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James Blake Wins Wimbledon Opener, Beats Thiemo De Bakker

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James Blake plays a backhand during his Men's Singles first round match against Thiemo De Bakker of Netherlands.
James Blake plays a backhand during his Men's Singles first round match against Thiemo De Bakker of Netherlands.

LONDON -- James Blake of the U.S. ended a five-match Wimbledon losing streak by beating 93rd-ranked Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Blake, a former top-five player currently ranked 87th, reached the second round at the All England Club for the first time since 2008. He lost his opening matches at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament each of the past four years.

Blake's best Wimbledon showings were reaching the third round in 2006 and 2007.

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