FLUSHING MEADOWS – American “elder statesman” James Blake and the “new kid on the block” Jack Sock advanced to the second round of the US Open on Monday.
In a rain interrupted match on Louis Armstrong, 32-year-old Blake defeated Lukas Lacko Slovakia 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Blake of the win. “You know, every time I come back here it’s still sort of the goosebumps walking out on Louis Armstrong or Arthur Ashe. I’m excited, and I get a lot of ticket requests. I get to see my fans and friends having a good time. That definitely keeps my spirits up, keeps my head up throughout the whole match.
“I can’t believe that it’s been I think 12 years I have been playing here just about every year. You know, it still doesn’t feel normal. It’s still an incredible feeling to be here and to be doing what I dreamed of as a kid.”
Blake who is playing the tournament as a wildcard was asked about what it will take for an American like himsel