2005 CINCINNATI MASTERS
ROGER FEDERER v JAMES BLAKE
World number one Roger Federer struggled to a first-round win over James Blake in the Cincinnati Masters.
In his first outing since winning Wimbledon, Federer showed his ring rust in a 7-6 7-5 victory over the American wild-card entry Blake.
Federer made a series of errors but rallied from 3-0 down in the second set to clinch a hard-fought win.
Federer looked rusty after a five-week lay-off with a sore foot and had to save the only break-point of the first set in the ninth game.
After taking the first set to a tie-break, Federer took it 7-3 and finding himself 3-0 down in the second set, raised his game.
"It was really what I expected," said Federer afterwards.
"I was disappointed at times where I just couldn't make all the returns I wanted to.
"It just shows how the eye is not quite there like it was maybe at Wimbledon, obviously, in the finals.
James Blake continued his resurgence after his horrible luck last year that made him endure injuries and illness. Blake showed he is close to contending with the best in the world.
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