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NEW YORK -- Back before Mardy Fish transformed himself into the player he is today, he compiled a record of 5-8 in his first eight visits to the U. Nike Air Max 90 Miglior Prezzo .S. Open, never making it past the second round from 2000 to 2007. Before changing his eating and workout habits, Fish didnt make it easy to put together a deep run at Grand Slam tournaments. Not only that, but he didnt necessarily believe he was capable of doing it. Nowadays? Heres how Fish talks about his chances at the hard-court U.S. Open, which is scheduled to start Monday: "Ill certainly feel like I can beat anyone especially on that surface, at that tournament." He has given himself reason to think that way, which is why he also has spent a season changing his goals, aiming higher than ever before, while enjoying the best stretch of his professional career at the old-only-by-tennis-standards age of 29. "I hope to keep playing the way Im playing," Fish said. He is seeded No. 8 at the U.S. Open, the first time hell be the top American at the countrys Grand Slam tennis tournament. "His eagerness factor is very high," former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said. "And hes seeing the results consistently. Hes saying, Hey, if I keep working hard, and I keep doing what Ive been doing, then who knows what could happen?" Fish spent a decade in the shadow of his pal Andy Roddick, which seemed to be just fine with the laid-back Fish. Roddick was the last U.S. man to win a major championship, at the 2003 U.S. Open, and used to be ranked No. 1, but recently dropped out of the top 20 for the first time in nearly 10 years. So now Fish has moved to the forefront. By serving and volleying, he earned first place in the U.S. Open Series standings based on performances on the summer hard-court circuit, thanks to winning one tournament and reaching the finals at two others. Playing on the same surface used at Flushing Meadows, Fish pushed top-ranked Novak Djokovic to three sets one week, then beat former No. 1 Rafael Nadal the next week. After upsetting Nadal in Cincinnati, Fish spoke about having "belief that I really felt like I could win; not that I wanted to win -- I really felt like I could and maybe should win." Results such as those boost rankings and draw attention. Just this week, in fact, Fish picked up a new sponsor: Bumble Bee Tuna (cue the name jokes). "Hes playing the best tennis of his career, to be honest. I have been competing with him for the last couple of years, and, you know, he moves much better on the court nowadays and hes fitter," Djokovic said. "Mentally, he just believes it more against top players." Fishs ranking dropped to 108th on March 1, 2010, after missing time because of left knee surgery in September 2009. The six-foot-two Fishs weight topped 200 pounds before the operation, and afterward, he dropped about 30 thanks in large part to a complete overhaul of his diet. Fish cut out late-night snacks and meals consisting of pizza or cheeseburgers. He committed to eating healthy food in proper portions. It all permits him to move better on the court and play well in lengthy matches. That, and improvements to his forehand and other aspects of his game, have made Fish a wholly different player. "It is possible for someone his age to continue to improve. And remember: Hes really just started to scratch the surface of his overall ability," McEnroe said. "This guy was a top-20 player even when he wasnt a physical specimen, so that tells you a lot about his tennis talent. And now hes taking it to the next level." At the French Open, Fish talked about wanting to make it to the third round for the first time -- and he did. At Wimbledon, he wanted to get to the quarter-finals for the first time -- and he did. It was his third visit to the round of eight at a major tournament, but he fell to 0-3 in those matches, losing to Nadal. Now he hopes for a longer stay in New York. "Id still love to make it past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam," Fish said. "And the U.S. Open would be a perfect one for me to do that in." A reporter wanted to know what it would take for Fish to accomplish that latest goal. "Im not sure; Ive never been there," he said. "Id like to find out, as well." Nike Air Max 90 Bianche . They presumably didnt want to make a mess of the court where he was essentially a coach between the lines for the Mavericks when they won the franchises only title in 2011. Nike Air Max 90 Scontate . -- A second straight complete game was not needed from C.PHOENIX -- Working the black worked out nicely for Bronson Arroyo. Enticing Houstons aggressive hitters by throwing to the corners and out of the strike zone, Arroyo pitched seven strong innings to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday. "These guys are really aggressive and young, so I dont think theyd change their approach that much," Arroyo said. "It allowed me to stay on the outer half and get a lot of groundballs." Arroyo (6-4) matched Houston starter Brad Peacock through seven innings before the Diamondbacks scored two runs off Josh Fields (1-4) in the seventh. Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the inning and Cody Ross knocked him in with a double to right-centre after an error by Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar. Hill added a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to put Arizona up 4-1. Paul Goldschmidt also homered and Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save. Arizona has won six of eight after its latest rally-from-a-slow-start game. "Weve been pushing on, guys staying with their approach," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "A lot of talking on the bench and weve made some adjustments in-game when weve had to." The Astros have been superb on the road over the past month, winning eight of their previous nine, including the series opener against Arizona Monday night. Houston had no answer for Arroyo, though, managing seven hits -- three of those by Jon Singleton -- while going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. "He was throwing the ball good," Peacock said. "Weve been doing a great job jumping on people, but hes one of the best starters in the game and we just couldnt get to him today." Arroyo has hit his stride since a spring-training back injury limited his effectiveness early in thee season. Nike Air Max 90 Grigie. The right-hander won his last outing, against Colorado last Wednesday, and has pitched well against the Astros, entering Tuesdays start 9-1 with a 2.05 ERA his last 12 starts against them. He laboured through the first two innings, working around six baserunners while throwing 42 pitches. The right-hander breezed through the next three innings before Matt Dominguez followed Singletons leadoff double by lining a run-scoring single through Arizonas drawn-in infield to tie the game at 1-all. Arroyo got some defensive help along the way, including a pair of strike-out, throw-out double plays and a nifty grab up the middle by Hill on a short-hop in the seventh inning. Arroyo allowed a run on six hits and struck out five. "Hes hitting his stride here, got on a pretty good roll," Gibson said. "He knows how to get guys out." Peacock won his previous three starts and was sharp in his first game against Arizona. Goldschmidt splashed a solo homer into the pool in right-centre off him in the first inning, but the right-hander allowed two more hits after that -- a pair of infield singles in the second. Peacock walked four and struck out three in six innings. "Peacock did a great job," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Six innings, strong, he finally started to use the top of the strike zone, did a good job of keeping us right there." Notes: The Diamondbacks have hit a double in 23 straight games, longest since club-record 32-game streak in 2006. ... Peacock has pitched at least five innings and has yet to allow more than four runs in nine starts after opening the season in the bullpen. ... Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel will go for his team-leading eighth win of the season when Astros head home to face the Diamondbacks and RHP Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday. Cheap China JerseysCheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From ChinaChina NFL JerseysCheap JerseysCheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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