Keeping that promise to ‘Check Out’ 😉 action on the men’s tour.
Vigilantly surveying the men’s tour for exciting news; since my faves the Williams sisters are out for the duration of 2011. – and find totally terrific news about the James Blake.
James Blake sent Juan Martin Del Potro crashing out of ATP Stockholm with a 6-4 6-4 victory to reach the quarter-finals.
The American was utterly clinical as he broke ruthlessly from 5-4 up in the opening set, and Del Potro – the second seed – barely recovered.
James moves on to the 4th round of the Stockholm Open. This event James won Stockholm in 2005 and 2006 and has not reached a quarter-final since this event a year ago.
Del Potro, who was playing in his first tournament since the US Open, struggled throughout as he looked to keep Blake at bay, but to no avail. Blake won the second set by the same margin to seal a shock victory.
‘This is my best win of the last three years,’ said the 69th-ranked Blake. ‘It’s the best I’ve felt on court for a long time. To get a win like this against a top player is great.”
Blake had lost in the summer to Del Potro in Los Angeles. In an effort to move his ranking back towards the number four he once held, the veteran has been playing in the occasional Challenger event, winning two of those titles.
Blake now stands 17-2 in Stockholm and will wait for an opponent from Argentine David Nalbandian or Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Recent injuries resulted in the world’s former No. 4 dropping out of the top 100. He remained steadfast and this year has climbed back up the rankings letter to No. 69! Del Potro, back to a 15th ranking after his 2010 wrist surgery pause and hoping to be ready for the December 2-4 Davis Cup final with Spain, lost badly to the 31-year-old American who once stood forth on the ATP.
Hooray for James!