Blake ousted in opening round at Farmers Classic

LOS ANGELES — Tobias Kamke of Germany ousted James Blake of the United States 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Farmers Classic at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Tuesday.

Blake lost the first four games of the match and was down 3-1 in the second set. He won five games and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final set, only to have Kamke rally.

Kamke won four of the next five games to pull even at 5-all. He then won the final five points of the tiebreaker to hand the 32-year-old Blake his eighth loss in nine matches this year.

Blake joined a list of fellow Americans Jesse Levine, Nicolas Meister and Bradley Klahn who were eliminated.

Levine was beaten 6-3, 6-4, by countryman Michael Russell, who at 34 is the oldest player in the field. Meister, a recent UCLA graduate making his ATP Tour debut as a qualifier, fell to No. 5 seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-4, 6-1.

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