Journeyman Alejandro Falla, currently world #71, has taken the first two sets from Mardy Fish, “the U.S. #1”, on court 3 in the 2nd round at Melbourne. Falla, best known for going up two sets to zero on Roger Federer in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010, has played incredibly, converting on all 5 of his break chances, including a clutch break back a second ago as Fish was up 5-3, and trying to close out the 3rd set. Falla has played big tennis and error free tennis, and he has been very clutch at the net, and has clearly dominated on big points.
This would be a disastrous loss for Fish. The score is currently 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-6 (4-2). The boys have been at it for 2 hours and 40 minutes so far.
Later on tonight, John Isner battles David Nalbandian, Donald Young takes on Luckas Lacko, and Sam Querrey goes against Bernard Tomic. It’s a huge night for Americans, even if Fish loses. We expect all the younger guys to represent themselves well.
Also, Christina McHale is struggling at the moment, having lost the first set and down an early break in the second to Marina Erakovic.