Blake in, then forced out of quarterfinals
On Friday, Blake received an early-morning call from ATP officials informing him of the reversal. He said later he had been preparing for a quarterfinal match. “No, I didn’t understand the rule the way it was explained to me,” Blake said. “I wish I would have known it before I went on the court. “If we are talking about this in a legal sense, Evgeny has more of a right to be in the quarterfinals than I do.” ATP chairman and president Etienne de Villiers initially ruled that Blake would have won his round-robin group if del Potro hadn’t retired. But a review of the rules found that an incomplete match can’t count as a match played for the retiring player. That eliminated del Potro based on the tiebreaker procedure and moved Korolev ahead based on his win over Blake in their round-robin match. ATP officials released a statement blaming the confusion on “an incorrect variation of ATP rules.” Blake had been awarded a quarterfinal spot after Argentine player Juan Martin del Potro withdrew Thursday because of respiratory problems during a match with Blake leading, 6-3, 3-1. Blake said that he felt bad for fans who had come out for the quarterfinals expecting to see him play a match against Querrey. He said that he hopes he has a future role in helping to alleviate this problem. “A possible flaw in the rules has been exposed in this round-robin format which will weigh very heavily in a couple of weeks at our (ATP Tour) meetings in Miami,” Blake said. “Unfortunately, it forced me out of the tournament, but hopefully some good will come out of it with the revamping, or possibly the destruction, of the round-robin system. Anything that happens is OK with me.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Top-seeded James Blake was removed from the quarterfinals of the Tennis Channel Open on Friday after ATP Tour officials reversed a ruling that had allowed him to advance because of a competitor’s withdrawal during round-robin play. Evgeny Korolev took Blake’s place in the quarterfinals and defeated Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-4 .