McManus: James Blake's Dream Became Reality

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McManus: James Blake's Dream Became Reality
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NEW YORK, NY -- James Blake may never have won the US Open, but there is no question it was his tournament. If you wanted to pinpoint the moment he arrived, maybe it was the year he crawled through a trench under the fence and snuck in without a ticket. But more likely it was 2002, when Blake played No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in Louis Armstrong Stadium. As the five-set match wore on, the stands gradually filled as word of the match traveled around the grounds, until the top of the bleachers were packed. The top row lined was standing room only, with plenty of US Open employees in their work uniforms standing and screaming for the player later called Jimmy Kid.

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