- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mardy Fish passed on the London Olympics. Tommy Haas wanted in.

The top-seeded American required big and timely serves to reach the second round. The fourth-seeded Haas advanced with relative ease.

Fish rallied from an opening-set loss and beat Bjorn Phau 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday night in the Citi Open.

Haas, an Olympic medalist denied a chance for a second, continued his impressive summer by defeating American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4, 6-2.

No. 8 Sam Querrey survived three tiebreakers to beat Igor Andreev 7-6 (2), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2).

Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in Athens, entered this week on a gimpy right ankle, one he injured two weeks ago in Atlanta. He then tweaked the injury diving for a ball late in the first set on Tuesday.

“It’s 75 percent, but not hampering me in a bad way,” Fish said.

Down a set and struggling with his composure at 1-1 in the second, Fish fought off a service break by firing two of his 15 aces.

“I get down a break there, you start questioning things, start feeling the ankle a little bit more,” Fish said. “You’d be surprised how much better it feels up a break than down a break.”

Fish, who missed several weeks on tour earlier this year following a procedure to correct a heart problem, rattled off wins in five straight games to take the set. He won 10 of 11 games overall.

“It was nice to sort of get the momentum there in the second set and keep it throughout the match,” said Fish, who returned to the tour this summer by reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Fellow seeded-players Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kevin Anderson also advanced with straight-set victories.

On the women’s side, top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia eliminated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-4, 6-3. No. 3 Sloane Stevens moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 triumph over Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Only a brief rain delay between sets slowed Haas, the last player to beat Roger Federer this year. The 34-year-old German never faced a break point and broke Russell’s serve three times.

Fish chalked up his no Olympics decision to scheduling despite an “unbelievable experience” in Athens. Haas, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, is still bothered by a decision made by others that denied him the chance to play at Wimbledon, the site of this year’s Olympic tournament.

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