WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2012
Fish Cruises Into 3rd Rd; Del Potro Beats Haas
by ATP Staff|
Tenth seed Mardy Fish cruised into the third round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday in Cincinnati, dismissing Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-1. The American converted five of his nine break points and won 77 per cent of points on first serve.
"I felt like I played as well today as I have all summer," said Fish. "This guy is a good player, really good player. If you're not on top of your game, you're going to be in a lot of trouble. I could still be out there, no doubt, and he could beat me. I felt like I was in control the entire match. That's satisfying, for sure."
The 30-year-old Fish is a two-time runner-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament, reaching the final in 2003 (l. to Roddick) and 2010 (l. to Federer).
Serbia’s Viktor Troicki impressed in a 6-2, 6-0 dismissal of former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. The 26-year-old Troicki broke serve five times as he raced to victory in 61 minutes. He improved to a 24-20 match record on the season.
Del Potro, who recently won a bronze medal for Argentina at the London 2012 Olympics, capitalised on four of his seven break points to hand Haas his earliest defeat in four tournaments. The 34-year-old Haas was runner-up in Hamburg (l. to Monaco) and Washington D.C. (l. to Dolgopolov) and last week reached the Rogers Cup quarter-finals (l. to Djokovic).
Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko won back-to-back matches for the first time since reaching the Nice semi-finals in May (l. to Baker) as he defeated German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-3 in 71 minutes. The 31 year old was a semi-finalist in Cincinnati in 2007 (l. to Blake).
Spaniard Pablo Andujar also won consecutive matches for the first time since May, when he reached the Belgrade semi-finals, holding a 6-4, 4-1 lead over seventh seed Janko Tipsarevic when the Serbian retired due to a virus.