Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/27/12

NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: Mardy Fish serves against Bruno Echagaray of Mexico during day three of the 2007 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2007 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
These are exciting times for Mardy Fish. Still regarded as something of an unlikely American No. 1, Fish seems to be relishing the challenge of hanging on to his No. 8 world ranking and trying to help the United States win the Davis Cup. A big quarterfinal clash against France at the Monte Carlo Country Club is coming up next week, but, in the meantime, Fish is concentrating on defending the ATP Tour points he won here at the Sony Ericsson Open last year when he reached the semifinals before losing to Novak Djokovic. He took another important step towards that goal today with an impressive display on the Grandstand Court when he defeated Spain's Nicolas Almagro -- one of the most successful players on tour this year -- 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 to reach the last eight. Fish seemed to be rushing towards a rapid victory when he went ahead by a break in the second set, but the powerful Spaniard, who has a 22-6 record this year after playing well on clay in South America, refused to buckle, ...
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