James Blake Skill

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  1. The Baseline

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  2. vive le beau jeu !

    vive le beau jeu ! G.O.A.T.

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    when is his next tournament, by the way ?
    i'm surprised he's not playing in san jose...
     
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  3. rk_sports

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    IMO, if only he beat Agassi in that USO match, I think it would've got him to another level
     
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  4. Masayoshi

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    I've only seen a few Blake matches in their entirety, but he seemed to have perhaps the most one-dimensional game Ive seen. He hits it hard and is (was?) a good defender, and doesn't seem to bother too much with the other stuff. I feel like that was the biggest obstacle to his getting to the next level.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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  5. NYCtennis1

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    James is truly a GOAT among men:razz: In all seriousness James has been my guy for a long time, seen him in person at court level at the USO a few times and it is quite the show. A James Blake match at Armstrong at the USO is electrifying, his pure shotmaking is just too good (you've got to stand up for it.)
     
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  6. Limpinhitter

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    And, if he only knew how to play a tennis match, he might actually win something!

    PS: Blakes service technique is flawed.
     
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  7. Cup8489

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    Any more threads on has-beens for you to start, Baseline?

    Seriously, my god.
     
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  8. forthegame

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    All I see is el Maestro/the Big Kahuna gliding gracefully around the court. I think Fed should go back to the nCode...

    Not Blake's best vid IMHO.
     
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  9. Disgruntled Worker

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    You people don't even play for D-I schools and you're calling him a "has-been". He's made millions playing tennis against the world's best while you're typing dumb comments in front of a computer screen -_-
     
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  10. The Baseline

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    these are no has beens. these are world class players. There are a lot of never was.
     
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  11. sureshs

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    Is Blake still around?
     
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  12. Devilito

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    no, you're right
     
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  13. VAMOSFIRE

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    I read in the Agassi Open booklet that after that Blake match when Agassi went to bed, Stefanie Graf said to Agassi 'You went places'. Tennis of the highest order.
     
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  14. Cup8489

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    Any more generic phrases?

    Blake WAS 4 in the world. blake WAS winning titles. Blake no longer is either of those.

    Hence, HAS BEEN. I know he's a world class player, I'm not stupid! But he's not at the same level as before, therefore he's a HAS BEEN!
     
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  15. 2ndServe

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    guy is spot on. His serve is flawed, he puts way too much effort into every shot, I can imagine him having a very poor record in the fifth set. His backhand is also flawed imo, everything is just way to low percentage.
     
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    I've also seen him go right at his opponent on more than one occasion. So this guy means business.
     
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  17. Zildite

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    He does, 4-14
     
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  18. keithfival

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    Actually, I was just watching some old exhibition doubles match with Blake and Fed, Mac and Borg. Blake looked rock solid at the net, quick hands, comfortable, I don't think I saw him miss a volley while everyone else missed several. Made me wonder why he didn't come in more.
     
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  19. Squall Leonheart

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    I'm a big fan of Blake, but I agree that he really has no plan B. His entire game is attacking. He has big groundstrokes, although this leads to a lot of errors too. His volleying has gotten much better, but his net game is lacking because he doesn't seem to have a large coverage range at net. He has also started adding a bit more topspin to his strokes, most notably his forehand, although he is still more of a flat hitter. He also holds the record for the fastest forehand ever hit. His serve is also pretty poor. I'm not sure if he doesn't have the flexibility since he had scoliosis while growing up, but his serve is not the weapon men need it to be and is too inconsistent and attackable.

    With that being said, I can't begin to imagine how difficult his journey has been. He broke his neck, his father passed away, he contracted zoster which paralyzed half of his face and robbed him of his equilibrium... and then he made it to number 4 in the world.
     
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  20. Crazy man

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    Blake. Nah, never impressed me. Ok serve, ok backhand, wild return (but sometimes great) and his forehand wasn't consistent. He had great movement and was fast around the court. Nothing special about his game. His mental strength wasn't even as good as Nalbandian's and his decision making on big points was questionable.




    Please break down the Blake forehand mechanically and enlighten the masses!
     
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    That's why I recommend any tennis fan to see a live match. Watching the players up close is an experience that tv simply cannot match.
     
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  22. IvanisevicServe

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    All-or-nothing, swing-for-the-fences player.

    Dangerous, to be sure, but too erratic to win a major. Even had he won that 05 US Open QF against Agassi, he would've lost to Federer in the finals.
     
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  23. Xizel

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    Who wouldn't have?
     
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  24. NamRanger

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    Technically great player, supreme talent, wasted it all away on idiotic tactics.
     
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  25. keithfival

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    Definitely has some chinks in his game but none nearly as damaging as his negative, self-defeating mentality on the court. In the big moments when the winners dig their heels in, he'll miss one shot and down goes the head, down go the shoulders, down goes the energy level, down goes the game. Like clockwork. Too bad he just can't seem to shake it.
     
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  26. hawk eye

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    Yes I agree. But somehow even when he totally crushes Fed, he manages to lose. It's like running the fastest in a 100 m dash and still end up second.
     
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  27. Crazy man

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    We are talking about James Blake, right?
     
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  28. The Baseline

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    we are. Blake was crazy good. He had big time talent, its just that Blake made too many unforced errors due to insufficient court positioning. Blake was a beast in his prime.
     
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  29. Crazy man

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    His court positioning, his footwork and his court coverage were great IMO.




    However, his net game was non-existent and didn't even look comfortable up at the net. His BH, although aesthetically pleasing was inconsistent. His forehand was a weapon some days and was his bane the next, had no consistent weapon which could solely get him through matches, he was too aggressive on the return and didn't posses a very good serve either. Too erratic.


    Blake was talented aesthetically and also had a talent in his beastly power but other than that, I'd say his 'talented hard hitting abilities' costed him a lot of matches.


    'Blake was a beast in his prime'......Hardly. The majority of titles he won were small events and couldn't even manage a slam semifinal. Now, for a supreme talent, you should be able to make at least one semifinal considering A) You are a supreme talent and B) You have a game where your good days can be very good. Blakes biggest achievement after actually making a return to tour was winning a set against Federer whilst getting bageled in that match. His attitude was terrible, did not have a winners mentality and enjoyed to choke matches away.
     
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  30. Squall Leonheart

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    I agree for the most part. I think his footwork and positioning was below average, but he made up for it with his great foot speed. His entire game was inconsistent because he played such an aggressive, high risk style game. His volleys have improved over the years, but are still only slightly above average, although his strike zone at net is very limited: you pretty much have to hit it right at him or give him a weak reply for him to make a good volley. I personally think that his talent is greater than his results: he had the speed, the power, and all the shots, he was just too inconsistent and too weak mentally.
     
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  31. BeHappy

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    Blake's problem was that he served like a woman. Seriously, Justine Henin served as big as Blake did.
     
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  32. Masayoshi

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    I don't know how technically great he was, but I'll amen the idiotic tactics bit. He was very bad at adapting his gameplan to the situation. Frustrated me to no end, since he seemed like a decent bloke and I couldn't help but cheer for the one black dude in a sea of white.

    (not a good reason to cheer for someone, I know, but I tend to support the ones who don't fit in - one reason I loved Chang was because he was so adorably short in a game of giants!)
     
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  33. Paul Murphy

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    Loved to watch him when he was "on".
    Fantastic forehand and an excitement machine.
    Unfortunately when he was "off" he was an error machine.
     
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