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Houston SF: Blake def. Hernandez 6-3, 7-6(3)

osalsyst
04-20-2008, 12:15 AM
YAY James!!!

Voo de Mar
04-20-2008, 12:17 AM
Oscar was leading 3:0* (30-15) in the 2nd set.
James, please don't fuck up the final like you did it in Delray Beach :o

Dancing Hero
04-20-2008, 12:19 AM
Blake probably win it now.

MrJ
04-20-2008, 12:20 AM
Great win James, now take the trophy and gain some confidence for the weeks ahead. :)

I dont think James is as bad on clay as many here suggest. :o

Albop
04-20-2008, 12:20 AM
now that the king is out marcel is going to win :D

Deboogle!.
04-20-2008, 12:23 AM
Great win James, now take the trophy and gain some confidence for the weeks ahead. :)

I dont think James is as bad on clay as many here suggest. :ohe's not bad on it. Problem for him is that 1) he's unwilling to change his game for clay (and i say unwilling instead of unable because he admits to the fact that he still just tries to play his regular game on clay), and that isn't good because guys who are really good defenders on clay get more of his big shots back and 2) his movement is not as good because he tries to move on clay like he moves on HC - sometimes he even slides AFTER he hits the ball instead of INTO the ball. So it's not that he's bad but there are a couple things that will make him almost always have trouble against the best claycourters, IMO

MrJ
04-20-2008, 12:31 AM
he's not bad on it. Problem for him is that 1) he's unwilling to change his game for clay (and i say unwilling instead of unable because he admits to the fact that he still just tries to play his regular game on clay), and that isn't good because guys who are really good defenders on clay get more of his big shots back and 2) his movement is not as good because he tries to move on clay like he moves on HC - sometimes he even slides AFTER he hits the ball instead of INTO the ball. So it's not that he's bad but there are a couple things that will make him almost always have trouble against the best claycourters, IMO

Sure, I completely agree, but judging by a lot of comments you would think he was complete clown. He will never be a world beater but he has always had the capacity to give even the natural claycourters a real match. I can remember him giving Moya a complete trashing last year in Hamburg before running out of steam... and this was the Moya that reached the SF. He will need a few breaks to go his way but he should be capable of winning a few rounds at Roland Garros. Maybe a first Clay title will give him more belief.

JimmyV
04-20-2008, 12:35 AM
He should be able to make the third round at the French. I don't expect all the Americans to go out first round again, at least I hope not.

Deboogle!.
04-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Well, who cares what MTF GM thinks :lol:

gusman890
04-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Roddick won Houston 3 times, you dont see him winning big clay matches other than in Davis Cup. And the one time he got the QF in Rome, but he didn't beat anyone decent on clay, not to knock Roddick.

James will see where he stands when he plays in Europe with the better clay courters.

Voo de Mar
04-20-2008, 12:37 AM
Blake obviously has potential to play well on clay (a couple years ago had 3 matchpoints in Rome's quarterfinal). He has beaten on this surface players like Gonzalez, Moya, Calleri or Almagro. I think he's got a game to reach 4th round at French Open, maybe even quaterfinal (if the draw will be friendly).

Kitty de Sade
04-20-2008, 12:39 AM
It would be nice to see Blake reach the 3rd round of RG at least.

Having a repeat of the American results from last year would be really bad comedy. :tape:

JimmyV
04-20-2008, 12:41 AM
He's off to a great stat this year so far, hopefully he carries that over to the dirt.

rocketassist
04-20-2008, 12:43 AM
Blake is no mug on clay. When he worked his way back up the rankings after that horror period, he won a few clay challengers which gave him a lot of confidence.

He's beaten a few decent players before too: Moya, Almagro, Murray, Gonzalez, Gaudenzi, Chang, Clement, Koubek are all no mugs on clay. He should have won against Monfils as well and reached the second week of RG.

gogogirl
04-20-2008, 12:55 AM
All,

Whewwwwwwwwwwww - that was close. James played too tenative a lot today. He was just bunting the ball back at times. It almost caused him to go to a third set.

Oscar picked up his level in the second set. His serve helped him out a lot.

I hope James wins tomorrow. Then he can continue onward and upward.

James and Thomas won a good Sportsman award or something along those lines after the match.

"WAY TO PLAY AND MAKE YOUR DAY ON CLAY - J. B." "KEEP IT GOING"

TMJordan
04-20-2008, 12:56 AM
Booooooooooooooooooooooooo

The Freak
04-20-2008, 01:30 AM
Well done James or as Gimelstob would say "JIMMY BLAKE!"

WhataQT
04-20-2008, 04:33 AM
WTG, Blake! Keep it going!

Experimentee
04-20-2008, 04:41 AM
Well done Blake, you'd better not screw up the final now!

WhataQT
04-20-2008, 04:43 AM
Top-seeded Blake advances to first career clay court final

HOUSTON (AP) -- Top-seeded James Blake advanced to his first ATP clay-court final Saturday, beating eighth-seeded Oscar Hernandez 6-3, 7-6 (3) of Spain in the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

The American hasn't lost a set all week, heading into Sunday's final against another Spaniard.

"One more win," Blake said. "The way I'm playing, I feel pretty good. I've never played this guy. Luckily, I got to see him play in doubles earlier this week. He got the better of me in the doubles, but hopefully I'll get a little revenge tomorrow."

He told the crowd after the match that he was pleased with his play.

"I played a really good tiebreaker, I felt," Blake said. "I couldn't have asked for a better end to it."

Blake, who lost in the semifinals last year, ran around his backhand to nail a forehand down the line out of Hernandez's reach to end the match.

The 28-year-old Blake beat Hernandez in two sets in their only other match. But that was on a hard court last year in Switzerland.

The American will play another clay-court specialist, seventh-seeded Marcel Granollers-Pujol of Spain, who took out unseeded Wayne Odesnik 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Blake said he probably won't change his tactics for the final.

"I'm going to try to take it early and not get into the kind of general clay-court battle of moving as far back as I can and just rolling it high and starting the point," Blake said. "I want to start the point with my advantage and taking it to them."

Blake broke Hernandez in the fourth game of the first set. How well the American returned in that game caught the Spaniard off guard.

"He give me four winners on my first serve," the 30-year-old Hernandez said. "I didn't play well today. I couldn't put in the first serve and that the reason that he returned pretty fast and pretty good to me."

The two players traded breaks in the final set. Hernandez broke Blake at 15 in the second game when the American missed a forehand volley long off a let cord on Hernandez's crosscourt passing shot.

Blake broke back three games later to get back on serve when he hit an inside-out forehand to pass the Spaniard.

It didn't hurt that Hernandez double-faulted twice in that game. But Blake's game plan is typically to hit out on his returns.

"That's kind of my plan a lot of times to take chances on people's serve. I can return well enough to put pressure on guys when they're serving. Even when they're serving pretty well, I can take that weapon away from them, and I did that early and made him a little tentative on his serve."

Hernandez got up 15-40 in the next game but Blake hung on to win his serve, finishing it on a running forehand crosscourt winner that the Spaniard could not reach.

Granollers-Pujol fought off two match points in his second set one on his own serve when he was down 5-3 and one in the next game on the American's serve.

"I feel very happy now and I feel very good," he said.

Odesnik reached the semifinals after facing a couple of match points against him.

"It's disappointing (to have lost the semifinal) but at the same time, now I know how the guy I played yesterday must have felt, having one or two match points," he said.

Granollers-Pujol served better and played more aggressively as the match progressed, hitting on 65 percent of his first serves in the third set, compared to 50 percent in the first set. He repeatedly used deft drop shots off his backhand some from as far as 10 feet behind the baseline to wear down his opponent.

"I make the first and the second, and I saw that he wasn't running very good," Granollers-Pujol said. "And I start to make more and more."

Granollers-Pujol broke Odesnik's serve in the fourth game of the final set when Odesnik missed a drop shot wide after barely reaching one off the Spaniard's racket.

Before serving in the sixth game of the third set, the American called a trainer to stretch muscles in his left leg and his left hip.

Granollers-Pujol, ranked 84th, won on his second match point with an ace.

Both were playing in their first ATP semifinal.

IAMlegend
04-20-2008, 04:52 AM
It would be nice to see Blake reach the 3rd round of RG at least.

Having a repeat of the American results from last year would be really bad comedy. :tape:

I think he can. He needs a somewhat favorable draw and more patience. It's ridiculous that with his speed and his big forehand that he hasn't done better at RG. :confused: JAAAAAAAMES!:(

leng jai
04-20-2008, 05:29 AM
I think he can. He needs a somewhat favorable draw and more patience. It's ridiculous that with his speed and his big forehand that he hasn't done better at RG. :confused: JAAAAAAAMES!:(

Not ridiculous when his clearance over the night is around 2mm on every forehand.

Bilbo
04-20-2008, 10:21 AM
dedicated to kutafon

TheBoiledEgg
04-20-2008, 11:10 AM
its a whole diff ball game in Europe literally

diff clay, heavier ball, better players, etc

Strangelove
04-20-2008, 11:12 AM
Clay Monster Blake :worship:

ChinoRios4Ever
04-20-2008, 07:16 PM
the King tanked ;)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-20-2008, 07:40 PM
No doubt James can win,he should win the final too! :rocker2: