Blake goes and loses again:o now i'm no fan of Blake or anything, but man this guy needs help. i really thought he was getting back to his old form, which was much better than his 2003 season, and he loses his 1st round matchup after playing very very well at the Hopman Cup:o play better james:wavey:
01-13-2004, 02:39 AM
James Blake is a flake......can't believe there is actually hype surrounding him
01-13-2004, 03:59 AM
Poor James :cry: it sounded like he'd worked so hard on his serve and backhand *sigh*
Hopefully he'll get his form back for AO *fingers crossed*
01-13-2004, 04:07 AM
Geez, it was one match. Ferreira beat Hewitt for the title in LA last summer, remember? It's pretty early in the year to be writing people off already.
01-13-2004, 04:31 AM
no one's writing him off, just would've preferred to see him keep the level he had at Hopman Cup.
01-13-2004, 05:27 AM
Ive written of Blake years ago lol
It is pretty poor losing 6-4, 6-2 to Ferreira considering Ferreira lost to Reid 6-1, 6-0 a week ago
01-13-2004, 05:29 AM
It would be great if he could maintain that Hopman Cup level for a while, but I think he may have been in a particular type of zone last week that's a little hard to sustain. And who knows if he had a smooth trip from Perth to Sydney (although losing his luggage seems to have been good for him last week!) I think that James will do well over the long term this season, if he can stay focused on his matches and block out all those off-court distractions.
01-13-2004, 05:37 AM
hope so, Fee!
01-13-2004, 07:45 AM
James wasn't anywhere near his amazing hopman cup form today, maybe he didn't ajust well from indoor to outdoors because it was really hot 2day!! but Ferreria played a really good match. He stuck to his game plan and served well. So i dont think we should go writing off James for the rest of the yr now.
01-13-2004, 08:23 AM
Yes, it really pisses me off that he always seems to come here and do well at the Hopman (this year he beat Marat :sad: and last year he beat Tommy :fiery: ) and then after that he does nothing grrrr and I guess he'll be coming back to Perth next year cos he won the tournament this year..arrghhh how boring! :banghead:
01-13-2004, 01:11 PM
Obviously you havent seen the match if you are writing him off :rolleyes:
Ferreira is an excellent player on Rebound Ace, and especially in the Aussie heat in any case, just look at his record in Australia. And today he was just in the zone, he couldnt miss a single shot and just played superbly. It was definitely a different player to the one who played in Adelaide. Blake had many break point chances, so the match was closer than it seemed, but Wayne played very well to save them and that frustrated Blake a little which is normal, so he lost his serve. It was 32 degrees today, with a court surface temperature of 50, and Blake looked more affected by the heat than Wayne. After seeing this match today I still think James will do well at the AO, but I knew from the outset he was just unlucky to draw a player like Ferreira.
01-13-2004, 01:15 PM
Ferreira is an excellent player.
01-13-2004, 01:21 PM
Usually I agree with you Exp but not on this occasion
main problems with Blake
1.He is too offensive minded. His game seems to revolve around hitting
winners all the time. While this may work for some players Blakes forehand is too inconsistent to go this route and his A game is not good enough to take so many risks as opposed to someone like Phillipoussis.
2. He is not very intelligent. His mental toughness is killing him. He has never won a 5 set match. This all ties into his reliance on winning matches through physical stanima alone. He really should go into the game with some sort of a game plan.
01-13-2004, 01:59 PM
I agree that he has those problems, but thats nothing that cant be improved with a bit more experience and better coaching. He does play low percentage tennis, but when hes on, it works well and looks spectacular and it worked for him at the Hopman Cup. My point is its too early to write him off, because obviously he does have a lot of talent, and he just needs to work on consistency, but every player with that type of game starts off inconsistent and works on it as their career goes on.
01-13-2004, 02:29 PM
It must be so frustrating to be Blake's coach, because you know he has the potential to hit brilliant winners like a Federer, Grosjean, Agassi, Gonzalez et al with the strength of his forehand, but then you see him miss frequently when he's trying to go for a big shot. No matter how brilliant a shotmaker those aforementioned players are, they always manage to combine their aggression with patience and wait for the opening, whereas Blake tries to end the point in one stroke and ends up finding the net instead.
Of course, it may be that he has to play this way because his physical conditioning is still a major problem - that's certainly a large part of the reason why he lost to Hewitt 6-0 in the fifth in 2001 and then threw away a two-set lead against "Special K" at the AO in 2002. It's a complete contrast to Ferreira, who has always been Marathon Man in Australia, and he's demonstrated time and time again that he can come back from a deficit and win. They're similar players really, big forehand and weaker backhand, but Ferreira knows how to protract rallies and then suddenly inject pace with the forehand to surprise the opponent.
01-13-2004, 02:57 PM
I dont think Ferreira has a weak backhand.
01-13-2004, 03:02 PM
Well it's one of those shots that's very strong on the return and can be good off the ground, but it's inconsistent; I've seen him shank some fairly awful mishits on that side in the same way that Blake, Moya etc do on occasion. Of all the weak backhands I think El Aynaoui's is the best just because he usually opts for the single-handed slice and that can be effective in slowballing someone like Hewitt, for example.
01-13-2004, 04:59 PM
I'm sort of ashamed to say this, coz I actually like James, but I'm already accostumed to it. :o
01-13-2004, 08:23 PM
Bummer for James. I never really did think he got his form back though. I knew he was on fire in Hopman Cup.