Mardy Fish became the first top seed in the 17-year history of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships to win the title, beating Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday.
Fish endured a wind and a rain delay of about an hour, then converted his fifth match point to earn his third career tournament championship.
“Today was one of those matches where you just want to get off the court with a win,” Fish said. “It was like I don’t care what the score is, I don’t care what it looks like, I just want to get off this court with a win.”
Fish, who grew up in Vero Beach, and went to high school for a year in nearby Boca Raton, considers the Delray Beach tournament home court advantage.
Heading into the match, Fish had a record of 2-10 in career finals — he won the 2003 Stockholm and 2006 Houston tournaments. He lost in the San Jose, Calif., final earlier this month.
“It’s been well chronicled that I’ve had a lot of losses in finals,” Fish said. “I’d certainly like to feel I’m a better player than three titles, but it is what it is.
“I’m happy to win this tournament. I love coming down here and my family were able to be here — my mom, my dad and my sister — they’re never able to travel. And it was nice to have my wife see how it feels for me to win it.”
Congratulations Mardy Fish!