World # 90 Mardy Fish, won two matches today, taking out the pride of Britain and defending AEGON champion, Andy Murray in the continuation of their match Thursday that was postponed due to darkness at 3-3 in third set, and then defeating Frenchman Michael Llodra, 6-4, 6-4. Fish looked extremely comfortable on the grass, and controlled the net against Murray and Llodra, who is an avid serve and volleyer, giving Americans hope that Mardy is rounding back into form at a critical point in the season.
For Fish, who is looking for his first grass court title and his 4th career title, the semi-final berth represents his strongest showing since being whipped in the semis of his hometown tournament by Ivo Karlovic in Delray Beach in February, 6-2, 6-3.
Samurai Sam took out Xavier Malisse, 7-5, 6-3, who himself took out Novak Djokovic the previous day. Querrey, world # 23, can do something very special this week by winning the tournament, which he certainly has a chance to do. Should Querrey win at Queen’s Club this weekend, he would become the first player this year to win a tournament on hard courts, clay and grass. Querrey is looking to make his second grass court final, by defeating Rainer Schuettler of Germany in one of tomorrow’s semis. Querrey lost a tight 3 setter to American Rajeev Ram in the finals at Newport last year, which is America’s only grass court tour level event.
Fish will take on Feliciano Lopez in the other semi, who defeated Rafael Nadal this morning. A Querrey-Fish final would be exciting for American tennis, and would feature a classic matchup in terms of styles, with Fish attacking and Querrey playing from the back of the court. The semi-finals will air live on TTC beginning Saturday at 8 AM EST.