Top American in Tennis: Mardy Fish Passes Ferrer to Reach Semis in Miami

Lauren LynchCorrespondent IIMarch 31, 2011

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There is a new top American in town who hopped, skipped and jumped over Andy Roddick in the rankings to become the World No. 11 or higher in next Monday's rankings, depending on his results in the next round. 

"I mean, it's not the first tournament that Andy has lost early. It's kind of a bummer that he had to go out the way he went out, the defending champion. I don't know how it feels to be the defending champion at a tournament like this, but it must carry quite a bit of weight, quite a bit of pressure," Fish said.

"So you will a have to—you'll have to ask him on sort of the pressure that it feels or the burden that it feels to carry to be the defending champion at a huge event like this, which is another reason why his career has quadrupled mine, at least. You know, so to be the No. 1 American wouldn't—I wouldn't be the No. 1 American, really."

Fighting for a semi-final spot, the stats show only four aces but David Ferrer could not return Mardy Fish's serves on court, in fact only nine percent. The match was over quickly, ending at 7-5, 6-2 in 82 minutes, and put Fish on top of the American game at age 29. 

Mark Howard said, "You know, there wasn't a lot to it. It ended so quickly. Ferrer couldn't handle Mardy's bombs."

Fish is shocked and proud of his new career high, "I've never been in this position before. Obviously it's very humbling. This is a pretty big country, a lot of people playing tennis. So I'll try to put it into perspective, and I will. No. 11, career high No. 11 sounds really good, too. You know, these are the rewards that come with working as hard as I did."

Slimming down drastically last year, Fish took two titles in 2010 at Atlanta and Newport. He is 12-5 in singles in 2011. In this match, Fish won three of four breaks and Ferrer double faulted five times.

Ferrer complained of suffering from indigestion and said, "Well, I had the stomach problems all the match. I can't play my game, no? But I think he serve really good. A lot wind it's not easy, but it's not a good match."

Mardy had pro golfer Sergio Garcia and wife Stacey Gardner in his box cheering him on.

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