Mardy Fish Crashes out of Australian Open 2012: Alejandro Falla Advances

Shane LambertAnalyst IIJanuary 17, 2012

Alejandro Falla
Alejandro FallaScott Barbour/Getty Images

Mardy Fish's 2012 Australian Open has come to an abrupt end as the top-ranked American suffered a loss in the second round at Melbourne Park. Alejandro Falla of Columbia pulled off the upset and is into the third round down under for the second time in his career.

Fish was seeded eighth at this year's Aussie and he is the first high seeded casualty of the tournament. The line score in the match ended at 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (6) with Falla converting on his third match point.

Fish has not been playing his best tennis for several months now and an early exit from Melbourne Park is not too surprising. Unquestionably, Falla has improved and the Columbian is playing much sharper tennis right now than what tennis fans are generally used to seeing.

A spot in the quarters is up for grabs in that section of the draw with Falla one of the contenders. Should the Columbian keep up his solid play he should definitely improve upon his career-high ranking of world No. 58 at some point in the near future.

Falla will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round in what looks like it could be a very competitive match. 

Neither player is seeded at the 2012 Australian Open, although they have both been to the fourth round of previous Grand Slams. Most recently, Falla made the fourth round of the 2011 French Open while Kohlschreiber's last fourth-round appearance came in 2009, also at Roland Garros.

Juan Martin Del Potro is now the highest remaining player ahead of the quarterfinals in that section of the draw. At time of writing, the 11th seed was leading his second-round match two sets to love against Blaz Kavcic.

Roger Federer is the highest seeded player in that quarter with many expecting a Federer versus Del Potro showdown for a spot in the semifinals.