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Latest win moves Blake up in ATP race

James Blake trails only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in titles in 2006. Bonnie DeSimone writes how Blake's latest win moved him one step closer to another goal.

Updated: October 4, 2006, 3:13 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

You'd expect James Blake to be soaring hours after his 6-3, 6-1, 58-minute demolition of top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic in the final of the Thailand Open. The win marked Blake's career-best fourth tournament win of the season in his year of breakthroughs. He has more titles in 2006 than any ATP player except Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and has put himself in an excellent position to make the season-ending championships in Shanghai.

But this is a guy who has seen his tennis fortunes shift suddenly ...

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