Winning a Masters Series event would be apex of Blake's career

What if Roger Federer decided to take up checkers instead of tennis? Boy, would James Blake's résumé be a little snazzier. But like so many others, with or without the world No. 1 ranking, Blake keeps truckin' along.

Originally Published: April 1, 2008
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- For some players, the constant questioning as to why they never seem to win a big tournament would get really old.

But 28-year-old James Blake, who obviously learned a thing or two about constructive thinking and presenting arguments while studying at Harvard, has become skilled at turning all the queries into a positive outlook.

"I try to just take it as a compliment the fact that I'm around a lot, and that people are expecting a lot from ...

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