FISH KNOCKED OUT

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.