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Gonzalez' win over Blake was 'war of attrition'

Updated: April 8, 2006, 4:02 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- It was the most brutal of matches in the most genteel of settings, an all-out war of attrition only a short distance from manicured croquet courts where white-clad players tapped balls with mallets.

James Blake and Fernando Gonzalez hammered at each other in quite a different way for nearly 4½ hours Friday in the opening match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals at the Mission Hills Country Club. The wickets didn't line up in the end for the eighth-ranked Blake as ...

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