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Phew, Blake made it a little more interesting than needed, but at least he got the job done. Really good play from Mahut until 2nd set tie-break and that is where Blake picked it up a notch. Gasquet tomorrow, that will be tough, especially with his minimal resting time. Mahut had a couple of the worst challenges I've ever seen. :lol:
Good Luck James! :rocker2:
 

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Mahut's challenges were :spit:

Anyways, pity he couldn't finish. Clearly tired after 2nd set. Pity really.
 

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Very, very high quality match in the first set with amazing tennis, Mahut didn't have anything left in the third.
 

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The 2nd set (that's when I started watching) was pretty entertaining.
There were moments where Blake hit some really ugly UEs. For example two points in the 2nd TB, though the game in the 3rd set, where he had to confirm his break, was even more horrible. :lol: But he kept going for it and finally won it. After leading 3:0 in the last set, it was over.

Mahut wished him luck for Shanghai.
Blake: "Thanks, I really appreciate it. It'll be tough."
 

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First two stes were fantastic viewing. Third set was Blake keeping up the standard and Mahut going down hill.
 

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Phew... Thanx God it finished like this... :yippee: Although I'm more a Nico's fan than James', James needed it more this time. But it was so much stress tonight. Uhh... sometimes it's so hard and painful to watch, when two of your favs play against each other. Nico played great 2 sets, but really fell apart then in the 3rd. And how many challenges did he take? I guess some 8 or 9. And a bunch of them were - :spit:

I really enjoyed those couple diving volleys - great and entertaining stuff :yeah:

Nico, get back next season strong :hug:

James, keep going all the way to the TMC! But somehow I have this bad inner feel that he won't make it this year :sad: :confused:
 

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James- nice to see you pull out a tough win! :) Nice play from Mahut and nice exchange of the two at the net. Where did the crowd go?
 

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Hey All,

James barely deserved this victory.

1. He missed too many sitters/easy azz shots.
2. He played too tenative until the 2nd set tiebreaker.
3. He hit right back to Mahut too many times.

Ultimately, it is always about execution. The main reason Roger is so dominant is because of his execution. He wouldn't have missed the shots James did nor the ones many of the other players on the tour would miss. I mean really!

I didn't know how to post the stats from the scoreboard. They don't show the winner to UE ratio - but from the TV, J. B. had 50 winners to 30 UEs or something like that. That's not too bad. 62% first serve percentage, et al. I think he had 19 aces in the hole - so those helped his too laid back rump at times. At least, he had more winners than errors. His second serve % and returns could always be improved.

Hats off to Mahut - though. He played hard. He played smarter than James the first two sets. And he served well until the end of the second set. James had break point chances he didn't convert, and so on.

Anyhoops, he'll have to pick it up against Ricky.

And as it pertains to who rips off the last two spots, whomever does will surely deserve them. I won't feel too bad for James if he doesn't make it. He's been there and done it. And over all, he wouldn't have deserved to be there. So, que sera sera.

"AND MAY THE BEST PLAYERS ON THE DAY WIN"
 

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James- nice to see you pull out a tough win! :) Nice play from Mahut and nice exchange of the two at the net. Where did the crowd go?
everybody was trying to catch the last train.

James was just so awful at times.
couldn't watch the third unfortunately, nice scoreline.
beat Richie now. (!!!)
 

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a win is a win. GO JAMES
 

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James wasn't at his best tonight but it was a much needed victory. He needed to win to stand a chance of qualifying for the Masters Cup so I can understand why he was perhaps a little tentative about tonight's match.
 
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