On Tuesday, Mardy Fish was a big fan of the fast court surface in Dubai. After defeating Karol Beck, 6-1, 6-1, the top-ranked American had this to say about the quick courts in the UAE:
"It's nice to have at least a tournament or two that's a quicker surface on the tour these days. They've slowed everything down. They've slowed Wimbledon down, they've slowed the US Open down. Montreal was the fastest surface of the year last year, Cincinnati is usually relatively quick. A lot of that has to do with the weather as well. But this court is quick. It's playing fast, especially during the day. And it's nice to get that sort of variety a little bit. We've lost the variety, no doubt about it. There are hardly any faster-surface tournaments any more. I love them. There should be a couple more at least."
On Wednesday, Mardy Fish lost on those same courts to world No. 34 Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 7-6 (0).
The lesson, as always: Love always comes back to bite you.