Friday, May 9, 2008

Close it out, James: CLOSE IT OUT!

I haven't seen the match report yet, just the scoreline, but James Blake just lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1. There's been a few matches that JB has lost this year when he's been in a winning position, mainly both his final-round appearances. And what happened in the third? Come on, James! You fought off Verdasco yesterday; you could've done the same here!

I hope this isn't the case, but I always feel U.S. male players on clay nowadays just let matches go when it gets tight: "Hey, clay isn't my best surface" or "Oh well, I'm not going to win the French anyway, so why bother?" or "Quarters at the Italian? That's good enough."

Let's see what Andy Roddick does against Tommy Robredo.

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