Monday, September 3, 2012

Fish out of US Open with Heart problem

Fish out of US Open with Heart problem

Mardy Fish withdrew from the US Open before his fourth-round match against Roger Federer on doctor's advice posibly because of an accelerated heartbeat.

"We are not 100 percent sure what the issue is and if it is related to his previous issues," Fish's agent, John Tobias commented. "Mardy is fine and will return home to L.A. tomorrow. This was strictly precautionary and I anticipate that Mardy will play in Asia this fall."

Fish's third-round victory lasted more than 3 hours and after the encounter he did not attend a news conference as he was getting medical treatment.

Today the American said in a statement that he "was reluctant to" withdraw but was "following medical advisement." He added that he looks forward "to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall."

The walkover allowed Federer to reach his 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.

"I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery," Federer said. "We all want to see him back on tour soon."

Federer will next face Tomas Berdych, who defeated Nicolas Almagro 7-6, 6-4, 6-1.

"It will be a tough match against Tomas. We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent," said Federer. "I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points."

Source AP
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