• After five-setter, Fish back in action against Goffin

    6/29/12 11:18 PM | Ricky Dimon
    After five-setter, Fish back in action against Goffin A rusty Mardy Fished survived five sets against James Ward on Thursday at Wimbledon. Now Fish will go up against one of the stories of 2012, wild card David Goffin.

    For different reasons, Mardy Fish and David Goffin are two of the bigger tennis stories in 2012. On Saturday they will face each other for the first time on one of the sport's biggest stages, bidding for a spot in the second week of Wimbledon.

    Fish had been outstanding in 2010 and 2011, but he started slow this year and had only one good showing (a quarterfinal in Miami) in his first six tournaments. The reason for Fish's lethargy was diagnosed in the spring as a irregular heartbeat.

    Until this fortnight, the 30-year-old American had not played a match since Houston. Fish clearly is not the Fish of old at the All-England Club, but two victories already represent a good performance based on his previous form. After getting past Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in straight sets, the No. 10 seed outlasted Great Britain's own James Ward 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 on Thursday. Fish is a modest 9-6 for his abbreviated 2012 campaign.

    "I feel pretty tired," Fish said after his five-set win. "My legs are pretty tired. But it feels good to win. It certainly feels good to win a match like that."

    He may have to play another long one if he wants to progress even further, because Goffin will be no easy out. The 21-year-old Belgian broke onto the scene at the French Open, where he got in as a lucky loser and made it all the way to the fourth round before losing to Roger Federer in four sets. Goffin, up to No. 70 in the world, received a wild card into Wimbledon and so far he has taken out both Bernard Tomic and Jesse Levine in four.

    The grass surface will help Fish keep points short and that will help his efforts in this third-round affair. Overall, though, the five-setter in round two does not bode well for Fish nor does Goffin's current form. Goffin in four sets is the pick.

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Fish should be able to raise his game and win in 4 but if Fish plays like he did against ward he will lose

tennis2011 , 6/30/12 12:35 AM

I really like David Goffin. He is the most up in coming youngster. He is fast, smart and very talented. Very much (young) FED like in my opinion. I figure he will down Fish in 4.

sky , 6/30/12 3:39 AM

no preview for the tsonga match

tennis2011 , 6/30/12 7:48 PM

nope, because 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 was NID

other matchups in this quarter were way better

there will be for Fish-Tsonga tho!!

RickyDimon , 6/30/12 8:10 PM

Fish beats Goffin in straight sets, and Fish wasn't in tip top condition! A long way to go before Goffin can become a top player, that puts into perspective how good Rafa, Nole and Murray were when they're teenagers or when they're 20-21 yo. No wonder they're camping in the top four positions for so many years now.

luckystar , 6/30/12 8:50 PM

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