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Fish finally beats Stepanek to reach quarterfinals

Mason (Ohio), Aug 17: Tenth-seeded Mardy Fish reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek on Thursday.Women's top seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame an unexpected challenge from
India TV News Desk August 17, 2012 10:48 IST
India TV News Desk
Mason (Ohio), Aug 17: Tenth-seeded Mardy Fish reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Radek Stepanek on Thursday.




Women's top seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame an unexpected challenge from wild-card Sloane Stephens before prevailing 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Radwanska reached the quarterfinals for the first time in three appearances at the $5.7 million event.

Fish, a two-time runner-up at this event, beat his Czech Republic opponent for the first time in five career matches, including three straight-set losses.

Fish celebrated his win with a leaping right fist pump after Stepanek's backhanded drop shot hit the net on match point.

The American hasn't dropped a set and has been broken only once while rolling into the quarterfinals.

Men's sixth-seed Juan Martin Del Potro also was tested before finally pulling away in the third set for a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1 win over Viktor Troicki of Serbia. The Argentinian improved to 6-0 in his career against Troicki.

Germany's Angelique Kerber became the first player to reach the quarterfinals. The No. 5 seed needed to win a tiebreaker to advance with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over qualifier Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic.