Fish dishes up Washington win

Mardy Fish won his first ATP match since March by outlasting Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden at the Citi Open in Washington.

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Fish, the former world number seven who is down at 64 in the rankings after a heart problem restricted his playing schedule this year, came through 2-6 6-1 6-3.

"I still feel a little uneasy and that's to be expected. It's not all going to be roses right away," he said.

"These will be the sort of situations I have to get through to be 100 per cent. These sort of post-traumatic experiences are what I have to get over.

"A lot of it is mental. A little bit is physical."

Fish will take on 12th-seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the second round.

Also on Monday, Australian qualifier Samuel Groth blasted 20 aces to beat American Denis Kudla 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 and book a second-round match against Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic.

Groth's compatriot Marinko Matosevic ousted veteran American James Blake, 6-2 7-6 (8/6).

"The first set, I really served poorly, and he took advantage," Blake said. "The second set, I fought back and had a chance. I didn't make my shots when I needed to."



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