Friday, August 31, 2007
Blake's Brilliant Breakthrough
He may be viewed as something of an underachiever on the tennis court (so much talent, so few memorable results), but James Blake may have turned a massive corner last night in the 2nd round of the Open. Not only did he fend off the ultimate slice 'n' dice whirling dervish, Fabrice Santoro, who can drive players to the brink of insanity with his wispy shots, but he did it by besting his opponent in a decisive fifth set for the first time in his career. Blake was previously 0-9 in five set matches. Never won one, and everyone in the locker room knew he couldn't go the distance. Having ditched that monkey from his back, Blake may have finally unlocked the last mental shackle preventing him from soaring to the finish line of a major. Stay tuned!