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Summer Hard Court Season - 2006

cobalt60
07-16-2006, 11:49 PM
#1 seed- good luck James in Indianapolis :D

landoud
07-17-2006, 07:52 AM
Best of luck James

NYCtennisfan
07-20-2006, 02:40 AM
OK start with a ss win over Udomchoke. :)

mishar
07-20-2006, 12:26 PM
rah rah james go.. whats happened to all the Blake fans?

If he wins today, he'll be #5 in the world, which no matter what, is a huge accomplishment

avocadoe
07-20-2006, 12:41 PM
woohoo James!!! let's win a tournament or two :)

goodwoman
07-20-2006, 12:42 PM
Did anyone see last night's match? It's great to see a win, but 46% serving? The good news is he came back in the second set after a dismal 29% first serve percentage in the first set.
C'mon, James, you can win this tournament!

cobalt60
07-20-2006, 11:50 PM
This fan is around although barely lately. I did not even check the score :o

mishar
07-21-2006, 02:59 AM
I was disappointed in James' Wimbledon loss, but nonetheless it was the best grass season he ever had, so I hope he can build on that, and have a great summer. He's signed up for a lot of tournaments, but he has no points to defend at the two MS, and if he can win a smaller tournament, it will set up him great for New York. I just hope he's not exhausted when NY rolls around. A couple of early losses wouldn't be the worst thing.

I think by making the QF of Indy he has reached the #5 ranking!

That's quite an accomplishment for the kid -- yay James!

MissMoJo
07-21-2006, 04:43 AM
Go James! :banana:

goodwoman
07-21-2006, 05:45 PM
Again, glad to see the win last night, but the stats still indicate a low first serve percentage - 47%. In spite of that, he fired 19 aces! I don't know if Whitehouse was just caught off guard when the first serve did go in... :) ...but it's great that James pulled it off.

Keep it going, James!!

cobalt60
07-21-2006, 11:03 PM
:woohoo: James. Keep it going:)

mishar
07-22-2006, 01:15 AM
Way to go James! I sense by the scorelines that Jimmy is not playing his very best yet, but that's okay... its important not to peak too soon and there are still five weeks until the US open... Anyway, even not at his best, he's reached the semifinals, at an event where he's never won a match before.

Whoo hoo!

goodwoman
07-22-2006, 01:17 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: Yay James!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Two tiebreaks over Mahut!!! :worship: :worship:

Keep it going!!! You can do this!!

cobalt60
07-22-2006, 12:26 PM
Way to go James! I sense by the scorelines that Jimmy is not playing his very best yet, but that's okay... its important not to peak too soon and there are still five weeks until the US open... Anyway, even not at his best, he's reached the semifinals, at an event where he's never won a match before.

Whoo hoo!
I watched the match. He actually looks pretty good. Mahut played an incredible first set. His first serves were deadly and the surface appeared to be playing very fast. James had little chance to break him in that set. But in the second set , Mahut's serve and consistency slacked just a bit. Still came up with some great points( nice volleys and a couple of killer dropshots that just died on the turf) but one never had the feeling that James was going to lose after the first set. What I was happy to see though is that James had fewer lapses of concentration. You could tell he was focused and determined. In some matches this year he really tends to lose it in the second set. Not to be this match. When he was broken in the second set he really stepped up his agressiveness and broke right back.

mishar
07-22-2006, 03:16 PM
Thanks for the report, Cobalt. I have seen Mahut before and I know he's a dangerous player who seems to be finally putting it all together in the last few months, so I'm not worried by the score. I hope the speed of the court helps James against Malisse, but that's a match I could see going either way!

cobalt60
07-22-2006, 09:52 PM
James won the first set 6-3 and he is looking good. Not great. If he makes it through into the finals he will need to ratch it up a bit. But a James-Andy final will be great fun no matter what. James wins 6-3,2-6,6-1
Well it is decided. With the tv delay on the tennis channel can't wait to see the reason for this scoreline. Good luck James in the final:)

NYCtennisfan
07-22-2006, 11:14 PM
What happened to all the Blake fans in here? He's at the peak of his career and all of a sudden a lot of the fans in here have disappeared. Hmmmm....

Jlee
07-22-2006, 11:58 PM
I'm here!!!!

Go James!!!!!!!! haha (except not tomorrow :( lol)

mishar
07-23-2006, 12:47 AM
What happened to all the Blake fans in here? He's at the peak of his career and all of a sudden a lot of the fans in here have disappeared. Hmmmm....

I think they are mostly Roddick fans who supported James until the day he beat Roddick for the first time -- then they left the Blake forum completely! LOL! Oh well everyone has their favorites..

Great win for James today. Xavier is a tough opponent when he's on.

I could see the match tomorrow going either way. James has nothing really to lose in a way but it would be nice for him to show he's ready to be a genuine top 5 player. (If he is... LOL I"m not sure he is)

Jlee
07-23-2006, 02:59 AM
I've actually been a Blake fan for a while, especially since I saw him play live last year at the Legg Mason. And I don't stop supporting someone just because they beat my favorite player, that wouldn't even make sense!

May the best man win tomorrow :)

Deboogle!.
07-23-2006, 03:07 AM
I've liked James for as long as I can remember, met him about a year ago and he was sweet as could be. Seen him tons in person over the past 3 years and he is always nice to fans and everyone around him. He's a great guy and player. but his performance at Wimbledon really disappointed me, and my opinion of him went down, I can't help feeling that way.:awww:

James beating Andy had nothing to do with anything and I think it's extremely unfair to say that. Some of my favorite players are those who have beaten my really top faves many times. I know very few people who are so petty as to stop liking a player who beats their fave. And I don't know ANY Andy fans who are like that. So, I don't really think that's fair.

NYC, there were never tons of people here posting regularly on James's board anyway.

tangerine_dream
07-23-2006, 05:48 AM
Deb, I already good-repped you. :(

I hope this final between James and Andy is better than the Queen's final and by that I mean I want Andy playing better than he did then then and not looking all confused and clueless.

An exciting three-set match with both guys playing some great tennis is what most Blake-Roddick fans want, I think. Well, I know I do. Personally, I'm ecstatic that we have two Americans in the Top Ten again and it couldn't happen to two better guys!

Now if only Mardy and Robby and Taylor could play catch-up, then American tennis will be all right again. :cool:

mishar
07-23-2006, 05:34 PM
Deb, I didn't mean to offend you, I should have put a smiley face on my post. I had noticed that you used to post a lot on the Blake forum, and since his win over Andy, I don't think you've posted once here -- not at all in the two weeks between Queen's and the Mirnyi loss -- so I made the half-jokey assumption that Blake passing Roddick in the ranking irritated you (and perhaps some others). If it did, it's not a bad thing -- you're primarily a Roddick fan. If it didn't, I'm sorry for the false presumption.

I guess I can see why you would stop liking James because of his Wimbledon performance. I know from playing myself what it's like when the match slips away from you, it's not hard to lose many games in a row. But you know I just have low expectations from James. I think he's a great player tennis-wise, but he's never had the mental strength and champion mettle that Andy has, for example. This year there have been some very frustrating losses: Gonzalez at DC, Ancic in Hamburg, Mirnyi at WC.. however, there have been some very impressive and surprising wins, including Hewitt at Las Vegas, Nadal at IW, Almagro at FO, and yes Roddick at Queen's. Even when I get disappointed with James, I think it's amazing that he's top 5 in the world -- that he's the only player (besides RF & RN) to reach 5 finals so far in 2006 -- that he's the only player to have beaten Nadal twice in the last year! I never expected any of that from him.

We're all fans of players for different reasons. I like Andy, and think he's a good guy, and have always defended him against the haters, but I'm just more of a fan of James. For a whole number of reasons I've been a fan of his since 1999. Unlike some other players I like, I don't expect him to win grand slams -- he's way exceeded any expectations I had of him, and I just like to cheer for him no matter what happens in his career.

And Tangerine -- I agree with you -- it would be great to see Robby, Taylor, Mardy, James and Andy all crowding into the top 10! :)

tangerine_dream
07-23-2006, 07:00 PM
Personally, I haven't had much to say about James lately. His performance at Wimbledon kind of left me speechless but he seems to be back into the groove now.

Right now I'm just enjoying this little Andy-James American rivalry going on, hopefully all summer long. :lol: It sure beats the Fed-Nadal rivalry which I'm burned out on now. :o

mishar
07-23-2006, 08:22 PM
Great win James! Incredible mental toughness in the third set -- totally un-Blakean!

He really picked up his game in this final. Great way to start the summer series -- leader on the chart!

He's now the only player besides Nadal and Federer to win more than 2 titles in 2006 and reach more than 4 finals!

goodwoman
07-23-2006, 08:27 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:worship: Congratulations James!! :worship:

Since I'm a Roddick fan too, it's hard to see Andy lose. But it was a quality match all the way with great shots throughout.

I'm really happy for James!!! Way to go!

mishar
07-23-2006, 08:30 PM
I like Roddick too and I'm glad to see him playing better -- he was hugging the baseline for the first time this year and really playing well off the ground, his backhand looked really good...

James really picked up on his serve in the second set. I'm not sure how much that was James and how much Andy.

I hope Andy comes back strong and wins Los Angeles next week!

tangerine_dream
07-23-2006, 08:34 PM
That was the best match I've seen either of them play in a long time. High-quality all around for two and a half hours.

Screencaps of James holding the RCA puppy. :D

They didn't do an oncourt interview. :mad:

cobalt60
07-23-2006, 09:00 PM
Better late than never on this thread but :yeah: for both James and Andy!

honey827
07-23-2006, 10:23 PM
Whee thrilled for James and it was great to see Andy getting himself back on track.

Fergie
07-23-2006, 11:57 PM
Congrats James! :yeah:

WF4EVER
07-24-2006, 01:00 AM
First time posting in James' forum but I'm really happy for him.

I always root for him against everyone else but Federer. He's earning his billing well. I hope he can keep it up and bag a few biggies in the process, if not a Slam.

Agassi Fan
07-24-2006, 03:15 PM
Well done James!

Agassi Fan
07-24-2006, 03:19 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20060724/capt.sge.tii31.240706132559.photo00.photo.default-361x512.jpg?x=243&y=345&sig=ab6qAwHeVP2R275M72T6fA--

surfpinky
07-24-2006, 04:44 PM
okay, that picture of the RCA puppy licking his face....ADORABLE!LKJDFSlkj!! :hearts:

Confident
07-24-2006, 05:43 PM
Well done, James, great win! 3rd title this year :yeah:

Bagelicious
07-25-2006, 03:44 AM
Nice win for James! And it looks like Andy had a good tournament as well.

landoud
07-25-2006, 10:39 AM
Congrats James

mishar
07-30-2006, 01:10 PM
Well I hope James had a nice break. He's back in action Tuesday or Wed in D.C., where he's had several good results.

His draw is middling difficult, considering the depth of the field. He might have unpredictable Safin in the Round of 16, and Grosjean could be a tough QF, if Seb is finding form. THen Hewitt possibly in the SF, and Roddick/Agassi in the F.

I'd always love to see James win another title, however even a win here would have very little impact on his ranking. Whatever his results, they basically get replaced by Toronto on the following week. And since he's about to play 6 weeks in a row (!!), he can't win every match because then he'll be exhausted for the US Open. So it's more important that he win matches in Toronto or Cincy (rankings-wise) but on the other hand I won't be sad if he does well in Washington. A win is still a win!

tangerine_dream
07-31-2006, 07:38 PM
James wrote a column for the Curant: :)

Indy Title Revs Up Momentum
July 30, 2006

Wow. Those three letters probably don't do justice to how I am feeling right now. Last weekend I beat one of my best friends, Andy Roddick, in a three-set thriller in Indianapolis to win the sixth title of my career, and climbed to No. 5 in the ATP world rankings.

I played well all week, and my confidence continues to grow. Even when I faced multiple break points and struggled during the finals, I was able to dig deep and come up with a big shot when I needed it. In the third-set tiebreak, I chased down a ball deep in the corner and slapped a return back. It wasn't a great shot, but it came in low and forced Andy to hit a less-than-perfect volley. I caught up to his shot and hit a huge backhand winner to take a 6-4 lead. This made the difference in the match, and it secured the victory for me. More than anything, I just believed I could win.

Andy played well, though, and it's safe to say he is back to being Andy - big serves and an aggressive attacking style of play. Look for more good things from him this summer as we both continue to prove that American tennis is headed down the right path. I know we had our struggles on clay and grass earlier this year, but now we are into the summer hardcourt season where we are comfortable and poised for success.

I took this past week off, which means that I didn't play in a tournament. I still have a number of media interviews and obligations in addition to practicing in the Florida heat to make sure I am ready for the tournament (this week) in Washington. I have done well there in the past; I won my first title there in 2002 and reached the finals last year. I am the No. 1 seed, so everyone will be gunning for me, but hopefully I can continue my strong play and win another title.

This weekend I had a few friends coming down for some golf, going out to eat and catching up on what has been going on. I miss my friends sometimes because I am on the road so much, but when we get together we pick up right where we left off.

My life seems pretty surreal sometimes, but my friends keep me grounded. I never thought I would be a professional tennis player, let alone No. 5 in the world, but when I get together with them it's just like it was when we were growing up in Fairfield.

That's why the Pilot Pen in New Haven is my favorite tournament on tour. I feel so confident and comfortable there with my friends and family around. It's the perfect storm of sorts; my mom and brother, my friends (the crazy J-Block people), and it is only 20 minutes from the house where I grew up.

I can't wait; it's only a few weeks away.

Fairfield's James Blake, the defending champion, will be sharing his thoughts periodically in The Courant leading up to the Pilot Pen Aug. 20-26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.

mishar
08-01-2006, 09:47 AM
Just hoping James doesn't exhaust himself by playing too well and too much in the weeks leading up to the U.S Open. A couple of early losses wouldn't bother me. (Well they would, but it might be the best thing.. :cool: )

He's had an amazing hard court record in the last year since Washington. On US outdoor hard courts, he's been 35-5, only lost to Roddick, Agassi and Federer, beaten Roddick, Hewitt, Nadal twice

Golfnduck
08-01-2006, 08:38 PM
I hope James plays well in Washington, he's having a great summer so far.

tangerine_dream
08-02-2006, 05:18 PM
^^ I agree. Wouldn't it be awesome if James won the Washington title? Two in a row! :banana: This is starting to look like the summer of James, yes? :bounce:

Speaking of...look who's on the August cover of Tennis Life. :D

Alexandy
08-02-2006, 06:32 PM
I'm excited for the James-Marat match. I think it's going to be a good one. James is going to have to serve better if he wants to win. I looked at his stats for the Kim match and his serve percentage was pretty low. What's up with his serve lately? He didn't serve that well against Roddick either.

Jlee
08-02-2006, 06:35 PM
I'm excited for the James-Marat match. I think it's going to be a good one. James is going to have to serve better if he wants to win. I looked at his stats for the Kim match and his serve percentage was pretty low. What's up with his serve lately? He didn't serve that well against Roddick either.

The serving has really seemed to be a problem. Based on the livescores from Indy he had a low percentage for that entire tournament. The difference in the final was that he served big on the bigger points. And from livescoring his match against Kim he was winning a higher percentage of his second serve points than his first serve points for most of the match! He has to pick it up against Marat.

cobalt60
08-02-2006, 08:43 PM
Ok nobody shoot me here but I posted a reply on the magazine site of Tennis Week today and something about a couple of Jame's on court matches has bothered me a bit. Now James has always been a fav of mine for lots of reasons but I admit that his attitude when he played Capdeville in DC and his last Wimbly match bothered me. He just gave up and seemed to want to be anywhere but on the court. Did that bother anyone else? :shrug: That said I will still support James cuz I so enjoy to watch him play. So good luck James!

paper_chaser
08-02-2006, 10:30 PM
Ok nobody shoot me here but I posted a reply on the magazine site of Tennis Week today and something about a couple of Jame's on court matches has bothered me a bit. Now James has always been a fav of mine for lots of reasons but I admit that his attitude when he played Capdeville in DC and his last Wimbly match bothered me. He just gave up and seemed to want to be anywhere but on the court. Did that bother anyone else? :shrug: That said I will still support James cuz I so enjoy to watch him play. So good luck James!

:armed: :) :)

I see what you're saying about the Capdeville match, but that was a dead rubber. I don't think he came into that with the intensity and focus he would have had if he really needed to win it. I'm not saying he didn't put in a full effort, but I hope everyone gets what I mean.
The team had just advanced to the DC semi finals, so it didn't bother me too much. I didn't see the end of the Wimbledon match.

Best of luck to James tomorrow against Marat! :cool:

cobalt60
08-02-2006, 11:05 PM
:lol: I understand the dead rubber bit but I don't know maybe a little pride should have come into play. ;)

mishar
08-03-2006, 05:32 PM
I don't know -- it's so hard to judge from the outside what's happening to a tennis player during a match. Every single one (well, not Federer) -- especially as their career goes on -- has bad, inexplicable days, embarassing losses, either because of the poor quality or the scoreline. Andy Roddick has certainly had quite a few of them. But I know from playing tennis (in my own meager way) it's easy when an opponent gets on top of you to get all confused and dispirited and the match can go so quickly.

I think at Davis Cup James had just suffered a crushing defeat (that huge choke against Gonzalez) and he seemed totally lacking in confidence. (Also Capdeville is far from a pushover.) I'm not sure what happened with Mirnyi, but I'm sure there was an internal explanation.

You can (with some fairness) accuse James of being a less-than-great player, or an inconsistent one, but I don't think it's fair to charge him with lack of effort. Considering how after a career mired in the middle of the top 100, he's suddenly at age 27 blasted himself into the top 5, considering how just 16 months ago he was ranked in the 200s, considering all that he went through in 2004, for him to have achieved all he has indicates to me a high level of commitment. If he was as talented as Federer, or if he had Roddick's serve, I might be disappointed in him. But I feel at this point he's done the most with his talent. And as long as he continues to get incredible wins (Roddick last week, Nadal twice) I won't hold against him his awful losses.

I have to say, even if he stops winning, I'd still be his fan. In my book, if you're a fan, you're a fan, win or lose. Perhaps if James were to show exceptionally poor character, I might stop being his fan, but his limitations as a player do not make me less of a fan.

Alexandy
08-03-2006, 05:53 PM
Well said, mishar .

Maybe I would feel differently if I had seen the Capdeville match, but so far none of James' losses have made me like him any less. I guess I've grown to expect that sometimes mentally James is going to lose a match. It's just the way he is. Do I hope he works on that? Yes. But I'm happy that even with his mental issues he's made it to the top 5. That's a huge accomplishment.

I get mad at him sometimes when he loses when he shouldn't and I'm happy for him when he beats someone that nobody thought he would beat (i.e. Roddick). The good and the bad; it's all part of supporting players who aren't named Roger and for the most part, Rafa. :)

cobalt60
08-04-2006, 12:58 AM
I don't know -- it's so hard to judge from the outside what's happening to a tennis player during a match. Every single one (well, not Federer) -- especially as their career goes on -- has bad, inexplicable days, embarassing losses, either because of the poor quality or the scoreline. Andy Roddick has certainly had quite a few of them. But I know from playing tennis (in my own meager way) it's easy when an opponent gets on top of you to get all confused and dispirited and the match can go so quickly.

I think at Davis Cup James had just suffered a crushing defeat (that huge choke against Gonzalez) and he seemed totally lacking in confidence. (Also Capdeville is far from a pushover.) I'm not sure what happened with Mirnyi, but I'm sure there was an internal explanation.

You can (with some fairness) accuse James of being a less-than-great player, or an inconsistent one, but I don't think it's fair to charge him with lack of effort. Considering how after a career mired in the middle of the top 100, he's suddenly at age 27 blasted himself into the top 5, considering how just 16 months ago he was ranked in the 200s, considering all that he went through in 2004, for him to have achieved all he has indicates to me a high level of commitment. If he was as talented as Federer, or if he had Roddick's serve, I might be disappointed in him. But I feel at this point he's done the most with his talent. And as long as he continues to get incredible wins (Roddick last week, Nadal twice) I won't hold against him his awful losses.

I have to say, even if he stops winning, I'd still be his fan. In my book, if you're a fan, you're a fan, win or lose. Perhaps if James were to show exceptionally poor character, I might stop being his fan, but his limitations as a player do not make me less of a fan.
Which is why I am still a fan:D And I absolutely agree with the exceptionally poor character assessment. That did indeed turn me off from another favorite I had.

NYCtennisfan
08-04-2006, 04:00 AM
Tough loss for James tonight, but he didn't play well at all against Marat. Too many DF's, not too many good 1st serves in play....

He can only pick up points in Toronto and Cincy though.

Alexandy
08-04-2006, 04:25 AM
James. :(

TMJordan
08-04-2006, 04:26 AM
Pathetic

mishar
08-04-2006, 04:30 AM
I'm okay with James losing. He wasn't able to gain any points here anyway, especially if he defends his title in New Haven. He has important tournaments for the next five weeks -- he should do well in the Masters tournaments and the US Open, that's much more important than what happens in Washington. And I was afraid if he went far here he would just wear down by New York time.
Also he lost to a great player -- it's not like losing to some no-name -- and he was very competitive until the end, it's not like he got steamrolled.
So what better way to take an early loss?
But he needs to figure out what's happening with his serve.

Deboogle!.
08-04-2006, 04:36 AM
Ok nobody shoot me here but I posted a reply on the magazine site of Tennis Week today and something about a couple of Jame's on court matches has bothered me a bit. Now James has always been a fav of mine for lots of reasons but I admit that his attitude when he played Capdeville in DC and his last Wimbly match bothered me. He just gave up and seemed to want to be anywhere but on the court. Did that bother anyone else? :shrug: That said I will still support James cuz I so enjoy to watch him play. So good luck James!it bothered me a LOT. The Capdeville match in particular because damnit I paid a lot of money and after Andy's great win, him giving such a horrific effort was soooooo disappointing. The wimbledon match singlehandedly made me lose so much respect for him. I can't get over it yet. :awww:

cobalt60
08-04-2006, 12:47 PM
it bothered me a LOT. The Capdeville match in particular because damnit I paid a lot of money and after Andy's great win, him giving such a horrific effort was soooooo disappointing. The wimbledon match singlehandedly made me lose so much respect for him. I can't get over it yet. :awww:
Whoa. Anyway onto Toronto James ,and have a good showing.

Grinder
08-04-2006, 02:07 PM
It's alright James, not much he could have gained points-wise with the win, so rest and kick ass the next three weeks!

Deboogle!.
08-04-2006, 03:47 PM
Whoa. Anyway onto Toronto James ,and have a good showing.Sorry :shrug: I didn't mean to be so forceful, but it's getting tiring to see people say that some people have stopped supporting James b/c he's overtaken Andy or whatever. I just wanted to make it clear that the reasons I am struggling with my support for James right now are because of a couple of things HE has done.

Jlee
08-04-2006, 03:54 PM
^I've been disappointed with James lately too, he's just been giving up in matches. He hasn't done anything to make me totally stop supporting him though, he just became a top five player and he's still a great guy. I generally don't stop supporting someone unless they do something that makes me think they have a poor character, which he hasn't done.

He needs to prove himself as a solid top fiver at the two masters events and especially the USO.

tangerine_dream
08-04-2006, 05:35 PM
I was disappointed with James' DC play too and that Wimbledon match was :cuckoo: but after a few days' recovery I'm usually good to go again. Every player has a bad day and I think James is probably still adjusting to the new responsibilities he has now being the American top dog. Maybe. I don't know.

Hard to know what happened during the Safin match, nobody saw it. I don't know if it's a bad loss for James but I would call it a bad win for Safin if he manages to lose in his next match. :unsure:

I absolutely agree with the exceptionally poor character assessment. That did indeed turn me off from another favorite I had.
Which player was this? It's sad to hear that somebody let you down so badly. :sad:

Deboogle!.
08-04-2006, 06:24 PM
I was disappointed with James' DC play too and that Wimbledon match was :cuckoo: but after a few days' recovery I'm usually good to go again. Every player has a bad day and I think James is probably still adjusting to the new responsibilities he has now being the American top dog. Maybe. I don't know. Well, both of the losses that really disappointed me so badly were when he was not yet America's top dog... that DC match, point blank, he didn't give any effort. And I paid $250 for that weekend, that means I paid $50 for that match, not to see my home player give no effort against a relative nobody. That was upsetting. And the Wimbledon match, just ugh. You get over things faster than I do, tangy, and these two combined hurt for me.

cobalt60
08-04-2006, 06:35 PM
Sorry :shrug: I didn't mean to be so forceful, but it's getting tiring to see people say that some people have stopped supporting James b/c he's overtaken Andy or whatever. I just wanted to make it clear that the reasons I am struggling with my support for James right now are because of a couple of things HE has done.
Hey don't apologise. What bothered you ( and I did not even realize that:o ) did so to a different degree than others. :hug: As I said before I still like watching him play. I am repeating myself here but for me it is all about 2 guys fighting it out on court playing a game of tennis. It has stopped being about winning and losing but all about how the game is played. That is why those 2 matches bothered me. It just seemed out of the 2006 character of James ON COURT.

cobalt60
08-04-2006, 06:48 PM
I was disappointed with James' DC play too and that Wimbledon match was :cuckoo: but after a few days' recovery I'm usually good to go again. Every player has a bad day and I think James is probably still adjusting to the new responsibilities he has now being the American top dog. Maybe. I don't know.

Hard to know what happened during the Safin match, nobody saw it. I don't know if it's a bad loss for James but I would call it a bad win for Safin if he manages to lose in his next match. :unsure:


Which player was this? It's sad to hear that somebody let you down so badly. :sad:
Smucav posted on GM in the Safin d Blake thread about having seen it.
And please don't misunderstand me ( damn I hate talking to a screen where too many misconceptions happen :p ) players don't let me down. I don't get that emotionally involved to feel sad about it. I am not that type of person. The player in question shall remain nameless but his off court behavior was unacceptable to me. That told me more about him as a person than his on court abilities. And even if he was having an off day personally, it does not give him a right to do what he did. And then not recognize it, accept responsibility for it and apologize. It is amazing what an apology can do. ;) End of story.

Caren
08-04-2006, 07:16 PM
The Wimbledon match :cuckoo:, i like James but i don't get myself worked up about him just because of the mental issues he has. He chokes so much i'd work myself into a heart attack everytime he plays.

mishar
08-05-2006, 04:22 AM
Look, I get incredibly frustrated with James. He so should have beaten Ancic in Hamburg.. that was a multiple choke... or Gonzo in Davis Cup. That was atrocious.

But I can't believe anyone seriously thinks James isn't making an effort out there. Why would James tank or give up on a Wimbledon match? Clearly it means a huge amount to him, he's working incredibly hard to come back from 200 to make it to 5, he fights his heart out even in minor matches in minor tournaments, why would he not care about making it to the fourth round of the biggest tournament of the year? It just makes no sense to me, and I can't believe anyone who knows anything about James would really believe that about him.

He did give a really poor performance, his serve completely fell apart, and he can rightly be criticized for that, but everyone has their poor days, and obviously James has done better at handling the pressure in small events than at the Grand Slams. He's just not been that mentally strong a player. BUt I don't know if any of his critics have ever played tennis themselves. If they have, I'm sure they've had many similar days, where everything goes wrong, and the other opponent gets on a roll, and things just start tumbling downwards very quickly. EVERYONE who plays tennis had had this experience, just as you've had it happen to your opponent, just as you've choked a match away, just as you've come back from a match.

It does not make James a bad guy, and anyone who seriously thinks he is tanking.. I don't know what to say. I think Tangy has it right -- James is an up and down player.

Deb, I just don't believe you that it was the Wimbledon match that turned you off James, since you stopped posting in his forum 3 weeks before that match, after years of enthusastically posting here.

NYCtennisfan
08-05-2006, 08:53 PM
Anyone who has followed James for any period of time knows that he can suddenly self-destruct at any time. It has happened many, many times and Wimbledon was just another example. He wasn't tanking, it just got out of hand and for James, it is something that has happened all too often.

I think people know this going in when they follow James on the tour. I can't see how that one match changes people's views about James.

cobalt60
08-05-2006, 09:00 PM
Anyone who has followed James for any period of time knows that he can suddenly self-destruct at any time. It has happened many, many times and Wimbledon was just another example. He wasn't tanking, it just got out of hand and for James, it is something that has happened all too often.

I think people know this going in when they follow James on the tour. I can't see how that one match changes people's views about James.
It didn't change a thing for me.

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 01:55 AM
Anyone who has followed James for any period of time knows that he can suddenly self-destruct at any time. It has happened many, many times and Wimbledon was just another example. He wasn't tanking, it just got out of hand and for James, it is something that has happened all too often.

I think people know this going in when they follow James on the tour. I can't see how that one match changes people's views about James.It was that combined with the Davis Cup. When you pay $250 to see someone and they don't even try, it's disappointing. It wasn't that it got out of hand, it was that his effort level was disappointing. Sorry. I can't help it. I don't really see why you care so much :shrug:

NYCtennisfan
08-06-2006, 08:27 AM
It was that combined with the Davis Cup. When you pay $250 to see someone and they don't even try, it's disappointing. It wasn't that it got out of hand, it was that his effort level was disappointing. Sorry. I can't help it. I don't really see why you care so much :shrug:

I was talking about the Wimbledon match against Max. I didn't see the Davis Cup dead rubber so I can't comment on it.

It's not that big of a deal at all. I think every fan is entitled to root for any player, at any time, for whatever reason. They can start liking a player later on in their career as I know that there are a lot of things which are really unexplainable that happen that cause fans to like/dislike someone. For me, it was Roddick's runner-up speech at Wimby 2004 and subsequent funny interviews that caused me to like him 'late' in his career. That and his overall graciousness in defeat along with the treatment of his fans. Fans are also free to stop rooting for players or following them or whatever.

I do think it's unfair to say that someone 'tanked' and that changes how someone views that player when the same type of results have been happening to that player all throughout his career and as long as this board has been around. Again, anyone is free to do so, but it doesn't make much sense to me since it is nothing new and has happened repeatedly in the past.

Everyone goes about things differently, but for me, if I liked a player/team and followed/supported them for any length of time, even if I judged them to not give any effort out there, it wouldn't really change anything because of that strange emotional attachment. The connection is just so irrational and illogical in the first place that something like the last two sets of a match wouldn't change anything. The hordes of Safin fans and a few diehard Nalbandian fans on this board illustrate that. :)

In any case, it will be fun to see Blake and Roddick (if healthy) going at it in Toronto as there is a good chance they will meet up.

:)

cobalt60
08-06-2006, 01:31 PM
Anyone who has followed James for any period of time knows that he can suddenly self-destruct at any time. It has happened many, many times and Wimbledon was just another example. He wasn't tanking, it just got out of hand and for James, it is something that has happened all too often.

I think people know this going in when they follow James on the tour. I can't see how that one match changes people's views about James.
To respond to your rep: I don't have emotional bonds with tennis players. I have emotional bonds with people that I know and take care of. I am a fan of tennis and I enjoy watching certain players play more than others .Those 2 matches bothered me. That is not a descriptive adjective stating that "I have given up on him;that I am any less of a fan, or that my overall view about him has changed that much." :shrug: Except maybe in your view which does not affect me.

tangerine_dream
08-08-2006, 03:22 AM
So James gets a routine win over a Canadian qualifier today. Up next is Richard Gasquet. Eek.

Good luck, James! :bounce:

cobalt60
08-08-2006, 01:49 PM
I enjoyed watching the match. HIs first serve % was pretty low but he still looked good out there. I thought Bester played well in the first set.

LilyRoseAva
08-08-2006, 09:26 PM
interview of james toronto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tYaKos7_8U

cobalt60
08-09-2006, 08:59 PM
Anyone get to see the match?

Deboogle!.
08-09-2006, 09:07 PM
I saw all except the first couple of games.

James started off well and Richard started off poorly, once Richard started to find his game, his aggression and heavy topspinny angled shots kept james on the defensive, where he doesn't like to be, and as the match wore on Richard's confidence grew and grew and James's UEs piled up higher and higher.

Something I found particularly interesting is that they said they talked to James before the match and he said he didn't want to be forced to play plan B and blahblah. well he was, and he either had no plan B or couldn't execute it. IMO, that's not the best mindset he could have. I think he'd be better off if he went out there confident in all aspects of his game and was prepared to do whatever it would take to respond to what his opponent brings.

But all in all, it was good stuff from Richard and pretty ugly stuff from James for the most part. He was getting very down on himself and I imagine Richard could see it and just feed off of it.

cobalt60
08-09-2006, 09:16 PM
Merci! Interesting to see what James has to say to the press today.

Deboogle!.
08-09-2006, 09:19 PM
The press conference should be out by tomorrow :)

tangerine_dream
08-09-2006, 09:26 PM
James :bigcry: Why you be sucking now? :(

Super-Fabio
08-10-2006, 11:16 AM
Gasquet played very well.....poor James :sad:

goodwoman
08-10-2006, 01:20 PM
I saw all except the first couple of games.

James started off well and Richard started off poorly, once Richard started to find his game, his aggression and heavy topspinny angled shots kept james on the defensive, where he doesn't like to be, and as the match wore on Richard's confidence grew and grew and James's UEs piled up higher and higher.

Something I found particularly interesting is that they said they talked to James before the match and he said he didn't want to be forced to play plan B and blahblah. well he was, and he either had no plan B or couldn't execute it. IMO, that's not the best mindset he could have. I think he'd be better off if he went out there confident in all aspects of his game and was prepared to do whatever it would take to respond to what his opponent brings.

But all in all, it was good stuff from Richard and pretty ugly stuff from James for the most part. He was getting very down on himself and I imagine Richard could see it and just feed off of it.


I only saw highlights of the match, so I appreciate your thoughts on it, Deb. From what I saw, both players had some brilliant shots and movement. I'm still concerned about James's low first serve percentage. Looking at the point differential, it would seem if James had gotten a few more first serves in, he might have turned the match around. It also concerns me if he was getting down on himself. That shows signs of the old James. I think you hit it on the head, Deb. When he plays with confidence and patience, he wins. He's got the shots, the movement, the ability. When he BELIEVES that, he wins. If he can shake those doubts, he'll be ok.

Deboogle!.
08-10-2006, 02:35 PM
Something I thought was odd was that he had no aces. I'm not sure what explains that but it's not like Gasquet is a fantastic returner. maybe he's having shoulder problems and isn't telling nayone about them or whatever, I don't know about this for sure obviously, just trying to surmise what might be the cause of this. He often doesn't serve at a very high %, his serve is flat. So it's not the % that should be concerning as much as the fact that he got no free points on his serve, even when he got the first serve in.

I have wondered for a while, and have talked to others about this, whether James will be able to handle being in the top 10 and being the top American, etc. So far, he hasn't done a great job, save Indy. It's going to be interesting to see what he is like at the USO with the big stage and the pressure of being a big star.

Something that I read that was interesting is that James is entered to play new Haven but has been confirmed and is being advertised as appearing on the Ashe Kids Day, which takes place on the final weekend of New Haven.... he can't be in both places at the same time no matter how close they are.... hmmmmmm.....

goodwoman
08-10-2006, 03:01 PM
If I remember correctly, I think he was planning to do Arthur Ashe Day last year too. I think I saw ads and everything. But then, of course, it didn't happen :) .
Yeah, James always gets some aces. I don't know what that's about. It just seems he's been struggling with his serve a lot lately. Hopefully it's not a shoulder injury. I expect he'll get it back in the groove soon. Gotta believe....

tangerine_dream
08-10-2006, 06:04 PM
James will probably show up for AAKD if he's knocked out of Pilot Pen early.

And James defends American tennis and puts a sock in Johnny Mac's mouth. :lol: :clap2:

Ousted Blake defends American tennis
August 09, 2006

TORONTO (CP) -- James Blake defended the state of American tennis after being unexpectedly bounced from the $2.45-million US Rogers Cup on Wednesday.

Andre Agassi skipped the event, Andy Roddick cited injury in withdrawing before play began, and none of the six Americans who hit a ball in the main draw made it to the third round.

Paul Goldstein, Robert Kendrick, Rajeev Ram and Robby Ginepri were eliminated in the first round and Kevin Kim and Blake went out in the second. Blake, No. 6 in the world, lost to No. 51 Richard Gasquet of France, 6-4, 6-3.

Afterwards, the 26-year-old said he won't feel any added pressure going into the U.S. Open off such a poor result, but he's well aware that critics will use it as the latest example in bashing the state of the sport in his homeland.

"All the stuff about the decline of American tennis to me seems a little ridiculous," he said. "I can't worry about it.

"I can't play for commentators. I can't play for people that are critiquing what's going on. I can do my best 'cause I know every day if I was so worried about what everyone else was saying, I'd be hanging my head so much.

"It would take me back to when I was 21 and 22 years old and I put so much pressure on myself that every loss felt like the end of the world."

Other than No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland and No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, says Blake, he and Roddick are "two of the better contenders for the title at the U.S. Open."

"I'm pretty happy with American tennis right now," Blake added. "We're still in the semifinals of the Davis Cup.

"I hope to bring a Davis Cup home to America. Maybe that will stop people from saying we're declining."

Even former star John McEnroe has questioned the drive, or lack of, in some U.S. players of late.

"Whatever John McEnroe says, that's his prerogative," said Blake. "He's earned it.

"He's won tons of titles. He was an excellent player. In his mind, he's still an excellent player. He's got the right to say that."

As far as Blake knows, McEnroe has never seen him on the practice court.

"I don't think he's ever seen me working out in the Tampa heat. I don't think he's seen Andy working out in Austin. I don't think he's ever come to one of our Davis Cup practices where we're pushing each other for hours on end. He's probably not going to be in the gym later when I'm working. If he questions that drive, it's his prerogative.

"I know he's very knowledgeable on many subjects, but on whether or not I have drive, he's not very knowledgeable because no one else is, outside of me and my coach."

Deboogle!.
08-10-2006, 06:47 PM
Here's the full press conference
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2006 ROGERS MASTERS
TORONTO, ONTARIO

August 9, 2006

R. GASQUET/J. Blake
6-4, 6-3

JAMES BLAKE



THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Looked like everything was going pretty well and then the match seemed to completely change around.

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah. I don't know what there is to explain. Just one of those days. A lot of my shots weren't going in. When they were going in, I was giving him opportunities to come up with good shots and he did. If I don't have my best tennis, you are going to lose to a player like that. I think he's been a top 20 player, will possibly get back to being a top 20 player. Maybe even better. He's got a ton of talent, he's dealt with injuries.

If I'm not playing my best tennis, I'm going to lose to a guy like that. He played well. I did everything I could. Just didn't have my best tennis today. I fought hard. Got one of the breaks back, just couldn't do it.



Q. When did it start going wrong for you? Did you feel good coming into this?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, felt good. Felt like I'd been playing well every step of the way. The preparation has been good. I feel like I'm in great shape. On my favorite surface. I don't know what happened. One of those days. I guess it's going to happen plenty throughout my career unfortunately. I wish I could go out there and play my best every day. Not many guys can do that.

I still did everything I could to win the match. I just wasn't able to.



Q. Everybody talks about his backhand. Is there anything particular that gave you trouble today?

JAMES BLAKE: His backhand's really good. I felt like he did a good job of keeping the forehand in play, going for it when he did have the opportunities, but not trying to do too much too soon with it.

I never played him before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I was hoping for a few more errors off his forehand. He didn't make too many. Off his backhand side, he can hurt you from anywhere on the court. He can really dictate play with it. That's pretty impressive for somebody that is not physically as large, and to have a one-hander that is that effective. That gave me trouble.

Also he barely missed any returns. That's troublesome when a guy doesn't give you any free points on your serve.



Q. Obviously US Open a couple weeks away now. How do you regroup for that? What is your plan?

JAMES BLAKE: Well, I'll kind of curse myself for about another hour, two hours, then tomorrow new day, get over it. Probably take the day off tomorrow and then right back to the practice court working hard, knowing that this match should have absolutely no effect on my first round, second round, third round, any round at the US Open. Just go there. That will be a different setting, three out of five, hopefully playing with more confidence.

This hopefully won't affect US Open at all.



Q. Other than this match today, I would assume you have to be more excited going into the US Open than any other year because of the year you've had.

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I'm going to be really excited going into it. I love playing the US Open every year. Happy to be healthy and playing well. With the exception of today, played great in Indianapolis. I definitely am excited. I'm excited just to go to Cincinnati next week.

The US Open for me every year is the biggest circle on the calendar where I want to be playing well, I want to do my best. Means a lot to me having my friends and family there. For me it's the biggest Grand Slam. I can't wait for it already.



Q. Do you take anything from this match?

JAMES BLAKE: You learn from your wins and your losses. I think most people try to only learn from their losses. I'll definitely learn something from today where I feel like I had a lot of opportunities. Although the match seemed, whatever the score was, 4-3, it seems routine, there was a lot of chances I had, a lot of breakpoints I didn't convert, a lot of balls that he just managed to get to that I didn't quite put away. I'll learn that I got to be a little more patient and maybe instead of going for a winner so early maybe wait one more ball, two more balls. I learned how to play Gasquet. First time I played him. I learned a little something about his game. If I get a chance to play him again, hopefully I'll do a little better.



Q. This has been your best year. Seems in tennis right now after Roger and Rafael, it's tight, but there's room to move up. What do you think you need to get up into that top tier?

JAMES BLAKE: Well, it's unchartered territory for me, so I don't really know. It's tough to say. I don't feel that much different from when I was kind of making my run last year in terms of my ability. I definitely feel like I've gotten better, a little more confident. If I had said what it would take to get to top 10 at that point, I wouldn't have really known. So I don't know what it will really take to get to 4, 3 or even higher. I don't know.

I think it's plenty more time on the practice court. I'm sure there's going to be more matches like this where I have to learn exactly what my weakness is, what Richard picked on today, what can break down at important moments, what goes wrong in these losses. It's just figuring out these. Unfortunately, it's probably going to be more losses till I figure it out.

But, like I said, I also try to learn from my wins. Hopefully there will be plenty of wins in there for me to learn from, as well.



Q. Going into the US Open, so many people have talked about the decline of American tennis right now. You seem to be pretty much the exception to that, especially with the struggles that Andy is having. Do you feel any added pressure going into the US Open?

JAMES BLAKE: No, I really don't think about that too much. If there is more pressure, I try to look at it as a positive thing, as an opportunity to do something good. It means people are watching, it means people care about what's going on.

All the stuff about the decline of American tennis to me seems a little ridiculous anyway. I can't worry about it. I can't play for commentators. I can't play for people that are critiquing what's going on. I can do my best 'cause I know every day if I was so worried about what everyone else was saying, I'd be hanging my head so much. It would take me back to when I was 21 and 22 years old and I put so much pressure on myself that every loss felt like the end of the world.

It hurts to lose still, but I got to just know that I did my best. Today I didn't have my best tennis. I fought hard, though. What else could I do? I wish I played better. There's nothing I can do.

The decline of American tennis seems a little premature since we still have two guys in the top 10. I'd say outside of Roger and Rafael, we're two of the better contenders for the title at the US Open. I'm pretty happy with American tennis right now. We're still in the semifinals of Davis Cup. I hope to bring a Davis Cup home to America. Maybe that will stop people from saying we're declining.



Q. Why do you think so many people are saying this? I think John McEnroe was questioning the drive or something of American tennis players now. John McEnroe says a lot of things. Why do you think so many people are saying this?

JAMES BLAKE: I don't know. Like I said, I can't play for those guys. Whatever John McEnroe says, that's his prerogative. He's earned it. He's won tons of titles. He was an excellent player. In his mind, still (indiscernible) an excellent player.

He's got the right to say that. I don't think he's ever seen me on the practice court. I don't think he's ever seen me working out in the Tampa heat. I don't think he's seen Andy working out in Austin. I don't think he's ever come to one of our Davis Cup practices where we're pushing each other for hours on end. He's probably not going to be in the gym later when I'm working. If he questions that drive, it's his prerogative.

I know he's very knowledgeable on many subjects. But on whether or not I have drive, he's not very knowledgeable 'cause no one else is outside of me and my coach.

End of FastScripts...

Tommy_Babyboy
08-10-2006, 06:54 PM
FlashDeb thank you for the conference review :)
Now Im getting better after his upsetting
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cobalt60
08-10-2006, 11:18 PM
I still feel that he is a class act. MacEnroe be damned;)

mishar
08-13-2006, 06:34 PM
I think one of the drawbacks of following tennis so closely is that we get overinvolved in each loss as if it's the end of the world. James has never been the most consistent player, so I wouldn't say the last 2 losses distress me very much --- they were both to great players also, both with great backhands to pit against James'. Gasquet does not have the resume of Safin, but I feel pretty sure he will also be a multiple-GS winner eventually, and he is having a great week -- he's basically ran through the field with the loss of 1 set, and now he's up an early break on Federer in the final.

So I don't think James losing to him is a sign of some terrible slump. He's still one of three guys to get a title in the US Open series (four after today)

However, the next 3 tournaments are a big opportunity for James -- he should get some good results if he wants to stay in the top 10... What matters most is the USO, but it would be nice to see him doing well at Cincy. New Haven might get tougher if Hewitt, Roddick or Agassi get WCs.
The Cincy draw is not easy. Santoro is a tricky 1st round, Ferrero possibly in the 2nd, in-form Berdych in the third, Nadal in the QF. But not impossible either.

Tommy_Babyboy
08-14-2006, 05:03 AM
As I see here
http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/rankings/
James is 5th again!!! Hurraaaah!


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Alan
08-14-2006, 04:03 PM
waaaah! scary draw! but if he gets through at least through to the quarters.. then he'll be very confident going into the US open!

goodwoman
08-14-2006, 07:08 PM
Q. Why do you think so many people are saying this? I think John McEnroe was questioning the drive or something of American tennis players now. John McEnroe says a lot of things. Why do you think so many people are saying this?

JAMES BLAKE: I don't know. Like I said, I can't play for those guys. Whatever John McEnroe says, that's his prerogative. He's earned it. He's won tons of titles. He was an excellent player. In his mind, still (indiscernible) an excellent player.

He's got the right to say that. I don't think he's ever seen me on the practice court. I don't think he's ever seen me working out in the Tampa heat. I don't think he's seen Andy working out in Austin. I don't think he's ever come to one of our Davis Cup practices where we're pushing each other for hours on end. He's probably not going to be in the gym later when I'm working. If he questions that drive, it's his prerogative.

I know he's very knowledgeable on many subjects. But on whether or not I have drive, he's not very knowledgeable 'cause no one else is outside of me and my coach.

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

You tell him, James!! Great answer!!

Best wishes in Cincy!

mishar
08-15-2006, 11:36 PM
Good win, James, against Santoro! I thought he played well for most of the match... he served pretty well also, which has been an issue this summer. He had a lapse in concentration in the second set. But Fabrice is also a frustrating opponent who makes you look bad.

JCF could be tough, but it's a more straightforward match. Should be a good one. Hopefully James will go on with a lot of confidence and self-belief.

Deboogle!.
08-15-2006, 11:48 PM
I think James will waste JCF. From what i've seen of JCF, he is a shadow of himself. I'll be surprised if he has any worse of a time than he had with santoro and I wouldn't be surprised to see a 6-1 6-2 type of scoreline.

Deboogle!.
08-16-2006, 06:12 PM
I think James will waste JCF. From what i've seen of JCF, he is a shadow of himself. I'll be surprised if he has any worse of a time than he had with santoro and I wouldn't be surprised to see a 6-1 6-2 type of scoreline.UHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Well the score was easy, but the other way :o

That match reminded me of the Davis Cup one. Could James have appeared to care less, until like the final 2 points of the match? Another very questionable and embarrassing loss for him on a pretty big stage.

cobalt60
08-16-2006, 06:31 PM
UHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Well the score was easy, but the other way :o

That match reminded me of the Davis Cup one. Could James have appeared to care less, until like the final 2 points of the match? Another very questionable and embarrassing loss for him on a pretty big stage.
Yep. I could not agree more. He played loose. Where is the spark one likes to see in a match? At least what I like to see. :p

Tommy_Babyboy
08-16-2006, 06:40 PM
I could not agree more. He played loose. Where is the spark one likes to see in a match?
Im afraid it may spoil his and our plans for this tour...
The play should be more stable and confident...
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cobalt60
08-23-2006, 01:07 PM
These are the matches that one should not let get away. Onto the USO James. Let's see the tennis form that you are capable of. :yeah:

Tommy_Babyboy
08-23-2006, 04:26 PM
If judge now James is not ready for USOpen
He needs more stable confident play... :(

goodwoman
08-24-2006, 12:41 AM
Wow. It's almost 24 hours later and it's still hard to believe that James lost to Ramirez Hidalgo at the Pilot Pen. Ouch. That has got to be one of the toughest losses in his career. It sure won't help his confidence going into the US Open. James had that match over and over. Ouch.

OK, James, shake it off. Work hard and believe. You can beat anyone you face at the USO. Anyone. Just believe.

tangerine_dream
08-24-2006, 02:55 AM
This is horrible. I'm stunned again. James has rendered me speechless several times this year already and....I just don't get it. I don't get HIM. What's preventing him from playing well all of a sudden? This is his home tournament! Is the pressure finally getting to him? I don't know if I completely buy into that excuse but there doesn't seem to be any other good reason, either. PLEASE do something James! You must do well at USO. :sad:

surfpinky
08-28-2006, 05:40 PM
let's have a repeat of last year's us open run :banana: !!!!

mishar
08-28-2006, 10:53 PM
Well, since JCF and Gasquet reached the finals, I don't consider those losses too terrible -- though clearly James is not playing at a high level. But the loss at New Haven was just awful.

Anyway, hope he can take advantage of a not-too bad draw to make it to the QF at least, and keep alive his Shanghai hopes.

And I don't think James' stoicism during a match means he doesn't care. Why would he not care? it's one thing to say that about a dead rubber -- but in time of year when he expects himself to do best, what would make him not care? I think it's just his demeanour, as opposed to some players who show their emotions as they play.

Anyway, hope James can pick up his serve and pull out of this slump!

mishar
08-29-2006, 03:43 AM
UHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Well the score was easy, but the other way :o

That match reminded me of the Davis Cup one. Could James have appeared to care less, until like the final 2 points of the match? Another very questionable and embarrassing loss for him on a pretty big stage.

Why do you come to this forum as you obviously are not a Blake fan anymore and only have negative things to say about him?

Would you like it if someone came to the Roddick forum and posted hostile unsupportive things every time he lost a match?

Deboogle!.
08-29-2006, 03:50 AM
Why do you come to this forum as you obviously are not a Blake fan anymore and only have negative things to say about him?Don't tell me who I'm still a fan of and who I'm not still a fan of, thank you. Would you like it if someone came to the Roddick forum and posted hostile unsupportive things every time he lost a match?Since when is being honest talking about a loss unsupportive? I say plenty of things criticizing Andy's play when it's warranted, and so do most of his other fans that post in his forum. James's recent play is eliciting the reaction from me that it deserves, sorry if you don't like it :shrug:

Anyway, I'm sure he'll have no trouble with Monaco tomorrow night :) I think it'll be a good match for him to get back into the winner's circle.

mishar
08-29-2006, 05:11 AM
That's just nonsense. I have no problems with your criticizing James' play -- he's certainly been rotten the last four weeks -- but you've for the last month been saying that he is tanking his matches, which is the most serious charge you can level against a tennis player and for which you have no evidence whatsoever or basis in James' character. Why is James playing badly? I have no idea. Perhaps he has some internal problem we know nothing about? Perhaps it's just the pressure of having done so well? Anyway, I see no effort from you to try to imagine James' perspective, or to give him the benefit of the doubt, which I would think would be the first requirement of any player's fan.

mishar
08-29-2006, 05:21 AM
I just think it's important not to lose perspective. James is a player who as of 18 months ago wasn't ranked in the top 200; he had never been ranked in the top 20 and he had only won one career title.

Now he's entering the Open as the #5 player, he's won 5 titles in the last 12 months, he's the #1 American. That's been an incredible year. A couple of early round losses at minor tournaments don't take away the positives.

If it all ends tomorrow -- if James never wins another match again, and sinks into total mediocrity, I'll be disappointed, but I'll still be proud of him for having gone so much farther (especially after having suffered so much) than even his most ardent fans ever expected.

Tommy_Babyboy
08-29-2006, 07:37 AM
Yeah this YTD is fantastic for both Robredo and Blake!!!
TOP 10 is not so easy to hit!

Deboogle!.
08-29-2006, 03:13 PM
That's just nonsense. I have no problems with your criticizing James' play -- he's certainly been rotten the last four weeks -- but you've for the last month been saying that he is tanking his matches, which is the most serious charge you can level against a tennis player and for which you have no evidence whatsoever or basis in James' character. Why is James playing badly? I have no idea. Perhaps he has some internal problem we know nothing about? Perhaps it's just the pressure of having done so well? Anyway, I see no effort from you to try to imagine James' perspective, or to give him the benefit of the doubt, which I would think would be the first requirement of any player's fan.He tanked that Davis Cup match, he did not show up to play. If you don't like me saying that, oh well, put me on your ignore list. I don't have to justify my opinions and feelings to you, and I'm not asking you to justify yours to me.

cobalt60
08-29-2006, 04:07 PM
Good luck in the USO James against Monaco. One match at a time please;)

mishar
08-29-2006, 05:09 PM
He tanked that Davis Cup match, he did not show up to play. If you don't like me saying that, oh well, put me on your ignore list. I don't have to justify my opinions and feelings to you, and I'm not asking you to justify yours to me.


Why should I put you on ignore? You're not personally offensive to me. I'm sure you're a very nice person, and you obviously really love tennis, I like your flag :-), I think you are a little arrogant about your judgements sometimes.

But if you're not willing to defend and debate your slurs on James' character, why bother posting then? Isn't the whole point of a message board discussing and defending? Plainly, we just have to agree to disagree on this one. But if you come in here after every Blake loss, and pour scorn on him, meanwhile in GM mocking him and cheering on his opponents, it's hard to see in what sense you're a fan anymore.

Deboogle!.
08-29-2006, 05:18 PM
meanwhile in GM mocking him and cheering on his opponentsI have never EVER done that. Disagree with me, fine, but falsely accusing me of stuff I haven't done is not. I happen to really like a lot of the people who beat him recently - Marat, Gasquet, and Ferrero are top faves of mine and have been for quite some time, so I think I am allowed to be happy for them when they score a good win.

As for what I say here, I call it like I see it. if I think James deserves criticism for the way he played, I will give it. I don't comment on things I can't see. I didn't say a word about how he played against Ramirez-Hidalgo because I didn't see it. I'm not going to sugarcoat his matches just because I like him. He has shown questionable fighting character on court periodically in the past few months, and I'm hardly the only person who has said as such - many of the commentators who know James far better than I do have said very similar harsh things. I think James is a great guy and a very talented tennis player, but I do question his warrior mentality on court and I think there are plenty of things that have happened that give me valid reasons to do so.

Disagree with what I say all you want, but please stop telling me how I'm thinking and who I'm a fan of. You keep posting repeatedly telling me I can't possibly like James anymore, that I'm mocking him, etc., of course I'm going to respond defensively to someone else telling me what's going on in my head.

Tytta!.
08-29-2006, 06:02 PM
Why should I put you on ignore? You're not personally offensive to me. I'm sure you're a very nice person, and you obviously really love tennis, I like your flag :-), I think you are a little arrogant about your judgements sometimes.

But if you're not willing to defend and debate your slurs on James' character, why bother posting then? Isn't the whole point of a message board discussing and defending? Plainly, we just have to agree to disagree on this one. But if you come in here after every Blake loss, and pour scorn on him, meanwhile in GM mocking him and cheering on his opponents, it's hard to see in what sense you're a fan anymore.

Oh, dude, please get a life.
It's a public forum, you can say good stuff about players, you can talk about their weaknesses or just speak what's on your mind when you're not happy about the way they're playing. Deb posts here in James' board all the time and just because she's giving her opinion about his game, doesn't mean she's being arrogant or anything like that.
So please, before saying anything else, try to read your posts again and you'll figure out who's the arrogant one :)

surfpinky
08-30-2006, 11:23 PM
WOOT JAMES IS INTO THE SECOND ROUND!! :banana:!!!!! :banana:!!!!!!!!!

cobalt60
08-31-2006, 12:38 AM
:yeah:

mishar
08-31-2006, 04:48 AM
Well I was at the match live tonight and I have to say, James is the biggest choker! It's so frustrating. He should have won that match 3,3 and 2, at the least. When Deb or others say that James isn't making an effort, I see no evidence of that. I think what happens is that he gets incredibly tight and his game just totally unravels for no reason.

Juan Monaco is a good player, but James was playing some great tennis at the beginning of the second set, really seemed to be in a groove, giving Monaco no options, he is up triple break point, 3-1 40-0 and he loses 4 games and 11 points in a row. Just mistake after mistake. He pulls out the second set, and then the same thing happened in the third.. Serving for the set at 5-2, being broken twice, then wasting triple match point in the tiebreaker, he could have lost that match if he had lost that set, because no one on the ATP is going to give you a match, you have to earn it, and James was just panicking and falling apart. It was just agonizing to watch.

I don't know if it's the pressure of being expected to win -- or just something that he has to work through -- or just a limitation of his as a player -- but this choking thing is ridiculous. I went tonight and watched Gabashvili vs. Marcos Daniel... Gabashvili is a weird-seeming intense awkward young man. He's beaten James before, and he hits the heck out of the ball, and even though he misses a lot, it could be a dangerous match, with James playing the way he is right now.

I also thought the 5 or 6 guys wearing J-block T-shirts were so annoying. They didn't do anything disruptive during play, but they call out a lot of stupid things between points and I actually think it dampens the enthusiasm of the rest of the crowd, because no one wants to go along with the frat-boy juvenalia.

Tommy_Babyboy
08-31-2006, 04:52 AM
Hmmm
I agree the match should not be so hard...
James is too relaxed... if Monaco in 3 sets (inc tiebreak and on set 7/5) so what about stronger players? :(

Tommy_Babyboy
09-04-2006, 04:30 AM
James has just won over Moya 6/4 7/6 6/2 6/3

Great match!!! :hug:

tangerine_dream
09-04-2006, 05:21 AM
Exciting match but James has to stop this choking, or he'll lose to Berdych. Step it up, James, please? :awww:

cobalt60
09-04-2006, 12:18 PM
Had to hit the sack when James couldn't serve out for the second set at 5-4. I was like :silly: But glad he managed to win-somehow.

Tommy_Babyboy
09-04-2006, 12:50 PM
Now no more easy matches along the way to final...;)

surfpinky
09-04-2006, 06:42 PM
:banana:

Deboogle!.
09-04-2006, 06:55 PM
James/Berdych should be a great match :D

cobalt60
09-04-2006, 10:54 PM
James/Berdych should be a great match :D
I agree. Let's hope that both are on top of their games though. :yeah:

Tommy_Babyboy
09-05-2006, 04:04 PM
At least James is still in the game :)
Good luck James! ;)

tangerine_dream
09-06-2006, 12:19 AM
The Birdman is up next for James. Eek. Good luck, James :scared:

Meanwhile, the Blake fans can enjoy this clip of James' terrific tiebreak vs Carlos Moya from the other night :dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6QrPDAxCM4

cobalt60
09-06-2006, 10:15 PM
Just checked the scores and :woohoo: Anyone catch the match at all? Was James stepping up or did Berdych not play well?

Tommy_Babyboy
09-07-2006, 03:56 AM
OMG
3 straights!
6/4 6/3 6/1!
SUPER SCORE JAMES!!! :woohoo:

Also I cant believe that we will NOT see Nadal-Roger final! :haha:

mishar
09-07-2006, 06:24 AM
Thanks for the clip, Tangy! Amazing comeback by James in that TB.

Great match today from James! He hit some amazing backhand returns, the kind of shots he was hitting against Agassi last year. The match started out kind of even, and Berdych got discouraged and as the match wore on, played more and more poorly. But James was putting a lot of pressure on him, taking the ball early and not making too many errors. He really knows how to play Tomas.

I'm proud of James for living up to his seeding here after such a poor summer! He didn't have a daunting draw, but given that he had just lost to Ramirez Hidalgo, he could have lost to anyone. Instead he's played well, defended his points, given himself a good chance of making it to Shanghai if he plays well indoors.

I would be thrilled of course if he kept going in the tournament, but I don't see him winning three sets against Roger.

Agassi Fan
09-07-2006, 09:05 AM
Good luck against Roger.

Deboogle!.
09-07-2006, 02:48 PM
Good luck James :D

tangerine_dream
09-07-2006, 03:18 PM
I'm still speechless that Blake just sliced and diced right through the Birdman. :eek: :lol: I was expecting a battle and there was nothing of the sort, James was on top of Birdy right from the start. What a win! :bigclap:

So thrilled that James has lived up to his seeding here and that he's finally back in game mode. :cool: I'm really proud of how both he and Andy have been performing this week.

I've heard the same baseball cheers that the crowd had reserved for Andre, but now both James and Andy have been recipients of it. Quite an honor. :D

I get the impression that James and Andy want to announce to the USO crowd that *they* are American tennis now, and that they will nicely bookend Agassi's retirement. :dance:

Deboogle!.
09-07-2006, 03:21 PM
My one concern about the Berdych match is that James is going to take false confidence from it. Berdych was awful, simply awful, Johnny Mac was just shocked and as a Berdych fan too, so was I. James played well no doubt but Berdych just offered nothing and was never there. So I hope James realizes that just a little bit, in the sense that he'd have to play a LOT better against Roger to have a shot. Hope so :)

tangerine_dream
09-07-2006, 03:22 PM
I'm sure James is well aware that Roger is a bird of a different feather (ha! I had to sneak that in there) ;)

Deboogle!.
09-07-2006, 03:26 PM
Well, that's not really what I meant, everyone is aware of that :lol: But I hope he doesn't go in thinking he's playing better than he actually is. He really has to step up a lot. Roger won't let him save 15 BPs :p

Deboogle!.
09-08-2006, 03:55 AM
Good fight from James :hug: It's too bad he's not more mentally solid on the big points and that he feels the need to go for the huge returns all the time, but he acquitted himself well :hug:

cobalt60
09-08-2006, 01:43 PM
Had to get to bed after the break in the 4th set. Oh well. He had his chances just couldn't capitalize. You really could taste the mental toughness Federer has. Onto Davis Cup:banana:

tangerine_dream
09-08-2006, 09:41 PM
I'm still annoyed with James' performance last night. Choke choke choke *gag* :( It was awful. Roger choked a lot too which made it even worse. :lol: Personally, I thought they both played better in their match at Indian Wells.

And James' comments afterwards also annoyed me because he's either bullshitting the media or living in la-la land. He said that even though he was down two sets he still didn't give up. I'm not buying it. We all saw him virtually disappear in that horrendous second set, wasting his time moping about all the missed chances he in the first set. :o These guys (Andy and James) need to learn to let the lost sets go and focus on the current set at hand. What's lost is lost but the match was far from over.

I don't think James really woke up until the fourth set, after he had won the third by default thanks to Roger choking it away.

Sorry for my harsh comments but I'm just venting here. :) It was a yucky match. Poor performance by both players (although they both made some great shots here and there).

It's frustrating because James certainly has the game to beat Roger and to be a top three player, but he isn't learning from his mistakes (he's still pulling the trigger too fast, moping around and getting down on himself, etc.) If he were more patient, that match would've gone at least five sets and he wouldn't have been bageled.

Ok I'm done ranting now. Other than that, it was a good effort at USO this year for James. I'm glad he didn't lose earlier than the QFs and that he could defend his points. :bigclap:

Deboogle!.
09-09-2006, 04:08 AM
You really could taste the mental toughness Federer has. Really? Fed practically did everything he could to give up the last game in the 4th, and James couldn't take it.

James fought hard and that was great, but until he addresses his metal/choking issues head on, this is gonna just keep going on and continue happening. It's just frustrating to know that he has the ability and to see the mistakes he makes in match after match after match and yet seemingly does nothing about :awww:

World Beater
09-09-2006, 04:48 AM
Really? Fed practically did everything he could to give up the last game in the 4th, and James couldn't take it.

James fought hard and that was great, but until he addresses his metal/choking issues head on, this is gonna just keep going on and continue happening. It's just frustrating to know that he has the ability and to see the mistakes he makes in match after match after match and yet seemingly does nothing about :awww:

i agree with you partly...but having a lead and then blowing it, but still having capacity to carry on and forget it is also a sign of mental toughenss.

federer has always had trouble serving out matches but has won every one of them except hewitt in davis cup...i dont necc think its a mental toughness thing...it is a mental issue but he seems to always play well when behind or in really more important moments...like 0-40 in the fourth

anyways...i hope james can carry his good form, for certain part of the match he played really well.

Deboogle!.
09-09-2006, 04:57 AM
My point was more that James had lots of chances and because of his own limitations he was unable to take advantage of some of them. The one single thing that frustrated me the most about James at the USO this year is that he would consistently go for these HUGE returns on big points, and a lot of the time he misses them badly. I just don't understand . This is something he's done his entire career and if he could just focus a little bit more on getting that ball into play, it could mean the difference between winning and losing sometimes. He did it several times last night, it's undeniable. My point was merely that Roger gave him chances and he couldn't take the vast majority of them.

World Beater
09-09-2006, 05:04 AM
My point was more that James had lots of chances and because of his own limitations he was unable to take advantage of some of them. The one single thing that frustrated me the most about James at the USO this year is that he would consistently go for these HUGE returns on big points, and a lot of the time he misses them badly. I just don't understand . This is something he's done his entire career and if he could just focus a little bit more on getting that ball into play, it could mean the difference between winning and losing sometimes. He did it several times last night, it's undeniable. My point was merely that Roger gave him chances and he couldn't take the vast majority of them.

its a tough call because james was a little conservative with his returns at 0-40 and roger made him pay, in what might have been the turning point. so, its not as easy as just putting the ball in play and expecting roger to crack...roger has proved himself many times.

when james is feeling it, as he was in certain parts of the match, its tough to discourage his swings. Because he was making them towards the end of the fourth.

its funny because i think if andy developed blake's approach on the return games, he would be a much more dangerous player to everyone considering the serve he has. why he is passive beats me? pete was similar to blake with the returns and just swung at them. i think blake is slightly better than pete with the returns but pete had the serve of course. so a few errors on the return games - no big deal.

Deboogle!.
09-09-2006, 05:17 AM
i think going for huge risky winners on the vast majority of big points is not the best tactic for james. I was at his match last year when he lost to Robby in the 2nd round of LA and the missed returns on the 0-30, 15-30, 30all, etc points were what really killed him in that match. Surely there can be a balance of going for it sometimes and playing it a little safer other times. I'm not saying he should be passive, but going for a nice deep return down the middle of the court can be just as effective as a KAPOW winner down the line - and it's also a lot safer. I think if James could learn to return aggressively but smartly, it would be a whole lot better than just mindlessly clobbering a lot of returns on big points.

goodwoman
09-10-2006, 03:40 PM
I just wanted to say congratulations to James for another great US Open run, especially the last two matches against Berdych and Federer. Yeah, the loss to Federer is hard to take, but it was a great match. Neither player was perfect, but there was some great tennis and it was a very entertaining match. I can't help but think if ONLY James had won that first set, it might have been a different outcome altogether. And, had the draw been different, James might have been in the finals today. But what ifs aside, I congratulate James on an excellent showing, and wish him all the best. Thanks for all the obvious hard work!
And good luck to Andy today!

cobalt60
09-10-2006, 07:54 PM
Really? Fed practically did everything he could to give up the last game in the 4th, and James couldn't take it.

James fought hard and that was great, but until he addresses his metal/choking issues head on, this is gonna just keep going on and continue happening. It's just frustrating to know that he has the ability and to see the mistakes he makes in match after match after match and yet seemingly does nothing about :awww:

Well I did post that I stopped watching after Fed broke James early on in the 4th set so I did not see any of the Fed walkabout. But I do agree with your last paragraph. It is frustrating.

mishar
09-10-2006, 11:13 PM
I agree that James goes for the too-aggressive returns too often against lesser opponents who he would be able to out-rally if he just trusted that.

Against Federer, however, I think that was the right tactic. There was no way he could out-rally Federer. Roddick plays safer on his returns, which is one reason why he wins more matches in general than Blake... but it's not a good strategy against Federer who dominates the points once he's in the point.

I also agree that James has huge choking issues. But I think his strategy was putting a lot of pressure on Roger... Roger himself said that it was a great match afterwards, I don't think he thought of himself as playing badly that night, and I think James played really well to put the pressure on him to cause Roger to get a little nervous on key points.

I think James can continue to get better, but I'm also realistic about his talent and its limitations -- who ever expected him to do so well, be ranked so high? I certainly never did when I saw him get crushed by journeyman Chris Woodruff in the 1st round of US Open 1999.

At least James can say he won the most games off of Federer of any of his opponents.

cobalt60
09-10-2006, 11:20 PM
I think if James can just overcome the hurdle of staying with the big boys on those important points he can stay in the top 5. He seems to play better when he is behind. If he could just keep up the fire and intensity when he is ahead I think he would win more of these type matches. I enjoy watching him play more than anyone else right now. Looking forward to Davis Cup now.

Tommy_Babyboy
09-11-2006, 10:12 AM
Yeah
James is 8th...:(
So now he has a goal to beat - return his positions :)

Tommy_Babyboy
09-11-2006, 12:34 PM
I may suggest the fact James shaved his face before the match vs Roger is used to be some BAD SIGN. He passed successfully thru the draw with unshaved face and should not change that I guess ;)