Posted April 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
Qualifier Michael Russell took advantage of the ailing Mardy Fish for a 6-3, 6-1 victory Thursday in the second round of the US Men's Clay Court Championships. Fish, the top seed in the tournament and ranked ninth in the world, was playing for the first time since pulling out of Davis Cup competition against France for what he called a health issue. ''What happened a couple of weeks ago scared me,'' Fish said. ''I'm not over it. Anyone could see I wasn't myself.'' In other second-round results, South Africa's Kevin Anderson beat American Sam Querrey in three tight sets, Juan Monaco of Argentina was a straight-sets winner over Japan's Tatsuma Ito and Ryan Sweeting won the all-American match against Bobby Reynolds. The 136th-ranked Russell knew he had a great opportunity against Fish. ''In the beginning, I thought he was playing pretty well and it was neck and neck and then his game definitely deteriorated big time,'...

Qualifier Russell Stuns Top Seed Fish in Houston

An under-the-weather Mardy Fish was taken out by fellow American Michael Russell 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships on Thursday. The Houston resident Russell took advantage of five out of eight break point chances against the top seed Fish. Second seed John Isner  rallied from a set down  to top Horacio Zebalos 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2. Isner hammered...

Lopez Wins in Houston Debut, Top Seeds Isner, Fish to play on Thursday

Feliciano Lopez won his debut match in Houston on Wednesday by stopping Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6(4). The Spaniard, ranked No. 15 in the world, fired 13 aces during the match and rallied from 1-4 in the first set at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships at the River Oaks Country Club.   Seven Americans have reached the second round at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, the...
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