Watching Steve play I see so many things that remind me of James. I don't know if being a "James Blake" in this era will mean the same kind of success James had but the BOLD BRASS IN UR FACE (dumb at times) tennis is back!
Don't see the Blake comparison. Johnson's talent level seems lower; though he appears better at maximizing what he has through strategy. Style of play is significantly different (Blake actually bashed off his backhand). And their mental attitudes are polar opposites.
No way! Blake had better movement, a waaay better BH. Johnson has a better attitude and a better serve though
I mostly agree, just want to remind you of James' backhand in the early parts of his career. His BH was a huge liability, he some how managed, not just to neutralize it, but to later turn it into a weapon.
Maybe instead of Blake 2.0 he's simply a lesser version....still see a lot that reminds me of Blake
honestly I see nothing on this Johnson similar to James. Blake was an amazing ballbasher, his forehand and backhand were really guns, always hitting flat strokes. Johnson's lack of flat hits.
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I have seen both of them live this week and Johnson's groundstrokes have nothing on Blake's (on either side). I can't see any similarity at all. Also Blake is more aggressive off the ground and tries to hit winners earlier.
Don't think so. Johnson plays with far more spin and is slower than James in his younger years. In my opinion, Dolgopolov is more Blake-like than Johnson, especially as far as his forehand speed is concerned.