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Last Updated: Friday, 29 August, 2003, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Gamewatch: Blake v Sargsian
All the action as James Blake beats Sargis Sargsian in the second round at the US Open.


Result: Blake 6-3 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8/6) Sargsian

Fourth set

Tie-break: Blake 7-6 Sargsian
Blake finally wins after a thrilling tie-break.

Blake 6-6 Sargsian
A thunderous forehand from Blake moves him within a point of three match points. Sargsian responds with some deep serves and eventually takes the game.

Blake 6-5 Sargsian
Blake asserts his authority on the contest to move within a game of victory.

Blake 5-5 Sargsian
An incredible shot from Blake has the crowd on their feet and ensures the American breaks back immediately. A tie-break once again looks likely.

Blake 4-5 Sargsian
Just as it seemed a tie-break was looming, Sargsian pulls off a masterful return game to break the Blake serve.

Blake 4-4 Sargsian
Sargsian takes advantage of some poor returns from Blake to hold his serve.

Blake 4-3 Sargsian
Blake refuses to buckle in the Flushing Meadows heat, winning his serve to love for the third time in this set.

Blake 3-3 Sargsian
Neither player looks capable of breaking their opponent's serve in this epic tussle. Sargsian wins another solid service game.

Blake 3-2 Sargsian
Another flawless service game from Blake moves the American within three games of victory. He now must focus on breaking his opponent's serve.

Blake 2-2 Sargsian
A solid game from the Armenian ensures the fourth set stays with serve.

Blake 2-1 Sargsian
A textbook service game allows Blake to sweep ahead in the fourth set.

Blake 1-1 Sargsian
Some poor net play sees Sargsian take his temper out on his racket. To make matters worse for the Armenian Blake delivers a an emphatic smash to give himself two break points. But Sargsian responds with an ace and a wide serve to hold.

Blake 1-0 Sargsian
The weary Blake is clearly beginning to feel the pace. Despite serving a weak double fault, he takes the opening game of the fourth set.

Third set

Blake 4-6 Sargsian
Sargsian takes the match into a fourth set with a confident service hold to deservedly clinch the third set.

Blake 4-5 Sargsian
Blake forces Sargsian to serve out the set, holding his own serve with perhaps his best game of the third set.

Blake 3-5 Sargsian
Sargsian consolidates his break for the first time in the match to move within a game of taking the third set. Blake is making far more errors in this set than in the previous two.

Blake 3-4 Sargsian
Sargsian, who has squandered countless break points already, misses a golden opportunity to break the wavering Blake serve at 40-30. He makes up for it, however, winning a marathon rally at advantage to move a break up in the third.

Blake 3-3 Sargsian
Sargsian shows he has not given up on winning this contest, holding his serve to frustrate his opponent and the American crowd.

Blake 3-2 Sargsian
Sargsian looks a beaten man after Blake cruises to a simple service hold.

Blake 2-2 Sargsian
Blake shows his mental resolve, breaking back immediately to leave Sargsian looking both tired and frustrated.

Blake 1-2 Sargsian
Sargsian shows the match is far from over as he breaks Blake's serve impressively with some exquisitely-placed shots that give the American no chance.

Blake 1-1 Sargsian
Sargsian's service game shows signs of improvement as he puts Blake under pressure and comfortably holds serve.

Blake 1-0 Sargsian
Blake makes a confident start to the third set, holding his serve to 15.

Second set

Blake 6-4 Sargsian
Blake clocks up three set points but Sargsian saves them all before the American finally converts, forcing Sargsian to thump a forehand into the net.

Blake 5-4 Sargsian
Blake shows the ruthless side to his game and now has the chance to take the second set.

Blake 4-4 Sargsian
Blake digs deep to break the Sargsian serve in the longest game of the match so far.

Blake 3-4 Sargsian
Three poor forehand errors give Sargsian his third game on the trot. The Armenian is now a break up and playing the more solid tennis.

Blake 3-3 Sargsian
Sargsian takes his second game on the bounce to draw level in the second set. The Armenian is starting to creep back into contention after a poor start, forcing Blake into a number of basic errors.

Blake 3-2 Sargsian
Blake is forced to survive two break points in a poor service game. He eventually loses a third - but only after playing one of the points of his life.

Blake 3-1 Sargsian
Blake breaks the Sargsian serve with a gorgeous forehand cross-court shot to put himself firmly in control of the second set.

Blake 2-1 Sargsian
Blake, who is reading the Sargsian game very well, delivers another flawless service game to move ahead. The Armenian is struggling to cope with Blake's powerful.

Blake 1-1 Sargsian
A controlled service game from Sargsian pulls him level in the second set.

Blake 1-0 Sargsian
Sargsian fails to take advantage of three break points in the longest game so far. Blake has other ideas, however, thumping a timely ace - his third of the match - past the Armenian to take the first game of the second set.

First set

Blake 6-3 Sargsian
Blake wins a spectacular rally on his way to breaking Sargsian and clinching the opening set.

Blake 5-3 Sargsian
Blake responds with an equally impressive service hold to move within a game of taking the opening set.

Blake 4-3 Sargsian
Sargsian delivers another strong service hold to keep Blake, who was voted "sexiest man alive" in a US magazine, on his toes.

Blake 4-2 Sargsian
Blake, ranked 35 in the world at the moment, cruises to another service hold to keep himself in control of the match.

Blake 3-2 Sargsian
Sargsian, who has been frustrated with his performance so far, keeps himself in the set with a confident service hold.

Blake 3-1 Sargsian
Blake consolidates his break and keeps his unforced error account to just three, moving two games up in what has so far been a very solid display.

Blake 2-1 Sargsian
Blake, criticised in the past for being too extravagant from the baseline, plays a flawless return game to move a break up.

Blake 1-1 Sargsian
The blustery conditions are causing problems for both players and, like Blake in the opening game, Sargsian takes his opponent to deuce before making two poor unforced errors.

Blake 0-1 Sargsian
Sargsian opens with an unconvincing service game. Blake takes him to deuce before his opponent overcomes his early jitters to take the game.




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