Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Fed vs. The Fish in Cincy Finals

Roger Federer and Mardy Fish have both made it to the finals of the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters event (seriously, the name of this tournament is way too long) in Cincinnati. They will play against each other tomorrow in the last big event before the US Open. 

Federer played a great semifinal match against Baghdatis today to book his spot in the finals, and he is the only player to make the finals of the Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati this year. More importantly, he seems to be playing better with each match, and he's starting to look more and more like the Roger Federer who was nearly impossible to beat.

Fish has had an unbelievable summer as well, and he showed us how much he's improved—and how much his 30 lb. weight loss has helped his game—by defeating Andy Roddick today in three sets. I never thought I'd be saying this, and I know majors are a different thing altogether, but Mardy could do some serious damage at the US Open. 

I think you have to go with Roger as being the favourite tomorrow, but after reading Mardy's interview today you can see how much he wants this: 

Q: Any preference on who you play tomorrow?

MARDY FISH: No. I mean, it’s not where I expected to be in the beginning of the week. Like I said, I knew I was playing well, but how high or the level, you know, I wasn’t too sure about. So I feel like I can beat anyone, to be honest. I mean, I remember the final here in 2003 like it was yesterday. This will be my third Masters Series final. I desperately want to win one.

Watch out Roger! Mardy wants this bad. 

But something tells me R. Fed does too.


  1. I think Fed REALLY wants this one. He hasn't won a title since AO, and he wants some confidence going into the USO.

    I know Fish has been playing some unbelievable tennis, but it might be target practice for Fed tomorrow...we'll see

  2. Yeah, I agree. Fed has been playing so well and I can't really see him wanting to lose in two straight finals. He does, after all, pride himself on playing his best tennis later in tournaments. I'm guessing he'll win in straight sets, but Mardy has surprised me so much this summer that I have to give him a chance too. Should be interesting!


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