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At 30, Blake hoping for U.S. Open run

New York native gets good fortune in opening-round victory over Kristof Vliegen

Updated: September 1, 2010, 3:33 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- With the sun dipped low beyond the edge of Louis Armstrong Stadium, James Blake caught a break. He had dominated Kristof Vliegen for the first two sets of their first-round match, but Vliegen had started to make things more difficult for the Yonkers native.

He broke Blake, Blake broke back and Vliegen turned to spit after an error on a backhand volley had Blake serving for the set. But Vliegen pushed Blake to deuce and on the third one wrested a break point -- when the string ...

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