James Blake understands he’ll be on Andy Roddick’s turf.
Roddick, the Omaha-born tennis star, will likely have the fans’ backing when the PowerShares tennis series returns to Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.
That was the case when Roddick and Blake met in this event’s final more than two years ago, won by Roddick.
“He probably had a few more fans than I did, but it was a lot of fun,” Blake said earlier this week. “Andy deserves a lot of fans. When I’m not playing against him, I’m a fan, too.”
Blake, 37, and Roddick, 35, will meet in a one-set semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday. John McEnroe and Michael Chang will meet in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. The final is set for 9 p.m.
Blake, who grew up in New York and now lives in San Diego, has played with or against Roddick for several years now. They played against each other 12 times on the pro circuit, and they represented the United States in the Davis Cup on numerous occasions. Blake remembers Roddick carrying the title of “closer” in those events for his ability to win the late matches.