Mardy Fish beats Rafael Nadal at Western & Southern Open


Those aren’t condolences from Rafael Nadal to Mardy Fish — this time, the Spaniard is congratulating the American on an impressive win. (Matthew Stockman/GETTY IMAGES)

The results have been staggering for the 29-year-old who vaulted into the top 10 for the first time in his 12-year career in May.

After pushing world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to three sets before falling in the Rogers Cup final last week, Fish — now ranked No. 7 — is hoping to get another crack at the Djoker at Sunday’s Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati.

On Friday, Fish moved one step closer while displaying his ability to take down the top players in the game as he ousted a visibly worn-out Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the tournament semifinals.

Nadal endured a brutal three-set match against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Thursday that lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes. Then, 70 minutes following the conclusion of that match, Nadal was back on court for doubles.

Fish lost to Roger Federer to end a surprising run at the tournament last summer. Next up for Mardy: Andy Murray, who knocked off Gilles Simon in straight sets. Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych and Djokovic will take on Gael Monfils on the other side of the bracket.

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