SONY ERICSSON OPEN 2012
Fish Cruises Past Anderson
by Peter Holehan|
In men’s third round action, No. 8 and top American Mardy Fish bounced back after being a break down in the first set to defeat No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 6-4, 6-3.
Fish had defeated Anderson in their only other prior meeting in the round of 32 at the 2011 US Open. It was tight there as well with Fish winning two tiebreaks.
“I actually thought I played a good first game,” Fish said. “I chose to receive for a reason. Tried to get a game under my belt before I served and just played a bad game and sort of, you know, took me a while to really get going and to really kind of realize where I was. You know, these are all opportunities. I mean, you have to throw out last year and really start new. Everybody starts at zero January 1, and so, you know, this is a big opportunity for everyone in this tournament."
Fish, who has six career ATP Tour singles titles, advances to face No. 12 Nicolas Almagro.
Almagro limited his mistakes by committing just 10 unforced errors in beating fellow countryman and No. 20 Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-4.
“Almagro has been playing great this year, even on hard courts,” Fish said. “I think he was up a break in the first set by the time we walked in here. He'll be a tough player.”
Fish has defeated Almagro in all three meetings, but has had to rally back from a set down in two of those matches.
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