Americans Blake, Fish Swim to Forefront at ATP Estoril
James Blake and Mardy Fish made waves on Wednesday at the Estoril Open in Portugal. The No. 6-seeded Fish moved into the quarterfinals with a grinding 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Spain’s Ivan Navarro. The No. 4-seeded Blake also came from a set down, topping Portugal’s Federico Gil 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in his first-round match.
Blake will next face France’s Marc Gicquel.
“I don’t think I’ve played that well since San Jose (February),” Blake said. “I really felt like my old self out there, it’s the first time in a long time. Even if I don’t win another match here I’ll still feel good about my clay game. But I’m not ready to stop, I would really like to win this tournament.”
Former French Open winner Gaston Gaudio’s event came to a close in the first round with a straight-set loss to Fabio Fognini.
Other second-round winners were No. 2 seed Nikolay Davydenko who dismissed former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in straights, and Spain’s Ollie Hernandez upsetting No. 3 David Ferrer.
On Thursday Fognini will face No. 1 seed Gilles Simon. Davydenko and Fish will meet in the quarters on Friday.
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