American Mardy Fish won through to the U.S. Open's final 16 with a win over Frenchman Gilles Simon. The third-round match lasted until early Sunday morning. Simon's hustle and defensive skills were able to take the match to four sets, but Fish proved too much. He served 16 aces in the match and broke Simon seven times.
If Fish can win his next match he would make the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. The problem with that goal is that his next opponent is Roger Federer. Not only is Federer in top form this tournament, but he is 7-1 lifetime against Fish.
Though James Blake and Sam Querrey couldn't do it yesterday, three more of Fish's countrymen will take the court in New York today to try to join him in the round-of-16. A retiring legend, the next great hope for American tennis and a relative unknown all have matches today.
John Isner vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber - Isner is the top-ranked American player, the only Yank currently in the top 20. With Andy Roddick's impending retirement, Isner will certainly come under greater expectations. Isner has played Kohlschreiber three times and won all three matches, including two times this season. He recently topped the German at the Masters 1000 event in Toronto.
Steve Johnson vs. Richard Gasquet - Johnson is the reigning NCAA champion. He took out Ernests Gulbis in the second round of the Open. Johnson is hoping his pro career will match his college success. He helped lead USC to four team titles and won his last 72 college matches. Johnson entered the U.S. Open as a wild card, and he has never played Gasquet.
Andy Roddick vs. Fabio Fognini - This is the match of the day, of course. Roddick announced on Thursday that this would be his last tournament, and fans of American tennis are hoping he can stick around awhile longer. Roddick had a surprisingly easy match against Bernard Tomic Friday night, and in the unseeded Fognini, he faces a very beatable opponent. Roddick has only played the Italian once, earlier this year in Eastbourne. Roddick won in three sets.Brad Boeker has been a fan of professional tennis for over 30 years. He coaches high school tennis in Illinois.
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