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James in 2011

mateusz2904
12-07-2010, 09:43 PM
What do you think will happen? Only one month left and we start next season, maybe the last one for James :sad: Hope he still can show his better side before retirement :sad: This year he played great in January, maybe after the break he will be able to repeat that in 2011 :wavey:

DartMarcus
12-08-2010, 02:10 AM
His performance in Australia will give us a lot of answers. I really hope he comes into the season fresh and fully committed to success at every tournament!!! When James retires it would be one of the saddest days in tennis history. :sad:

mateusz2904
12-08-2010, 09:20 PM
I can't wait for January. I love spending nights watching AO and I also vividly remember watching del Potro-Blake match this year. It's really nice memory and I hope I'll have much more similar to this one. Beginning of 2011 will be really important for James, so we have to cross our fingers for a good start ;)

nalbyfan
12-09-2010, 02:09 PM
Before january he'll play Copa Argentina Peugeot exh in Buenos Aires next 17/18/19 december along with Nalby and Fish

KrisJB
12-09-2010, 09:19 PM
Probably, it will be not his last season considering his great love for the game. Different things happen, f.e. Jonas Bjorkman was able to play semifinals of Wimbledon in 2006 at the age of 34, Agassi was finalist of US Open at the age of 35, so maybe James will make a pleasant surprise? Who knows, everything will depend on his health. He should also work on his fitness as his movement is the key to return to TOP 50. Do you know if James has recovered from his knee problems?

mateusz2904
12-11-2010, 02:11 PM
From time to time a look for some news, but don't know anything about any injuries. Actually, during off-season players rarely talk about these problems. If they're fine, they practise; if they aren't, they hope to recover. So we need to wait and check how James will perform in Buenos, and then in his first ATP tournaments of the year.

nalbyfan
12-15-2010, 02:23 PM
He will arrive tonight in BA to play the exh next WE

nalbyfan
12-16-2010, 01:30 PM
He will play vs Fish tonight after Nalby/Chela which starts at 8h00 PM

mateusz2904
12-17-2010, 06:33 PM
Blake-Fish
6-4 6-4

To be honest, I'm really surprised of this result. I'd thought it would be nice if James won a set, but he managed to win it in quite easily, I think. It's just exhibition tournament, but it always shows a bit of real players' trim and their chances in new season. That's why I'm really pleased to see that. Let's see how he will do in his next match against Monaco on Saturday.

mateusz2904
12-20-2010, 08:30 PM
Blake-Monaco
4-6 2-6

Monaco lost to Nalbandian in final.

Hellraiser
12-22-2010, 10:18 PM
JBlock is done.

He won't play AO qualys atm he is only playing exho and he didn't sign in even in one tournament.

KrisJB
12-23-2010, 06:54 PM
JBlock is done.

He won't play AO qualys atm he is only playing exho and he didn't sign in even in one tournament.

Why is done? James has signed to San Jose and Memphis.

mateusz2904
12-24-2010, 07:53 PM
James Blake
happy holidays everyone. should know soon when i'll be starting on the court in 2011...

This is from Facebook. So he isn't done yet:p

ImmzB
12-24-2010, 08:01 PM
Come on James!! :yeah:

FlameOn
01-13-2011, 01:44 PM
Just posting to subscribe. Allez James. :rocker:

mateusz2904
01-13-2011, 08:40 PM
http://jamesblaketennis.com/2010_Site/Pages/Winter_2011_Interview.html

Interview with James, some thing are much clearer now.

FlameOn
01-13-2011, 09:32 PM
http://jamesblaketennis.com/2010_Site/Pages/Winter_2011_Interview.html

Interview with James, some thing are much clearer now.

Thanks. :) Some haters were trying to make it sound like James was too arrogant to play AO qualies. :cuckoo:

Not sure how I feel about him having no coach, but I guess he has enough experience on tour...

mateusz2904
01-14-2011, 03:24 PM
In my view he wants to be on tour as long as possible whcih is rather obvious... He started playing late (he was 20) and he doesn't want his retirement yet.
Decision on leaving coach is weird, but it seems James know what he's doing. We'll see. Can't wait to see him back in 2011.

mateusz2904
02-04-2011, 11:07 PM
James confirmed he had received wild cards to all events he had planned to play (San Jose, Memphis, Delray Beach). Good luck there!

FlameOn
02-04-2011, 11:25 PM
Goooo James!

KarlyM
02-05-2011, 03:51 AM
Because there were so many withdrawals for San Jose, James ended up not even needing the WC. ;)

[6] Benjamin Becker (GER) - Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Dustin Brown (GER) - Donald Young (USA)
Qualifier - James Blake (USA)
Milos Raonic (CAN) - [4] Xavier Malisse (BEL)^This is his quarter of the draw. Qualifying draw isn't out yet, so I have no idea who he could face.

mateusz2904
02-06-2011, 01:46 PM
It's hard to predict how far James can go. But I hope he will make some big surprises there;)

Hellraiser
02-07-2011, 05:22 PM
It's hard to predict how far James can go. But I hope he will make some big surprises there;)

You are wrong, it's simple to predict he gonna lose with Levine or his deep run gonna finish on 2nd round.

DartMarcus
02-07-2011, 07:06 PM
James should beat Levine.
Beating Mallisse/Raonic would be hard. These guys have been playing great this season so far. Reaching at least semis here would prove that James can come back to top 50 in a short time. We'll see!
Come on JB!!

KarlyM
02-08-2011, 02:43 AM
San Jose R1: James def Levine 7-5 6-1 in 73 minutes.
James seemed very rusty, but looked like he was moving ok. No noticeable injury issues. He was making a lot of errors in the 1st set which was keeping Jesse in the set. But in the 2nd, Jesse was clearly having issues with his knees (both were heavily taped) and he wasn't really running down balls or trying hard. I'm more interested in seeing how James will do against Malisse or Raonic in the next round. ;)

Ozone
02-08-2011, 02:52 AM
Yes James. Let's do this in 2011

FlameOn
02-08-2011, 02:56 AM
James was nice to watch today. :)

mateusz2904
02-08-2011, 05:35 PM
Nice comeback :yeah: But next match should be much more interesting;)

KarlyM
02-09-2011, 08:48 AM
James faces Raonic in R2 on Wednesday. Raonic hit 20 aces against Malisse and some of his serves went over 140 MPH. If he plays like this later today, James will have problems. :unsure:

From Raonic's blog on the San Jose website (http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/news.asp?story_id=387):
Speaking of players you grow up watching, my next match is against James Blake. It's nice playing these guys you used to watch. I think I'll have an advantage - I'll know him more than he'll know me! So I'll use that as much as I can. I know he'll go for his shots. I'll just take care of my serve and hopefully I'll get a few chances on the return. I look forward to it.

FlameOn
02-09-2011, 09:26 AM
I hope James beats him. :sad:

mateusz2904
02-09-2011, 08:22 PM
Have you found any livestream already?

KrisJB
02-09-2011, 10:39 PM
www.fromsport.com

mateusz2904
02-09-2011, 10:46 PM
Thanks a lot;)

KarlyM
02-09-2011, 11:13 PM
There's an interesting interview with James at insidetennis.com (http://www.insidetennis.com/2011/02/book-james/). He talks about his injuries, future in tennis, post-retirement life, etc. ;)

FlameOn
02-10-2011, 05:43 AM
^ Nice interview. :)

Sad about his loss. :sad:

mateusz2904
02-10-2011, 01:20 PM
I love James' attitude to life, tennis, tour. When it comes to this, he's my hero.

Great performance of Raonic, if he continues to improve he can achieve a lot in the near future. James played good I think, especially in the second set. If he had managed to win that one, everything could have happened in 3rd part of the match. But now we just have to wait for the next draw;)

mateusz2904
02-11-2011, 07:03 PM
James confirmed that he is going to play also in Indian Wells and Miami.

FlameOn
02-11-2011, 08:59 PM
^ Hopefully James has a decent run in at least 1 or 2 of his upcoming tournaments. :scared:

DartMarcus
02-12-2011, 02:58 AM
James to face Mello in R1 in Memphis. Then possibly Anderson.

FlameOn
02-12-2011, 05:17 AM
Doesn't sound too terrible.

mateusz2904
02-12-2011, 10:06 PM
Raonic may face Verdasco 2 times in a row, in the San Jose final and then in Memphis 1st round :lol:

Ozone
02-13-2011, 09:57 PM
Memphis draw looks nice. Mello in the first round and if he beats Kevin Anderson, he should make semis because Raonic/Verdasco will be way too tired and the winner of that 1st round match will probably lose the next or withdraw

DartMarcus
02-14-2011, 02:30 AM
Come on JB! Do this shit.

pksmith10s
02-17-2011, 09:38 AM
sounds like james need a 2hr massage every day like federer

FlameOn
02-17-2011, 09:55 AM
Poor James, but at least he's still winning matches at his tournaments even if it's just 1.

KarlyM
02-20-2011, 09:57 AM
Delray Beach draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=177626):
(3/WC) QUERREY, Sam USA v BROWN, Dustin GER
qualifier v ANDREEV, Igor RUS
DABUL, Brian ARG v NISHIKORI, Kei JPN
(WC) BLAKE, James USA v (7) BECKER, Benjamin GER Last meeting against Becker was in R2 of LA last year - James won 7-5 7-6(5). H2H is 3-0.

FlameOn
02-20-2011, 11:02 AM
He's had rather good draws with his first-rounds until now. It will be tough. Hopefully James is a bit more match-fit now. :)

CR3WLFC
02-21-2011, 10:37 PM
stream?

FlameOn
02-22-2011, 01:09 AM
Excellent win over Becker. :eek:

KarlyM
02-22-2011, 01:29 AM
7-5 6-4 :) Did anyone see how he played?

He gets Nishikori or Dabul in R2. They don't play until tomorrow - hopefully, the day off will help James. ;)

Update: Nishikori won today 6-2 7-6(5).
They play R2 tomorrow at 7:15pm ET. For those who don't remember, this is a rematch of the 2008 final which James lost (but he beat him 2 months later to even the H2H).

FlameOn
02-24-2011, 01:52 AM
Blake lt. Nishikori 3-6 4-6. :sad:

Another second round is good though, hope he can peak for Indian Wells/Miami. :)

KarlyM
02-24-2011, 01:58 AM
James was on the qualifying entry list for IW, but WD. I wonder if he got a WC. :scratch:

FlameOn
02-24-2011, 02:08 AM
I won't even go to GM. Everytime he loses there's a bunch of people saying "James should just retire :o".

DartMarcus
02-24-2011, 02:37 AM
Wins over Mello, Levine and Becker.
Losses against Raonic, Kendrick and Nishikori.
Would not call wins great as well as would not call losses miserable.
Raonic has been on fire, Kendrick and Nishikori are in-form hard court specialists.
James got WC for IW and Miami, so we'll see him more in the few weeks.
Hope he can improve his level.

Deboogle!.
02-24-2011, 03:20 AM
I won't even go to GM. Everytime he loses there's a bunch of people saying "James should just retire :o".the GM people are surely saying it from a mean/bad place, but one has to wonder how long James will be ok losing in the second round of every tournament. not saying he should retire immeidately, but I'm sure this isn't how he wants to go out.

JamieBlake
03-03-2011, 10:09 PM
So, James is in the main draw of Indian Wells! :) I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Jim and I'm a big fan of James, I hope he comes back to the top because his game is amazing, by the way, did anyone here read his book? Is it worth reading?
I hope to have fun in this forum!

FlameOn
03-03-2011, 11:59 PM
So, James is in the main draw of Indian Wells! :) I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Jim and I'm a big fan of James, I hope he comes back to the top because his game is amazing, by the way, did anyone here read his book? Is it worth reading?
I hope to have fun in this forum!
Welcome! :D

mateusz2904
03-04-2011, 05:40 PM
Hello Jim :wavey:

I've read that book and I just love it. I read it 3 times, and sometimes I just open it somewhere in the middle and go through some pages. It's one of the best books I've ever had in my hands. It isn't just another boring autobiography, it's something much more. I really recommend to buy one ;)

JamieBlake
03-04-2011, 07:47 PM
Hello Jim :wavey:

I've read that book and I just love it. I read it 3 times, and sometimes I just open it somewhere in the middle and go through some pages. It's one of the best books I've ever had in my hands. It isn't just another boring autobiography, it's something much more. I really recommend to buy one ;)

Thanks a lot, then I'll order it for my birthday! And thanks FlameOn for the welcome :)

KarlyM
03-07-2011, 01:29 AM
^ Welcome! :wavey:

I have read his book as well. I really liked it and it's a pretty easy read. ;) One important note about it is that it's not a typical autobiography. It mainly focuses on the late 2003 to late 2005 period -- his father's death, broken neck/zoster virus, what it was like not being able to play, and the comeback. But there are little stories mixed in about his childhood, scoliosis diagnosis, etc. It's mostly off-court issues and very little specifics about actual matches (except for the Agassi one, of course!).

mateusz2904
03-07-2011, 04:44 PM
I have read his book as well. I really liked it and it's a pretty easy read. ;) One important note about it is that it's not a typical autobiography. It mainly focuses on the late 2003 to late 2005 period -- his father's death, broken neck/zoster virus, what it was like not being able to play, and the comeback. But there are little stories mixed in about his childhood, scoliosis diagnosis, etc. It's mostly off-court issues and very little specifics about actual matches (except for the Agassi one, of course!).

Never read better review :yeah:

FlameOn
03-09-2011, 01:15 AM
Qualifier in R1 of IW. If he wins that then Pusherduck in R2. :o

mateusz2904
03-09-2011, 05:34 PM
It could be better, but hope he will manage to overcome qualifier.
He also received a WC to the Miami tournament :wavey:

KarlyM
03-10-2011, 04:46 AM
The qualifier James will play is Guccione.

FlameOn
03-12-2011, 06:31 AM
3 set win over Guccionne so the 2R streak continues. :bigclap:

My most despised player Roddick up next. :mad: James would have to be really sharp to win. Hopefully he can pull it off and not get sucked into making too many UEs.

mateusz2904
03-13-2011, 08:40 PM
People do you have any idea where I can watch it? However, there's one problem: something's wrong with my internet connection and I need a source with lower quality or a possibilty to change it to avoid lags. I'm still looking for it, but if you find anything, please let me know;)

JamieBlake
03-13-2011, 10:34 PM
Nice match

FlameOn
03-13-2011, 11:33 PM
Ugh, well he lost to his pushing compatriot...hopefully a better draw in Miami. :sad:

JamieBlake
03-13-2011, 11:51 PM
I guess he'll also get a WC to Miami main draw, won't he?

FlameOn
03-13-2011, 11:55 PM
I guess he'll also get a WC to Miami main draw, won't he?
I'm pretty sure. :) He doesn't seem to be in bad form, he just needs a better draw. :)

JamieBlake
03-14-2011, 12:10 AM
By the way, the site james blake tennis is selling his book, is this website reliable?

JamieBlake
03-14-2011, 12:19 AM
Also I don't know why but I think that his partnership with Fila is over, he's wearing a 2009 fila shirt, fila thomas reynolds cap, and the shoes are nike...

mateusz2904
03-14-2011, 12:52 AM
Nice match

Yeah, I managed to watch it. Jimmy couldn't do more there. I'm glad he doesn't lose in 1st rounds all the time. I think he still needs a clash, a match which will give him a lot of confidence.

Ugh, well he lost to his pushing compatriot...hopefully a better draw in Miami. :sad:

I guess he'll also get a WC to Miami main draw, won't he?

I'm pretty sure. :) He doesn't seem to be in bad form, he just needs a better draw. :)

Yes, he got it. It was cofirmed few days ago. Hope he will have some Spanish players in his part of the draw (but not Nadal!) and appaer at least in 3rd round.

By the way, the site james blake tennis is selling his book, is this website reliable?

I think it is. It's his official website and the webmaster seems OK. I e-mailed him a few times. There's nothing to worry about, you'll get an autogrpahed book. I advise you to buy it there.

JamieBlake
03-14-2011, 01:38 AM
Yeah, I managed to watch it. Jimmy couldn't do more there. I'm glad he doesn't lose in 1st rounds all the time. I think he still needs a clash, a match which will give him a lot of confidence.







Yes, he got it. It was cofirmed few days ago. Hope he will have some Spanish players in his part of the draw (but not Nadal!) and appaer at least in 3rd round.



I think it is. It's his official website and the webmaster seems OK. I e-mailed him a few times. There's nothing to worry about, you'll get an autogrpahed book. I advise you to buy it there.
Great! Thanks! I'll order it for my birthday which is just one month and 1 week away :)

mateusz2904
03-14-2011, 10:15 PM
wish you enjoyable time with the book :wavey:
now because of you reminding about it I think I will read it once again during the weekend :p

mateusz2904
03-15-2011, 10:49 PM
James is going to play in Houston after Miami.

FlameOn
03-24-2011, 06:02 AM
James into R2 of Miami after beating Michael Russell in third set TB. :bigclap:

Will play Bellucci next. Here's hoping he can finally beat his 2R block.

mateusz2904
03-24-2011, 02:38 PM
Tough match for James. I wonder if he saved some match points there.

mateusz2904
03-24-2011, 05:22 PM
Actually he did!

In the feature night match, James Blake saved a match point in the second-set tie-break during a torrid battle with fellow American Mike Russell, eventually winning 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(3).

FlameOn
03-24-2011, 10:39 PM
:bigclap:

mateusz2904
03-25-2011, 07:58 PM
And James won again in 3rd set tie-break. This time he didn't have to save any match points, but it was close. 3rd round against Djokovic. In my view he has no chance to win, but I'm still going to watch that one with a bottle of beer :lol:

JamieBlake
03-25-2011, 08:01 PM
OMG he's playing against the best player on the tour right now :sobbing:

Josh V
03-25-2011, 08:06 PM
Great wins for James. :yeah: Too bad Djokovic is next...

mateusz2904
03-25-2011, 08:15 PM
You never know what's gonna happen :p
I still have some hope that James can make the biggest surprise of the year:D

FlameOn
03-25-2011, 08:56 PM
Omg. :worship: Finally he gets past a second round. :sobbing: Love you James. :kiss:

mateusz2904
03-26-2011, 11:22 AM
Novak has lost 1 game so far, it's gonna be really tough match...

FlameOn
03-28-2011, 04:49 AM
Well, Nole has lost 3 games now. :p

Lol, can't get too down about this loss. He was playing 2011 Djokovic after all. :haha:

mateusz2904
03-28-2011, 04:58 PM
Actually, I thought the result would look like this, but I didn't want to say it loudly. I little bit of hope was still inside me :rolleyes:
2011 Djoko :lol: oh yeah, he's really good and if Nadal can't stop him, nobody can.

JamieBlake
03-28-2011, 10:13 PM
Meh, expected :shrug:

mateusz2904
04-01-2011, 08:35 PM
James has just announced his plans after Houston. He'll be playing a Challenger event in Sarasota, FL in late April.

It's a 75k event on clay. James hasn't left the USA so far.

mateusz2904
04-02-2011, 10:18 PM
Not very good draw in Houston, ARG, BRA, URU... bad nations for James on clay..

http://www3.picturepush.com/photo/a/5377056/img/Tennis/Obrazek.jpg

FlameOn
04-02-2011, 10:32 PM
True...but he's not exactly playing big names. He might be alright. :)

FlameOn
04-07-2011, 12:30 PM
Beat Berlocq in tough 3-setter. Now he plays Pablo Cuevas who only lost 2 games in his first round match. :sobbing:

FlameOn
04-08-2011, 02:45 AM
Lost to Cuevas as expected. What's next?

mateusz2904
04-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Challenger in TALLAHASSEE, FL. USA (H) $50,000 . I can't wait to see how James will do in smaller events;)

KarlyM
04-13-2011, 03:54 AM
Tallahassee CH R1: James def. Dancevic 4-6 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour 22 minutes. ;)
R2 against Delic is Wednesday afternoon. (Delic had 22 aces in 10 service games today. :unsure:)

FlameOn
04-13-2011, 05:02 AM
James is still winning matches even if he's struggling at times, which is good. :yeah:

mateusz2904
04-13-2011, 05:56 PM
still with no first round failure this year, that's really good :yeah: i'm looking forward to his next match, it will start in about 2h;)

KarlyM
04-13-2011, 10:29 PM
Tallahassee CH R2: James def. Delic 6-3 6-4 in 62 minutes. :)
Thankfully, Delic wasn't piling up the aces like he was the other day. James hit 10 today. ;)
James gets #305 ranked Nick Monroe in the QF.

FlameOn
04-14-2011, 01:15 AM
Well done James. :bigclap:

KarlyM
04-14-2011, 11:23 PM
Tallahassee CH QF: James def. Monroe 6-3 6-2 in 61 minutes. :D
James lost serve once, but broke Monroe 4 times. From watching the live-score it looked rather routine. ;)
SF match is against Donald Young tomorrow. Young beat Schuettler in 3 sets earlier today.

FlameOn
04-15-2011, 12:17 AM
James. :bigclap::D Good luck against Young!

mateusz2904
04-15-2011, 05:37 PM
Now one or two (i hope two!) very important matches for James!

He also confirmed playing Savannah right after Sarasota.

mateusz2904
04-25-2011, 12:12 PM
As we all know, James lost in semifinal in 3 sets. Now he's going to do something huge in Sarasota;)

Here's James' quarter:

http://www2.picturepush.com/photo/a/5526860/img/Tennis/Obrazek.jpg (http://picturepush.com/public/5526860)

Seems OK since it's 75k event on green clay. Good luck James!

KarlyM
04-30-2011, 12:35 AM
Sarasota CH results:
R1: def. Matosevic 6-3 7-6(2)
R2: def. Young 7-6(3) 7-5
QF: walkover (Prodon injured)
SF: def. Sweeting 6-2 7-6(15)!!! :)

James will face Bogomolov Jr. in the final. ;)

FlameOn
05-01-2011, 08:26 AM
Good luck James. So happy for him. :hearts:

mateusz2904
05-01-2011, 02:41 PM
Great to see this good run on green clay! Especially winning set with this tiebreak makes me happy;) Hope James will finish with the title here;)

KarlyM
05-02-2011, 04:02 PM
Sarasota CH F: James def. Bogomolov Jr 6-2 6-2!!! :woohoo:

His ranking is now up to #109. The cutoff for the Wimbledon main draw is next week, so he could make it if he has a good week - might be close.

James is the #8 seed in Savannah and drew a qualifier for R1.

mateusz2904
05-02-2011, 11:55 PM
Great week for James! He didn't even drop a set. Hope he can repeat that in Savannah! Now I'd like to know more about his plans for next weeks.

KarlyM
05-04-2011, 03:44 AM
Savannah CH R1: James def. #431 Morgan Phillips 6-3 6-4. :)

He plays R2 Wednesday afternoon against #247 Ricardo Hocevar.

FlameOn
05-04-2011, 03:45 AM
Savannah's on clay right? :scratch:

mateusz2904
05-04-2011, 08:33 PM
yes, green one of course;)

KarlyM
05-05-2011, 12:29 AM
Savannah CH R2: James def. Hocevar 7-5 6-4. :)

He gets Russell in the QF on Friday.

FlameOn
05-05-2011, 12:45 AM
:bigclap:

James' brother showed up to Savannah. :D
http://www.justusboys.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=555951&d=1304530208

KarlyM
05-06-2011, 11:35 PM
^ Nice. :)

Savannah CH QF: James lost to Russell 2-6 4-6. :awww:

hsv91
05-15-2011, 10:21 AM
Why he didn't start at the French Open?

Which tournament will he play next?

KarlyM
05-16-2011, 09:23 PM
^ James wasn't ranked high enough to make the main draw for the French Open and he didn't enter qualifying. My guess is that at this time in his career he didn't like his chances of actually qualifying (was ranked #149 and had only played 2 clay matches this year at the time of the entry deadline). The funny thing is if he had entered qualifying, he would have been the #6 seed.

His next tournament is Wimbledon - he's #2 on the alternate list. There's always several withdrawals before the draw is made, so he will very likely make the main draw. :)

hsv91
05-17-2011, 11:01 AM
Thanks KarlyM!

But why he didn't play yet at the World Team Cup, he is in the squad?

JamieBlake
05-31-2011, 08:47 PM
Good luck in Wimby James

FlameOn
06-01-2011, 12:39 AM
Can't wait to see how he does at Wimbledon. Maybe better than last year anyway. :bigclap:

KarlyM
06-09-2011, 04:23 AM
Due to a few withdrawals, James is now in the Wimbledon main draw. ;)

James has also been given WC's to Atlanta, LA, and Washington DC.

FlameOn
06-09-2011, 08:43 AM
Yay! :bigclap:

cobalt60
06-14-2011, 02:05 AM
:yeah:

KarlyM
06-18-2011, 04:17 AM
Wimbledon draw (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s4.html):
Marcos Baghdatis CYP (32) v James Blake USA
Andreas Seppi ITA v Albert Montanes ESP
Kevin Anderson RSA v Illya Marchenko UKR
Jeremy Chardy FRA v Novak Djokovic SRB (2) It could have been worse. Baghdatis won their only previous meeting (Rotterdam last year), and he played pretty well this week in Rosmalen (wins over Clement, Haase, and Gremelmayr; lost to Dodig). Seppi is in the SF of won Eastbourne this week and James lost in straights to him in R1 here 2 years ago. :p I wonder how James will do after not playing for 6 weeks and no match play on grass. :shrug: I'm not expecting anything - I'm more looking forward to the summer hard court events. ;)

FlameOn
06-18-2011, 05:39 AM
Tough draw, but yeah could've been worse. Good luck James. :hug:

KarlyM
06-21-2011, 09:51 AM
James is 3rd on Court 18 after Del Potro today. Let's hope this match doesn't go the way of Isner/Mahut and Pam Shriver stays in the broadcast centre... :lol:

KarlyM
06-21-2011, 09:31 PM
Wimbledon R1: James lost to Baghdatis 4-6 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 4-6 in 2 hours 48 minutes. :awww:
James made a good effort. He could have just given up in the 3rd set and left, but he kept fighting. He was up a break early in the 5th, but when it came down to it - he made too many errors. But not bad. ;)

I gotta laugh about my comment in the post above. Mohamed Lahyani was in the chair, and Pam Shriver was courtside. :lol: Luckily for Mo it was a quick 5-setter, and Pam learned her lesson from last year (I was LMAO listening to her explain on air how wrong she was).

Josh V
06-22-2011, 02:00 AM
Good effort by James. He did a great job to get back in it but the lack of matches seemed to cost him in the 5th. Hope he can build on this and have a strong U.S. hardcourt swing!

cobalt60
06-22-2011, 02:02 AM
^^ :yeah:

KarlyM
06-22-2011, 07:15 PM
From Tennis.com (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=12741&zoneid=25), a quote from James yesterday about retirement:

"It hasnít crossed my mind yet. Thatís going to be a decision thatís going to take longer than one match and I wouldnít want to make it within an hour, two hours, or even a day of a loss, especially because your head isnít where itís supposed to be at that time. Thereís probably been around, I donít know how many matches Iíve lost over the years, probably about a couple of hundred, and Iíd say out of 200 about 198 of them I probably thought I should retire right after those. Iíd come back the next day ready to play and ready to get better. Iím thinking this one will be the same." ;)

FlameOn
06-23-2011, 01:40 AM
Tough break. :sobbing: He shouldn't be think retirement just 'cause he lost to a seeded player.

KarlyM
06-25-2011, 09:54 AM
I just noticed that James didn't need the WC for Washington. He's the last player in the main draw - low ranking cutoff this year. ;)

FlameOn
06-25-2011, 11:34 AM
:)

KarlyM
06-27-2011, 02:28 AM
James got a WC into the Winnetka Challenger this week. He's the #2 seed and drew Udomchoke for R1 (match is Monday night).

His half of the draw is wide open - Capdeville, Soeda, and De Voest are the other seeds. Russell, Young, Reynolds, and Dabul (+Ginepri) are on the top half. He's gotta take advantage of this! :) The entry cutoff for the USO is in a few weeks, so the extra points could definitely get him into the MD and could possibly help him get into the smaller tour events in the fall. ;)

FlameOn
06-27-2011, 02:32 AM
Go James! :)

KarlyM
06-28-2011, 10:11 PM
Winnetka CH R1: James def. Udomchoke 6-3 6-1 :)
R2 against #238 Ivo Klec is Wednesday night following his brother's doubles match:


http://i52.tinypic.com/34xm8uu.jpg

I did a double take when I saw the OOP. :lol:
I don't think Thomas has played in 4 years. :scratch:

FlameOn
06-29-2011, 05:44 AM
:bigclap:

KarlyM
06-30-2011, 10:00 PM
Winnetka CH R2: James def. Klec 6-2 6-2. :)
QF against Capdeville is tonight.

BTW, Thomas lost his doubles match 3-6 6-3 6-10 last night.

KarlyM
07-02-2011, 03:25 AM
Winnetka CH QF: James def. Capdeville 6-2 4-6 6-1.
This match had to be suspended last night at 5-2 in the 1st due to bad weather. He had to finish it at 11am today.

Winnetka CH SF: James def. De Voest 4-6 7-5 6-2.
Apparently James won the last 5 games of the 2nd set. :eek:

Final against Reynolds is Saturday.

FlameOn
07-02-2011, 07:23 AM
:bigclap:

KarlyM
07-03-2011, 06:48 PM
Winnetka CH Final: James def. Reynolds 6-3 6-1!!! :woohoo:
2nd Challenger title this year. His ranking has gone up from #102 to #88. ;)

cobalt60
07-04-2011, 02:47 PM
:yeah:

FlameOn
07-05-2011, 01:41 AM
Awesome!

KarlyM
07-10-2011, 05:03 AM
World Team Tennis scores from James' only appearance on Friday July 8th:

BOSTON LOBSTERS def. Philadelphia Freedoms 22-16

Mixed Doubles - Coco Vandeweghe\James Blake (Lobsters) def. Beatrice Capra\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4

Women's Doubles - Beatrice Capra\Julia Cohen (Freedoms) def. Mashona Washington\Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) 5-4

Men's Doubles - James Blake\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Nathan Healey\Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-2

Women's Singles - Julia Cohen (Freedoms) def. Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) 5-3

Men's Singles - James Blake (Lobsters) def. Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-0

wtt.com (http://www.wtt.com/page.aspx?article_id=2737)

FlameOn
07-10-2011, 07:51 AM
He could've given Brendan Evans a game :lol:.

KarlyM
07-11-2011, 10:20 PM
James has signed up to play doubles again with John Isner in Atlanta next week (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=186007). This is a good indication that he's physically feeling good - he hasn't played doubles since last summer. ;)

EDIT: James entered Winston-Salem -- didn't make the MD cutoff but is the 5th alternate.

KarlyM
07-17-2011, 01:17 AM
Atlanta singles draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=186567) (3rd quarter): (6)Igor KUNITSYN v QUALIFIER
Yen-Hsun LU v Matthias BACHINGER
James BLAKE v Ernests GULBIS
(3)John ISNER BYE

Atlanta doubles draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=186566): (1)Lipsky/Ram v Bernstein/King(WC)
Bachinger/Moser v Harrison/Young(WC)
(4)Fleming/Hutchins v Dimitrov/Sweeting
Berrer/Lu v Kunitsyn/Russell

Mahut/Muller v Berankis/Malisse
Devvarman/Huey v (3)Erlich/Ram
Fisher/Huss v Bogomolov Jr/Ebden
Blake/Isner v (2)Melo/J.Murray

JamieBlake
07-19-2011, 01:44 AM
The match is so thrilling!!

FlameOn
07-19-2011, 01:57 AM
He won the second set down a break at 4-5* and 0-4 down in TB. :eek: Keep it up! :bounce:

evilmindbulgaria
07-19-2011, 02:04 AM
Good match so far against Gulbis. Go James!

FlameOn
07-19-2011, 02:14 AM
This is very tense. :scared:

evilmindbulgaria
07-19-2011, 02:47 AM
Well, James is a break ahead in the third but it started raining so they might finish tomorrow.

KarlyM
07-19-2011, 05:25 AM
Atlanta R1: James def. Gulbis 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2.
This was a nutty match. :lol:
James wasn't serving well and seemed to go down in quite a number of his service games. He was down 4-5 0-30 in the 2nd with Gulbis serving for the match and broke him. He was down 0-4 in the TB and won that. He was even down 0-40 when serving for the match on the last game and saved 5 break points. He saved 17/20 break points! :eek:

James Blake - professional escape artist. :lol: :worship:

FlameOn
07-19-2011, 11:36 AM
:bigclap:

JamieBlake
07-19-2011, 04:20 PM
I wish I hadn't gone to bed and waited until the rain delay ended, anyway, very happy :woohoo:

JamieBlake
07-20-2011, 03:43 AM
Watching the doubles... James's FH is on fire!

evilmindbulgaria
07-21-2011, 03:16 AM
Watching James in a dog fight against Isner! I believe he can pull this off! Go James!

FlameOn
07-21-2011, 06:27 AM
:sad: Oh well, he had a pretty good win in R1 at least.

Josh V
07-21-2011, 04:30 PM
Tough loss. James played well and probably deserved to win. Hope he can continue to improve.

mateusz2904
07-22-2011, 07:44 PM
Hey guys, I was absent for a while. James is doing really well, he crushed Top 100 again and seems to play on a good level. I hope he'll achieve even more during US hard court part of the season.

mateusz2904
07-23-2011, 09:10 PM
Los Angeles MD is out. James is playing Berrer in 1st round. Second seeded Del Potro is waiting for the winner of this match :mad: Hope James will win and then he and Juan will show some great tennis as they did in AO.

Besides, Isner has reached final in Atlanta.

KarlyM
07-25-2011, 09:21 AM
James is also playing doubles in LA! :)
His partner is Sweeting and they drew Berrer/Haas in R1 (Berrer again! :lol:).

mateusz2904
07-25-2011, 11:50 PM
They play doubles today, and James plays his singles match tomorrow. He should learn a bit more about Berrer's tennis today and use it later :)

KarlyM
07-27-2011, 07:18 AM
LA R1: James def. Berrer 6-2 6-3 in 62 minutes. :)
James was down a break early in the 1st but broke back at 1-2 and did not lose serve again. He was 4/4 on break points won. He looked like his usual self -- hitting BIG winners mixed with patches of errors. He also said in the post-match interview that health-wise, he feels good. :)

R2 against Del Potro is the last match on Wednesday night. ;)

cobalt60
07-29-2011, 12:38 PM
Even though JB lost, it sure was nice to see him back on a tennis court :dance:

FlameOn
07-30-2011, 12:43 AM
It was a close match with Delpo, nothing to be disappointed about. :)

KarlyM
07-30-2011, 07:57 PM
Washington draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=187288) (2nd Quarter):
[3] Viktor Troicki (SRB) - bye
[WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) - Mischa Zverev (GER)
Alejandro Falla (COL) - Qualifier
[13] Kevin Anderson (RSA) - bye
[11] John Isner (USA) - bye
[WC] Denis Kudla (USA) - Tobias Kamke (GER)
James Blake (USA) - Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
[8] David Nalbandian (ARG) - bye

I think James can beat Ito if he plays like he has been lately. Nalbandian is a real question mark - hasn't played since losing in Wimbledon R3 to Federer. He missed Davis Cup this month due to a hematoma, and earlier missed the entire clay season for a hernia operation and some sort of thigh muscle injury. Then again, Nalbandian came into this tournament last year as a WC ranked #117 and won, so who knows? :shrug:

mateusz2904
08-01-2011, 08:44 PM
James plays today NB 7pm. He should be fine. But KarlyM is right, we know nothing about Nalbandian. However, I'd give both of them 50% chances for winning.

Guys, I would like to ask you about something. I have some free place on my wall now, so I decided to order a new poster. I decided to put James' photo on. I'm afraid that photos I have found aren't of good enough quality, but still I need your help. Here's the link to the album:
http://mateusz290493.picturepush.com/album/165343/p-Blake-poster.html
I put there 5 photos and I want you to help me decide which one I should choose. Of course you can show me your suggestions if you want;) Thanks in advance;)

FlameOn
08-02-2011, 02:53 AM
James won 3 and 3.

KarlyM
08-03-2011, 09:15 PM
Washington DC R2: James def. Nalbandian 6-2 6-4 in 73 minutes. :D
I didn't get to watch this, but from what I read, Nalbandian was not 100% and served very poorly in the 1st set. I liked this quote (http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=afp-tennisatpusa) I read from James:
"That's the best I have served in probably two years. Today was a whole level better than yesterday, and it had to be."

His opponent in R3 is Isner. They are playing doubles together again tonight vs Fyrstenburg & Matkowski. Here's another good quote (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=13556&zoneid=25) from James about John:
ďWeíre practically neighbors. Last time I was home, I was eating breakfast at his house just about every morning. And heís taken so much food out of my fridge, he owes me a few thousand dollars. We practice together so often that Iíve seen his serve a million times ó and it doesnít get any easier.Ē :lol:

KarlyM
08-03-2011, 09:18 PM
Guys, I would like to ask you about something. I have some free place on my wall now, so I decided to order a new poster. I decided to put James' photo on. I'm afraid that photos I have found aren't of good enough quality, but still I need your help. Here's the link to the album:
http://mateusz290493.picturepush.com/album/165343/p-Blake-poster.html
I put there 5 photos and I want you to help me decide which one I should choose. Of course you can show me your suggestions if you want;) Thanks in advance;) I think the photo labeled "4" would look good as a poster. ;)

mateusz2904
08-03-2011, 10:12 PM
Washington DC R2: James def. Nalbandian 6-2 6-4 in 73 minutes. :D
I didn't get to watch this, but from what I read, Nalbandian was not 100% and served very poorly in the 1st set. I liked this quote (http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=afp-tennisatpusa) I read from James:


His opponent in R3 is Isner. They are playing doubles together again tonight vs Fyrstenburg & Matkowski. Here's another good quote (http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=13556&zoneid=25) from James about John:
:lol:

Good to hear that James is getting more and more confident about his game;) And his sense of humour is great :D

I think the photo labeled "4" would look good as a poster. ;)

Thanks for your opinion;)

KarlyM
08-13-2011, 08:30 PM
James received a WC into Cincy. He's in the 2nd quarter of the draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=188036):
Federer (3) vs. Bye
Del Potro vs. Seppi
Baghdatis vs. Blake
Fognini vs. Troicki (14)
Almagro (9) vs. Montanes
Karlovic vs. F. Mayer
Haas vs. Monaco
Bye vs. Berdych (8) :ras: But I definitely like his chances against Baghdatis on hard court better than on grass at Wimbledon. :lol: Baggy has had a so-so summer this year - lost 1st match in LA to Lu, in Washington he beat both Devvarman and Bellucci in 3 sets then lost to Young, and in Montreal he lost in R1 to James' favorite practice partner (http://www.cincytennis.com/sharapova_blake_isner_prep_for_w__s_open/). I hope James can win this one. The match is scheduled for Sunday night. ;)

Territory
08-15-2011, 12:27 AM
Hey is anyone watching James play? Anyone got a livestream link?

mateusz2904
08-15-2011, 01:22 AM
I'm pretty sure that there's no livestream :mad:

Anyway, James has just taken the second set 6-3.

KarlyM
08-15-2011, 03:37 AM
Cincy R1: James def. Baghdatis 3-6 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour 48 minutes. :)
James was down a break 0-2 in the 3rd, then won 6 straight games. He gets Troicki or Fognini next.

James is also playing doubles again with his favorite fridge ransacker John Isner. (:lol:) They're scheduled to play Alex Bogomolov and Steve Johnson on Monday.

mateusz2904
08-15-2011, 09:42 PM
Really good win. Fognini is next, so it looks really good. James and John are about to play doubles in a minute.

KarlyM
08-17-2011, 05:14 AM
Cincy R2: James def. Fognini 6-4 6-2 in 59 minutes! :eek:
He served good - 73% 1st serve. From what I saw, he was hitting big forehand shots and Fognini was making a lot of errors.

Also, James received 0 ranking points for Cincy last year and it's counted in his "best 18" points total. So whatever he gets this week will be tacked on to his total. The 90 points for R16 will move him up from #84 to somewhere around #65. :)

Federer is next on Thursday.

FlameOn
08-17-2011, 05:50 AM
Great tournament! :D

mateusz2904
08-17-2011, 08:44 PM
Federer likes playing in Cincy, so it might be hard, but I hope we'll see sth surprising there;)

FlameOn
08-18-2011, 04:25 AM
Good luck. :D

KarlyM
08-18-2011, 08:38 AM
Thanks to a few withdrawals, James is now in the MD for Winston-Salem. ;)

KarlyM
08-20-2011, 01:49 AM
Cincy R3: James lost to Federer 4-6 1-6.
Federer + lots of unforced errors =http://clicksmilies.com/s1106/waffen/violent-smiley-011.gif

-------------------------------

Winston-Salem draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=11285685#post11285685) (3rd Quarter):
[6] K Anderson (RSA)/Bye
V Hanescu (ROU) vs. [WC] R Harrison (USA)
M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs. J Blake (USA)
[10] R Haase (NED)/Bye
[14] G Dimitrov (BUL)/Bye
[WC] D Young (USA) vs. M Berrer (GER)
C Berlocq (ARG) vs. A Haider-Maurer (AUT)
[3] A Dolgopolov (UKR)/Bye Just to note - Roddick and Isner are both in the top half.

mateusz2904
08-20-2011, 01:09 PM
Nice draw, I think. I hope James won't play many long matches before US Open.

KarlyM
08-22-2011, 09:45 AM
Winston-Salem R1: James def. Kukushkin 7-5 6-1 in 74 minutes. :)
The first set was so-so. He started the match by getting broken, then broke right back. He got up a break to get to 4-1, but Kukushkin got back on serve. There seemed to be a lot of errors. He obviously got more comfortable in the 2nd set. ;)

He said in the on-court interview afterward that his knee and shoulder feel good. :) Mal Washington was doing the interview and he mentioned his loss to James in Newport 1999 (James' first ATP win and Mal's 2nd-to-last match of his career). Mal was making some jokes about it saying it was the worst loss of his career and it ended a long ATP losing streak for James (not even true :lol:). James joked back that he thanked Mal's bad knee for the victory. :lol:

James' ranking is up +21 to #63! :D

FlameOn
08-22-2011, 01:04 PM
James :bigclap:. Good he's healthy in the knees and shoulder. :D

mateusz2904
08-23-2011, 10:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFQPsHRUnhE

here's the interview with James from Winston Salem. it really seems that he's done with all the injuries;)

FlameOn
08-24-2011, 05:05 AM
Lost to Haase in R2. :sad: Still, Robin's a good player and won a title recently. Nothing too bad. :yeah:

KarlyM
08-24-2011, 07:34 AM
:unsure: The stats weren't good - got destroyed on his 2nd serve, didn't win much on return games, and was 1 for 10 on BP opportunities. I hope this was just a bad day at the office (no injuries) and it won't hurt his confidence for the US Open.

KarlyM
08-25-2011, 10:35 PM
US Open draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=188812) (opposite end of Rafa's quarter):
[5] David Ferrer (ESP) - Igor Andreev (RUS)
James Blake (USA) - Qualifier
Olivier Rochus (BEL) - Qualifier
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) - [26] Florian Mayer (GER)
[21] Andy Roddick (USA) - Michael Russell (USA)
Jack Sock (USA) - Marc Gicquel (FRA)
Denis Istomin (UZB) - Ryan Sweeting (USA)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) - [10] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) Could have been worse. :p There doesn't seem to be any big names left after R1 of qualifying - half of the seeds lost.

mateusz2904
08-26-2011, 07:59 PM
US Open draw (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=188812) (opposite end of Rafa's quarter):
Could have been worse. :p There doesn't seem to be any big names left after R1 of qualifying - half of the seeds lost.

could have been worse, could have been better. Ferrer seemed to have some problems. After loss in Wimedon R16 he played two good matches in Davis Cup (against Roddick and Fish), then was in Bastad final (l. to Soderling) and during US Open Series won only one match (Dimitrov in 3 sets in Cincy). It doesn't seem like perfect preperation to the Grand Slam event.

But R1 first. Just hope James won't have any problems there;)

FlameOn
08-27-2011, 07:50 AM
Good draw for him! He usually does pretty well at the USO. Good luck James. :yeah:

KarlyM
08-28-2011, 04:26 PM
James' first round opponent is Jesse Huta Galung.



Look who showed up to the Taste of Tennis event last Thursday night... ;)

KarlyM
09-04-2011, 12:48 AM
US Open R1: James def. Huta Galung 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-4 (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2011-08-30/201108311314749187691.html?promo=home)

US Open R2: James lost to Ferrer 4-6 3-6 4-6 (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2011-09-02/201109021314998551428.html)

^There are highlight videos in the US Open website links I posted in the scorelines. ;)

Andrew Lawrence at SI (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andrew_lawrence/09/03/blake.ferrer/index.html?sct=tn_wr_a1) did a good write-up following the loss. Highlight of the article:
Afterward he confessed that the straight sets clinic was disappointing, but not that disappointing. "I'm going to keep playing until it stops being fun," he said. How close is he to that? "Not close at all."

I don't know what James' schedule is for the fall. He hasn't entered any ATP events yet. Maybe he will go to some of the U.S. challenger tournaments, like the two $100K California events in early October. We'll see. ;)

FlameOn
09-04-2011, 02:51 AM
Oh well, losing to a top 5 player is no shame. :)

mateusz2904
09-07-2011, 10:00 PM
A few days ago James wrote on his facebook that he's gonna play in Stockholm.

KarlyM
09-21-2011, 10:13 AM
^Yup, he made it into the MD for Stockholm. He entered Vienna, but didn't immediately make the MD (6th alternate).

James also entered the Sacramento Challenger (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=190341) the week of October 3rd (2 weeks before Stockholm). :) Karlovic also entered! :eek:

mateusz2904
09-23-2011, 05:10 PM
That's a good chance to earn some points. James didn't play much this year, so I'm pleased that he decided to enter this challenger before Stockholm.

KarlyM
10-09-2011, 05:48 AM
Sacramento CH results:
R1: James def. A. Delic 6-4 7-5 in 90 minutes.
R2: James def. Guccione 6-4 6-4 in 58 minutes. He won 81% 1st serve and 94% 2nd serve points and never faced a BP in this match. :eek:
QF: James def. Sock 6-4 6-2 in 62 minutes.
SF: James def. Alex Kuznetsov 6-2 7-5 in 67 minutes. Never faced a BP in this match either.

The final is on Sunday against a MUCH tougher opponent - Ivo Karlovic. I think we all know how much James "loves" to play against Ivo, so this should be interesting. :lol:

The good news is that James is guaranteed to get more ranking points this week (60 or 100) than he has to defend in Stockholm (45). Stockholm is the only points he has to defend until February, so his ranking will be staying above the #75 he is now for awhile. :)

FlameOn
10-09-2011, 06:40 AM
:yeah:

FlameOn
10-19-2011, 12:48 PM
Stockholm R1: James beat Oli Rochus 7-6(6), 6-3 :bigclap:

cobalt60
10-20-2011, 02:18 AM
And Delpo; I am so torn at the moment. Now it would be nice if he capitalized on his form.

nalbyfan
10-29-2011, 01:53 PM
He'll play Copa Argentina exho in BA (dec 15/18)