Saturday, July 30, 2011
Chalk this up to some weird paranoia of mine, but I always get nervous seeing players on hot streaks leading up to Majors. Maybe it's from the shock of what happened to Andre Agassi in 1995, when he was unbeatable that summer until Pete Sampras stopped him in the finals of the U.S. Open.
Or it could be tracked back even earlier to 1989 when Brad Gilbert went into the Open a solid favorite, but a stomach virus and a game Todd Witsken tagged him in the first round.
Anyway, one of my favorites, Mardy Fish, is on fire right now, reaching his second final in a row, this time in L.A. His emergence in the past year has been pretty remarkable and currently, he's playing the best tennis of his career.
Still, there's that little event called the U.S. Open a few weeks away and the way Fish's schedule is set up, he could end up playing a lot of matches going into New York. That's fine because he's playing some great ball right now, but how much will he have left in the tank when it's Slam-time?
Hopefully, a lot because being hot at the end would mean a lot more than racking up the titles right now.