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Blake's biggest victory has U.S. on verge of Davis Cup title

His season was somewhat disappointing and his Davis Cup record has been well documented. But James Blake put all that behind him and put the United States one win from the Davis Cup title.

Originally Published: November 30, 2007
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- James Blake has seldom done things the smooth, conventional way, not in tennis, not in life. He spent much of his adolescence in a back brace to correct scoliosis, matured late, climbed the ladder slowly and survived a significant career interruption after a freak training accident.

Blake runs on the high-octane gas of emotion and momentum. When the tank runs low in a match, it's sometimes been difficult for him to find a way to siphon the energy he needs to recharge.

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