Blake lost his opening round match, against Florent Serra of France 6-7(8), 6-2, 3-6. Blake had 36 unforced errors, to show for it. And this is Blake’s favorite surface!!!
Blake’s game is based on precision, taking the ball early, perfect timing and consequently flatening the ball with very little clearance at the net. This game, is bound to create a bunch of unforced errors. Its risky play, and most of his winners, are not high percentage shots.
It is much easier to pull off, when you are young and are able to quickly get in position, perfectly time the shot and hit a winner. He is 27 years of age. You are a senior citizen in the tennis world of today.
Blake does’nt seem to have a plan B, when his high-risk game is not working. He stubbornly continues to pound away. He has now lost six of his last nine matches!!! He has got to be smart tennis to halt the skid, otherwise the slippery slope is not far away.
As predicted earlier, on this site, Blake is surely getting out of the top 10 for good, and if he doesn’t adjust his game, he may start his registration at Harvard already (Blake wants to continue his studies after tennis).
Leyton Hewitt was forced to withdraw due to sore lower back before his opening match on Friday. He hurt his back last week at Indian Wells.
“Not a whole lot I do about it at the moment”, Hewitt said. “I don’t want to go out there and play in pain, and obviously not been able to compete 100% like I’d like to every time I go on the court”.