Mardy Fish recalls when he underestimated Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Fish met Federer at 2003 Wimbledon, when the Swiss won his first Grand Slam title.

by Dzevad Mesic
Mardy Fish recalls when he underestimated Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Former world No. 7 Mardy Fish said he was blessed to have a chance to play in the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic era. Fish, 40, retired from the game in 2015. During his career, Fish clashed Federer nine times.

In those nine meetings, Fish defeated Federer only once. "What a blessing to play in the Fed/Nadal/Djok Era. Couple wins, tons of losses, enjoyed every minute on the court with you pal. See ya in retirement (goat emoji)," Fish tweeted.

Fish tells a funny anecdote when he played Federer

Going into his first meeting versus Federer at 2003 Wimbledon, Fish thought he had a favorable draw.

Federer ended up beating Fish 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1. "What are your favorite @rogerfederer moments? I’ll start. 2003 Wimbledon, 3rd Rd I play this Federer guy. Called a friend after my 2nd Rd win and said 'I think I’ve got a great draw now.

I don’t think this guy is all that great!' Got crushed and he won the tournament," Fish said in another tweet.

Five years after his first meeting versus Federer, Fish finally got his first victory over the Swiss.

At the 2008 Indian Wells Masters, Fish defeated Federer to reach the final at the tournament. Meanwhile, Fish is skipping this week's Davis Cup Finals group stage action. Fish, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, was advised to skip this week's Davis Cup action.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Fish contacted Bob Bryan and asked him to serve as the acting captain. “Mardy said run it the way you want to run it – you make the choices you want to make, and I'm here if you want to bounce ideas,” Bryan said.

“He wants to give me some decision-making power so that I have a little bit more control while I’m here. Obviously, I’m honoured that he would consider me for the position." Should the United States progress into the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage, Fish would likely return as the team's captain.

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