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Blake survives blitz in Metz

18th September 2012, 12:07pm

James Blake: Will face fourth-seeded Florian Mayer next

James Blake: Will face fourth-seeded Florian Mayer next

James Blake defied 19 aces from home favourite Albano Olivetti to reach the second round of the ATP Moselle Open in Metz.

The experienced American broke Olivetti's serve three times to triumph 6-2 7-6 (7/4) after one hour and 15 minutes on court.

Blake, who lost his first six matches on the ATP World Tour this season but has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since then, will face fourth-seeded Florian Mayer, of Germany, next.

Frenchman Olivetti, ranked 213th in the world, put up an impressive fight considering he was playing in only his fourth match on tour.

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