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September 5, 2005

Blake's back from the brink

On Saturday, America's James Blake stunned the tennis world with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win in the third round of the US Open over second seed Rafael Nadal.

It wasn't just the Spanish upset that had crowds at Arthur Ashe stadium on their feet; they applauded a humble man, who refused to give in to the designs of fate.

To anyone familiar with Blake's story of tragedy and perseverance, the sight of him taking down the best young player on the tour was as emotional as it got.

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