BANGKOK, Thailand -- James Blake
powered past a below-par Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-1 in less than an
hour to win the $550,000 Thailand Open on Sunday.
Blake stunned the Croatian by opening up a 5-0 lead in the
first set, as Ljubicic failed to produce his trademark big
The American broke his opponent at the start of the second
set before Ljubicic's game completely fell apart -- the
Croatian finding the net almost as often as the court.
Blake used his pace and powerful backhand drives to put the
match beyond Ljubicic and take his fourth title of the year.
"I felt like I was returning great because his serve was
off from the start, and it stayed off," Blake told a news
"When he's winning, it's because of his serve and I took
advantage of that and heaped pressure on him the whole match. It was a combination of me playing well and him having a
bad match," added Blake, who sealed victory in 58 minutes for
his third straight-sets win of the tournament.
Ljubicic, who was the top seed, said he was unhappy with
his performance having played well in the earlier rounds
against high-caliber opposition.
He said Blake had nothing to lose and won by cutting him
out of the match at the start.
"It's disappointing because I wanted to fight for the title
and I was never in it from the very first point," Ljubicic told
"He played good, he was returning my serves perfectly. My
shots were going out when all his were landing in. When he plays like this I had to take more risks."