James Blake loses lead, final match

Updated: August 29, 2013, 9:45 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- His eyes red, James Blake's voice never wavered as he talked about civil rights and history and diversity.

He embraced the symbolism of starting his last tournament on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an African-American tennis star inspiring young players. It was just past midnight ET when his match, and career, ended.

Blake was always comfortable sharing his rousing back story. He was also proud that his game was bigger than that.

He walked ...

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