James Blake

  • James Blake's career ends with first-round loss at US Open August 29, 2013

    New York: James Blake's career ended in a fifth-set tiebreaker at the US Open after he won the first two sets. The 33-year-old American lost 6-7 (2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) in the first round to Ivo Karlovic just after midnight on Thursday morning. Blake announced on Monday that...
  • James Blake says US Open will be his last tournament August 28, 2013

    New York: Former top-five player James Blake says he will retire from tennis after the U.S. Open. The 33-year-old Blake announced his decision at a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Monday, the opening day of the year's last Grand Slam tournament. The American, who attended Harvard before turning pro in 1999,...
  • John Isner advances to Atlanta semi-finals July 27, 2013

    Atlanta: Top-seeded John Isner advanced to his fourth straight Atlanta Open semi-final on Friday, beating James Blake 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5). Isner will face seventh-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian who overcame a disastrous start to beat third seed Ivan Dodig 1-6, 6-3, 6-0. In the night quarterfinals, second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South...
  • Bernard Tomic advances with win over James Blake at Wimbledon June 28, 2013

    London: Australian Bernard Tomic reached the third round of Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 win over American James Blake on Thursday. After his opening-round win Tuesday, Tomic said he would appeal Wimbledon's decision not to let his father and coach John Tomic on the grounds. The elder Tomic has been denied...
  • Del Potro advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon June 25, 2013

    London: Juan Martin Del Potro made a winning return to Grand Slam competition on Tuesday, defeating Albert Ramos of Spain 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round at Wimbledon. The eighth-seeded Del Potro did not play at the French Open because of respiratory problems. Facing an opponent playing only his fourth...
  • Wild card James Blake advances at Key Biscayne March 21, 2013

    Key Biscayne, Florida: James Blake advanced to the second round of the Sony Open, beating fellow American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday night. The 33-year-old Blake, a former top-10 player now ranked 95th, was far more active than the 20-year-old Harrison, ranked seven spots higher, in the 57-minute match. "It...
  • US players on a roll as Roddick decides to quit November 16, 2012

    New York: By turns a bit wistful and at his wisecracking best, Andy Roddick let the tennis world in on a little secret he kept for a couple of days: this US Open will be the last tournament of his career. Roddick made the surprising announcement at a hastily arranged news...
  • Nadal through in Shanghai Masters, Del Potro retires October 15, 2009

    Shanghai: Top seed Rafa Nadal marched into the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters with a thoroughly entertaining 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 victory over American James Blake on Wednesday. US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, however, joined the growing casualty list at the $3.24-million tournament, retiring because of a wrist injury...
  • Gonzalez, Blake enter Shanghai Masters second round October 13, 2009

    Shanghai: Tenth seed Fernando Gonzalez reached the second round of the inaugural Shanghai Masters on Monday when German Mischa Zverev retired injured in the third set of a tight match. The match was all square at 7-5, 6-7, 2-2 when the world No. 67 called an end to the contest...
  • Bolelli upsets Almagro at Madrid Masters October 14, 2008

    Madrid: Italian Simone Bolelli upset local favourite Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-1 at the Madrid Masters on Monday to clinch a second-round meeting with fourth seed Andy Murray. The 23-year-old Bolelli, who entered the draw after Russian Marat Safin withdrew with a shoulder injury, took advantage of his opponent's own shoulder problems...
  • US Open: Nadal beats Bjorn Phau to enter Rd 2 August 26, 2008

    New Delhi: Rafael Nadal won his first match as the top seed of a Grand Slam. The new world number 1 was made to work very hard through. Nadal's unseeded German opponent, Bjorn Phau pushed the first set to a tie-breaker. Phau kept pace in most of the rallies and...
  • Serbia's Djokovic wins men's singles tennis bronze August 16, 2008

    Beijing: Serbia's Novak Djokovic won the first medal of the Olympic tennis tournament on Saturday, beating American James Blake 6-3, 7-6 to go home with bronze. The world No. 3, narrowly beaten by Spain's Rafael Nadal in Friday's semi-final, broke early in the first set and was rock solid throughout. ...
  • Nadal takes on Chile's Gonzalez in singles final August 16, 2008

    Beijing: Rafael Nadal will be crowned world No. 1 on Monday, and he'll probably be Olympic champion too. Add that to two Grand Slams, five other titles and the comprehensive dethronement of Roger Federer, and it's been quite a season already. Nadal faces Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in Sunday's final and on current...
  • Blake charges Gonzalez of gamesmanship after loss August 15, 2008

    Beijing: US No.1 James Blake said he had "lost a little faith" in Chile's Fernando Gonzalez as a furious row erupted over their Olympic semi-final on Friday. Blake said Gonzalez knowingly touched a fast-moving ball which went out with his racquet, unnoticed by the umpire, and would not admit it afterwards. The...
  • Top seed Federer knocked out by Blake August 14, 2008

    Beijing: Top seed Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the Olympic tennis quarter-finals 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) by US No. 1 James Blake on Thursday. Federer was broken when serving for the first set and crushed in the second-set tie-break, suffering his first defeat to Blake in nine meetings and ending...
  • Pacific Life Open: Nadal, Djokovic power into 4th round March 18, 2008

    Indian Wells (California): Spaniard Rafael Nadal stayed on course for his first ATP title of the year with a 6-1, 6-3 demolition of American wildcard Donald Young in the Pacific Life Open third round on Monday. The defending champion and second seed outplayed his 18-year-old opponent from the baseline, sealing victory...
  • Federer survives Lopez, to meet Roddick in QFs September 4, 2007

    New Delhi: World No.1 and top Seed Roger Federer booked his place in men’s singles quarter-finals of the US Open at the Flushing Meadows on Monday but not before he was given a scare by Spain's Feliciano Lopez. Lopez gave the top seed a big scare by winning the first set...
  • Roddick gets a bye, Blake, Murray fight to move ahead August 31, 2007

    New Delhi: Argentina's Jose Acasuso won the first set 6-4 against Andy Roddick of the US but had to withdraw midway due to a knee injury. Roddick is now in the third round of the US Open. But UK's Andy Murray had no such luck and had to fight his...
  • US Open: Hewitt, Blake, Roddick enter second round August 29, 2007

    New Delhi: In the men's draw of the US Open, Lleyton Hewitt had an easy outing in the first round with the 26-year-old advancing to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Amer Delic of the US at the Flushing Meadows. "Yes, where my game is at, apart...
  • Federer demolishes Blake for his 50th title August 20, 2007

    Cincinnati: World No. 1 Roger Federer raced to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over American James Blake on Sunday to win the Cincinnati Masters and claim his 50th career singles title. The Swiss broke the American twice in the opening set and once in the second to wrap up his 14th Masters...
  • Nadal to face Federer in semis November 18, 2006

    Shanghai: Rafael Nadal won a Masters Cup round-robin shootout with Russian Nikolay Davydenko 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to set up a semi-final against world No 1 Roger Federer. The world No 2 had to take an injury time-out in the deciding set before outlasting Davydenko in a fascinating duel punctuated...
  • Nadal wins, Blake moves into semis November 16, 2006

    Shanghai: World No 2 Rafael Nadal recovered from a slow start to keep his Masters Cup hopes alive with a 7-6, 6-2 win over his fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Wednesday. His victory meant that James Blake became the first player into the semi-finals after the American fought back to beat...
  • Federer enters US Open men's semis September 8, 2006

    New York: Twice defending champion Roger Federer faced two pressure-packed tiebreaks before seeing off a stubborn James Blake in the US Open quarter-finals on Thursday. Federer won the first set in a tiebreak and lost the third on another before winning 7-6 6-0 6-7 6-4 to reach his 10th successive grand...