INDIAN WELLS, California: Simply being back on the tennis court felt like a victory for Mardy Fish yesterday after the American returned to action following a lengthy recovery from a heart condition.
The fact that he was able to fight back from a break down in the third set to seal a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win against compatriot Bobby Reynolds.
Rhe 31-year-old Fish won the last four games to book his place in the third round.
“It’s been a tough few months, for sure,” said Fish, who was embraced at the net by qualifier Reynolds at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after the match.
“You sort of feel like it was a win just to get back out there. There are a lot of people that have dealt with what I’ve dealt with and not come back,” he told reporters.
“It’s nice to just play, first and foremost, and then you get out there and you want to win. I certainly didn’t expect to win so soon. REUTERS