Russell beats Fish in Houston, Isner through to QF

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American qualifier Michael Russell defeated fellow no.1 seed Mardy Fish 6-3  6-1 and booked his place in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship quarterfinals.

Fish, who didn’t seem to be 100% focused, pulled out of the Davis Cup tie against France a couple of weeks ago due to what he called a health issue.

“What happened a couple of weeks ago scared me. Obviously, I’m not over it. I think anyone could see I wasn’t myself.” said Fish after the match.

Russell will play fellow American Ryan Harrison next, who overpowered Igor Kunitsyn of Russia, winning 6-2  6-4.

Second seed John Isner needed three sets on his way to victory as he beat the Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 6-7 (3)  6-4  6-3.

He will meet another American Ryan Sweeting in the last eight. The defending champion Sweeting outplayed Bobby Reynolds in straight sets 6-3  6-2.



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