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James Blake def. Nicolas Almagro 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Björki
06-02-2006, 01:30 PM
congrats to James. I never thought he would win this one.

hablovah19
06-02-2006, 01:31 PM
What an upset :speakles::bowdown:

Rogiman
06-02-2006, 01:31 PM
James! :bowdown:

Is there any doubt who the leading force in American tennis is?

Jaap
06-02-2006, 01:32 PM
Well done James. :yeah:

Scotso
06-02-2006, 01:33 PM
lol

ReturnWinner
06-02-2006, 01:33 PM
well done james :) where are the clowns who said almagro was going to destroy james easily ???????

Halba
06-02-2006, 01:33 PM
who does blake face next?

WhataQT
06-02-2006, 01:34 PM
WooHoo Blake!! YES!!!!

Rogiman
06-02-2006, 01:34 PM
who does blake face next?
BDK (Big Dumb Kid)

DrJules
06-02-2006, 01:35 PM
Good to see the positive attacking player beat the negative defensive player.

MissMoJo
06-02-2006, 01:36 PM
:banana: yes!

Yappa
06-02-2006, 01:36 PM
Yeah for James! I knew he could do it after this unlucky loss against Ancic in Hamburg.
Well done! :rocker:

Billabong
06-02-2006, 01:36 PM
James:woohoo:

celcius
06-02-2006, 01:37 PM
James Blake was on fire.

I like Almagro and all, but James basically played his style and took control. He faces Monfils next (Monfils better watch out).

mongo
06-02-2006, 01:38 PM
Nice meltdown from the Spaniard. Great win for James!

AMF Almagro!

bonkers186
06-02-2006, 01:40 PM
James :hearts: :hearts:

James...I love you. I really do. Good luck against Monfils :kiss:

You really made my day...go Venus :hearts:.

shotgun
06-02-2006, 01:42 PM
Shocking.

bokehlicious
06-02-2006, 01:42 PM
Nice win James ! :yeah:

Exodus
06-02-2006, 01:43 PM
blake will destroy monfils!

admiralpye
06-02-2006, 01:43 PM
i really thought ALmagro would be a shoo-in. Good for you, James.

almouchie
06-02-2006, 01:44 PM
some one (admin) merge the 2 thread
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I didnt expect this
I thought Almagro would rpve too much resistance for the American
after winning the first I thought Almagro must have been in the driving seat
the rain delay & darkness has helped some players & hurt others

what happened with Nicholas

oz_boz
06-02-2006, 01:45 PM
Well done Blake, taking out the next big thing on clay. :hatoff:

federated
06-02-2006, 01:47 PM
james! :worship:

mangoes
06-02-2006, 01:47 PM
Congrats Blake :)

BlackSilver
06-02-2006, 01:47 PM
Good to see the positive attacking player beat the negative defensive player.


"defensive player"

Christ..... Did you ever saw Almagro playing or you are spitting this stupidities without reason?

asotgod
06-02-2006, 01:47 PM
Not shocking. Blake should have won in straights. He controlled all the sets, even won more points in the first set and had break points against Almagro at two different games but was unable to convert. His game is good enough to take out anybody. We all know that. It's important for Blake to believe that. Then the sky is the limit.

Liverpool4ever
06-02-2006, 01:50 PM
It was very impressive from Blake especially on his backhand side as his forehand is a given. It's incredible to think how much his backhand has improved. The Davis Cup semi final is definately looking a lot more interesting at the moment.

mandoura
06-02-2006, 01:53 PM
:banana: James :woohoo:

So happy for him. :bounce:

bad gambler
06-02-2006, 01:54 PM
wow unexpected but great result

jimmy B :rocker:

vincayou
06-02-2006, 01:54 PM
Amazing really. But I watched the first set yesterday and I'm not surprised by the result. The guy can play on clay. Nadal watch out! ;)

Jimnik
06-02-2006, 01:55 PM
What a result!

James :bigclap: keep the American flag flying at Roland Garros.

euroka1
06-02-2006, 01:58 PM
Nice work, James! Impressive tennis.

User id 7816
06-02-2006, 01:59 PM
congrats to Blake, not surprised at all since the way he fought off a win over Moya couple weeks back when he was considered almost as much of an underdog....heh, go James. :)

alfonsojose
06-02-2006, 02:00 PM
James :yeah: :rocker2:

where is GWH :tape: ?

oz_boz
06-02-2006, 02:02 PM
where is GWH :tape: ?

I wonder that too. :)

FSRteam
06-02-2006, 02:03 PM
And whooooooooooooooooo's gonna kick rafa out of the tournament???????????

It iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssss Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake!!!!!!! :)

Xristos
06-02-2006, 02:03 PM
who does blake face next?
Monfils. Well done James.

foul_dwimmerlaik
06-02-2006, 02:06 PM
Good job James, impressive win!

Andre♥
06-02-2006, 02:10 PM
Actually if there is someone that can beat Nadal besides Federer is Blake...

gusman890
06-02-2006, 02:13 PM
w000t !!!

GOO AMERICA !!!

congrats james, now take rafa out too ;)

Xristos
06-02-2006, 02:13 PM
Actually if there is someone that can beat Nadal besides Federer is Blake...
No doubt in my mind. Are they on the same side of the draw?

Experimentee
06-02-2006, 02:15 PM
Well done James :woohoo:

I thought he'd lose after he lost the first set having had so many opportunities, but good job to pull it back together.

Great way to show everyone he isnt crap on clay!

He should beat Monfils with the way both have been playing, and has a good chance to reach the QF after that.

Experimentee
06-02-2006, 02:15 PM
No doubt in my mind. Are they on the same side of the draw?

They could meet in the QF.

goodwoman
06-02-2006, 02:19 PM
:woohoo: JAMES, YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!! :woohoo:

I KNEW you could do it! Keep believing!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Yappa
06-02-2006, 02:20 PM
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cobalt60
06-02-2006, 02:28 PM
BDK (Big Dumb Kid)
:lol: Great win for James! Nice confidence booster. :woohoo:
Keep it up James :yeah:

henree
06-02-2006, 02:36 PM
Was wondering if Espn showed any of this match?

UnDeR_RaDaR
06-02-2006, 02:40 PM
I hope James will pull Nadal to fight sets, and win it!! :D
That would be great news :p

Jumpman23
06-02-2006, 02:41 PM
wow...ditto to that
But Blake has so much confidence nowI do not care what surface he is playing, he believes he can win. He is not intimidated by anyone. Nadal watch out.

Fergie
06-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Nico :smash:

Congrats James!!! :woohoo:

~EMiLiTA~
06-02-2006, 02:47 PM
disappointing loss for nico

but i'm also happy for james...great to see him doing well on clay. he deserves all the success

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 02:49 PM
BDK (Big Dumb Kid)

Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up

Fumus
06-02-2006, 03:00 PM
YESS!! James, I believed in you. I mean, I didn't know you could win but I insisted you were too good for anyone to take lightly. Is there any doubt that James is a true top 10er and is there any doubt that James is now...the american number 1?

Juanquis.Angel
06-02-2006, 03:00 PM
Hooray James! :clap2: :hatoff:

I hope he keeps riding this wave of confidence...it'd be amazing to see just what he could do in the later rounds!

Rogiman
06-02-2006, 03:03 PM
Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up
How is that comment racist? :retard:
Stop looking for racism in everything.

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 03:05 PM
Blake's FH was unbelieveable today. Simply stunning. He allowed only 1 break point over 4 sets and 20 service games. His BH was also very good.

prima donna
06-02-2006, 03:07 PM
Blake owns "The Spaniards", it's now official. :)

atheneglaukopis
06-02-2006, 03:07 PM
Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up
I think he was quoting Bodo here, with a certain amount of irony.

Anyway, congratulations to James! :hatoff:

Argenbrit
06-02-2006, 03:11 PM
James :eek:

Well done. :yeah:

oneandonlyhsn
06-02-2006, 03:12 PM
:woohoo: Well done James simply amazing, those return winners were just awesome. And like someone said he should have won in 3 as he practically dominated that 1st set too. James has an awesome game but I didnt think he could implement it against a good claycourt player so bravo :yeah:

Nico :hug: I guess its bye-bye until dirt next year

Merton
06-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Well done James :D The result was totally unexpected for me, especially after the 1st set i didn't think that James could keep this level up but i am glad he did.

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 03:26 PM
It is very, very, very difficult to play like that over 4 sets on clay. He was going for everything on just about every other FH and getting most of them in. Almagro looked puzzled because it is usually HIS big FH and BH that are dictating play on the clay. Blake didn't play clay tennis at all--he knew he wasn't going to win that. He played hardcourt tennis and his FH was as good today as anyone's has been over a match.

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 03:28 PM
Originally Posted by Sylvester
Actually if there is someone that can beat Nadal besides Federer is Blake...

Strangely enough, this is true. Blake would have to be 100% on like he was today to win though which would be incredibly tough against Nadal. If the weather is going to hold up like predicted, the courts will be playing much faster than they were today in a Nadal vs. Blake QF.

Merton
06-02-2006, 03:29 PM
It is very, very, very difficult to play like that over 4 sets on clay. He was going for everything on just about every other FH and getting most of them in. Almagro looked puzzled because it is usually HIS big FH and BH that are dictating play on the clay. Blake didn't play clay tennis at all--he knew he wasn't going to win that. He played hardcourt tennis and his FH was as good today as anyone's has been over a match.

Agree. But Alamgro didn't seem to have any plan to take James out of his comfort zone once he realized that James was not going away. By the way, it looks like the clay plays very fast this year.

nhissan
06-02-2006, 03:39 PM
ahaha where are all the haters who said James gonna lose :p

James congrats with your game you can be a top 5 :worship:

Awesome win now go kick Nadal ass and stop is record on clay :angel:

oschemi
06-02-2006, 03:41 PM
Do you guys think he will really be able to knock out Rafa on clay?

OddJob
06-02-2006, 03:44 PM
Do you guys think he will really be able to knock out Rafa on clay?


U never know. James is def in Rafa's head at this point.


Brilliant James just Brilliant. :yeah:

Merton
06-02-2006, 03:47 PM
ahaha where are all the haters who said James gonna lose :p

James congrats with your game you can be a top 5 :worship:

Awesome win now go kick Nadal ass and stop is record on clay :angel:

I predicted that James would lose and i like James, so predicting that James will lose and being a hater are not perfectly correlated.

Merton
06-02-2006, 03:49 PM
Do you guys think he will really be able to knock out Rafa on clay?

You are too much in a hurry to pencil James in the quarters.

Rogiman
06-02-2006, 03:57 PM
I predicted that James would lose and i like James, so predicting that James will lose and being a hater are not perfectly correlated.
I don't think there are real Blake-haters, at the very most semi-haters (mangoes, GWH etc.).

justClaudia
06-02-2006, 04:10 PM
Great win James, I never expected! :bounce:

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 04:13 PM
Agree. But Alamgro didn't seem to have any plan to take James out of his comfort zone once he realized that James was not going away. By the way, it looks like the clay plays very fast this year.

Agree. Almagro isn't the greatest of tacticians. He was really bamboozled by Blake's game because people don't play like that on clay. He is usually the one dictating play and when Blake was pushing him around the court, he just looked frustrated. James barely even slid in that match because he wasn't running much. If he was on the run he was basically losing the point. He didn't run much. He took control of the point right away and if he missed, he missed, but he wasn't going to get discouraged by a couple of misses.

The courts are playing very fast this year, probably the fastest I have seen them. Even when the weather conditions were damp and cold the ball was moving well off of the court. 4 or 5 days of sun will really make it play faster which gives James a chance. He would still have to beat Monfils, but the harder match would be against Hass or Djokovic. Something tells me Djokovic might be the one to take on Nadal.

Blue Orange
06-02-2006, 04:13 PM
Good win for Blake, nice screw up of a chance to make quarters Almagro.

gillian
06-02-2006, 04:15 PM
James Blake def. Nicolas Almagro 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Wow. And on clay!!!!!!!!!

At the French Open!!!!!!!!!

Wow.

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 04:23 PM
How is that comment racist? :retard:
Stop looking for racism in everything.

I pray one day you will see it. Take Care

User id 7816
06-02-2006, 04:24 PM
[b]
The Americans have the game to play on clay

yes, that win of James totally convinced me that Roddick and Ginepri have the games to play on clay, infact I'm sure they both wud have spanked Almagro today. these generalisations are so funny, americans this, argies that, lol. sometimes people forget patriotism and generalisations and go into reality.ok, not on this board. :lol:

prima donna
06-02-2006, 04:29 PM
There's a lot of racism that goes on in the world and this board certainly isn't exempt from that generalization.

Reading between the lines is an acquired talent that'll take you awfully far in life.

AsianSensation
06-02-2006, 04:33 PM
Awesome win today James!

rofe
06-02-2006, 04:37 PM
Blake :yeah:

Excellent performance against the "third" best claycourter.

I did doubt your ability to win but I am happy that I was wrong.

Monfils should be a walk in the park if Blake is consistent. I think Monfils' retrieving ability will be key in the match.

Flibbertigibbet
06-02-2006, 04:51 PM
Congratulations to Blake, I wish I could see this match! Still has a couple matches before a potential Nadal encounter (and remember, PHM is still there :p ), but he can get through them.

RonE
06-02-2006, 04:57 PM
OMG awesome win!!! :banana:

I thought Almagro would take him out rather easily- boy was I wrong! Incredible performance :worship:

tangerine_dream
06-02-2006, 04:59 PM
RE: Big Dumb Kid

Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up
I'm sorry but how is this comment racist?

Lots of players from all countries are made fun of on this board and given silly and even insulting nicknames and guess what? More often than not, it has nothing to do with race.

I'm convinced that today's kids don't have a clue what the word "racist" really means anymore. They just throw it around, rendering it meaningless.

yes, that win of James totally convinced me that Roddick and Ginepri have the games to play on clay
Roddick certainly can play on clay but he lacks the mental conviction and belief in himself sometimes. Ginepri too often defeats himself before he makes it out on the court and that includes fastcourts as well.

Neely
06-02-2006, 05:02 PM
Big congrats to Blake for winning this match! :eek: :)
I didn't see any point of this match, but I think Blake must have played well because Almagro isn't so easy to beat on clay nowadays.

Maybe after this match and if Blake goes even deeper in this tournament, I have to rethink my statement that Blake can beat Nadal on hardcourt, but would not win many games against Nadal on clay ;)

knight_ley
06-02-2006, 05:05 PM
I too didn't see this match but saw highlights when he was interviewed on ESPN2. From the sounds of it he played an amazing match. Congrats to him! I hope he keeps up the great playing! :yeah:

Lee
06-02-2006, 05:14 PM
ahaha where are all the haters who said James gonna lose :p

James congrats with your game you can be a top 5 :worship:

Awesome win now go kick Nadal ass and stop is record on clay :angel:

Let's see. I like Blake and I like Almagro better. I predict Almagro would win in 3. Blake proved me wrong and I'm happy for Blake. I'm a James hater?

mandoura
06-02-2006, 05:18 PM
Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up

I am with you. This is a borderline comment but rather borderline nasty comment because I honestly fail to see how this comment could be classified as racist by any means. :)

Would you have thought this comment racist if it was directed at a white guy? I don't think so ;) . For me, thinking this comment is racist because it is directed to a black guy is in fact racist in itself. :shrug:

When will we ever learn not to abuse the word racist and use it to actually denote racism.

Lee
06-02-2006, 05:19 PM
Borderline racist comment ... when will we ever grow up

It will be a racist comment if the poster says BDK is dumb because of his skin colour or his race which was what my son experienced when another kid called him stupid. (That kid added my son's heritage before the word "stupid")

Since the poster didn't mention anything about his race, I don't see what's racist about that nickname.

mandoura
06-02-2006, 05:24 PM
Blake's FH was unbelieveable today. Simply stunning. He allowed only 1 break point over 4 sets and 20 service games. His BH was also very good.

Yes, it was really impressive. :)

AgassiDomination
06-02-2006, 06:23 PM
I knew it! Good luck in the next round, Blake. :yeah:

Mechlan
06-02-2006, 06:26 PM
Fantastic win, James! :D

And all those people expecting him to lose in straights, too. Very impressive today with the consistency on his backhand and the way he continued to go for his shots in spite of missing a few here and there. I admit, I never thought his high risk go-for-broke style would have a chance on the clay (especially best of 5), but he made it work today. Almagro was a little careless to lose his advantage in the third set. It could have been a different result if he had held on there.

Raquel
06-02-2006, 06:28 PM
Have to admit I did not see that result coming. Congrats to Blake.

AgassiDomination
06-02-2006, 06:35 PM
Almagro won't lose.
lol

LoveFifteen
06-02-2006, 06:53 PM
Yeah to James!

Always fun to see GWH eating crow.

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 07:05 PM
I am with you. This is a borderline comment but rather borderline nasty comment because I honestly fail to see how this comment could be classified as racist by any means. :)

Would you have thought this comment racist if it was directed at a white guy? I don't think so ;) . For me, thinking this comment is racist because it is directed to a black guy is in fact racist in itself. :shrug:

When will we ever learn not to abuse the word racist and use it to actually denote racism.

Well, it's not borderline nasty, it IS nasty. That's why I said borderline racist because it's quite possible that the writer could have been referring to his skin color. Let's not kid ourselves. We have already seen negative comments about his dancing & people referring to his "antics" as stupid. So I thought I would bring light on his dark complexion just in case. So that even if he's being subtle about what he means, it will not go unnoticed. Plus, "big dumb kid" is an old saying that was used quite often when referring to black guys. So again, let's not kid ourselves to the reality of life. No one should be called this.

As much as I don't like Davydenko, I won't make comments like that about him. I will call him over-rated - that's more appropriate.

tangerine_dream
06-02-2006, 07:07 PM
So I thought I would bring light on his dark complexion just in case. So that even if he's being subtle about what he means, it will not go unnoticed.
Inventing a racist context to imply racism? Wow.

BlakeJamitis
06-02-2006, 07:09 PM
Tangerine, it's really about the comment. So if you think calling anybody "BDK" is appropriate then that's you. I just think that comment along with all else that's been/being said about him is getting out of line.

Yappa
06-02-2006, 07:13 PM
I have to agree about the name not really being appropriate. But then again, I am not into giving "names" anyways.

*Viva Chile*
06-02-2006, 07:18 PM
James :yeah:
Nice win ;) :bounce:

propi
06-02-2006, 08:18 PM
Nicolás :rolleyes:
Losing to Blake on clay is just :tape::tape:
Better luck on your next tournies :)

almouchie
06-02-2006, 08:28 PM
now that blake defeated Almagro
what are his chances against french Monfils
will the crowd make the difference for Mofils & edge him
or will blake have more in his tank

tennis_freak67
06-02-2006, 08:33 PM
:woohoo:

Freeze17171
06-02-2006, 08:35 PM
now that blake defeated Almagro
what are his chances against french Monfils
will the crowd make the difference for Mofils & edge him
or will blake have more in his tank

Monfils has not really impressed so far, and if Blake plays near the level he did today, he should beat him.

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 10:01 PM
Nicolás
Losing to Blake on clay is just
Better luck on your next tournies

Blake just blew him off of the court. Nothing to be ashamed of really. Blake's past clay results mean nothing because he was nowhere near the player then.

NYCtennisfan
06-02-2006, 10:04 PM
I'm sorry but how is this comment racist?

Lots of players from all countries are made fun of on this board and given silly and even insulting nicknames and guess what? More often than not, it has nothing to do with race.

I'm convinced that today's kids don't have a clue what the word "racist" really means anymore. They just throw it around, rendering it meaningless.

"Big Dumb Kid" has a history. Magic Johnson was called this when he was younger; even if the person using this term doesn't mean it this way, there is still a connotation due to past history.

gogogirl
06-02-2006, 10:40 PM
Hey All,

Some have already mentioned the stats James put up there today - and mannnnnnnnn - weren't they awesome. He was broken once - and it was on the only breakpoint against him.

He knows he is for the most part there - on any surface. He should have closed it out against Ancic in Hamburg - and he knows it. What I like about him is - he doesn't seem to let those kind of losses affect him any longer. He learns from them - adjusts some things - and tries to implement and execute them in his next go round. In my mind's eye - I can see how big bro' was probably coaching him last nite. LOL! And he said - he talked to his coach.

Monfils will have his hands full. He is steady at getting the balls back - and lights it up at times - but if he thinks that by just getting the balls back - he is going to out gun J.B. - he's in for a stunning and huge awakening. James is far more quicker on the draw. Just call him James 'Quickdraw' Blake. Thank you very much!

Btw - this is one of the classiest threads I've ever read on this forum. Everyone is being fair-minded - and in my estimation - that spells - true and classy tennis fans that care - period. Kudos to you all.

And some are right on - as it pertains to James' belief in his abilities and skilz'. He has it now - and one day - he will beat Roddick & Federer.

"KEEP ON TRUCKIN' - J. B." "CONCEIVE - BELIEVE - ACHIEVE" :wavey:

Jessica
06-02-2006, 10:45 PM
James! :woohoo:

musefanatic
06-02-2006, 11:23 PM
Well done James :)

LLeytonRules
06-02-2006, 11:27 PM
Lets not jump the gun on Blake yet but that was one impressive win over Almagro. :worship: I would love too see him beat Monfils.

~Jin~
06-02-2006, 11:34 PM
Nice win James!

Halba
06-02-2006, 11:39 PM
Blake is awesome but he aint got game to beat Federer

mishar
06-02-2006, 11:41 PM
Ha! What a great match from James... some of the more pretentious windbags on the board sure look stupid having predicted that James had no hope whatsoever and he would barely win any games.

And to those who said James didn't play a "clay-court game" Lots of people have won clay tournaments playing the way James did... taking the ball early and dictating points and being a great athlete mover -- Agassi, for example.

The way Monfils is playing, he'll let James dictate and James will win. Djovokic in R16, however, would be another story, as he has the potential to overpower Blake.

DrJules
06-02-2006, 11:58 PM
And to those who said James didn't play a "clay-court game" Lots of people have won clay tournaments playing the way James did... taking the ball early and dictating points and being a great athlete mover -- Agassi, for example.

The way Monfils is playing, he'll let James dictate and James will win. Djovokic in R16, however, would be another story, as he has the potential to overpower Blake.

Peter Fleming was noting on Eurosport tonight that Federer would enhance his chances against Nadal by taking the ball earlier. An approach Federer employed to some success in Rome. Blake, who has never lost to Nadal, has already found that taking the early ball is the way to beat these players who hit with exteme top spin and stand vast distances behind the baseline. Taking the ball early prevents the top spin having its effect and also enables the use of acute angles which are effective when a player is well behind the baseline.

stebs
06-03-2006, 12:23 AM
Peter Fleming was noting on Eurosport tonight that Federer would enhance his chances against Nadal by taking the ball earlier. An approach Federer employed to some success in Rome. Blake, who has never lost to Nadal, has already found that taking the early ball is the way to beat these players who hit with exteme top spin and stand vast distances behind the baseline. Taking the ball early prevents the top spin having its effect and also enables the use of acute angles which are effective when a player is well behind the baseline.
Well, Blake doesn't do that to combat clay-courters, that's his natural game. I don't think Federer should try to take the ball quite as early as Blake does. It isn't his natural game and I think he wouldn't be able to keep up a really good level if he did that.

Congratualtions for Blake. A great win which I was lucky enough to watch most of. Blake really does spank that ball, he hit so many winners today it was incredible.

Oddly I think that this changes nothing about his game on clay. It is something I have said before and I will say it again. If a good attacking player is on then there isn't much most defensive players can do. Of course in some situations (Rafa on clay for instance) the level would have to be so high it's virtually impossible. Blake managed to play at the level he needed today but his game is still uncompatable with clay and there is no way Blake will ever become a really good clay courter because he can't hit like that consistently, no-one can.

Bravo James :worship:

stebs
06-03-2006, 12:25 AM
Djovokic in R16, however, would be another story, as he has the potential to overpower Blake.

I disagree. I think you're right that Djokovic may be more likely to beat Blake and it may well be something to do with the fact that Djokovic won't let himself be bossed around a court by Blake but good player though he is Djokovic couldn't beat Blake by overpowering him. Blake is far more powerful than Novak in my opinion.

Corey Feldman
06-03-2006, 01:27 AM
Blake played unbelievable today..
he actually had a very strong spanish clay courter looking down & out, and almost not trying in some of the points towards the end because he couldnt handle James' power.

scoobs
06-03-2006, 01:49 AM
It's a shame Blake still has two very tricky matches to come before he gets the chance to have at Nadal on clay - a match I would very much like to see.

I still think Nadal would win but Blake's h2h with Nadal would add a little frisson of uncertainty to the proceedings.

Halba
06-03-2006, 01:59 AM
Blake should roll over monfils- Blake wouldn't be too tired, Monfils would with so many 5 setters

Blake will roll over Novak as well, coz he's got immense firepower. But Blake won't beat Nadal on this surface as Nadal is the clay king

Plastic Bertrand
06-03-2006, 07:25 AM
Impressive performance by Blake and credit to him for an excellent win and for making the attempts to improve on clay.

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 08:52 AM
lol

This will be an overall comment cause I can't be bothered reading most of the crap in here.

:hatoff: :hatoff: to Blake for this performance and it will be interesting to see whether he opens his eyes at all when he plays Monfils.

Glad to be proven wrong in this case and he beat an absolute clay dud in the first round and now defeats a very good player on the surface.

From RG site, his comments about Monfils.

It's going to be interesting. He'll get the crowd into it. I'll try to do my best to take the crowd out of it. Think about it like a Davis Cup match, go in there, we're playing an away Davis Cup match. Hopefully I can get a win.

He's got a ton of talent. He moves better than anyone. I think he might be the fastest guy on tour. The way he moves is incredible. He gets to a ton of balls and makes you win the point two, three, four times. You know, I have to do the same thing I did today, not get frustrated if he gets to a few and I can't put it away, and I lose that point, go on to the next one. Try to make him do it over and over and over again. See where we are at the end again.

Dirk
06-03-2006, 08:55 AM
This will be an overall comment cause I can't be bothered reading most of the crap in here.

:hatoff: :hatoff: to Blake for this performance and it will be interesting to see whether he opens his eyes at all when he plays Monfils.

Glad to be proven wrong in this case and he beat an absolute clay dud in the first round and now defeats a very good player on the surface.

From RG site, his comments about Monfils.

It's going to be interesting. He'll get the crowd into it. I'll try to do my best to take the crowd out of it. Think about it like a Davis Cup match, go in there, we're playing an away Davis Cup match. Hopefully I can get a win.

He's got a ton of talent. He moves better than anyone. I think he might be the fastest guy on tour. The way he moves is incredible. He gets to a ton of balls and makes you win the point two, three, four times. You know, I have to do the same thing I did today, not get frustrated if he gets to a few and I can't put it away, and I lose that point, go on to the next one. Try to make him do it over and over and over again. See where we are at the end again.

You did look very foolish for doubting Blake. When he won a few matches in hamburg last week you should have at least given him a chance.

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 08:58 AM
You did look very foolish for doubting Blake. When he won a few matches in hamburg last week you should have at least given him a chance.

Blake has played an excellent match against a good opponent. The way some people are talking here, is like he is climbed Mt Everest backwards.

Dirk
06-03-2006, 08:59 AM
Blake has played an excellent match against a good opponent. The way some people are talking here, is like he is climbed Mt Everest backwards.

Blake was disregarded by you and many others and he shouldn't have been.

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 09:04 AM
Blake was disregarded by you and many others and he shouldn't have been.

Was he? I among a few others said he wouldn't win and he got the W by playing very well and good for him.

Yes, Rogiman I am a Blake hater, great call though not as great as the call by tangerinus.

Dirk
06-03-2006, 09:08 AM
Was he? I among a few others said he wouldn't win and he got the W by playing very well and good for him.

Yes, Rogiman I am a Blake hater, great call though not as great as the call by tangerinus.

You were very disrespectful to James about his chances. You said a lot more than he won't win. I won't bust your balls too much but I hope you are proud that James is improving on clay since he is suppose to be one of the few americans you like.

bad gambler
06-03-2006, 09:12 AM
You did look very foolish for doubting Blake. When he won a few matches in hamburg last week you should have at least given him a chance.


Lets be honest here, when you stack up both players' lead up form on clay coming into the French Open, how could you not dismiss Blake's chances? Almagro was the form horse behind Federer and Nadal

It is easy to come in after the event to say someone looked stupid with his predictions and yes I gave Blake no hope as well

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 09:13 AM
You were very disrespectful to James about his chances. You said a lot more than he won't win. I won't bust your balls too much but I hope you are proud that James is improving on clay since he is suppose to be one of the few americans you like.

Actually what I said he should book his ticket to London. Fact is he played 1 excellent match and not a surprise perspective is lost on the masses and it would not be surprising if he loses to Monfils.

Well Blake is playing the best way he knows how on the surface and knows being a moonballer isn't going to work. He said he wanted to improve and have a go on the surface and he is doing that.

Dirk
06-03-2006, 09:19 AM
Lets be honest here, when you stack up both players' lead up form on clay coming into the French Open, how could you not dismiss Blake's chances? Almagro was the form horse behind Federer and Nadal

It is easy to come in after the event to say someone looked stupid with his predictions and yes I gave Blake no hope as well

After he beat Moya in hamburg under tougher conditons I knew Blake could do it.

bad gambler
06-03-2006, 09:24 AM
After he beat Moya in hamburg under tougher conditons I knew Blake could do it.


Moya is not the force he once was

I am a huge Blake fan as well, along with a couple of other players I actually support on tour - but when I read in here that he can now challenge Nadal and Federer on clay leaves me slightly bemused.

Dirk
06-03-2006, 09:25 AM
Moya is not the force he once was

I am a huge Blake fan as well, along with a couple of other players I actually support on tour - but when I read in here that he can now challenge Nadal and Federer on clay leaves me slightly bemused.

Moya is still more experienced and the conditions favored him not James. I think james could challenge Nadal but not Federer.

bad gambler
06-03-2006, 09:28 AM
Moya is still more experienced and the conditions favored him not James. I think james could challenge Nadal but not Federer.


This coming from an ardent Federer fan is understandable i suppose

All shall be reavealed in a few hours time, for the record IMO Monfils takes out Blake today

We will see

Dirk
06-03-2006, 09:30 AM
This coming from an ardent Federer fan is understandable i suppose

All shall be reavealed in a few hours time, for the record IMO Monfils takes out Blake today

We will see

If James can't beat Roger or take a set from him on hardcourts surely you can understand him not standing a chance with him on clay?

bad gambler
06-03-2006, 09:33 AM
If James can't beat Roger or take a set from him on hardcourts surely you can understand him not standing a chance with him on clay?


They are two different surfaces :confused:

I hope that is not the reason you think Blake can beat Nadal on clay, based on the fact that he has beaten him twice on hardcourt :confused:

Dirk
06-03-2006, 09:37 AM
They are two different surfaces :confused:

I hope that is not the reason you think Blake can beat Nadal on clay, based on the fact that he has beaten him twice on hardcourt :confused:

No, it is because he is moving well on clay and takes the ball early, not afraid of Nadal and will believe he can win likely.

If Roger can beat James on James's best surface then it is a given Roger will beat James on James's worst surface.

Action Jackson
06-03-2006, 09:40 AM
No, it is because he is moving well on clay and takes the ball early, not afraid of Nadal and will believe he can win likely.

If Roger can beat James on James's best surface then it is a given Roger will beat James on James's worst surface.

So you don't think the extra time Nadal has on the surface is a factor and also the weather is a factor you are overlooking.

gogogirl
06-03-2006, 01:47 PM
Hey All,

Well - you heard it here first. Blake will get to the semis, and I don't care whom he has to beat to get there. He can mos' def beat Nadal on clay - because - he takes the ball early - and he will frustrate Nadal. And for the most part - when Blake's serve was on when he played Nadal and beat him twice - he can do it again and partly with that serve. And he has the best wheels in the game - which Nadal also found out. Blake plays great defense just like Nadal. he played it better the two times they played.

Granted - he can't have an off day - but to me - when Blake is all the way on and Nadal is all the way on - Blake is a better player - period. And again - this is just my opinion. And the surface be da@ned.

I can be wrong - but I'm sure J. B. will beat Monfils and whomever he has to play in the fourth round. If you consider factors like - his getting tight - his playing tenatively - and/or his lack of confidence and enter them into the equation - then he could lose. But in my estimation - he will be firing on all cylinders. He already knows that nothing beats a failure but a try. The best try will be to go after his shots and play his game.

The odds makers would be against him if he plays Nadal. And that should suit him just fine.

Nadal is a great player - but I see several players before long going toe to toe with him and beating him in the near future. The future is now.

But........... - I could be wrong. LOL!