Is Blake overrated ?

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  1. DaMiBru

    DaMiBru New User

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    Blake isn't overrated. I would suggest a new coach for him though. I'd like to see Brad Gilbert coach him. Blake needs to learn not to stay with the same strategy for the whole match. He's got plenty of weapons to achieve more variety. Other than that I find Blake a very enjoyable player to watch.
     
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  2. gdsballer

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    let us not forget...he was 1 for 2 this weekend, and in nc in april against spain, he beat robredo 4 3 and 4...and then beat lopez in straights as well
     
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  3. rafan

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    Blake has a very stylish game and is very much a part of the present tennis scene - he is another who is great to watch like Davydenko and Haas and it's always good to know he is in a tournament as can be unpredictable and when playing well can be quite an opponent. I really do not think he is overated as I have seen some excellent play from him and hopefully more in the future
     
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  4. Sliceboy2

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    I agree with you man....He could be beaten anytime any day. Hes got to be steady and make some changes on the fly when every things not working right.
     
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  5. jgn1013

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    Are you kidding me, Blake lost his 1st match then went on to defeat a 33 yr old doubles players. The match had no implications.
     
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  6. MichaelH

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    Maybe, but I don't totally agree with you on this. Blake has the tools...the strength...to perform at a much higher level than he does. Many of his "lost" matches were given away by James, himself, IMO.

    He's the most frustrating player on the entire tour for me -- personally -- to watch. The damned unforced errors drive me up the wall...
     
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  7. edmondsm

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    Great post.
     
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  8. rightytopspin79

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    I totally agree. Blake plays a high risk game and gets rattled to often. At least Isner can serve himself out of trouble.
     
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  9. hoodjem

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    Well, at least Blake beat Simon Aspelin:

    "Aside from Thomas Johansson’s temperature, Joachim Johansson was so sore after his three-setter against Roddick on Friday that he was replaced for the final singles by Simon Aspelin who had never played a tour-level singles match before. He got four games against James Blake, the American’s 6-1 6-3 victory making the Davis Cup final score 4-1."

    Blake does seem to be streaky. He looked good at New Haven. When he's on and in the zone, he could counter-punch with Fed. When he's off, he'll lose to almost anyone. It's mostly mental. (Some players make it harder for one to get in a rhythm, and thus to find the zone. Other opponents make it easier. IMHO)
     
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  10. jgn1013

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    It's not mental, it his stupid/idiotic playing style.
     
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  11. CrocodileRock

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    I wish my style was so stupid and idiotic as to reach #7 in the world.
     
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  12. coloskier

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    Unfortunately, you are only allowed 4 members on your team. Blake, Roddick, and the Bryan Bros make 4. This is great if no one gets injured. But if either Blake or Roddick go down to injury, one of the Bryan Bros will have to play the last rubber. Not good.
     
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  13. Aabye

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    Crocodile Rock: Hear, hear.
    The guy has reached #4 in the world, not too shabby. I agree he could use a coaching change, but we all know that is not going to happen. He is too close to Barker, and the guy has stuck with him through thick and thin. Has he underachieved? Maybe he should have won that match against Agassi a few years ago, and maybe he should have won the one against Haas this year. Perhaps he never should have gotten down on himself during his Wimby matches these past two years.

    But come on, the guy has worked hard at "getting better" and while that sounds laughable it has kept him in the top ten, when he was on a lot of you guys' shortlists for being replaced by new faces. He won his first five-setter, and his body has not broken down yet. It's been a mixed bag for him.

    This reminds of the Henman conversation, and while I personally think Tim got more bang for his buck, so to speak than James, I feel these are two guys who get a lot out of what they have been given.
     
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  14. psamp14

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    i know that only 4 players compromise the team, but teams still bring extra players or younger players as practice partners.....i just remember seeing querrey and young at a davis cup encounter in the past...

    i just wasnt sure if say a team clinches the rubber, if they can put anyone in for that last rubber, or it still has to be one of the 4 guys

    earlier this year against spain i think USA put one of the bryans instead of blake in to play robredo in the final rubber which had no impact since USA already clinched the tie
     
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  15. Morrissey

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    For a guy who has never made a big breakthrough at a Slam, one 5 set win in 11 tries in or even winning a Masters Series title he certainly gets a lot of undeserved hype. But he has many factors going for him, he's good looking, mixed race, American and Nike is sponsoring him. If he was some average looking white guy from Europe with no well known brand promoting him he wouldn't get half the recognition Blake gets, he'd be Davydenko.
     
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  16. Richie Rich

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    or ljubicic
     
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  17. verdasco67

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    i think blake is not overated. we are all humans here...(except roger) blake is extremely talented and certainly deserves his ranking.
     
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  18. Aabye

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    Morrissey, while looks definitely help when it comes to sponors, the reason Davydenko does not get sponsors is because he does not have that many fans. I can't say I am a fan of his myself because he whines too much, and is a bit of a choker. But I do like Ljubicic.

    Blake has done well promoting himself as a nice guy. People pick up on that and cheer for him. As far as his game, he deserves his ranking at least as much as Davydenko. And being in the top ten, having a great forehand (most of the time, anyway), and yes, being a Yank, is going to get you a lot of a attention, especially on U.S. channels like ESPN. But the last part is not Blake's doing, nor is his race.
     
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  19. anointedone

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    That is true, but in a way it is quite unfair to Davydenko that this is the case. Since Davydenko has actually accomplished far more then Blake.
     
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  20. zagor

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    Davydenko is very underrated,people keep saying that he is top five because he plays so many tournaments,while he is mainly top five because of his consistency in slams,for example this year he made one qf and two semis.
     
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  21. counterpunchingrules

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    you're sure of that huh?

    i love 2.5 peanut galleries
     
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  22. verdasco67

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    i wouldnt get sam querrey...too inconsistent..i mean. he lost to nick lindahl...
     
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  23. Aabye

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    Davydenko is not underated. He chooses to keep a low profile, and only pops his head out of obscurity to take pop shots at people, places or things, whether it be Federer, Wimbledon, or DC, he is never happy.

    But he does not have to be, he is four in the world. But he still loses after being up on the Fed TWICE, and he cannot defeat Blake or Roddick, two players considered weak top ten players. He has not won a title yet this year, yet he has played the most. Does he deserve his ranking? Yes, but for his doggedness, not because he is the next in line to win a Slam if Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic all stumbled.
     
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  24. psamp14

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    well i wouldnt put sam querrey in for actual davis cup...only if the tie had already been clinched....
     
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  25. Heavy Metal Tennis Star

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    james is good, but definitley overrated.
     
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