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Mardy Fish Wins Surbiton Trophy
Mardy Fish clinched the first grass court title of the season today beating 2003 champion Wesley Moodie 6-2 7-6(1) in a little over an hour on a humid day to win the Surbiton Trophy. Fish who is playing his first full season since returning from two operations on his left wrist has been in tremendous form all week dropping just one set to reach the final.
Fish, 24 year old from Minnesota, USA reached a career high of 17 in 2004 before a string of injury problems. He started strongly breaking the tall South African in the fifth game and going on to secure a double break, taking the set 6-2. Fish has already won an ATP title this year and a combination of powerful serving and spectacular returning was clearly too much for the tournament’s top seed Wesley Moodie.
The second set was a closer affair with both players serving increasingly well. Moodie had his chance towards the end of the second with a set point with his opponent serving at 5-6. An ace from Fish ruled out any chances of a comeback for the South African and the second set tie break was dominated by clinical serving and ferocious returning from the American who clinched the tie break 7-1 and with it, the Surbiton Trophy title.
Mardy Fish: “I played pretty well today. This is a tough tournament to win, there are always some really good players here. I started well and as the match progressed my serving got better and better. I came up with a few important aces and got an early advantage in the tie break. I love playing on grass, its my favourite surface and I’m looking forward to the next month especially Wimbledon, some of my best memories are there.
Moodie; “He was the better player on the day. It was disappointing to lose in the final again but Mardy was too good for me today. I started off a bit slowly but he was returning unbelievably well and I was never really in the first set. I really like this tournament and I’m pretty happy with my week, I’m glad to be back on grass and I’m looking forward to teaming up with Stephen Huss at Wimbledon again to defend our double titles.”
Fish, who is now back inside the top 100, will travel to Queen’s Club today to take part in the Stella Artois Championships where he will face rising British star Jamie Baker who was also on court in Surbiton today, taking part in an exhibition match against former top ten player Paradorn Srichaphan. Wesley Moodie will also be playing at the Stella Artois Championships before travelling to Nottingham for the Red Letter Days Open in a bid to get as much practice on grass before defending his Men’s Doubles Title at Wimbledon.
In the men's doubles final Jordan Kerr of Australia and Jim Thomas of American retained their title defeating the Australian pairing of Wayne Arthurs and Chris Guccione 6-2 6-4.
[11.06.2006 Report by Rhian Evans]