It might not be anything, but Fish seemed to be wincing and grimacing during his match against Smeets. Didn't look 100%.
From what I have seen over the last month, he is playing like a complete shithouse. However, as Bilbo said, the home crowd could be a huge advantage for Fish as Mathieu is not good in these type of atmospheres.
Yes, I noticed that as well...didn't the commentators mention a slight problem with his back? I think I remember Frew or someone suggesting that maybe he slept awkwardly, ala Roddick? At any rate, I imagine he was probably a little stiff at the start...back probably loosened up gradually after the first 30 minutes or so.
As "shit" as Mardy has been lately, and I do believe that description is accurate, I just couldn't trust PHM at these odds...give me 1.80+ and I'll reconsider.
But as concerns the crowd, if you're playing crap, there isn't a lot that thousands of screaming fans can do for you, really...they can give you a lift, but if your game isn't working, it isn't working.
And that has been the case for Fish for God knows how long...a finals run in New Haven doesn't prove a great deal imo.