In addition to having the Armstrong crowd on his side, James Blake has a favorable second-round matchup.

At 30 years old, and nowhere near his best, Blake is unlikely to win a title here. But he did catch a bit of a break by getting Peter Polansky as his second-round opponent when the 22-year-old Canadian upset the 30th-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina in straight sets.

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The Open is the only grand slam tournament Polansky has qualified for this year and he has never been passed the second round in any grand slam event.

James Blake has been slowed by injuries all year, but he looked good in his first round dismantling of the big Belgian Kristof Vliegen. His forehand was as good as ever, and his at-
times unsteady backhand was rock solid throughout the three-set win.