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Blake edges closer to supplanting Roddick

A breakout year for James Blake is getting better as he is on the verge of passing Andy Roddick as the top-ranked American in men's tennis. Whit Sheppard explains.

Updated: June 29, 2006, 10:01 AM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Three years ago, James Blake came to Wimbledon with all but one of the family members who'd made the trip with him the three previous years. The trips were all the more meaningful for the Blake clan because Blake's mother is English and spent her first 16 years in Banbury, 33 miles north of Oxford.

His father stayed home in Fairfield, Conn., that year because he hadn't been feeling well for a couple of months and was scheduled to undergo what he termed a "minor" ...

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