WC Blake Exits in 1R; Roddick, Isner, Fish on Tap Tonight at Legg Mason Tennis Classic
by Lynn Berenbaum | August 3rd, 2010, 2:39 pm

Former champion James Blake (’02) was defeated in this first round match last night after a strong showing in the QF’s in Los Angeles last week. That momentum didn’t follow him into DC however, where he fell to qualifier and fellow American Ryan Sweeting in a three set thriller 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

JB was obviously struggling with his serve through the match, and faced a few break points in his very first service game. He got himself together and took the first set. He got a few break chances in the third but just couldn’t convert.

Blake said in his presser, “I haven’t played a lot of matches this year and I would have loved to have played more matches this week, but it wasn’t meant to be. I just wasn’t doing the things I needed to do to win matches. I played tentative on the big points. I needed to step up to take control of the big points. Credit to Ryan for doing that.”

Sweeting, hoping to build off his opening victory, said, “I think it’s my best win for sure, I just tried to keep the ball away from his forehand as much as possible. I tried to hit to his backhand and attack to his forehand so he couldn’t use it as a weapon.” He’s feeling some confidence going into his next match with Michael Llodra tonight.

Former World Number 3 David Nalbandian, returning from after a long injury break, easily dropped American Rajeev Ram, 6-4, 6-0, in just 52 minutes. Nalby’s playing just his fifth tournament since he resumed play from February, and received a WC into the MD.

In other matches, Igor Kunitsyn defeated Kei Nishikori and Slovenian Grega Zemlja took down Benjamin Becker. Kunitsyn meets Giles Simon the next round, while Zemlja is set to meet No. 2 seed Andy Roddick in the headline match tonight.

Playing doubles for their first time together, Marcos Baghdatis and Stan Wawrinka got through over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Wawrinka’s here with new Coach Peter Lundgren, who I spent some time watching over the past couple of days. Their partnership seems to be a good one. They’re very easy with each other, laughing and quietly talking during their work-outs. Lundgren was even seen buying Stan an ice cream after a rough practice on Sunday. That’s some fine coaching.

Serbian Viktor Triocki had a easy victory against qualifier Kevin Kim, 6-1, 6-2 in 57 minutes. He’ll face off against Mardy Fish tonight. Rainer Schutler, the number five seed German, who got into the QFs at Los Angeles, lost to Illya Marchenko in three well-fought sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Fence-sitting ticket buyers in the DC area would be well-advised to head out to Rock Creek Park for tonight’s incredible match-ups. Making their debuts tonight: Andy Roddick, Atlanta winner Mardy Fish, John Isner, Fernando Verdasco, and Marin Cilic. Early round action continues with Julien Benneteau vs. Xavier Malisse, former champion Arnaud Clement taking on LA semifinalist Janko Tipsarevic; and Richard Gasquet coming in off his finals appearance at the Swiss Open.

All told, a great night of tennis on tap. The weather is here, and the tennis should be beautiful.

For live updates from the grounds on Twitter follow superfan @JulesDC, blogging locals @TennisRomi and @DailyForehand, the official Twitter @LeggMasonTennis, official stringer @GameSetMatch10s, and of course yours truly, @LynnLovesTennis.

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7 Comments for WC Blake Exits in 1R; Roddick, Isner, Fish on Tap Tonight at Legg Mason Tennis Classic

joe Says:

Poor James, shouldnt have fired his coach.

Kimmi Says:

contador – just checking-out how i did on my bracket challenge.

1st round – looks like i got most wrong. lets see.

Only the following match-ups i got right

mallise over giraldo
de bekker over lacko
Zeballos over PRZYSIEZNY
Falla over lu
Troicki over kim
nabandian over kim

ha ha less that 50% correct. Horrible. :(

now second round is all screwed up

thanks god Fish won. verdasco scraped thru. (poor hotsauce is struggling, but a win is a win.) Cilic is also thru. YAY!

if it carries on like this my bracket could sort itself ou… maybe. here is hoping!

Go Roddick, go simon

hahaha Llodra who was suppose to beat verdasco is out. Go hot sauce.

How did you do?

xmike Says:

any live feed available for the roddick match? fromsport seems to only have ladies and challengers this weak :/

Kimmi Says:

xmike. no streaming. anywhere..

what is going on? tennistv starts on thursday. looks like everybody is waiting for thursday.

how so..we watch every match in LA and atlanta, which are both 250. a 500 level tourny should have even better coverage. BIZARRE!!

contador Says:

oh there’s your bracket post!

no streaming

it’s a government plot forcing me into tennis rehab. or NFL starting?

i can’t believe it. gulbis will play ( i would think ) tomorrow and no way to sneak a stream. berdych too.

here are my picks:

gasquet over the belgian… wrong
x-man over giraldo…right; but today benny over x-man… wrong
hot sauce…right
tipsy, falla, chewy, fish cilic, simon…right

yesterday…..no sense even going into it. i flunked. those tricky qualifers in first round. ???

picked nishikori ……6 out of 10
picked blake, schuettler, becker

Kimmi Says:

its hard on hard courts. This is a good practice for sure. Lets see how we go till the end.

too many upsets in the first round here. what is going on? garquet should not have lost. Blake, shuettler too.

I could see us doing better in Toronto tho. bring it on…

I see Roddick won. Simon also won. Good.

de bakker vs isner is on. I like de bakker but i think isner will win. I picked isner anyways. Hope de bakker gives him a close match.

xmike Says:

thanks for the answers about the streaming, spent a couple of hours searching the web last night and couldn’t find anything anywhere :/

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