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Blake Toppled In Houston

Monday, April 21, 2008

Okay, I was sitting right there in front of the television watching American James Blake and Spaniard Marcel Granollers-Pujol on the clay court of Houston at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

In the first set I saw a toe-to-toe match with Granollers-Pujol edging Blake. In the second set I saw Blake get it together, Granollers-Pujol get a bit frustrated and Blake take the set.

In the third set I saw Blake continue the good play that he was utilizing in the second set, until midway the third set. For some odd reason Blake began making mistakes that I don't understand, can't believe and I was watching the match.

The next thing I new, the match was over and Granollers-Pujol had defeated Blake 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. That's the best that I can describe it.

In other words, I don't know what the hell happened.

*throws hands in air, rubs forehead.*

Blakes take on it, "...maybe I started thinking that the finish line was in sight. He made me hit the extra ball every single time."

"Right now, I'm very upset about it, very disappointed. But hopefully in a day or two I'll think about the fact that at least I made it to the finals of my first clay-court tournament and had chances to win it."

"He played well, fought hard and competed very well all week. I wish I could have played better and executed a little better."

"It's tough because I'm really happy for Granollers-Pujol. This is now the second time this year I've kind of made a young player's day. It's tough being on the receiving end of it."

Posted by Shelia

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