Blake vs Koubek

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
he's under the lights again tonight. hope he comes up with the goods. i'm actually looking forward to this match.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
of course i'm wanting to catch this match before i get dragged out to party tonight . . . and the women's match (which has been a blow-out every night so far) is going three sets! yeesh!
 
Koubek is one of a few men that I have seen with a navel/tummy ring...

Anyway...

But I think Blake has come a long way since their 2002 meeting in Australia. Blake in 4 sets.
 
peer served for it, and got broken. these girls are KILLING me.
They are awful these days arent they. Maybe the quality of tennis itself of the womens is bearable at times (although even that is debatable) but the mental breakdowns during a match over and over from her and her and her, ugh!!! Sometimes I wish they only showed mens tennis. The women werent always this bad were they?
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
well, i ain't moaning about the wta so much as i am about the fact that the men haven't come on yet, and it's almost 10pm.
 

Fedace

Banned
I really think this match will be closer than people think. Koubek beat james last time they played and he looks very confident and relaxed.
 

skip1969

G.O.A.T.
he does look pretty chill. and with that women's match taking so long . . . it's late and the crowd already seem half-asleep. that might help him out, too.
 
Can they fast forward women's matches, lol. Make them play a tie break instead of playing the whole third set.
Also, can someone lock WTA players in a room with big screen tv's on all four walls and make them watch men's play so they can learn something. LOL
 
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flymeng

Semi-Pro
Koubek is a big hitter like Blake. I think Blake should play conservative and let Koubek make errors.
 
Can they fast forward women's matches, lol. Make them play a tie break instead of playing the whole set.
Also, can someone lock WTA players in a room with big screen tv's on all four walls and make them watch men's play so they can learn something. LOL
Or maybe you should lock yourself in that very room so you could learn a thing or two about tennis. Because the last time I checked, your not on the tour, ATP, OR WTA. ;)
 

Fedace

Banned
Hey guys, that was sick get koubec just made. I think i believe JP mac when he saids, koubec is as fast as blake...
 

Fedace

Banned
Ok Koubek is playing well for a guy that hasn't played much tennis lately but blake is playing really bad, too many unforced errors from backhand side.
 

Crich

New User
james is so much more athletic................

about his backhand - i think he needs to rip it more - get more spin on em - sometimes he looks tight hittin em.

he's such an emotional player, hard to tell how this one will go
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
what is it with so many guys matching their oponents lately? it looks so goofy. at least wear different colors or something...
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
i just started watching and it looks pretty close... who has been more dominant? or has the momentum been shifting back and forth?
 

Fedace

Banned
Blake is pulling his hair out cause all his serves are coming back and koubec is running down all of blake's big forehands.
 
It is amazing when you look at the stats that Blake is even where he is now in this match. He is very lucky to be 1 set all, on serve, and up a game in the 3rd.

Here are some stats:

Winners- Koubek 22, Blake 17
Unforced errors- Koubek 18, Blake 28
Points won- Koubek 71, Blake 63
 

Crich

New User
4th game here 3rd set - that backhand is rippin - need a lot of confidence with those one handers - but when he has it - no one is better IMO
 

J-man

Hall of Fame
Man Koubek is playing consistanly. I haven't seen a ton of this match because I just got home but Blake is having trouble out there for sure making many errors. Thomas Blake said that James is probably mentally tired and fatigued from playing lots of tennis this summer.
 

Fedace

Banned
Blake is in real trouble now if he doesn't lift up his game another notch right now. Koubec can run away with this if blake keeps this up.
 
Man Koubek is playing consistanly. I haven't seen a ton of this match because I just got home but Blake is having trouble out there for sure making many errors. Thomas Blake said that James is probably mentally tired and fatigued from playing lots of tennis this summer.
Well if you arent injured (eg-Nadal) you have to fight through that. This is what you build for all summer. So I dont mean to be rude, but to say you are spent from the summer, which should be all geared up for this, I find that reasoning does not fly.
 

Crich

New User
scratch that - blake is just too tight.............it gonna have to get pretty bleak for him to relax and play like he doesnt care - which is the hardest part of this game...........and why blake hasnt climbed higher in the rankings than he has
 
This match is not over unless one guy is up 2 breaks in the deciding set or something. Both have very breakable serves, and that is showing tonight.
 

J-man

Hall of Fame
Well if you arent injured (eg-Nadal) you have to fight through that. This is what you build for all summer. So I dont mean to be rude, but to say you are spent from the summer, which should be all geared up for this, I find that reasoning does not fly.
But that's what happens when you play a ton. He got the practice he wanted playing alot but he might of over did it.
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
Well if you arent injured (eg-Nadal) you have to fight through that. This is what you build for all summer. So I dont mean to be rude, but to say you are spent from the summer, which should be all geared up for this, I find that reasoning does not fly.
i agree. top notch players come ready to play no matter what. that is part of what makes you great. if you cant come off a tough match and win, then you won't be an elite player.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Koubek has been around for a long time.

He's 30, has only made one QF and one 4R at a major.

Yet, there are no glaring weaknesses in his game, but also no overwhelming weapon.

Hits a lot different than Santoro, but like Santoro can frustrate Blake by getting a lot of balls back.

I've never seen this many breaks in a mens' match.
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
koubek and santoro are almost opposites. santoro didn't go for anything from the baseline and also came to the net a lot more.
 

flymeng

Semi-Pro
Even if Blake wins tonite, I don't think he can beat Haas with this level of play. He lost his serve more than 6 times. Did anyone get to see Haas play today?
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
koubek and santoro are almost opposites. santoro didn't go for anything from the baseline and also came to the net a lot more.
I didn't say they were the same. In fact, I said that they hit quite differenty, but that they are the same in the fact that they can both get a lot of balls back.
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
understood, i was actually agreeing with you. santoro also seemed to use some antics to frustrate blake.
 
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