Blake part of smallest U.S. contingent to reach second round

James Blake is ranked in the top 10, but has never advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. Whether that breakthrough happens at Wimbledon remains to be seen, writes Bonnie DeSimone.

Updated: June 26, 2007, 6:52 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- He needed this one. James Blake needs matches, period, and he needs convincing curtain-raisers in tournaments after getting the hook a few too many times this season.

This might not be the easiest place to start a streak, especially since the ninth-seeded Blake has never made it past the third round here, but he has to begin wherever he is. Tuesday, he ran his career record against Russia's 59th-ranked Igor Andreev to 5-0 with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Blake served effectively ...

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