Monday, March 06, 2006

Blake Wins Las Vegas Tennis Title to Reach Career-High Ranking

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- James Blake beat Lleyton Hewitt in the Tennis Channel Open final in Las Vegas to win his fifth title and reach a career-high 14th in the world rankings.

Fifth-seeded Blake upset the top-seeded Australian 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 for his first victory over Hewitt in seven attempts, extending his career-best start to a season to 14-4.

Blake, 26, joins top-ranked Roger Federer, Tommy Haas and Ivan Ljubicic as the only players to have won two Association of Tennis Professionals titles this year. Blake also won January's Sydney International.

The 25-year-old Hewitt, a former top-ranked player, lost his second straight final after reaching the title decider at the SAP Open in San Jose, California, two weeks ago. He last won a tournament in January 2005 in Sydney.


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