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View Poll Results: Who will win this first round match in Miami?
Davydenko in 2 13 50.00%
Blake in 2 2 7.69%
Davydenko in 3 4 15.38%
Blake in 3 7 26.92%
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WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

H2H is 7-0 Blake, but these two haven't met since 2009, before James' knee injuries have rendered him essentially a part-time player. This is Blake's second tournament of the season, and in his first event at Memphis he wasn't able to truly put forth a reasonable performance due to his knee issues. Davydenko has had a very up-and-down season overall but has continued to show flashes of why he was a top 5 player a few seasons ago.

James' advantage in this match-up has been his ability to smack Davydenko's serve around on return, protect his own serve and use his speed to his advantage and frustrate Davy, but without his knees 100% I can't see him being able to keep with Davydenko in any high-pace rallies. James will be motivated, and if he's fit, he can be competitive in this match, but I have Davydenko winning in straights and breaking his winless record against the American.
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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

I was just looking at their H2H and this is the score for their first meeting
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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

Blake in 2.

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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

Everything you say is true but there are 3 things working against davy:

1. the H2H itself. There might also be a mental battle here. Does davy even believe that he can beat james?

2. Davy might not be 100% himself

3. I bet this is a late match and that will give James alot of energy

I expect a routine win for james. Something like 6-3, 6-4
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Everything you say is true but there are 3 things working against davy:

1. the H2H itself. There might also be a mental battle here. Does davy even believe that he can beat james?

2. Davy might not be 100% himself

3. I bet this is a late match and that will give James alot of energy

I expect a routine win for james. Something like 6-3, 6-4
Not a night match, second on central court after 11am local time.

I expect Davydenko to win easily, Blake has no form whatsoever, losing to Sweeting 0 & 2 speaks for itself.


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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

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It's all about the awesome phenomenon of match-up .

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Not a night match, second on central court after 11am local time.

I expect Davydenko to win easily, Blake has no form whatsoever, losing to Sweeting 0 & 2 speaks for itself.
Denko almost got bagelled by Bubka a week ago....
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Well, the last match they've played Blake won 6-7 7-6 6-3. I doubt it's the match-up that won him the 2nd set tiebreak.


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Denko almost got bagelled by Bubka a week ago....
Almost, but still won the set.
Blake, on the other hand, got bageled by Sweeting.


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Well, the last match they've played Blake won 6-7 7-6 6-3. I doubt it's the match-up that won him the 2nd set tiebreak.
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Almost, but still won the set.
Blake, on the other hand, got bageled by Sweeting.
thing is with these two guys at the moment it's quite hard to have an idea of what will be their condition on the court. probably Denko has an edge here, I'm supporting Blake just because of the long break he had to go through.

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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

Maybe I am overestimating Nikolay's chances here, but the fact is Blake only played that one match against Sweeting this year. So in 3 months, he's played one match in which he won 2 games.


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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

denko quite easily too
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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

I wouldn't think Blake had any chance, but he beat Del Potro badly only a few months ago, so I have no idea.

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Re: WWW Miami R1: Davydenko vs Blake

I think Blake in 3 ... Idk why i think so .....by the way the crowd too is against Davy !

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