James Blake as classy as he always has something nice to say about Rogi
Quotes from his interview about Rogi :
"Q. If you had to pay some bucks to see any one player in tennis, who would that player be?
JAMES BLAKE: Right now, Roger Federer, for sure. He's incredible. He's taken out some incredible players in Pavel, Gonzalez, somehow making it look easy. There aren't many people that can do that. He's lost once this year. I think the only person he's lost to in the last maybe six months is Henman. That's just amazing. He's beaten top players, not so highly ranked players. He's beating everyone almost routine. Incredible, what he's doing.
Q. When you see the grace of his game, fluidity, what goes through your mind?
JAMES BLAKE: I hope he's on the other side of the draw.
No, it's just great to watch. Like you said, it's something that's worth paying to see. In my mind he's the most talented guy in the world. You know, there's so many things that go into being No. 1 in the world, not that I can speak from experience, but I think there's so many things, the mental game, fitness, the being confident enough to hit your shots when it gets close, the dealing with the pressure of being No. 1, everyone gunning for you, playing their best match against you. Right now he's handling that so well.
I don't think necessarily always the most talented player in the world is going to be No. 1. Right now I think he is. I think it's good for tennis to see such a graceful player, such a good sportsman at No. 1 in the world.
Q. In a way it's good he doesn't have a boomer serve?
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah. But the thing is, I think he does have a pretty big serve when he wants to hit it. He just mixes it up better than the other guys that have serves like his. He can hit it 130, then the next serve -- when I played him in the US Open, I think his fastest serve was around 130, 131, but his slowest first serve was about 88 miles an hour. He can hit that heavy kicker away, just pull you off the court. He hits it so well, you get breakpoint, you still feel at his mercy. You don't know what he's going to do because he can go anywhere with it.