Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick: a tale of two Americans

What the ... ?

That sentiment can actually be applied to both Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick. I'll start with the bad first, as in "What the heck happened to Fish?" I know Alejandro Falla has had some interesting results over the years, such as being up two sets on Roger Federer at Wimbledon a couple of seasons ago, but still. Fish had a nice win against Gilles Muller in the first round, which I thought might be a sign that he was ready to make a nice run at a Major. Now, realistically, he probably doesn't have a great chance to prove himself at the Slam level until Wimbledon. If he's healthy, then this was definitely a missed opportunity for the number-one-ranked American.

Now about the longtime number-one-ranked American who is not anymore, Andy Roddick: "What the heck got into Roddick?" He really put a hurtin' on Robin Haase; I thought Haase realistically had a shot to take that match. Winning that match so, so handily shows Roddick might have a decent run in him here. Next up for him is his old nemesis, Lleyton Hewitt. It could actually be a pretty good one. Stay tuned!

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