James played a very thrilling match against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round, unfortunately letting his frustration get in his way there at the end (though I was relieved Juanqui won it myself ) James's serve was really cooking in the third set and he was toe to toe with Ferrero in the rallies until he dumped the ball in the net or pushed it wide.
Let's face it, he couldn't have lost to a nicer opponent. And he played a great match, he's really coming along. I'm excited to see what progress he makes before the US Open.
He just lacked a bit of consistency. He would hit a genious ball and then sink it all in the net right after. But he was indeed playing very well.
Juan Carlos won because he was playing very well and he was a lot more consisntent.
James needs to be a little more patient and chose better his shots. That done and he will be even better.
I just joined here and was looking around and found this thread. James is doing great in doubles this week with Todd Martin, but alas, ESPN refuses to show it on TV. Oh well - they are playing Cyril Suk and Martin Damm today in the semifinals right after Carlos Moya and JC play.
Blake: "The strategy today was always to be on the aggressive side. The change-over at 5-2 in the second set was the longest change-over of my life just thinking of the fact that I could actually beat Andre and I was just thinking to stay on the aggressive side and if you lose you've got no regrets."
"To actually win that match, you'd never think it was possible when you're a kid. You grow up watching him win the French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, every single one and to know I can play on this level it's amazing. I don't know ho to describe that feeling to beat someone that accomplished."
"I definitely have a different strategy playing Paradorn, he doesn't play the same way Andre does. I'll look back when I've played him before see where I've had some success and figure that out for tomorrow."