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Michael Russell tops Mardy Fish

Updated: April 12, 2012, 9:52 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Qualifier Michael Russell took advantage of the ailing Mardy Fish for a 6-3, 6-1 victory Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

Fish, the top seed in the tournament and ranked ninth in the world, was playing for the first time since pulling out of Davis Cup competition against France for what he called a health issue.

"What happened a couple of weeks ago scared me," Fish said. "Obviously, I'm not over it. I think anyone could see I wasn't ...

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