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Blake destroys Ljubicic in Bangkok

  |   Oct. 1, 2006 at 5:55 PM
BANGKOK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- James Blake Sunday trounced Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets in 58 minutes to capture the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok.

"It was one of those days where everything was going my way, and everything was going against him," said Blake, who beat for the first time in five lifetime matchups. "It happens to everyone at some point, where everything you hit seems to go in. It's great to do it against a champion like Ivan and to beat him for the first time."

Blake, the No. 3 seed in this event, was dominant from the outset, winning the first five games of the match before the top-seeded Ljubicic could break through.

"He was playing great and I wasn't playing as well as I did the rest of the week," said Ljubicic. "I tried to fight, but I was never there from the first point."

Blake, who had five service breaks, pocketed a first prize check of $76,500.

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