Nadal Completes Comeback to Top Medvedev and Be the First to Reach 21 Major Titles

January 30, 2022
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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the men’s singles final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The almost 5 1/2-hour match began Sunday and finished in the early hours of Monday morning. (Martin Keep/AFP/Getty Images)

Match completed Sunday (Australian Time):

NAD 3 MED 2
3 players had match winner correct
2 players (Michael, Petr) had match score correct


Our Game

Eva completed her own sensational comeback to win her fourth Prediction Challenge! Her Men’s Final prediction was just enough to edge Michael, who has to settle for the runner-up prize.

I hope all players enjoyed this Australian Open Prediction Challenge! and the chance to match wits with other tennis fans! Thank you for playing! ~ Michael


For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022

Standings:

Overall
🥇 Eva Kafkova 274
🥈 Michael Poplawski 270
3 Wes Zetaruk 245
4 John Lo 236
5 Petr Havlik 188
Men’s Final
1 Michael Poplawski 100
Petr Havlik 100
3 Eva Kafkova 85
4 Wes Zetaruk 5
John Lo 5
Women’s Final
1 Eva Kafkova 100
Wes Zetaruk 100
John Lo 100
4 Michael Poplawski 70
5 Petr Havlik 0
Semifinals
1 John Lo 75
2 Wes Zetaruk 70
3 Eva Kafkova 51
4 Petr Havlik 35
5 Michael Poplawski 32
Quarterfinals
1 Wes Zetaruk 70
2 Michael Poplawski 68
3 John Lo 56
4 Petr Havlik 53
5 Eva Kafkova 38

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

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Men’s Final Predictions

January 29, 2022

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With Wes and John submitting identical predictions, matters are settled between them, but not for all players in our game. A Daniil Medvedev win of any kind will give Wes and John our top two prizes, while any Rafael Nadal win will give our title to Eva, with Michael also figuring into the prizes.

Good luck, and enjoy the tennis!

Overall Final Match Prediction
1 Wes Zetaruk 240 MED 3-1
2 John Lo 231 MED 3-1
3 Eva Kafkova 189 NAD 3-1
4 Michael Poplawski 170 NAD 3-2
5 Petr Havlik 88 NAD 3-2
Match Picks Average # of Sets
NAD 3 MED 2 4.40

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Men’s Final Predictions


Australia Has Home-Grown Champion Again

January 29, 2022
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Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her women’s singles final match against Danielle Collins of the U.S. in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Match completed Saturday (Australian Time):

BAR 2 COL 0
4 players had match winner correct
3 players had match score correct


Our Game

Wes and John continue to lead the way with only nine points separating them as each predicted Ashleigh Barty’s two-set win over Danielle Collins correctly.


For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Women’s Final

Standings:

Overall
1 Wes Zetaruk 240
2 John Lo 231
3 Eva Kafkova 189
4 Michael Poplawski 170
5 Petr Havlik 88
Women’s Final
1 Eva Kafkova 100
Wes Zetaruk 100
John Lo 100
4 Michael Poplawski 70
5 Petr Havlik 0
Semifinals
1 John Lo 75
2 Wes Zetaruk 70
3 Eva Kafkova 51
4 Petr Havlik 35
5 Michael Poplawski 32
Quarterfinals
1 Wes Zetaruk 70
2 Michael Poplawski 68
3 John Lo 56
4 Petr Havlik 53
5 Eva Kafkova 38

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

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Women’s Final Predictions

January 28, 2022

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Ashleigh Barty is the heavy favourite to capture Saturday’s Australian Open Women’s Championship. Petr is looking to gain ground with a Danielle Collins upset victory

Good luck, and enjoy the match!

Overall Standings Match Predictions
1 Wes Zetaruk 140  BAR 2-0
2 John Lo 131  BAR 2-0
3 Michael Poplawski 100  BAR 2-1
4 Eva Kafkova 89  BAR 2-0
5 Petr Havlik 88  COL 2-0
Match Picks Average # of Sets
BAR 4 COL 1 2.20

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Women’s Final Predictions


Daniil Medvedev to Face Rafael Nadal in Men’s Final

January 28, 2022
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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his semifinal match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday. (Aaron Francis/AFP via Getty Images)

Matches completed Friday (Australian Time):

NAD 3 BER 1
3 players had match winner correct
3 players had match score correct

MED 3 TSI 1
5 players had match winner correct
5 players had match score correct


Our Game

John led the way in the second round of four in our game as he had all four match winners correct. Wes was close behind thanks to having three match scores correct.

Wes and John lead the way at the halfway point with only nine points separating the first and second prize spots.


For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Semifinals Predictions

Overall
1 Wes Zetaruk 140
2 John Lo 131
3 Michael Poplawski 100
4 Eva Kafkova 89
5 Petr Havlik 88
Semifinals
Men Women
BER 1-3 NAD BAR 2-0 KEY
TSI 1-3 MED SWI 0-2 COL
1 John Lo 75
2 Wes Zetaruk 70
3 Eva Kafkova 51
4 Petr Havlik 35
5 Michael Poplawski 32
Quarterfinals
1 Wes Zetaruk 70
2 Michael Poplawski 68
3 John Lo 56
4 Petr Havlik 53
5 Eva Kafkova 38

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

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Women’s Final and Men’s Final Prediction Forms are Now Available

January 27, 2022

Australian Open LogoThe Women’s Final Prediction Form and the Men’s Final Prediction Form are now available. (The Men’s Final Prediction Form will be updated as the competitors are confirmed.)

Please submit your predictions before the deadlines shown on each form.

The Prediction Challenges web site will be updated with results and standings information as the tournament continues to proceed.  (The last submission of a form will be the one used if you submit more than once.)

Good luck, and enjoy the tennis!


Ashleigh Barty to Meet Danielle Collins Saturday

January 27, 2022
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Australia’s Ash Barty celebrates after beating American Madison Keys in their women’s singles semifinal match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday. (William West/AFP via Getty Images))

Matches completed Wednesday (Australian Time):

BAR 2 KEY 0
5 players had match winner correct
1 player (Wes) had match score correct

COL 2 SWI 0
1 player (John) had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Semifinals Women

Overall
1 Wes Zetaruk 100
2 John Lo 94
3 Michael Poplawski 82
4 Petr Havlik 67
5 Eva Kafkova 52
Semifinals
Men Women
BER – NAD BAR 2-0 KEY
TSI – MED SWI 0-2 COL
1 John Lo 38
2 Wes Zetaruk 30
3 Michael Poplawski 14
Eva Kafkova 14
Petr Havlik 14

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

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Semifinals Predictions

January 26, 2022

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Daniil Medvedev and Ashleigh Barty are unanimous selections to reach this weekend’s final matches as we enter the second round of four in our game. We are essentially split on the Berrettini-Nadal match, while John Lo looks for an Danielle Collins to beat Iga Swiatek Wednesday evening.

Good luck, and enjoy the matches!

Match picks Average # of Sets
BER 2 NAD 3 4.40
TSI 0 MED 5 4.20
BAR 5 KEY 0 2.80
SWI 4 COL 1 2.60

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Semifinals Predictions


Quarterfinals Wednesday: Swiatek to Face Collins, Medvedev Awaits Tsitsipas

January 26, 2022
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Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime won the first two sets before losing his quarter-final to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open on Wednesday. (AFP via Getty Images)

Matches completed Wednesday (Australian Time):

COL 2 COR 0
4 players had match winner correct
2 players (John, Wes) had match score correct

SWI 2 KAN 1
4 players had match winner correct
1 player (Petr had match score correct

TSI 3 SIN 0
0 players had match winner correct
0 players had match score correct

MED 3 FAA 2
5 players had match winner correct
1 player(Eva) had match score correct


Our Game

Wes is our leader after the first round of four in our game thanks to having six match winners right (along with Michael and John) as well as two match scores correct (along with three other players). Michael is close behind in the second and final prize spot

For download (PDF): Australian Open Prediction Challenge! 2022 Quarterfinals

Quarterfinals
1 Wes Zetaruk 70
2 Michael Poplawski 68
3 John Lo 56
4 Petr Havlik 53
5 Eva Kafkova 38

Prizes
🥇 $37.50 🥈 $12.50

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Semifinals Prediction Form Now Available

January 25, 2022

Australian Open LogoThe Semifinals Prediction Form is now available. The form will be updated as matchups are confirmed.

Your last entry will be the one processed if you submit more than once. Please submit your predictions before the deadline shown on the form.

Good luck!