Fish, Tipsarevic, Tsonga Reach Montreal Semifinals
Montreal, August 13: Mardy Fish finished with authority to beat Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday and advance to the semifinals of Rogers Cup shorn of most of its big-name title contenders.
defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-0 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup.
The sixth-seeded American put behind him an error-strewn second set with a dominant third, winning 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-0 over the 14th-seeded Swiss.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 13th seed who was coming off a victory over former world No. 1 Roger Federer, downed eighth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 6-4 to also advance to the semifinals, as did Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, who ousted seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 for his third victory in three meetings against the Czech player.
Fish cruised through the final set to reach his fifth tournament semifinal of the year. It's a big improvement for Fish at the Rogers Cup, where he didn't win a match in previous visits in 2003 and 2008.
“It's certainly nice to play on those courts because they are pretty quick, and they do suit my game very well,” Fish said. “I can kind of get away with not playing great tennis but still winning.”
He will face Tipsarevic, who Fish was beaten three times in their four meetings. Tsonga will take on the winner of a later match between top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils.
It will be a first trip to the semifinals of a Masters Series event for the 27-year-old Tipsarevic, whose performance this week will also put him into the top 20 of the world rankings for the first time. Tipsarevic is currently ranked 24th.
“It means a lot, it was a goal,” Tipsarevic said of his improved ranking. “My goals this season were to finish the year top 20 and to win an ATP title.
“The second thing didn't happen for me yet, even though I was close already two times this year (losing finals at Del Ray beach, Fla., and at Eastbourne). I'm happy that the first thing is happening.”
Former world No. 1s Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray were knocked out in earlier rounds.
The 29-year-old Fish, whose career turned around after knee surgery and a new dedication to fitness two years ago, has won 10 of his past 11 matches, including a win last month in Atlanta and a loss in the final at Los Angeles two weeks ago.
“Mardy is a really intelligent player,” Tipsarevic said. “He's a typical example of an all around player that can defend, stay back, be passive, but then go to the net, play serve and volley and completely mix up the game.”
Fish has already passed Andy Roddick as the top-ranked American player, a status he will almost certainly take into the U.S. Open, which begins in two weeks.
“But (Roddick) went into the U.S. Open as the leading American for 10 straight years, so just because I go in one year ... you know what I mean?” Fish said. “I've got too much respect for him.
“He's handled the brunt of all the questions and all the media and all the pressure his entire career, and I haven't at all. So I'm just hoping to take a little bit away from him.”