Mardy Fish dialed the hot tub time machine back to 2004 on Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, defeating No. 3 seed and defending champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4.
Fish, currently ranked outside the Top 100, experienced his best year in 2004, rising to a career-high No. 17.
“You know, he’s a good player,” Murray said. “He’s beaten some top guys before. He’s a tough guy to play against. He played better than me.”
Fish said a big win has been a long time coming.
“He’s a Grand Slam finalist this year already, and his results speak for themselves,” said Fish, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last year. “It’s a great win.”
Other upsets were orchestrated by Argentine Horacio Zeballos defeating No. 20 Gilles Simon, France’s Florent Serra topping No. 26 Al Montanes in three sets, and German Philipp Petzschner rolled No. 31 Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-0.
World No. 1 Roger Federer led the Top 10 seeds into the third round, defeating lucky loser Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-3; he was joined by No. 5 Robin Soderling who topped Peter Luczak in straights, No. 7 Marin Cilic who beat Stephane Robert dropping only four games, No. 9 Fernando Gonzalez who beat qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu in straights, and No. 10 Fernando Verdasco who rolled Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2.
Sunday highlights in Miami are (WC) David Nalbandian vs. (4) Rafael Nadal, (6) Andy Roddick vs. Serg Stakhovsky, (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (28) Philipp Kohlschreiber, and (17) John Isner vs. (12) Juan Carlos Ferrero.
No surprises on the women’s side Saturday in Miami as all six seeds in action advanced in straight sets, led by Top 10 seeds (1) Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat (27) Agnes Szavay, (3) Venus Williams who eased past Roberta Vinci, and (6) Agnieszka Radwanska who defeated former No. 1-ranked Serb (25) Ana Ivanovic.
Women’s highlights in Miami on Sunday include (14) Kim Clijsters vs. (17) Shahar Peer, (32) Maria Kirilenko vs. (2) Caroline Wozniacki, and (WC) Justine Henin vs. (26) Dominika Cibulkova.
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