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2010: Next stops

mateusz2904
02-08-2010, 11:32 PM
This is James' schedule of play for February and March:

Feb 8 Rotterdam
Feb 15 Memphis
Feb 22 Delray Beach
Mar 8 Indian Wells
Mar 22 Miami

First round match in Rotterdam against Baghdatis will be played on Wednesday.
Good luck on last hard court tournaments before Road to RG!

DartMarcus
02-09-2010, 07:34 AM
Every tournament is going to be tough for James because of his ranking, but I am sure he can win something and get his ranking back to be seeded at Wimbledon!

KarlyM
02-10-2010, 03:52 AM
I'm surprised James & Marcos have never played each other before. Good luck to James! :)

mateusz2904
02-10-2010, 05:42 PM
I'm surprised James & Marcos have never played each other before. Good luck to James! :)

yeah, that's strange... but I hope James will win, and then we'll be able to see great match against Davydenko;)

are you gonna see James' match somewhere in the net?

mateusz2904
02-10-2010, 07:56 PM
James lost to Baghdatis 64 62... I didn't watch the match, because my net connection sucks. I don't know if James played badly, or if Marcos played very well... but I'm a bit disappointed because of this result... It seems to be no fight, especially in 2nd set...

DartMarcus
02-10-2010, 08:18 PM
Bad result for James! Hope he does better in US tournaments!

KarlyM
02-11-2010, 12:56 AM
I didn't get to see the match. The stats from the live-score are NOT good. :help:

http://i47.tinypic.com/zxaero.jpg

I noticed in a couple pics from the match that his right knee was taped - the one that was bothering him during the Del Potro match (and something was said about tendinitis). I wonder if that had anything to do with this loss or it was just a bad day. :confused:

Smoke944
02-13-2010, 12:57 AM
Against Roddick in Memphis R1.

KarlyM
02-13-2010, 05:07 AM
^ I better get my drinks ready. :drink:

At least James has a shot at being seeded 7th or 8th for Delray Beach. Hopefully he can get a better draw there. ;)

mateusz2904
02-13-2010, 12:01 PM
wow, my friend predicted this match... I just hope that James will be fighting...

KarlyM
02-13-2010, 10:31 PM
According to what was posted in the Memphis main draw thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=157894), James drew himself against Andy. :lol:

mateusz2904
02-13-2010, 11:23 PM
good job James! :D

KarlyM
02-15-2010, 06:23 AM
James is also in the Memphis doubles draw partnering with Bobby Reynolds (both need the extra court time ;)). They face Huss/Levinsky in R1.

KarlyM
02-18-2010, 03:45 AM
James lost to Andy 3-6 6-4 6-7(3). :awww:
There was no stream for this match, but his stats were pretty good. ;)

James is done in Memphis - he also lost yesterday in doubles (4-6 4-6).

DartMarcus
02-18-2010, 05:48 AM
Just another bad draw :sad:
Maybe James will go to challenger during clay court season? I don't see him getting lots of points in Europe. As for Challengers, he could win a couple of them and get his ranking back.

KarlyM
02-18-2010, 07:04 AM
Just another bad draw :sad:
Maybe James will go to challenger during clay court season? I don't see him getting lots of points in Europe. As for Challengers, he could win a couple of them and get his ranking back.
^ If it means getting wins and more confidence, I would be in favor of going to Challengers. :) Players ranked around where he is now (and some higher) do this all the time.

FlameOn
02-19-2010, 07:59 AM
Ah, poor James. :awww:

I honestly don't know what to think. I'm about 60/40 in favour of keeping on a little while longer rather than retirement. His game isn't the problem because the power is still there. Like everyone's saying it's the confidence thing. But who knows when or even if he'll get that back. :sad:

Filo V.
02-19-2010, 04:49 PM
The direction things are headed, James is going to be around 100 at least and potentially below within about 2-3 months. The hard courts are his time of year, and he's hurt and not playing well, and from at least what I saw in Australia, lacking confidence. James I don't think should give up like that though. He should keep fighting and try to find that spark again. He needs to believe in himself, and it only takes one good tournament to get the job done. I still know he can do it. He just need to know it himself and find the motivation to make one more push.

mateusz2904
02-23-2010, 09:44 PM
Today, Blake (Number 7. in Delray Beach) is facing Taylor Dent. Next American tournament for James, next American player in 1st round. Actually, the draw looks good, but you never know what James gonna play;) Hope he'll win something 'bigger' in Florida;)

Caren
02-25-2010, 04:59 PM
6-1 3-6 6-3 yay for James. Hope he can hold out further into the tournament :)

DartMarcus
02-25-2010, 05:04 PM
Come on James, you can win this tournament! The most dangerous player in the draw must be Karlovic, whom he can face in qf, if both win today.

FlameOn
02-26-2010, 01:12 AM
James beat Haase pretty easily. Quarterfinals time. :bounce:

DartMarcus
02-26-2010, 06:23 AM
Now it will be very tough vs the King of aces. :help:
Good luck James! :bounce:

FlameOn
02-26-2010, 06:32 AM
James won their last meeting. I'm quietly confident...

mateusz2904
02-28-2010, 01:00 AM
unfortunately James lost 36 76(5) 16...

FlameOn
02-28-2010, 01:49 AM
Ugh what happened in the third set. Complete meltdown by the looks of things. :o

DartMarcus
03-10-2010, 11:07 AM
Tough draw in IW:
[23] Karlovic (CRO) vs BYE
Almagro (ESP) vs Zverev (RUS)
Blake (USA) vs Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
BYE vs [13] Ferrer (ESP)
R1 is winnable, but Karlovic and Ferrer are both very difficult to beat.
Anyway Good Luck James!

KarlyM
03-11-2010, 09:35 AM
Gimeno-Traver is beatable. I'm not so sure about Ferrer - he's a streaky player. :scratch: But this is a pretty good draw despite Karlovic lurking in there.

Good luck James. :wavey:

FlameOn
03-11-2010, 11:40 AM
Good luck James! :)

KarlyM
03-12-2010, 07:20 AM
James is in the Indian Wells doubles draw partnering with Roddick. :) They drew Ross Hutchins & Andy Murray for R1.

James is 2nd on Stadium 1 Friday (following the Wozniacki/King match) for his R1 match. ;)

KarlyM
03-13-2010, 12:14 AM
R1: James beat Gimeno-Traver 6-3 6-2 in 55 minutes. :)
(I didn't see any of it though).

FlameOn
03-13-2010, 04:45 AM
Woo, good first win. Keep it up Jamesey. :rocker2:

knight_ley
03-13-2010, 07:32 PM
:woohoo:

KarlyM
03-14-2010, 10:14 AM
Doubles R1: James & Andy beat Hutchins/A. Murray 75 76(5). :) Next up is likely Nestor/Zimonjic.

James gets an early evening time Sunday for his R2 match vs Ferrer - Stadium 2 following the Dementieva/Flipkens match.

FlameOn
03-15-2010, 04:47 AM
James def. Ferrer 6-1, 6-4. :rocker2:

DartMarcus
03-15-2010, 06:57 AM
Yay! Finally something to be proud of. :D
Almagro next.

KarlyM
03-15-2010, 09:14 PM
Great win - it only took 7 minutes longer than R1! :eek: I bet James is real happy Almagro beat Karlovic. :lol: Also, he has defended his ranking points from last year - if he beats Almagro in R3 he gains points. ;)

I knew if I picked Ferrer over James in the Draw Challenge that James would win! :haha:

James & Andy have a tough match up in doubles today - Nestor/Zimonjic. :unsure: They are supposed to be on Stadium 1 today after the Jankovic/Errani match, but it may be moved if the day session takes too long. ;)

DartMarcus
03-22-2010, 07:19 PM
James had a 3-set loss to Almagro last week. :sad: :hug:
In Miami he has got a nice draw.
R1 vs Krajinovic - if he losses this one, he has to retire :o
R2 vs Bellucci
R3 possibly vs Djokovic

FlameOn
03-22-2010, 08:20 PM
GL James. :rocker:

KarlyM
03-23-2010, 04:15 AM
James' R1 match will be in Wednesday's night session (http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2010/Tournament/Henin-Wednesday.aspx). ;)

KarlyM
03-25-2010, 03:23 AM
R1 vs Krajinovic - if he losses this one, he has to retire :o Retirement for James came close... :lol:

R1: James def. Krajinovic 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4.
This match went over 2 hours. James didn't get the break in the 2nd until 4-all to go up 5-4. His serving stats were NOT good! :help:

Territory
03-27-2010, 12:08 AM
James is having a tough match against Belucci: 6-3, 1-6, 1-1....

C'mon James! Djovokic just got beaten so your draw has really opened up now!

FlameOn
03-27-2010, 12:46 AM
6-3, 1-6, 2-6.

Next up: clay. I don't much reason to be hopeful there. :lol:

KarlyM
03-27-2010, 05:46 AM
6-3, 1-6, 2-6.

Next up: clay. I don't much reason to be hopeful there. :lol: *sighs* Clay season will be interesting. The only tournaments James will make the entry list for are Estoril and the French Open. He's 9th on the alternate list for Rome, and the same will happen for Madrid. From his press conference 2 days ago, it sounded like he won't go to either Rome or Madrid if he's forced to qualify. I think it's time for him to go to some challenger events. ;)

KarlyM
04-09-2010, 05:35 AM
If anyone was going to the Atlantic City (Caesars Palace) exhibition on Saturday to see James, I have bad news --> James withdrew with a knee injury (http://www.stargamesinc.com/blakerelease.html). Still a good line-up though.

FlameOn
04-09-2010, 06:18 AM
:sad: Poor guy. Life just sucks right now. :(

KarlyM
04-16-2010, 05:47 AM
From the Tennis.com ticker (http://www.tennis.com/ticker/index.aspx):

James Blake sidelined at least until French Open (April 15, 2010)

A right knee injury has forced James Blake to withdraw from upcoming tournaments in Estoril, Rome and Madrid with a right knee injury, and the American is questionable the French Open.

"The good news is that I will not need surgery," Blake said in a statement. "However, the treatment will require me to take a six to eight week break. I look forward to a successful rehabilitation period and retuning to competition in the near future."

Currently ranked No. 53, the 30-year-old Blake is in danger of dropping out of the Top 80 by the time Roland Garros rolls around. He reached the Estoril final last year.

I hope he gets better soon. :awww:

goodwoman
04-19-2010, 02:42 PM
I hope so too. Get well, James!! Come back soon to turn your year around!

Filo V.
04-22-2010, 06:56 PM
James is almost assured of being out of the top 100 by summer time, this injury has come at the worst possible time for him with how he has so many points to defend. He hasn't been healthy with the knee all season, and it has caught up to him. Hopefully he doesn't rush, and he can salvage his declining career once he returns.

Sad that just 2 years ago, James was in the top 10. Now, he may need a WC just to play the US Open.

FlameOn
04-23-2010, 01:02 AM
James. :sobbing:

Ozone
05-01-2010, 01:02 AM
:bigcry:

Filo V.
05-04-2010, 04:58 AM
James is supposedly going to miss the French Open and not return until a challenger event on grass before Queens or the Queens tournament with his knee issues that have plagued him this season. He will lose the final points from Estoril this week, lose 3rd round points from Madrid next week, and will be ranked around 90-100 in the world by the end of the French Open, with a plummet out of the top 100 in June. The only positive about this for James is that he can start out fresh, healthy, and with hopefully a rejuvenated energy and mentality and make one last push to the top of the game, and with his name and history and reasons for his slippage, he should get WCs. But it is now or never time for James, as he is 30 1/2 years old now and his glory days are 2-3 years in the distance. I still believe in him, and hopefully he can give a great result to doubters writing him off.

FlameOn
05-28-2010, 08:41 AM
I miss him. :sad:

He should be back soon though. All the best James. :hug:

KrisJB
06-02-2010, 10:00 AM
James is expected to return in Eastbourne.

FlameOn
06-02-2010, 11:00 AM
James is expected to return in Eastbourne.
Cool. That's pretty soon too. :cool:

knight_ley
06-03-2010, 04:18 AM
I miss him. :(

kiwi10is
06-03-2010, 10:59 AM
he withdrew from Halle... does anyone know if he will be fit for Wimbly?

KarlyM
06-09-2010, 07:26 PM
James' website was updated today with new info and a new look (and it doesn't make my computer freeze up - YAY! :lol:).

The most important news is he's playing Eastbourne next week! :D

He is also starting an official facebook page and there's a short Q&A on his website about his rehab. He also added LA to his summer schedule. :)

DartMarcus
06-09-2010, 07:29 PM
Can't wait to see James back on court! :bounce:

Smoke944
06-12-2010, 07:39 PM
James has Benneteau in the first round of Eastbourne. Good luck James! :cool:

FlameOn
06-13-2010, 01:25 AM
Great to hear it! When's he playing?

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-13-2010, 01:52 AM
yeesss, won of the most exciting players on tour is back.

lets hope he can take out eastbourne

mateusz2904
06-13-2010, 04:44 PM
great! I can't wait to see him, at least on livescore:D
not bad draw for James, but after such a long break I don't expect him to win it

KarlyM
06-13-2010, 10:57 PM
Great to hear it! When's he playing? Monday -- 4th on Centre Court after the Stosur/Oudin match. ;)

I'm not expecting anything, since he's just coming back after nearly 3 months. Hopefully, the match will at least be competitive.

KarlyM
06-14-2010, 11:29 PM
Eastbourne R1: James lost to Benneteau 6-7(3) 5-7. :awww:
Well, at least he didn't get his butt kicked. Did anyone see any of this?

mateusz2904
06-15-2010, 12:07 AM
I couldn't find any livestream, but followed this match on livescore... James had 3 setpoints in 1st set:( then he saved so many matchpoints in 2nd set, I saw result 4-6, and thought it was the end. But few minutes later I realised that match continued, but James didn't manage to play second tiebreak...

Maybe he should have committed in doubles draw, but maybe he doesn't want to push himself... We'll see how he'll do during Wimbledon;)

FlameOn
06-15-2010, 02:02 AM
:awww: Not a bad scoreline for his return. :hug:

I'm just glad he's back again. :)

FlameOn
06-18-2010, 11:14 AM
Tough draw for James' comeback at Wimbledon. :(

In the first round he gets Robin Haase (Protected Rank), but in the second round he gets Nadal.

Oh well, I'm sure he'll do his best. :hug: He's more than capable of beating Nadal but I'm just not sure he'll be match-sharp enough.

KarlyM
06-19-2010, 05:53 AM
Since James lost in R1 last year, all he has to do is show up to defend the points. :lol: :)

Haase is a good R1 match up. They have only faced each other once - Delray Beach 2010 R2, James won 6-3 6-1. Haase has a 1-5 ATP grass record (only win was over Serra in 2007), but he did take Hewitt to 5 sets 2 years ago in his only previous match at Wimbledon.

If James does get to R2, I'm not confident about his abilities to play Nadal on GRASS and coming off an injury layoff. Remember all their previous matches were on hard courts. If this match does happen, I hope it will at least be a competitive 3 sets. He's got nothing to lose. ;)

FlameOn
06-19-2010, 12:25 PM
BTW the real James has made a Facebook and he accepts everyone. You joined? :aplot:

KarlyM
06-20-2010, 12:05 AM
^ I would if I was on Facebook. :lol:
(The reason I'm not on it is a looooooong story...)

Ozone
06-20-2010, 03:59 PM
first round vs Haase then JB is gonna take out Rafa!!!! Fire it up one time.............................................. ............................................BAM!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KarlyM
06-21-2010, 10:59 PM
Day 2 OOP (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/schedule9.html) --> James' match against Haase is 2nd on Court 5 on Tuesday (following the Radwanska/Czink match). Court 5 is a TV court. ;)

KarlyM
06-22-2010, 10:52 PM
James lost to Haase 2-6 4-6 4-6.

Press Conference transcript (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2010-06-22/201006221277223462866.html) --> This is just sad to read. :awww: The pain in his knee came back last week. Q. When you say you're thinking of taking time, are you talking about taking more weeks off or something more permanent?

JAMES BLAKE: No idea right now. I want to play this summer. I want to see what happens there.

So, you know, obviously now I've got two weeks where I'm not playing a match. I'll see how it reacts to new treatments. I'll see what happens, and then I want to play the summer.

If that means playing in pain, I'm gonna play in pain. If it means I'm back to being healthy, then I have a feeling I'm gonna want to continue. I'm gonna want to get back to the way I know I can play.

If it's continuing to play in pain, I'll reassess after the Open and see if I want to continue that. If I need to, after the Open, take the rest of the year off and then see if I can start fresh in 2011.

I don't know. It's a bit of an unknown. A lot of people think the unknown is fun. Some people think it's scary. I think it's a little bit of both. I think it's an opportunity.

If my life is gonna change after the Open, then I'll have to be anxious and see what comes next. ^ :scared:

FlameOn
06-23-2010, 03:35 AM
Aww poor James. :hug:

But he still believes in himself.

mateusz2904
07-11-2010, 01:57 AM
We have no choice, we need to wait...
James plays in Atlanta next week. Then: LA, DC, Toronto, Cincy, and Open.
Hope his knee will be fine...

FlameOn
07-11-2010, 02:03 AM
So soon. :eek:

Good luck to him. :hug:

mateusz2904
07-11-2010, 02:09 AM
He also played some matches it World TeamTennis;)

KarlyM
07-11-2010, 04:32 AM
James didn't make the main draw for DC, Toronto, and Cincy. He's likely seeking WC's for these tournaments, so we'll have to wait and see. ;)

James played singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for both WTT matches on Wednesday (http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=2108) and Thursday (http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=2111). :)

There was a positive quote from the Salem News interview (http://www.salemnews.com/sports/x279772567/Blake-impressive-on-and-off-court-for-Lobsters) that was posted on James' website -->
"The season has been a little stalled lately. I had to take 10 weeks off because of a knee injury and I think I came back a little too soon. It was bothering me a little bit, but last night my knee reacted very well and I'm encouraged by that," Blake said. "I'm just really excited about every tournament this summer where I feel like I'm playing healthy. It's been over a year since I've felt healthy on the courts, so I'm excited about feeling like I've got my legs under me and go run the way I used to when I was a kid." :) :) :)

FlameOn
07-11-2010, 05:37 AM
:hearts: :woohoo: I hope I get to watch him on TV at some stage during the MS tournaments or USO. :)

mateusz2904
07-11-2010, 11:21 AM
good to hear his knee is getting better;)

FlameOn
07-11-2010, 11:24 AM
I admit while it's good to read positive things like that it's strange that right after Wimbledon he was so uncertain if he'd even keep playing but now he's saying it's all systems go. :confused:

Either way I'll take it. :shrug: :p

mateusz2904
07-17-2010, 10:39 PM
Atlanta's Main Draw



(1/WC) RODDICK, Andy USA/BYE
RAM, Rajeev USA v BECK, Karol SVK
MARCHENKO, Illya UKR v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
QUALIFIER v (7) MALISSE, Xavier BEL

(4) ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG/BYE
DENT, Taylor USA v BLAKE, James USA
GINEPRI, Robby USA v QUALIFIER
(WC) WARD, James GBR v (6) FISH, Mardy USA

(5) TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB v ANDERSON, Kevin RSA
(WC) YOUNG, Donald USA v SELA, Dudi ISR
LACKO, Lukas SVK v QUALIFIER
BYE/(3) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

(8) BECKER, Benjamin GER v RUSSELL, Michael USA
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS v SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL v QUALIFIER
BYE/(2) ISNER, John USA

not bad draw for James, interesting all-American match in 1st round;)

KarlyM
07-18-2010, 12:44 AM
Not a bad draw. The last time James played Taylor was in Delray Beach this year -- James won in 3 see-saw sets. I hope he does well. ;)

Doubles Draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=165572) --> James and John Isner drew Ginepri & Sweeting for R1. Another all-american match. :lol:

FlameOn
07-18-2010, 03:05 AM
If Blake in slump can beat Dent in 3 then I'm confident in (fingers crossed) healthy Blake. :cool:

KarlyM
07-20-2010, 04:01 AM
James & John won R1 doubles today - 3-6 6-4 10-3. :)

The R1 singles match against Dent is scheduled for Tuesday on the Stadium Court not before 6:30 ET. ;)

FlameOn
07-20-2010, 05:18 AM
Well done, Blakener. :lol::yeah:

FlameOn
07-21-2010, 03:48 AM
Poor thing. :sad:

KarlyM
07-21-2010, 06:30 AM
James lost to Taylor 3-6 6-3 4-6. :awww:
Another see-saw match. :p

For some good news:
James got a wild card (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/07/Other/Washington-Blake-Wild-Card.aspx) into the DC tournament (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/19/AR2010071903617.html). :)

FlameOn
07-21-2010, 07:50 AM
Hope he and Isner can win some more doubles. I think more than anything James needs consistent matchplay.

KarlyM
07-22-2010, 06:11 AM
James & John face Kohlmann & Schuettler in QF doubles Thursday - on Stadium Court following Roddick's match.

I hope John gets his rest after his 2 1/2 hour match today. ;)

KarlyM
07-23-2010, 06:00 AM
QF: James & John beat Kohlmann/Schuettler 6-4 6-1 in just under an hour! :D
SF match is on Saturday. ;)

FlameOn
07-23-2010, 06:52 AM
:woohoo:

KarlyM
07-24-2010, 05:10 AM
James & John face Lipsky/R.Ram Saturday sometime after John's SF match in the afternoon ("after suitable rest"). ;)

Edit: LA draw is out (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=165844). James drew Leonardo Mayer.
They have only played once previously -- James lost to him in straights at the French last year.

KarlyM
07-25-2010, 02:55 AM
James & John lost to Lipsky/R.Ram 6-7(5) 6-7(5). :awww:
Big kudos to John for playing doubles 2 hours after his long singles match was over. He looked tired as hell after that match. :worship: I was watching the livescore for the doubles match and despite the tight scoreline, both teams broke each other 3 times each. I hope the doubles matches this week will help James' singles next week. ;)

Edit: LA doubles draw is out (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=165894). James is partnered with Sam Querrey. They drew F.Lopez/Tipsarevic for R1.

KarlyM
07-28-2010, 01:33 AM
JAMES WON!!! http://i28.tinypic.com/2mdm444.jpg :lol:
LA R1: James beat Leo Mayer 6-1 6-4.
I watched it on livestream. This is the best I've seen him play in awhile. The 1st set was completely one-sided -- James held most of his service games at love, and he almost bageled Mayer (he had 2 BP's at 5-0, but Mayer fought back to hold serve). Mayer was much better in the 2nd but James kept it together. A lot of positive body language, too. :) James should have taken those anti-inflammatories sooner! ;)

Doubles is coming up in the night session.

FlameOn
07-28-2010, 04:25 AM
:woohoo:

mateusz2904
07-28-2010, 06:25 PM
I'm back from holiday and it's great news to hear;) Hope James is getting better;)

KarlyM
07-28-2010, 09:55 PM
James & Sam lost to Lopez/Tipsarevic 3-6 3-6 last night.

Thanks to Mardy withdrawing from singles, James gets Becker for R2 on Thursday. ;)

FlameOn
07-29-2010, 02:43 AM
Becker can be dangerous...GL James. :hug:

Territory
07-29-2010, 05:25 AM
Great to see James winning again and impressive scoreline! I'm sure he's still got it in him... it was only 6 months ago that he nearly beat Del Potro at the Australian Open...

Good luck against Becker.

KarlyM
07-30-2010, 04:34 AM
LA R2: James beat Becker 7-5 7-6(5). :yeah:

QF match is against Lopez on Friday not before 4pm PT (7pm ET).

FlameOn
07-30-2010, 08:25 AM
Yay, QF is great. :woohoo:

mateusz2904
07-30-2010, 10:05 AM
LA R2: James beat Becker 7-5 7-6(5). :yeah:

QF match is against Lopez on Friday not before 4pm PT (7pm ET).

1am in Poland again:( But good to see that James can win matches again:) Good luck!

KarlyM
07-30-2010, 11:20 PM
DC draw is out! (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=166170) --> James drew a qualifier for R1. If he can win that, Llodra for R2.





LA QF: James lost to Lopez 6-3 6-7(6) 4-6. :awww:
Bummer, but I hope this is a step in the right direction. ;)

DartMarcus
07-31-2010, 07:23 AM
Tough loss. :sad:
Keep working James! :bounce:

mateusz2904
07-31-2010, 11:12 AM
it was so close again... good serving from James, especially in 1st set... good sign for next tournaments, good luck in DC!

mateusz2904
08-01-2010, 11:18 PM
(Q)Ryan SWEETING (USA) vs James BLAKE (USA)
tomorrow, not before 7pm

KarlyM
08-03-2010, 05:24 AM
DC R1: James lost to Sweeting 6-3 3-6 4-6. :awww:
The stats look a lot like what we've seen for awhile - under 50% serve, poor BP conversion (0 for 4 in 3rd set), and not saving BP's on his own serve. :p
But the good news is James said after the match that his knee feels great. ;)

James has also received a WC into Cincy (as did Mardy). :) I haven't heard anything about WC's for Toronto yet (but they will probably all go to Canadians anyway).

Filo V.
08-03-2010, 05:26 AM
2-3 record so far in the hard court season for James (one win somewhat of a gift from a choking Becker). One tournament at a time, what's most important is he is healthy with the knee. Results will come.

FlameOn
08-03-2010, 05:45 AM
James. :hug: Tough loss.

mateusz2904
08-03-2010, 10:22 AM
After good match with Lopez, I thought Ryan wouldn't be a problem for James... I think James needs a good series of won matches to get some more self-confidence after this injury... Seoson hasn't finished yet, we have a lot of hard court tournaments, so I think it's gonna be all right in few weeks or months;)

KarlyM
08-10-2010, 04:08 AM
James got a WC into New Haven (http://www.pilotpentennis.com/blake_is_back/)! :rocker2:
They actually scheduled the time for his first match. :lol:
It's nice to see him back there again. :D

mateusz2904
08-14-2010, 12:44 PM
Montreal draw is out
Here is James' part:

http://www3.picturepush.com/photo/a/3989506/img/Tennis/Obrazek.jpg (http://picturepush.com/public/3989506)

It would be nice to see him against Roger;)

FlameOn
08-14-2010, 12:56 PM
Oh I hope he gets to play Roger. That would be televised and I could definitely watch! :rocker2:

KarlyM
08-15-2010, 11:33 PM
The qualifier James will face in R1 is Istomin. They've never faced each other before.

FlameOn
08-18-2010, 01:07 AM
Oh dear. 3 and 0 loss to Istomin. :bigcry:

I fear we may be reaching the end.

mateusz2904
08-18-2010, 01:27 AM
OMG, I thought it was going to be easy win for James...

Filo V.
08-18-2010, 05:13 AM
Two more tournaments to go, and James will have to make a tough decision. 2-4 record (with a gift win) so far in the N.A. hard court season. So he's not winning, he still doesn't seem to feel great, and the season is almost over. These next two events are basically home events for James, so good performances are needed. If they don't come, then it's up to James to decide what he wants to do. If he isn't prepared to do every little thing it will take to get back to his previous highs, then he shouldn't continue using his time for this game professionally.

goodwoman
08-18-2010, 02:15 PM
Aw-w-w-w-w James. I feel so bad for him.

mateusz2904
08-18-2010, 08:12 PM
I've read news on polish portal that James is going to play in New Haven and Open, and then he will have break in playing tournaments, because his knees still aren't OK... If this doesn't help, he will probably stop playing. He doesn't know when he decides. He said he is just tired.

:sad:

KarlyM
08-18-2010, 10:18 PM
I am posting some of the important questions from his press conference yesterday (you know how long some of his answers can be! ;)). The Full transcript is here (http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=65663).

Q. You didn't look like you felt well on the court today. Were you feeling ill?
JAMES BLAKE: No. Just didn't feel like my kind of game out there today. I didn't have -- didn't have my best, or even close to my best.
I haven't felt prepared for a tournament for a long time thanks to a lot of injuries. Felt like things have been getting better, and then you get setback after setback and it takes its toll.
Just showed it today.

...

Q. Did you have any lingering injuries that bothered you today at all?
JAMES BLAKE: Plenty. Too many to talk about.

Q. Will you be playing in next week's tournament?
JAMES BLAKE: Plan on it. It seems like they keep coming up quickly, because I know what would be best for me is to have a real rest and get my body healthy.
But I really want to play New Haven and I really want to play at the US Open, so I know we're gonna be kind of playing beat the clock and see if I can be as healthy as possible going in there.
If I'm at the point where I'm at today and not feeling any better than I did today, then I don't know if I'll be able to. But I really think with a couple days off I'll be able to be a lot better. The hometown crowds there will hopefully lift my spirits a lot, and I'll have a whole a lot to play for.
So I'm definitely looking forward to that, you know, as soon as I can put this match out of my head.

Q. What kind of preparation will you do for the upcoming tournament?
JAMES BLAKE: First, rest. That's the first thing I know I need. It's a tough situation because I want to work hard. That's my mentality always, is putting in more work than my opponent. I've been trying to do that since I felt like I was starting to get healthier. And then I do that, and I guess I maybe push it too hard and injury something else.
That's just -- so now maybe I need to listen to my body and take a little bit of a break, couple days off, and see if that'll help me. I mean, I'm kind of, I guess, playing trial and error, and it's not working out so well so far.

...

Q. When was the last time you would say you felt somewhere close to 100% physically?
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I'm still thinking. It's been a long time. I would say 2008. It's been a while.

Q. So for two years there's always been something niggling somewhere in your body?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, for the last year, year and a half, up until Miami of this year Miami it was my knee. That was the problem. Just never getting better, being a nagging thing, nagging, and just playing at on 90%, 85%, 90%, it's generally not enough to compete at the top level.
I was still getting by because my ranking was high enough, and I was able to win a few matches just kind of scrapping 'em out. But I definitely didn't feel 100%.
And then this year the knee was a problem. It got better, then my shoulder, my hamstring, too many other things have popped up. It's not fun.

Q. Are you giving yourself any kind of timeline as far as if it the injuries keep going on and the play doesn't get up to the level, any expectations or anything like that?
JAMES BLAKE: No, I've never really set any expectations. As long as I don't have any regrets when I'm done. There's kind of two ways to look at it here: I could keep trying the same thing I've been trying, but I'm gonna maybe need some rest after the Open, more than just a day here and there.
So I think what I'll most likely do is reassess and take some time after the Open and hopefully come back healthier, better, and with the ability to put in a lot of time on the practice court with Kelly and get ready for maybe the indoors in the fall.
Then see if that works. If that doesn't work, I'll start thinking of other options. I don't know how many more are left after that other than the rest and recovery. But if it doesn't get back, you know, I knew at some point my body was gonna give out probably. I hope it's not this year; I hope it's not next year; I hope it's not for a few years. But right now it's testing my patience.

...

Q. In addition to putting in the practice time after the Open, there are obviously some 1000 tournaments overseas after the US Open. Would you consider playing some doubles with a good partner?
JAMES BLAKE: No. I'm not going to Asia just to play doubles. Like I said, I'm gonna need rest. That's not rest. As much as it might seem like doubles is easy, it's still taxing on the body. I'm not gonna put myself through that.
Because that's sort of my been my problem, I think. Now I'm 20/20 hindsight, but all the times I've tried to rest in the past I've still been doing other stuff. I've still been lifting weights, I've still been doing core work in the pool, and whatever else needs to be done as much as I possibly can do.
Maybe my body is telling me that there is a time for a real break. I haven't had an actual vacation in probably five, six years. So maybe it's time to take a little break and take a step back and put the racquets down. I hear about a lot other guys after the season really putting the racquets down for a while, and I've never been the type that can do that. I want to get back out on the court.
You know what, maybe after the Open it's time to put 'em down for a couple weeks and see where my head's at and body's at after that.

Q. A couple weeks rather than a month or two?
JAMES BLAKE: We'll see. (Smiling.) I mean, you probably caught me at my -- what's gotten me successful and what's probably hurting me right now is it should be a month, and instead I want to make a couple weeks because I want to get back out there as quickly as possible.
But it should be a little longer probably. Like I said, we'll see how I feel at that point. If I'm getting stir crazy and want to get back out on the court or if I can -- my coach might need to hide my racquets and keep me off the court for a little while if it comes to that. If anyone wants to see how mopey he looks during the first few questions :awww:, there's a video here --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cErnl9F-ECg&feature=youtu.be

Filo V.
08-19-2010, 05:16 AM
His mind is saying yes but his body is saying no. That's the worst part about situations like this, you cannot play/retire on your own terms. But, at this point of the situation, if James continues to put forth performances as against Istomin and Haase, there is no further point in continuing playing and losing, while being injured. He has these next two hard court events, and then he'll need to make the decision of his life. Honestly, I can't see him retiring, but there are points on both sides of the equation that make retirement a legitimate option if he contemplates it.

BeaglesLoveTenni
08-19-2010, 06:57 PM
its a real tough thing when athletes we love keep trying to perform when their bodies start to say they cant. look at joe namath or willy mays. they stayed far too long and it tarnished their careers for alot of people. i read a blog that is usally pretty funny but the guy really doesnt like james blake (http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/Tennis-and-stuff-/August-2010/James-Blake-Doesn-t-Deserve-US-Open-Wild-Card.aspx) and said he should not get the wild card.

mateusz2904
08-19-2010, 09:06 PM
It would be really hard for me if James retires... Tour without him won't be the same for me, in spite of many other players I support... Actually, he was the one who made me love tennis 5 years ago, despite the fact I had had the contact with this game before... For me he is the player I will always remember of... But nothing is sure yet, the decision hasn't been made yet. Stay positive;)

KrisJB
08-19-2010, 11:21 PM
What do you think about playing in a slight pain and with some medications? Pat Rafter played with a serious shoulder injury and was able to get to the finals of Wimbledon, Toronto or Cincinnati before the end of his career. Fernando Verdasco plays constantly with a foot injury and has good results. So maybe it is more a problem of motivation than injuries themselves?

mateusz2904
08-20-2010, 12:04 AM
You never know how serious his injury is and what impact it has on his body... But I think that losing a set to 0 against Istmoin shows that it can be hard to play with that pain. It just make retirement much closer, James is almost 31 and he would probably stop playing in 2 or 3 years... He must have a plan how to figure it out.

Let's wait and see what he can show in NH and the Open, and then wait for his decision, because I think he won't play this year anymore.

KarlyM
08-20-2010, 07:34 PM
James drew Riba for R1 in New Haven - per twitter (http://twitter.com/2010PilotPen/status/21685636328).

Riba is a good test to see how James is feeling. Riba hasn't played on HC since last November. He has never played a HC match at tour level and has very little HC matches at challengers and futures level.

mateusz2904
08-21-2010, 03:37 PM
James' quarter in NH
http://www1.picturepush.com/photo/a/4038599/img/Tennis/Obrazek.jpg (http://picturepush.com/public/4038599)

KarlyM
08-23-2010, 10:45 PM
NH R1: James def. Riba 6-0 6-1 in just under 36 minutes :D

Riba is a good test to see how James is feeling. Riba hasn't played on HC since last November. He has never played a HC match at tour level and has very little HC matches at challengers and futures level.
Keep in mind what I wrote above. I don't think Blake was actually playing well as the scoreline suggests (judging from the parts I could see when the stream wasn't freezing up!). Honestly, he didn't really have to - he just had to keep the ball in play and wait for Riba to hit it out or not return it at all. :lol: I felt a little bad for Riba - he was REALLY bad!

mateusz2904
08-23-2010, 11:02 PM
NH R1: James def. Riba 6-0 6-1 in just under 36 minutes :D


Keep in mind what I wrote above. I don't think Blake was actually playing well as the scoreline suggests (judging from the parts I could see when the stream wasn't freezing up!). Honestly, he didn't really have to - he just had to keep the ball in play and wait for Riba to hit it out or not return it at all. :lol: I felt a little bad for Riba - he was REALLY bad!

probably you're right... but 36 minutes?! It's still unbelievable for me, I don't remember such a short match, and I'm in tennis for almost 5 years...

We'll see how James will do in 2nd round;)

KarlyM
08-24-2010, 02:09 AM
James faces Dolgopolov in the Tuesday late night match. ;)

From the ATP website: (http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/08/34/New-Haven-Monday-Blake-Impresses.aspx)
It was the fastest match in Blake's career, replacing his 39-minute victory over Jiri Vanek in 2003 at Memphis, and the fastest completed match on the ATP World Tour this year, clocking in at three minutes less than Olivier Rochus' win over Abdulla Hajji in Doha. It also marked Riba's most lopsided loss on the ATP World Tour, in what was also his hard-court debut.I believe the record is Rusedski's 29 minute 6-0 6-0 win over Arriens in Sydney 1996.

A quote from today: (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=5489959)"I tend to always play fast," Blake said. "The wins end up being a lot quicker; the losses end up being quicker too." ^It sure sums up the last week for him. :lol:

KarlyM
08-25-2010, 07:41 AM
NH R2 update: James leads Dolgopolov 1-0 (15-0 on opponent's serve). It started raining 3 minutes into the match. :lol: It is scheduled to resume around 12pm ET Wednesday. If James can win this match, he will have to play R3 later in the day. :p

mateusz2904
08-27-2010, 12:19 AM
So James lost, but we should left it behind and concentrate on the Open.

James will play against Kristof Vliegen from Belgium, ranked 321. I don't know this plater well, but it's seems that James really can beat him.

KarlyM
08-27-2010, 08:46 AM
James had an 0-2 record against Vliegen - both losses were indoors in 2006. Vliegen's ranking is currently #321 and got into the main draw with a protected ranking due to missing 7 months with a back injury (July '09 - March '10). Only has 1 tour level win this year (over Gasquet in DC by retirement), and has a few challenger match wins. At Wimbledon, he was 2 sets up to Benneteau and lost. His year looks worse than James', but you never know what will happen. :shrug:

mateusz2904
08-27-2010, 10:04 PM
I wouldn't bet my money on any of these two, that's sure :lol:

KarlyM
08-28-2010, 05:09 AM
^ I shouldn't laugh but... :lol:

Look at this draw - who is making R3 out of this bunch? -->
http://i33.tinypic.com/6g9zjo.jpg
You got Monaco up there - he just came back after being out 3 months with a wrist injury. Lost in R1 of Cincy and R2 of New Haven qualies. So there's 3 players dealing with injury issues. Everyone's money will probably be on the qualifier. :lol:

But seriously, I hope James can run "hot" for 2 matches in a row (instead of "hot and cold") so he can defend his points from last year. It's a good draw to do just that. ;)

FlameOn
08-28-2010, 05:11 AM
Nothing will surprise me anymore. Hope he can win though.

He lost against Haase who'd been out for ages with knee injury and was only just returning. So we shouldn't underestimate this 1R opponent at all.

mateusz2904
08-28-2010, 11:35 AM
Good draw for a qualifier:lol: after winning 2 matches he should be got used to the surface and beat Monaco and the next player in straight sets.
Remember that it's slam, they play best-of-5 so matches are long, not good for recently injured players like these three.

KrisJB
08-29-2010, 08:37 PM
According to Facebook, James is supposed to play on Tuesday afternoon.

knight_ley
08-31-2010, 12:55 AM
Did you guys catch James in the opening ceremony? I'm a bit disappointed that he didn't get to talk at all, but at least he was looking good! :p

KarlyM
08-31-2010, 08:22 PM
^ I saw it. :hearts: :)

James is up next on Armstrong today after the Li Na match. ;)

mateusz2904
08-31-2010, 11:03 PM
James leads 2-0
6-3, 6-2, *1-0
I have net problems and can't watch it, but it seems he plays good... Maybe he is able to reach 3rd round at least..

DartMarcus
09-01-2010, 12:23 AM
Good straight set win.
Polansky next.

FlameOn
09-01-2010, 03:48 AM
James!!:hearts: So happy.

KarlyM
09-01-2010, 07:37 PM
:bigclap:

The press conference with video is up at the US Open website (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-08-31/201008311283302107233.html). ;)

EDIT: James' R2 match is last on Armstrong Thursday after Jankovic.

KrisJB
09-02-2010, 01:44 PM
I watched James match against Vliegen and it was a pleasure to see how JB perfomed. He hit a lot of winners including the backhand wing and displayed a very positive body language. Probably, he recovered from a kind of meltdown. It is great to hear that he considers playing for a next few years and training as hard as possible. Of course, his movement was not close to the one he had in his best years 2005-2007 but he tried to retreat every ball and fired a lot of great returns of serve. His serve was solid throughout the match except for the second half of the third set. If he plays as solid as on Tuesday he shall win against Polansky.

DartMarcus
09-03-2010, 01:51 AM
James defeated Polansky in 4 sets. Lost the 1st one on TB, but then broke Peter in 2nd set and never looked back. :rocker:
So thrilled to see James winning again.
Now destroy Djokovic, man! :devil:

FlameOn
09-03-2010, 02:06 AM
Nice James is having a great run! :rocker2:

KarlyM
09-03-2010, 09:31 PM
The press conference with video is up on the US Open website (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2010-09-02/201009031283532212621.html).

James did great last night. :D I haven't seen him have that kind of speed in awhile. Great turnaround after the awful TB. :) He also defended his ranking points. :)

I don't have high hopes for him to beat Nole. He needs to be very healthy to beat him, and after all the running he did last night I doubt he will be. The ice towel he was using on his knees on some of the changeovers makes me wonder. I'll root for him and if he wins - great, but I'm not really getting my hopes up. ;)

James faces Nole in the FIRST night match Saturday.
I'm pissed - I won't be able to see it. I don't get the TV channel it's on and I won't be home to watch a stream. :mad:

mateusz2904
09-04-2010, 09:42 AM
I saw last match and James played really great, he was close to his form in AO 2010, when he faced del Potro. Good serving, especially in 1st set (except tie-break), a lot of winners and really great point. Even his backhand seems to be a bit better.

Nole had big problems with Troicki in his 1st round match, he seemed so tired and played without any passion. I didn't see his match against Petzschner, but the result says it wasn't easy for Djoko. James plays with 'his' crowd, so chances are like 70%-30% for Djoko of course.

I has to wait until 1am in Poland to see it, but I have no choice :D

Filo V.
09-05-2010, 03:05 AM
1-6 6-7(4) 3-6 loss to Djokovic.

James finishes the US hard court season with a 5-6 record with zero top 50 victories. His best win is against Becker in LA, coming back from down in both sets with help from choking to tough out a good victory to make the QF.

His worst loss came in Cincinnati, 6-3 6-0 to Istomin where he looked unprepared mentally and physically to step on a tennis court.

So, peeps, what do you think of his play tonight? I think he showed, as he has in his first two matches, flashes of his old ability, mixed with inconsistency. The main difference between pre-2009 Blake and now-Blake is the fact his hot streaks don't last as long, and his low streaks last several games. We saw in set 2, he took the break lead, and then got immediately broken. He got the minibreak in the tiebreak and Nole won 4 (5?) straight points. He had an opportunity in the third set, and then was broken. He's too up and down in his matches. Even with Polansky, had the break, lost it, broke back in the forth.

For all of the negatives we can focus on, let's focus on the positives! He defended his points from last year, and showed to us all that he still has some game left. He's just coming back from various serious injuries and won 2 matches this US Open, and made an ATP QF. He's regaining a spirit and love for the game he hasn't had in a while. So, hopefully, when he gets fully healthy, he's able to train a bit more and for a bit longer period of time, and he's really 100%, he'll be back to tear the tour up :)

Congrats on the good tournament and match with Nole, James! Good luck in the future going forward, I'll be here as a fan every step of the way and support any decision you make.

DartMarcus
09-05-2010, 04:00 AM
1-6 6-7(4) 3-6 loss to Djokovic.

James finishes the US hard court season with a 5-6 record with zero top 50 victories. His best win is against Becker in LA, coming back from down in both sets with help from choking to tough out a good victory to make the QF.

His worst loss came in Cincinnati, 6-3 6-0 to Istomin where he looked unprepared mentally and physically to step on a tennis court.

So, peeps, what do you think of his play tonight? I think he showed, as he has in his first two matches, flashes of his old ability, mixed with inconsistency. The main difference between pre-2009 Blake and now-Blake is the fact his hot streaks don't last as long, and his low streaks last several games. We saw in set 2, he took the break lead, and then got immediately broken. He got the minibreak in the tiebreak and Nole won 4 (5?) straight points. He had an opportunity in the third set, and then was broken. He's too up and down in his matches. Even with Polansky, had the break, lost it, broke back in the forth.

For all of the negatives we can focus on, let's focus on the positives! He defended his points from last year, and showed to us all that he still has some game left. He's just coming back from various serious injuries and won 2 matches this US Open, and made an ATP QF. He's regaining a spirit and love for the game he hasn't had in a while. So, hopefully, when he gets fully healthy, he's able to train a bit more and for a bit longer period of time, and he's really 100%, he'll be back to tear the tour up :)

Congrats on the good tournament and match with Nole, James! Good luck in the future going forward, I'll be here as a fan every step of the way and support any decision you make.

Good points. James is slowly improving, but still improving! Djokovic has never been a good match-up for James. If he faced Nadal or Murray he would have much more chances. He did not got destroyed and had chances in the match, so result should be treated as positive.
Fingers crossed he keeps getting healthier and more motivated, and results will come. He will probably never be top-15 again, but the guys like Ferrero, Ljubicic, Haas, Stepanek already shown us that being older does not affect your abilities to play top 10 level for some weeks of the year.

mateusz2904
09-05-2010, 08:20 PM
I saw this match, too. And I think James showed a lot of good tennis. He had a few chances, he missed them, but he was the one who played more, Djoko had less winners, and less unforced errors. James wasn't afraid of him, he just came out and tried to do his best. We'll see what he's going to do now, after his good result in NYC.

mateusz2904
09-20-2010, 10:04 PM
After US Open Blake announced that he's gonna play in Stockholm (October). He won two titles there, so maybe it's a good place to make there one more step after his comeback;)

FlameOn
09-21-2010, 08:30 AM
After US Open Blake announced that he's gonna play in Stockholm (October). He won two titles there, so maybe it's a good place to make there one more step after his comeback;)

Yay good news. :D

KarlyM
10-01-2010, 12:48 AM
The WC for Stockholm has been confirmed (http://www.ifstockholmopen.se/en/News/Wild%20Card%20till%20James%20Blake.aspx). ;)
The tournament starts October 18th - Federer, Soderling, and Berdych are on the entry list.

There's also the World Team Tennis Smash Hits (http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=11) charity event on November 15th.

I wonder if he will play any challengers. :scratch:

KarlyM
10-17-2010, 12:21 AM
Stockholm draw is out (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=170810) --> James drew 7th seed Bellucci for R1.
For those with a short memory, James lost to him in 3 in Miami this year when he was struggling with the knee injury (and didn't play after that match for 3 months). Stockholm is indoors and Bellucci hasn't played many matches indoors, so who knows how this will go. Hopefully, James is healthy. ;)

FlameOn
10-17-2010, 02:39 AM
Bad draw but not too bad. Allez James! :bounce:

KarlyM
10-19-2010, 10:49 PM
Stockholm R1: James def Bellucci 3-6 6-4 6-4 :D
I watched nearly all of it on livestream. To be honest, James looked pretty rusty. Bellucci came out hitting some big shots in the 1st set that James couldn't run down, and he made a lot of errors (17). He was broken twice that set (2nd time to lose the set), and after he was broken the 1st time he looked so pissed on the changeover. The beginning of the 2nd set was like the 1st but James was making less errors and hanging in there. It seemed like Bellucci was expecting him to fade away and got flustered. Once James broke Bellucci in the mid-2nd set, he was more positive. :) Bellucci had a bunch of BP opportunities on James' 1st couple service games in the 3rd set, but couldn't convert and he just seemed to fade away. He made a nice turnaround after the messy 1st set, and there was no problems serving for the match. ;)

http://i53.tinypic.com/v3hf91.jpg

I didn't notice any injury problems during the match - no tape or anything on the knee, no stretching or gestures that anything bothered him.

James gets Kubot or Bachinger in R2.

FlameOn
10-19-2010, 11:08 PM
J-Block. :yeah:

Looks like he didn't play great tennis to win, but did enough. Glad he didn't seem to be in pain. I think he should win R2, and hopefully he'll display some of his Blake fire. :devil:

mateusz2904
10-20-2010, 02:26 AM
I watched it too. It wasn't great match, but win is still a win, James need some confidence and Stockholm is good place to get some;) Not bad possible opponents for James in second round, really, a huge chance for a good result.

DartMarcus
10-20-2010, 03:53 AM
Nice to see James beating a decent opponent! Watched only 1st set, was surprised that James got the job done. :D
Hope he keeps winning! :bounce:

mateusz2904
10-20-2010, 04:16 PM
James will play in Basel, and maybe in Vienna (facebook)

FlameOn
10-21-2010, 01:07 PM
Wow, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) over unheralded German Bachinger. :eek:

Strange match but thank God he won. More than anything I think James just needs to keep playing matches. But now he's won 2 matches in his last two tournies (US Open and now Stockholm) which isn't too bad considering he's had to keep stopping and starting because of his knee.

It was funny how James hardly hit any backhands at all during the match. Bachinger was hitting to his forehand all the time. And it was funny that it was working so well. James almost lost this match. :eek:

KarlyM
10-22-2010, 12:31 AM
I pretty much figured his match against Bachinger was going to be tough with James' lack of recent play and not knowing much about his opponent. I didn't see any of it, but I'm glad he was able to win and not collapse in the 3rd set. :yeah:

I don't think his QF against Nieminen will be easy, despite the 6-0 H2H (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=B676&oId=N289). 5 of those matches were 3 sets. Nieminen has been playing pretty well lately - final in Bangkok and beat Berdych on Wednesday. Plus, Nieminen had the day off today while James played a tough match. I hope James will be physically ok for tomorrow. ;)

KarlyM
10-22-2010, 08:01 PM
Stockholm QF: James lost to Nieminen 0-6 2-6 in 50 minutes
I didn't see any of this - but just looking at the scoreline and stats, all I can say is YIKES! :unsure:

There's some good news though -->
1. He gets 45 ranking points this week, and therefore can't go any lower than 405 points this year (only had 45 points from Paris Masters last year to defend somewhere - that's done :)).
2. He got a Vienna main draw WC, so he doesn't have to do qualifying. Tournament Site (http://www.bankaustria-tennistrophy.at/de/news_357.html?mn=1&sm=1-0) Google Translation (http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bankaustria-tennistrophy.at%2Fde%2Fnews_357.html%3Fmn%3D1%26sm %3D1-0)

BTW, I wonder what James thinks about New Haven going WTA-only (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=8212&zoneid=25) next year? :scratch:

FlameOn
10-22-2010, 10:53 PM
James. :hug: Still been a good couple of tournaments.

mateusz2904
10-23-2010, 06:57 PM
Blake will face Łukasz Kubot in 1st round match in Vienna. If he wins, next in the draw is top seeded Melzer... Kubot have played really bad recently, I think James will beat him without big problems.