Blake Bombs in Match With Federer

By Richard Kent
Updated: September 8, 2006

CONNECTICUTT—Roger Federer never throws his headband into the stands until he wins a Grand Slam final but he did just that on Thursday night after a scintillating 7-6,6-0,6-7,6-4 win over James Blake in the US Open.The crowd with many New Yorkers in attendance was firmly behind Blake but respectful to Federer.

Federer was the top seed and may just be the no. 1 player of all time.He is just 6 Grand Slam wins away from the Pete Sampras record,the same distance as Tiger Woods is from Jack Nicklaus but Federer is 5 years younger than Woods.
Blake had numerous opportunities in the first set but just could not convert.Federer steamrolled him in the second set but Blake summoned up much energy from the crowd and won the third set in a tiebreaker.He broke Federer in the fourth set but could not hold onto the victory.
Blake has never beaten Federer but did hand him his only loss in a set in the Open.It was the first set that Blake had ever taken from him.
Federer had 59 winners to 40 for Blake and won 27 more points than the New York and Connecticut native and Florida resident.
Blake is the no. 1 American at this time and the 5th seeded player in the world.He will help to represent the United States in the Davis Cup in Russia on clay later this month.That is not his best surface but an honor for the former Harvard player.