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Manic Monday: "Ship"

Monday, December 3, 2007

James Blake Ships Dmitry Tursunov Out Of Davis Cup Final

James Blake punctuated the U.S.A.'s Davis Cup Final celebrations Sunday, winning the last 10 points of the match after being within two points of defeat to beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. Earlier, Igor Andreev defeated Bob Bryan 6-3, 7-6(4) to claim Russia's only point of the final. Bryan stood in for Andy Roddick (pictured), who preferred to cheer on his team mates from the sidelines.

Blake set the tone for the free-spirited dead rubber by taking some popcorn from Mardy Fish's giant-sized tub just seconds before receiving the opening serve of the fifth and final match. Blake came out swinging, torching a couple of forehands in the opening two points, setting the tone for a match of unrestrained aggression from the baseline.

Tursunov nailed a crushing crosscourt backhand winner to claim the first break to go ahead 3-1 and also broke Blake's next service game to bust open the first set. But it would be the last time in the match that Blake would surrender his serve. He did find himself in danger at 4-5 30/30 in the third set, but the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup finalist reeled off the last 10 points to close out the match.

In the earlier match on Day 3, Andreev dictated play with his monster forehand against Bryan, who one day earlier had teamed with his brother Mike to clinch the U.S.A.'s first Davis Cup title in 12 years by winning the doubles rubber against Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko. Anytime Bryan attempted to chip the ball back Andreev would run around and pound his forehand, clipping 28 winners on that wing alone to Bryan's three.

Bryan, who dropped serve twice in the first set, saved all six break points he faced in the second set before Andreev eventually came through in the tie-break to clinch Russia's first point of the tie.
Source -- ATP Tennis

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