Interesting match I'm surprised Blake won two games in the third set from triple breakpoint, usually he can't deal with those situations, this time his 1st serve worked well on breakpoints, maybe it's a matter that Dancevic is rather poor receiver.
stroke <- point <- game <- set <- MATCH -> round -> tournament -> season -> career
Solid from James. He mixed his serve really efficiently, and finally his forehand and passing shots clicked in the right moments. James also played some great backhand returns and a few nice lobs. A little bit inconsistent at Dancevic 2nd serve returns but still self-confident. There was one highlight with a long rally ended by James beautiful forhand slice reply to Frank dropshot. Could be quicker if he managed to break at 2-0 40-15 in the 3rd set.
Thanks to Eurosport for showing this match instead of the Rod Laver night session.
Joachim Johansson / Ivo Karlovic / Andy Roddick / Ernests Gulbis / John Isner / Chris Guccione / Feliciano Lopez / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga / Ivan Ljubicic / Mario Ancic / Michael Llodra / Gilles Muller / Xavier Malisse / Max Mirnyi / Nicolas Mahut / Robin Söderling / Frank Dancevic / Olivier Rochus / Robert Kendrick
It's official, Blake's hunger is back. Streaky Frank is rarely anything but entertaining in his win-all or lose-all attacking play, but Blake's power game was really too much for him in the first two sets. Then Dancevic recovered from 0-2 0-30 in the third, flipping it around to 3-2 and 40-15 on the American's serve. Blake saved those break points, and had to save several others in what became a really feisty third set. Dancevic became the recipient of some really hard stare-downs from Blake, and on two passing shots near the end it was a case of the man from from the USA trying to win the match through an early knock out. As far as I could see, Blake's only genuine grievance was that Dancevic had started to play much better, and he didn't need to get so unpleasant about it. Nevertheless, the match ended on a high note, and too bad that the standard wasn't higher earlier.
Excellent. Finally, a decent performance from James, this is what we like to see. String a few more of those together this week, James.
"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."