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Wed Apr 23 21:36:23 SAST 2014

Fish stumbles out of Atlanta event with injury

Sapa-AFP | 20 July, 2012 08:080 Comments
Atlanta Tennis Championships - Day 6
Mardy Fish fields questions from the media after retiring from his match due to injury against Gilles Muller of Luxenburg during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 19, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia
Image by: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

Two-time defending champ Mardy Fish surrendered the Atlanta Open tennis crown when an injured left ankle forced him to retire from his second round match on Thursday.

The second-seeded American was leading Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-4, 3-2 when he called it quits at the hardcourt event.

  Fish, 30, stumbled while trying to return a drop shot and rolled his left ankle at the net, dropping to the ground and staying down for about a minute.

  He got up and limped off to his sideline chair, sat down for a short break and returned to finish the fifth game but then chose to withdraw.

  Fish, who beat American compatriot John Isner in the last two Atlanta finals, recently underwent a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation, which deals with misfiring electrical pulses in the heart.

  Isner, meanwhile, advanced Thursday to the quarter-finals by defeating Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

  Aussie Matthew Ebden beat 32-year-old American James Blake 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4, and will play Muller on Friday.

  American Jack Sock also won his second round match by beating Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5).


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