will blake do better at the french or wimbledon?

Which major will Blake make it farther in?

  • French Open

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well im not sure about this one. what does everybody else think? his game to me suits grass more but his strokes are so good off high bounces and he is so fast that clay might be a better surface...
 

Grigollif1

Semi-Pro
Good Poll. I think he hasn't done bad on clay, I mean he has already got to the Ms Rome quarters in 2002 and did some good campaign at the Houston clay Championship. Like other posters mention it he has pretty good characteristics to play well on clay, his movement is great and he can play well in a physical match Let's se.. I think his best chance is in Rome where the clay is the fastest in the Master Seires.
 

superman1

Legend
I figure Wimbledon. French Open is tough because there will be a bunch of specialists floating around in the draw, guys who grew up on the dirt and can't play anywhere else.
 

VamosRafa

Hall of Fame
I was looking for the option re the American hardcourts. That's when I think he'll surface again (so to speak).

He can run, but can he slide???
 

AAAA

Hall of Fame
French Open - Can Blake handle the slippery surface and the unusual bounces? Can he construct points inaddition to just blasting winners? I can't think of any French Open champion who couldn't construct points/move the ball around well.
 

WayneCM

Semi-Pro
hard 2 see blake going to far in either unless he gets a good draw... I think he has a better chance at wimbledon, but not enough to get deep into the draw...
 

Rickson

G.O.A.T.
prestige18 said:
well im not sure about this one. what does everybody else think? his game to me suits grass more but his strokes are so good off high bounces and he is so fast that clay might be a better surface...
Wimbledon because although he's good with high balls as you said, Blake's relatively flat balls will slow down on the clay because the balls won't zip past his opponents as well as they would on grass. Flat bombers generally do better on grass than clay.
 

johnkidd

Semi-Pro
I'd say the French as long as he doesn't hit a good clay courter early. Seems he's improved his fitness which should help him there. You would think his game would transfer well to grass but for some reason it doesn't seem like it does.
 
Although he hasn't done well at either, he has a decent game for clay and a terrific game for grass. His improved serve and service return will serve him well on grass, and his hard, flat shots should let him play very short points(which he likes). His surging confidence will help him more than anything, and should let him see a decent result at the big W and maybe get him some good wins on the dirt.

Clay is not a great surface for James, but his speed and fitness will serve him well. He should do okay in the clay court AMS events, but he lacks clay court expertise and the ability to slide. Couple that with his lack of spin and it equates to a small chance of making a major run at the French. I would be surprised if he got farther than the 4th round, although his fight, fitness, and speed should get him that far. Like others have said, he could do well in Rome, where the clay is quite fast.

Wimbledon should go well for James this year. He will have a good seeding, and his game fits grass very well. With his power and quick hands and feet, he won't have to play long points. I expect James to have a strong Wimbledon, he should be able to pound his way into at least the Quarters.
 
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splink779

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I'm pretty sure the bounces are much better at wiimbledon that at that Davis cup tie. The balls looked like they were dying last week, wimbledon has better bouces. So, with truer bounces and a fast court, I think he will do better at wimbledon. He will make horrendous amounts of errors at the french.
 

Topaz

Legend
I was thinking of this while watching the DC matches. It seems grass would accomdate his lack of spin and hard, flat shots; however his quickness and fitness will be assets at the French. I guess only time will tell!
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
4th round at the FO would be pretty darn good considering no Americans made it to the 2nd (or was it 3rd?) last year.
 

Topaz

Legend
GRANITECHIEF said:
4th round at the FO would be pretty darn good considering no Americans made it to the 2nd (or was it 3rd?) last year.
Lindsay Davenport made it to the quarterfinals, taking out Clijsters on the way. She was the last American left in the draw at that point.

I don't know why clay is so hard for American players??? If you know you have a weakness, and you know that *others* know of that weakness, shouldn't you take care of that? Seems to make so much sense, but yet...
 
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splink779

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Topaz said:
Lindsay Davenport made it to the quarterfinals, taking out Clijsters on the way. She was the last American left in the draw at that point.

I don't know why clay is so hard for American players??? If you know you have a weakness, and you know that *others* know of that weakness, shouldn't you take care of that? Seems to make so much sense, but yet...
Think he meant men. To be honest, the top of the women's game is played almost identically on every surface. Some like Schiavone are great on clay, but they still lose to Davenport, Sharapova, etc, the same girls that do well at wimby.

And i think it was no american male made it past the 2nd round last year.
 

8PAQ

Banned
vive le beau jeu ! said:
you should have add another choice in the poll :
"the same round in both tournament" !
You mean 1st round in both?


Ahhhh, just kidding, you know that I love you JB :D
 
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