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Rooting for James during the US Open 2007 thread!

tangerine_dream
07-21-2007, 09:49 PM
LA Countrywide Classic

James def Lee 6-3 4-6 6-3 in a surprisingly good semifinal today. :banana: Lee's a tough customer, but James helped him out by gifting him that second set break in the very first game. :o

Good luck to James in final. I hope Kiefer takes thunder lips out in the other semi. :unsure:

El Legenda
07-21-2007, 09:50 PM
why do American on MTF hate james :lol: this forum is dead.

tangerine_dream
07-21-2007, 09:52 PM
This forum isn't half as dead as Ivan's. If Ivan's were busy you wouldn't have time to troll all the other forums. :nerner:

El Legenda
07-21-2007, 09:55 PM
This forum isn't half as dead as Ivan's. If Ivan's were busy you wouldn't have time to troll all the other forums. :nerner:

we got 900 more posts :lol: and its active everyday :lol:

tangerine_dream
07-22-2007, 09:46 PM
So thunder lips gets a walkover into the final courtesy of another Kiwi injury :rolleyes:

Good luck to James in the final :yippee: Mr Brad Pitt hasn't beaten him since 2003 so I expect more of the same today.

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James actually saved 3 BPs in the first set :eek:

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A lot of good that did, he ended up losing the TB :o

Vamos James, forget it and take the next two sets :bounce:

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Pfft. As soon as I said James hasn't lost to him since 2003 he was doomed. :o What a shame that James allowed himself to get done in by Stepanek's gamesmanship. :(

jeahhh!
07-23-2007, 01:46 AM
:help:

Jlee
07-23-2007, 02:39 AM
He's pretty much out of the top ten now, isn't he? Within the next few weeks he should be. He has to win Indy just to defend points (that's not looking likely) and he did decently at the other USO Series tourneys last year and obviously at the Open reaching the quarters. If he doesn't have a top 8 seeding at the Open, it's highly unlikely he'll get to the quarters there again.

He pretty much has a ton of points to defend for the rest of the year, doesn't he? He did so well at the Masters, but may not even qualify this year :eek:

goodwoman
07-23-2007, 02:39 PM
I didn't see the final again Stepanek yesterday, but judging from the comments about it, it wasn't pretty. I can't comment about the sportsmanship issues with Stepanek because I didn't see it, but I did see some of JB's match against Lee the day before. I'm worried, because he doesn't seem to be improving, and I see some backsliding. When James was playing at his best, he played his go for broke game, but it was tempered somewhat with a little more stategy, more defense, and a lot more patience. He still has spectacular shots, and I love his all-out style, but to win at this level, it seems like he needs to go back to the way he was playing a year or so ago. Tennis is such a mental game, and it seems that when James is angry his patience is gone. I hope he can learn to temper his anger, whether it's caused by a bad call, or by an opponent's mental tactics or whatever, and get some patience back. He's got so much talent, and he works his butt off. He is so close to making those few adjustments necessary to get those points needed to win more consistently. He's still a spectacular player, but he is at his best when he has more patience and plays a little more defensively. I'm looking to see it in the tournaments coming up.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 03:25 PM
goodwoman, did you hear what Pam Shriver reported during, I think, James's match against Spadea? How she spoke to Mark Merklein and asked him about James's mental struggles and that Merklein said that it is basically a taboo subject in his team? that it's not talked about and not worked on and that they basically tiptoe around the whole subject?....... that says quite a lot and is quite worrying to me. If they don't address the problem head on and at LEAST recognize it if not try to do something about it, this will keep happening over and over and over and it will certainly never permanently get better. I was so shocked when I heard Pam say this that I almost fell off the couch. He's an elite athlete and is ignoring the biggest problem in his game AND so is his team - unbelievable, shocking, troubling, and very disappointing.

goodwoman
07-23-2007, 04:03 PM
No, Deb, I hadn't heard that. If Pam Shriver is reporting this accurately....wow, that is hard to believe. I mean, I know how hard it is with guys sometimes -- :rolleyes: -- y'know, to talk about mental stuff. But to have to constantly tiptoe around it and flat-out make it taboo....wow. That is really disappointing, because James needs to improve there. It's all part of the game, and it should be just as important to work on it as say, a backhand or serve. I remember James joking around and saying something about how it would be silly to see a sports psychologist because there would be WAY too much to work on. But, EVERYONE could improve by working on their mental game as well as their physical game.
wow. If this is true...wow.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 04:08 PM
Well, Pam Shriver is hardly a great commentator, but it seems something awfully extreme to make up. And she was pretty clear with the way she said it, that this was what Merklein told her, not that she extrapolated something he said to mean this. So I'm going to assume it's probably true to at least some extent :shrug: And yeah, I could not really believe it. Not even really sure what else to say about it lol

cobalt60
07-23-2007, 04:13 PM
why do American on MTF hate james :lol: this forum is dead.

Why the need for a question like this? Some of us still enjoy tennis and watching certain players but I feel the need to be a cheerleader less and less these days. Never really enjoyed posting on player forums. Same old stuff getting hashed. Doesn't mean anything. I am still a James fan for the time being;) :p

tangerine_dream
07-23-2007, 06:00 PM
Blake's book report
by: Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com
Monday, July 23, 2007

The USTA is busy billing the summer fare bundled together under the banner of the U.S. Open Series as the "Greatest Road Trip in Sports", but there's a real chance that like so many art-house road movies, the journey leads nowhere for one or more of the lead actors. That was the case for James Blake Sunday at the Countrywide Classic, where he lost in the final to Radek Stepanek.

Radek who? Yeah, that's the problem. You have to go pretty deep into the tennis culture to get some name recognition there, and even then the correct "Jeopardy" question to the answer, "Who is Radek Stepanek?" is likely to be: "He was Martina Hingis' main squeeze during the 2007 tennis season and a player famous for doing "The Worm" when he scored a good tennis win, which was not that often."

But you have to hand it to Radek -- he Step-aneked right in and took something that Blake sorely needed to get his campaign for the U.S. Open rolling: the title in a pretty big American hard-court event. Blake, as you may know, recently published an autobiography, "Breaking Back", which debuted at No. 22 on the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best-seller list. But unless he's more interested in the Pulitzer Prize than hard-earned prize-money these days, he had better drop everything else and focus, focus, focus on the game.

Stepanek got to the final the easy way, when his semifinal opponent, Nicolas Kiefer, withdrew. He came into the final with a paltry 13-15 record, and is in recovery from a dislocated disk that temporarily left him without the use of his left arm last year. Stepanek's struggles are something with which Blake can sympathize; in 2004, Blake fractured vertebrae in his neck and missed two months, and also came down with a form of Shingles called Zoster.

This result had to be a little spooky for Blake, in the same way that it's disconcerting to see your ex walking down the street with a new guy or gal. Blake is now in danger of being written off as a mercurial player who doesn't have the staying power to establish himself in the top 10 and stay there. The Countrywide tournament was a choice opportunity: Blake was playing before a home crowd in Los Angeles, needing to make a statement, and at the center of attention because of his recently published book. With all that in play, Stepanek was in as much of a must-win as a can-win match, yet Blake couldn't close the deal -- he went down in three despite having three set points in the first.

The emerging book on Blake is that if you can contain him and weather his flashes of brilliance, you can outlast him -- especially if you can slow down the pace and tempo of the match. The pressure continues to build on Blake to get his game together and write a fairy-tale end to his disappointing year.

jeahhh!
07-25-2007, 03:18 AM
He beat Johansson 7-5,7-6(11-9):)

MrJ
07-27-2007, 02:26 PM
He hanging on to his top 10 ranking by a thread and he will need a couple of big results in the 2 masters events to hold his place. Even that might not be enough if he doesnt defend his US Open points.
It just goes to show how poor the rest of the players are when James can stay in the top 10 with such terrible results. :eek:
I have a feeling he will actually have a good hardcourt season as no one is expecting him to do anything. He seems to play so much better when the pressure is off.

Defending his title will be a good start. :)

tangerine_dream
07-27-2007, 05:34 PM
It just goes to show how poor the rest of the players are when James can stay in the top 10 with such terrible results. :eek:
Everybody in the top ten is in the same predicament. The only player other than Roger and Rafa who can say that he's actually done something this year is Novak Djokovic. This is the clown era. :rolleyes:

Defending his title will be a good start. :)
Yes, it would. Sam is up next for him. Aw, I like Sammy. I don't like this match up at all. :(

But I'd love to see another Andy-James final. :D

Grinder
07-28-2007, 04:53 AM
Too bad James and Sam have to meet in the quarters. C'mon James keep up the winning ways, I want a rematch of last years Indy final. :yeah:

MrJ
08-08-2007, 02:10 PM
This match against Hewitt will really show where James' game is right now. I saw his first match and he was hitting his shots with a lot of conviction but then again it was only Melzer. :o
I really hope he can pass Hewitt as it will test his mental and physical reslove.

Good luck James :)

MrJ
08-08-2007, 06:28 PM
Scrap that!! :sad: I did notice him holding his stomach at the end of the match. :( Get well soon James!!

Jlee
08-11-2007, 05:58 PM
Any word on whether he'll play Cincy? It'll probably be a last minute decision, I guess.

I'm going to Cincy, and I'd really love to see him :sad:

MrJ
08-14-2007, 11:23 PM
Judging by the score of his first match, he seems to have recovered. I just hope he doesnt get a reaction tomorrow. Good luck against Keifer. :)

Jlee
08-15-2007, 12:11 AM
Judging by the score of his first match, he seems to have recovered. I just hope he doesnt get a reaction tomorrow. Good luck against Keifer. :)

That's great :yeah:

I talked to a girl who's in Cincy and she said she actually talked to Brian Barker and he said he's been serving fine in practice. Hopefully it was just something minor.

MrJ
08-17-2007, 02:41 AM
James beat Ferrero 6-1 6-4 :worship: It was like watching the James of last year, so glad to see him being so aggressive and also showing some neat net skills. Also nice to see him finally get a win over the Spaniard.

Next up Big Sam...... should be interesting to see how James handles those big serves. :) Good luck James!! :cool:

Grinder
08-17-2007, 03:09 AM
Great match from James! Heather was smokin' hot today. :hearts:

MrJ
08-26-2007, 02:08 AM
Damn, James in his best form all year and no one cares? :eek:

Well congrats James on the cinci Final and your 10th Title in New Haven. Rest up and get to the SF in NY please!! :worship:

knight_ley
08-26-2007, 03:15 AM
:yeah:

tangerine_dream
08-26-2007, 07:04 AM
Just got back from attending the Pilot Pen final. When I saw that it was going to be a James-Mardy final I said "Book them tickets!" and we drove the two hours up to New Haven. Easy ride to the stadium. Not surprisingly, the place was jam packed. I'm glad we went. It's not everyday we see Mardy and James play together (this was only their third meeting and their first in a final). I simply had to witness that in person. ;)

One thing I learned is that Pilot Pen/New Haven is James Blake's town in the truest sense. The crowd was heavily pro-James. A few smattering of Fish fans would try to cheer Mardy on. The best part was when a small group of Fish fans sitting way up in the upper tier of the stadium would start their own "Fish! Fish! Fish!" chants as soon as the J-Block's "James! James! James!" chants ended. It was pretty funny. Glad to see Mardy had his own impromptu F-Block. :lol:

Seriously, James owns this tournament the way Andy owns the Houston clay tournament. Ann Worcester's comments after the match (she's the tournament director) let us know just how much Pilot Pen depends on James Blake: ka-CHING! It was New Haven's first all-American final too, and it was obvious Ms. Worcester was happy about that as well. She couldn't stop thanking Mardy enough for accepting her wild card offer at the last minute.

Also, people can bitch about the J-Block all they want, I didn't see or hear anything inappropriate from them all match long. If anything, they added some fun atmosphere to that place. And Nike was smart to jump on the J-Block bandwagon and to market them as a commodity. I'm not kidding when I tell you that every single piece of J-Block hat and clothing in the Pro Shop was sold out, and every kid under the age of 15 was wearing a blue J-Block t-shirt. Lots of adults were wearing them too. New Haven is definitely J-Block town. ka-CHING!

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/NJBT.JPG

Anyway, seeing James and Mardy play in person is a treat except they they both seemed so casual about this match. I didn't feel any sense of urgency from either one of them. It was like we had stumbled across a friendly practice match or something. I was disappointed that the final wasn't quite the classic I was hoping for.

The women's doubles final was terrible. Huber and Black were the top seeds but they sure didn't look it or play like it. I take it Sania Mirza is a good doubles player because she outplayed everybody including her doubles partner the whole night. 6-1 6-2, that was all Mirza. Very impressive playing from her. Huber and Black were a huge disappointing and so many fans watching were disgusted with them. One lady sitting up front kept complaining loudly, "Aren't they supposed to be the No. 1 doubles team? What's wrong with them?" and after hearing this one of them double faulted. I'm surprised they didn't complain to the chair umpire to tell that lady to keep it down.

So anyway, after the men's final I don't know if ESPN showed the trophy ceremony but it was very cute. Both Mardy and James would tease each other during their speeches and it was obvious how strong their friendly competitiveness is. During his speech Mardy said, "I know Ann [Worcester] was asking "Is there anything James Blake can't do?" and the answer to that is: yes, he's terrible at golf." That got a good laugh. When James did his speech he said to Mardy, "You may be better than me at golf but I got two holes-in-one and you didn't." More laughter.

Afterwards, both James and Mardy signed autographs. Mardy left after a bit but James continued to sign many, many more. He literally had to get pulled off the court so that the women's doubles teams could begin their match.

So I'm very proud of Team Flake today and I'm glad we took that spontaneous trip to New Haven which was a lot of fun. :D

MrJ
08-26-2007, 11:51 AM
Just got back from attending the Pilot Pen final. When I saw that it was going to be a James-Mardy final I said "Book them tickets!" and we drove the two hours up to New Haven. Easy ride to the stadium. Not surprisingly, the place was jam packed. I'm glad we went. It's not everyday we see Mardy and James play together (this was only their third meeting and their first in a final). I simply had to witness that in person. ;)

One thing I learned is that Pilot Pen/New Haven is James Blake's town in the truest sense. The crowd was heavily pro-James. A few smattering of Fish fans would try to cheer Mardy on. The best part was when a small group of Fish fans sitting way up in the upper tier of the stadium would start their own "Fish! Fish! Fish!" chants as soon as the J-Block's "James! James! James!" chants ended. It was pretty funny. Glad to see Mardy had his own impromptu F-Block. :lol:

Seriously, James owns this tournament the way Andy owns the Houston clay tournament. Ann Worcester's comments after the match (she's the tournament director) let us know just how much Pilot Pen depends on James Blake: ka-CHING! It was New Haven's first all-American final too, and it was obvious Ms. Worcester was happy about that as well. She couldn't stop thanking Mardy enough for accepting her wild card offer at the last minute.

Also, people can bitch about the J-Block all they want, I didn't see or hear anything inappropriate from them all match long. If anything, they added some fun atmosphere to that place. And Nike was smart to jump on the J-Block bandwagon and to market them as a commodity. I'm not kidding when I tell you that every single piece of J-Block hat and clothing in the Pro Shop was sold out, and every kid under the age of 15 was wearing a blue J-Block t-shirt. Lots of adults were wearing them too. New Haven is definitely J-Block town. ka-CHING!

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/NJBT.JPG

Anyway, seeing James and Mardy play in person is a treat except they they both seemed so casual about this match. I didn't feel any sense of urgency from either one of them. It was like we had stumbled across a friendly practice match or something. I was disappointed that the final wasn't quite the classic I was hoping for.

The women's doubles final was terrible. Huber and Black were the top seeds but they sure didn't look it or play like it. I take it Sania Mirza is a good doubles player because she outplayed everybody including her doubles partner the whole night. 6-1 6-2, that was all Mirza. Very impressive playing from her. Huber and Black were a huge disappointing and so many fans watching were disgusted with them. One lady sitting up front kept complaining loudly, "Aren't they supposed to be the No. 1 doubles team? What's wrong with them?" and after hearing this one of them double faulted. I'm surprised they didn't complain to the chair umpire to tell that lady to keep it down.

So anyway, after the men's final I don't know if ESPN showed the trophy ceremony but it was very cute. Both Mardy and James would tease each other during their speeches and it was obvious how strong their friendly competitiveness is. During his speech Mardy said, "I know Ann [Worcester] was asking "Is there anything James Blake can't do?" and the answer to that is: yes, he's terrible at golf." That got a good laugh. When James did his speech he said to Mardy, "You may be better than me at golf but I got two holes-in-one and you didn't." More laughter.

Afterwards, both James and Mardy signed autographs. Mardy left after a bit but James continued to sign many, many more. He literally had to get pulled off the court so that the women's doubles teams could begin their match.

So I'm very proud of Team Flake today and I'm glad we took that spontaneous trip to New Haven which was a lot of fun. :D

Thanks for the report :worship: .....im so jealous, sounds like you had great fun!! The atmosphere looked great on the TV and I couldn´t stop laughing when I saw the "FISH TANK" signs (the polite version of the J-Block) :p

Will you be going to Flushing meadows as well?

goodwoman
08-26-2007, 02:30 PM
Damn, James in his best form all year and no one cares? :eek:

Well congrats James on the cinci Final and your 10th Title in New Haven. Rest up and get to the SF in NY please!! :worship:

Congrats to James! Yes, I care and I'm thrilled to see James playing well. :worship:

Thanks for the report, Tangy. It's great to see Mardy playing well, too.

NyCPsU
08-26-2007, 05:51 PM
time for a big run at the open now james :worship:

knight_ley
08-26-2007, 07:42 PM
Just got back from attending the Pilot Pen final. When I saw that it was going to be a James-Mardy final I said "Book them tickets!" and we drove the two hours up to New Haven. Easy ride to the stadium. Not surprisingly, the place was jam packed. I'm glad we went. It's not everyday we see Mardy and James play together (this was only their third meeting and their first in a final). I simply had to witness that in person. ;)

One thing I learned is that Pilot Pen/New Haven is James Blake's town in the truest sense. The crowd was heavily pro-James. A few smattering of Fish fans would try to cheer Mardy on. The best part was when a small group of Fish fans sitting way up in the upper tier of the stadium would start their own "Fish! Fish! Fish!" chants as soon as the J-Block's "James! James! James!" chants ended. It was pretty funny. Glad to see Mardy had his own impromptu F-Block. :lol:

Seriously, James owns this tournament the way Andy owns the Houston clay tournament. Ann Worcester's comments after the match (she's the tournament director) let us know just how much Pilot Pen depends on James Blake: ka-CHING! It was New Haven's first all-American final too, and it was obvious Ms. Worcester was happy about that as well. She couldn't stop thanking Mardy enough for accepting her wild card offer at the last minute.

Also, people can bitch about the J-Block all they want, I didn't see or hear anything inappropriate from them all match long. If anything, they added some fun atmosphere to that place. And Nike was smart to jump on the J-Block bandwagon and to market them as a commodity. I'm not kidding when I tell you that every single piece of J-Block hat and clothing in the Pro Shop was sold out, and every kid under the age of 15 was wearing a blue J-Block t-shirt. Lots of adults were wearing them too. New Haven is definitely J-Block town. ka-CHING!

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/ProductImages/NJBT.JPG

Anyway, seeing James and Mardy play in person is a treat except they they both seemed so casual about this match. I didn't feel any sense of urgency from either one of them. It was like we had stumbled across a friendly practice match or something. I was disappointed that the final wasn't quite the classic I was hoping for.

The women's doubles final was terrible. Huber and Black were the top seeds but they sure didn't look it or play like it. I take it Sania Mirza is a good doubles player because she outplayed everybody including her doubles partner the whole night. 6-1 6-2, that was all Mirza. Very impressive playing from her. Huber and Black were a huge disappointing and so many fans watching were disgusted with them. One lady sitting up front kept complaining loudly, "Aren't they supposed to be the No. 1 doubles team? What's wrong with them?" and after hearing this one of them double faulted. I'm surprised they didn't complain to the chair umpire to tell that lady to keep it down.

So anyway, after the men's final I don't know if ESPN showed the trophy ceremony but it was very cute. Both Mardy and James would tease each other during their speeches and it was obvious how strong their friendly competitiveness is. During his speech Mardy said, "I know Ann [Worcester] was asking "Is there anything James Blake can't do?" and the answer to that is: yes, he's terrible at golf." That got a good laugh. When James did his speech he said to Mardy, "You may be better than me at golf but I got two holes-in-one and you didn't." More laughter.

Afterwards, both James and Mardy signed autographs. Mardy left after a bit but James continued to sign many, many more. He literally had to get pulled off the court so that the women's doubles teams could begin their match.

So I'm very proud of Team Flake today and I'm glad we took that spontaneous trip to New Haven which was a lot of fun. :D

Thanks for that report Tangy! :yeah:

:hearts:

cobalt60
08-26-2007, 08:37 PM
Thanks for the write up Tangy, and the info regarding the JBlock. I have been at other player matches where their fans are loud as well and sometimes inappropriate as well as obnoxious. Never saw anyone get overexcited about it on the court or in the stands. Except once I was with someone who was indeed inappropriate and the person in front turned around and asked her to stop as it was ruining the match for her. I guess some folks just think James is in charge of all those over age fans;)

tangerine_dream
08-26-2007, 09:41 PM
btw, did anybody record the Pilot Pen final that they would be willing or able to rip and upload to Megaupload or as a torrent on mininova? My recording got cut off midway through and I'd like to re-live the Flake glory, por favor. :dance:

This newspaper website has a lot of good articles and news videos about James and the Pilot Pen:
http://www.courant.com/sports/hc-pilotpen07,0,5017390.storygallery?coll=hc_home_pro mo

Will you be going to Flushing meadows as well?
Yes, I'm going to USO tomorrow during the day session. I don't know if I'll see Blake. Maybe I'll get lucky and catch him practicing or something. :dance:

Mary, I *love* your new avatar. Andy wants his cake and eat it too. Such a greedy child. ;)

More of my favorite piccies: the Flake hug! :hearts:

Agassi Fan
08-29-2007, 11:48 AM
James won hir first match in NY!
Go James!

tangerine_dream
08-29-2007, 06:49 PM
Blake Has the Shots, Including Some for the Camera

By SELENA ROBERTS
Sports of The Times
August 29, 2007

James Blake wore a shirt the same color of blue as a pilot light, creating the feel that he was flickering as he darted from net to baseline in an illumination of his speed.

He chased down every angle in Queens — including a camera angle — when he raced to a lob by Michael Russell and, with his back to the net, whipped the racket between his ankles for a shot that rousted the United States Open crowd in the first set.

Blake pursued every shot — including a camera shot — when he sprinted for a corner lob in the second set of his victory yesterday and, with his unshaven face to the wall, swiped yet another get between his legs.

Which landed out? Which went in? It’s all good in a highlight-reel culture where the acrobatic scissor shot in tennis has become the new dunk.

“It’s a little like an ESPN thing,” said Brad Gilbert, the former coach to the stars, from Andre Agassi to Andy Roddick, and who is currently guiding Andy Murray.

“You hit one, you make one. And then all of the sudden you get on ‘SportsCenter.’ ”

The quickest route to frame-by-frame fame for American athletes is through the self-indulgent creation of a wow factor. It’s about rim-rattling jams from the free-throw line and daring shots between the inseams of a player’s shorts.

“I think everybody can hit them,” said Russell, who, at 5 feet 8 inches (on a street curb) doesn’t attempt many. “It’s so low percentage. For every one you make, there’s like 20 that you miss. The fact that you make that one, and the crowd goes crazy, kind of justifies” the misses.

The tricks are for the adoration of the crowd and for the love of the lens. And there is nothing wrong with selective showmanship. Roger Federer pulls rabbits from his racket strings at times, too, with nifty wrist work. And Rafael Nadal seems to escape from a padlocked trunk every time he tracks down an opponent’s sure winner.

But in the same way the dunk has come to symbolize the decline of American fundamentals in hoops, with the pursuit of alley-oops over ball movement, the rise of tennis wizardry has, in part, begun to parallel the drift between America’s dream teamers of tennis and the international stars.

How close are Roddick and Blake to Federer? Combined, Blake and Roddick are 1-20 against Federer. Obviously, in our jingoistic fantasy, we’d like to grab a megaphone from a cheerleader and shout, “We’re No. 1.” We love the sound of that. But it’s not true in tennis now — not even close.

What does the scissor shot have to do with the Federer gap? Flash is wonderful as long as it’s not a defining trait. Blake in particular and Roddick on occasion seem obsessed with identifying themselves as shot makers over strategists, as contortionists over court managers.

It must tear at Jimmy Connors’s Wilson T-2000 heart every time Roddick breaks his wrist on a volley, or worse, barrels recklessly to the net without a plan.

Nuance isn’t in Roddick’s duffle bag. A peek would reveal a variety of hammers.

Blake is no more subtle. He is the thinking man’s player — loaded with perspective, layered with intelligence — but hardly ever applies his notes on the court.

In action, he is a vision of dramatic forehands and slashing backhands, all whipped like a lasso above his head. He is, in effect, a court cowboy of the rodeo kind. He ropes points. That’s him, and he is sticking to it even if he has heard tennis insiders beg him to construct points instead of detonate them.

Patience is so un-American, though. Who has time for strategy when Blake and Roddick can finish a point with flair? That’s what Allen Iverson & Company thought until their 360-degree dunks were trumped by the backdoor cuts of international players at the 2004 Athens Summer Games.

But if Roddick and Blake are too stubborn to change their all-American habits, is despair inevitable on the tennis scene? Not necessarily.

There is a solution for our short-attention span gang: John Isner, all 6-9 of him. Remember how Pete Sampras once treated each point as an easy three-step program to being No. 1 — serve, volley, winner?

Isner wastes no time, either. Crack went the 140-mile-an-hour serve as he glided to the net on his way to a first-round victory Monday. He is ranked only No. 184, and he has miles to go before he reaches threat material, but Isner’s game may be the perfect antidote for the trend of rallying trick shots.

His points don’t last long enough to include the pursuit of a scissor shot for the sake of crowd reactions and camera angles. Isner is concise. It may not be highlight-reel material, but it’s at least a step toward a cure to tennis’s version of a dunk culture.

NyCPsU
08-30-2007, 03:57 AM
night match tomorrow. santoro can be dangerous, good luck james :yeah:

knight_ley
08-30-2007, 03:57 AM
It should be a great match to watch though, as long as it turns out our way. ;)

jeahhh!
08-31-2007, 05:16 AM
:woohoo:
That was an awesome match. And he FINALLY won a 5 setter:banana:

tangerine_dream
08-31-2007, 06:35 PM
That match last night was so awesome I'm still glowing over it. :hearts: :bowdown: :D

Had to take screencaps to celebrate James' finally winning a five setter. Congrats James. :woohoo:

jcempire
09-01-2007, 07:43 PM
:woohoo:
That was an awesome match. And he FINALLY won a 5 setter:banana:

yes, He can win another one. Go James

tangerine_dream
09-01-2007, 10:11 PM
I have been remiss in photo duty. :)

2007 US Open, Blake def Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

tangerine_dream
09-01-2007, 10:12 PM
More. :)

2007 US Open, Blake def Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

tangerine_dream
09-01-2007, 10:14 PM
Last batch.

2007 US Open, Blake def Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

cobalt60
09-02-2007, 01:53 AM
Such a great match for both of them. Shame there had to be a loser.

cobalt60
09-03-2007, 11:09 PM
Such a great match for both of them. Shame there had to be a loser.

And once again :worship: I wish in some ways it had been the final;) and with a different outcome.

jcempire
09-04-2007, 12:12 AM
james, You shouldn't lose this game, But you lost it.

goodwoman
09-04-2007, 12:46 AM
And once again :worship: I wish in some ways it had been the final;) and with a different outcome.

It was an exciting, well-played match. :worship: At least now James can shave! Seriously, I was afraid that he'd make it to the final with his beard down to his chest. :unsure:

cobalt60
09-04-2007, 12:55 AM
It was an exciting, well-played match. :worship: At least now James can shave! Seriously, I was afraid that he'd make it to the final with his beard down to his chest. :unsure:

:rolls: Now that's all I can picture ala Rip Van Blake;)
Here's to Davis Cup now :yeah:

WF4EVER
09-04-2007, 03:01 PM
Does anyone know what's up between James and John McEnroe?

Every match James has played McEnroe's commentary has been particularly biased in favour of his opponent. When I heard him in the first round I thought it might be that JMac and Russell are friends or something, but in every single match he sounded like he wanted James to lose.

I thought he'd at least want him to do well since he's not only a fellow American but also on the DC team. He seems not to like James at all and I wish I knew why.

Re yesterday's match, I think James paid for playing Pilot Pen. Was it worth it, James?

He has been tired and sluggish most of this tournament and his serve has been atrocious at times. He could have won that match yesterday if he had been able to serve better and I'm sorry he lost, but maybe he should re-think his scheduling at this time of the year.

Yeah, I know he loves his hometown tournament and crowd but after he made Cincy final I don't think that was a wise decision at all. He could have easily made the SF here if he hadn't been so tired.

One thing though, I think he's over the 5-set jitters. He was not scared yesterday. He fought back valiantly after losing his serve int hat first game and even had those 3 MP, but Tommy was good in saving them. The TB reminded me of Hewitt/Federer in Cincy where Hewitt just lost it after hanging tough the whole match through. I guess it just kinda caught up with James finally, but he's a lot more confident these days and that's really great for him.

Anyone good luck for the rest of the season. I hope he can remain consistent and make the Masters Cup again. That would be fantastic.

tangerine_dream
09-06-2007, 06:04 PM
What is it about James and USO matches? Ever notice that he's almost always involved in the best matches? Even when he loses it's still a great match.

I haven't read this article yet but I saw it linked on ESPN: "Blake's Fatal Flaw." (http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/09/blake.html)

WF4EVER, you've been brainwashed by the Federer forum. There's nothing particularly biased about JMac's commentary. He criticizes/praises any and all players at any time, including the "nice" guys like Nadal, Federer, and Blake. That's one reason why I like JMac so much: nobody is safe from him.

Stoked for DC now. Come on, James. Don't be the weakest link again. :bounce:

Photos from the last match.

Haas def Blake 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 0-6, 6-7(4)

goodwoman
09-07-2007, 02:40 AM
That's an excellent article, Tangy. You should read it when you get a chance.

Thanks, too, for the pictures!

It's been a great USO so far, and yes, James does manage to have the best matches, win or lose.

I'm looking forward to DC!