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James Blake upsets bland razor spokesman at Olympics

Posted by: Chris Serico - Posted in James Blake, Yonkers on Aug 14, 2008

Yonkers native James Blake needed only two sets to upset Swiss phenom Roger Federer in Olympic tennis earlier today.

blake.jpgIt’s his first time beating Federer — the No. 1 player in the world — in nine tries.

Federer, who hocks five-bladed razors with fellow clean-shaven sports celebs Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter, is one of the world’s best athletes about whom few Americans care. To me, he’s like “Gone With The Wind.” I’m sure I’d be really impressed by watching both, but frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Blake, however, is a classy, bright guy with a winning combo of personality and humility. And he’s an amazing story to boot: In addition to overcoming scoliosis as a child, in 2004 alone he endured a broken neck, the death of his father and a nasty case of shingles. Plus, he was a high school classmate of John Mayer and attended Harvard University before dropping out to pursue his tennis career.

James Blake: The best a man can get.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)