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Mardy Fish- World Tour Finals (2011)
Mardy Fish had an absolutely stellar 2011.
As a direct result of improved fitness, refined strategy and a well-devised schedule, the veteran American surged into the top eight, qualifying for the World Tour Finals in London. On his path to London, Fish reclaimed his title in Atlanta by defeating John Isner in a gruesome three-set match, fighting past the debilitating summer heat. Fish also made career best runs at Wimbledon and the French Open, reaching the quarterfinals and third round respectively.
The finest representations of Fish's improvement in 2011 were his excellent displays in the Master Series 1000 events. These tournaments are undoubtedly a true test of resolve and consistency, as each and every match is undoubtedly a formidable challenge where nothing can be taken for granted. Fish put together semifinal appearances in Miami and Cincinnati, in addition to reaching the final in Montreal, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
In 2011, Fish demonstrated quantity and quality in the sense that Fish not only won a lot of matches but recorded many significant victories. Fish compiled wins over high quality players such as Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych, and Janko Tipsarevic. Triumphing over a top 20 player on a single occasion is one thing, but to perform at the highest level on a consistent basis is a true mark of success.
In 2012, look for Fish to build upon his successes of 2011. Specifically, I expect Fish to perform extremely well at Wimbledon as his serve and volley, first-strike game is extremely conducive to the swift play at SW19.