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Blake Takes Out Serra In Spite Of His "Junior" Style Antics

Friday, February 13, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake And Florent Serra SAP Open
On Thursday No. 3 seed James Blake again used a strong serve to polish off another opponent, setting up an intriguing quarterfinal against fellow American Sam Querrey.

The most noteworthy moment of Blake's 6-4, 6-3 victory over Florent Serra came near the end, when then Frenchman got under Blake's skin by moving around while the American served. The two exchanged words and stares when the match ended. "He was doing whatever he could to win," Blake said. "Sometimes that resorts to a little gamesmanship and things we used to do as juniors. He's too good for that."

Through two rounds, not much has affected Blake. One day after he cruised past Vincent Spadea in 50 minutes, Blake needed just 66 minutes to oust Serra.

Blake might have to work a little longer today. All four of his previous matches against the sixth-seeded Querrey have gone to three sets, the tightest a 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4) loss two years ago in Indianapolis.

"Every time I've played him, he's improved," Blake said. "When he put it all together that time in Indianapolis, he was serving unbelievable. Then the next time I played him in Cincinnati, I felt like his serve wasn't on but the rest of his game was really effective. When he puts that together, he's going to be really dangerous."

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