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Miami R1: Davydenko def. Blake 4-6 6-4 6-4

Well, a lot of people, including I, sure underestimated Blake here and he gave a good account of himself here for not having played a truly competitive match at full fitness this season. James got out to a 5-*1 lead in the first set. He broke to start the match and held for 2-0 after saving three break points, double faulting twice in his first service game. Davydenko was up 40-15 to hold and was broken to go down 0-*3. Davy got one of the breaks back for *1-3 but was immediately rebroken to 30. Both players then comfortably held before Davydenko broke James when serving for the first set at *5-2, after being up 30-0 in the game. Davy held comfortably but James held to love to win the first set.

Second set both players held their serves easily until 3 all, where Davydenko had 40-0 before having to save a BP to hold. At 4-5, Blake DF'd down *30-40 to lose the second set.

Blake broke for a *2-1 lead to open the third set, but was broken immediately to lose his advantage. Both players then held their serves from there without facing a break point until Blake served at 4-5, where he was broken to lose the match after saving two match points.

Davydenko served at a very high first serve percentage like he does a lot, in an effort to protect his second serve. In this match-up that was wise since Davy's second serve is especially vulnerable to Blake's return. He did a good job holding serve the final two sets overall and was able to get the crucial break to win the match. Davydenko gets his first win over Blake in 8 tries and now plays Isner in the second round.
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Re: Miami R1: Davydenko def. Blake 4-6 6-4 6-4

Came down to the serves. Davy served at a very high percentage and won 66% of service points in the third set, protected his serve better as the match went on. Blake's first serve percentage wasn't high enough, he was damaged on second serves and it cost him.
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It would have been pathetic to end his career without beating Blake atleast once.

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So sad for James

This is Blake's first lost against Davydenko (it was 7-0 till today).
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Re: Miami R1: Davydenko def. Blake 4-6 6-4 6-4

Kolya beating Blake
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Before you know it, Kolya will be leading the H2H between the two.


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Re: Miami R1: Davydenko def. Blake 4-6 6-4 6-4

What happened? Was Blake injured again this year?
Didn't he finally manage to find some form at the end of last year? But then he disappeared again. Or am I remembering it wrong?

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didnt think he could do it but very happy to see he turned it around
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I'm thinking USO this year is James' swan song.
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Flyboy is a genius . concluding all this from watching numbers at livescore . amazing
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