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Blake d. O. Rochus 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2!

WF4EVER
10-13-2006, 03:56 PM
Since nobody noticed, I thought I'd start the thread.

Congratulations, James. I knew it would be tough, but you made it through.

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Good luck in the next round.

tangerine_dream
10-13-2006, 04:00 PM
James! Keep on :drive:

Yappa
10-13-2006, 04:01 PM
Oh, so the SB was dead, or was I the only one with that problem?

new-york
10-13-2006, 04:02 PM
cool. grats Oli too...you took the first set.

how was the match?

ShimSham
10-13-2006, 04:02 PM
Congrats james! :woohoo:

nobama
10-13-2006, 04:03 PM
Yea James! :banana:

NYCtennisfan
10-13-2006, 04:05 PM
Another good win for James. Although it won't matter much ranking points wise, a 5th win of the season would be impressive as very few players ever win that many tournaments in one year in their careers

cobalt60
10-13-2006, 04:06 PM
Go James! :woohoo:

Yappa
10-13-2006, 04:06 PM
Someone please answer my question, thx.

WF4EVER
10-13-2006, 04:07 PM
My scoreboard worked fine the whole match. Sorry.

Oh, but I have had that problem twice this week but I just close it down and start over again.

I do love the scoreboard with all three tournaments at once, so convenient.

goodwoman
10-13-2006, 04:07 PM
:worship:

Way to hang in there and fight!!! Keep it going, James!!!

:woohoo:

Yappa
10-13-2006, 04:11 PM
My scoreboard worked fine the whole match. Sorry.

Oh, but I have had that problem twice this week but I just close it down and start over again.

I do love the scoreboard with all three tournaments at once, so convenient.

thx.

Xristos
10-13-2006, 04:16 PM
Well done James!!

Looks like this tournys yours for the takeing...

Fergie
10-13-2006, 04:38 PM
Well done James! :bigclap:

General Suburbia
10-13-2006, 07:05 PM
Wow. This guy's on fire. Good to see him do so well after a not-so-great summer.

mrserenawilliams
10-13-2006, 07:48 PM
come on James...5 titles!

MrJ
10-13-2006, 07:53 PM
Well done James!! :bigclap:
Good to see he recovered well after losing the first set. :cool:

kristanmichelle
10-13-2006, 07:53 PM
My scoreboard had issues during the match too.

Go Blake!

MrJ
10-13-2006, 07:54 PM
My scoreboard had issues during the match too.

Go Blake!

Closing it and opening it again usually works for me. :wavey:

DrJules
10-13-2006, 08:29 PM
He seems week after week to play at a high level this year.

RonE
10-13-2006, 08:34 PM
Niiiiiiice :D

Keep it up James :yeah:

Jlee
10-13-2006, 08:49 PM
This is a good week for the Americans :D

Yay! Go James! :woohoo:

landoud
10-13-2006, 10:23 PM
congrats James
hope to see James - PimPim final

rofe
10-13-2006, 10:26 PM
congrats James
hope to see James - PimPim final

That would be an excellent thing if it happens.

WhataQT
10-14-2006, 03:39 AM
Blake rallies to gain semis in Stockholm
Defending champion rides big serve; McEnroe loses in doubles
Updated: 6:27 p.m. CT Oct 13, 2006

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Defending champion James Blake regrouped after a difficult first set Friday, using his big serve to defeat Olivier Rochus 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 and reach the semifinals of the Stockholm Open.

Later in doubles, John McEnroe and Jonas Bjorkman lost to Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2).

The 47-year-old McEnroe, playing only his second doubles match since winning an ATP event at San Jose, Calif., with Bjorkman in February, has 78 doubles titles. That’s second only to Todd Woodbridge’s 83 titles.

“We threw away the first set,” McEnroe said of being up 3-0 in the first. “We were up in the second, but they kept on fighting, but they wanted it bad.

“Obviously, it could have gone either way. We had a lot of chances, we should have won the first set, even the second set. We served for the second set. We should have won in straight sets. But we lost.”

In singles, fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen also won his quarterfinal, beating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-5 for the Finn’s third consecutive straight-set victory in the indoor tournament at Royal Tennis Hall.

Nieminen will next meet wild card Joachim Johansson, who saved three match points before edging seventh-seeded Kristof Vliegen of Belgium 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7). Johansson, in his first ATP event since February, was ranked 690th entering the tournament. The Swede upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the first round.

Blake, seeded second, won the tournament in his first appearance in the Swedish capital last year and is undefeated in eight matches. Last year, he beat Rochus in the semifinals.

“He played me tough here last year and I knew it would be tough (today),” Blake said. “But I served well enough and got out of tricky situations. Sometimes that happens when you got confidence.”

Blake finished with 16 aces.

“Last year when I played him here I had a lot of aces, too,” he said. “So it’s maybe something about when you’re on the same (center) court that you’re familiar with or playing the same opponent. I serve well when I play him here and that’s a good feeling.”

After splitting the first two sets, Blake broke to lead 3-2 in the third set when Rochus’ forehand sailed long at 30-40. Blake then held to love and broke the Belgian again to lead 5-2 after a sizzling return.

Blake has won a career-high four ATP titles this season. Only Roger Federer (nine) and Nadal (five), who lost in the first round Wednesday, have won more.

On Saturday, Blake will play Robin Soderling, who beat third-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2. Blake won in Thailand two weeks ago to advance to sixth place in the race for a berth in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup next month in China. Eight players qualify.

Nieminen won the opening set with relative ease, then fell behind 3-1 after dropping his serve for the first time in the tournament. He broke back to trail 3-4 and took a 6-5 lead after another break when Lopez double-faulted at 30-40.

Johansson fell behind 0-40 when trailing 6-5 in the third set but used his big serve to stay alive. In the tiebreaker, Johansson missed his first four match points. Ahead 8-7, he finally won with a perfect lob.