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Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

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Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview)

PARIS -- The new ATP rankings, officially out Monday, will see James Blake edge from No. 8 to 7, but in my rankings, based on the quality of the players' interviews, he's No. 1.

What I've done is take the new top 10 and rank them by interview.

1. Blake (USA): Expansive, gregarious, thoughtful, insightful, revealing. He's not afraid to talk about his blemishes, plus he has a great sense of humor and is never full of himself. One of the quality people in sports.

2. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia): Total candor, never holds back. I remember asking him if he felt like killing something after he lost to Roger Federer in the Nasdaq final on a service return that hit the net cord and slopped over on match point. It was just another way to lose, no bit deal, he said. He's never forgotten his humble roots. One word summary: Integrity.

3. Andy Roddick (USA): Funny, spontaneous and passionate about his game. He respects reporters who respect him and he doesn't mind, at least to some reasonable degree, people poking into his private life. But ask him a dumb question and he'll rightly embarrass you. He makes you do your job.

4. Rafael Nadal (Spain): He is great interview, no? OK, we're getting a little tired of hearing him finish every sentence with "no," no? But cut him some slack. He's learning English a lot more quickly than any of us learned Spanish. No? He's not confident enough with the language, though, to break down his matches tactically for reporters and his love of life makes you laugh or smile.

5. Roger Federer (Switzerland): He's talkative and likes getting into match strategy, and that's a good thing for those of us who are more interested in the game than in his favorite flower or how his cow is doing. But there's a touch of arrogance creeping into his patois, and he ought do something about that.

6. Mario Ancic (Croatia): Good guy, but you want a little more of Goran Ivanisevic (the all-time best interview) to slip into his personality. On the other hand, that's probably not possible. There's only one Goran. I would have jacked him up higher if he'd revealed what Paul Capdeville said to him in that near-fight in the second round.

7. Tommy Robredo (Spain): His English is good enough, but that doesn't mean you're going to get a lot out of him. You can feel his suspicion when the probing questions begin. He gives stock answers, right out of the public relations playbook.

8. Gaston Gaudio (Argentina): Shrug. A singularly unspectacular interview.

9. David Nalbandian (Argentina): This really bothers me, because this guy could be a great interview. His English is good enough and he has a very interesting style. But getting any depth out of him is like trying to pull the tusks off an elephant.

10. Nikolay Davydenko (Russia): Deadly. Completely deadly.

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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

Ivan should be #1

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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

I prefer Ivan to Blake, because Ivan is more of a loose canon. It's a matter of style preference, I suppose.

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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

Ljubicic is so candid. He doesn't sugarcoat anything, I think.
Blake, on the other hand, is too TOO nice.
"He punched me in the nose for some reason, but I think I deserved it."
That's the kind of stuff he would say about anyone.

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"He punched me in the nose for some reason, but I think I deserved it."
That's the kind of stuff he would say about anyone.
and Ivan would say "he punched me in the nose, and right after this press conf, i am going to look for the mother f'er and kick his ass" \


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Exactly.

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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

i love james, but his interviews are not even close to the best on tour, not in terms of entertainment value anyway. he gives a long sermon for each of his answers, and while respectful and thoughtful of the questions, it's not particularly enthralling. I much prefer guys like Andy and Marat and those types

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But there's a touch of arrogance creeping into his patois, and he ought do something about that.
It'a always nice to see the word patois anywhere.
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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

Ljubo for sure in this list.

Well Bricker, you got to know how to ask the right questions and as for Nalbandian don't feel bad, he doesn' t like most journalists.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

1. Blake (USA): Expansive, gregarious, thoughtful, insightful, revealing. One of the quality people in sports.
Blake is humble and classy and I'm sure that for journalists interview him he's a dream, but he chooses his words too carefully and is not as funny/clever as others.

2. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia): He's never forgotten his humble roots. One word summary: Integrity.
I don't know why Bricker has a hard-on for Ivan but so far as I know he's the only one. Other journalists have said they don't care for him much as an interviewee. And as for integrity, give me a break. People will integrity don't whine to the press and make excuses whenever they lose a tough match. What is Charlie smoking over there?

3. Andy Roddick (USA): Funny, spontaneous and passionate about his game. He respects reporters who respect him and he doesn't mind, at least to some reasonable degree, people poking into his private life. But ask him a dumb question and he'll rightly embarrass you. He makes you do your job.
Should be ranked #1 or at least #2, imo. Andy is all of these and he also don't whine like a baby whenever he loses and he always gives credit to his opponents, whether he likes them or not. Can't say the same for Ivan, Charlie.

As for the bolded part, hee! "Would you read a book in the dark?" I love that Andy won't suffer fools lightly.

4. Rafael Nadal (Spain): He is great interview, no? OK, we're getting a little tired of hearing him finish every sentence with "no," no? But cut him some slack. He's learning English a lot more quickly than any of us learned Spanish. No?
Agreed. I couldn't believe how quickly he picked up English. Very impressive. But like Blake, he's perhaps *too* media-savvy; he's guarded in his responses and doesn't want to stir up trouble. Sometimes, throwing a a more honest bone out there can be good for your image too.

5. Roger Federer (Switzerland): He's talkative and likes getting into match strategy, and that's a good thing for those of us who are more interested in the game than in his favorite flower or how his cow is doing. But there's a touch of arrogance creeping into his patois, and he ought do something about that.
He also has a great sense of humor but the dumb reporters never ask the right questions to unleash it. I'm also getting tired of his stock, programmed answers that we have all memorized by now. But as the top player in the world who is being scritunized the most, he probably doesn't feel that he can just relax and let fly.

6. Mario Ancic (Croatia)
Has never impressed me in the interview dept. Am surprised he's ranked over Robredo.

10. Nikolay Davydenko (Russia): Deadly. Completely deadly.
The Nikolay comment cracked me up. I can just imagine reporters fighting with each other not to interview this guy.

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Re: Blake Moves To No. 1 (Interview): sun-sentinel.com, June 9, 2006

Hee hee, I wonder if Bricker and his ilk are still holding a grudge over that little incident at the AO this year when Federer labelled the questions posed to him during a Slam "all that crap".

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Hee hee, I wonder if Bricker and his ilk are still holding a grudge over that little incident at the AO this year when Federer labelled the questions posed to him during a Slam "all that crap".
For sure they must be pissed off and the Stupid Journalist thread helps to propogate this. As for Bricker I remember his RG 04 Coria apologist piece, it was quality.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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b]3. Andy Roddick (USA): Funny, spontaneous and passionate about his game. He respects reporters who respect him and he doesn't mind, at least to some reasonable degree, people poking into his private life. But ask him a dumb question and he'll rightly embarrass you. He makes you do your job.[/b]
Should be ranked #1 or at least #2, imo. Andy is all of these and he also don't whine like a baby whenever he loses and he always gives credit to his opponents, whether he likes them or not. Can't say the same for Ivan, Charlie.

As for the bolded part, hee! "Would you read a book in the dark?" I love that Andy won't suffer fools lightly.
Ditto, IMO Andy and Marat give the best interviews

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5. Roger Federer (Switzerland): He's talkative and likes getting into match strategy, and that's a good thing for those of us who are more interested in the game than in his favorite flower or how his cow is doing. But there's a touch of arrogance creeping into his patois, and he ought do something about that.
He also has a great sense of humor but the dumb reporters never ask the right questions to unleash it. I'm also getting tired of his stock, programmed answers that we have all memorized by now. But as the top player in the world who is being scritunized the most, he probably doesn't feel that he can just relax and let fly.
Agree on this part too, the funniest and best Roger interviews are most often in Swiss-German and French. He has a very witty side that sometimes just doesnt seem to transcend in his English interviews

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The Nikolay comment cracked me up. I can just imagine reporters fighting with each other not to interview this guy.
Even as a fan I can imagine the look of utter horror on the journalist face that will ever get to do a 1-on-1 interview with him

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where is marat. he should be #1.
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