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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Blake: Headcase or not?

I have always felt that Blake is such a headcase and just isn't hungry enough to live up to his true potential. I remember after he finally won a 5-set match and they asked how he felt about losing so many he said "I was just glad to get to 5 sets against lots of those guys, I didn't expect to win", or something like that, which I find an strange mindset. I know he likes tennis but I think he's just satisfied enough playing, he's not too concerned what his ranking is. Does anyone agree?

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

Not trying to be negative, just wondered what people's opinions were

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

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maybe its just me then. idk, just always felt that way for some reason

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

he's not a top 10 player by accident.

though many people will tell you that he's a gimp or whatnot
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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

I agree, he totally should be top 10. I just mean I think he could be even better and a Grand Slam contender if he was more motivated. For instance, at the Olypmics when he's playing for his country, not just himself, he goes and beats Federer, which he never never does when he's playing for himself. Then when he has the opportunity to get bronze he chokes of course. Once again, not meaning to bash him, I just feel this way about him.

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I have always felt that Blake is such a headcase and just isn't hungry enough to live up to his true potential. I remember after he finally won a 5-set match and they asked how he felt about losing so many he said "I was just glad to get to 5 sets against lots of those guys, I didn't expect to win", or something like that, which I find an strange mindset. I know he likes tennis but I think he's just satisfied enough playing, he's not too concerned what his ranking is. Does anyone agree?
I agree he isnt hungry enough. He needs to be as hungry as david nalbiandian to live up to his true potential.
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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

I think being unmotivated and a headcase are two separate things. I'm a Blake fan, and it would be hard to argue that he isn't a headcase. The five-set record is the best example, but there are others such as a tendency to choke, going into deep slumps, and an inability to perform at his best in important matches/tournaments.

However, I don't think this means he is unmotivated. He is generally very intense/competitive on court. I watched the finals of the 2008 Houston tournament recently where Blake lost 7-5 in the 3rd to Granollers. At the end Blake was noticeably very disappointed (and this is Houston we're talking about). I think many of his comments, such as the one you mention in the first post, are meant to come off as humble. I think he generally does feel lucky to be playing tennis at this level, especially since when he was a junior he never imagined that he'd be playing pro tennis. Hell, he considers himself lucky to be able to play at all considering his severe neck injury in 2004. Him getting down on himself in matches is more a result of an inability to control his emotions, which are primarily a result of frustration if he's not playing well. That's him being a headcase, not unmotivated.

But when he's on that forehand is one of the best shots in the game in my opinion.
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hilarious. You know I meant hungry for victory. I have a feeling a lot of these jokes happen around here lol

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He is garbage . Plain and simple

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I think being unmotivated and a headcase are two separate things. I'm a Blake fan, and it would be hard to argue that he isn't a headcase. The five-set record is the best example, but there are others such as a tendency to choke, going into deep slumps, and an inability to perform at his best in important matches/tournaments.

However, I don't think this means he is unmotivated. He is generally very intense/competitive on court. I watched the finals of the 2008 Houston tournament recently where Blake lost 7-5 in the 3rd to Granollers. At the end Blake was noticeably very disappointed (and this is Houston we're talking about). I think many of his comments, such as the one you mention in the first post, are meant to come off as humble. I think he generally does feel lucky to be playing tennis at this level, especially since when he was a junior he never imagined that he'd be playing pro tennis. Hell, he considers himself lucky to be able to play at all considering his severe neck injury in 2004. Him getting down on himself in matches is more a result of an inability to control his emotions, which are primarily a result of frustration if he's not playing well. That's him being a headcase, not unmotivated.

But when he's on that forehand is one of the best shots in the game in my opinion.
I know he wants to win, but I just feel like if he was locked in some intense battle he can rarely find a way to pull through. Its partly nerves but I think he also just doesn't want to win as much as his opponents usually. I've seen him play amazing tennis, but he never seems to play his best at the critical moments. Maybe its motivation, maybe concentration but the top players play their best on the key points and Blake seems to consistently choke

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

Also in his book it was funny how he acted like he wasn't getting down on himself anymore. Does he not realize he does it all the time. Now that I think about it, I think you're right about the motivation thing, I think he just lacks confidence that he can beat the best players and also turn around a tough situation.

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He is garbage . Plain and simple
such "garbage" he's been number four in the world. have you done that or are you "garbage" too?

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

Another Blake bashing thread?

Tim Henman--Gael Monfils--James Blake--Donald Young--Rafael Nadal--Jo-Wilfried Tsonga--John Isner--Janko Tipsarevic--Richard Gasquet.

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Re: Blake: Headcase or not?

Huge headcase...when he goes down a set or 2-0 in a 5 set match, he just gives up most of the time.

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