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James Blake Sends 15-Year Old Home

Friday, April 18, 2008

Top seeded American James Blake proved too much for 15-year-old compatriot Ryan Harrison, as he defeated the young qualifier 6-3, 6-2 in second round action on Thursday at the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.

Blake advances to the quarterfinals for the sixth time this season. With the exception of a loss in his season opener in Sydney, he has reached the quarterfinals in each of his main draw appearances.

Harrison had become the third youngest player to win an ATP match since 1990 (behind Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal) when he defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in straight sets on Monday.

"They come into these tournaments, they know what to expect," said Blake, who opened with a win over 18-year-old Kei Nishikori on Wednesday. "It's fun. I'm sure it was a lot of fun for him, I'm sure it was a good experience that he'll learn from. It's a little tough when I go out there because I'm expected to win and he has no pressure. I didn't really have much of a scouting report to go on, so it was interesting. He's got a good future."

Posted by Shelia

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