Mardy Fish was like most everybody else when Rafael Nadal hurt his left foot in a fourth-round match. The top-seeded and top-ranked Nadal needed an injury timeout and had spoken about feeling, for a moment, as if he had broken his left foot.
Nadal, however, moved without hindrance Wednesday while beating the 10th-seeded Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Fish was asked after the loss if he felt Nadal was hindered at all by the sore foot.
"You tell me," Fish said. "I mean, you know, he seemed fine. He moved fine. I don't know."
Fish said he paid attention, as did most tennis fans, to reports about Nadal's injury and that he wouldn't have been human if he hadn't hoped, just a little bit, that Nadal might have been unable to play his quarterfinal.
"Yeah, the first few hours, I guess Monday night, I mean, you're a human being, so those things creep into your head," Fish said. "You know, they blew it up pretty good. He went to the hospital, this and that.
"So, yeah, I mean, that's not the way that I want to go through. Would I take it? Sure, I mean, I'd take it. But, you know, I'm glad he's not injured. And clearly he's not."