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Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

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INDIAN WELLS - A late night was followed by an early exit for one of the few American hopefuls at the Pacific Life Open.

James Blake, the sixth seed in the men's draw who played one of the late-night matches Sunday night, returned to the Stadium Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the lengthening shadows Monday and dropped a straight-set match to Julien Benneteau of France.

"I was definitely surprised to see myself on the schedule again today, especially in the day," said Blake, who lost 6-2, 7-6 (1). "But I'm sure they had their reason for it. I don't know what it is."

Blake's loss leaves only Andy Roddick, the event's third seed, as an American with a serious chance to win the title this week. Roddick advanced in straight sets in the match just before Blake.

Blake wouldn't blame Sunday's late night for his Monday third-round loss, even though Blake said he didn't get to bed until 1:30 a.m. after his normal stretching and icing after his straight-set victory over Florent Serra.

"I hope I'm awake by 4 o'clock in the afternoon," Blake said. "But I don't know what it was. I think my feet just weren't moving for some reason."

Whatever the reason, Blake came out sluggish in the opening games of the first set against Benneteau, losing his serve twice to fall behind 4-0 and eventually dropping the set 6-2.

"It was everything, it seemed like," said Blake, who won in Sydney, Australia earlier this year and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. "I didn't serve well. I didn't return very well. I could have played better on the big points. I couldn't get a lot of momentum going."

Neither Blake nor Benneteau played particularly well in the second set, each losing their serve twice. Blake led the set on serve at 6-5, but Benneteau managed to hold on to his own serve and force the tiebreak.

Benneteau then made short work of the tiebreaker, winning 7-1. Blake set the tone for the tiebreaker by double-faulting on his opening serve.

Benneteau knew that was his opening to put the match away.

"I think (the tiebreaker) was the key opportunity to win this match, because I had some opportunities before and didn't take it," Benneteau said. "Against this kind of player, we cannot let opportunities go like this. So when I was down 6-5, I said to myself, 'OK, I can stay with this one in two sets, go into the tiebreaker and then win it.'"

At key points of the second set, Benneteau was able to whistle forehands past Blake, while Blake hit both backhands and forehands into the net throughout the set.

Blake said he felt good going into the tiebreaker after breaking Benneteau twice in the second set. That good feeling didn't last long, though.

"I felt like I was playing well on his serve and maybe just went for a little too much," Blake said. "Went for too much on the second serve, doubled and it wasn't a great start. And from there it didn't get much better."

Benneteau now advances to face 12th-seed Novak Djokovic in a quarter of the draw that has already lost Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Blake. Blake must take a few days to rebound from the upset before the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida.

"It will be in my head right now for probably the rest of the night, and then I gotta move past it," Blake said. "Take a day off tomorrow, relax, and then hopefully it will be out of my head. And that is what I've gotten better at over time."

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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

why are other players playing 3 days in a row?
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

The scheduling and court placement has been a little :retard:

Perhaps with the bad weather last year they wanted to load up the schedule early on and have more rest days later in the fortnight.

IW does have issues. It took a few tries to get the draw right, last year.

All this being said, James might want to take a lower profile following Vegas issues.

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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

Yeah the scheduling is a bit odd. Blake gets on court at night, several hours after he was scheduled and then has to come back out the next day? Aren't Roddick & Nadal (and I'm sure others) now playing three days in a row? I thought players got days off during these events? The weather forecast is perfect for the entire week/weekend. Hot and full sun every day, so weather certainly shouldn't be a concern.

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Excuses excuses.
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i wonder why blake cant beat players like korolev and benneteau lately and shut up
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

Slightly odd scheduling but hardly that traumatic - in bed by 1.30 and then not back on court before 4pm next day. It's plenty of time to go through the usual motions post-match and pre-match. It's not like he was out for ages against Serra, either. All player have to play back-to-back days at some stage in this tournament, I think - they don't start early enough for everyone to have a day off between every round. Murray played both Sunday (singles and doubles) and Monday (singles), for instance, although all day matches in those cases.

He just played very very poorly. Period.
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

blake is a loser
nuff said
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

everyone else also played two days in a row, some 3... non issue and just an excuse by blake...

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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

Blake wasn't making excuses he was just answering a reporter's question:

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Q. It couldn't have been easy to come off court at what, midnight last night, and what time did you get to sleep and then have to come back out?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I mean, I probably didn't get to sleep after stretching and icing and doing all that kind of stuff, till, I don't know, 1:30 in the morning. So I was definitely surprised to see myself on the schedule again today, especially during the day. But I'm sure they had a reason for it. I don't know what it is. I didn't question it last night. I just -- nothing I can do about that, just go out and try to play my best, and today my best wasn't good enough.

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Well this is quite disappointing for a MS tournament like Indian Wells. The schedule is screwed up, the live scoreboard sucks, no wonder the seeds are dropping like flies!
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

He should have called de villiers. Mr. Disney always finds the right solution.
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

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All player have to play back-to-back days at some stage in this tournament, I think - they don't start early enough for everyone to have a day off between every round. Murray played both Sunday (singles and doubles) and Monday (singles), for instance, although all day matches in those cases.
Correct: the top half of the draw played their second round (Sunday) and third round (Monday) back to back while the bottom half will play their third round (Monday) and fourth round (Tuesday) back to back.

I don't really believe that Blake is questioning why he was scheduled to play his third round match on Monday (all men's third round matches were played on Monday) or suggesting that he play his third round match on a different day than everyone else, but questioning why he was scheduled to play a night match one day & a day match the next day. He has a right to question the scheduling, but in the end it was not major reason for his loss.
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It didn't sound like he was complaining, really.
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Re: Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

Dang. What's up with Blake bashing? He VERY clearly said that scheduling was NOT the reason he lost. "I hope I'm awake by 4:00 in the afternoon". Give the guy a break.
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