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tangerine_dream
05-01-2008, 06:41 PM
I just realized we don't have a cheering thread in here.

So here it is, just in time for the clay season. Knock yourself out, James. http://www.planet-smilies.de/tanzen/tanzen_010.gif

And yay for us, his fans who stick by him no matter how ugly his losses can get. :aparty:

DartMarcus
05-02-2008, 05:48 AM
James, we believe in you, you should at least 2-3 matches in a clay court season in europe...

MrJ
05-06-2008, 08:53 PM
Good luck James, you will need it!! :o

DartMarcus
05-08-2008, 12:23 PM
the win over Seppi!!!:worship:
Go J-Block!!!

DartMarcus
05-12-2008, 10:47 AM
James is in Hamburg after a nice run to q-finals in Rome. He is now #7 in ATP race.

tangerine_dream
05-14-2008, 09:05 PM
Okay he lost in Hamburg, which is a dump anyway :p, but he did great in Rome which is the clay tournament that truly counts anyway. :angel:

Here are photos from his matches. Boy, he was cranky that week. I like cranky James. :devil:

Internazionali BNL d'Italia
May 5-May 11

Second Round vs Andreas Seppi (W)
7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1

Third Round vs Fernando Verdasco (W)
5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Quarterfinals vs Stanislas Wawrinka (L)
7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 1-6

kolee33
05-22-2008, 12:30 AM
good luck james.........

knight_ley
05-25-2008, 06:49 PM
RG round one, James def. Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3).

tangerine_dream
05-26-2008, 04:43 AM
James defeats Rainer. :woohoo:

Let's count:
http://i26.tinypic.com/213hptz.jpg
*cue the thunder and lightning* We've already bested last year's result. :worship:

I have a feeling the Americans will do well this year. For some reason they always seem to step it up whenever Andy isn't around.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i8q1NWPePptGRgyfztu88UGmGstQ
Good news for America - a man won (so did Serena Williams on the women's side). James Blake nearly coughed up the third set but survived Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Last year, the US men went 0-9 in first-round matches. The dike has been plugged.

"We set the bar low enough so that were over it by 3 pm on Sunday," Blake joked. "It was a tough situation last year, but now maybe it's like playing with house money this year. We all feel like last year was an aberration that should never happen again and this year we are looking for better results."

cobalt60
05-27-2008, 12:10 AM
I don't know I watched the third set when James was 5-1 up and the usual brainfart occured. I am glad he pulled it out but......

tangerine_dream
07-17-2008, 05:46 PM
Well thank goodness the clay and grass nightmares are over. James just can't get a grip on those surfaces. Now it's summer hardcourt season a.k.a. James Blake season. ;) Seriously, now is the time for James to regroup and regain some confidence going into the Olympics and USO. I hope he's still going to the Olympics, in fact that should be priority for him because even if he can't get past the QFs of a slam he can definitely medal in Beijing.

knight_ley
08-14-2008, 03:53 PM
:dance:

I didn't wake up for the match cuz I figured it was a lost cause. I woke up and went to MTF on my phone to see how badly he lost by and saw what happened. :eek: I turned on the tv and USA Network had just started showing the match.

:woohoo: :crazy: :woohoo: :crazy:

Go for a medal James!!!

GollyLou
08-14-2008, 05:38 PM
I watched from 2-2 in the first set and James played well. :woohoo: Roger didn't play that well so it helped him but James won the tiebreak in the second, it was't gifted to him. :D

tangerine_dream
08-14-2008, 10:41 PM
Beijing Olympics 2008: Blake def Federer 6-4 7-6(2)

Nobody beats James Blake nine times in a row. :p Finally, something to get excited about. A win over Roger, woo hoo! :woohoo: James becomes the last player to beat Federer while he was still ranked No. 1 in the world.

Come on, James, go get that medal. :rocker2:


Federer’s Going-Away Party Includes the Williams Sisters
By JOHN BRANCH
August 15, 2008

BEIJING — Roger Federer walked off of Center Court at the Olympic Green Tennis Center to a quick burst of applause. The fans looked like pieces of confetti in their pastel-colored rain ponchos, but this was not the kind of going-away party Federer wanted. He moved quickly out of sight.

It was the last singles match he would play as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world, unless he someday regains the ranking he has held for four and a half years and will surrender to Rafael Nadal on Monday.

James Blake of the United States beat the suddenly beatable Federer, 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of the rain-delayed Olympic tournament.

Federer, on his way to a doubles match, did not slow to speak to reporters. “I’m disappointed,” he said as he walked past.

It was a common sentiment among some of the tennis world’s royalty, as a string of upsets overturned what had been a predictable tournament. China’s Li Na followed Blake’s performance with a surprise of her own, knocking Venus Williams from the tournament.

On Court 1 earlier in the day, Serena Williams had lost to Elena Dementieva, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

[...]

But the more seismic event was the final singles match for Federer as the world’s No. 1. Blake, ranked seventh, was 0-8 against Federer and had won just one set from him. He admitted after that match that Federer “had an off day,” but did not seem bothered to have ended his drought at a time when Federer seemed to have lost his touch on the court and his hold on the game.

“Maybe the law of averages, if I play him enough, he’s bound to have an off day against me once,” Blake said. “I can’t be more elated that it happened at the Olympics.”

It was a memorable bout of reconciliation for Blake, who missed the 2004 Athens Games at a time when he feared his promising career might have ended abruptly. He fractured two vertebrae when he tripped into a net post in May 2004. His father died that July. Blake was diagnosed with Zoster, a form of shingles that paralyzed part of his face and gave him blurry vision and vertigo. He took most of the rest of the year off and worried that his best tennis days had passed.

He watched Mardy Fish, one of Blake’s best friends, win the silver medal in 2004. That helped inspire Blake to push to make the United States team this year.

“Playing in the Olympics seemed a long, long way away,” Blake said of 2004. “And to think about that, and to think about sitting there watching those matches and the tough times I’ve had, makes me appreciate everything I’ve gotten. I know how lucky I am.”

Blake had built a 3-0 advantage in the second set against Federer only to be broken on the way to 3-3. With Blake leading by 6-5 and Federer serving with the score 30-30, Federer’s shot hit the net cord and dropped over for what appeared a crucial point.

“I was a little worried it might turn,” Blake said of the match.

The two players held serve to force a tiebreaker, but Federer’s sudden habit of unforced errors — he had 56 to Blake’s 38 — helped Blake win going away.

When Federer hit a service return long on match point, Blake crouched and shouted “Yeah!” After the two shook hands, Blake clenched his fists and pumped his racket toward the crowd.

Federer packed his belongings quickly and made his exit — from the arena and from the top ranking. He has won 12 Grand Slam tournaments, but never an Olympic medal, finishing fourth in 2000 and losing in the second round in 2004.

Thursday’s match was delayed 3 hours 35 minutes by rain, but it ultimately extended what has been a difficult, dry summer for Federer. In three events since losing to Nadal in a five-set epic in the Wimbledon final last month, Federer has not reached a semifinal.

Combined, he has lost four of his past eight matches, and his top ranking, and will now turn his attention to the United States Open. Blake, who has enthusiastically embraced the Olympics, living in the athletes’ village and taking in some swimming and badminton events, will turn toward continuing what he hopes becomes the biggest championship of his career.

“I’ve lost to Roger, I don’t even know how many times — 8, 9, 10, 50 times, I don’t know — but I didn’t feel like there was a definite advantage going into tonight,” Blake said. “Anything can happen. And when I’m playing well I can hopefully play with the best in the world, and I do believe I proved that tonight.”

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We finally get some good Blakey headlines. :yippee:

goodwoman
08-15-2008, 01:19 AM
Congratulations, James!! Keep it up and grab the gold for the USA!!:woohoo:

16681
08-15-2008, 02:53 AM
Congratulations, James!! Keep it up and grab the gold for the USA!!:woohoo:
I'm not big on the summer Olympics myself, but I would say James has turned his season around big time on the world's largest stage :D Congrats to James :) I know James cares about the gold medal for the U.S.. but for me the win over Federer was just great :woohoo: :dance: :aparty: :rocker: :rocker2: :yippee:

jeahhh!
08-15-2008, 07:25 AM
James :inlove:

Mary your sig, I love it!

knight_ley
08-15-2008, 01:05 PM
I am gutted. :sad:

tennis lover
08-15-2008, 01:23 PM
poor James, I saw most of the last 2 sets and I so wanted him to win. I thought he was going to do it when he saved those 3 MPs.

and Mary, your sig is amazing! :lol: the reactions for that race and the 4x200m make me laugh every time. :D

Deboogle!.
08-15-2008, 05:31 PM
What a shame that the match had to be marred by a controversy and that James probably should have won, MSNBC showed some of his comments after the match and he was about to cry over what happened. I really hope James can somehow bounce back physically and mentally to take the bronze, but it will be hard against Novak :awww:

tangerine_dream
08-15-2008, 06:53 PM
So disappointing. Anybody who beats Federer deserves a medal. :sad:

*edit*

I didn't see what happened but there's this from reuters:

http://www.supersport.co.za/olympics/article.aspx?id=265812&headline=Rampant%20Nadal%20into%20Games%20final%20
Blake and Gonzalez's semi-final was not much shorter at 42 games, and bitter controversy erupted after the 2004 bronze-medallist's 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 win.

US number one Blake, who stunned top seed Roger Federer in the quarters, claimed the Chilean touched a ball which went out but didn't admit it to the umpire.

Blake said he had lost "a little faith" in the 2004 bronze medallist and doubles champion over the incident, which happened at a crucial moment in the deciding set.

"Playing in the Olympics, in what's supposed to be considered a gentleman's sport, that's a time to call it on yourself. Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn't call it," Blake said.

"That's a disappointing way to exit the tournament when you not only lose the match, but you lose a little faith in your fellow competitor," he added.

Gonzalez, who saved three match points, denied any wrongdoing and said if he was sure he touched the ball, he would have said so.

"If I'm hundred percent sure about it, I will give it. But I'm not sure," he said.
------

More.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/tennis/news/newsid=217846.html#blake+loses+shot+gold

Blake loses shot at gold
Accuses Gonzalez of not calling error on himself

The incident that upset Blake occurred with Gonzalez serving at 8-9 in the final set. On the first point, Blake hit a backhand passing shot long but contended the ball ticked Gonzalez's racket before landing, as TV replays confirmed.

Blake appealed in vain to the chair umpire, and said Gonzalez should have conceded the point. Blake went on to lose the game to make it 9-all.

"Playing in the Olympics, in what's supposed to be considered a gentleman's sport, that's a time to call it on yourself," Blake said. "Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn't call it."

Gonzalez said he was uncertain whether the ball hit his racket.

"I didn't feel anything," Gonzalez said. "I mean, it's just one point. There is an umpire. If I'm 100 percent sure about it, I mean, I will give it. But I'm not sure."

Blake described Gonzalez as a great player who does everything in his power to win, "usually" within the rules.

"Whatever he wants to say is fine," Blake said. "Whatever is going to get him to have some sleep tonight, then that's fine."

knight_ley
08-15-2008, 07:56 PM
What a shame that the match had to be marred by a controversy and that James probably should have won, MSNBC showed some of his comments after the match and he was about to cry over what happened. I really hope James can somehow bounce back physically and mentally to take the bronze, but it will be hard against Novak :awww:

I was annoyed by it because it was a shady move on Gonzo's part, and I was gutted after the match, but it wasn't until I saw James' press conference that my heart broke for him. Ugh. I want to stay positive for the match, esp since he's never played Djokovic, but for him to get over how upset he is... Let's hope he can use that emotion for the good...

Deboogle!.
08-15-2008, 08:06 PM
Yeah, I saw it on MSNBC and he was close to tears. James isn't perfect, but he's never done anything on court like that that I'm aware of. I have my issues with James but never with his character or sportsmanship, he's near the top in those departments. It probably didn't affect the outcome of the match as a whole because James had his chances before that, but it's just a shame. I already had no respect for Gonzalez anyway, so I still have none. It will be hard for him to come back, these guys having to play again right after a loss is always weird because usually once they lose they're out, so it'll be a challenge, but hopefully he can do it.

tennis lover
08-16-2008, 04:04 AM
that was a shame, it wasn't the most important point ever but I can imagine it played on James' mind, who knows what would have happened if things had been different. :shrug: But it's done now.

Best case scenario now for James- beating both Federer and Djokovic and only getting Bronze. It doesn't seem right! :lol:

I really don't know who to root for. I probably like Nole more than James but my heart broke for both of them and I don't want either of them to be stuck in the crappy 4th place because that would be so hard to take for either of them. :awww:

Jelena_78
08-16-2008, 04:53 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=148210&d=1218896239

:hug: for James and all his fans

*Ljubica*
08-16-2008, 05:57 PM
Hi - just wanted to give a big :hug: to James and all his fans right now. Of course I wanted Nole to win his medal today, - but, - to me - what happened to James on Friday was so bad, and I still feel bad for him. I kind of wished he and Nole could have shared the bronze medal - of course - that was not to be - but I hope James can re-group and come back strong in the US Open.

knight_ley
08-16-2008, 06:34 PM
That was heartbreaking. I didn't even watch the end of the match cuz I knew I couldn't handle the tb, and I'll never watch it. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. :sad:

Jelena_78
08-16-2008, 09:15 PM
That was heartbreaking. I didn't even watch the end of the match cuz I knew I couldn't handle the tb, and I'll never watch it. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. :sad:

:awww:

Mary :hug:

tangerine_dream
08-16-2008, 10:47 PM
No medal for James. Fourth place is the worst place in the world. :sad:

Thanks for the kind words, Jelena and Rosie. :hug:

16681
08-16-2008, 11:20 PM
No medal for James. Fourth place is the worst place in the world. :sad:

Thanks for the kind words, Jelena and Rosie. :hug:
Sad, but true. I thought asking a player any player to take out both Roger and Nole would be asking a lot. And this was even before I knew about the problem in the Match with Gonzo. I used to like Gonzo, but no more :ras:
I think he used that as a way to get back at James over Davis Cup wins which was a very cheap thing to do :(
:mad: :fiery:

Deboogle!.
08-17-2008, 12:18 AM
I think he used that as a way to get back at James over Davis Cup wins which was a very cheap thing to do :(
:mad: :fiery:What do you mean? He beat James in their only previous Davis Cup meeting, and for the record, Gonzo cheated in that match too :lol:

TennisFan2012
08-17-2008, 03:44 PM
Well, maybe James was watching Nadal spank Gonzalez today and thinking, "thanks, buddy." :devil::D

bambelbitz
08-18-2008, 06:33 PM
I don't think that James watched it even for a second. It was easy to see that Nadal was going to win. I hope that this incident will give even more energy for the upcoming US Open and I would love to see a rematch Blake vs Gonzalez (maybe in the semifinals after beating Federer once again in the quarters) during the night session at Flushing Meadows! Crush him James!!!!

bambelbitz
08-22-2008, 01:22 AM
As all of you know the draw was made public today and James starts his US Open campaign against Donald Young. In the second round he will then face either Gremelmayr or Darcis (if he wins)! Let's go James!!!! :worship:

tangerine_dream
08-22-2008, 09:01 PM
Just adding some more photos from the Olympics here. Check out the one where he's shaking hands with Gonzo. Brrr. :scared:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=156354&d=1219435232

*edit*

Some news from the USO.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/usopen08/columns/story?id=3552906

Wednesday, Aug. 27

3:20 p.m.: James Blake had a big smile on his face until his beloved New York Mets were mentioned. He was reminded the Mets blew a 7-0 lead to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night, that bullpen faltering again, to slip a half game behind the Phils in the National League East with time running out.

"I was having a good day until you just said that,'' Blake muttered, a throng of fans chanting, "James, James, James,'' in the background lifting his spirits.

At least he's still around.

Blake, unlike the pen, held on in his opener against prodigy Donald Young on Monday night, waltzing through the first and third sets, and ultimately needing a fifth to advance. He admitted afterwards he didn't exactly know where he was, all the travel in the last few months taking a toll.

Blake went deep at the Olympics in Beijing, upsetting Federer in the quarterfinals and finishing fourth. His next opponent is unpredictable Belgian Steve Darcis; take away an indoor title in Memphis and a final appearance last month in the Netherlands and Darcis has gone 8-12 since the beginning of February.

"Those are always dangerous players to play against, especially when they've got nothing to lose because they're liable to be hot,'' Blake said. "So you kind of have to weather the storm sometimes at first and just not let that get to you and know you can raise your game even if they're hot.''

Oh, Blake is sticking to his story regarding the contentious encounter with Fernando Gonzalez in Beijing. Blake accused Gonzalez of unsporting behaviour, thinking the Chilean should have fessed up when a backhand passing shot appeared to graze his racket with Blake up 9-8 in the third and final set before the ball sailed long. There was no call, despite Blake's protests, and Gonzalez took a 15-0 lead.

On Monday, Gonzalez's coach, experienced American Larry Stefanki, said Blake went too far.

"If Larry thinks I went over the top, that's his opinion, but I don't remember him ever competing for a medal,'' Blake spewed. "He's speaking from not being in that situation, not being in that same experience.''

knight_ley
08-28-2008, 09:14 PM
USO R2: [9] Blake def. Darcis 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 RET
:woohoo:

He plays James on Saturday. :inlove:

jeahhh!
08-28-2008, 09:41 PM
His forum is so quiet :awww:

James :banana:

knight_ley
08-28-2008, 10:08 PM
His forum is so quiet :awww:

James :banana:

We will wake it up!!!

Marion29520
08-28-2008, 10:46 PM
He will play Mardy
I think that will be a good match

jeahhh!
08-28-2008, 10:57 PM
We will wake it up!!!

We will! :D


:dance:

knight_ley
08-29-2008, 12:18 AM
post match interview.
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Last year you had a lot of five setters going into the tournament. Looked like maybe this one would go four at least, and all of a sudden, boom, it ended. I mean, is there a sense of relief on that, or did you feel like maybe you were just getting going and a little bit disappointed in a way?

JAMES BLAKE: Well, I got through it with a win; I have to be happy with that. It's a tough way to win. I definitely felt like I started playing a lot better. I had a ton of break chances in the second set; only capitalized on one.

That was enough to get through it, and capitalized early on one in the third. That's what I was thinking about, just getting through that game, and then if I could get a lead just starting to front run and playing my game.

What was working was when I was moving forward I missed a few volleys I don't normally miss. I felt like I was coming forward effectively, and it was starting to happen a lot more. I wasn't getting pushed around anymore, and I was starting to do the dictating.

That's what I was looking for, so I guess I can just take confident in the fact that I was starting to do that. I know I can do it, so it will hopefully it will be even more comfortable the next round.

Q. You had a very physical match with Donald to start this campaign off. So as far as maybe preserving the body a little bit, do you think, okay, got a little bit of a break?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, can't hurt. Playing a shorter match is going to be helpful hopefully if I go deep into this tournament. A little less wear and tear on your body, even though we're conditioned to play plenty, plenty of long matches.

It's okay on us. Most of us are in good enough shape to deal with that. But it doesn't hurt to take a little off. I think also mentally, you deal with a lot mentally going into each and every match. Every point you're into 100%, so a little less fatigue hopefully towards the end of the tournament. Maybe it will help me down the road.

Q. What's the dynamic of playing your good friend in the next round?

JAMES BLAKE: I think it's going to be fine. It's great. We're close enough friends, so no matter what happens on Saturday or Sunday, whenever we play, we're going to be friends afterwards. If we play this time of the day, afterwards there's a good chance we'll be out to dinner together, all our groups. I'm sure we'll make some sort of a deal where the winner will have to pay.

But we'll be friends afterwards. I'll still be in his wedding in a couple of months:hearts:, and I don't think anything ‑‑ I don't think anything's going to change between us, except one of us will be through to the fourth round and the other one will be on a plane back to Tampa.

Q. There's a Chilean who might not invite you to a cocktail party who you played in the Olympics, but he did speak about the situation the other day. He said after three hours you don't feel your body ‑‑ he didn't feel the shot. He said it's not my problem. It's your problem.:eek: Could you comment about what Fernando said?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, it's not my problem anymore either. What's done is done. I've moved past it:yeah:, and, you know, whatever ‑‑ you know, whatever gets him to sleep at night is fine. If he says after three hours he can't feel a ball hitting his racquet, then apparently every fifth set he's ever played he can't feel the ball.

But, you know, that's ‑‑ like I said, whatever he wants to say or needs to say, that's up to him. He said it's not his problem. It's not my problem. It's the past.

If you let someone else get to you in the past you're not dealing with the present.

Q. Did it put a little bit of a shadow, James, on the tremendous event that was...

JAMES BLAKE: No, you can't let ‑‑ you know, if you're in a stadium full of 20,000 people and you got one unruly fan, you can't let that spoil the fact that you got a great crowd. I'm not going to let one point change my Olympic experience.

I was proud to be a part of Team U.S.A., part of the effort put forth by all the Olympians, proud of all the hard work and sacrifice they made to get there and compete at the highest level and do it fairly, cleanly, and with everything to be proud of.

I'm really happy about my Olympic experience. I wouldn't change it for anything. Obviously I wish I had done better. I wish I had gotten the medal to bring home to the States, but I can hold my head high saying I did everything I could. Did.

I competed with the utmost respect for my competitors and with the utmost respect for my country.

Q. Would you say the other players sort of backed you up or felt that a player should call in on himself? Did any of them come up and talk to you?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I mean, guys were saying, Yeah, bad luck, obviously ‑‑ especially a lot of my friends on tour here, and they're saying they wish it had gone the other way or things like that. But I really don't get into it too much.

It's just ‑‑ it was one point. It is what it is, and it's over with. You know, I stand by all my comments I made there, and I'm not going to change that.

But no matter what I say or do isn't going to change the fact the point is over, the match is over, and I'm now worried about the US Open.

Hopefully the umpires are watching a little more closely here at the US Open.

Q. Is bottom line a guy should call it on himself?

JAMES BLAKE: You know, I feel like at the Olympics, you really should, dealing with the fact that we're competing in an event that promotes sportsmanship, promotes goodwill amongst countries.

And being in a sport that's somewhat gentlemanly. I'm not going expects, say, Lebron James or Kobe Bryant to say, Oh, no, that ball touched me last when the ref is calling it.

But when it's something that you know for sure. I'm not going to ever expect anyone to change a line call either because you can't be 100% sure.

Maybe I am holding him or any other athlete to too high of a standard to call that just because I feel like I would call it. Just because I feel like the way I was brought up in the world of tennis and the code of conduct that you are supposed to call it on yourself. And.

If my expectations are too high, then that is my problem. That's up to me. But I feel like since I would, I do generally try to expect that from others. But if those expectations are too high, it just leaves me maybe unfulfilled in those expectations with some of my other competitors. But I do feel like a lot of them would have.

Q. Along those lines, do you feel at this point your fans were quite loud today, your friends in the box on kind of a quiet afternoon. Do you feel there's ever a point where they cross the line and can act as a deterrent to your opponent in an unsportsman‑like way?

JAMES BLAKE: I'm actually very proud of those guys, because most of them ‑‑ not most of them ‑‑ but a decent amount of them have played tennis in their day, whether it's college tennis, high school tennis, and they are quiet during points.

In between points they do get loud, and I love that about the US Open, that you can get loud in between points and the crowd can be rambunctious. They do a good job.

I didn't hear anything today that was disrespectful to my opponent. And if I did, if I ever do, I'll mention it to them afterwards. But those guys are up there cheering at the right times, in my opinion, and cheering on their good friend.

I feel like it's similar to any country getting behind one of their top players, like Lleyton, playing Lleyton Hewitt in Australia. These guys, while they're doing it, they're also raising money for charity. All the shirts they're wearing, that money goes directly to my cancer research fund.

I couldn't be more proud of those guys. If they do get out of line, I'd be the first to apologize to an opponent or to the rest of the crowd. But I really don't think they have crossed the line.

Q. When you watch the convention tonight, will it be a night for another Harvard man?

JAMES BLAKE: I watched it a little bit here and there the last couple of nights and I read about it, and I'm proud of that Harvard man.

Q. He went to Columbia.

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, Harvard graduate school, but we'll claim him.

Q. Guys always talk about how different this tournament is different this tournament is, the night, the noise. For a guy coming from New York and your affiliation with the Mets, is it just so different than anything else you play? Is the pressure on you greater because of your connection with the area?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, it is different than any other tournament, and different in a very positive way. This is the tournament at the beginning of the year I circle on my calendar I wasn't to peak for. I want to do as well as I possibly can at the US Open, because like you said, there is added pressure.

For me, the pressure is a synonym for opportunity. I feel like if you're doing something without any pressure, you're probably doing something a lot of people don't care about or you're doing something that's easy.

Nothing I'm doing out there is easy. I've worked hard to get here, and I'm proud to be in that position with pressure. I've always talked to my coach about the fact that as the matches get bigger and bigger, the wins and the losses, the wins mean more, the losses sting more.

That means you are dealing with a lot more pressure and you've done a lot to get there and you've earned that. It's an opportunity to do something great. That's the way I feel coming in here.

Q. Did you do anything differently with the Olympic Games and with Federer from what you usually did when you play with him?

JAMES BLAKE: No. I went in with the same confidence I've always had with him. This time I happened to serve really well on the big points, and I just played a lot of those really close points as well as I possibly could. That's just solidified or validified (sic) the fact that I had a lot of confidence going in.

I've had confidence against him many times. He just stepped his game up, and this time it was my turn. It was my day when I was playing as well as I possibly could, and I'm really proud that it happened on such a grand stage as the Olympics.

Q. Did you feel your opponent was laboring or not moving well?

JAMES BLAKE: Looked like he was struggling a little bit, but I didn't realize the extent of it. He got the trainer to come out at one point and work on his back, but it didn't seem that serious until he said that he really just couldn't run. I didn't realize how serious it was until then.

cobalt60
08-31-2008, 01:53 AM
Thanks Mary for the article :yeah:

knight_ley
08-31-2008, 06:09 AM
:sad:

cobalt60
08-31-2008, 02:54 PM
He wasn't playing well at all Mary. HIs body language always tells you what the eventual outcome of the match will be ;)
Too bad really since this is suppose to be the tournament best suited for his game. Makes me wonder how much the Olympic losses got to him as well as the media who keep harping on the Gonzalez match.

knight_ley
08-31-2008, 05:01 PM
Oh I know. We watched the whole match. I never had hopes of him winning from the start because he looked like he was defeated before the first set was even over. :banghead: But, I'm so happy for Mardy. I'm glad that if James had to go out it was to Mardy cuz I can't be upset cuz I'm so happy for him. :)

Here's his post match interview.
THE MODERATOR: Questions please.

Q. It seemed at times when the J Block people started really to get boisterous toward the end, that you almost looked visibly uncomfortable with it, because of the circumstances, who you were playing. I don't know if that was in the mix at all. Talk about sort of the emotional conflicts that were going on.

JAMES BLAKE: No, I wasn't -- yeah, I was uncomfortable about the circumstances because I didn't feel like I was playing the kind of tennis that they were used to seeing me play. It wasn't against anything they did.

I think the umpire warned them one time, and to be honest, I don't really feel that was appropriate. If they made one inappropriate comment, I know there were other a lot of other people in the stadium that made comments or spoke at the wrong time and they were singled out to be warned, when I think most times they behaved very fairly.

I was more uncomfortable the way I was playing. It's a tough feeling out there when you're the favorite, and you're expected, and you're not playing your best tennis, and can't summon your best tennis. There are some days you go out there and you feel like you can't quite string the points together that you need to, and can't make enough first serves and things don't seem to be going your way. That was why I was uncomfortable out there.

Q. Is there any element to playing such a good friend?

JAMES BLAKE: Maybe. I think it was more -- I didn't see the stats, but I guarantee he had a whole a lot of winners. He served great and returned great. Those are his two biggest weapons. He was doing them both well today. When he's doing that, he's taking me out of my rhythm, and playing the kind of tennis that got him to the finals of Indian Wells and beating a lot of top players.

You know, I knew that going in. Not that it was a friend of mine, but I've practiced with him a ton of times when he's done just that. I had that respect for him going in, and he proved why he can be very dangerous player.

Q. When you get past the disappointment in yourself, do you think that when you get a little bit removed from it that part of you will just be happy to see him advance this far for the first time here?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, usually if I lose in a Grand Slam, it's not the first thing I want to turn on, watching tennis. But I got three reasons to watch or maybe four. Sam is doing great and Mardy is doing great and Andy is doing great. I got reasons to tune back in. That'll give me something to do hopefully all of next week.

Usually I want to take my mind off of it, but it'll hopefully be a pleasant surprise to see one of them holding the trophy next week, and see how well they can all play.

I'm definitely proud of Mardy and Sam and Andy, and hopefully the Bryans can get another title here as well. I'm proud of the guys. I wish it was me. If it can't be me, let's hope it's them.

Q. There's been a lot of talk about a Beijing hangover. Do you feel now -- not that you would use it as an excuse but did that take more out of you than you might have expected?

JAMES BLAKE: No. Like I said before, this is Mardy taking it out of me. He didn't give me any rhythm and he served great when he needed to. He returned great. I didn't capitalize on a couple chances that I had. That 4-2 point in the breaker I just tried to push the return instead of going after it, like I had been. Before that I had maybe a breakpoint or two that I didn't take advantage of. He took advantage of it when he needed to.

It wasn't Beijing I don't think. It was Mardy playing some of his best tennis.

Q. Is there any reason that you wouldn't go Davis Cup if you're selected?

JAMES BLAKE: No. If I'm healthy, they pick me, I'm planning on heading over there.

Q. On TV they actually kind of said maybe it should be the end of the J Block. Does that bother you based on your sense...

JAMES BLAKE: I question their motivation for why it should be the end of the J Block. They raise money for charity. J Block, in my opinion, has brought enthusiasm to an already very enthusiastic nighttime crowd. They're, in my opinion, very respectful fans that are, yes, boisterous and raucous, but cheering fairly for American players.

Last week most of them were at New Haven cheering for Mardy when I wasn't there. So these are true tennis fans and know the game well, most of them, and have fun at it. So I don't understanding the reasoning why it would end when it's doing something positive for the sport, in my opinion. If someone can come here and have a serious discussion about why it's negative for the sport, then maybe we'll talk about disbanding it. But for right now the fact that my cancer research fund is getting funded by the T-shirts they're wearing, I'm going to do my best to keep them together.

Q. Can you state how important it was for Evian to be involved with that ceremony?

JAMES BLAKE: It's great that Evian is taking a part in it, and I'm proud to be associated with a lot of great companies - Nike, Evian, Heineken, Dunlop. They've all supported me in many different charitable endeavors. For Evian to be supportive of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program means a lot to me. It's where I learned to play tennis. It seems like a short distance geographically from here, but a long way figuratively from the Harlem Junior Tennis Program to here, and I'm proud to have made that journey. And I hope there's many more in the future that can benefit from the funds that Evian has given make that journey as well.

Q. How did the J Block get started? Are they friends or fans?

JAMES BLAKE: These are some of my best friends, that I'll probably go to right now, and they're the ones probably the only people in the word, them and my mom, that are going to be able to console me right now and put a smile on my face somehow I'm sure.

They were guys around in 2004 when I wasn't feeling great. When I didn't know if I would play tennis again, they were the ones cooking me dinner and playing cards with me and getting me out of house and trying to make me smile. In 2005 when I was coming back in New Haven, so close to where I grew up, they all wanted to come watch.

Anne Worcester decided at the Pilot Pen that she wanted to give them a name for the hundred ticket requests that I was giving her every day. She came up with the J Block. That's where it started. That year I had a great run and made the finals and won that tournament. Then came here and made the quarterfinals, and had the match with Andre Agassi that was somewhat memorable. They were here for every single one.

I don't know, it seems like when I was the underdog everyone was very positive about them. Now when I'm a favorite it seems like people are sometimes down on them. A lot people forget they're doing this for charity. They're my best friends and people that care about me. If I care about someone and seeing someone doing what they love, and if they need some sort of motivational support, I'm going to do my best to give it to them. That's what they're doing for me, and I would never fault them for anything like that. They were there at tough times, and I'm so proud they enjoy my good times. When I do have tough times, they're going to be right there - I guarantee you - when I walk out of the stadium to cheer me up.

goodwoman
08-31-2008, 05:05 PM
Mardy was playing extremely well. This was the best I've ever seen him play. With that said, James still could have dictated play, and he didn't. His body language showed defeat through most of the match. He got some of his determination back in the third set, but then it went away again. James seemed out of sorts the whole week. Don't know why; James certainly doesn't make excuses. I agree, though, that the Beijing experience, where he was SO close to a silver or even a gold, and then returning with nothing, might have taken the wind out of his sails. And the press doesn't help; when he's trying to forget the Gonzalez episode, they just keep bringing it up. James is resilient, though. When he's down and out (i.e., four years ago), he's managed to bounce back. He'll do it again.

knight_ley
08-31-2008, 05:08 PM
Mardy was playing extremely well. This was the best I've ever seen him play. With that said, James still could have dictated play, and he didn't. His body language showed defeat through most of the match. He got some of his determination back in the third set, but then it went away again. James seemed out of sorts the whole week. Don't know why; James certainly doesn't make excuses. I agree, though, that the Beijing experience, where he was SO close to a silver or even a gold, and then returning with nothing, might have taken the wind out of his sails. And the press doesn't help; when he's trying to forget the Gonzalez episode, they just keep bringing it up. James is resilient, though. When he's down and out (i.e., four years ago), he's managed to bounce back. He'll do it again.

:worship: What a great post. :yeah: That is exactly how I feel as well.

cobalt60
08-31-2008, 08:42 PM
Once again he speaks up so well. :yeah:

~Maya~
10-23-2008, 04:56 AM
Go James :rocker2:
Good luck against Oscar

Marion29520
10-23-2008, 05:18 PM
he won in 3 sets!

goodwoman
10-24-2008, 04:04 PM
From the stats, it looked like his serve was on track. Keep it up, James! :dance:

DartMarcus
10-31-2008, 06:28 PM
This is thread so silent :o
James advances to Paris semifinal after wins over Bolleli and Kohlschreiber and walkover of Federer. James must be unbroken there. :) If he wins tommorow, then welcome to Shanghai!

~Maya~
11-01-2008, 05:00 AM
I so hope he will win. Good luck James

au_sports_opinion
11-01-2008, 11:23 AM
This is thread so silent :o
James advances to Paris semifinal after wins over Bolleli and Kohlschreiber and walkover of Federer. James must be unbroken there. :) If he wins tommorow, then welcome to Shanghai!

He was broken at least once against ze goiman. I really hope he can get up today.