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James Blake finally wins a 5-setter, getting past Santoro at U.S. Open

James Blake finally wins a 5-setter, getting past Santoro at U.S. Open

James Blake finally managed to win a fifth set.
Blake ended his 0-for-9 drought in matches that go the distance, outlasting Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday to win a 3-hour, 25-minute struggle.
"There used to be a big monkey right there," Blake said, pointing to his back, "and now it's gone. I got the monkey off my back. I got a five-setter."
Three of Blake's previous fifth-set flops came at Flushing Meadows, including against Andre Agassi in 2005.
"I've had so many close ones here _ so many little things not going my way," Blake said.
Blake's U.S. Davis Cup teammate, No. 5 Andy Roddick, advanced earlier Thursday when Jose Acasuso retired with a knee injury.
Roddick turned 25 on Thursday and marked the occasion by reaching the third round, although not before losing the opening set. But Acasuso soon succumbed to injury.
Acasuso's left knee was strapped below the knee in the second set. The score was 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 when Acasuso decided he couldn't continue.
"I don't think you like winning matches like that," Roddick said. "But at the end of the day, your goal is to get through."
Sharapova overwhelmed 90th-ranked Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-1, 6-0.
"It's only going to get tougher from here," Sharapova said, "so I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Earlier Thursday, Martina Hingis beat 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France. The pair traded six straight service breaks before the Swiss closed out the match 6-2, 7-5.
Parmentier was two points from winning the second set when Hingis held serve to tie it 5-all. With temperatures in the low 30s, the 16th-seeded Hingis took control.
"I didn't want to play a third set in this heat," Hingis said.
The fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova didn't dally in beating Camille Pin of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. The former U.S. Open champion seemed especially determined after missing an easy forehand that lost the second set.
"It was too late to change anything," Kuznetsova said. "From this moment, I just started to turn it on."
Nicole Vaidisova had the loudest shot of the day session. The 13th-seeded Czech severely bent her racket when she slammed it into a chair during a changeover, then came back to sweep a tiebreaker and beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (0).
Bowing out of the tournament, at least in singles, was Bethanie Mattek. Known for her outlandish outfits, she didn't disappoint.
Wearing a low-cut silver top and headdress that semi-resembled her gold Wonder Woman-inspired ensemble in the first round, Mattek lost to No. 18 Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-1.
In other matches, No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko disposed of Germany's Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; No. 10 Tommy Haas beat fellow German Philipp Petzschner 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5; No. 9 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 and No. 19 Andy Murray of Britain stopped Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
On the women's side, No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat Nicole Pratt of Australia 6-3, 6-4, No. 7 Nadia Petrova beat Anastasia Rodionova 7-5, 6-1 in a Russian matchup, No. 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland stopped Severine Bremond of France 6-3, 6-0 and No. 26 Sania Mirza of India defeated Laura Granville 6-3, 7-5.


Updated : 2021-05-14 13:27 GMT+08:00