How about that Mardy Fish? It looks like he's getting on one of those Mardy-Masters-series runs where next thing you know he's in the finals. Of course, to pull that off here would be a monumental task considering who he even has to face in the next round, David Ferrer. But beating Richard Gasquet and the lava-hot Juan Martin del Potro back-to-back shows Fish is in great form.
Plus, he's on the verge of accomplishing something that I never thought could happen for him. If he beats Ferrer, he becomes the top-ranked American. Sure, that's not the same as pulling that off during the McEnroe-Connors or Sampras-Agassi eras, but it's still an impressive feat, nonetheless.
By now, we all know the story: Fish lost 30 pounds and went on a tear through the rankings, which has left him on the doorstep of a major personal feat. It would be well-deserved if he made it to that top U.S. spot, and great if he can take it even further.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.