James Blake Beats Andy Roddick To Win Winston-Salem PowerShares Series Title

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – James Blake won his ninth career title on the PowerShares Series – and his second of the 2017 season – beating Andy Roddick 6-3 in the one-set championship match at the PowerShares Legends Winston-Salem, part of the Winston-Salem Open ATP World Tour event.

“I get a special feeling every time I come to Winston-Salem,” said Blake who made his debut as a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team in Winston-Salem in 2001.

Blake earned 400 PowerShares ranking points with the tournament win on the North American circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. Blake moves into second place in the PowerShares Series rankings with 900 points, trailing the first-place Roddick who has 1200 points. Mark Philippoussis and Mardy Fish are tied for third place in the rankings with 700 points, followed by John McEnroe with 600 points, Jim Courier with 300 points and Michael Chang with 100 points.

In April, Blake won his first PowerShares Series title of the year in Charleston, S.C., beating Philippoussis 7-6 (10-8), saving two match points en route.

To advance into the final earlier in the evening, Blake defeated Mardy Fish 6-3 while Roddick won by a 6-2 margin over Chang, who was making his 2017 PowerShares Series debut.

Each PowerShares Series event features two one-set semifinal matches and a one-set championship match and, for the third year, players make their own line calls with assistance of electronic line-calling.

The remaining PowerShares Series for this season schedule with player fields are listed below and ticket, schedule and player information can be found at www.PowerSharesSeries.com;

August 24-25 – New Haven, Conn. – John McEnroe, James Blake, Michael Chang, Mark Philippoussis

October 6 – Lincoln, Neb. – Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake

October 16 – Lynchburg, Va. – John McEnroe, James Blake, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang

October 22 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Andy Roddick, James Blake, Michael Chang, Mardy Fish

In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the PowerShares Series points title with 1600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando. James Blake finished in third place with 1100 points and tournament titles in Chicago, Portland and Brooklyn.

In 2015, Andy Roddick won the PowerShares Series points title in his second year of competing on the series with 1,600 points. Roddick won a record eight events Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, Austin, Little Rock, Dallas, Richmond and Minneapolis. Blake finished second in the points rankings with 1,200 points, winning events in Boston and Cincinnati. Mark Philippoussis finished in third with 1,100 points, winning titles in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. The year before in 2014, McEnroe won the points title for the first time in the nine-year history of Champions Series tennis by winning events in Kansas City, Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.

Results from the 2017 season are as follows:

March 30 – Toronto – F: Mark Philippoussis def. Andy Roddick 7-6(5); SF: Philippoussis def. John McEnroe 7-5, Roddick def. Mardy Fish 6-3

April 1 – Charleston, S.C. – F: James Blake def. Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (10-8); SF: Blake def. McEnroe 6-4, Philippoussis def. Roddick 6-4

April 28 – Birmingham, Ala. – F: Andy Roddick def. John McEnroe 6-4; SF: Roddick def. Mardy Fish 7-6(4), McEnroe def. Jim Courier 6-4

May 17 – Chicago – F: Andy Roddick def. John McEnroe 7-5; SF: Roddick def. Mark Philippoussis 7-6 (7), McEnroe def. Jim Courier 7-6(4)

July 23 – Newport, RI – F: Mardy Fish def. Andy Roddick 7-5; SF: Fish def. Courier 6-2, Roddick def. James Blake 6-2

August 20 – Winston-Salem, N.C. – F: James Blake def. Andy Roddick 6-4; SF: Blake def. Mardy Fish 6-3, Roddick def. Michael Chang 6-2

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