Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Australian Open: Gone Fishing!

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Well America, our best hope on the men's side of the 2012 Australian Open has bit the dust!

World No. 8 Mardy Fish has gone fishing!

Fish lost his second round match to Alejandro Falla of Columbia 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 and became the first Top 10 player on the men's side to get booted from Melbourne.

The other two Americans booted in the second round were Donald Young and Sam Querrey. Still alive are No. 15 Andy Roddick and unseeded Ryan Sweeting who are yet to play their second round matches. Roddick is favored to defeat the aging former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and advance to the third round. The 24-year old Sweeting has his hands full with World No. 5 David Ferrer and isn't expected to get passed the second round.

The only American already in the third round is No. 16 John Isner. He's scheduled to play No. 18 Feliciano Lopez of Spain who is no walk in the park. If Isner has a good day and defeats Lopez, he most likely will have the unenviable task of facing World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. So let's not jump on the Isner bandwagon just yet America.

But for Fish, it's safe to say that his 2012 experience down under was very disappointing.

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