FISH WINS OPENER

Mardy Fish has defeated Go Soeda of Japan in the opening round of the US Open. The local boy won the match in the straight sets by 7-6(3), 7-6(2), 6-3. The 6ft. 2 inch tall American player rattled Soeda with his power game and blasted 12 aces in the match. The first two sets were very close and both of them went into the tie breaker.  But, in the third set, Soeda looked completely exhausted and he committed a lot of mistakes.

Both the players got one breakthrough each in the first set and the scores were tied at 6-6 at the end of the 12th game.  In the tie breaker, Soeda got a bit nervous and he played some loose shots which made it easy for Fish to seal the first set by 7-6(3). In the second set, both the players broke each other’s service twice and the set went into the tie breaker again. Soeda didn’t manage to hold his nerves in the second consecutive tie breaker and allowed Fish to run away with the second set as well. In the third set, Fish broke Soeda’s service in the very first game and then, held his service in the next game to get ahead by 2-0. Both the players held their service in the next six games and Fish was ahead by 5-3 at the end of the 8th game. Soeda failed to hold his service in the ninth game and lost the match.

In the post match interview, Fish said that it was a very close match and could have gone either way. Fortunately, things went his way and he made his way to the second round. As per Fish, his new coach, Mark Knowles, is helping him a lot in the training sessions and he would like to continue his good form in the second round match as well. In the second round, Fish will play against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia.