Blake survives Santoro, wins first career five-set match

Updated: August 31, 2007, 11:43 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- No matter the setting, no matter how well he played, James Blake simply couldn't figure out how to win a fifth set.

Until now.

And when he finally prevailed in a match that went the distance, ending an 0-for-9 drought, Blake was too exhausted to celebrate wildly, instead simply raising his arms in the air and slowly walking to the net for a sweat-soaked -- and sweet -- embrace with his opponent.

The No. 6-seeded Blake outlasted Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, ...

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