when will these guys learn that when they show that they're upset on court it helps their opponents
Mello ousts Fish at Delray
By Michael Cunningham
Posted September 16 2004
Delray Beach · After wondering out loud at times why he couldn't get the ball over the net, Mardy Fish had little reaction the final time he hit one short.
With that mishit on match point, Fish's bid to return to the final of the Millennium International Tennis Championships ended quietly. Ricardo Mello prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, and the tournament will have new finalists this year after Fish joined 2003 winner Jan-Michael Gambill on the sidelines.
Fish was perturbed about hitting so many balls into the net.
"It all has to do with movement," Fish said. "Sometimes I get a little lazy with my feet. It wasn't really a clean match for me. It all comes down to execution against a guy like that."
Mello, a 23-year old Brazilian, is unseeded but made the third round of the recent U.S. Open. He was efficient, persistent, and patient while earning a quarterfinals appearance against Jerome Golmard.
Fish, meanwhile, was mostly frustrated, muttering to himself about mistakes, challenging a few line calls and slamming his racket to the ground during a difficult stretch of the third set.
"It made me more confident seeing he was upset like that," Mello said through a interpreter.
Fish had two good chances to close out the match in the second set but couldn't convert on either.
With the set tied at 4-4, Fish went up 30-0 with a sizzling 125 mph ace. But he lost the next four points, losing the game when he charged the net but once again hit the ball short.
Fish had triple break point against Mello in the next game, but Mello responded with an ace, a line call Fish disputed, and then hit a winner that Fish dived for in vain.
Fish earned the advantage but hit another ball into the net. Mello won the next two points for the set.
The players were on serve in the final set until Fish double- faulted to go down 5-4. Fish climbed back from 0-30 in the final game to gain the advantage, but hit into the net for deuce and then lost on the final short ball.