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Mardy Fish has got the idea how a person’s life can change in a matter of few hours. Towards the end of the 2011 season, he was in top 10 in the world rankings and was playing the best tennis of his life. But, all of a sudden, he suffered a serious heart problem and his life changed inside out.
Fish was taking part in the Sony Open in March last year. He reached the quarter final round in that tournament before suffering a straight set defeat against the Argentinean player Juan Monaco. That night, Fish experienced something dreadful. His heart began to beat awkwardly in the middle of the night and he was taken to the hospital immediately. He went through a surgery and came back after remaining out for a couple of months.
He played at Wimbledon 2012 and looked in good nick before losing to the French superstar Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 4th round.
Fish started well in the next Grand Slam i.e. US Open too and made his way into the 4th round without having too many problems. He had to take on the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer in the 4th round, but, he surprisingly withdrew his name from the match because of the health issues.
After that, Fish remained out of action for a long time before coming back for BNP Paribas Open in March this year. He couldn’t do well in that tournament and got defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 3rd round.
After that tournament, Fish again disappeared from the scene for a few months. He came back last month for the BB&T Atlanta Open. He got knocked out from the opening round there, but, he fought hard before falling.
After that, he played in Citi Open as well and lost in the second round there against the French player Julien Benneteau.
In one of his recent interviews, Fish admitted that he has still not completely recovered from his heart problem and he doesn’t know how much more time he needs.
The American player said, “The recovery has been slow. I don’t know how long it will take me to get right up there fitness wise.”
Mardy Fish has been defeated by his compatriot Michael Russell in the opening round of the BB&T Atlanta Open. Russell won the match in three sets by 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Fish was making a comeback to tennis arena after a few months and he did look a bit clumsy. He had started well though and was leading by a set at one point of time, but, as the contest progressed, his intensity went down.
This was the 4th time that these two players were playing against each other and Russell defeated Fish for the second time.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Russell said, “I think I played quite well. Mardy is not an easy player to beat. He is a fierce competitor and it’s wonderful to get better of such a quality player in the opening round.”
In the opening set, Fish seemed to be at his peak. He broke the serve of his opponent a couple of times and sealed the set by 6-4.
But, in the second set, the comeback man fell apart. His serve was broken successively in the 5th and the 7th game and he lost it by 2-6. The rain interruptions during the set might also have affected Fish’s concentration.
In the decider, Fish seemed to be pulling things back as he started with a breakthrough in the very first game.
The next 4 games went with the serve and at the end of the 5th game; Fish had a lead of 3-2.
However, the 32 years old veteran couldn’t maintain that lead as he was broken back in the 6th game and the scores got levelled.
There were no serve breaks in the next 5 games and the set was heading towards a tie breaker. But, Fish lost his serve again in the 12th game and with that, he lost the match too.
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