2014/04/23

Andy Roddick Beats James Blake For PowerShares Series Title In Denver

(L-R Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner)

(L-R Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner)


(February 19, 2014) Andy Roddick and James Blake, stalwarts on the U.S. Davis Cup team for 
a decade, reunited Wednesday as rookies on the 2014 PowerShares Series circuit 
competing in the “Champions Showdown” in the mile-high altitude of the Pepsi 
Center. However, both American tennis standouts were not on the same bench 
cheering for each other against the tennis teams of the rest of the world, but 
playing in a championship match on this tour for legend tennis players over the 
age of 30. Despite being a full year longer off the ATP World Tour than Blake, 
Roddick was able maintain his certain level of supremacy over Blake, beating the 
long-time U.S. Davis Cup No. 2 by a 6-3 margin in the one-set championship match 
in front of an appreciative Colorado crowd.

“It doesn’'t seem like a rivalry because he has always been by my side,” said 
Blake of Roddick after the final. “He’s been leading the pack for myself, Mardy 
Fish and Robby Ginepri. We both held up American tennis on our shoulders, but he 
was doing the heavy lifting, I was kind of drafting behind him. I was so proud 
to be a teammate with him on the Davis Cup team.”

The two charismatic Americans famously ended a 12-year Davis Cup drought for the 
United States in 2007, leading their country to the Davis Cup title in Portland, 
Oregon with a victory over Russia. In all, Blake and Roddick were teammates for 
15 U.S. Davis Cup ties from 2001 to 2009. Roddick ended his sure-to-be Hall of 
Fame career at the 2012 U.S. Open, while Blake followed suit exactly one year 
later at the same event last summer. The two joined the PowerShares Series 
circuit together for the first time this season – Wednesday marking Blake’s 
debut event while Roddick was baptized last week in winning the title in 
Birmingham, Alabama.

“It’s not really fair,” said Roddick before the final of playing Blake. “He’s 
still skinny. He’s been retired for like six weeks? I got a head start on 
retirement. He’s much skinner, athletic and good-looking” later adding that 
Blake, who studied for two years at Harvard before turning pro, was also “more 
educated.” 

With strong serving and benefiting from errors from Blake, Roddick raced out to 
a quick 3-0 lead in the final and held a break point to take a 4-0 lead before 
Blake settled into the match and held serve to get onto the scoreboard. With 
Roddick serving at 4-2, Blake was able to capitalize on a few untimely Roddick 
errors and became more aggressive on Roddick'’s second serve to break back. 
However, Blake missed four forehands in the next game to again drop serve before 
Roddick served out the match.

“The conditions were tough with the altitude,” said Roddick. “I think everyone 
had a little bit of trouble adjusting. There were some easy balls missed, maybe 
the ball was carrying a bit. It happens in baseball. It was definitely happening 
a bit out there too.”

In the semifinals, Roddick defeated Mark Philippoussis 6-3 in a battle of 
bruising serves played just six days after their meeting in Birmingham that 
gained notoriety for Philippoussis hitting Roddick in the groin directly with a 
serve. Video footage of the incident, seen here: http://m1e.net/c?117624096-JSxlYww6XwA7Y%4076384989-nV51/ng95zl/Q 
quickly became viral and ended up on the tail end of the monologue for famed 
comedian Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday night as seen here: 
http://m1e.net/c?117624096-Bp/Om9JLlTcsM%4076384990-bTR1M8cc0BYtY  Roddick was 
asked Wednesday in his pre-match interview with Tennis Channel’s Brett Haber if 
he was wearing body armor for his match with Philippoussis. Roddick laughed and 
said, “Playing Phlip, there is, apparently, a pretty good chance of getting hit 
in the schmeckle.”

Blake defeated current U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier 6-3 in the other 
semifinal in the first professional meeting between the two American standouts.

With the tournament win, Roddick earned 400 points to tie Courier in the No. 2 
position in the PowerShares Series points races with 800 points. John McEnroe, 
who will return to the PowerShares Series next week in Salt Lake City, 
Sacramento and Portland, leads the rankings with 1200 points. Michael Chang, 
Ivan Lendl and Philippoussis each have 300 points to rank in a three-way tie for 
fourth place. Blake, who earned 200 points with his runner-up showing in Denver, 
sits in seventh place.

The PowerShares Series, the U.S. tennis circuit for legend tennis players over 
the age of 30, continues Thursday in Houston when Andre Agassi makes his 2014 
PowerShares Series debut, joining Blake, Roddick and Courier in the field. Good 
tickets for all PowerShares Series events are still available starting at $25 at 
www.PowerSharesSeries.com. VIP packages – including meet-and-greet and 
play-with-the-pros on-court opportunities - are also available here 
http://m1e.net/c?117624096-zNR./DYCNPSYo%4076384991-hMi8wCUjvRXeI by email to 
VIP@insideoutse.com, or by phone at 253.315.4299.

The remaining 2014 Power Shares Series schedule with field of players are as 
follows:

Thursday, February 20, Houston, Toyota Center – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Andy 
Roddick, James Blake

Tuesday, February 25, Salt Lake City, Energy Solutions Arena – Pete Sampras, 
John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, February 26, Sacramento, Sleep Train Arena – Pete Sampras, John 
McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

Thursday, February 27, Portland, Moda Center – Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jim 
Courier, James Blake

Wednesday, March 12, Nashville, Bridgestone Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, 
Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Thursday, March 13, Charlotte, Time Warner Arena – John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, 
Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash

Friday, March 21, Surprise, Surprise Stadium – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Todd 
Martin, Michael Chang
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