Mardy Fish

Mardy Fish

Mardy Fish was the big name to fall on the third day of the Australian Open as he crashed out at the hands of Alejandro Falla.

The American enjoyed a super 2011 which had seen him climb inside the top ten but his hopes of capitalising on that success in early 2012 came to an abrupt halt as he fell in straight sets..

The first set was decided on a tie break and it was Falla who came out on top as his return was the best part of his game today.

Fish lost his concentration in the second set and seemed more concerned about why Falla was receiving medical treatment.

Errors littered the game of the American and Falla took full advantage as a single break was enough to see him take the second set.

Into the third and Fish did pick up the pace but he was unable to make any major breakthrough and another tie break was needed.

Fish saw off two match points but could not defend a third as he send a backhand volley wide to hand Falla a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

Speaking to ESPN after the match Fish said: "Made a lot of errors. Conditions are about as ideal for me as I would have liked as far as the second and third set, heat and stuff. Just didn't work out."

Falla now progresses into the third round where he will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German coming through when Pere Riba retired 0-6 0-4 down.

Sam Querrey was another American who crashed out today as he fell to Aussie teen Bernard Tomic.

Querrey is on his way back from injury but made the perfect start as he took the opening set 6-3.

But Tomic seemed to settle into his game in the second set and, with the Rod Laver crowd behind him, he took it to Querrey.

It was a comfortable second set for Tomic as the momentum swung in his favour but the third set was a rather dull affair as neither man could make he breakthrough.

In the tie break it was Tomic who picked up the pace as errors from Querrey cost him dear. Taking the breaker 7-3 Tomic edged into the lead.

Into the fourth and it was Tomic who was now well and truly in control as lack of matches for Querrey really started to show.

Tomic wrapped up a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 and will now face Alexandr Dolgopolov who came through a five set thriller.

He saw off Tobias Kamke 6-4 6-1 6-1 3-6 8-6.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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