• Fish returns to tennis with win in Indian Wells

    3/11/13 3:17 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Fish returns to tennis with win in Indian Wells Mardy Fish gets back in action with a three-set win over Bobby Reynolds on Sunday in Indian Wells. Fish is through to a third-round meeting with either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or James Blake.

    Mardy Fish battled hard to come back to tennis with a win on Sunday afternoon.

    Fish, who had not played a singles match since last summer's U.S. Open due to health problems, beat Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open after one hour and 57 minutes. The 31-year-old American served at a horrendous 41 percent but he broke his countryman five times to aid his effort.

    After splitting the first two sets, Reynolds parlayed his momentum from the second frame of play into a 4-2 lead in the decider. But the American qualifier, seeking his best-ever result at a Masters event, cracked with victory in sight. Reynolds turned in a disastrous service game at 4-3 then donated serve again at 4-5 to end the match.

    "There have been a couple of people that have really been there for me through these past months, and it felt good to play for them," Fish said in his post-match press conference. "The first three months after the U.S. Open I had retired and unretired in my head almost every week. And there was a while where I was done. I had gotten it through my head that I was done when I was just trying to get my normal life back."

    Prior to last summer, "normal" for Fish was winning tennis matches. He hopes to be up to more of his hold tricks on Tuesday against either doubles partner James Blake or No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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