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  • Fish avenges loss to Mayer, Petzschner also advances

    3/26/10 4:51 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Fish avenges loss to Mayer, Petzschner also advances Mardy Fish defeats Leonardo Mayer in straight sets on Thursday night in Miami. Petzschner is joined in the second round by Philipp Petzschner.

    Mardy Fish d. Leonardo Mayer 7-6(4), 6-4

    Fish, who lost to Mayer 6-4, 6-0 last month in the Memphis first round, needed one hour and 40 minutes to avenge that loss in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Thursday night. Neither man could break serve in a tight first set (Fish saved two break points and Mayer fought off three), but Fish seized a 6-2 lead in the ensuing tiebreaker and he finished it off three points later with a backhand passing shot.

    After serving dominated the first set, things changed completely in a second frame of playing characterized by dismal service games. Despite serving at only 41 percent in his last five games, Fish got broken only once and he made up for it with two breaks of his own. Mayer struck no aces in the second set and double-faulted five times while saving only two of four break points. Fish wrapped up his effort with six aces on his way to a second-round clash against Andy Murray.

    Philipp Petzschner d. (Q) Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-1

    Sweeting did well to qualify for the Miami main draw, but life was much different for the 159th-ranked American against an established player like Petzschner. After a mere 49 minutes, Petzschner cruised into a second-round meeting with Janko Tipsarevic.

    The 53rd-ranked German, who reached the Memphis semifinals last month, won 77 percent of his first-serve points, 74 percent even on second serve, and never got broken while saving the only break point he faced. Petzschner also benefited from a poor display by Sweeting, which included seven double-faults. An aggressive Petzschner also jumped all over his opponent's second serve as he won 11 of 14 second-serve return points.





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