Mardy Fish Overdue for Masters Series Win

14 Aug

Today will be 29 year-old veteran Mardy Fish’s 4th chance at his first Masters 1000. For a player who just recently cracked the Top 10 and only has 6 titles overall at much smaller events, Mardy has had more than his share of looks at the elusive Masters Series Shield. If you want an honest assessment, you can always ask Mardy himself…

Mardy will be the huge underdog against Novak Djokovic today, but they do say every dog has its day.  Not only is Djokovic having one of the most dominating seasons ever with a 52-1 record, but he also owns a 6-0 record against Fish with the most recent being a 6-3 6-1 destruction this year in the semis of Miami. As they have both pointed out though, the faster and lower-bouncing courts of Montreal are much more favorable than the courts of Miami that allowed Nole to dictate with his aggressive baseline game.

No one said it would be easy getting that first big title as he has been the huge underdog in all of his 3 previous Masters Series finals. In 2003, the older but less experienced Fish lost 4-6 7-6(4) 7-6(3) to World #4 Andy Roddick in Cincinnati. In 2008, Fish was once again the surprise finalist against World #3 Novak Djokovic in a 6-2 5-7 6-3 losing effort in Indian Wells.  In 2010, Mardy failed to take out World #2 Roger Federer in another close final of 6-7(5) 7-6(1) 6-4 in Cincinnati. Maybe Mardy was just counting down to face a World #1 for his big breakthrough win.

Or am I just Fishing for that happy ending?

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