Blake def. Dancevic 6/4,6/3,7/5

01-20-2009, 10:26 AM
Nice first two sets, amazing offensive tennis, then Blake went sleeping a bit, Dancevic rose to the occasion, interesting third set, James brings it home in teh end in style...

01-20-2009, 10:28 AM
Phenomenal third set! Looked like a great crowd too. It's just a shame Dancevic couldn't find another gear earlier! Very nice from Blake on the FH side.

01-20-2009, 10:29 AM
ballbashing blake doing his job well.

Voo de Mar
01-20-2009, 10:34 AM
Interesting match :yeah: I'm surprised Blake won two games in the third set from triple breakpoint, usually he can't deal with those situations, this time his 1st serve worked well on breakpoints, maybe it's a matter that Dancevic is rather poor receiver.

01-20-2009, 10:37 AM
Nice play from Frank. Some great rallies in that match.

Frank's new hairstyle is a great improvement too.

01-20-2009, 10:41 AM
Solid from James. He mixed his serve really efficiently, and finally his forehand and passing shots clicked in the right moments. James also played some great backhand returns and a few nice lobs. A little bit inconsistent at Dancevic 2nd serve returns but still self-confident. There was one highlight with a long rally ended by James beautiful forhand slice reply to Frank dropshot. Could be quicker if he managed to break at 2-0 40-15 in the 3rd set.

01-20-2009, 12:18 PM
Third set :worship:

01-20-2009, 12:28 PM
The Blake I love to watch :banana:

01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
Thanks to Eurosport for showing this match instead of the Rod Laver night session.

01-20-2009, 12:31 PM
unfortunately dancevic lost.

01-20-2009, 12:44 PM
It's official, Blake's hunger is back. Streaky Frank is rarely anything but entertaining in his win-all or lose-all attacking play, but Blake's power game was really too much for him in the first two sets. Then Dancevic recovered from 0-2 0-30 in the third, flipping it around to 3-2 and 40-15 on the American's serve. Blake saved those break points, and had to save several others in what became a really feisty third set. Dancevic became the recipient of some really hard stare-downs from Blake, and on two passing shots near the end it was a case of the man from from the USA trying to win the match through an early knock out. As far as I could see, Blake's only genuine grievance was that Dancevic had started to play much better, and he didn't need to get so unpleasant about it. Nevertheless, the match ended on a high note, and too bad that the standard wasn't higher earlier.

01-20-2009, 12:51 PM
Frank will not put together a consistently good match until I stop picking him for upsets :(

01-20-2009, 03:18 PM
Excellent. Finally, a decent performance from James, this is what we like to see. :worship: String a few more of those together this week, James.

01-20-2009, 03:22 PM
Blake is Back!! Yea....!!

Nice one James...keep it up :yeah:

My 100th post dedicated to Mr Blake.

01-20-2009, 05:12 PM
Awww too bad for Frank, but it seems he played some good tennis, great for him! :D...He'll be back where he belong soon ;) Can't wait to watch the match :D