Matthew Cronin's Picks: Day 4
by Matthew Cronin
Thursday, September 2, 2004
26-MARDY FISH (USA) vs. MICHAEL TABARA (CZE)
Every point, every game, every set is critical now for Fish, who knows that he's being tabbed as the surprise semifinalist in his quarter. He showed in Athens that he has the potential to be a second-week force at the Slams, but he's never gotten out of the first week before so must keep keenly focused at all times.
The quick Tabara has been struggling with various ailments during the past couple years and has been unable to lift himself off the Challenger circuit on a full-time basis. He's fairly fast and has a big forehand, but if Fish keeps coming to net and putting away makeable volleys, he'll have Tabara wishing he was back in his hotel banging his head to the violent sounds of his favorite band, Metallica. Fish will put together a fine all-court effort and triumph in straight sets.
Good luck Mardy!!!!!