Heating it up Indoors! [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Heating it up Indoors!

Deboogle!.
09-26-2006, 05:04 PM
James starts his indoor season this week in Bangkok against rising player Cilic! Good luck James! :bounce:

tangerine_dream
09-26-2006, 08:08 PM
Let's go, James! Play well and get to Shanghai :bounce:

Spotlight: This Week's Tennis Masters Cup Battle

What do the Tennis Masters Cup contenders need to do this week in Bangkok and Mumbai to improve their INDESIT ATP Race positions? The top eight players in this year's Race at the end of the regular ATP season on November 5 will qualify for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

Points earned this week will only count towards a player's Race total if the result is better than the player's 'best fifth' result of the ATP's International Series (not Grand Slams or ATP Masters Series).

No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic, who has a 'best fifth' of eight points, must reach the semifinals or better in Bangkok to improve his Race total (because a player only earns eight points for reaching the Bangkok quarterfinals). If Ljubicic wins the title, which affords the champion 35 Race points, his Race total would improve 27 points (35 winner's points less Ljubicic's previous 'best fifth' of eight points.)

No. 9 James Blake, who has a 'best fifth' of four points, would improve his Race total by reaching the quarterfinals. Should he win the title, Blake's Race total would improve by 31 points (35 winner's points less Blake's previous 'best fifth' of four points.

In Mumbai, No. 6 Tommy Robredo and No. 10 Mario Ancic will both improve their Race total if they reach the quarterfinals, where eight points await players. Both Robredo and Ancic have a 'best fifth' of three points, so either player can improve his Race total by 32 points by winning the title (35 winner's points less his previous 'best fifth' of three points).

goodwoman
09-26-2006, 08:11 PM
Looks like he plays tomorrow evening, which is probably tomorrow morning in the US, right?

Good luck James! You can beat this guy! :boxing:

tangerine_dream
09-27-2006, 09:50 PM
James gave Cilic a clinic today, winning 6-1 6-2. Keep it up, James. :cool:

goodwoman
09-27-2006, 10:29 PM
James gave Cilic a clinic today, winning 6-1 6-2. Keep it up, James. :cool:

:woohoo:

He plays Benjamin Balleret tomorrow. C'mon, James, you can beat this guy, too! :boxing:

Deboogle!.
09-27-2006, 10:56 PM
:yeah: another drubbing comin right up!

Jlee
09-27-2006, 11:47 PM
46 minutes James?! :eek: :clap2:

Keep it up and make it to Shanghai! :yeah:

cobalt60
09-28-2006, 12:54 AM
:D

goodwoman
09-28-2006, 04:52 PM
:woohoo:
James was doing more clock cleaning today!
He beat Benjamin Balleret 6-2 6-3 to make it to the quarterfinals!!

He plays Jarkko Nieminen tomorrow. C'mon James, keep it up!! :boxing:

tangerine_dream
09-28-2006, 07:58 PM
James :drive:

Deboogle!.
09-28-2006, 08:47 PM
Another beatdown just as I predicted :) Jarkko is a good player but James will overpower him on this fast surface I think.

cobalt60
09-29-2006, 12:08 PM
Not a beatdown today but he won in 3 sets! :woohoo:

goodwoman
09-29-2006, 01:06 PM
:dance: :dance:

Marat is next. Keep it up James! You can beat him! :boxing:

Jlee
09-29-2006, 09:36 PM
I think he's back to 8 in the world, according to the predicted rankings on here.

:yeah: Keep it up!

MrJ
09-30-2006, 11:19 AM
James beat marat 3-6 6-4 7-6 :worship: :worship:

He was serving for the match at 6-5 :rolleyes: at least he came out strong and won the tie break. When he learns how to close out matches he will be a huge threat.

He is now at no. 7 in the race!! :cool:

cobalt60
09-30-2006, 01:14 PM
:yeah: Another final! You are so right about learning to close it out. Wonder what the stats are for him serving for the set or match and getting broken. Gotta get tougher James! Good luck against Ivan tomorrow!

landoud
09-30-2006, 01:18 PM
Good luck in the final :)

goodwoman
09-30-2006, 01:55 PM
:worship: Great win, James!! :worship:

Yeah, it'd be nice to see him serve for the match and DO it on the first try! Just a little more belief....he's almost there! But great comeback in the breaker.

C'mon James, you can beat Ljubicic!! :boxing:

surfpinky
09-30-2006, 04:38 PM
!!!!!!!!!! he's in the final!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Confident
09-30-2006, 09:08 PM
Well done, James! Uhm, Ljubicic... I believe that Marat is better than Ljubo, he was able to beat Safin, so he will win in the final too! Good luck!:)

Jlee
09-30-2006, 09:22 PM
C'mon James! Roll right over Ljubo ;)

tangerine_dream
09-30-2006, 09:31 PM
James! :worship: Beating Marat on his best surface is no small matter, well done! :cool: Now finish the job and beat Ljubocrap in the final. :dance:

MrJ
10-01-2006, 09:53 AM
James beat the crap out of Ljub 3 & 1!! :devil:

He now moves up to no. 6 in the ATP race and no. 7 in the rankings! The way he is playing he should be a dead cert for Masters Final :worship: :cool: :wavey:

goodwoman
10-01-2006, 01:35 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

Oh my gosh, James!!! I had a feeling he was going to win, but 3 and 1!!!

Congratulations!!! :worship:

cobalt60
10-01-2006, 02:47 PM
Great news! Now if I read that James should not be in the top 10 anymore..... la di da;)

Deboogle!.
10-01-2006, 03:39 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: What a score to wake up to! :banana:

Next stop on the train, stockholm, wootwoot!

Confident
10-01-2006, 04:15 PM
Wow, congratulate!!!:worship: :clap2: Amazing performance! This is his 4th title in this year, well done guy! Sydney, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Bangkok - a tournament victory in every season:yeah:

tangerine_dream
10-05-2006, 04:08 AM
3 and 1! :eek: I knew Ljubo could be in trouble when he said that he would use his serve to win (we know James is one of the best returners) but I didn't imagine such a beatdown. :bowdown:

What an awesome way to finally get a win over Ljubicic and win another non-US title :woohoo: Congrats, James!!! Shanghai here we come! :bounce: :banana: :dance: :rocker:

Highlights of James's matches with Safin and Ljubicic can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XvqKg90JNE

edit
Highlights of Blake-Safin was posted in the video thread in GM. A must-see! It proves that Blake earned his win, Marat didn't just hand it to him (as some GMers were saying). He played terrific :worship:

Thailand Open Semifinal:
Safin-Blake: http://rapidshare.de/files/35047233/blakesafin.mpg (collected from this forum)

edit again
Finally grabbed the Sportsline photos of James' wins :dance:

MrJ
10-07-2006, 04:54 PM
James will play Thomas Johansson in the first round of the Stockholm Open. He is seeded to play Berdych in the semi and Nadal in the final. If he can keep his form its very possible he can defend his title. Go JAMES!! :worship: :)

The draw

(1) Nadal vs Sluiter
Sanguinetti vs (WC) Johansson, J.
Dancevic vs Garcia-Lopez
Massu vs (7) Vliegen

(4) Ferrer vs Seppi
Lopez vs Monaco
Q vs Gicquel
Q vs (5) Nieminen

(8) Söderling vs Rochus, C.
Q vs Björkman
(WC) Vinciguerra vs Q
Phau vs (3) Berdych

(6) Rochus, O. vs Spadea
Srichaphan vs Fish
Greul vs (WC) Eleskovic
Johansson, Th. vs (2) Blake

goodwoman
10-11-2006, 05:03 PM
Good luck James! You can beat Johansson! :boxing:

mishagirl
10-11-2006, 07:51 PM
photos from monday. im not sure if they're from the doubles match or practice. practice most likely.

http://www.cluben.se/ifsopen/mandag/blake1.jpg

http://www.cluben.se/ifsopen/mandag/blake2.jpg

Jlee
10-12-2006, 12:23 AM
Ohhh, thanks :)

MrJ
10-12-2006, 04:59 PM
James beats Greul 6-3 6-2 :yeah: and now plays Oliver Rochus next!!

GO JAMES :worship: :yippee:

LilyRoseAva
10-12-2006, 05:40 PM
video last game blake greul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sbM9qTOIM

MrJ
10-12-2006, 07:51 PM
video last game blake greul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sbM9qTOIM

thanks a lot!! :worship: :worship: :wavey:

Jlee
10-12-2006, 09:41 PM
video last game blake greul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sbM9qTOIM

YAY! :) :worship:

Agassi Fan
10-13-2006, 07:52 AM
Go James!

MrJ
10-13-2006, 07:28 PM
James beats Rochus 6-7 6-4 6-2 and is through to the semi´s :worship: :worship:

He served 16 aces :eek: seems to have finally got that serve working again.
Anyone with video highlights? :wavey:

GO JAMES!! :bounce:

Confident
10-13-2006, 09:11 PM
Well done, James! It seems it was a great fight.:worship:

MrJ
10-14-2006, 02:56 PM
James into another Final, wins 7-5 7-6(4) against Soderling :worship: :worship:

Positives, breaks back after going 5-3 down in the first set and recovers from missing 4 breaks points early in the second to take it into the tie break. He seems to be showing a lot of mental toughness :cool:

His serve is also HOT at the moment, if he keeps serving like this they might as well hand him the trophy now ;)

cobalt60
10-14-2006, 03:02 PM
:)

marco102
10-14-2006, 03:16 PM
7-5 7-6(4)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goodwoman
10-14-2006, 07:27 PM
James into another Final, wins 7-5 7-6(4) against Soderling :worship: :worship:

Positives, breaks back after going 5-3 down in the first set and recovers from missing 4 breaks points early in the second to take it into the tie break. He seems to be showing a lot of mental toughness :cool:

His serve is also HOT at the moment, if he keeps serving like this they might as well hand him the trophy now ;)


He's been mentally tough all week. That plus the serve clickin' along is a great combination for James.

C'mon James, keep it up. You can beat Nieminen! Keep fighting! :boxing:

ShimSham
10-14-2006, 08:21 PM
Yeah, you can do it James. A fifth title would be great:yeah:

landoud
10-14-2006, 10:00 PM
Good luck in the final

revolution
10-15-2006, 01:09 AM
Be nice if he can finish the job tomorrow. It's been a good year and Masters Cup qualification would be a nice bit of icing on the top.

cobalt60
10-15-2006, 04:15 PM
Yeah James! Nice going :banana:

MrJ
10-15-2006, 04:42 PM
Congrats James, an easy win as expected!! I just hope he hasn´t used up too much energy this week as he needs a solid week in Madrid to secure the Masters Cup spot. :cool:

Any video highlights? :wavey:

ServeAlready81
10-15-2006, 05:30 PM
I'm worried James is going to burn out. He's already played 2 weeks in a row, and he's on the entry lists for Madrid, Basel, and Paris. :scared:

MrJ
10-15-2006, 06:23 PM
If he makes it to the semi´s of Madrid, I hope he pulls out of Basel. There is no need to play it as he will hardly add any points to his race total. :rolleyes:

angela
10-17-2006, 10:42 PM
Tomorrow Blake vs Vliegen.
I think that he has big chances. But I don't know. ;)

Deboogle!.
10-17-2006, 10:48 PM
Well he plays Vliegen tomorrow in his first match, perhaps a bit of a surprise as he beat Turusnov really easily.

tough conditions in Madrid so it's good that he played doubles yesterday even though they lost to Erlich/Ram :)

NYCtennisfan
10-18-2006, 01:07 AM
If he makes it to the semi´s of Madrid, I hope he pulls out of Basel. There is no need to play it as he will hardly add any points to his race total. :rolleyes:

He won't play Basel as he has nothing to gain there. I think he has one more good week in him where he can make a run to at least the SF's in Madrid, get some rest, and then come back strong for Paris. Villigen has been playing well of late so it will not be easy. The conditions in Madrid don't favor Blake's game all that much since the balls tend to fly on the players. Hopefully the doubles he played helped him with that.

mel7777777
10-18-2006, 03:14 PM
Fly is the beast ;)

Pammy
10-18-2006, 10:15 PM
I'm surprised James lost so early at this master.

Deboogle!.
10-18-2006, 10:25 PM
I'm actually not... all three guys who won titles last week lost in their first matches. Pretty shocking actually as all are top 10 players, but the conditions in madrid are definitely tough and these guys got in the latest of anyone and had to adjust, etc.

Pammy
10-18-2006, 10:37 PM
Anyway, I hope he will have a better week in Basel (if he plays there) and more important in Paris. Now maybe he needs some rest.

MrJ
10-30-2006, 08:19 PM
James has a decent draw in Paris. Now he is well rested, he should at least make the QF to secure his Masters Cup place. On top of that, with Federer not playing its a great chance to finally win a Masters event.

Come on James!! :)

ufokart
10-30-2006, 08:25 PM
Good luck James :yeah:

cobalt60
10-31-2006, 01:15 AM
James has a decent draw in Paris. Now he is well rested, he should at least make the QF to secure his Masters Cup place. On top of that, with Federer not playing its a great chance to finally win a Masters event.

Come on James!! :)

Now that would be something! Just want him to have a great run and solidify his ranking for Shanghai:)

tangerine_dream
10-31-2006, 05:12 AM
I'm so excited :bounce: This is James' best chance of winning an AMS title! He can do it :D Let's go James! :rocker2:

MrJ
10-31-2006, 02:09 PM
I'm so excited :bounce: This is James' best chance of winning an AMS title! He can do it :D Let's go James! :rocker2:

Me too, he would move up to 3rd in the rankings by winning the title!! :bounce:

But one step at a time, he will play Clement in the next round. He leads the head2head 4-0 but this is France so it will be difficult. :unsure:

Lets go James!!! :worship:

Confident
10-31-2006, 07:30 PM
In Paris he has a good chance to win. The bigger names are out so... Good luck James!;)

Jlee
10-31-2006, 09:00 PM
I'll be happy with at least a SF result...I want him to get to Shanghai so bad!

MrJ
11-01-2006, 07:23 PM
It was a big fight but James FINALLY beat Clement 6-4 3-6 6-4. :) Haas is up next, I think it will be a lot easier, as Haas´form is awful at the moment.

GO JAMES!! :worship:

MrJ
11-02-2006, 02:13 PM
:sad: :sad: James played terribly and lost 6-4 6-2!! He didn´t look himself from the beginning. His chances for Shangai rest on Robredo losing now or Ancic not making the final!! :sad:

Deboogle!.
11-02-2006, 03:55 PM
Maybe he wasn't over his tonsillitis and played anyway to try to get points for Shanghai.. anyway, Tommy's a great player and is good indoors so it's not like it's an embarrassing loss.

Jlee
11-02-2006, 08:42 PM
I heard he played like crap because he knew a win would get him to Shanghai...no excuses for that. He pisses me off...

Deboogle!.
11-02-2006, 08:51 PM
I think there's no way to know what was going on in his head. hard to judge that really.

cobalt60
11-03-2006, 01:06 AM
He has looked uninspired to me. If he makes it to Shanghai he needs to rachet it up a lot.

Deboogle!.
11-03-2006, 01:09 AM
Unfortunately, that's how James often looks in important matches...

cobalt60
11-03-2006, 01:27 AM
This seemed different to me these last weeks. Other times on the big stage when he lost he really seemed to lose it mentally. I hate to say choke but that's what happened. He looked totally oblivious these last 2 days and just wanting to be out of there. Maybe he is still sick. Who knows. Not something I care to speculate on.

Jlee
11-03-2006, 03:35 AM
I think there's no way to know what was going on in his head. hard to judge that really.

That's true.

I'm still angry about him not being in Shanghai though :lol:

Deboogle!.
11-03-2006, 03:42 AM
It's unfortunate, but he really only has himself to blame. Was it in Madrid or somewhere that he said he didn't even care that much about Shanghai? I really don't get him sometimes :scratch:

Pammy
11-03-2006, 10:17 AM
Damn it, James! Why can't you concentrate when you really must to? Wasn't good enough for you a place for Shangai?

tangerine_dream
11-03-2006, 05:57 PM
I'm still annoyed with James for blowing yet another golden opportunity here in Paris :mad:

BUT...

he got a reprieve today thanks to Davydenko taking Ancichoke out. Hope for a TMC spot is still alive :D

Now watch Haas win Paris :lol:

MrV
11-03-2006, 08:07 PM
I really hope he was still suffering from the effects of his virus otherwise maybe its better he doesn´t go to Shanghai. With his dont care attitude he will get embarrased :rolleyes: :sad:

Deboogle!.
11-03-2006, 08:09 PM
I think it's really quite possible he was still suffering from the effects of the virus - Murray had the same thing from Madrid and he was clearly still suffering, so it's entirely possible. We'll never know I guess - I couldn't even find any quotes after the match.

Davydenko did James a huge favor by winning today, because if Tommy doesn't win the tourney, James is in as the 8th spot.

Jlee
11-03-2006, 08:36 PM
It's unfortunate, but he really only has himself to blame. Was it in Madrid or somewhere that he said he didn't even care that much about Shanghai? I really don't get him sometimes :scratch:

What? When did he say that? The only audio I heard was that he thought it would be cool to have four Americans qualify for TMC. Bob, Mike, Andy, and him. Who knows though... :shrug:

Deboogle!.
11-03-2006, 08:39 PM
I don't remember, I just remember someone talking about it on here sometimes. Some of these guys (look at Gonzo or Mario) were ready to kill themselves to try to make it, I just don't get the feeling from James that he cares THAT much.

but it may be moot as he may be lucky enough to sneak in anyway.

Jlee
11-03-2006, 08:48 PM
Well if that's the attitude then he doesn't deserve to be in anyway...:rolleyes:

jcempire
11-03-2006, 09:32 PM
Good luck to you, James

Go to get a Master cup champion

Not just a dream

You finally got good luck

jcempire
11-03-2006, 09:32 PM
Fans, post here

tangerine_dream
11-03-2006, 10:19 PM
Now watch Haas win Paris :lol:
Eep :tape:

What? When did he say that? The only audio I heard was that he thought it would be cool to have four Americans qualify for TMC. Bob, Mike, Andy, and him. Who knows though... :shrug:
:shrug: James needs an attitude adjustment :o

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-6143042,00.html

Late bloomer Blake unconcerned about Masters Cup

James Blake breezed into the Stockholm Open quarter-finals on Thursday and then said he was not concerned about playing in November's Masters Cup.

The 26-year-old American is enjoying his best season yet with four tournament wins, the last one in Bangkok two weeks ago, and is a serious contender for the eight-man Shanghai tournament at number six in the ATP Race standings.

"I don't base my whole year on one tournament and I don't base my whole career on one tournament," Blake told reporters after a rapid 6-3 6-2 win over German Simon Greul at the Nordic indoor tournament where he is the defending champion.

"I'm definitely excited about it, but I'm not all consumed about it the way some of the other guys might be.

Perhaps he was just trying to keep the pressure and expectations off his shoulders by being laissez-faire but it seems to have backfired.

Deboogle!.
11-03-2006, 10:26 PM
aha thank you tangy, I thought I had remembered him saying something to that effect. Thanks for finding it.

tangerine_dream
11-03-2006, 10:30 PM
^^ You're welcome. I remember being stunned by his comment when I first heard about it. "I don't base my whole career on one tournament," he says. Um, we're not talking about your career, James, we're talking about your YEAR. Usually, the guys who played the best for the year get to go to Shanghai. In most tennis circles it kinda means a lot. :o

James gets a :smash: for that one. Him and his "I don't care about Shanghai" and "Too good, Roger!" and "I don't think I belong in that group..." comments really piss me off. They are words a loser would say.

cobalt60
11-03-2006, 10:56 PM
Watch Haas win then.

goodwoman
11-04-2006, 01:12 AM
^^ You're welcome. I remember being stunned by his comment when I first heard about it. "I don't base my whole career on one tournament," he says. Um, we're not talking about your career, James, we're talking about your YEAR. Usually, the guys who played the best for the year get to go to Shanghai. In most tennis circles it kinda means a lot. :o

James gets a :smash: for that one. Him and his "I don't care about Shanghai" and "Too good, Roger!" and "I don't think I belong in that group..." comments really piss me off. They are words a loser would say.

I'm not sure I'm interpreting his comments the same way you are. He was downplaying Shanghai but he was also saying he was "definitely excited about it." I think that James USED to get too excited about tournaments, and for him it was a detriment. Since his terrible year two years ago, and especially after his father's death, he put tennis into a more workable perspective for himself. And that's when he started to play better tennis and move up the rankings.

Maybe for some people, saying that Shanghai is not the most important thing in life, or saying "too good Roger" may be signs of a loser. But James is anything but a loser in my book. He works hard, he has improved his game. OK, he lost his match yesterday. He may not even qualify for Shanghai. But he's had a great year, he's worked his guts out, and he's done his best. He shows respect for other great players. To some people, that may indicate he's a loser. But to me, he wins at life.

Deboogle!.
11-04-2006, 01:15 AM
I think it's possible that there are many ways to interpret a lot of what these guys say. But he didn't fight his guts out to make it, and that in itself is disappointing in some ways. No one's asking for him to win all the time, no one's asking him to play great all the time, etc. But just once or twice in a big match when the going got tough it'd be nice to see him put his guts on the line and come through. :awww:

MrJ
11-04-2006, 11:28 AM
I doubt Haas will win the whole thing, Davydenko looks so strong and even Hrbaty can beat! :angel:

tangerine_dream
11-04-2006, 06:29 PM
James is in! :woohoo:

surfpinky
11-04-2006, 07:30 PM
he's probably this way about tennis and the tmc because of all he's been through - he knows tennis is not important, and not to be fixated on one thing, and just to enjoy life and other things. if he makes if, then yay, if he doesn't, it's not the end of the world, you know?

do I make sense? I mean, I think that's a really nice way to look at things, no?

cobalt60
11-04-2006, 07:33 PM
he's probably this way about tennis and the tmc because of all he's been through - he knows tennis is not important, and not to be fixated on one thing, and just to enjoy life and other things. if he makes if, then yay, if he doesn't, it's not the end of the world, you know?

do I make sense? I mean, I think that's a really nice way to look at things, no?

It is a very nice way to look at things, yes;) I hope, now that he is there, that he gives it his all.

Deboogle!.
11-04-2006, 08:01 PM
It's nice that it's not life and death for him, it shouldn't be for any of these guys, but that doesn't mean he can't spill his guts or really leave his guts on the court in a big match. I dunno to me there's a difference. Like Andy is pretty good about not dwelling on his matches, not letting a loss affect him real badly or whatever, but he still leaves his guts on court most of the time. I dunno, it's hard to verbalize the distinction in my mind and why James's attitude is so difficult for me to support sometimes.

Anyway James needs to send Davydenko and Tommy big gift baskets. I hope he makes the most out of his luck.

surfpinky
11-04-2006, 08:17 PM
I understand deb [:
I just see that james just started doing better because, (I don't know how to put it better) doesn't care. I mean, he cares, but he doesn't you know? even if it is a big match, it's just a match, like whatever happens happens, yeah he's going to try his best, he can do better, but he's not going to worry about it. if he lets his fans down, his country down, who cares? he's playing because he wants to, he's playing for himself, not anyone else. yeah, in davis cup, he's playing for his country and teammmates, but i think he doesn't want to start caring for a match or how badly he played or the chances he had, it's just a match, not life.
sorry for rambling \; I don't konw if I made sense because I don't want to reread what I wrote d:

tangerine_dream
11-04-2006, 10:59 PM
he's probably this way about tennis and the tmc because of all he's been through - he knows tennis is not important, and not to be fixated on one thing, and just to enjoy life and other things. if he makes if, then yay, if he doesn't, it's not the end of the world, you know?

do I make sense? I mean, I think that's a really nice way to look at things, no?
It makes perfect sense and it's a good point.

Here's what James had to say when he qualified:

"Qualifying for Tennis Masters Cup is a great accomplishment signifying an all-around good year," said Blake. "It's not something I set as a goal, but I'm honored to be considered among the game's elite."

bad gambler
11-05-2006, 04:04 AM
c'mon James, show us some of that post US open form :cool:

NeverSayDie
11-05-2006, 12:21 PM
Good Luck James!!! :banana:

MrJ
11-05-2006, 12:45 PM
Go James!! :worship: :worship: Go get Nadal AGAIN! :devil:

Voo de Mar
11-05-2006, 12:51 PM
Good luck James :bounce:

goodwoman
11-05-2006, 09:10 PM
Wishing you all the best in Shanghai, James. Congratulations on qualifying.

You know you can beat them all. Believe it! :fiery:

MrJ
11-06-2006, 03:10 PM
If he has his head screwed on, then he has a good chance to do well. He has a good record against most of the players bar Roger. So If he can somehow get in Rafa group he should progress.

My preferred group would be Rafa, Davy, and Robredo since the combined head to head is 9-1 :p But he should also fancy his chances against Andy and Ivan since he has beaten them both this year!! :wavey:

Come on James, BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF!!! :angel:

ShimSham
11-06-2006, 05:13 PM
Congratulations on qualifying James!:bigclap:
Best of luck in Shanghi. Go get them tiger!:rocker2:

Pammy
11-06-2006, 08:34 PM
I hope he is confident and tries his best. Go James, you can do it!

honey827
11-07-2006, 02:09 PM
It is great that he made it. Now as others have said he just needs to believe in himself. Best of luck to him.

MrJ
11-08-2006, 10:23 AM
If he has his head screwed on, then he has a good chance to do well. He has a good record against most of the players bar Roger. So If he can somehow get in Rafa group he should progress.

My preferred group would be Rafa, Davy, and Robredo since the combined head to head is 9-1 :p But he should also fancy his chances against Andy and Ivan since he has beaten them both this year!! :wavey:

Come on James, BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF!!! :angel:

:angel: :angel:

James will start against Rafa, this wil be the perfect chance for him to get a real confidence boosting win at the start. :worship: :worship:

Jlee
11-08-2006, 09:31 PM
He's lucky to have gotten in, let's hope he makes the most of it. Another win over Nadal would be nice...:yeah:

landoud
11-13-2006, 01:27 PM
well done J :worship:
H2H 3-0 :eek:

Confident
11-13-2006, 01:39 PM
Wow!:worship: Great victory over Rafa. He is now in an excellent position in the Gold Group.;) I hope this match gave him enough confidence to beat the others too.

mishar
11-13-2006, 02:09 PM
Great start for James! Terrific comebacks in both sets against Rafa..

Now if he can take out Davydenko and Robredo he could end in his group as #1 and not face Federer in the SF. He'd probably face either Roddick or Nalbandian, both of whom would be tough, but obviously less tough than Federer.

mishar
11-13-2006, 02:12 PM
I think it's possible that there are many ways to interpret a lot of what these guys say. But he didn't fight his guts out to make it, and that in itself is disappointing in some ways. No one's asking for him to win all the time, no one's asking him to play great all the time, etc. But just once or twice in a big match when the going got tough it'd be nice to see him put his guts on the line and come through. :awww:

You have to have a really distorted perspective to think that James has never played well in a big match or when the going got tough...

3-0 against the #2 player
5 titles, 6 finals
first TMS final, first TMC appearance

Considering what he's accomplished this year, and what a fantastic departure from his career up until this point, and considering that just 2 years ago he had a broken neck and a disabling virus, who the hell are you to accuse him of a lack of guts?

mishar
11-13-2006, 02:15 PM
And James didn't qualify because of "luck"... He had a better year and gained more points than Ancic, Haas or any of the other contenders.. He deserves to be there and he showed that today.

bad gambler
11-13-2006, 02:21 PM
:cool:

cobalt60
11-13-2006, 02:43 PM
Bravo James! :yeah:

MrJ
11-13-2006, 02:51 PM
He really is in Rafa´s head now!! But he needs to stop having these let downs after winning the first set.

I am watching the Davy Robredo match and neither impress me so if James can play at a consistent level, he should win both matches handily. :wavey:

RogiFan88
11-13-2006, 04:21 PM
I assume this is the Shanghai thread??

Anyway, well done, James, straight sets and a nice easy TB 64 76(0) over Rafa.

Congrats, on going up 3-0 in the hth! ;)

MrJ
11-13-2006, 04:24 PM
I assume this is the Shanghai thread??

Anyway, well done, James, straight sets and a nice easy TB 64 76(0) over Rafa.

Congrats, on going up 3-0 in the hth! ;)

Trust Fed fans to congratulate James on beating Nadal AGAIN!! ;) :wavey:

I think this actually makes it more likely Nadal and Fed face off in the SEMI!!

Fergie
11-13-2006, 04:44 PM
Well done James, you're my hero! :worship: :worship: :worship:

RogiFan88
11-13-2006, 04:45 PM
well, I also like James and am happy he is fighting harder in his matches, rather than getting so down on himself as he used to before

besides, I like talented guys... ;)

and good for him winning 5 titles this year and making Shanghai!

MrJ
11-13-2006, 04:57 PM
Here is a highlight video!! Enjoy!! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFW6gJrkTdo

Voo de Mar
11-13-2006, 04:58 PM
Today was the best Blake's performance I've ever seen :worship:
Next Davydenko. H2H = 4-0 James (sets: 9-1) :yeah: The road to semi-final is wide open.

cobalt60
11-13-2006, 05:27 PM
Thanks for the video. Too bad I did not tape the match:( Really would love to have seen this match. And Mo in the chair :worship:

cobalt60
11-13-2006, 08:29 PM
Taping as we speak :banana: Thank you ESPN2 for replaying the match.

MrJ
11-14-2006, 01:26 PM
James next plays Davydenko, a win here would seal his SF place. He leads 4-0 in head to head and just lost 1 set out of the 9 they played. Still should be tough since Davy is in the form of his life. I just hope James doesn´t get complacent and continues to play agressive and free of nerves.

Good luck James!! :worship: :) :cool:

mishar
11-15-2006, 01:07 PM
Once again... James showing his lack of "guts"

On the big occasion coming back from Love-4 against nadal two days ago, and today being shellacked by Davydenko, down 6-2 4-2, he comes back and wins 4 games in a row.

Oh yeah, definite lack of guts.

2moretogo
11-15-2006, 01:57 PM
Wow just wow! James really went to work in that last game of the match! The back hand winner and then that ridiculous forehand service return to set up match point!! Good job Blake. Let's see if he can keep up the form.

MrJ
11-15-2006, 03:20 PM
James beats Davy 2-6 6-4 7-5 to almost secure qualification provided Nadal takes care of Robredo!!

He was really off for the first part of the match. But he held in there and waited for his chance at 4-2 down before winning 7 at of the next 8 games. He played poor compared to the Nadal match but this win impresses me more to see him show this fighting quality.

It would be great to see him make 3-0 in the group, I think he would move up to no#5 if he does!! That would equal his best ranking :worship: :worship:

cobalt60
11-15-2006, 03:24 PM
Although I would like these wins to be easier;) I am just glad for him that he is hanging in there. That the mental toughness or lack thereof that I was concerned about has significantly improved. Thrilling to say the least. Bravo James :banana: Keep it up! You have earned your place in Shanghai :)

MrJ
11-15-2006, 03:29 PM
Although I would like these wins to be easier;) I am just glad for him that he is hanging in there. That the mental toughness or lack thereof that I was concerned about has significantly improved. Thrilling to say the least. Bravo James :banana: Keep it up! You have earned your place in Shanghai :)

James and easy really do not fit together!! Such is life for a Blake fan, huh ;) :p

tangerine_dream
11-15-2006, 03:50 PM
James! :worship: First Nadal, now the half-dead starving cat :bigclap: Wonderful! Keep on winning :drive:

edit

I'm loving his reactions when he wins :hearts: I see a lot more fire and intensity in these pics than usual. He looks damn *happy* :D

goodwoman
11-15-2006, 03:59 PM
Once again... James showing his lack of "guts"

On the big occasion coming back from Love-4 against nadal two days ago, and today being shellacked by Davydenko, down 6-2 4-2, he comes back and wins 4 games in a row.

Oh yeah, definite lack of guts.

Just think how well he'd do if only he had some guts.

Great comeback, James! It was an awesome match to watch. Keep it going!

MrJ
11-15-2006, 04:45 PM
If anyone spots any highlights form youtube or something, please post!! thanks :wavey:

mishar
11-15-2006, 05:22 PM
And about James' comments before the tournament:

I sometimes get frustrated with what feels like a lack of belief in himself as a top player. On the other hand, it's true that 15 months ago he was a 25-year old journeyman with one title to his name. So it's a lot to adjust to, and perhaps he's just being honest.

And perhaps it works for him, to be modest (sincerely or falsely), works for him as a person, and also as a tennis player, considering he's accomplished more this year than anyone ever expected of him.

Does he have a winning H2H against every member of the top 8 this year except Federer? (And tied I think with Robredo? And never played Nalbandian) Anyway, undefeated against 4 out of the top 5 this year.

2moretogo
11-15-2006, 06:43 PM
I think that James will do fine. He plays a high risk game, so there are going to be matches where it all doesn't come together.

His reaction after the match was wonderful. Very upbeat, energetic, like he wants to be playing and that he believes that he can beat anyone.

RogiFan88
11-15-2006, 09:17 PM
impressive comeback vs. Kolya, James! wow! on a tear! well done! I imagine James will be the 3-0 guy in this group -- as suits his hth vs. the other guys! ;)

cobalt60
11-15-2006, 11:06 PM
And about James' comments before the tournament:

I sometimes get frustrated with what feels like a lack of belief in himself as a top player. On the other hand, it's true that 15 months ago he was a 25-year old journeyman with one title to his name. So it's a lot to adjust to, and perhaps he's just being honest.

And perhaps it works for him, to be modest (sincerely or falsely), works for him as a person, and also as a tennis player, considering he's accomplished more this year than anyone ever expected of him.
Does he have a winning H2H against every member of the top 8 this year except Federer? (And tied I think with Robredo? And never played Nalbandian) Anyway, undefeated against 4 out of the top 5 this year.
I think you hit it right on the money. I have always felt listening and not just reading his words is indeed modesty and nothing about it rings false. I like the fact that his ego is in check publicly.

Fergie
11-16-2006, 12:20 AM
Well done James, great comeback! :rocker2:

cobalt60
11-16-2006, 12:50 AM
I finally watched the tape this evening. I really thought he was a loser at 2-4 of the second set. He really turned it on. You could really see his rhythm and timing finally coming together. DavyD played well throughout but James stepped up and that is why he won. He is a different player now than from when I first started watching him in 2004. When he was losing, you just knew from his body language that he had given up. Not any more. Best on Friday against Robredo James. May you not have any letdowns!!!!
Nice to see you posting here Laura :hug:

Enja
11-16-2006, 01:07 AM
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/u1974p6t12d2569109f44dt20061115232056ol2.jpg
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/8623/u1974p6t12d2569115f44dtlk6.jpg
http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/2295/u1974p6t12d2569113f44dtjv6.jpg
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5499/u1974p6t12d2569110f44dt20061115232153ik9.jpg
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2815/u1974p6t12d2569111f44dtuw1.jpg

MrJ
11-16-2006, 01:29 PM
Nice pics!! :)

Now Roddick is out!! James will deservedly finish the year the US #1 with a win against Robredo. :worship: :worship:

Pammy
11-16-2006, 01:34 PM
James is the only american left in Shangai and qualified for the semis after Andy and The Brians failed to do the same. Congrats James! When i think James was the last one who booked a place for shangai and now he did such a great job in round robin!

mishar
11-16-2006, 02:35 PM
Per the criticism of James' approach, here's what he said after beating Davydenko:

Q. After you won in Thailand and Sweden, you didn't do well in Madrid and Paris. You come to Shanghai and suddenly play fantastic. How did you turn it around? Any special program?
JAMES BLAKE: No. Like I said before, guys can be a little up and down. Anyone can beat anyone. In Madrid, I've never won a match there. It's a little tougher with the altitude. Kristof Vliegen played great. In Paris, Tommy Haas is an exceptional talent. He's been No. 2 in the world. It's not any shameful occurrence for me to lose to him the way he was playing that day. It just happened to be coming up against guys that are playing well.
I don't feel like I did anything wrong. That's one of the best things I feel like about my career, is I try not to have those kind of regrets. Like I did anything wrong. I prepared as well as I could for those tournaments and I just came up a little short - well, a lot short against Tommy.
Coming here, I just tried to keep the same amount of confidence. Maybe being that I was so close to not being in here, that once I found out I was in, it was such a boost to my confidence, the fact that I had made it into the top eight, made it to such an elite event, that I was just so happy and proud of it that my confidence just soared. I'm feeling great here. Just as much as the term "happy to be here" seems like I don't want to win, I really am happy to be here. But that's given me the confidence to go after these and play very relaxed and loose, get two wins so far, hopefully more to come.

tangerine_dream
11-16-2006, 07:47 PM
Last one qualified, wouldn't it be something if he were the last one standing too? :banana:

Nice article :)

Quiet American making noise in Shanghai
by Talek Harris
November 16, 2006

SHANGHAI (AFP) - James Blake was the last man to qualify for the season-ending Masters Cup, but the outsider is now just one match from the final after two big wins here.

The bottom seed became the first into the semi-finals after stunning world number two Rafael Nadal and downing third-ranked Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.

It is a remarkable turn of events for the unassuming Blake, who was only confirmed for the elite tournament two weeks ago.

"If you look at the rankings, I'm supposed to be the easiest one to play," he said.

"I came out here with nothing to lose, and trying to prove to myself that I really do belong among these top players. I like to think I have by beating two of the top players in the world in consecutive matches." :yeah:

The 26-year-old American faced an anxious wait to qualify after he was knocked out of the Paris Masters by Tommy Haas.

"I was definitely nervous, I was biting my nails," he said.

"Once I lost to Tommy, it's a tough situation. But still, I'm proud of the year I had. And now I've been given an opportunity, I'm going to try to take advantage of that opportunity."

Blake will play his final match against Tommy Robredo, the first man to be eliminated, before a likely last-four clash with fellow American Andy Roddick.

The former Harvard student acknowledged he would have to be in top form against a resurgent Roddick who came within a point of upsetting Roger Federer.

"I know if I do clash with him, I'm going to have to play some unbelievable tennis just to hang in," Blake said.

"Hopefully it will be similar to today where I just stay confident, stay positive, and I'm there at the end. You never know what's going to happen."

Blake recovered from a disastrous start against Davydenko, in which he failed to hold serve for the entire first set, to win 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 late on Wednesday.

He entered the tournament on the back of a breakthrough season in which he took five titles and entered the top 10 for the first time.

The New Yorker's success follows a nightmare 2004 in which he broke his neck, lost his father to cancer and developed shingles.

But he remains an affable figure and credited his troubles with giving him the character to move up the rankings this year.

"Up or down, I'm trying to have fun out there. I still try to smile. I don't feel like I need to be a robot out there," he said. :cool:

"It's my job and I take it very seriously, but it's still a game. I love playing."

Jlee
11-16-2006, 10:02 PM
James could actually win the whole thing, without beating Roger. All he has to do is beat Nalby and hope that Rafa takes out Roger. And he owns Rafa so...:D

Pammy
11-17-2006, 08:54 PM
Good luck with Nalby. I'm sure you can do it, James!
Anyway, I don't think Nadal is able to beat Fed in the semis. Rafa's game is not very impressive at the moment.

cobalt60
11-18-2006, 02:55 AM
I finally watched today's match. I am not sure what to make of James' play today. :scratch: He looked like he was conserving energy but at times almost lackadaisical. But 3 sets when one wants/needs to conserve energy? Wishing him the best for tomorrow whatever plays out. Have a great match and do yourself proud :yeah:

tennis2tennis
11-18-2006, 02:08 PM
James could actually win the whole thing, without beating Roger. All he has to do is beat Nalby and hope that Rafa takes out Roger. And he owns Rafa so...:D

well taht equation is down the toilet fed beat nadal

Pammy
11-18-2006, 02:22 PM
I was sure Fed will be in the final, but I also hope james is able to prove media that they're wrong when they say US tennis is dead.

mishar
11-18-2006, 03:02 PM
I think it's funny that many people in GM are criticizing James for not tanking the Robredo match. Meanwhile, if he had lost in two sets, you know that the same (or different) people would be attacking him for tanking.

Good luck JB against Nalbandian! If he wins, it will definitely be the biggest win of his career -- into the finals of the TMC. I don't give him much of a shot against Rog, but no one can take away the achievement of getting there!

cobalt60
11-18-2006, 03:37 PM
:banana: He better be jumping for joy ;) I assume ESPN2 will have this match on later. Can't wait to tape and watch it!

mishar
11-18-2006, 03:46 PM
Way to go, James! Top 4 seeding at the Australian!!!!!!

Can't wait to see the match later tonight... What a brilliant year he's had (with a few hiccups!)... He is undefeated this year against the world's #2,3,5,6,7 player!

Jlee
11-18-2006, 04:03 PM
Congrats to James on a well-played match and an important win :yeah:

Keep it up tomorrow and make a real match of it.

MrJ
11-18-2006, 05:50 PM
Way to James!! It must have been a great performance!! At last his ranking is starting to reflect his talent. :D

Anyone give him a realistic chance against Fed? :scared:

tangerine_dream
11-18-2006, 07:11 PM
Wow, James, what a way to end your great year :yippee: Top 4 now, and if he wins the whole thing, he'll be No. 3.

I wasn't expecting the Nalbandian match to be so easy. Congrats! And good luck in the final. :cool:

Enja
11-18-2006, 08:59 PM
http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/5088/u1974p6t12d2575327f44dtdu8.jpg
http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/7834/u1974p6t12d2575329f44dtzy1.jpg

Pammy
11-18-2006, 09:02 PM
You made us proud of you James no matter what the final's result will be.
I don't think JB can produce a big surprise and win the title (it would be a great end of the season, of course), but he proved that he deserved his place in Shangai being one of the best 5 players in the world at the moment. It's a great achievement!:D Congrats!:worship: :hatoff:

NYCtennisfan
11-18-2006, 09:28 PM
One hell of a match he played against Nalbandian. He certainly deserves a SF seeding at the AO as he has had a fantastic year.

ShimSham
11-18-2006, 10:54 PM
Congratulations James! I hope you can maintain the high confidence and self-belief that you have had this week and bring it with you into the final tomorrow.

idolwatcher1
11-19-2006, 08:02 AM
I'm so happy for James right now!!!! :woohoo: I was really hoping he would play some of his best here, and he has!! :bigclap: It's so nice to watch him playing as well as he did against Nalby! Good luck to James in the TMC FINALS!!!!

:bounce: :dance: :bounce:

Veronique
11-19-2006, 08:14 AM
The SB sucks!

MrJ
11-19-2006, 09:57 AM
Why did Fed have to bring that shit today!! :eek: :eek:

Poor James, I just hope this doesn't ruin the confidence he has gained this week. :sad: :sad: But how many break points does he need :rolleyes:

Anyway, what a great year he has had and to finish in the top 4 is amazing!! :)

Confident
11-19-2006, 01:16 PM
Awesome year for James.:yeah:
He played very well, but it wasn't enough against to Roger's brilliance.:)

cobalt60
11-19-2006, 02:41 PM
I will watch the match later to see what was up. James is a slow starter and I think Fed knows how to mix it up so that there is no rhythm. Either way-great cup week to end a great year. I hope he is able to take away from his wins and losses, and continue playing the best he can. :yeah:

MrJ
11-19-2006, 09:14 PM
Its really annoying that any time James steps up in a major tournament, he always seems to face Federer!! :o Indian Wells, Miami, US Open and now here!! :rolleyes:

What do you think James can improve on to give Fed more of a challenge?

Jlee
11-19-2006, 09:30 PM
Its really annoying that any time James steps up in a major tournament, he always seems to face Federer!! :o Indian Wells, Miami, US Open and now here!! :rolleyes:

What do you think James can improve on to give Fed more of a challenge?

I'm sorry but, isn't it that way for every player?! I mean, come on...

Everything? :lol: Sorry. I don't think anyone would have won today, but I think he could have been a little bit more positive out there.

Anyway, great week for him. Top 4 seed at the AO is AMAZING.

mishar
11-19-2006, 09:46 PM
To improve for James: his serve and his toughness.

He had no choice but to go for it against Federer. He never would have beat him playing safe. But James was off. Plus Fed's backhand was awesome today; there's no beating him when his weakest shot is that fantastic.

Great season anyway! Nothing to be ashamed of! keep improving for next year... Even if he can't beat Fed, he can beat everyone else.

cobalt60
11-19-2006, 09:56 PM
I don't think anyone could have beaten Federer today. And as I stated in GM, I like James'nice personality on the court( to his opponent) I do wish he would stop getting down on himself during the match when he is behind. Easy for me to say but....
it was a great year for this fan.

goodwoman
11-20-2006, 12:57 AM
Congratulations to James for a great season. His improvement has been amazing. Thanks for all of the hard work, conditioning, mental toughness (yes, mental toughness) that allowed him to raise his level, deal with all of the pressure of being a top-10 player (and, for part of the season, the number one American). Thanks, too, for being a class act. Enjoy the time off, and best wishes for next year!:worship:

idolwatcher1
11-20-2006, 05:37 AM
I'm sure James is thinking about his 2006 season with a huge smile on his face! At nearly 27 years old, he's at a career high, right now! He has much to be proud of! :worship:

What do you think James can improve on to give Fed more of a challenge?
James must remain positive throughout the match, making as few unforced errors as possible. Obviously, this is easier said than done :p , but if Federer sees that James is making all of his shots as intended, he will be less relaxed and more likely to make errors of his own. This allows James to get inside Federer's head a bit more and make things more of a challenge for him.

Unfortunately for James, he just made too many unforced errors today, and MANY of them could've been prevented with just a slight adjustment of the racquet or positioning. He could have hit a lot more winners as opposed to errors. He often had Fed out of position, and he would go for the right shot, but would simply mishit, causing the ball to go out or into the net. Federer relaxes more when he knows his opponent is making error after error, and he can become even more lethal when this happens... or he can just wait for his opponent to make a mistake and give him the game, etc. That's what seemed to happen today.

Anyway, James has had a GREAT year, and I believe he can keep that going for next year!! :bigclap: He made improvements this year, and I believe he can make even more next year. Go James!! :worship: