Blake beats Gimelstob 7-5, 6-1 at Queen's Club
LONDON -- James Blake defeated Justin Gimelstob 7-5, 6-1 in an all-American, second-round match at Queen's Club on Tuesday.
Blake, ranked No. 7 in the world, missed a his first set point while leading 5-4. But he closed it out on his third opportunity after a lob hit the baseline that Gimelstob couldn't return.
Blake broke to lead 3-1 in the second set and he lost only one more point in the match.
Fellow American Mardy Fish crushed British wild card Jamie Baker 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Rafael Nadal.
British hope Andy Murray was poised to level his match against unheralded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic at one set all when persistent showers brought a premature end to the day's play. Tipsarevic leads 7-6 (3), 2-5.
Murray is aiming to join compatriot Tim Henman in the second round after the remaining four Britons in the draw all failed to survive their first-round tests.
Defending champion Andy Roddick did not even get out of the locker room. He will have to wait another 24 hours to begin his quest for an unprecedented fourth successive Queen's crown against Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic.
In another all-American matchup, Robby Ginepri rallied to defeat Paul Goldstein 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Also, Nicolas Mahut of France defeated countryman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-1; Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand beat Dick Norman of Belgium 6-4, 7-6 (5); and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia topped British wild card Alex Bogdanovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.
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