Patience wasn't Blake's virtue

James Blake didn't play his best match Sunday, losing to Gael Monfils in the fourth round. But, as Greg Garber explains, Blake's loss wasn't because he couldn't handle the red clay of Roland Garros.

Updated: June 5, 2006, 11:32 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

PARIS -- For the better part of eight days and three matches here at Roland Garros, patience was James Blake's singular virtue.

And then, late in the fifth set against French phenom Gael Monfils, Blake inexplicably reverted to form. The tipping point: With Blake serving at 4-all and 30-40, Monfils sent a fat, defensive ball across the net and Blake rushed his forehand volley -- right into the net. And so, the last American man was out at the French Open.

Monfils advanced ...

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