Tennis: Blake's singles career ends with 1st-round loss at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) - James Blake walked off the court at tennis' US Open for the last time as a singles player early on Thursday morning after blowing a two-set lead and losing in a fifth-set tie-breaker.
The 33-year-old American, ranked 100th in the world, was beaten 6-7 (2-7), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2) in the first round to Ivo Karlovic.
Blake, who will still play doubles, had announced on Monday that this would be his last tournament, ready to spend more time with his wife and young daughter. He could not quite extend his stay for another round.
He rallied from down a break in the final set to force the tie-breaker, but could not overcome the 2.08m Croat's big serve at the end. Karlovic closed out the victory in 3hr 24min with his 38th ace.