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.
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.
DAVIS CUP FINAL
The United States hosts Russia in the Davis Cup final, which begins Friday in Portland, Ore. Russia is the defending champ, while the U.S. is trying to win its first Davis Cup title since beating Russia in 1995.
ScheduleSite: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Friday: Singles, 4 p.m. ET
Saturday: Doubles, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sunday: Reverse Singles, 4 p.m. ET
News• Blake, U.S. wrap up title run with win
• Bryans clinch title with straight-sets win
• Roddick, Blake give U.S. 2-0 lead
• Davydenko left out of singles for final
• Barr: Davydenko to turn over phone records
• Safin out of Davis Cup final
• Rosters announced for finals
Analysis• Ford: Total team effort in clinching Cup
• Ford: A luxury few can afford
• Ford: Biggest win of Blake's career
• Ford: Fireworks have already begun in Portland
• Drucker: Q&A with Gorman, Gullikson
• Numbers favor United States in Davis Cup final
• Ford: Russian roster set or is it?
• Drucker: Five great Davis Cup moments
• Ford: Captain America
• Ford: Team USA's camaraderie
• Davydenko's stormy season
Video• Weekend recap
• Cup back in the U.S.
• Roddick, Blake have U.S.on the verge
• Bud's breakdown
• McEnroe excited to face Russia
Photo Gallery• 2007 Davis Cup
Chats• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Saturday
• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Friday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Thursday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Wednesday
• Dmitry Tursunov
• Bonnie D. Ford, Tuesday
Blogs• Top Davis Cup dogs
• Draw could be the key
• Unlimited replay a good thing
• Roddick's real focus