Wimbledon Sees Upset for James Blake
The Wimbledon tennis championships are underway in London and it was a dark day for James Blake, who crashed out in the opening day’s only real shock.
American Blake, seeded 17th, lost to Italian Andreas Seppi in straight sets 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-5). The loss caps a dip in form for Blake, who was also eliminated in the opening round of the French Open last month.
The American pro is mystified by his recent struggles, but remains positive. "I still feel like I can play with anyone in the world, but it's just for some reason lately it has been very inconsistent," said Blake.
"I know I still have the ability. It's just frustrating, because it's happening at big tournaments where I'm having my not-so-good performances."
There was some better news for US tennis fans though after Mardy Fish made his way through to the second round after his opponent retired hurt in the third set. Fish is now set to play Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
Pre-tournament favorite Roger Federer began his quest to win Wimbledon for the sixth time with a quick victory against Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets 7-5 6-3 6-2.