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Am I the only one who thinks that James Blake missed a big chance to win IW 2007? I mean Federer was out and there was really nobody James couldn't beat in his normal day but he lost to Beneteau. He could've wiped the court with Nadal again! Instead we get Djokovic who couldn't win points for like 3/4 of a set

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

I think Blake could have won Indian Wells, he did miss a big chance.

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

then again you can use the same argument with others
ie hass, hewitt, roddick, gonzalez, etc etc

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

No you can't. They don't own Nadal like Blake does. Hewitt could not beat this Nadal, neither Haas. Gonzo lost to Haas so that's another story.

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

Completely agree. The only player that you would have fancied on their day against him after the Federer loss was Gonzalez who had a tough Haas and then Davydenko/Murray match to contend with at the time.

Shame he couldnt pull it together, bit chance missed
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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

yeah but check the record of james vs gonzo, hewitt & roddick
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and Gonzo's record with nadal is 3-1, hewitt 4-1, and roddick 1-2 so not big difference,
the point i was trying to make was that any of these guys had a fair shot just as much as james.

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

I see what you are saying. But what I am saying is based on this draw which pitt Gonzo against Haas and Roddick against Nadal, and knowing that Hewitt and Federer lost in the first round, Blake should've won this thing. I mean he should beat people like Moya, Canas, and he is 3-0 against Nadal. All other people have lost to Nadal at least once. Blake has beaten him even when he was freaking 4-0 down in the second set of masters.

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

James can't get Mr.Disney to change results in TMS event, yet.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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No you can't. They don't own Nadal like Blake does. Hewitt could not beat this Nadal, neither Haas. Gonzo lost to Haas so that's another story.

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like conita said a post above me: blake's got a pretty bad record against most of the guys in the draw. i don't think he would've gone all the way to the final in the first place. and beating nadal in his (blake's) actual shape is another thing. he's not really that dominating anymore as he was last year, making loads of unforced errors and sometimes not seeming really focussed. he should've won a masters last year, these days there's no way he will get a title in north america.

well, if he's lucky enough he may be able to get one at paris or madrid at the end of year, given that nadal, federer and many others probably won't be around. clay's pretty much ruled out anyways.
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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

yeah i see what you mean, it is true
to be honest i didn't mind who won as long as it wasn't Federer for a change lol :P

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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

He wasn't going to play all those guys he has a bad result against. He was gonna play Djokovic and then an Injured Murray and then Nadal. Come on guys

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Why are you calling this guy mr disney

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He wasn't going to play all those guys he has a bad result against. He was gonna play Djokovic and then an Injured Murray and then Nadal. Come on guys

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gotta say that i didn't have the draw in mind. you got a point there, that's true. but on the other hand: what about blake himself? sure, he'd have been a contender in 06, but 07? don't know. he hasn't been stunning so far, to say the least.
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Re: James Blake's Missed Chance?

I think Blake has not gotten over the fact that he had a couple of set points against Gonzo in the first and was a break up serving for the second set. and lost the third in tie-break. I think Blake feels that maybe he doesn't belong after all. Maybe reaching quarters is all he is capable of. His problem is mental and not his game. Sure, he is not going to beat Federer anytime soon, but against everybody else, it's fair game if he is in top form. Let's not forget he got to the final of Tennis Masters Cup by beating Nadal and Davydenko and Nalbandian. But, I agree, he has fallen off the pace and another bad result in Miami and he could be out of top 10.

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I think Blake has not gotten over the fact that he had a couple of set points against Gonzo in the first and was a break up serving for the second set. and lost the third in tie-break. I think Blake feels that maybe he doesn't belong after all. Maybe reaching quarters is all he is capable of. His problem is mental and not his game. Sure, he is not going to beat Federer anytime soon, but against everybody else, it's fair game if he is in top form. Let's not forget he got to the final of Tennis Masters Cup by beating Nadal and Davydenko and Nalbandian. But, I agree, he has fallen off the pace and another bad result in Miami and he could be out of top 10.

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yeah, the blake at masters cup, that's the blake i'm missing. these days i get the feeling that he slowly returns to the "old", top twenty blake: hammering forehands with at least 30 % going wide, unstable backhand and so on...

whatever the draw in miami will be like for him: i just can't see him going past the quarters.
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