Yea, go flake!!!!!
Here's an article from the local paper in IW
Fish to face Federer after quick victory
Thomas St. Myer
The Desert Sun
March 13, 2005
INDIAN WELLS - Mardy Fish disposed of fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill before the crowd settled into their seats Saturday morning at Stadium Court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
In about an hour, Fish knocked off Gambill 6-2, 6-2 in the opening match to advance to the second round of the Pacific Life Open.
Fish won 85 percent of his first serves, 76 percent of his total serves and saved all three of his break points.
"I put the pressure on him and kept it on him in the second set," Fish said.
In reward for his outstanding play Saturday, Fish moves on to play world No. 1 Roger Federer. In their four previous matches, Fish won only one of 10 sets.
In their first encounter, he won the third set in their round of 32 match at the 2003 Wimbledon. Last year, he played Federer in the fourth round here at Indian Wells and lost 6-4, 6-1.
"I don't think too many guys out there think they can beat him," Fish said. "I'd like to think that I can or at least fake that I can."
Ranked No. 11 in the world juniors before he turned pro in 2000, the 23-year-old Fish once expected to hear his name mentioned in the company of Federer and his former roommate Andy Roddick. Today, he still sits on the outside looking in at the top ATP Tour players.
Fish owns a mediocre 91-72 record and only one title - the 2003 Stockholm Open.
"I'm still a ways away from contending with the best," Fish said. "I've made a lot of changes technically and mentally and I'm banking on them coming together soon."
Coached by former ATP pro Todd Martin and Scott Humphries, Fish said on the court he recently altered his forehand volley and serve toss. Off the court, he now adheres to the advice of Martin, whereas in the past he sometimes tuned out his coaches. (WELL, GOOD!!!!!!!)
Though superstardom remains out of reach for now, if Fish straightens out a few of those kinks, watch out.
In his junior days, tennis experts pegged him a future superstar for a reason.
"There's a couple of guys out there that I think have the ability to break through and he's one of them," Roddick said.