Don’t throw dirt on James Blake just yet. Today, the American put together one of his biggest wins in recent memory upsetting former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-4 in Stockholm.
“This is my best win in the last three years I’d say,” said Blake. “I played some of my best tennis and I’m really proud of it.”
After finishing 2010 ranked No. 135 Blake, now at 31, has sliced his ranking in half to No. 69 this week. Blake, who won Stockholm in 2006, will await the winner of the David Nalbandian-Ivan Dodig match on Friday.
The loss for Del Potro results hurts his chances of qualifying for London. The Argentina still has Vienna, Valencia and Paris, but he’ll have to post some good results to have any chance to finish Top 8. And unfortunately, as a fan I don’t think he’ll get in.
Other results from Sweden saw a trio of the younger generation advancing. Milos Raonic, who missed a good deal of time with a hip injury, defeated Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-3.
Grigor Dimitrov was a winner over Ryan Sweeting and Bernard Tomic stopped some qualifier named Zopp.
Tomorrow Dimitrov dances with Chela, Tomic meets top seed Gael Monfils.
In Moscow, former champs Viktor Troicki and Nikolay Davydenko won won second round matches.
THURSDAY STOCKHOLM SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
 J Chela (ARG) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs  S Wawrinka (SUI)
J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) / J Del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 6:30 PM
 G Monfils (FRA) vs [WC] B Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 8:15 PM
 I Dodig (CRO) vs D Nalbandian (ARG)
THURSDAY MOSCOW SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
E Vesnina (RUS) vs [Q] E Ivanova (RUS) – WTA
 M Bartoli (FRA) vs K Pervak (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 4:30 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs  D Tursunov (RUS) – ATP
Not Before 6:30 PM
 J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS) – ATP
 S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs T Pironkova (BUL) – WTA
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