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Mardy Fish Advances to Wimbledon Quarters

Last standing American (and Jew) likely to face Nadal next

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Fish in the course of today’s victory.(Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Earlier today, Mardy Fish defeated Tomas Berdych, who was favored, in straight sets to make only his third Grand Slam quarterfinals ever (he lost in that round at the 2007 Australian Open and the 2008 U.S. Open—both hard-court tournaments, in contrast to the All England Club’s famous, crisply cut lawns). This shouldn’t be entirely shocking: Fish recently passed his longtime friend Andy Roddick as America’s number one; he is ranked ninth in the world, and seeded tenth at Wimbledon. In 2008, he even beat all-time great Roger Federer. But somehow he has yet to appear on The Scroll, and, yup, he’s Jewish. So it’s pretty clear whom we’ll be rooting for from here on out.

In the quarters, Fish will play the winner of a match that, as of press-time, is still going on: The great Spaniard Rafael Nadal, first-ranked and -seeded, is up two sets to one against Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro. Rafa eased Fish out of his last quarters, at the ’08 Open, in four sets. But Fish was not even seeded at that point. And Rafa has to be awful tired, having run around the Paris clay for the full two weeks last month. Fish plays again Wednesday. Get psyched!

Straight-Set Victory Puts Fish in the Quarterfinals [Straight Sets]

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shavit says:

I know nothing about tennis. Are you being serious when you say that Nadal must be tired after playing in a tournament last month?

Hannah says:

No, he’s not joking. Tennis is a highly physically draining (and emotionally draining) sport, as you are out there all on your own. To be playing at such a high level for best of 3 out of 5 set matches can wear on the body and affect your level of play for the following weeks. That’s why players often skip smaller tournaments, in which you play everyday, so they can prepare for the bigger ones like the French Open/Wimbeldon. Just today, Nadal was hurting because of an apparent ankle injury. The more play, the more opportunities for pain/injury to the body.

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Mardy Fish Advances to Wimbledon Quarters

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