Mardy Fish sets up semifinal against Harrison at Farmers Classic
Top-seeded Mardy Fish made it to the semifinals at the Farmers Classic tennis tournament for only the second time in his career Friday. The 29-year-old, who lives near the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA where the tournament is played, has never gone any further in the only L.A. stop on the ATP Tour.
Fish, who was a first-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon earlier this month, beat eighth-seeded Russian Igor Kunitsyn, 6-2, 6-4, Friday. Fish will play fellow American Ryan Harrison in a Saturday semifinal. Harrison is a decade younger than Fish and cracked the top 100 in the ATP computer rankings (at 94) for the first time this week. Harrison beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei in the first quarterfinal Friday.
Saturday's second semifinal will match American veteran Alex Bogomolov, a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 winner over fourth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci on Friday, against the winner of a late match between second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro and Ernests Gulbis.
-- Diane Pucin