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Slow surface hurt Fish

Originally Published: April 9, 2004
By MaliVai Washington | Special to ESPN.com

DELRAY BEACH -- U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe wanted a slow court for this quarterfinal tie that would allow Andy Roddick to really take advantage of his kick serve. Even though Roddick might be better on a slower court, his serve is so big it would be successful on any surface -- even if it were faster.

The same cannot be said for Mardy Fish, who lost the opening match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden. Fish prefers a faster court and would have been more successful ...

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