Fish, Isner, Harrison Lead Americans into Atlanta QFs
by Sean Randall | July 22nd, 2011, 10:25 am

As I noted in my post last weekend, with Mardy Fish has an incredibly busy summer ahead on the ATP circuit, and so far so good.

Last night in steamy Atlanta Fish blew out Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-3 to advance to tonight’s quarterfinal against Somdev Devvarman.

“This was my first match back on outdoor hard court,” said Fish of his first match since the Davis Cup. “You always feel pressure where you’ve had success. I was just happy to move on. I got down a break in that second set. I got some momentum and broke back.”

Youngster Ryan Harrison could meet Fish in the semifinals if both Americans win. Harrison, who beat Xavier Malisse in three sets, is on after Mardy against the Indian Sampras, Rajeev Ram.

“Ever since the (2010) US Open, I have more belief in myself,” the 19-year-old Harrison said. “A light bulb went off for me knowing that I can beat these guys. Even against Ferrer, Soderling and Roger (Federer), I had chances. I know I could play with those guys.”

Ram ended the hopes of Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 yesterday. Hewitt is currently ranked No. 174 and with his injury issues this could be his final go-round on the summer circuit for the former No. 1.

In the bottom half quarters, John Isner faces Yen-Sun Lu and at noon it’s Kevin Anderson against Gilles Muller.

Tennis Channel has coverage starting at noon. ESPN2 takes over at 4pm.

Speaking of the Tennis Channel, right now they are broadcasting the Gael Monfils-Gilles Simon match from Stuttgart.
Nicolas Almagro v. Florian Mayer and then Fernando Verdasco v. Jurgen Melzer follow.

Mikhail Youzhny is already in the semifinals after beating Marin Cilic.


STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon
G Muller (LUX) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
[WC] D Bernstein (USA) / K King (USA) vs M Bachinger (GER) / F Moser (GER) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 4:00 PM
Y Lu (TPE) vs [3] J Isner (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] M Fish (USA) vs [8] S Devvarman (IND)
R Harrison (USA) vs [Q] R Ram (USA)

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12 Comments for Fish, Isner, Harrison Lead Americans into Atlanta QFs

Humble Rafa Says:

Ram, The Truck is on a roll. Good for him. After he wins a few rounds, Tennis-X staff will realize that he is not really American because of his “Indian Culture”, whatever that means.

dari Says:

Haven’t watched live tennis in forever, but watching a little Atlanta now, isner actually looking quite good despite the heat.
And did cliff drysdale just tell brad Gilbert to “get a life”

Kimmi Says:

great for hot sauce to win few matches in hamburg. looks like he is finding something in his game…maybe he decides to train after all..

Go get them nando and win the whole thing.

Kimmi Says:

how does Lu lose to isner 1 and 2..really, was isner that good?

Kimmi Says:

Muller with great win over anderson..

what happened to la monf..a bagel! aaarg! he drives me nuts when he does this. simon should never bagel him.

And cilic loses after having two match points to youzny…those close matches is what he needs to win..he is going more down than up. all that talent!!

Kimberly Says:

Im hoping all three americans will make the semi!

Kimmi Says:

Fish has been playing well this summer, i think he is going to win this.

Kimmi Says:

interesting match this simon vs youzhny

Kimmi Says:

youz screaming!! he is losing badly.

dari Says:

Kimberly, the last semi would have been American either way, recuerda que Ram es Americano, tambien!
But happy to read this morning that is was Ryan that came through. Good for this young guy to put a few wins together!

Kimmi Says:

aaah, hot sauce crush and burn…so much for me thinking he is getting it all back. more hard work is needed.

Kimberly Says:

i was rooting for almagro. I think i will root for him to win the title. I have always liked his game when its on, but mentally he is just a disaster.

I will root for Fish although I like Harrison and Isner but love Mardy. He seems like such a nice guy. Would be nice to see him stay in the top ten and hes got some points to defend in the next month.

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