JAMES
BLAKE

 

Last Update: February 2019

3241 Points Analyzed Manually for this Study

Strengths:

* 30% more Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Inside In

* Forehand Effectiveness in the Short & Medium Rallies

* Forehand Touch on a short ball

* Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

* 20% more Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

Strengths:

* 40% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Percentage of Points won at the Net (75%)

* 1-2 Punch Approach (75% of points won)

* Baseline Approach (78% of points won)

* Volley Points/Errors Ratio (75%)

Weaknesses:

* None

Strengths:

* 20% less Errors for the Same Ratio of Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line

* Backhand Effectiveness on the Return Games (consistency)

* Backhand Touch on a Short Ball

* Backhand Pass

Weaknesses:

* None

Strengths:

* 2 Times more Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Very high Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return

* First & Second Serve Return Won Points in the Average (28%/50%)

Weaknesses:

* 20% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Very high Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

* First & Second Serve Return Won Points in the Average (28%/50%)

* Received 7% more Aces/Service Winners than Average

Strengths:

* First Serve Won Points (76%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (40%)

Weaknesses:

* 20% less Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average (because of the return position)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Compare his Stats with the ones of the Other American Players here

James Blake can be regarded as a dominant Puncher. This is by making 30% more points with the forehand that he took his biggest edge against his rivals. The way he returned was also like a Puncher (and not a Tempo player). He accelerated his return with Punch and did not block them in an aggressive way (Tempo).

Puncher / High

The way James Blake Punched was close to his baseline (Tempo). He could also take the ball on the rise on the backhand side but he was more effective when he had a bit more time to load his shots (Puncher). 

Tempo / Medium

Winning only 34% of his points by the errors of his rivals (below average), James Blake cannot be regarded as a Retriever at all. He was far too aggressive to count on his rivals' errors to win a match. 

Retriever / Low

James Blake was a Puncher/Offensive which means that he followed a great deal of his forehand to the net. His favorite ways to come in was the 1-2 punch approach right after his serve or the baseline approach. He could also mix things up with some serve & volleys. 

Offensive / Medium-high

James Blake's ratio of first serve unreturned was above average (40%) but he did not take an edge with his Serve against his rivals. This kind of results occur to aggressive returners who stand close to their baseline for receiving and get more aces/service winners from their rivals. So we can say that James Blake was an effective Server who did not take an edge with this shot. 

Server / Medium

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