Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
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.