Just as things couldn’t get worse for James Blake, along comes the US hardcourt season. Blake’s performance at the Davis Cup wasn’t as convincing as compatriot Andy Roddick, who is one of the best players when it comes to clinching ties.
In the Davis Cup quarter-final against Croatia, Blake lost both his singles encounters to Ivo Karlovic and Marin Cilic. The former World No.4 blew a two-sets-to-love lead against Karlovic before succumbing in five.
With the American turning 30 this year, he must try to find the form that took him to a magnificent 2006 season, which included five ATP World Tour Titles and a finals appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals (l. to Federer).
Many critics have pointed out that Blake should give the flick to Brian Barker, the man who has coached him for almost 19 years. The Tampa resident, should also consider calling on reinforcements to review his tactics and boost his confidence on court. Blake definitely has the game to put together a couple more successful seasons, and it would be disappointing to see him fade away now.