The American number one, Mardy Fish has continued his poor form in 2012 with a second round loss to Michael Russell in the Houston clay court championship.
Fish was the number one seed at the event and despite his recent disappointments, was expected to come through his encounter with his compatriot. Russell, who came through qualifying, did play some inspiring tennis but if Mardy was playing even half as good as he is capable of he would have won, it seemed as if his first serve had deserted him in the second set and his backhand failed to penetrate the court, with unforced errors flying off his racquet.
If this had been a continuation of the hard court season then although it would have been disappointing it wouldn’t be as bad whereas this is the beginning of the clay court swing! Mardy has a chance to prepare well for the clay season but it seems as if he is determined to slide down the rankings and ruin all the hard work from 2011, whats worse is that he has chosen not too participate in the Monte Carlo Masters in the coming week. Luckily Fish has hardly any points to defend in Madrid, however he will need to be playing well by Rome and of course Roland Garros as he has a lot of points to defend and if he crashes out early, he will be looking at dropping outside the top 10!