3/9/13 7:45 AM | Ricky Dimon
James Blake takes care of Robin Haase in straight sets on Friday in Indian Wells. Blake will go up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
James Blake rolled over Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. Blake held nine of 10 service games and won 61 percent of his second-serve return points to advance in just 58 minutes.
The 33-year-old American took charge right away with a break early in the first set. He added one more scalp of the Haase serve before closing out the opener on serve at 5-3. One break in the second was easily enough for Blake, because he dominated on serve. The world No. 99 dropped a mere six points in his last five service games and he punctuated the match with a routine hold at 5-4.
"I came out kind of firing, which worked well," said Blake. "I think he was maybe expecting me to be a little more passive, and I got the better of him right at the beginning, which was a good feeling to get off to a good start and get a lead. It was a good feeling to start that way and to close it out the way I did, too."
Next up for the former world No. 4 is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who got a first-round bye along with the other 31 seeds.
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