James Blake is BACK!

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  1. Gonzalito17

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    Did anyone see him beat Tsonga and also Harrison and Benneteau in Miami? This guy is playing lights out tennis, sharp, exact, potent lethal tennis, pretty close to vintage Blake. Harrison looked very good vs. Rafa and Benneteau beat Fed recently. Blake just steamrolled them both.

    We see the resurgence of Tommy Haas getting back to top 20 at age 34, it looks like James Blake is far from finished and if he keeps it up he will get to the top 20 also as he doesn't have any points to protect.

    Very impressed by Blake's form.
     
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  2. ark_28

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    Hats off to Blakey I really didn't see a way back for him but he's been playing great this year and playing some great attacking tennis! He is a talented player and a good guy so it would be awesome if he can make a push to the top 20!
     
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  3. Power Player

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    I hope somehow this happens. He is easily my favorite current player.
     
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  4. wintintu

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    definitely has a chance of a good run in miami now! hope he does.
     
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  5. Mike Sams

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    Huh????? :-?
     
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  6. S&V Specialist

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    He's talking about Miami, now IW.
     
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  7. ark_28

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    Yes but James didn't beat Tsonga there or here I think that was Mikes point!
     
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    Tsonga is about to beat Troicki right now ... and actually Tsonga did beat Blake in Wells last week
     
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  9. Mike Sams

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    Yes, Blake hasn't beaten Tsonga anywhere. The OP made an error.
     
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  10. ruerooo

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    Happy to see him doing well. I saw the scorelines and I thought "Fluke?" when he beat Harrison. Then I saw that he'd beat Benneteau -- who, after all, beat Roger recently (and yes, I know JB beat Roger in 2008 in his run for that Olympic gold) -- and I thought "Serious fluke?" :shock:

    Hope he keeps surprising us! Where are you watching? When does he play next?
     
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  11. Mike Sams

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    Blake may have a good draw. It's possible that he may be able to make the quarters which is Ferrer's section. If he can get through there, it'll be Djokovic in the semifinals. No chance for Blake there.
     
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    Don't see him beating Ferrer, but he's probably the favorite to get to the QF. That's a pretty good result. Should get him back up around 60 in the world or so.
     
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    Indeed, they are in different halves of the draw too.
     
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  14. Mike Sams

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    If there's any place that Ferrer is susceptible to an upset, it would be here and against a power player like Blake. On these courts.
     
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  15. Relinquis

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    Are you guys really surprised that Blake has beaten Harrison? He's a much better player.

    I love it that Blake is doing well. He had a few tough draws earlier in the year, but has been playing solid, aggressive tennis.
     
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  16. Zildite

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    Why here, on very slow hard courts? He has only lost before the fourth round once since 2005.
     
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  17. forzamilan90

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    I prefer Blake hype to Gulbis hype
     
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  18. THESEXPISTOL

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    Blake is easily the most "made" personally on pro tennis.
    If he wasn't American he would be a nobody.
     
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  19. -RF-

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    I dislike Blake due to what happened in Beijing. I hope he loses.
     
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  20. ark_28

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    You mean when Gonzo touched the ball and denied it? Which cost James as Olympic medal?
     
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    What happened?
     
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  22. Relinquis

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    i don't know man... he was a top 10 player, has an entertaining aggressive game and a pretty cool forehand. he would have had a lot of fans even if he was from a small country.
     
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    He means that Blake beat Fed at the Olympics.

    He's a Nadal fanatic posing himself as a Fed fan who is in this instance hyping up the importance of the Olympics event (since Nadal has a singles gold medal while Fed doesn't).
     
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  24. zagor

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    Pretty much, people love their big flat hitters and Blake when zoning is awesome to watch.
     
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    All these Blake/Haas oldies can vulture a little bit of advancement in minor tournaments, but they'll never make an impact when it matters.
     
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  26. tennisBIEST

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    This is a good asz match!
     
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  27. tlm

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    Ya blake is back and just as stupid as always, he looked great with all of his bonehead errors.
     
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  28. tennisBIEST

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    Tough loss! JB had his chances but looked like he ran out of gas. Still playing strong tennis though. I have to agree with some of the earlier comments that his style of play is soo much better to watch than Isner and co.
     
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  29. tlm

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    It had nothing to do with running out of gas, is called going into the match with no brain. He has to be one of the dumbest players that I have ever watched. Ya his style is great to watch if you want to teach someone on how exactly to not play the game he is a perfect example.
     
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  32. McLovin

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    What you fail to understand is, Blake tried to listen to the critics, who said he "has to learn to hold back, and gauge his shots. Learn how to construct a point." But the problem is, that isn't his style of tennis.

    Some people have an 'A' game and a 'B' game. Some, like Federer, have 'A', 'B', and 'C'. But Blake has 'A'. If 'A' isn't working, then he goes to 'A'. And if 'A' still isn't working...he goes to 'A'. But that is who he is, and it took him almost 5 years of wallowing in the lower rankings to understand & accept that.

    So, don't knock him for it. He's accepted who he is as a player, and is enjoying his final years on the tour. Now we get to sit back & watch some amazing shots. Granted there will be a bunch of unforced errors, but my God, when he hits it, he hits it.

    It's just like watching a Fernando Gonzalez match. Balls-out, go for broke, no matter the score.
     
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  33. pennc94

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    I must admit I do not understand the appeal of James Blake.

    Yes, his past results speak for themselves, but there is nothing desirable about watching him play. Aside from the one dimensional approach he employs, his strokes look very ugly and he shows up on court looking like a hobo.

    At least Gonzo's reckless abandon appeared to have some flair and purpose (sometimes).

    Blake does come across as a genuinely nice person during interviews (so maybe that's it).
     
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  34. jdubbs

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    To each their own. I find his monster forehand and sweet one handed backhand and go for broke style highly entertaining. Like the exact opposite of Gilles Simon.
     
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    The thread title "jinxed" him!
     
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  36. PhrygianDominant

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    I disagree. Blake has overcome a lot in his life, and was really highly rated for a while. He also has a degree from Harvard and has made TONS of money playing a sport that has never been very popular in his home country. I think he would be ever more successful if he had grown up in a more tennis friendly country, where he was the #1 player and had the added support and benefits of that position.
     
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  37. McLovin

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    Actually, he attended Harvard. He never graduated as he left after his 2nd year.
     
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  38. sportsfan1

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    Blake's wife was in the stands yesterday -wow she looks really petite, atleast on tv.
     
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  39. gavna

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    Top ten moronic post............who packs all those stadiums at IW, USO, Cincy - Sony was a sellout AGAIN this weekend. Every year the majors like the USO and IW set attendance records......even a lowly 250 in Houston (American Football country) is already sold out for the week and the event is in April.

    Family Circle for the women also sells out fast!!!!!

    No tennis is not one of the big 4 American sports but please Tennis is very big here.
     
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  40. pingu

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    That's probably why he lost concentration at the end j/k ;)

    Anyway, it was a good match especially in 3rd set.
     
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  41. jdubbs

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    Well, you can say a band is huge because they've sold out venues, but when the venues are tiny, you can't really compare the two.
    It's a niche sport with support in areas, but TV ratings are down 80-90% from the Mcenroe -Borg peak in the 70's.
     
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  42. Björn Blake

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    New member here, first post opportunity ... and I'll defer to the "well-constructed point" below:

     
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  43. SAFINATORZ

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    For a smart guy, blake plays some dumb tennis at times.

    He never seems to go to a plan B or C. It seems like he's blasts away almost at ever point. He should've taken down ramos yesterday. C'on seriously!
     
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  44. tlm

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    Exactly he definitely should have won, thats my point with just a little patience here and there and he would have won. But oh no he insists on this low % blast every shot he can like a high school kid style of play and that is why he is out already.
     
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