(June 25, 2013) USA’s James Blake snapped a five-match losing streak at Wimbledon over five years when he beat No. 93 Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to move into the second round. Blake had lost his opening matches the last four years.
Former world No. 4, currently ranked 87th in the world Blake spoke about the “streak.”
“I definitely wasn’t thinking about my record here that often,” Blake told media. “I was just going out, getting a scouting report, and worrying about the guy in front of me.
“That’s all I can do. I can’t change what happened in the last few years. Today felt good. Trying to appreciate this kind of a day. We don’t get this kind of weather here that often.
“Go out and make the best of it. You know, played pretty well I felt like, and, you know, took advantage of opportunities. Got a little lucky here and there. Just one of those days where all of those things are going together and it worked out well.”
The 33-year-old’s best results at the All England Club came in 2006 and 2007 when he reached the third round.