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Grinder
01-31-2007, 12:28 AM
Let's cheer on James to a successful run in the early US Hardcourt swing and Davis Cup. :woohoo:

Deboogle!.
01-31-2007, 12:32 AM
I hope James doesn't burn himself out.... Delray, DC, San Jose, Memphis, Vegas, IW, Miami...... :cuckoo:

tangerine_dream
01-31-2007, 02:08 AM
Depending on how far he gets in each tournament, I don't think James will seriously attend all those listed on his schedule.

Good start to Delray :drive:

Deboogle!.
01-31-2007, 02:11 AM
Well I hope not. But even if he loses early, it's a lot of traveling and changing conditions. EVen if the surfaces are mostly "the same," the conditions aren't - outdoor hard in humid florida, indoor clay, indoor hard for 2 weeks, cold desert, hotter desert, humid florida again :awww:

James doesn't strike me as the type who would pull out of a tourney and it'd be pretty rude to enter them all with no intention of playing them all, but he needs to do what's better. On the other hand at the end of last year he said he was gonna alter his schedule this year since now he's more used to doing well more often.. but he clearly hasn't. Ah well, guess he knows what he's doing, but it's not too bright on paper :p

When James beats Scoville tomorrow, it'll be his 200th ATP-level win. Congrats in advance :D

cobalt60
01-31-2007, 08:29 PM
I am late with the :yeah:

Jlee
01-31-2007, 09:13 PM
Keep it up James, even though I'm still mad about Australia. :yeah:

MrJ
01-31-2007, 09:49 PM
Not sure why he is playing here :confused: but if he gets title no. 10 thats all good, i suppose.

He will need to win a lot more titles for me to forget Melbourne though :sad:

Grinder
02-02-2007, 01:35 AM
James just put a hurtin' on young American Scoville Jenkins 6-1 6-3 in 50 minutes. Mayer up next, get him James! :yeah:

cobalt60
02-02-2007, 03:13 PM
:)

Grinder
02-03-2007, 12:25 AM
James took out Mayer 6-3 6-4 in 52 minutes, Ben Becker up next. :)

EDIT: This also marks James' 200th win!

MrJ
02-03-2007, 02:20 PM
Apart from that match against Gonzalez he has won all his matches this season with ease. I heard he was sick against Gonzalez, that may explain his lack of energy.

Anyway, I hope he plays Spadea in the final. Payback time!! ;)

goodwoman
02-03-2007, 04:01 PM
James took out Mayer 6-3 6-4 in 52 minutes, Ben Becker up next. :)

EDIT: This also marks James' 200th win!

I think this was his 201st win. In any case, congrats to James! :worship:

cobalt60
02-03-2007, 08:38 PM
Apart from that match against Gonzalez he has won all his matches this season with ease. I heard he was sick against Gonzalez, that may explain his lack of energy.

Anyway, I hope he plays Spadea in the final. Payback time!! ;)

Yes that seems to be the rumor. No Spadea I'm afraidea:( Malisse it'll be.

cobalt60
02-04-2007, 01:06 PM
And yes he beat Becker so Malisse it is:) Good tennis JB!

Deboogle!.
02-04-2007, 10:12 PM
James took out Mayer 6-3 6-4 in 52 minutes, Ben Becker up next. :)

EDIT: This also marks James' 200th win!no, beating Scoville was :p

James won the first set and was at 3all with Malisse when rain came. Doubtful they will finish today.... hopefully it doesn't mess up preparation for DC too much, we need him :awww:

And it's postponed til tomorrow, so James won't practice in Ostrava til Tuesday at the earliest :o:mad:

cobalt60
02-05-2007, 01:33 PM
It is part of my nature to be inquisitive but why oh why didn't JB take the week off and practise on clay? I credit him with keeping his word to the tournie director and playing Delray but I sure hope this decision does not backfire on him :o or the DC team.

Deboogle!.
02-05-2007, 02:44 PM
I don't know, but it's really bothersome. I've said my piece about it in the thread in GM. But I really just don't understand. And now he won't get to Ostrava until at least Tuesday so he's looking at playing Berdych with 2 days of practice on indoor clay. It really just was unwise, whatever the reason was.

Jlee
02-06-2007, 12:32 AM
James probably wanted to get back on track after Australia...possibly?

This whole thing just turned out badly. Hopefully it won't hurt the team and the practice he has will be enough...:unsure:

tangerine_dream
02-09-2007, 09:53 PM
James' DC record is woeful isn't it? :awww:

Some funny pics :)

jordannah
02-10-2007, 04:10 AM
A james blake fansite
with some great pics from davis cup up
http://www.jrbonline.myfanhost.com

Pammy
02-10-2007, 06:13 PM
A james blake fansite
with some great pics from davis cup up
http://www.jrbonline.myfanhost.com

Thanks! I have never seen that site, but it's great!:)

MrJ
02-11-2007, 01:20 PM
James really needs to see a sports pyschologist, it really annoys me how he always cracks on the important points. He could easily have won this match but didn´t take any of his many chances.

If the final rubber is live, I just hope he pulls through, it could really have a huge effect on him if he was to loose. I would predict a long slump in form!!

cobalt60
02-11-2007, 03:45 PM
No dead rubber for James as Bob Bryan is playing.

Agree with you MrJ about JB not being able to deal with those big moments. I thought the match was very close in those last 2 sets. Not sure about a sports psychologist though. Many players seem to have them and honestly I don't see long lasting effects. Everyone has their own make up or human nature and I don't see a psychologist doing more than a coach in some aspects. :shrug: James appears to be a smart guy and I hope that just getting past one close match or even 5 setter will help him.

MrJ
02-11-2007, 05:42 PM
No dead rubber for James as Bob Bryan is playing.

Agree with you MrJ about JB not being able to deal with those big moments. I thought the match was very close in those last 2 sets. Not sure about a sports psychologist though. Many players seem to have them and honestly I don't see long lasting effects. Everyone has their own make up or human nature and I don't see a psychologist doing more than a coach in some aspects. :shrug: James appears to be a smart guy and I hope that just getting past one close match or even 5 setter will help him.

Whats bugging me is that I feel James is one big match win away from coming into his own. Its such a fine line with him and at the moment he doesn´t have the confidence when everything is on the line.

Just imagine where James would be now if he had won that Agassi match. :sad:

cobalt60
02-11-2007, 07:02 PM
Well he isn't alone. Not many players out there have those "nerves of steel".

Jlee
02-15-2007, 04:50 AM
Blake won his first match in San Jose! Over Kunitsyn 6-3 6-2 in 52 minutes. :yeah:

tangerine_dream
02-15-2007, 10:05 PM
Woot! James :banana:

Jlee
02-15-2007, 10:21 PM
Karlovic up next for James tonight, on a superfast court. :scared:

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 01:44 AM
Karlovic up next for James tonight, on a superfast court. :scared:

Oh oh service man. Good luck and skill James :yeah:

Deboogle!.
02-16-2007, 02:40 AM
Well, James served for it in the 2nd, then he had a MP on his serve in the TB, and at least 2 other MPs on Karlovic's serve and then he finally dropped serve at 4-5 in the third........................

Grinder
02-16-2007, 02:41 AM
James :retard:

Oh well...maybe this is a blessing in disguise, rest up, defend Vegas and do well in IW and Miami.

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 02:41 AM
Well, James served for it in the 2nd, then he had a MP on his serve in the TB, and at least 2 other MPs on Karlovic's serve and then he finally dropped serve at 4-5 in the third........................

Yep was following the scoreboard. :eek: to ultrafast courts in this situation. Ivo had 29 aces!

Deboogle!.
02-16-2007, 02:44 AM
James :retard:

Oh well...maybe this is a blessing in disguise, rest up, defend Vegas and do well in IW and Miami.Technically he's still entered in Memphis. But now he's free to withdraw there so I guess we'll see if he does that.

Getting some time off might be a blessing in disguise, but I don't think a choke like that is ever good, no matter what :unsure:

Jlee
02-16-2007, 02:58 AM
Wait, so he broke in the second set? Before it went to tiebreak? :eek: :sobbing:

Kind of a tough draw on what is, apparently, a REALLY fast court.

Deboogle!.
02-16-2007, 03:02 AM
Yeah, he served for the match at 5-3 and had 30-0 in the game before Karlovic won 4 points in a row to break :o and he had MP on his serve in the TB and 3 or 4 MPs on Karlovic's serve.

Jlee
02-16-2007, 03:11 AM
omg...:sobbing: :o

Can't blame that on the fast court...

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 03:12 AM
omg...:sobbing: :o

Can't blame that on the fast court...

Nope. Next tournie.:p

Deboogle!.
02-16-2007, 03:14 AM
omg...:sobbing: :o

Can't blame that on the fast court.........nnnnnnnope.

MrJ
02-16-2007, 11:47 AM
shocking!! :o

Well, get some rest James and come back strong!! :unsure:

Caren
02-16-2007, 12:05 PM
:o James, James, James, James

I was thinking originally maybe it's the last few weeks catching up with him, he's had to change his games a lot in a short space. However....choking....seems to now be a regular occurence, no amount of trying to explain it helps :sad:

Rest up and (try to) come back strong :)

tangerine_dream
02-16-2007, 05:27 PM
James :sad:

http://www.tennisreporters.net/tr_net_photos_art/blake_mt_sj_07_composite_61.jpg

http://www.tennisreporters.net/spadea_021607_c.html
Before the tournament began, tournament director Bill Rapp mentioned that James Blake had told him that this year, he didn’t want to go out early in San Jose. Had Blake known that he was going to draw Ivo Karlovic, maybe he wouldn’t have spoken up, especially if he knew that the court would be as quick as the ice that lays beneath it. Even San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Vesa Toskala, whose team plays at the arena, would have a hard time stopping Karlovic's service bombs. The 6-foot-10 Croat served 29 aces.

“Excellent, excellent. I like it’s very quick,” Karlovic said. But Blake had his chances, up 5-3, 30-0 in the second against a man who doesn’t return all that well. But Blake isn’t serving that well, either.

For whatever reason, in his seven appearances in San Jose, his best result is a semifinal in 2003. On five other occasions, he hasn’t been able to get out of the second round.

"There's no one to blame but myself," Blake said. "I made errors, didn’t make first serves. It’s my fault. I had it on my racket. You don’t get any rhythm against him or feel good about your tennis. I’m disappointed. I had a backhand on my racket to pass him on match point and I didn’t. I didn’t do a great job of closing out the match. It's not a Slam or a Masters Series, but it’s frustrating. It hurts and I’m going to be down for a while, but I have to get ready for next week. Fortunately, that’s how our job works. I’ve learned from a lot of older guys that you have to have short memory."

So here’s the eternal question about Karlovic, who primarily wins his matches because he’s almost impossible to break – without that serve, is he even a Top-200 player? Sure, every guy has his weapon, but most top 100 players have second or third shots that are at least somewhat impressive. The Croat does not. Yes, he can tag a forehand on occasion and his slice backhand has improved, but he rarely breaks serve, which shows how limited he is. He has a lifetime ATP record of 69-84, which is pretty lousy. Amazingly, in 41 matches in 2007, he contested 49 tiebreakers, winning 27 of them. That’s a lot of holds and not a lot of breaks.

"They’re a lot of ifs out there," Blake said. "If he had much stronger backhand he might be Top 10 and if he didn’t have that serve, he might not be in this tournament. If he didn’t have that serve, he might have worked on other parts of his game to get better. You are forced to play with what weaknesses and strengths you have. That’s his weapon and he's worked on it a ton and that’s how he wins matches."

Unfortunately, it’s a weapon that’s that pretty to watch.

cobalt60
02-16-2007, 07:09 PM
Nice article. Thanks Tangy.

MrJ
02-17-2007, 10:42 AM
Thank God he withdrew from memphis, now im confident he will be rested enough to defend his Las Vegas title and defend his points in Indian Wells. :)

cobalt60
02-17-2007, 07:58 PM
Sigh. I was in Vegas last year. So ok Vegas is pure cheese but the tournie was nice ( all 2 days I attended :lol: )

MrJ
02-17-2007, 10:06 PM
Sigh. I was in Vegas last year. So ok Vegas is pure cheese but the tournie was nice ( all 2 days I attended :lol: )

Did you get to watch James? I have only seen him at Queens and Wimbledon. :( Unfortunately he will play the Gerry Weber tournament instead of Queens this year so lets hope he lasts long enough so I can see him at Wimbledon this year. :scared:

cobalt60
02-18-2007, 12:05 PM
Did you get to watch James? I have only seen him at Queens and Wimbledon. :( Unfortunately he will play the Gerry Weber tournament instead of Queens this year so lets hope he lasts long enough so I can see him at Wimbledon this year. :scared:

I went to Sunday qualies and Monday first round. I saw him practice with Mardy Fish and that was that. They were pretty loose and funny at that practice.

MrJ
02-24-2007, 12:06 PM
Here is the draw for Las Vegas

James will need to find his form right from the start, he has one of the toughest group. But after that it should be plain sailing to the final. Good luck James!! :)

ROUND-ROBIN

GROUP 1
(1) BLAKE, James (USA) :D
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin (ARG):scared:
DELIC, Amer (USA) or KOROLEV, Evgeny (RUS)

GROUP 2
(6) BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA)
GOLDSTEIN, Paul (USA)
(WC) QUERREY, Sam (USA) or QUALIFIER

GROUP 3
(4) MELZER, Jurgen (AUT)
LLODRA, Michael (FRA)
LU, Yen-Hsun (TPE) or QUALIFIER

GROUP 4
(8) BECKER, Benjamin (GER)
GINEPRI, Robby (USA)
HERNYCH, Jan (CZE) or (WC) KUERTEN, Gustavo (BRA) :)

GROUP 5
(5) VERDASCO, Fernando (ESP)
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri (FRA)
KENDRICK, Robert (USA) or QUALIFIER

GROUP 6
(3) SAFIN, Marat (USA)
KOUBEK, Stefan (AUT)
KUNITSYN, Igor (USA) or DANCEVIC, Frank (CAN)

GROUP 7
(7WC) HENMAN, Tim (GBR)
MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP) or QUALIFIER

GROUP 8
(2) HEWITT, Lleyton (AUS)
SPADEA, Vincent (USA)
JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE) or PHAU, Bjorn (GER)

Matchu
02-28-2007, 06:34 AM
No.1 seed James Blake loses his opening round robin match to russian teen Evgeny Korolev. Unbeleiveable! Hewitt is going to win Las Vegas.

cobalt60
02-28-2007, 12:49 PM
James had a difficult time in the first set. Don't really know what was up but he did not seem to have his usual timing on his shots. :shrug: But no excuses.

MrJ
02-28-2007, 01:21 PM
James had a difficult time in the first set. Don't really know what was up but he did not seem to have his usual timing on his shots. :shrug: But no excuses.

I just hope he can at least win his next match to give him some confidence. He has so much points to defend in Indian Wells and Miami. Im worried he will take a big drop if he continues to play like this. :sad:

Caren
02-28-2007, 05:38 PM
Jame's loss at the AO seems to have really effected his form, he was full of confidence going into the AO on the back of the Sydney win and now it just seems to all be falling apart.

Hopefully he can turn it out next match and try and salvage something from this tournment. I'm not particularly fond of the round robin thing but i guess this is the exception lol.

jeahhh!
03-01-2007, 09:27 PM
James :sobbing:

MrJ
03-01-2007, 10:21 PM
The only positive thing that can come out of this fiasco, is surely now the round robin will be scrapped :yeah:

At least James can now go on to Indian Wells with a win under his belt, had he lost it would have been 3 in a row :o

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 01:02 AM
What a JOKE.

I mean, HOLY CRAP.

now the ATP Chief apparently said a statement where they have "reviewed the situation" and what "would have been the score" James would have gone through. and they know how messed up this is

WHAT A JOKE :haha:

So James is through to the QF.

Caren
03-02-2007, 11:01 AM
I'm really confused...so why did James go through? I really don't get this, if James didn't win a full match and Korolev did then why is James through?

ATP has well and truly screwed up majorly me thinks..

cobalt60
03-02-2007, 12:22 PM
James is through because they made a politically calculated decision to bend the rules and speculate on what MIGHT have happened had DelPotro and Blake finished the match. I heard James say that neither he nor JM knew the exact rules and that if they had realised what was happening they might have played on. Could be's, might be's, maybe's ;) Wrong decision for me and I wish JB had declined the decision. Would have been a mensch in many folk's eyes for doing so but doubtful that he was thinking about that :lol: Seems he wants to defend his title.

Caren
03-02-2007, 12:35 PM
Well, in what could be the understatement of the year, the ATP have well and truly f**ked up here.

I don't know why he would have declined the decision to be honest, like i said in GM i was under the impression unless you have a viable reason you can't withdraw mid-tournament...unless my understanding is wrong :confused:
RR sucks...sooner it's done away with the better i haven't been a fan from it was introduced and i dislike it a lot more now :o

cobalt60
03-02-2007, 12:38 PM
JMDP looked visibly ill during the match as he was having a hard time breathing for reasons unknown. The medic came out twice I believe and I think that all involved felt it was better that he retire rather than continue. And James looked very concerned for him as well so I do believe him when James said he did not realize what a retirement would do in these circumstances. Anyway over and done with. Interesting to see how James plays next match;)

Caren
03-02-2007, 12:52 PM
No i'm not doubting he was ill, i meant James turning down the decision which would have in affect withdrew him from the tournament, i was under the impression you couldn't withdraw from a tournament without a viable reason.

Well hopefully he plays well and actually wins this tournament, i would hate for all this to have gone on for him to get knocked out...would kinda seem as though it was all for nothing :o

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 02:39 PM
James has been put in an unfortunate decision, but unfortunately as his position in the ATP Player Council and whatnot, he's coming out of this looking really really really bad. The decision wasn't his and he can't be blamed for it, but some of the things he said are making him look down right awful.

Caren
03-02-2007, 02:52 PM
I know :(, it could be an instance of him being totally misquoted because i honestly do not believe he means the things i've heard in the way they are being taken.

It's really unfortunate, i just really hope he wins tonight for his own sake more than anything else.

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 02:56 PM
I know :(, it could be an instance of him being totally misquoted because i honestly do not believe he means the things i've heard in the way they are being taken.I know what you mean, but it's kinda hard to take what he said any other way but that he feels it was the right decision to let him through :awww:

MrJ
03-02-2007, 04:25 PM
I agree, he has not come out of this very well. Not sure what to make of his comments :confused:
Even if he wins the title, there will be a question mark hanging over. Its just a no win situation, and all the James haters are out in force on GM. :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 04:29 PM
I agree, he has not come out of this very well. Not sure what to make of his comments :confused:
Even if he wins the title, there will be a question mark hanging over. Its just a no win situation, and all the James haters are out in force on GM. :rolleyes:Well, despite struggling with James's on court attitude and performance sometimes, I have always championed him as a person. But this time, I think the haters are pretty well justified. His comments were pretty unjustifiable in my opinion. How could he sit there, knowing what happened to JCF just last week, and say that he thinks this is the right decision? Even for those of us who likes James as a person and think he's a good guy, it's pretty hard to accept what he said and excuse it :(

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 05:11 PM
ATP Has changed its mind. James now out officially.

tangerine_dream
03-02-2007, 05:41 PM
James has been put in an unfortunate decision, but unfortunately as his position in the ATP Player Council and whatnot, he's coming out of this looking really really really bad. The decision wasn't his and he can't be blamed for it, but some of the things he said are making him look down right awful.
De Villain sent Blake out to face the wolves for the ATP and of course James gets burned in the process.

I think it's more unfair that people are actually blaming James for this ridiculous RR fiasco. They say James should have refused the pass into the QFs. Easier said than done, and still easier to say behind a computer when you're not the actual player who has to deal with the TD, De Villain, and the press fiasco. Find me any player who would've said, "Nah. No quarterfinals for me, thanks." Even Hewitt inadvertently admitted that he would've done the same thing: "If that had been me, I would have done everything in my power to get through, big tournament or small tournament."

It's like James is being used as the ATP human shield.

Deboogle!.
03-02-2007, 06:12 PM
I haven't seen anyone blame James. People are calling James out on what HE did. He said some ridiculous things, things I believe - as someone who likes him as a person - he needs to be blamed for. He shouldn't have been out there answering questions. He shouldn't have had to read the ATP's statement, but he DID go out there and seemingly happily gave his conclusion about it, that he thought it WAS fair that the rules were essentially being bent in his favor, that this was the "common sense" thing to do. I'm sorry, but James must be held responsible for the things he said, even if it was wrong that he was in the situation to begin with.

Caren
03-02-2007, 06:22 PM
What he said can't be excused but i honestly believe he was trying to say what he thought was the right thing at that time. It seems like a stupid thing to do, but no-ones perfect, he's made the mistake and i'm sure even he is realising that now.

This whole thing had just made, in my eyes, the ATP look a shambles, who have they got running the place actually. It's a shame for James because regardless of what happened originally he was always gonna come out the loser...it's just worse now because he said what he said yet has no QF placing to try and justify what he said,.

goodwoman
03-04-2007, 06:13 PM
I haven't seen anyone blame James. People are calling James out on what HE did. He said some ridiculous things, things I believe - as someone who likes him as a person - he needs to be blamed for. He shouldn't have been out there answering questions. He shouldn't have had to read the ATP's statement, but he DID go out there and seemingly happily gave his conclusion about it, that he thought it WAS fair that the rules were essentially being bent in his favor, that this was the "common sense" thing to do. I'm sorry, but James must be held responsible for the things he said, even if it was wrong that he was in the situation to begin with.

I have seen a LOT of people blaming James for a lot of things in this unfortunate situation. It's beyond me why anyone could say or think that :scratch:. James shouldn't have been out there answering questions, and I don't know why he was. The ATP may have pressured him. But given that he WAS out there, what's he supposed to say, that it wasn't fair? Can anybody really expect him to drop out? And if he didn't drop out, can anybody expect him to say, "Well, it isn't fair at all, but I'm staying anyway." Like it or not, he was thrown into that position, he's on the council, and he has to answer questions. Geez, it's not his fault these decisions were made, and he's being bounced around like a tennis ball. It's easy to sit in front of a computer and point fingers and make moral judgments about people. It's much harder when you're in the situation, and you're thrown into the limelight with questions firing at you. He didn't say anything bad, and I don't blame him at all. The whole situation was ridiculus and James was a victim in a lose-lose situation.

Deboogle!.
03-04-2007, 07:40 PM
Well look, people are always gonna hate certain players. There are a lot of people in GM who hate pretty much all American players, and a few people there seem to have it out for James in particular - why, I do not know, but they do. They're not even worth talking about because they're not even looking at the situation objectively. They already think James is a bad guy and this just made it even worse in their estimation.

That said, I still really don't think he handled himself particularly well. But I don't blame him for any of it happening. If he didn't know what to say, he could've just said like "I'm confused too." or something. but he actually went out there and defended the decision, and that was the problem. And I think it complicates things because he is an officer on the Players' council. I like James, he's a good guy, I think he's genuine, but he didn't handle this one well. It's okay to say that and still be his fan.

tangerine_dream
03-05-2007, 02:48 PM
I have to laugh at the fact that James would even have haters. :lol: People who could hate someone as nice and genuine as James have a serious character flaw or something. I'm not saying he's all Mr Perfect--nobody is--but he's hardly the cheating scumbag some in GM make him out to be.

I think most of his fly-by-night haters are acting out of resentment towards the media for endlessly hyping James and his sob story, rather than out of anything James has done himself, to be honest.

tangerine_dream
03-07-2007, 04:11 AM
Onward and forward to Indian Wells :yippee:

James in Roger's quarter. Nadal finally gets a Blake-free draw. ;) Not too bad a draw. On paper he should skip into the quarterfinals but James hasn't been able to string together several good matches in a row yet. Off-on-off-on, wax-on-wax-off. The good news is that he's had so many mediocre matches so far that he's now due to start playing great again. :)

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI/BYE
QUALIFIER v HAJEK, Jan CZE
MOYA, Carlos ESP v QUALIFIER
BYE/(25)STEPANEK, Radek CZE
(19)HEWITT, Lleyton AUS/BYE
TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB v SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA
HORNA, Luis PER v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
BYE/(14)FERRER, David ESP
(12)DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB/BYE
GINEPRI, Robby USA v (WC)KENDRICK, Robert USA
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS v GREUL, Simon GER
BYE/(20)TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
MELZER, Jurgen AUT/BYE
MONFILS, Gael FRA v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
PLESS, Kristian DEN v SERRA, Florent FRA
BYE/(6)BLAKE, James USA

(4)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay/BYE
ROCHUS, Christophe v (WC)QUERREY, Sam
HENMAN, Tim v HERNYCH, Jan
BYE/(28)CALLERI, Agustin
(23)SAFIN, Marat/BYE
MONACO, Juan v MAHUT, Nicolas
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
BYE/(13)MURRAY, Andy
(9)HAAS, Tommy/BYE
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
VLIEGEN, Kristof v QUALIFIER
BYE/(24)HRBATY, Dominik
(26)SODERLING, Robin/BYE
GIMELSTOB, Justin v BRACCIALI, Daniele
DANCEVIC, Frank v QUALIFIER
BYE/(5)GONZALEZ, Fernando

Deboogle!.
03-07-2007, 04:23 AM
Problem is that he's defending finalist points... so he'll take a hit.

Great thread title, Seth, it's gonna be hotttttttttt this year

MrV
03-07-2007, 11:50 AM
A QF will not be that bad, didn't he reach that stage in Miami? If he can somehow manage to get in Rafa's half in Maimi then he will have a good chance to defend all his points over the two tournaments.

That said Djorkovic will be tough, so hopefully James can work his way into top form by then.

Grinder
03-07-2007, 02:04 PM
Ouch! In Federer's quarter. :banghead:

Decent draw, he'll have a tough opponent in Djokovic or Tursunov (if he's not injured) in the fourth round.

Caren
03-07-2007, 03:03 PM
:( Bad draw, hopefully he can pull himself together and turn his season around :)

Deboogle!.
03-07-2007, 05:45 PM
A QF will not be that bad, didn't he reach that stage in Miami? If he can somehow manage to get in Rafa's half in Maimi then he will have a good chance to defend all his points over the two tournaments.

That said Djorkovic will be tough, so hopefully James can work his way into top form by then.Problem is that he's almost certainly going to lose at least 225 points. If his ranking drops enough, it could affect the kind of draw he'll get in Miami. Not a definite, but it's possible. it's unlikely he'll drop enough to drop out of the top 8 though, so that's good.

tangerine_dream
03-09-2007, 10:14 PM
:banana: Cool, James. From the ATP site:

Blake Has Fortune on His Side as Men's Action Begins

James Blake could not have hoped for a better omen heading into the Pacific Life Open. The 2006 finalist pulled off a hole-in-one during a round of golf at Dunes at the La Quinta Resort. Amazingly, it was his second hole-in-one in four months. Blake also fired an ace at home in Saddlebrook in December.

Blake used a four iron on the 202-yard, par three seventh hole, then watched as his ball roll towards the flag. He didn't see the ball drop, and it wasn't until he drove closer to the hole that his ace was confirmed. Coach Brian Barker, Mardy Fish and his coach Scott Humphries were present to verify the feat.

"I saw it rolling. it kind of went behind a little hill, so we weren't sure... I saw my coach jumping on a rock to see if he could see any balls down there, and he said he couldn't see anything. He said: 'I think it might have gone in.'

"As we drove up we could see there were no balls on the green. I thought for sure (I had a hole-in-one) - I didn't think it rolled all the way off."

cobalt60
03-10-2007, 02:24 PM
Best to James! A lot of points to defend this week. Let's hope omens or hole in ones work a little magic:lol: If you believe in that sort of thing;)

tangerine_dream
03-10-2007, 07:38 PM
I feel bad for James, he got screwed out of a lot of points (and money) at Las Vegas and now he has a very slim chance of defending his finalist points at IW. Eesh.

Anyway, I'll bet this is something many of you have not seen before: Scott Adam's blog entry about James Blake (Adams is the creator of the comic strip "Dilbert") from last year's Indian Wells. :cool:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2006/03/winning.html

jcempire
03-11-2007, 06:28 PM
Best of luck to James. Hopefully He can get his momentum back from last year.

goodwoman
03-11-2007, 10:10 PM
I feel bad for James, he got screwed out of a lot of points (and money) at Las Vegas and now he has a very slim chance of defending his finalist points at IW. Eesh.

Anyway, I'll bet this is something many of you have not seen before: Scott Adam's blog entry about James Blake (Adams is the creator of the comic strip "Dilbert") from last year's Indian Wells. :cool:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2006/03/winning.html

Thanks for sharing that article, Tangy! Nice to see a good word about James (albeit a year old) after the crap he's been getting lately. Yeah, not the best of draws, but I wish him all best. With his talent and hard work, anything's possible. Gotta keep believing.

Deboogle!.
03-12-2007, 06:38 AM
Well, James must've paid someone off b/c Hewitt and Fed - both in his quarter - lost in their first matches :eek: he should make at least the semis now with his draw I guess :scratch:

cobalt60
03-12-2007, 12:52 PM
Well, James must've paid someone off b/c Hewitt and Fed - both in his quarter - lost in their first matches :eek: he should make at least the semis now with his draw I guess :scratch:

Wow you sound as cynical as me ;)

MrJ
03-12-2007, 03:27 PM
Did anyone see his match, whats his form like? :) I will wait before I get too excited about Fed getting knocked out.

Deboogle!.
03-12-2007, 04:09 PM
Wow you sound as cynical as me ;)cynical? :confused:

MrJ, nope, the matches ran so late yesterday that they cut off TV coverage.

I did see James practice a couple times though :) Once with Gonzo... and once.... I forget, will have to look at my pics. :lol: He seemed in good spirits though :)

MrJ
03-12-2007, 05:06 PM
Pics :worship: Let me know when you post them!! :wavey:

Judging from the stats his serve seems to be on, which is great news!! But he only got 1 break point :eek: not sure what to make of that since Serra is not known to have a great serve.

By the way, I hope he hasn´t been screwed by the late finish, :mad: they have put him 4th on centre. Hopefully, thats enough time to recover.

Jlee
03-13-2007, 05:00 AM
How did he lose today?! I don't understand it. He's experiencing a major slump right now.

Deboogle!.
03-13-2007, 05:04 AM
he...... just played horrifically. and Benneteau came up with some very big shots. i dunno if it's a "major" slump, well not yet anyway, he has won a title and made another final this year, but he's just coming up flat in some of these matches.

Caren
03-13-2007, 03:58 PM
Wow. And when the draw opens up and makes it a lot easier for him to defend points..he loses...i really don't understand this at all. Just seems after D.C he's really lost confidence or something i seriously hope he figures whatever the hell is wrong with him before Miami. If he loses early in Miami will he drop out of the top 10?

Deboogle!.
03-13-2007, 04:01 PM
well after this week he will drop to at least 8, possibly lower depending how well Haas does. he has QF points to defend in Miami, I think that's 125 points.. if he doesn't defend any of them, or if he loses early, it's possible that he could drop out of the top 10 depending on how guys like Nalbandian, etc., do.

Caren
03-13-2007, 06:13 PM
Someone seriously needs to give him a good kick in the backside and get him moving. Some of the blame can go to the schedulars etc but a lot of the blame is on James just not doing what we all know he can do...

cobalt60
03-13-2007, 06:15 PM
Someone seriously needs to give him a good kick in the backside and get him moving. Some of the blame can go to the schedulars etc but a lot of the blame is on James just not doing what we all know he can do...

Honestly I think that match last night was the worst I have ever seen him play. We will never know what happened. I would just like to see him kick it up a bit in Miami.

Deboogle!.
03-13-2007, 06:19 PM
James's problem is that he has no plan b. if his game isn't working, he has nothing to fall back on. His serve is good, but not good enough to be able to depend on like the guys with really great serves can, to maybe just keep holding on in the hopes of squeaking out a TB. He has no plan other than hit the ball hard and hit the ball harder; he's a pretty good volleyer but he doesn't come in much. and I don't understand that.

And in the desert especially, the way he hits the ball so flat, if he's having an off day, it's going to be very very off. Plus, Benneteau played very well.

But still, it's only March and he has won a title already, I don't think it's at an emergency level yet.

tangerine_dream
03-13-2007, 06:25 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been disturbed by James' performance these past few weeks. Matthew Cronin feels the same way as we do:

And much the same can be said about James Blake, who continues to disturb me. He joined a long list of men's seeded causalities on Tuesday, falling to France's Julian Benneteau 6-1, 7-6(1). It wasn't easy for Blake to get back on court again after he had finished near midnight the night prior and had to be back on court 10 hours again, but he played an awful tiebreak. It was, according to him, just one of those flat days.

Frankly, for a guy who cracked the Top 5 last year and reached the '06 Indian Wells final, it's been mediocre start to the year. Winning Sydney was a great way to start the campaign, but his straight set loss to Fernando Gonzalez at the Australian Open wasn't a great effort. Okay, he followed it up with a visit to the Delray Beach where he reached the final and loss to Xavier Malisse. Big deal. The field was mediocre. After that, his wheels fell off. A loss to Tomas Berdych at Davis Cup, a loss to Ivo Karlovic early in San Jose and a loss to Evgeny Korolev in attempting to defend his Las Vegas crown. His ranking could take a beating in the next few weeks.

Sure, he could play much better in Miami, but what really bother me about him is his inability to seize the moment or in another case, to seize a part of a season. He should be racking up big wins from January through March, because he's not going to a lot of damage on clay. Yet he's lacking a sense of urgency. Great players are hungry and he's seems satisfy to snack at the smaller tournaments and ignore an offer of a seat at the head table. The clock is ticking.

Come on, James, snap out of it. :(

Caren
03-13-2007, 06:30 PM
Considering he's not so good on clay and he's not much better on grass (yes Queen's final i know but wimbledon :retard:) i seriously hope for his case more than anything he kicks it up next week. I remember reading last week that he wanted to prove he belongs at the top of the men's game...funny way of showing it :(

MrJ
03-14-2007, 10:00 PM
The performance reminded me of James 3 or 4 years ago. Just so shocking :rolleyes: It doesn´t look good at the moment for him. The rankings doesnt bother me so much for now as he will get many opportunities to work his way back on the hard courts in the summer, its just that he continually stinks up the court when he has a good chance to win a big title. :sad: Back to the drawing board for him and the coach. I was expecting him to move up another level this year, but it seems like the opposite is happening.... :confused: :mad:

goodwoman
03-15-2007, 05:34 PM
Y'know, I've been wondering if MAYBE James's wrist is bothering him. It was giving him problems a few weeks ago, and I think I saw pictures of him doing a presser with an icebag on his wrist last week. Now I noticed in pictures that he's wearing a small wrist brace.

He's certainly not using it as an excuse, so I hope it's nothing. I'd rather see him just off his game than have an injury.

Caren
03-15-2007, 10:20 PM
I noticed on the coverage we got here that he was wearing a bandage on his wrist so i was thinking the same thing, but regardless this 'slump' has been going on for a while so even with an injury somethings not working within his game :(

Deboogle!.
03-16-2007, 01:14 AM
If his wrist is bothering him, he needs to freaking pull out of tournaments and get it right. Playing and losing helps no one, especially not him.

MrJ
03-17-2007, 11:41 AM
I guess he may have thought the risk was worth it since he had all those points to defend. Whatever the problem is with him, I hope he gets over it soon... :sad: The good news is he stays in the top 8 even with the early lose, but the other players are closing so come on James pick your form up.

cobalt60
03-17-2007, 01:28 PM
Well I have to assume that the entourage James surrounds himself with knows how to advise him on these decisions. :shrug: I can't speculate or second guess. So I wish him well in Miami. :)

Deboogle!.
03-17-2007, 10:36 PM
I guess he may have thought the risk was worth it since he had all those points to defend. Whatever the problem is with him, I hope he gets over it soon... :sad: The good news is he stays in the top 8 even with the early lose, but the other players are closing so come on James pick your form up.Well I dunno I think James should know more than anyone that it's not worth the risk, ever, that being healthy is the most important thing.

We're just speculating anyway. More than likely his wrist is okay, since he had over a week's rest after Vegas and he also practiced heavily enough before his matches in IW. It's still too early to get really worried about his form, IMO. A few bad tourneys isn't enough really.

Jlee
03-19-2007, 12:13 AM
I don't know, I'm a little more concerned with Blake's form. He hasn't really had a decent result since before the AO. I'm not writing him off, I just think he needs to prove himself somewhere soon or he'll wind up in a position similar to Roddick's for the first part of last year. He seriously doesn't want to drop out of the top 8 or it will just be even more of an uphill battle.

Caren
03-19-2007, 01:31 PM
That's what i'm worried about also, i think if this slump he's in goes any further it'll be a lot more difficult for James to climb back, unless he hires a new coach Jimmy Connors style but that's unlikely considering Barker has been there all along.
he needs to step it up this week, get a good result before the clay season begins. I just hope he hasn't lost all his confidence :confused:

Deboogle!.
03-19-2007, 04:01 PM
The positive for James is that he's come back from a lot lower. If this "slump," or whatever you want to call it, pushes him out of the top 10, that's nothing for James. James was out of the top 200. So I would hope that he'll keep that perspective on it. He hasn't played much in the past few weeks, maybe that will end up to be a good thing for him, push the bad tennis out while he refreshes and rejuvenates and works hard.

It's definitely something he wants to turn around now before it gets any worse, but I still wouldn't hit the panic button quite yet

MrJ
03-20-2007, 11:02 AM
His draw will be tough, hope he can rediscover his form. Good luck James. :)

Seeded to play

R2 Serra
R3 Safin
R4 Djorkovic
QF Nadal
SF Roddick

Caren
03-23-2007, 03:07 PM
So he's second on court today after Henin. Good Luck James :woohoo:

jeahhh!
03-23-2007, 07:14 PM
James.:banghead: :tape: :help:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 07:16 PM
:help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Caren
03-23-2007, 07:21 PM
Serra d. Blake
7-6, 2-6, 6-3

Anyone still not really concerned? :o

maqk
03-23-2007, 07:29 PM
what really happened???

better luck next time, be consistent BLAKE

cobalt60
03-23-2007, 07:52 PM
This is a post from Tennis Week regarding Richard Pagliaro's take on Blake. Extremely well thought out and well written. I hope the link works here.

http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=displaymessage&messageid=133150

Jlee
03-23-2007, 08:09 PM
The positive for James is that he's come back from a lot lower. If this "slump," or whatever you want to call it, pushes him out of the top 10, that's nothing for James. James was out of the top 200. So I would hope that he'll keep that perspective on it. He hasn't played much in the past few weeks, maybe that will end up to be a good thing for him, push the bad tennis out while he refreshes and rejuvenates and works hard.

It's definitely something he wants to turn around now before it gets any worse, but I still wouldn't hit the panic button quite yet

I hope you're right.

This latest loss makes me less than hopeful :sobbing:

Tnn74
03-23-2007, 10:37 PM
I'm sorry, but James Blake hasn't even played like one of the Top seeded players... Honestly, I'm surprised he is still even in the Top 10 :shrug:

cobalt60
03-23-2007, 11:22 PM
I'm sorry, but James Blake hasn't even played like one of the Top seeded players... Honestly, I'm surprised he is still even in the Top 10 :shrug:

Nothing to apologise for. You are right. He has not played like a top 10 player.

Deboogle!.
03-24-2007, 01:10 AM
I'm sorry, but James Blake hasn't even played like one of the Top seeded players... Honestly, I'm surprised he is still even in the Top 10 :shrug:Well, after this tourney it's entirely possible he won't be anymore.

Also, he got his wrist looked at late in the match. James never makes excuses, nor should he, but perhaps this wrist issue was worse than he thought at first? he needs to get it 100% squared away by DC.

Jlee
03-24-2007, 02:14 AM
Well, after this tourney it's entirely possible he won't be anymore.

Also, he got his wrist looked at late in the match. James never makes excuses, nor should he, but perhaps this wrist issue was worse than he thought at first? he needs to get it 100% squared away by DC.

I hope his wrist is okay :awww:

DC...:scared:

Deboogle!.
03-24-2007, 04:18 PM
His wrist is fine it was just a temporary cramp type thing
================
SONY ERICSSON OPEN

March 23, 2007

James Blake

KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. What do you think happened?
JAMES BLAKE: I didn't play very well. It's a bad day. I'm going to worry about Davis Cup now. Slow start a little bit. Hit a couple bad points in the tiebreaker where I kind of gave away points, and then second set got rolling.
Third set, same thing: One bad game, and then I had a chance to break back and it didn't happen. I can't lose those kind of points and expect to win matches.

Q. Are you bewildered by this recent stretch, or do you feel like you know what's going on?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, I'm just a little disappointed in the way I've played, but I have to be realistic in knowing that there's going to be times in my career where I don't play as well as I can.
It's frustrating on the American hard courts where I usually have the best success, but there's always next year, there's always a next tournament luckily, and the next one is really important to me.
So I'll get a week of training and hopefully get a little confidence somehow in that week, because that's the biggest difference is just having the confidence on those big points to go for my shots and make sure that I feel really good going into those instead of maybe hoping the other guy is going to miss. Now I need to play those more confidently.

Q. It's a cliche, I guess, to say that it's harder to stay at the top than get to the top. But how true are you finding that right now?
JAMES BLAKE: It's definitely true, but I don't know if that was it today. I think it was just a little bit of the lack of confidence. I tried to do my best, and I thought I did a pretty good job of getting just as fired up to play this match as he did.
I know he was excited, didn't have anything to lose after losing to me last week. I still felt like I did a good job in preparing and knowing that he was going to come out firing and playing some of his best tennis. I was ready for that, and I just didn't execute.
It's definitely tough. The guys are shooting for you, the guys don't have anything to lose, but I definitely am a little disappointed because I thought I could have done better this week. But it's a long year. Maybe if I don't do well on the hard courts here, maybe the reverse will be true and I'll do really well on the European clay. Got to think positive.

Q. Did you feel a little tentative on that last shot of the tiebreaker?
JAMES BLAKE: What happened is I locked up. That's where my confidence came up. I would have just hit my shot and not even thought about it. I locked up at the last second and saw he was covering where I was going to go.
When I'm playing well I don't even look up and I don't notice what he's doing. I just hit my shot to where I want to go, and if they can come up with something good, good.
This time I looked up, but you can't do that on a tiebreaker on those kind of points. That's why I'm sitting here right now getting ready to think about when I go home.

Q. What happened to your wrist?
JAMES BLAKE: I've been taping my wrist for a little while, and I don't know if it was just too tight or whatever, but I started cramping just right under the tape, and it made it so I actually couldn't open my hand. I couldn't really grip the racquet. They just massaged it out. It was just kind of in a knot for a few minutes, and it's fine now.

Q. You're not concerned about it?
JAMES BLAKE: No.

Q. You said that it's a lack of confidence, but was it just today, or it's been a few days?
JAMES BLAKE: I don't know where it started, but maybe last week at Indian Wells, same thing: I had chances but didn't take advantage of them. Last year and when I'm playing well and playing confident, I go for those shots and I tend to -- more of those tend to go my way.
Today they didn't; last week they didn't. Maybe it's been two weeks, but I hopefully can turn it around. It turned around pretty quickly from being very confident to not as confident, so I hope it can turn right back around the same way.
I'm lucky enough to have had some success in the past to draw on, and I think I have enough of that to know that I can beat just about anyone in the world when I'm playing well and playing confidently.

Q. Is there any way in which you feel as if the last two years have caught up with you somehow?
JAMES BLAKE: I don't know. I really don't. I feel like I'm the same, if not a better player, so I don't think that's it. I still have the same hunger to succeed in these kind of tournaments and at the Grand Slams, so I don't know if that's caught up to me or what that could be.
I've definitely played a lot of matches, so that's a possibility. But I don't feel like my body is breaking down outside of the little cramp today. I don't feel like my body is breaking down or I'm getting old or anything like that. I still feel like I can have a lot of success. I don't think that's what it is, but you never know.
There's a million reasons out there that I could throw out as excuses, but I try not to make those kind of excuses. It was just a day I didn't execute.

Q. Could you talk about Serra? Did you expect such a level from him?
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, he played well. I beat him last year and you beat someone one week and they're ranked higher you've got nothing to lose. I had a feeling he'd come out playing better this week, and he did.
His nerves remained steady in the big points, and he deserved to win today after the way I played on those big points.

Q. Is winning the only way to get the confidence back, or is there something else you do mentally? Do you look at tapes of yourself at your highest points or anything, or is it just winning a match and another match and another match?
JAMES BLAKE: Winning is the best answer. Any of those other ones, I don't think anyone has figured out a magic formula. You've just got to get out there and win.
Sometimes the only other thing that can help is trying to trick yourself. Hopefully I can count on being a dumb jock and I can fool myself into thinking that I can play confidently next time. I think I can do that.
It's just a little bit of tricking yourself, and before you know it, the confidence just comes naturally.

tangerine_dream
03-25-2007, 03:43 AM
I hope the wrist problem isn't so bad that it will affect DC. James :hug:

*sigh* from tr.net:
BLAKE CAN’T STOP FLAMING: Captain Pat McEnroe, are you sure you don't want to reconsider that Davis Cup choice and name Sam Querrey to the squad instead of slumping James Blake? Since reaching the Delray Beach final, Blake has posted a 3-5 record (including his loss to Tomas Berdych in DC). That’s not Top- 10 tennis, especially on his beloved US hard courts. Even though Blake plays Rafael Nadal very tough, his confidence is nowhere to be found. P-Mac has his work cut out for him. BTW: Possible DC preview ahead in Miami with Andy Roddick v. David Ferrer.

Deboogle!.
03-25-2007, 03:46 AM
I hope the wrist problem isn't so bad that it will affect DC. James :hug:He said it was just a temporary cramp from the tape and that it was fine. So it's just in his head.... :awww:

Tnn74
03-25-2007, 07:16 AM
Well, after this tourney it's entirely possible he won't be anymore.

Also, he got his wrist looked at late in the match. James never makes excuses, nor should he, but perhaps this wrist issue was worse than he thought at first? he needs to get it 100% squared away by DC.


I hope so too... :awww:

For the sake of all of us and Davis Cup...

MrJ
03-25-2007, 08:33 PM
Its not a good sign to see him struggling on hard courts in America, no less and its not going to get better on the clay. Is it time for James to get a new coach or at least get some advice from another source other than Brian?
I know it will be especially tough for James to break away from Brian after all these years but if the bad results continue he may have to consider a change one way or another. A Plan B would certainly help :o

:sad:

Deboogle!.
03-25-2007, 08:36 PM
Is it time for James to get a new coach or at least get some advice from another source other than Brian? IMO, yes. Maybe just someone in addition, a consultant or a sports psychologist.

goodwoman
03-26-2007, 04:41 PM
An addition to his team MIGHT help James, but I think he's smart enough to know himself. I've watched James for a long time, and it seems to me that when his backhand is working, everything else is working too. I haven't seen his latest losses, so I'm only guessing here. It seemed to me that his new and improved backhand started in 2005 and continued through 2006, and even early this season. He did have a wrist injury about a month ago, and I still think it's bothering him a little now. That may be why his backhand is not as good; I'm only guessing.

The "old" James struggled with that backhand. He could have moments of brilliance with everything else and still win matches, but without a backhand he could rely on, his confidence was just not there. Players knew to just hit to his backhand, and when he could get a forehand opportunity, he'd just go for broke every time. His flat, hard shots aren't high percentage shots; that's just his game, but it can be very effective. But when his backhand becomes a threat, too, opponents won't keep hitting there. This changes his game tremendously. It affects how he hits his forehand as well, all for the better. That in turn gets his confidence cookin'. That's been the James of last year and early this year: the top 10 James.

I hope his wrist is ok, and he can work hard on his backhand and can get it going again. Everything else will flow from there. Just my opinion, but I have confidence that James will get it back.

cobalt60
03-26-2007, 05:13 PM
I hope you are right cuz I so enjoy watching him play when he is on fire.

Jlee
03-26-2007, 11:14 PM
IMO, yes. Maybe just someone in addition, a consultant or a sports psychologist.

He'd never come back if he replaced Brian entirely. Every time he starts to lose, people have talked about him replacing Brian but he's refused, and ended up moving back up in the rankings. I don't think that should be his first course of action at all. Maybe an addition, but I don't really think that's what he needs. He knows what he needs to do and is capable of doing it.

A sports psychologist could definitely be a good idea though, but IMO I don't think a new coach should be his first choice for fixing a small slump. :shrug:

Deboogle!.
03-27-2007, 12:42 AM
The thing is, we've seen that all it takes is a fresh perspective can almost immediately jumpstart a person's confidence. He's obviously fiercely loyal to Brian, so suggesting he replace him is kind of pointless, because he won't. But I definitely bringing someone else in or just talking to someone else might be really beneficial. Even with all his ranking rises and stuff, it's important to remember that there are certain things he's never been able to work through (5-set matches and the like), so even though this "slump" is now just a couple months long, it is caused by things that have ALWAYS been there, even at his best last year.

It just seems like if James could get a fresh voice about a couple of things here and there that it might really really help him.

goodwoman
03-27-2007, 03:53 PM
I agree, Deb. It has certainly helped Andy! Any ideas on who could help James the most? Not that he'd do it, cause he's kind of stubborn...:)

Brian seems like such a quiet guy. Maybe James could benefit from someone more outgoing? A Todd Martin kind of guy?

In any case, best wishes to James. He's such a great player to watch when he's on his game. Hope to see it at DC.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2007, 04:12 PM
I dunno, that's a very difficult question. And none of us know James's personality well enough to know the type of person he would respond to.

Maybe a Jim Courier type, the kind of guy who would battle to the death. But he's busy with his seniors tour and related company and I think he said he's not interested in coaching right now. But I think maybe a guy like him, just even talking on the phone about stuff, not technical aspects of the game, but those intangibles.. I think it would help James.

Caren
03-27-2007, 10:26 PM
I just really hope he gets back to form and quickly, i have said before that he would benefit from addition to his group but not the removal of Brian. I just think because Brian has been there for so long that replacing him would do more harm than good, if you are used to someone being around all the time you would not want to lose him. Especially because of all that the 2 of them have went through together, what with Jame's accident a few years ago, Brian also remained loyal to James.

I agree with Deb, i was watching a replay of a match from some tournament last year (there was no sound on it for some reason so i didn't know where it was from :confused: ) and he lost pretty much the same way he has been losing the last few weeks. I think it's because he lost on American Hard that everyone's sorta asked questions, but its the same problems he's had for a while.

It's one of them things i suppose, this time last year everyone got excited by his rise forgetting that the year before that he was pretty low in the rankings. It's much easier to rise to the top 10 than it is to stay in the top 10. Hopefully he'll do something in the clay season :eek:

Jlee
03-28-2007, 03:58 AM
...as long as we're not suggesting that Brian needs to be replaced, I agree. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-28-2007, 04:19 AM
i'm not suggesting it.

On the other hand, I also think it would be wrong to say he SHOULDN'T be replaced sheerly because James is so loyal to him. If he needs to be replaced, he should be replaced, regardless of James's loyalty. I understand he's like a 2nd father to him, and they should always be friends. but if keeping Brian on is holding him back, then neither one of them should want to stay in that situation.

mamasue
03-29-2007, 06:41 PM
I didn't know where to post this in James's forum since I didn't see a DC thread. But unfortunately I no longer will be able to attend DC. :sad:

So I have 2 excellent lower level corner section 2nd row tickets available. You can see people sitting in corner section 2nd row $290 seats in this 2001 DC picture, just above the black divider -- http://www.daviscupwinston-salem.com/DesktopModules/Gallery/Viewer.aspx?tabid=82&mid=405&path=2001%20Davis%20Cup&currentitem=4&mode=&zoomindex=-1&rotate=0&flipx=0&flipy=0&color=0

They are priced just to cover my costs. PM me for more details if you are interested. :)

Deboogle!.
04-06-2007, 08:22 PM
James played really great against Robredo today :D

2moretogo
04-06-2007, 08:22 PM
He was great. And emotional as well. Good start for him.

MrJ
04-06-2007, 08:51 PM
Nice to see him back in form, hope this continues :) Maybe he just needed a break to revitalise himself!!

Grinder
04-06-2007, 08:53 PM
Good win for James. :yeah:

cobalt60
04-07-2007, 12:12 AM
:banana: Yeah, yeah,yeah. Nice interview btw on the Davis Cup site. Seems he channeled his Dad:hug:

goodwoman
04-07-2007, 12:37 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana:

Congratulations to James and Andy!!

James played really well. This will help his confidence and hopefully get him out of his slump.

His backhand was good, which IMO is the key to his game and his confidence.

Ya gotta love indoor hard courts!!! :yippee:

Jlee
04-07-2007, 08:27 AM
Woot James today!!!!!! :yeah:

i'm not suggesting it.

On the other hand, I also think it would be wrong to say he SHOULDN'T be replaced sheerly because James is so loyal to him. If he needs to be replaced, he should be replaced, regardless of James's loyalty. I understand he's like a 2nd father to him, and they should always be friends. but if keeping Brian on is holding him back, then neither one of them should want to stay in that situation.

I just think it would do more damage than good, personally. I think he likes having that deep relationship with his coach. I don't think it's Brian that's holding him back. :shrug: I agree that if he was holding him back somehow though, then replacing him would benefit everyone. I guess I just don't see it ever happening, while an additional coach I could see happening and I think would be something positive for him.

He's been slumping a little obviously, but that DC win was certainly impressive. He's had like two bad months, I don't think that means he should write Brian off. He's had much more difficult times in the past, stuck it out with Brian, and ended up becoming a better player.

cobalt60
04-08-2007, 09:43 PM
:woohoo: James :yeah: Now continue this form on clay ;)

tangerine_dream
04-12-2007, 05:36 PM
So happy James appears to finally be moving out of his slump. :banana:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=desimone_bonnie&id=2829267
Historical significance behind Blake's win
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A father's presence was keenly missed by his wife and two sons Friday afternoon in the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum, but there were lots of extended family members on hand to see James Blake's return to form.

The last time the Blakes gathered in this arena was in 2001, when James played and won his first-ever Davis Cup match against distinguished veteran Leander Paes of India. James was two years removed from Harvard, a skinny bundle of nerves who still wasn't completely convinced he was built for the long-haul trips required by professional tennis.

Friday, Blake dispatched fellow top-10 player Tommy Robredo of Spain in straight sets for a slump-breaking, streak-ending victory -- the first time in three tries that Blake had prevailed in the opening match of a Davis Cup weekend, and a much-needed confidence booster after a few pallid weeks on the ATP Tour. Blake's forehands were ropes, his backhands razors, his serve accurate. He unleashed a howl of competitive pleasure on a leaping volley winner.

His mother, Betty, watched from virtually the same place she did six years ago with her older son, Thomas, beside her. When the match was over, James dropped his racket and sank to his knees for a moment, exulting. He shook hands with his opponent and the chair umpire, then made a beeline for his mom. They embraced, and when they pulled away from each other, Betty Blake wiped tears from her eyes.

The 14,500 onlookers may have noticed that Blake seemed strikingly animated and focused in this match, exuding desire on every exchange, fist-pumping on good shots and shaking off errors like a wet dog in the hunt. He was drawing from a profound well. His father died three summers ago, but Joel Coliseum proved to be an especially evocative place for Blake.

"To know that my dad believed in me the way he did in 2001, that I would be on this team and I would be a part of it. … You know, I never believed it, and my mom and dad did," Blake said. "I'll never get that smile he had out of my memory when he was watching me play."

Blake seems forever trailed by some kind of drama, a player whose strokes follow his mindset rather than the other way around. On the U.S. Davis Cup team, he's part of a remarkable surrogate clan who exhibit sibling rivalry without acrimony.

Andy Roddick sets the tone by showing up every time competition is reconvened, and took that to a new extreme for these quarterfinals. He pulled up lame on Stadium Court at the Sony Ericsson Open last week and retired from the match, wanting to salvage some chance of competing here. His priority-setting was in direct contrast to Rafael Nadal's odd decision to declare that injury would keep him from playing for Spain even as he kept playing in Key Biscayne.

The Bryan twins have a bloodhound-like intensity in their level gaze -- they've been preparing for a Davis Cup trophy run since they were in grade school. Mardy Fish is Roddick's one-time housemate, captain Patrick McEnroe's one-time pick for the second singles player and Blake's close friend; he reported for duty as a practice partner and possible replacement for Roddick despite a still-sketchy shoulder, passing up the chance to spend time training on clay even though he's back in the top 25 and defending his title in Houston next week.

Sam Querrey answered McEnroe's call in case neither Roddick nor Fish could play. They all made room on the bench for Donald Young, whose wide eyes surely took a lot of family dynamics this week.

Roddick and Fish are Blake's brothers-in-arms. Meanwhile, his blood brother Thomas, with his height, distinctive dreadlocks and brilliant smile, couldn't take two steps on the concourse after the Robredo match without being stopped for a photo or a few words of congratulation. People understand that James' victories are a collective affair.

"It was tough on him, not doing well at Las Vegas and Indian Wells and Miami," Thomas said, noting that over the same stretch last year, James won Vegas and made the finals and quarters of the two Masters Series tournaments. "All Brian and I have been trying to do is keep him in good spirits."

Brian is Brian Barker, who goes way back in Blake's tennis genealogy. James was 11 when they started working together. Their 16-year relationship is unheard of in this business, where rapport tends to fray when on-court results suffer, or when a young athlete matures and becomes either willfully or inadvertently deaf to the same voice he's heard for so many years.

James stubbornly plugged his ears as a kid -- Barker almost dropped him after one particularly heated practice where James called the coach a jerk -- but absorbed more and more as he got older. The trust between player and coach is so complete that to this day, they have never had a formal contract.

"He's the rock, and he should get a lot more credit than he does," Betty Blake said of Barker, whom she also considers a close friend and confidant. "He knows everything about James, mentally and physically, and he always seems to be so right. He knows how to handle people -- he's sincere, and never confrontational. He's the one who got James to stop feeling the losses so much when he was a junior, to stop worrying about losses and rankings."

Barker speaks mildly, but he has a constant vigilance about him; his eyes sweep tennis courts, people and rooms like a searchlight. From the outside, it looks as if he was able to make the transition from coaching a boy to coaching a man by letting Blake grow into the space between them rather than trying to keep the relationship static.

After Blake lost in the second round in Key Biscayne, his sixth defeat in nine matches, he worked out hard for five days before he picked up a racket. Then he and Barker had a conversation that had more to do with psychology than forehands or passing shots -- a typical observant, respectful intervention by Barker.

"You don't have to lecture him," said Barker, who sat on the U.S. bench Friday. "It's not like I need to tell him what to do all the time. We discuss things and he usually comes up with the answer on his own."

Blake admits he finds it hard to explain why his coach's approach is still effective after all this time. Part of it seems obvious. Barker chooses his words carefully, and Blake has become a better listener than he was when he was a bratty, short-tempered kid. But that's harder than it sounds. Some mentors and pupils never reach that happy juncture.

"Sometimes we'll sit on the phone and talk for two hours, then there are times we'll go through two practices in a row where he doesn't say a word," Blake said. "Brian knows he's needed. … He doesn't just help me with tennis, he's made me a better person. Hearing the same voice, it's not always about the same thing.

"If he keeps me with a positive perspective and he's able to do it for this long, I don't see any reason why it's going to stop for the rest of my career."

http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_BasicArti cle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173350618425&path=!sports!tennis!&s=1037645509511
Davis Cup Notebook
Shortly after completing his straight-sets win against Tommy Robredo, James Blake got a text message of congratulations from Bob Bryan - who was already back at the hotel resting up for his doubles match today.

By the time Blake got to the media interview area for his press conference, he had eight text messages from various other friends. And he knew he would get more as the day progressed.

"My pocket has been vibrating just about ever since you guys have been talking to me," Blake said. "I would have tried to sneak it, but you would have seen me reading them all. It's such a great feeling to know when I come off. It's actually funny because sometimes I don't get many now from a normal win in a tour event.

"It used to be a big deal. Now, I win a quarterfinal match in a tour event, I get a couple of texts. 'You won, right, good job.' It used to be I win a first-round match and every one of my friends is saying, 'I can't believe you won, great job.' It's a compliment now to know that it's somewhat expected...."

• Robredo said that the atmosphere at Joel Coliseum yesterday was much different than the atmosphere at matches on the regular tour.

Before Robredo played Blake, the coliseum got dark, and there were fireworks, flashing lights and two bands to start the opening ceremonies.

"Americans, they can do good things and bad things," Robredo said. "To make a show is what they do the best. I think it's great to have a Davis Cup in a place like that, with the beginning of the match with the show, the lights, the fire. I don't know, I think you (USA) do a really good job making things like that." :D :hatoff:

• Blake had so much adrenaline flowing throughout his match, and he showed his athletic ability late in the third set.

Up two sets and a break, he hit a slam-dunk overhead smash and sent the ball halfway up into the first level of seats. Up 40-15 in the next game, he dived for a volley on the hard surface, but his shot hit the net.

Blake then won the next point to win the match.

tangerine_dream
09-22-2007, 07:55 PM
*sigh* James once again proves to be the weakest link when the team is playing away from home. For a top ten player this really is unacceptable. I know ToJo was playing his best tennis but James is a very good returner and it didn't seem like he was making much of an effort to get ToJo out of his comfort zone, and try to get his first serves in. Plus, he mentally came undone when he got into that argument with the chair umpire over a bad call. James has to expect these things, there's no Hawkeye in DC. :rolleyes:

USA vs Sweden Semifinal: T. Johansson def J. Blake 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

goodwoman
09-25-2007, 05:17 PM
After reading the DC interviews afterward, I wonder if James was still feeling the effects of that flu that the USA team all seemed to have. PMac said that James caught it "close" to his match, so who knows if he was a little under the weather. I liked his comment that they were considering having Pepto Bismal as their team sponsor. :)

But I know what you mean, Tangy, about James not being able to recover after losing an argument over a bad call. I didn't see the match, but it seems like there are so many times when a bad call is made that James can't seem to recover from it and bounce back. I think it happened once in DC last year, too. He's gotta shake those off.

Deboogle!.
09-25-2007, 06:20 PM
James wasn't 100% healthy for his match, PMac said as much after the tie was over. but neither was Andy on Friday, nor was Bob Bryan. Being a little sick can excuse sluggish movement, sub-par play perhaps, but not a bad attitude. I just really hope he can get it in gear and get into good form for the final. We have a real shot at this and we need James to win a point on Friday!

tangerine_dream
11-30-2007, 03:09 AM
Good luck to James in his singles match tomorrow. :bounce:

Don't eff it up or else. :armed:

goodwoman
11-30-2007, 01:50 PM
James can do it if he BELIEVES he can do it. He has all of the skills to win. Best wishes to James, Andy, Mike and Bob! I'm proud of our team!! We'll be cheering so loud in front of the tv, they'll probably hear us in Portland!

cobalt60
11-30-2007, 11:56 PM
Good luck to James in his singles match tomorrow. :bounce:

Don't eff it up or else. :armed:
:scared:
James can do it if he BELIEVES he can do it. He has all of the skills to win. Best wishes to James, Andy, Mike and Bob! I'm proud of our team!! We'll be cheering so loud in front of the tv, they'll probably hear us in Portland!

:yeah: Me too;)

cobalt60
12-01-2007, 02:19 AM
:woohoo:

honey827
12-02-2007, 02:04 PM
James did it congrats on the win. Hope this will get him into a good frame of mind for next season.

goodwoman
12-02-2007, 02:50 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Congratulations to James and the whole DC team!!!!!

I hope that James can carry this confidence into next year. He's in great shape, he's not too old, he's got tremendous athletic ability, and I know that he can have a great 2008. Just gotta believe it.

Jlee
12-05-2007, 04:25 AM
Wow, that Davis Cup match was a really great performance. :) He'll always be a guy that plays best with a packed house supporting him.

I'm so glad that each of the three units of the team, Andy, James and the Bryans, got a point so they can feel that they truly did it together. Although I do think Andy would have won on Sunday, it's just so much sweeter for all of them to really share in the victory.

...now how about you carry some of this into next year, James.

tangerine_dream
02-07-2008, 08:30 PM
Go James, win your first clay singles match. :yippee:

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/7772610/Pressure-on-for-Djokovic-and-Americans
Pressure on for Americans
February 7, 2008,

[. . .]

The U.S. is in a new fairly new spot. For the first time since 1996, it will defend a title and begin play in Vienna, Austria. The road to a repeat is harrowing, as captain Patrick McEnroe's veteran team of Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan are in their least favorite locale: a foreign city on chopped up, indoor clay. However, despite Roddick's career-long woes on clay outside of Davis Cup, he has shown himself capable of winning for his home country, as he did last year, when he and his boys bested a decent Czech team under similar circumstances.

Roddick then scored his most significant clay court win ever when he bested top-15 player Tomas Berdych on dirt in Ostrava. If he can produce the same level of play against the streaky Juergen Melzer in Friday's opener, the U.S. will be off to a fine start.

Blake, who is very dependable at home on hard courts but a huge question mark away, will play the role of underdog against the lefty Stefan Koubek in the second match, who is ranked some 43 places below world No. 12 Blake, but has a far better grasp on how to construct points on a soft surface.

The Bryans, who have won the French Open, are, as always, the favorite going into their doubles duels, but even their contest against Julian Knowle, a solid doubles player, and Melzer could be troubling.

Twelve years ago, the U.S. team was unable to defend its title as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi took passes on the first two ties. Captain McEnroe was a player then and he and Pat Galbraith scored a doubles win over Mexico in the first round, but in the second round, they, and the rest of the team, endured a tough loss to the Czechs.

That Czech squad, which was led by former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, was stronger at the top than the Austrian group that McEnroe's team will face beginning on Friday, but not as deep. If the U.S. doesn't get off to a good start on Day 1 and win at least one match, it could find itself on the outside looking in at the World Group by Monday.

"It's very important for them to keep their wits about them and mentally just stay solid,'' McEnroe said. "That's something that Andy has really, really improved over the years. And I think we're seeing signs that James is starting to do the same thing. James has, quite honestly, had a little trouble doing that in some of the away matches. He gets a little too up and down.' On this indoor clay court, with a strong crowd, it's not going to be easy."

If McEnroe can manage to coax a win out of Blake, the team will be in great shape. While the flashy, former Harvard Student has made big strides in pressure matches over the past five months (he won his first two five-set contests and scored a huge four-set win over Youzhny in the Davis Cup final), he has never won a singles rubber match on clay.

"I think the matches that James has won over the last few months were really signature matches for him," McEnroe said. "From a mental standpoint, it will really serve him well in that situation. He had to go in knowing that there are going to be tricky spots. That you're not going to be able to sort of play an aggressive game point in and point out and you just have to weather the storm in a five-set match on clay. It's more of that from a mental standpoint. But I still want our guys to play their game. Obviously you try to play with a little more margin, a little more spin, if you can on the clay. I think for our guys they know how to do that, it's just a question of not letting the conditions affect them in a negative way mentally."

Even though they are the defending champions, with its dicey draw the U.S. cannot be considered favorites to repeat. Even if McEnroe's boys push past Austria, a potential second-round match with France looms. While that contest would be held in North Carolina, France has a standout fast-court squad, with the sport's new sensation, Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, joining top-10er Richard Gasquet, who bested Roddick at Wimbledon in 2007.

Should the U.S. manage to score a win there, they will more than likely have travel back to Europe, possibly to face clay-court dominator Spain, or versatile Germany.

No nation has repeated as champion since Sweden pulled it off in 1997 and 1998. Blake and his buddies aren't taking anything for granted, but with the experience they gained last year, they can't be counted out.

"There is so much pressure we put on ourselves," Blake said. "We wanted to do this for many reasons; especially for how much we care about the team and the fact that we're representing our country. So there's no Davis Cup title without pressure. To add any more pressure being defending champs, I don't know if I'd put any stock in that, because like I said we put so much pressure on ourselves before that. We're proud to be Davis Cup champions. We understand that the bull's eye is on our back as the champions. But Andy and the Bryans are probably even more comfortable dealing with that than I am, being at the top of the game for so long. So, we should be pretty well equipped to deal with whatever pressure is put on us."

kaylee
02-07-2008, 08:32 PM
Gooooooooo USAAAAAAAAAAA!

tangerine_dream
02-08-2008, 09:15 PM
Stop the presses, James Blake actually won a LIVE DC rubber. On foreign clay. Coming back from one set and a break down. Yes, it was our James Blake in the flesh, not an impostor.

Blake d. Koubek 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

goodwoman
02-08-2008, 09:37 PM
:banana:Wooooo-Hooooo Andy and James!!!!!

Thanks for the pictures, Tangy! I wish I could have seen both matches. Interesting that James was showing less skin today. I kinda miss the "skin" on his arms, but I don't necessarily miss the skin on his head. The hat beats the headband any day.:)

Regardless of what he was wearing, it sounds like a great win! Away....on clay....coming from behind. Oh YEAH!!

cobalt60
02-08-2008, 11:31 PM
:banana:

tangerine_dream
05-09-2008, 02:53 PM
:)

Davis Cup: Blake saves 2 match points to lift U.S. to 2-0 against France
April 12, 2008

NEW YORK: James Blake saved two match points to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu in a five-set thriller and position the defending champion United States on the verge of reaching the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday.

The U.S. led injury-depleted France 2-0 and lined up world No. 1 pair Bob and Mike Bryan for Saturday's doubles.

In the other quarterfinals, Russia, the 2006 champion and 2007 runner-up, was 1-1 with the Czech Republic at its Moscow fortress, Rafael Nadal led Spain to a 2-0 lead over Germany, and Argentina and Sweden were 1-1 in Buenos Aires.

France started against the U.S. without two of its top three players when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew with a knee injury, and No. 1 Richard Gasquet was rested because of a hand blister.

No surprise then when Andy Roddick took care of Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Left-handed Llodra was broken only once, but he couldn't overcome Roddick's overwhelming serve in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In a seesawing second singles, Blake faced two match points when Mathieu served at 5-4 in the fifth set. But Blake fended both off and broke serve, held his own serve for 6-5 then broke the Frenchman again to finish the 3-hour, 48-minute match in an unexpected rush 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

"It's a little more dramatic than I wanted it to be," Blake said. "This one, I won't forget for a long time."

Photo caption: James Blake of the US waits for a warm up session on April 11, 2008, before his quarterfinal tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in Winston Salem, North Carolina. AFP PHOTO.

tangerine_dream
09-09-2008, 09:33 PM
James pulls out of DC. :eek: Kind of had a feeling he might. He's been looking so tired and miserable lately. :sad:

Blake left off US Davis Cup roster against Spain
Sep 9, 2008

MADRID, Spain (AP)—James Blake was left off the defending champion U.S. Davis Cup team because of exhaustion and replaced by Sam Querrey on Tuesday.

Querrey was chosen ahead of Blake for the best-of-five series against Spain on outdoor clay Sept. 19-21 in Madrid.

Andy Roddick and doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan round out the U.S. team selected by captain Patrick McEnroe.

“James is just exhausted physically and mentally after a grueling summer,” McEnroe said. “He said he needed a break and we respect that. This is also a great opportunity for Sam, who has had a solid year, strong results on clay and has been a loyal practice partner for this team.”

Last year, Blake teamed with Roddick and the Bryans to lead the Americans their record 32nd Davis Cup title.

Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario selected top-ranked Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

Querrey was listed on the official nomination released by the International Tennis Federation, but it noted it was still awaiting confirmation on his eligibility. Querrey, ranked No. 40, has never played in the Davis Cup.

Last week, McEnroe said Blake would be on the team with Roddick and the Bryan brothers for a record 11th straight time.

Nicolas Almagro was listed as a reserve for Spain, while 16th-ranked Tommy Robredo was left off the team.

Nadal, who lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the U.S. Open on Sunday, may get a few days rest before joining the team.

“He lost a match, but the tiredness and stress are within the usual limits,” Sanchez Vicario said of Nadal, who may not attend practice Saturday. “He is very enthusiastic about this tie.”

knight_ley
09-10-2008, 01:54 AM
That's sad, but I can't blame him at all tbh.

And the gif in your sig is amazing! :spit: :lol:

tangerine_dream
07-09-2009, 03:37 PM
http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=179808

Viewpoint: Time for Blake to Step Up in Cup
By Tom Perrotta

Davis Cup returns this weekend with four quarterfinal matches. Here’s what you should expect.

United States at Croatia

After 18 consecutive Davis Cup ties, Andy Roddick asked captain Patrick McEnroe for a weekend off. The official reason is a “hip flexor” suffered during the Wimbledon final, though Roddick almost certainly has a severely bruised heart, too, after losing to Roger Federer 16-14 in the fifth set. Roddick has carried this team for years, posting a 31-11 record and leading the team to a title in 2007. He has also been the best American player on the tour this year by any measure, even on clay, Croatia’s surface of choice this weekend. Suffice to say, he’ll be missed as the Americans travel to Croatia, a team they have never beaten (0-2).

Blake did not win a match at Wimbledon or Roland Garros and has fallen to No. 17 in the world rankings.Roddick’s absence, though, gives James Blake a fine chance to salvage—or at least begin to salvage—a miserable season. Blake is 19-13 on the year with zero titles and two first-round losses at majors. His Davis Cup performances have been spotty over the years (18-9 in singles), but he’ll have to be at his best this weekend for the U.S. to have a chance against a strong Croatian team led by two giants, the 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic and the 6-foot-6 Marin Cilic. The good news for Blake: He is 2-0 against Cilic and beat Karlovic on clay earlier this year.
It’s hard to know what’s wrong with Blake. He doesn’t seem to have lost a step, and he hits the ball as hard as ever. If he lacks anything these days, it’s swagger. The man just doesn’t seem confident in his considerable abilities anymore. Two victories this weekend would do him, and this squad, a world of good.

Winner: United States, 3-2

KarlyM
07-09-2009, 10:24 PM
The draw for the tie -->

R1 - I.KARLOVIC (CRO) v. J.BLAKE (USA)
R2 - M.CILIC (CRO) v. M.FISH (USA)
R3 - I.KARLOVIC / L.ZOVKO (CRO) v. B.BRYAN / M.BRYAN (USA)
R4 - M.CILIC (CRO) v. J.BLAKE (USA)
R5 - I.KARLOVIC (CRO) v. M.FISH (USA)

cobalt60
07-10-2009, 07:55 PM
oy :help:

safinafan
07-10-2009, 09:04 PM
poor james :sad:

knight_ley
07-10-2009, 10:05 PM
:help:

knight_ley
07-12-2009, 05:46 PM
James lost to Cilic so the USA lost.... Bob's playing the dead rubber.

cobalt60
07-13-2009, 12:27 AM
Boohoo. James time to let someone else play for the good ole USA.

KarlyM
07-13-2009, 06:39 AM
http://bestsmileys.com/computer2/2.gif

^I think that sums up my feelings.