derby because home runs are the thing she is best at.

Nick’s Pick- Li Na will not hold up the white flag, but she must come up with surprise tactics and catch Maria off guard. Sharapova will make it to the final.

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