Whereas players such as Federer, Ferrer and Murray are having the seasons of their lives; playing some of the best tennis of their careers, wowing crowds with their skill and flair and breaking enduring records, Fish does not seem to be experiencing the same good fortune. 2012 has brought him no luck; he is yet to secure any titles and after undergoing a heart operation in May, it is dubious as to whether he will win one this year.
Since his career highlight and break-through year in 2010, where he was playing with confidence, poise and finesse winning 11 straight matches, and securing trophies at Newport and Atlanta back to back, Fish seems to be suffering from a drought when it comes to winning titles.
He started this season at the Australian Open, but failed to make it to the third round, being cast aside by Falla. Following this, he was also unsuccessful in Indian Wells only making it to the third round and a bitter defeat in the quarter finals at Miami prevented him from advancing further in this tournament. Fish’s appearance at Wimbledon was also disappointing; after convincing victories over Hidalgo, Ward and Goffin, he went head to head with Tsonga in the fourth round, and here his running streak ran dry. Fish, currently ranked at number 13, began the match with a punch, securing the first set against the 5th seed Frenchman. However, Tsonga was quick to retaliate and fought back harder and stronger proving too much for the American; Tsonga took the following three sets to take him into the quarter finals.
It would appear this torrent of losses has battered Fish’s confidence as he has decided not to compete in the Olympics. With him undergoing his major heart operation so recently, he will hopefully use this time to recover full fitness, rebuild his confidence to return to his next tournament back on solid form.