Del Potro edges Blake in 5-setter, makes 3rd round
U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has advanced to the third round of Australian Open, beating American James Blake 6-4, 6-7 (3), 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 in four hours and 17 minutes.
Del Potro, who beat Roger Federer in last year's final at Flushing Meadows, had a chance to serve for the match at 6-5 in the fifth after breaking Blake.
But Blake broke back immediately, helped by two errors from the 21-year-old Argentine, to extend it.
Del Potro again broke Blake for a 9-8 lead and another chance to serve it out. This time he made no mistake this time, closing with a big serve out to Blake's backhand side on his first match point.
Blake's best finishes in Grand Slams are three quarterfinal appearances - at the 2008 Australian Open and the 2005 and 2006 U.S. Open. Not helping his Grand Slam career statistics is a 4-13 record in five-set matches.