Today Fish was handily beaten by Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-7, 3-6, 6-7 and freely expressed his irritation that Falla was treated for cramps at the change of ends.
Falla is the same intermittently brilliant player who looked set to throw Roger Federer out of Wimbledon in the first round in 2010 before he realised he was about to beat The Great One in straight sets and choked.
There was no choking today.
Falla consistently went for the kill as Mardy struggled to find any momentum to his serve and accuracy on his shots.
After the match Fish continued to complain that Falla used the treatment breaks to halt any momentum Fish gained.
“I see that guy’s called the trainer three, four times, however many times he was out there.
They’re making the balls bigger and heavier. They’re making it to where it’s such a physical match now that you’re going to have guys that are going to abuse that a lot.
So, yeah, I thought he was having some physical issues. But then in between on every point he was totally fine.
First of all, I wouldn’t want the other guy to know that I was hurting in the first place. If you’d seen how much water I drank in the past three days just to hydrate to make sure that something like that (cramps) didn’t happen, I did all the right things there.
I’m not feeling great, either. It was three hours and it’s pretty hot out. It is what it is.”