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.