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Rains ease, Blake advances at Delray Beach

Feb. 13, 2008 at 9:30 PM

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- It took two days to do so, but James Blake completed a first-round victory Wednesday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

Rains have disrupted the tournament's schedule with showers falling throughout Tuesday and for much of Wednesday.

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Blake began his match against Robert Kendrick on Tuesday and was leading 3-2 in the first set when the rains came. Blake finished off a 7-5, 7-5 decision Wednesday as he attempts to reach the final of this event for the second straight year.

Sam Querrey moved on to the second round with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Yuri Schukin in a match that also was spread over two days.

Florian Mayer, the fifth seed, retired in his match against Kei Nishikori and Vincent Spadea was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Denis Gremelmayr.

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