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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Mardy Fish
Fish's Twitter feed carried this message Wednesday: "Friends, unfortunately my health won't allow me to compete this year at the US Open. Thank you for all your support."
Fish's 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 comeback against Matthew Ebden of Australia at Rock Creek Park on Monday was his first victory since March and only his second since last fall's U.S. Open.
The struggles started early for the 15th-ranked Stephens, the highest-ranked American behind Serena Williams. She fell behind 0-3 and lost her serve three times in the opening set.
Sock is trying to follow in the footsteps of another Nebraska native, Andy Roddick, whom he grew up idolizing. The two actually played each other in the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open.
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray pulled out Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will be replaced by a lucky loser.
Mardy Fish eased his way back into big-time tennis with an exhibition match against top-ranked Novak Djokovic. The real test comes this week in the Southern California desert.
Mardy Fish hopes to put together a complete tournament schedule for the rest of 2013, including the three remaining Grand Slam events, after he ends a six-month absence brought on by a heart condition.
Novak Djokovic slammed Lance Armstrong's long-delayed doping admissions, saying the seven-time Tour de France winner is a disgrace to cycling and "should suffer for his lies."
The United States has reached the end of the road in its Davis Cup run.
The U.S. reached the end of the road in its Davis Cup run.
Without Andy Roddick or Mardy Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup team will count on a roster of John Isner, Sam Querrey and twins Bob and Mike Bryan for its semifinal at Spain on Sept. 14-16.
Refusing to allow his opponent even a glimmer of hope under the lights, Andy Murray wrapped up a straight-set win on a drama-free evening inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Mardy Fish has pulled out of his fourth-round match against Roger Federer at the U.S. Open for precautionary health reasons.
Serena Williams didn't drop a game in advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
More than four years after her French Open title, Ana Ivanovic is finally back in a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
"I struggled mightily during the U.S. Open last year. So those sort of post-traumatic experiences that I've had — that I have now — are what I need to get over right now," he said. "But it's a process. It's not an easy game. And fitness is as big a part of it as playing, and sometimes that's trouble — spells trouble — for me."
Asked then whether his heart or mind is the source of greater problems, Fish replied: "It's a little bit of both. A lot of it's mental, what I went through, and obviously a little bit of it was physical, too. I can't say it any differently than: It's just going to be a day-to-day thing right now."