Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by ACE of Hearts, Mar 17, 2006.
Blake 1-0, on serve.
Blake up 2-1, still on serve.
2 -1 Blake.
James is looking GOOD!!!
Blake is too fast for him!
Break him James.
3-1 Blake, Blake with a break.
4-1 James, with Andreev serving.
Watch out Nadal or Bahgdatis, James is on FIRE!
James has the first set in his hip pocket. His opponent can't touch him.
5-1 Blake, Blake up 2 breaks, now serving for the first set.
Blake wins the first set, 6-1, talk about ownage in that set:mrgreen:
Wow. This might end before the hour of play.
A businesslike first set for James. Andreev never had a chance.
Perhap James will tank a few games in the second set. Just to make it interesting.
...this just in:
the best American player right now, by far, James Blake.
I just hope that Igor can hold on to make a somewhat interesting second set. Ad Andreev.
Hahaha, I'm afraid that's been the case since Jan. This match is nothing short of a beat down.
Blake has too much juice. Igor has to depend on a net-court just to win a game.
Blake holds for 3 all in the second set.
No mas Igor, no mas. I see James making it to the finals.
Blake just 10 minutes away from top 10....
James is bullying him around the court.
Blake is about to waltz into the semis.
Game. Set and Match, James Blake.
NEXT! ! !
Congrats to Blake on entering the top 10 for the 1st time in his career. He will be #1 ranked US player no later than right after 2006 Wimbledon when A-Rod's 2005 Wimbledon points drop off.
I wonder if Blake can pull off the upset against Nadal again if they meet? I'm pulling for you Blake!!
that was well done by blake! congrats to him ... I want him to vs Nadal!
If Nadal happens to get past Bahgdatis, which I personally don't think he will, I think James will hit him off the court.
I dont know, Nadal has been playing out of his mind, although i have Bags beating him, we will see if the ankle is good.
When Blake played Nadal in that U.S Open, he was so far from the baseline, he shouldnt do that this time around, he will have to stay close too it.
I don't think Blake is just "on fire"...I think he's here to stay...the improvements to his game are real and difference-making : his backhand is rock solid now...it used to be his achilles heal....It has opened up his return game to the point that I 'd say he's returning about as well as anyone in the game right now. WE all know about his forehand...it's just to fast, flat and early for any of the guys with big swings like Andreev on hard court...the combination of his speed, his amazing defense, his ability to take the ball early and flat, robbing his opponents of time, his excellent instincts in the transition game , his rock solid volleys, and a very consistent and potent serving game, and most importantly, his confidence and mental toughness right now, makes him in my mind one of the top hard court players out there right now....the only others that I can think of in that top echelon of hardcourt players in for right now are Fed, Safin(when he gets back in shape), Haas, Ljubicic, Davydenko (maybe), Nalbandian, and on slower courts, Nadal.
His backhand is so much better now it's not even funny, and it is holding up even to super high kicking forehands and kickserves to the Ad court from guys like Andreev, one of the toughest things for 1-handers to handle...it has totally opened up the rst of his game and made his forehand that much more lethal....he's nailing his backhands down the line with consistency, he's pulling guys wide with crosscourt angles with it...things he never did with consistency in the past...supposedly he worked extremely hard to improve his BH in countless hours of practice with his coach...and when asked about it, he credited alot of it to strength training, which has allowed him to hit his backhands deep even when reaching for high kicking balls...Federer should take notes on this if he wants to beat Nadal...the guy is gonna have to improve his upper body strength and conditioning like Blake...
Congratulations to James for finally cracking the top 10....many doubted him, including the majority of posters here at TW from what I've seen...and he's shown what a lot of hard work and determination to improve upon your weaknesses can do...of course it helps that he's an elite athletic talent to begin with...but most guys on tour never take that extra step of conquering their fatal flaws.
Interesting. I just read an analysis of why Fed has trouble with Nadal on another message board. The poster made an interesting comparison between Fed & Becker. Not saying Becker is a better player than Fed but he is much stronger. He could rip balls that went high to his one handed backhand just due to his physical strength. Watch Muster-Becker '95 Monte Carlo final. Muster was the king of clay then & Becker went up 2 sets to love & had matchpoint before he ran out of gas. Muster was a lefthanded spin doctor & was pounding forehands to Becker's backhand, but he could handle the pressure & that shot held up.
I don't know if Fed can really improve his strength that much. He seems like a naturally scrawny guy, while Becker was a naturally strong guy. And that strength training might hurt other aspects of his game.
I've always thought that for Fed to win the French on any sort of consistent basis (well, just once for now), he's gonna have to improve his strength and conditioning...it just always looks like he gets worn down in 5-set clay matches, especially when these claycourters feed him endless barrages of super high-kicking forehands to his 1-hander....on hardcourt, he can punish them for this by stepping in once in a while and ripping it down the line or going inside out, but on clay, guys like Nadal have enough time and speed and edurance to stay in the rally....not sure if adding strength will hurt the rest of his game...I agree he is naturally a little scrawny up top...I don't think it would hurt him as long as he didn't add too much bulk to hurt his trunk rotation like Roddick has...in any case, he can 3 out of 4 slams without adding muscle, so I don't see him making any changes to his body unless he continues to lose at the French and to Nadal.
loved to see that heavy Mid of Blake (guess that Prince is still in the experimental stage?) ravaging the tweener and the Nadal-ish technique coming with it
Monologuist, your comments on Blake are very insightful and on target IMHO. Blake has really improved his game to the level that he can beat almost anyone in the top 10. It also seems that he is also a genuinely nice guy. I am happy he is back, and with a vengeance.
Fed doesn't need any more muscle to win the FO.
Check on the guy named Guga, scrawny like hell.
He just needs a good run. He has 2 Hamburgs (one against Safin), thus the potential is there.
erm...Guga's backhand is much more explosive than Fed's...plus he is a natural claycourter and his claycourt movement, endurance, and timing are of the most elite level....at least when he was winning French Opens...Fed could win a French if he gets a good draw and Nadal gets knocked out...but he's not getting by the Spanish Bull unless he develops greater strength and endurance to fight off Nadal's impossibly heavy and high balls to his 1-handed backhand...whether this will require adding a lot of muscle mass, I don't know...perhaps not, but as he stands now, he does not have what it takes physically to do it.
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