Andy Murray, playing a little-known but highly talented Russian named Evgeny Donskoy, had a scare before winning on Sunday. But that type of scare is nothing, of course, like the health scare Mardy Fish has been facing these past few months as heart problems seemed to threaten his entire career.
So there was a lot of emotion flowing around the vast Center Court here at the BNP Paribas Open on a cloudless desert day as Fish recovered from 2-4 down in the final set to beat compatriot Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round in his first competitive match in more than six months.
"It's been a tough few months for sure," Fish admitted. "There are still some demons there that you try to fight but it's just nice to be out in the sun playing for something again."
Fish, who rose to No. 7 in the world in August 2011, had moments when he wondered if being out in the sun playing for something would ever happen. "The first three months after the US Open (where he withdrew in the four...