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He will be 27 next year, and that's when most start declining.
I dont think he can repeat his great run next year and I also dont believe he will ever reach top 5 again.
What do you think?
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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

James Blake will never make it to the YEC
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He will be 27 next year, and that's when most start declining.
27 is not the time when they start declining, they should be at top shape then
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Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.
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Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.
That is not because the age is catching up on them, it`s becuase they probebly are not GS material or because of other issues not age. People can still win GS or qualify to YEC even if they are 30.
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Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.
Andres Gomez was 30 when he won Roland Garros in 1990. Pat Cash wasn't 27 when he won Wimbledon he was 22 when he won Wimbledon. He was born in 1965 and won in 87.

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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

I don't believe he will ever be highly ranked enough after this year to qualify.

I got a better question though, given the amout of hype and praise that he's gotten, if Blake happened to get a draw weak enough to win a Slam, would he go into the hall of fame?

I honestly think so given the standard he's held to.

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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

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If Blake doesn't qualify, then he can't qualify again, can he?

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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

Actually Blake is turning 27 in late December he was born in 1979. And I have a feeling Blake will drop right out of the top 10. He's got tons of points to defend in Stockholm if he doesn't do good there he is out. And Blake has never done good indoor in Europe I expect early exits for him in Paris and Madrid. Blake's only shot is Thailand to gain points and that event may not continue because there is a military coup going on right now.
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I see Blake dropping back down to no.25 or no.32 its down at these lower rankings where he feels more comfortable. He certainly has a history of failure in Grand slams and Davis Cup.
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If Blake doesn't qualify, then he can't qualify again, can he?
lol, that's true.
Neways, thanks guys, I dont bother going back to check history, too much time.
But you get my point...
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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

james can play well in next years...it's not like he's 33..
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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

The next few years, sarcopenia kicks in... If he gets one injury around this time = inactivity for several weeks, and your muscles go into atrophy. Not cool.
If he stays healthy, sure why not? the bottom half of the top 8 is a joke right now
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Re: If Blake doesnt qualify for YEC, he will never qualify again!?

Maybe he is a late developer like Ivan Ljubicic.

The current greatness league of active players in order of achievements to date (a factual comparison rather than fan biased assessment):

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