|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - FISH 6-3 5-1 - MATCH! Berlocq struggles, and Fish takes advantage. He spurns a first match point, but the second he pounces on, beating the Argentine with a backhand. A routine win for Fish in the end, and next up is Radek Stepanek or eighth seed Juan Monaco. Drawsheet
- - FISH 6-3 5-1 - No mistakes behind the Fish serve, and that gives Berlocq a near-impossible challenge - win the next four games, including two breaks of serve, or bow out in Cincinnati.
- - FISH 6-3 4-1 - BREAK! As is so often the way, when one chance goes by the wayside, the other player strikes. Berlocq had his chances to level the second set, but moments later he finds himself a set and two breaks down. Fish has not been excellent in this match, but has taken his chances, and the end is now in sight.
- - FISH 6-3 3-1 - Fish looks more than a little irritated with himself when a couple of timid shots suddenly leave him stranded at 30-40 down on his own serve, but in a delicious point he produces a backhand volley to force deuce. He has to save two more break points - but he manages it, and protects his break.
- - FISH 6-3 2-1 - Berlocq back on the board in teh second set. The weather is glorious in Cincinnati, by the way - blue skies, temperature 25C. Could scarcely imagine better conditions for playing or indeed watching tennis.
- - FISH 6-3 2-0 - Confident overhead from Fish seals another hold of serve. The 10th seed just not being stretched here.
- - FISH 6-3 1-0 - BREAK! The pressure mounting on Berlocq - the unforced errors are what's costing him the most. A forehand hit long leaves him exposed at 30-40 down, but he saves it by turning to the drop shot once again. It's only a stay of execution - back-to-back double faults seal Berlocq's fate. Not pretty.
- - FISH 6-3 - SET! It was clinical - the American holds to love, and seals the set with his fifth ace of the match. Added to 10 winners, he had all the firepower he needed to win the opener.
- - FISH 5-3 - Good response from Berlocq there, however, holding to love and catching out Fish with a drop shot that the American clearly wasn't expecting.
- - FISH 5-2 - More like it from Fish - but for that curious game where he served and volleyed and lost his serve, he has been absolutely dominant. The 10th seed still making his way back into the game after a heart issue, but victory would be a start and set up a third round tie against either Juan Monaco or Radek Stepanek. Drawsheet
- - FISH 4-2 - BREAK! Despite Fish and Berlocq both being on the tour for 13 years, they've only met once before. Fish won that ast year in Rome, and looks to have the measure of Berlocq here as well. Berlocq concedes the break as Fish swings a powerful backhand past him.
- - FISH 3-2 - BREAK! After four games in which he looked absolutely assured, Fish suddenly makes some strange choices. Opting to serve and volley, he offers Berlocq chances, and the Argentine laps them up. A ripping backhand return down the line seals the break, and we're back on serve on Grandstand.
- - FISH 3-1 - Important hold for Berlocq to get through this game and get a foothold in the set. He's currently at the highest ranking of his career (37), but yet to worry players in major events. Never been past the last 64 at a Grand Slam.
- - FISH 3-0 - Berlocq has barely been on court, but he looks so rattled and disjointed that the first set could get away from him in no time. Fish holds to love, and the American is delighting the home crowd with a very measured display.
- - FISH 2-0 - BREAK! After a routine hold of serve for Fish to start the match, there's controversy as Berlocq challenges a call on his serve. The ball is shown to be out, but Berlocq still far from satisfied and has a protracted discussion with the umpire abou thte call - to no avail. Fish stays focused, and wraps up an early break.
- - Before the big guns get on court, there's a couple of other second round matches underway in Cincy - first of which sees 10th seed Mardy Fish take on Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.
|Date of Birth||09/12/1981|
|Date of Birth||02/03/1983|