American player Mardy Fish reached the second round of the 2012 US Open as he overcame Japanese player Go Soeda in straight sets 7-6 7-6 6-3. Fish waited till the ninth game of the first set to get the first break of the match. However, at 5-4 up he then failed to serve out the set, letting Soeda right back into it. Fish eventually captured the set after winning the tie break with a 7-3 scoreline. The 30-years old American veteran hit 12 winners and 19 unforced errors, while Soeda hit 10 winners and 15 unforced errors in the first set. The second set started a lot more smoothly for the American as he broke his opponent in the second game to give himself a 3-0 lead. But the story from set one repeated itself: Fish failed to serve it out when leading 5-3 and he was forced to through another tiebreak process. Luckily for him, he kept his composure and wrapped it up 7-2 to win the set in just over an hour, hitting 12 winners and wining 7/9 net points. In the third set Fish was more comfortable as he broke twice on his way to win the set 6-3 hitting 17 winners and 9 unforced errors to Soeda’s 3 winners and 9 unforced errors. The American player will now move on to play with Davydenko in the second round. The Russian defeated Argentine player Guido Pella in the first round.
Elsewhere, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco outplayed Portuguese player Rui Machado 6-1 6-2 6-4 in just one hour and 40 minutes. Verdasco showed his dominance from the very beginning of the match as he broke Machado’s serve twice in the first set to cruise to a 6-1 win in mere 23 minutes. The world number 26 won 84% of points on serve and dropped only 9 points throughout the first set. The second set saw Machado playing a bit better, but Verdasco broke serve twice again, clinching it 6-2. The Spaniard hit 11 winners and 7 unforced errors, while the world number 131 hit 4 winners and 8 unforced errors. The third set was the tightest of all sets as the Portuguese broke Verdasco’s serve early in the set to get a 2-0 lead, before the Spaniard was able to rally back and win the set 6-4. Throughout the match, Verdasco had the perfect score at the net, winning 8/8 points, while Machado won 4/7 net points. Verdasco will now play with fellow countryman Albert Ramos, who defeated Robby Ginepri.
Joining Fish and Verdasco in the second round is Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Italian player Filippo Volandri 6-3 6-4 6-3. Chardy broke Volandri’s serve four times in the match to advance to the second round. The world number 32 fired an impressive amount of 18 aces and 32 winners throughout the match and won 81% of points on serve. Chardy, who just defeated Andy Murray in Cincinnati, will play with Australian Matthew Ebden in the second round.
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