January 18, 2008


Better start cheering it now if you're rooting for American men's tennis. If you wait 'til Monday, well, it just might be too late. After Roddick aka izod and Fish were ousted yesterday, USA's hopes reside in the sometimes capable hands of James Blake. If you are wondering which other Americans are still alive, don't bother. Vince Spadea and Sam Querrey will both be fed to the lions today, against David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic respectively. Not to downplay their efforts thus far, it just seems that the end of their journey's are near.

Blake, on the other hand, has a good chance to match his best previous Australian Open results with a win over frenchman Sebastian Grosjean. Blake has been to the 4th round three times in his career, but never to the quarters. Grosjean has been to the Australian Open Quarterfinals 3 times, so this one probably wont be a walk in the park for Blake.

If Blake does advance (I'll be crossing my fingers because I love to see his ballistic style of play), he'll meet the winner of the Fernando Gonzalez v. Marin Cilic match.

Blake v. Gonzalez would be an absolutely sick matchup.