6/30/12 7:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
Mardy Fish edges David Goffin in three tight sets on Saturday during Wimbledon third-round action. Fish will go up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday.
Mardy Fish may be the No. 10 seed at Wimbledon, but based on his recent struggles a run to the fourth round constitutes a real surprise and a huge success. Fish made it happen by taking out David Goffin 6-4, 7-6(6), 7-6(6) in two hours and 16 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
The American had been out since Houston due to a heart issue and had not won a match since Miami prior to this fortnight. But he clearly gained confidence after a three-set win over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and a five-setter over James Ward.
Fish saved his best tennis for an in-form Goffin, who reached the fourth round of the French Open and took a set off Roger Federer. The 30-year-old fired 17 aces compared to only one double-fault and he won 89 percent of his first-serve points while holding every single time.
Goffin played another rock-solid match, striking 35 winners to a mere seven unforced errors. The 21-year-old Belgian, however, simply did not have enough firepower with which to hurt Fish and he could not get the job done on big points. Goffin failed to maintain a 4-1 lead in the third-set tiebreaker, which proved to be his final undoing.
Fish will battle Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday for a quarterfinal spot. Tsonga rolled over Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
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