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HunterST
03-27-2010, 02:02 PM
James Blake is one of my favorite players, if not my favorite. Sadly, however, his game seems to have left him. I thought that his ranking in the 40s and 50s was just a temporary consequence of injuries and a playing slump.

However, as the weeks go by, and JB struggles to have a single impressive match, I'm becoming discouraged. It seems like he loses to anyone in the top 50! He struggled against an 18 year old kid with virtually no experience on tour.

So, do you think James Blake will ever make it to the Quarters of a major tournament again? That would mean a grand slam, masters 1000 series, etc.

TahoeTennis
03-27-2010, 02:11 PM
never fear,

James will win the US OPEN this year and shock the world!

AndyArodRoddick
03-27-2010, 02:15 PM
never fear,

James will win the US OPEN this year and shock the world!

Yeah, and Ill win one of those Futures.

samprasvsfederer123
03-27-2010, 02:18 PM
james blake has been dead to me, and will soon be dead to the tennis world, forever

Ripper014
03-27-2010, 02:22 PM
It is what it is... you are a sum of your body of work. And Blake is exactly what his results show. For a short period of time he was a good player... but never what I would have considered an elite player.

For me elite meant a top 3 player.

GS
03-27-2010, 02:31 PM
He better find a racquet he likes, and soon. Having only 3 in your bag ain't good news.

Talker
03-27-2010, 02:40 PM
Blake's one of my fav's too, he's just a good guy.

He still has some gas left in the tank, played an inspiring match against Potro at the AO so he definitely can still play.
I don't know what level of commitment he has anymore, he doesn't seem too inspired.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

HunterST
03-27-2010, 02:41 PM
It is what it is... you are a sum of your body of work. And Blake is exactly what his results show. For a short period of time he was a good player... but never what I would have considered an elite player.

For me elite meant a top 3 player.

haha he got to 4!

Ripper014
03-27-2010, 03:03 PM
haha he got to 4!

So he just missed my cut...

ahile02
03-27-2010, 04:46 PM
I'm afraid he won't too. The ATP is a better place with James Blake in it. just a class guy.

tintin
03-27-2010, 07:32 PM
time for him to retire instead of being humiliated like that

I mean losing to Seppi at Wimbledon in the First round last year was bad enough but losing to Bellucci on hard courts yesterday:shock:

jazzyfunkybluesy
03-27-2010, 07:35 PM
Too good, too good, Im retiring because you guys are too good.

I dont know why it is so funny that James does that.

decades
03-27-2010, 08:56 PM
you know just accept reality and you can stop worrying....

decades
03-27-2010, 08:57 PM
I'm afraid he won't too. The ATP is a better place with James Blake in it. just a class guy.

except when umps are costing him $20k large with their bad calls. all class that James....

HunterST
03-27-2010, 09:34 PM
It's strange his game has gone down the tubes. He's only 30. Mardy Fish is pretty close to him in age and just beat Murray. You could tie Murray's left arm to his right food and he'd still beat Blake right now :( :( :(

surfvland
03-28-2010, 12:21 AM
except when umps are costing him $20k large with their bad calls. all class that James....

Yeah, I watched that match... what a joke. Amalgro went toe to toe with him, and James broke down.

HunterST
03-28-2010, 07:18 AM
Yeah, I watched that match... what a joke. Amalgro went toe to toe with him, and James broke down.

What happened? 20,000 dollar bad line call?

OKUSA
03-28-2010, 07:48 AM
blake's last hurrah was a 5 setter against an injured del potro at AO

HunterST
03-28-2010, 08:55 AM
blake's last hurrah was a 5 setter against an injured del potro at AO

I guess he did beat David Ferrer recently. That was a respectable win. But he just keeps losing to low ranked players that he would have taken out in straight sets 2-3 years ago.

Kick Serve 14
03-28-2010, 09:27 AM
I guess he did beat David Ferrer recently. That was a respectable win. But he just keeps losing to low ranked players that he would have taken out in straight sets 2-3 years ago.

Like Davis Cup last year. He was up 2-0 to Karlovic, and then Ivo won three straight sets...

pjonesy
03-28-2010, 03:32 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure if he can make it either. He is soooo streaky, and at this point in his career he probably has doubts about how much longer he can play. I still believe that when he is on, he can still beat anybody. I'm just not sure if he could put 4 or 5 matches together to win a tournament or get to the 2nd week of a grand slam. Blake, Davydenko and Nalbandian are still some of the most dangerous guys out there. Just when you start to shovel dirt on them, they catch fire and beat a top 10 player, then Nadal and Federer to win a tournament. Look at Ljubicic! Blake may have a little left in the tank.

onyxrose81
03-28-2010, 03:45 PM
Outside of that stretch of amazing play in what, 2006? Blake was never a factor in tournaments. He had the talent but never the mental strength. His only plan was to hit the ball hard and when that didn't work, he didn't have a Plan B. Blake simply doesn't have the tools to play with the big dogs consistently.

Paul Murphy
03-29-2010, 03:28 AM
I think his best is well and truly behind him - pity, because when he was "on" he was a spectacular striker of the ball.

forzamilan90
03-29-2010, 05:27 AM
meh he was decent for a while, very overrated though

cknobman
03-29-2010, 05:34 AM
Hulk smash ball!!!!!!