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Day 3 Roundup: Falla Slays Fish, Isner Wins Marathon

Written by Dustin Petzold on .

Day 3 was a pretty disappointing one for American players, as Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey and Donald Young all made early exits. Few expected Young to fall to the 119th-ranked Slovenian Lukas Lacko, but the real story of the day was Fish. He played an awful match against Alejandro Falla, a talented but streaky player who happened to have a very good day. Fish struggled to get any depth or pace on his forehand and finished the match with 58 unforced errors to just 35 winners. He was visibly agitated throughout the third and final set as Falla received three separate treatments for cramping. Although Falla double faulted at 6-4 in the third set tiebreak, he ultimately won 8-6 to take the match in straight sets. The loss has to be devastating for Fish, as he failed to advance past the second round in Melbourne for the third straight year.

John Isner, now one of just three Americans remaining in the men's draw, defeated David Nalbandian after 4 hours and 41 minutes, in a 10-8 final set. Unfortunately, the match was marred by a controversial call at 8-8 in the final set. Facing break point, Isner hit a serve up the T that was called out, but overruled by the umpire. After a few seconds of confusion, Nalbandian's request for a challenge was denied by the umpire. Isner went on to hold serve and break for the match. A furious Nalbandian smashed his racquet and berated the tournament officials after the match. You can see the incident at the link below. However you feel about the outcome of the match, it's hard to deny that Nalbandian has a right to be upset with what transpired.


In other news, Christina McHale rallied from a set down to defeat Marina Erakovic and advance to the third round. She goes up against former world #1 Jelena Jankovic in a tough but winnable third round match. Nadal dispatched Tommy Haas in straight sets and Federer received a walkover following the retirement of Andreas Beck. All of the top-seeded women advanced comfortably in straight sets, except for 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who crashed out in straight sets.

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