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Fed v Blake

Halba
01-21-2008, 07:04 AM
Can blake do something funny like chuck a Gonzalez (like in Masters cup). Probably not. When gonzalez beat fed it was such a surprise. Blake has no pressure.

Rogiman
01-21-2008, 07:05 AM
This could actually be more complicated than what people expect it to be, but the result is never in doubt.

Stensland
01-21-2008, 07:06 AM
it's gonna be pretty much the same scoreline as the berdych match, with blake being able to compete in the first two sets and challenging federer in every department but not managing to take a set. the third one's easy then.

7-5, 7-6, 6-2.

supertommyhaas
01-21-2008, 07:14 AM
fed will absolutely kick his ass as he usually does, no brainer.
blake never made a semi final of a granslam, and the first time he has made a quarter final outside flushing meddows. :haha:

FedFan_2007
01-21-2008, 07:18 AM
Blake will come out firing as usual and force a tiebreaker, Fed wins it 7-4. Then Fed issues a bakery product in 2nd set. Then 6-3 in the 3rd.

7-6(7-4), 6-1, 6-3

Never in doubt.

Marek.
01-21-2008, 07:20 AM
Fed in three or four.

Bilbo
01-21-2008, 07:46 AM
Federer in 3

Commander Data
01-21-2008, 07:53 AM
Then Fed issues a bakery product in 2nd set.

ROFL

silverarrows
01-21-2008, 08:46 AM
same old result will happen.

Allure
01-21-2008, 08:50 AM
Despite the fact that Blake is playing great and Fed is shaky, I'll go with Ego King in three tight sets with two TBs and one set 6-4.

Halba
01-21-2008, 08:59 AM
no coincidence that blake has made QF on the 2nd US OPEN grand slam on tour(conveniently held in melbourne, australia, the 52nd state of the usa lolll)

helgagonzalez
01-21-2008, 09:11 AM
this is gonna be a boring match... federer? boring... blake? boring! :lol:

Mimi
01-21-2008, 09:12 AM
poor blake will got killed in 3 straight sets, and will get less than 10 games :p

Tabledott
01-21-2008, 09:13 AM
Fedex in three, worst case four sets.

sports freak
01-21-2008, 10:05 AM
Can blake do something funny like chuck a Gonzalez (like in Masters cup). Probably not. When gonzalez beat fed it was such a surprise. Blake has no pressure.

Exactly it would be similiar to Fed vs Gonzo last yrs final,Blake might get close to a set but not win one!!Bilbo's 3-0 looks good!

elessar
01-21-2008, 10:13 AM
The challenge king will win in three, Blake hits the ball exactly to Roger's strike zone, it's too comfortable a match up for Roger, especially on that surface which takes the slice very well and will force Blake to hit up. There could be a love set if Roger's on another serving rush and Blake decides to play " who can whack a first serve the hardest"

Exodus
01-21-2008, 10:22 AM
i really want blake to win this one but roger probably ganna win with relative ease

DartMarcus
01-21-2008, 10:49 AM
James will miss all his chances in tiebreaks like Berdych!
But I hope it will be james's day!!!

Deivid23
01-21-2008, 10:53 AM
I will give myself a few hours to guess the winner of this one, back later

Kalliopeia
01-21-2008, 10:54 AM
Roger will win this easily, maybe one close set but just the one. The other two will be practice sets for Roger. And then James will gush about what an honor it was to share a court with him.

Mr. Magassi
01-21-2008, 12:29 PM
Blake will try to smash balls and hit home runs instead... Federer should win easily (but he has made life rough for himself of late with his lowsy breakpoint conversion rate)... GO ROGER!

dragons112
01-21-2008, 12:44 PM
Blake will come out firing as usual and force a tiebreaker, Fed wins it 7-4. Then Fed issues a bakery product in 2nd set. Then 6-3 in the 3rd.

7-6(7-4), 6-1, 6-3

Never in doubt.

agreed

Adler
01-21-2008, 01:22 PM
No wonder there's no poll for this thread

t0x
01-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Fed will win, probably in 3, but Blake may make one set competitive.

Even though one-sided, Blake v Fed matches are normally good. Blake hits balls at just the right height for Roger so we normally see him at his tip top best :)

scoobs
01-21-2008, 01:46 PM
I expect to see Blake come out firing, full of life, energy, purpose and determination.

Within 4 or 5 games his shoulders will be sagging and for humanitarian reasons they should probably stop the match there, like they do in boxing.

However, since they don't, Federer in 3 pretty quick sets is my expectation.

cobalt60
01-21-2008, 02:04 PM
Fed in 3. Blake's game does not trouble him. But if the god's are listening I would like an upset please.

Haile Selassie
01-21-2008, 02:08 PM
Not chance that Blake can beat Federer.

jcempire
01-21-2008, 02:16 PM
it's gonna be pretty much the same scoreline as the berdych match, with blake being able to compete in the first two sets and challenging federer in every department but not managing to take a set. the third one's easy then.

7-5, 7-6, 6-2.

I agree, That's no fun to watch this two.

I hate the game like this. You already knew the result.

7-6 6-3 6-0. Game Over

jcempire
01-21-2008, 02:21 PM
If Blake play defense to surprise Roger, I would get back to my Screen.

ALL I want him to do is to play defense and wait for a chance to hit the clear winner.

Focus and play defense, has to be patience, Do not rush to hit return.

Good luck to James

CyBorg
01-21-2008, 02:45 PM
Blake can make this difficult, but he doesn't have the balls to win it.

The real McDeal will be Federer-Djokovic, although I admit that Pics has a chance of beating Nole.

It'd be interesting to see if Roger starts to turn it up - you know, transcend his level, the way we've seen in the past. Is he still capable of being 'Godfed' or is that all in the past? He used to do this at will. Right now he looks vulnerable, although I have to say that he's probably mentally tougher than ever before.

CyBorg
01-21-2008, 02:46 PM
I expect to see Blake come out firing, full of life, energy, purpose and determination.

Within 4 or 5 games his shoulders will be sagging and for humanitarian reasons they should probably stop the match there, like they do in boxing.

However, since they don't, Federer in 3 pretty quick sets is my expectation.

I wonder if we'll just see a handshake or whether they'll incorporate a kiss as well. You just know that Blake will be thinking of heavy petting Roger about five or six games into the match. I expect this will through him completely off his game.

A_Skywalker
01-21-2008, 02:52 PM
Federer in 3 sets with Blake missing setpoints and breaks at 54 with serve or something like that

Saturn66
01-21-2008, 02:53 PM
federer

Byrd
01-21-2008, 02:57 PM
Federer drops his pants, GSM.

tennizen
01-21-2008, 03:04 PM
Fed said in his interview that he has exciting matches with him where he(Fed) plays his absolute best:lol: That sums up Fed's opinion of Blake;)

rofe
01-21-2008, 03:10 PM
Fed wins this and Blake should allow Fed to get back to form since he is going to need it for his SF against Novak.

yana
01-21-2008, 03:10 PM
Fed said in his interview that he has exciting matches with him where he(Fed) plays his absolute best:lol:

:haha::lol:

l_mac
01-21-2008, 03:10 PM
Nightmare matchup for Fed ... I say Blake in 4.

Montego
01-21-2008, 03:17 PM
I watched US Open QF and Masters F between them and I was negatively surprised with Blake's lack of fighting spirit. He gave up before the matches started, I don't care that in USO it was 3-1 with two tight sets. Blake was looking like "doesn't matter what I play, he will always be better"

I really disliked Blake after these two matches and from the player whom I admired because of his life history etc etc... - he became a mental midget for me.

I can see that last year Cincinatti hasn't changed much, although I did not watch it.

To sum up - Blake is defeated before the match, 0-7 H2H, he is a mental midget and he would have to make approx. 2 UEs per set to get it to tiebreaks.

Federer 75 60 62

FedFan_2007
01-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Blake to Federer - "too good", *clap, clap*. What a fucking pussy.

Angeltroy
01-21-2008, 03:33 PM
James is Roger's whipping boy. Federer in 3 easy sets.

bokehlicious
01-21-2008, 03:36 PM
Blake won't even try :mad: he'll bend over to the transitional champ, just like almost anyone who faces the ego king... :mad:

Montego
01-21-2008, 03:43 PM
The difference is that players like Nadal, Djoko, Ferrer, Hewitt, even Roddick or Safin come to play with Federer with approach "I will win". Nevermind they will lose, approach is what counts. Blake comes out with the approach "I will win more than 2 games per set"

RagingLamb
01-21-2008, 04:10 PM
6-0 6-3 6-0

He should be happy that he got this far

bokehlicious
01-21-2008, 04:15 PM
The difference is that players like Nadal, Djoko, Ferrer, Hewitt, even Roddick or Safin come to play with Federer with approach "I will win". Nevermind they will lose, approach is what counts. Blake comes out with the approach "I will win more than 2 games per set"

:rolleyes: Playing Fed is a highlight for all the guys out there, if they can take him down they know they'll make the sport headlines worldwide... Saying they don't bother trying is plain nonsense, they would kill to take Fed's scalp :)

nanoman
01-21-2008, 04:42 PM
Almost as easy to predict as the Nadal-Nieminen muppet show. Fed in str8, even if playing left-handed.
If Blake isn't drawn into Nadal half, they might as well ban him from tournaments

sawan66278
01-21-2008, 04:43 PM
This may be viewed as heresy: Blake has a shot. I see this going at least four, maybe five sets. However, Blake MUST win in four to have a shot. Blake is playing with "house money" now. He should have lost to Grosjean, and yet, for the first time in his career, came back from to sets to none down. He's in Australia, away from the media pressure of playing in the States. AND, he has absolutely nothing to lose. Top this off with the fact that he is playing VERY patient, smart tennis...and you have the makings of a real chance.

No one gave Gonzo a shot. And Blake is coming in much hotter. Fed will probably win...but this will be THE best chance Blake ever has.

goodwoman
01-21-2008, 06:08 PM
This may be viewed as heresy: Blake has a shot. I see this going at least four, maybe five sets. However, Blake MUST win in four to have a shot. Blake is playing with "house money" now. He should have lost to Grosjean, and yet, for the first time in his career, came back from to sets to none down. He's in Australia, away from the media pressure of playing in the States. AND, he has absolutely nothing to lose. Top this off with the fact that he is playing VERY patient, smart tennis...and you have the makings of a real chance.

No one gave Gonzo a shot. And Blake is coming in much hotter. Fed will probably win...but this will be THE best chance Blake ever has.


Well said, and I totally agree. Blake's backhand has improved tremendously. When his backhand is working, he plays with confidence. Same with his serve. He has been playing within himself, with a calmness coupled with determination that has given him immense confidence.

This IS a great chance for him, and he knows it. Odds are against him, just as they are for any Federer opponent. Heck, odds may be against him even more, because of their H2H. But on any given day, anything can happen. I believe he could do it. He's gotta believe it too.

Allez
01-21-2008, 06:18 PM
Too close to call. On current form, Blake takes it in 4 sets.

DwyaneWade
01-21-2008, 06:28 PM
This may be viewed as heresy: Blake has a shot. I see this going at least four, maybe five sets. However, Blake MUST win in four to have a shot. Blake is playing with "house money" now. He should have lost to Grosjean, and yet, for the first time in his career, came back from to sets to none down. He's in Australia, away from the media pressure of playing in the States. AND, he has absolutely nothing to lose. Top this off with the fact that he is playing VERY patient, smart tennis...and you have the makings of a real chance.

No one gave Gonzo a shot. And Blake is coming in much hotter. Fed will probably win...but this will be THE best chance Blake ever has.

If it was anyone besides Blake I would agree with this assessment. And I agree with the previous poster who said that almost every player comes out thinking that if they beat Fed it is a huge scalp.

But Blake is probably the guy out there who LEAST believes he can beat Roger; have you listened to this guy's interviews? He was talking to Luke Jensen yesterday and he was like, "well if Roger has a bad day maybe I have a chance of making it interesting". I mean, WTF? Show some confidence man! I don't care if you lose 6-0 6-0 6-0 go out there with your head high and with some self belief!

dylan24
01-21-2008, 06:32 PM
fed going to take james to the woodshed and **** him again

jcempire
01-21-2008, 06:55 PM
This may be viewed as heresy: Blake has a shot. I see this going at least four, maybe five sets. However, Blake MUST win in four to have a shot. Blake is playing with "house money" now. He should have lost to Grosjean, and yet, for the first time in his career, came back from to sets to none down. He's in Australia, away from the media pressure of playing in the States. AND, he has absolutely nothing to lose. Top this off with the fact that he is playing VERY patient, smart tennis...and you have the makings of a real chance.

No one gave Gonzo a shot. And Blake is coming in much hotter. Fed will probably win...but this will be THE best chance Blake ever has.

Well, I like your words.

But Blake need to play soild Defense and Focus the game in every second.

That what you said,
""""he is playing VERY patient, smart tennis""""

I agree he is playing smart tennis, but not enough patient. Patient is cost him a lot of unforce Error.

He got to be even more patient and play soild defense, Meanwhile wait for a real chance to come out a clear winner.

Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush
Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush
Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush Do not rush

Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient Be patient

That's the word, He must to tell himself every mins.

Yes, He has nothing to lose. So forget about 0-7. Move up

Greenday
01-21-2008, 06:55 PM
I dont think it's going to be as easy as of most of them predicting in this thread...Blake's backhand was solid against cilic.....and he was not going for broke at every opportunity...Hopefully fed can comeout all prepared, ...I think fed is going to use a lot of slice to james backhand and it all depends on how well he can handle the fed's slice....

jcempire
01-21-2008, 08:03 PM
Almost as easy to predict as the Nadal-Nieminen muppet show. Fed in str8, even if playing left-handed.
If Blake isn't drawn into Nadal half, they might as well ban him from tournaments

If he drawn to Nadal half, LOL> He is in the Final

Horatio Caine
01-21-2008, 08:23 PM
no coincidence that blake has made QF on the 2nd US OPEN grand slam on tour(conveniently held in melbourne, australia, the 52nd state of the usa lolll)

*dons Dr. Evil costume*

"Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight" :confused:

acionescu
01-21-2008, 08:37 PM
No wonder there's no poll for this thread

For Tipsy's match there was not even a thread ;)

acionescu
01-21-2008, 08:41 PM
If Blake isn't drawn into Nadal half, they might as well ban him from tournaments
:haha:

groundstroke
01-21-2008, 08:46 PM
Federer will beat him, no problem. Shame to see that Blake always chokes when he plays Federer.

jenanun
01-21-2008, 08:47 PM
blake can win........

6 games i reckon.....

jazar
01-21-2008, 08:55 PM
blake will be too busy applauding federer's brilliance to actually be competitive

gomeny
01-21-2008, 09:02 PM
I think the first two sets will be a dog fight, but eventually it will be Fed in 3!

Savo
01-21-2008, 09:06 PM
Lardass to destroy the transitional champ...

acionescu
01-21-2008, 09:08 PM
Federer will beat him, no problem. Shame to see that Blake always chokes when he plays Federer.


Weird enough, I thought that "choking" is first of all about having a shot and only then about wasting it :shrug:

jonny84
01-21-2008, 09:56 PM
Federer easily!

Andi-M
01-21-2008, 10:28 PM
You all underestimate the deadly Blake FH...he will produce amazing tennis.

Expect a 5 set match...yes with Fed winning but still will be a thriller.

DwyaneWade
01-21-2008, 10:35 PM
Weird enough, I thought that "choking" is first of all about having a shot and only then about wasting it :shrug:

He has had a shot a few times. Did you see US Open 2006? He had multiple set points (at least three) in the first set (at least one on serve) and then had multiple chances to break in the 4th set when he had all the momentum and the Jblock going.

In Miami 2006 he also was up 4-1 in the first set (double break?)

So yes, he has choked in addition to being outclassed.