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The Cyclops, Day One: Blake v. Ramirez Hidalgo

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The Cyclops is our daily look at one match you should be sure to follow during the upcoming day at the U.S. Open.

James Blake USA (21) v. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo SPA, fourth match (appx. 6 p.m. ET), Louis Armstrong Stadium

Which of the following statements about American James Blake is true:

a) has lost his last five matches

b) failed to advance past the first round in his last two Grand Slams

c) has a .500 winning percentage against players ranked in the ATP top 125.

d) is ranked 14 spots below where he was at the start of the 2008 U.S. Open

e) all of the above

You don't have to be as smart as the Harvard-educated Blake in order to figure out the answer.

The 29-year old from Yonkers has battled injuries all summer, as his recent results demonstrate. After advancing to the finals at Queens Club, Blake has dropped every match he's played, including a first round loss to Andreas Seppi at Wimbledon and a disappointing three-set defeat in his comeback two weeks ago in Cincinnati.

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo isn't the most dangerous of first round opponents for Blake (the 31-year old is ranked No. 115 in the world), but the Spaniard did beat Blake in their only career meeting (New Haven, 2006) so an upset isn't out of the realm of possibility. Plus, it wouldn't really be an upset if people were expecting it, right?

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