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Paul Murphy 08-03-2012 03:05 AM

Missing James Blake.
 
Anyone else miss the James Blake of old?
The guy with the cannon forehand which, at its best, was one of the most fearsome shots around.
I loved his crash or crash through style and when he got it right he was spectacular to watch.
A match between Blake and Fernando Gonzalez was a mouth-watering prospect.
Shame he's in decline.

6-1 6-3 6-0 08-03-2012 03:52 AM

I don't miss him.

Paul Murphy 08-03-2012 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6773744)
I don't miss him.

Well, that means we're deadlocked.
One all.

MariaRafael 08-03-2012 03:55 AM

Neither do I. Mostly because he had no game outside his forehand. I was also embarassed by his answer to the question about is strategy for the match: "to hit as hard as I can, and hopt that it will be in". Tried to find some game intelligence in this "strategy" and couldn't.

Paul Murphy 08-03-2012 03:57 AM

I would never accuse Blake of being a smart player - he was what he was, a gifted ball striker.

Slim Pickens 08-03-2012 05:42 AM

I miss him too! He was always exciting/frustrating to watch depending upon whether he was on/off; there was no middle ground.

FWIW I'm sure Pam Shriver doesn't miss him, and vice-versa. I don't miss her either.

zagor 08-03-2012 05:47 AM

Yeah, I do. He was awesome to watch when he's on, great offensive ballstriker (off both sides, not just his FH) and some damn good wheels.

zcarzach 08-03-2012 05:59 AM

I miss him as well. He is my favorite American since Sampras, although lately I'm liking Isner.

Biscuitmcgriddleson 08-03-2012 06:04 AM

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Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6773744)
I don't miss him.

I WONDER WHY.

*caps intended.

Biscuitmcgriddleson 08-03-2012 06:07 AM

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Originally Posted by MariaRafael (Post 6773753)
Neither do I. Mostly because he had no game outside his forehand. I was also embarassed by his answer to the question about is strategy for the match: "to hit as hard as I can, and hopt that it will be in". Tried to find some game intelligence in this "strategy" and couldn't.

It wasn't fun to see someone play agressive tennis? I don't get why people want to see someone run around the court for hours on end just getting the ball back. If I wanted to see something bring a ball back for hours I'd get a Golden or a Lab.

Pironkova's Forehand 08-03-2012 06:26 AM

Yes, I miss him and I mentioned in another thread that I was missing his boom or bust style. He was always exciting to watch, but was never really going to achieve anything unless he learnt to play with his head a bit more. I'm glad he never did, the game needs exciting players like him.

Del Potro is one of my favourite players at the moment, the man just does not care! He's there for himself and himself alone, he'll do his thing and he doesn't seem to concerned whether he wins or not.

sureshs 08-03-2012 08:46 AM

Who was James Blake?

6-1 6-3 6-0 08-03-2012 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6776237)
Who was James Blake?

All I really remember about him is that he beat Federer convincingly in the Olympics in 2008. In that tournament, Nadal also ascended to the world number #1 spot for the very first time, won his first Olympic singles gold medal (in his very first attempt), and further asserted his dominance in 2008.

socal29 08-03-2012 08:51 AM

I don't miss that erratic forehand. He was a huge choker too.

BigServer1 08-03-2012 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6776259)
All I really remember about him is that he beat Federer convincingly in the Olympics in 2008. In that tournament, Nadal also ascended to the world number #1 spot for the very first time, won his first Olympic singles gold medal (in his very first attempt), and further asserted his dominance in 2008.

You should remember Blake as a guy who blew Nadal off the court three times in 2005 and 2006, Blake's prime. Even in 2008 and 2009, a past prime Blake pushed Nadal in all four of their meetings those two years.

BigServer1 08-03-2012 08:55 AM

I miss James. LOL at everyone calling him a mindless ball basher...What does that make Soderling, Berydych, DelPo, etc.?

Blake in his prime was very fun to watch. He could absolutely destroy the ball and just hit guys off the court. His match with Agassi in the 2005 US Open QF was one of the best matches I've ever watched.

smoledman 08-03-2012 09:03 AM

I miss the James Blake of 06-07.

sunof tennis 08-03-2012 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6776259)
All I really remember about him is that he beat Federer convincingly in the Olympics in 2008. In that tournament, Nadal also ascended to the world number #1 spot for the very first time, won his first Olympic singles gold medal (in his very first attempt), and further asserted his dominance in 2008.

Not surprising since Blake was able to beat your hero. However, for the most part, Federer owned Blake.

Paul Murphy 08-03-2012 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6776259)
All I really remember about him is that he beat Federer convincingly in the Olympics in 2008. In that tournament, Nadal also ascended to the world number #1 spot for the very first time, won his first Olympic singles gold medal (in his very first attempt), and further asserted his dominance in 2008.

You people are so boring - why don't you find a sandpit to play in?

sureshs 08-03-2012 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 6-1 6-3 6-0 (Post 6776259)
All I really remember about him is that he beat Federer convincingly in the Olympics in 2008. In that tournament, Nadal also ascended to the world number #1 spot for the very first time, won his first Olympic singles gold medal (in his very first attempt), and further asserted his dominance in 2008.

All I remember is a guy with a protruding butt who had a fantastic but unreliable one-handed backhand, little desire to win, who hit some impossibly hard shots off both wings, and who seemed to serve with no effort whatsoever.


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