Blake Advances to Round of 16 of NCAAs

James Blake just keeps rolling along.

After two days of action in the 115th annual NCAA Men's Tennis Championship, sophomore James Blake has emerged unscathed, reaching the round of 16 in both singles and doubles competition.

Early yesterday morning, Blake-- who sports a 39-3 singles record this year and has held the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's No. 1 ranking in the nation since Dec. 8--faced off against Northwestern's Doug Bohaboy in the second round of singles play. Despite Bohaboy's valiant effort, Blake bested him in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Yesterday's meeting between Blake and Bohaboy was not their first. Earlier this season at the Blue-Gray National Team Event in Alabama, Blake defeated Bohaboy but not before surviving two match points to stay alive in the contest.


This time around, however, Blake was ready for Bohaboy, who still proved to be a tough opponent.

"I thought I played pretty well today," Blake said in the post-match press conference. "[Bohaboy] is a tough player. I've played twice in the past, and we split those two matches. This was a tough match, and I was happy to fight through and win."

Blake jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, breaking Bohaboy twice. But Bohaboy answered by breaking Blake's serve at 4-1. Blake maintained his poise, taking the first set, 6-4.

The second set was a different story, however, as the pair battled each other point-for-point. Each broke serve early on, but neither took more than a one-game lead in the set.

"That second set was a battle the whole way," Blake said. "He certainly stepped up his game, but so did I."

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