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 Tytuł: James Blake
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James Riley Blake (ur. 28 grudnia 1979 w Nowym Jorku) – amerykański tenisista, specjalizujący się w grze na nawierzchni twardej. W całej karierze wygrał dotychczas 15 turniejów (10 singlowych i 5 deblowych). Pierwsze zwycięstwo odniósł w 2002 roku w Memphis, a ostatnie w 2007 w New Haven.


Państwo: USA
Miejsce urodzenia: Yonkers, New York, USA
Miejsce zamieszkania: Tampa, Florida, USA
Wzrost: 185 cm
Masa ciała: 83 kg
Gra praworęczna, jednoręczny bh
Status profesjonalny od 1999r.
Trener: Kelly Jones

Oficjalna strona: http://www.jamesblaketennis.com/


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Tytuły Jamesa Blake'a

#1) Waszyngton, 2002

R64 Bye
R32 Ogorodov, Oleg (UZB) 6-4 6-1
R16 Coria, Guillermo (ARG) 6-4 7-5
Q Corretja, Alex (ESP) 6-4 6-4
S Agassi, Andre (USA) 6-3 6-4
W Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA) 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4

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#2) New Haven, 2005

R64 Bye
R32 Clement, Arnaud (FRA) 6-4 6-2
R16 Calleri, Agustin (ARG) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1
Q Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 6-4 6-2
S Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA) 6-4 3-6 7-6(2)
W Fish, Mardy (USA) 7-5 6-4

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2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
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2008 (1) WTF


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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#3) Sztokholm, 2005

R32 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP) 7-6(4) 6-4
R16 Rochus, Christophe (BEL) 6-7(9) 7-5 6-2
Q Martin, Alberto (ESP) 6-1 6-2
S Rochus, Olivier (BEL) 6-4 6-3
W Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA) 6-1 7-6(6)

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#4) Sydney, 2006

R32 Kim, Kevin (USA) 6-3 6-4
R16 Healey, Nathan (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Q Korolev, Evgeny (RUS) 6-1 6-4
S Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) W/O
W Moya, Carlos (ESP) 6-3 5-7 6-1

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#5) Las vegas, 2006

R32 Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA) 7-6(3) 6-0
R16 Vahaly, Brian (USA) 6-1 6-1
Q Carlsen, Kenneth (DEN) 6-4 6-4
S Karlovic, Ivo (CRO) 7-6(2) 6-1
W Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS) 7-5 2-6 6-3

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#6) Indianapolis, 2006

R64 Bye
R32 Udomchoke, Danai (THA) 7-6(5) 6-4
R16 Whitehouse, Wesley (RSA) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4
Q Mahut, Nicolas (FRA) 7-6(2) 7-6(5)
S Malisse, Xavier (BEL) 6-3 2-6 6-1
W Roddick, Andy (USA) 4-6 6-4 7-6(5)

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2015 (1) Rotterdam
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2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
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2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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#7) Bangkok, 2006

R32 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 6-1 6-2
R16 Balleret, Benjamin (MON) 6-3 6-2
Q Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN) 6-2 2-6 7-5
S Safin, Marat (RUS) 3-6 6-4 7-6(3)
W Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO) 6-3 6-1

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#8) Sztokholm, 2006

R32 Johansson, Thomas (SWE) 6-3 6-2
R16 Greul, Simon (GER) 6-3 6-2
Q Rochus, Olivier (BEL) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2
S Soderling, Robin (SWE) 7-5 7-6(4)
W Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN) 6-4 6-2

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#9) Sydney, 2007

R32 Kim, Kevin (USA) 6-3 6-4
R16 Healey, Nathan (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Q Korolev, Evgeny (RUS) 6-1 6-4
S Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) W/O
W Moya, Carlos (ESP) 6-3 5-7 6-1

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#10) New Haven, 2007

R64 Bye
R32 Clement, Arnaud (FRA) 6-4 6-2
R16 Calleri, Agustin (ARG) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1
Q Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 6-4 6-2
S Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA) 6-4 3-6 7-6(2)
W Fish, Mardy (USA) 7-5 6-4

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2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Jeszcze jeden, drużynowy, ale chyba najcenniejszy dorzucę :)

Davis Cup 2007:
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Trochę James się powygrywał, ale zaprzepaścił tez masę szans, w tym te, które mnie bolą najbardziej, czyli:
- 2 finały Delrey Beach (Malisse, Nishikori)
- finał Houston (z Grannolersem)
- finał LA ( ze Stepankiem)

i oczywiście finał Queens Club z Hewittem w 2006, gdzie naprawdę był w niezłym gazie i jednak gładko przegrał tamten finał, a był blisko wygrania czegoś naprawdę prestiżowego.

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


MTT - finały (18)
2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
2008 (1) WTF


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Ostatni turniej wygrał w New Haven w 2007 roku. Od tamtego czasu kolekcjonuje koncertowe wtopy w finałach, jak nie wcześniej :P

Dobrze, że chociaż do 10 dobił w ilości wygranych imprez ;)

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Szkoda,że tylko jeden rok miał w pełni udany(2006),kiedy można powiedzieć że praktycznie za sprawą Federera wygrał 5,a nie więcej turniejów.

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F: Metz 09, Basel 09, Johannesburg 10, Stuttgart 10, Toronto 10, Valencia 10, San Jose 11, Buenos Aires 16, Miami 17, Tokyo 17
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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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October 4, 2009 - Blake has split with longtime coach
By Charles Bricker

I can now confirm, through the ATP, that James Blake is no longer working with coach Brian Barker, who has been James' friend, confidante and coach since J.B. was 12 years old.

Blake is in Beijing this week under the tutelage of Kelly Jones, the former No. 1 doubles player (1992) who has previously coached Mardy Fish and Xavier Malisse, among others.

This had to be a difficult split for Blake, whose loyalty to Barker over the years is legion. But, though his record is a respectable 21-17, Blake has slipped from No. 10 at the start of the season to No. 24 and, once again, has not reached his potential at the Grand Slams.

Jones can help Blake with his transition and net game and it is also a very good fit geographically. Blake and Jones both live in Tampa.

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=29577


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Sezon 2009 w liczbach

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Finały: 2 (Estoril, Queens)
Bilans spotkań: 24-21
Zarobki: $567,873

AO - 4 Runda
RG - 1 Runda
WM -1 Runda
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Blake to hold fundraiser in New York

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James Blake will hold his annual Reception to benefit the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Cancer Research Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on November 30th, at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Guests will include Andy Roddick and his wife Brooklyn Decker, Anna Wintour, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Michael Jordan, Patrick McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as a surprise musical guest performance.

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=32422

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F: Metz 09, Basel 09, Johannesburg 10, Stuttgart 10, Toronto 10, Valencia 10, San Jose 11, Buenos Aires 16, Miami 17, Tokyo 17
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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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James wygrał challengera w Sarasocie. Jest to pierwszy tytuł 007 w tym roku i pierwszy od NH 2007, nie licząc Pucharu Davisa. :o

Ten challengerowy triumf pozwolił JB przesunąć się o 40 miejsc w rankingu i mocno zbliżyć się do Top-100.

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2012 (1) Toronto M1000
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2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Blake Overcomes Gulbis, Faces Isner Next

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James Blake won his first tour-level match
since April in Houston.


American James Blake overcame Ernests Gulbis on Monday night at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, defeating the Latvian 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2 to set up a second-round meeting with third-seeded countryman John Isner.

Former World No. 4 Blake launched his comeback as Gulbis served for the match at 5-4 in the second set. He was ahead a break 3-2 in the third set when the match was momentarily suspended due to rain. When the pair stepped back on court, he secured another service break, and successfully faced down four break points in the final game to clinch the victory.

It marked Blake’s first tour-level match win since April in Houston, and extended Gulbis’s losing streak to five straight matches dating back to May. The 31-year-old Blake, who dropped outside of the Top 100 last season after being sidelined by injury, recently won the ATP Challenger title in Winnetka.

Eighth seed Somdev Devvarman earned a hard-fought win over American Ryan Sweeting on Monday, prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 after two hours and 23 minutes. Devvarman, ranked two places behind World No. 66 Sweeting in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings, won exactly four more points than his opponent during the first-round match.

Devvarman performed well on hard courts earlier this season, reaching his second ATP World Tour final in Johannesburg (l. to Anderson) and the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Nadal).

Devvarman next faces Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, who defeated German Michael Berrer 7-6(6), 6-4 to earn his first win in ATP World Tour main draw action. The 106th-ranked Ito has enjoyed success on the ATP Challenger circuit this season, reaching two hard-court finals.

In an all-American first-round match, 33-year-old Michael Russell dismissed 21-year-old wild card Donald Young 6-0, 6-3 in one hour and 13 minutes. Russell advanced to the quarter-finals last year at this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament before falling to eventual runner-up John Isner.

Also on Day 1, Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller closed out a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over seventh-seeded American Alex Bogomolov Jr.


http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis ... e-Off.aspx

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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Z całą sympatią dla tego zawodnika, widzimy w tym temacie ze ów koleżka nie wygrał nic znaczącego w karierze singlowej. Pewną wisienką na torcie jego kariery zostaje Davis Cup wygrany z reprezentacją USA i on pozostanie jego największym sukcesem w karierze.

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F: Olympic Games 08, Bangkok 08, s'Hertogenbosch 10, Wimbledon 10, LA 10, Memphis 11, Waszyngton 11, Montreal 11, Szanghaj 12, WTF 12, Madryt 14


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Blake off to a good start in Washington

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James Blake delighted the American crowd with a straight-set win over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito.

James Blake def. Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-3

American veteran James Blake didn’t break much of sweat in this first round match. Tatsuma Ito of Japan kept Blake on court under an hour. The American converted on 4 of 5 possible break points, while Ito had the exact opposite result. The Japanese man only secured 1 service break in 6 chances.

This win marks another step forward in the comeback attempt of Blake, who has had many struggles with injury and illness over the course of his career. Blake will take on the No. 8 seed David Nalbandian in the second round.


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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DUN I LOVE pisze:
Trochę James się powygrywał, ale zaprzepaścił tez masę szans, w tym te, które mnie bolą najbardziej, czyli:
- 2 finały Delrey Beach (Malisse, Nishikori)
- finał Houston (z Grannolersem)
- finał LA ( ze Stepankiem)

i oczywiście finał Queens Club z Hewittem w 2006, gdzie naprawdę był w niezłym gazie i jednak gładko przegrał tamten finał, a był blisko wygrania czegoś naprawdę prestiżowego.

Piszesz DUN o tych finałach, ale ja myślę, że James najbardziej żałuje 1/4 US Open 2005 z Agassim - prowadził 2-0 w setach, w piątym serwował na mecz, przegrał jednak po tym stojącym na kosmicznym poziomie tie-breaku. To zresztą według mnie jedno z najlepszych spotkań w historii tego turnieju, tę dramaturgię i napięcie wyczuwane na widowni ciężko będzie powtórzyć.


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Wiesz, pisałem o meczach finałowych tylko. W przypadku pokonania Agassiego na USO05, Blake'owi do tytułu wciąż by trochę brakowało. Spotkanie pamiętam doskonale, to prawda, że ma Blake czego żałować. Był w znakomitej formie, do tego Agassi to przecież jego idol z dzieciństwa. 007 miał serwis na mecz w 5 secie, a później bodajże 3-0 w TB 5 seta, po czym ze stanu 3-6 doszedł na po 6. Przegrał 2 ostatnie piłki, o 2 za dużo. Niezapomniany mecz.

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2017 (1) Cincinnati M1000
2016 (1) Sankt Petersburg
2015 (1) Rotterdam
2013 (3) Montreal M1000, Rzym M1000, Dubaj
2012 (1) Toronto M1000
2011 (4) Waszyngton, Belgrad, Miami M1000, San Jose
2010 (2) Wiedeń, Rotterdam
2009 (2) Szanghaj M1000, Eastbourne
2008 (2) US Open, Estoril


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2017 (2) Sztokholm, Indian Wells M1000
2016 (2) Newport, Rotterdam
2015 (1) Halle
2014 (1) Tokio
2013 (2) Basel, Kuala Lumpur
2011 (3) WTF, Cincinnati M1000, Rzym M1000
2010 (2) Basel, Marsylia
2009 (4) WTF, Stuttgart, Wimbledon, Madryt M1000
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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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James prowadził 3-0, później 5-4, miał do dyspozycji dwa serwisy, przegrał oba, obronił jeszcze jednego meczbola, ale skończyło się na wyniku 8-6 na korzyść Agassiego - niezapomniane było dla mnie to dumne przejście Andre na drugą stronę kortu po udanym returnie bitym jakby od niechcenia.


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 Tytuł: Re: James Blake
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Blake out to stop food-raiding friend Isner

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James Blake has the chance this week at the ATP Washington stop to get one back on the doubles partner and neighbor in Florida who occasionally tries to eat him out of house and home.

Blake, who upset tournament holder David Nalbandian of Argentina, will take on good friend John Isner, going into the match with a double incentive to win. Last month in steamy Atlanta, Isner thrashed his 31-year-old friend with 30 aces in a second-round win.

In addition to that, Blake is also keen to get Isner to stop raiding his food supplies back home. “He’s taken so much food out of my fridge, he owes me a few thousand dollars. Last time I was home, I was eating breakfast at his house just about every morning.

"We practise together so often that I’ve seen his serve a million times - it doesn’t get any easier,” said the player from Tampa, Florida, also Isner's training base.


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Time for James Blake to retire?

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How do you tell a man whose entire career has been about never giving up that it's time to stop?

How do you tell a man who knows nothing except beating the odds, that some odds, these odds, can't be beaten?

How do you tell James Blake, a man who went from wearing a full-length back brace for 18 hours a day, every day for five years to No. 4 player in the world, that his magical ride is over?

That this U.S. Open should be his last?

You can't.

You don't.

All you can do is hope for the best.

Besides, someone as determined -- or stubborn -- as Blake probably wouldn't listen anyway.

After all, I'm sure there were plenty of people who saw how severe his scoliosis was when he was a teenager and told him he probably wouldn't be an elite athlete. And then Blake ignored them and became the No. 1 college player in the country while at Harvard. I'm sure there were plenty of people who told him how rare it was for a college player to make it on tour. And then Blake ignored them and at one point became the highest-ranked American. I'm sure after he broke his neck, contracted shingles and lost his father to cancer all in one year that even Blake wondered how much more he could take. And then the next season he won ATP Comeback Player of the Year, answering his own question.

Blake is often credited with being one of the classiest players on tour but the quality I admired most was his will. It never seems to matter what life throws Blake's way, he always finds a way to get past it, learn from it, grow.

But there comes a time in every athlete's life when the body takes a little longer to recover between matches or is a little slower during matches. And seeing how Blake hasn't won a tournament since 2007, hasn't even won three singles tour matches in a row since 2009 and is staring at 32, his inner strength no longer matters. When your knees give out, will and determination are sidekicks to wear and tear, and no matter how hard you train or how focused you are, there's no outworking time. In team sports you can mask losing a step. In an individual sport like tennis, that's just blood in the water. For the better part of two years, Blake's been getting eaten up.

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"Retirement is one of the more difficult times in an athlete's career," said former pro Brian Vahaly, whose career was stopped short because of a shoulder injury. "Ever since we can remember we have been focused on tennis and ways to push your body and mind to a higher level. Then all of a sudden it's gone -- and that transition affects everyone in very different, extreme ways.

"Fortunately for James, he's a very educated person who I think will handle this with class as there is more to him than just tennis."

But former pro Justin Gimelstob said Blake is not thinking about life after tennis yet.

"I knew I was playing on borrowed time so my last year on tour I was thinking about the next step in my life," said Gimelstob, who endured 29 cortisone shots and back surgery before finally saying goodbye to the sport. "James isn't talking like he's preparing for anything other than tennis.

"No doubt retirement is in his conscience -- at this stage in his career it has to be -- but I don't know if he's ready to walk away yet. Only he knows."

Gimelstob, who spent significant time with Blake this week for his show on the Tennis Channel, said he believes on any given day Blake still has enough to beat anyone outside of the top four players. He also said that even in some of Blake's losses, he's played some extremely good tennis.

The question is can he sustain that level of play two or three matches in a row. And sadly for the past three seasons, that answer has been no.

He won $1 million in 2008, $567K in 2009, $265K in 2010, and he passed the $100K mark for this season just last week. Even when he was a speedy top-10 player five years ago, he only made it as far as the quarterfinals in Grand Slam play and was getting bagled by Roger Federer. It's hard to imagine at this point a slightly slower Blake doing any significant damage outside of the challenger events he's played this season.

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Seeing how he was born in the state of New York and that his interest in tennis was sparked by seeing Arthur Ashe speak at an event in Harlem, the U.S. Open would be the perfect place for Blake to call it a career. I'm sure it's hard for a competitor like him to keep losing in the early rounds the way that he has. And I know it is really hard to watch.

In many ways, Blake's unlikely story is as American as "The Star Spangled Banner" -- a scrawny kid climbing up the rough side of the mountain in hopes of being something few honestly thought he could be, great.

One of my favorite moments watching him live was in 2005 when he dismantled then-No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Flushing Meadows. That summer he was just beginning to come into his own and that win was probably his biggest to date.

Now I'm just hoping he can win three in a row, regardless of the opponents, regardless of the tournament.

I guess that's what age does to our athletic gods, knocks them back down to earth ... whether they acknowledge it or not.

But how do you tell a man like Blake that he is no longer flying high?

I guess in the end, you don't.

The U.S. Open is starting and you just hope for the best.

Besides, there's no evidence he would listen anyway.

If Blake was into listening to the people around him, he probably wouldn't have gotten off the ground in the first place.

LZ Granderson is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at lzgranderson@yahoo.com.


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