Mardy Fish has been defeated by Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo of Spain in the opening round of the ongoing ATP Savannah Challenger on Monday. Hidalgo won the match in three sets by 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Hidalgo had come into this tournament after winning the Panama Cup and he seemed to have carried on that momentum here as well. In the initial parts of the match, he was looking under a bit of pressure, but, he came back in a superb fashion.
On the other hand, for the fans of Mardy Fish, it was another forgettable day. The American seemed to be in no rhythm at all. He won the first set, but, once Hidalgo started getting it right, Fish was just blown away.
In the post match interview, Hidalgo said, “I came here very late and I didn’t have enough rest before this match. I was really feeling weary in the opening set.”
“After losing the first set, I just tried to calm down a bit. I knew that I was up against a good player and I would have to play some good tennis to win the match from there.”
“Thankfully, from the second set onwards, I got my timing right. I hit the ball crisply and managed to pull off the next couple of sets.”
“I still can’t believe that I won even after being so tired. It was really an unbelievable outing for me.”
This was Fish’s first outing after the BNP Paribas Open which was played last month. In that tournament, Fish had managed to reach the third round. In the first round, he had got a bye and then, in the second round, he had got better of his countryman Bobby Reynolds. However, his campaign was ended in the third round by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
In Savannah Challenger, Fish had been given entry through wild card.
Mardy Fish has returned back to the tennis arena. He faced his countryman Bobby Reynolds in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open and won that match by 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
This was Fish’s first match after the US Open last year. The American player had withdrawn his name from the fourth round match because of the heart problems.
Fish won the first set in quick time, but, in the second set and in the initial parts of the final set, he struggled. He was down by 2-4 in the final set. However, he managed to pull things back and won the match.
Fish looked very happy after winning his comeback match. Talking to the reporters, he said, “It’s fantastic to be back. I missed tennis a lot and was very excited before this match. I was not fluent today and that happens if you are playing after a long gap.”
“I have gone through a very tough time; that’s for sure. I was very confused towards the end of last year. I couldn’t decide whether I should retire or not.”
“There were a few people who gave me a lot of support during that time. My wife was certainly one of them and I am playing for those people.”
Fish confirmed that he will take part in the Sony Open which will start from 20th March. Fish said, “After this tournament, I will participate in the Sony Open and thereafter, I will reassess things.”
Bobby Reynolds also expressed his delight on Fish’s comeback. He said, “I am so happy that he is back. He is a great ambassador of the game and the American fans had been waiting for his return since quite a whole. He really went through a horrendous time, but, now, everything is fine for him. Hopefully, his health will remain good in the future.”
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Mardy Fish has withdrawn his name from the International Tennis Championships which is going to be played in Delray Beach. The 31 years old American player has still not got rid of the heart problems that he had discovered last year. Fish has been out of action since the US Open 2012.
Fish’s heart problem started when he was taking part in Sony Ericsson Open last year. His heart started beating rapidly all of a sudden and he woke up in the midnight because of that.
In one of his recent interviews, when Fish was asked about what exactly happened with him that night, he said, “Honestly speaking, that night, I felt that I would die. It was really a horrible night. My heart was beating abnormally and I didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, I survived.”
However, after that set back, Fish managed to recover and made a comeback in the Wimbledon Championship last year. Fish played decently in the Wimbledon Championship. He won three matches before getting knocked out of the tournament.
Thereafter, Fish also participated in the US Open. But, he again suffered that heart problem after securing victory over Giles Simon in the third round match.
Fish had to lock horns with the Swiss superstar Roger Federer in the fourth round, but, he didn’t take part in that match. Fish didn’t play any more matches in the remaining of the season.
In November last year, Fish made the announcement that he would not participate in the upcoming Australian Open and he would start the season by participating in the San Jose Open.
Fish later withdrew his name from San Jose Open as well and now, he has withdrawn from Delray Beach tennis Championships.
Because of not playing since the last few months, Fish has gone down in rankings. His current world ranking is 32.