There is a reason James Blake was ranked No. 1 and Andy Roddick was ranked No. 2 at the RCA Tennis Championships last week.
Blake held on to his singles ranking by defeating Roddick in the finals on Sunday 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Both players agree that they played their best match that week. Roddick racked up 17 aces with his signature serve, but Blake answered back by breaking Roddick’s serve for the first time throughout the tournament. Blake also had an impressive 15 aces of his own.
The first two sets left the fans unsure of who would take the advantage in the third set. Blake and Roddick finished the match with an edge-of-your-seat tie-breaker.
The umpire had to quiet the crowd several times after it took to its feet throughout the match. Blake and Roddick awed their fans with impressive volleys, emotional outcries and competitive tennis. And, at times, it was unclear who the crowd supported, but in the end no one showed any real disappointment over the outcome. Blake and Roddick gave the people their money’s worth.
“I hope no one wakes me up,” Blake told the crowd afterward. “I hope the alarm doesn’t go off. It’s been a great ride.”