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Do you think Fed's thrashing of Blake at he master's cup has something to do with

DustMan
03-23-2007, 10:38 PM
how much he's sucking this year

sondraj06
03-23-2007, 10:41 PM
Well Blake has always had an issue with his confidence. So it probably has more to do with the fact of him not making it pass the 1/4. You can only stay so confident in your game with the glass being half full for so long.

He probably just needs that one break through and he'll be alright

Horatio Caine
03-23-2007, 10:47 PM
He kept up a very high level for a little while...perhaps a level actually above his true ability. It is only normal for a player to "go off" for a bit after that. But I think last year was his peak tbh...

jazar
03-23-2007, 10:48 PM
no cos federer always thrashes blake. you can single out one beating that by fed that caused this form when all their matches are along a similar line

Adler
03-23-2007, 10:51 PM
No. He's won Sydney title in january

Norrage
03-23-2007, 11:09 PM
No. He's won Sydney title in january

And he was playing pretty damn well at AO until he meeted up with Gonzo...If any match has something to do with Blake's lack of form now, it's probably that one. Or the on vs Malisse... :/

Wannabeknowitall
03-23-2007, 11:14 PM
No.
I just don't think James has played smart tennis and that has nothing to do with Federer.
In his last two losses (before Serra) he has played against players who have had good backhands and James for some reason thinks he can go backhand to backhand or inside out forehand to backhand and win a majority of the points.
Well he hasn't.
When he had a chance to do that against a player like Gonzalez who doesn't have a really good forehand, he couldn't commit to it.

I don't know what's going on but he still has a chance to stay in the top ten, it just means playing great on his two weakest surfaces, clay and grass.
I don't know if he's up for the challange but a player with his speed and his volleys shoud be able to find a way to win more consistent on both surfaces.

Peoples
03-23-2007, 11:20 PM
No

uglyamerican
03-23-2007, 11:29 PM
He kept up a very high level for a little while...perhaps a level actually above his true ability.

What does that even mean? He's been at about the same ranking level for a year.

Kitty de Sade
03-23-2007, 11:34 PM
Not at all. It isn't like Blake ever beats Federer, when he is playing really well or not. James struggles mentally, especially if he starts slowly in a match. You can see him get negative at times. When not in front, and feeling negative, chances are it won't be a good day for him.

Hopefully this poor run will turn around ASAP. He's a likable guy. :)

Jlee
03-23-2007, 11:38 PM
Nope. He's just not even doing what got him a high ranking in the first place, going deep at MS and smaller tourneys.

Burrow
03-23-2007, 11:38 PM
No, I dont think so. He is just going through a phase of bad form, he will pick up.

The_Nadal_effect
03-25-2007, 04:22 PM
No, I dont think so. He is just going through a phase of bad form, he will pick up.

I dont think Fed's thrashing of Blake at the master's cup has anything to do with it because I clearly remember Blake was very ...thankful after the match. He said something to the effect that he "was happy to be his colleague" or something like that! So the thrashing was fine with him.:)

knightsky
03-28-2007, 06:04 AM
More likely Mr Disney thrashed him around too much in the ATP boardroom

Bibberz
03-28-2007, 06:50 AM
I dont think Fed's thrashing of Blake at the master's cup has anything to do with it because I clearly remember Blake was very ...thankful after the match. He said something to the effect that he "was happy to be his colleague" or something like that! So the thrashing was fine with him.:)

Right. I think you'll find that many, many players would be relatively happy with their overall game after losing to Federer in a final--especially in a Master's Cup. It was a great way for Blake to end a successful year.

almouchie
03-28-2007, 06:53 AM
definitely on a confidence crisis
but u cant in all honesty compare last years highs to this new season
it was clear that that was Blake peak & high point
he needs to go back to basics,take it one match at a time
he used to go for broke & hit unrealistic shots, then his shot selection improved
only to go back to his old ways
his backhand isnt his bread & butter & he shouldnt expect to win many points off it
by the way who is coaching him