Fish wins U.S. Open opener

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, Last Updated: 4:51 PM ET

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -- Surging American Mardy Fish was a hard-fought opening-round winner Tuesday on Day 2 at the U.S. Open.

The 19th-seeded Fish needed all five sets to get past Czech Jan Hajek 6-0, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 on the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Minnesota native Fish moved on in 2 hours, 36 minutes on the Grandstand Court.

Fish has now won 17 of his last 19 matches, including a pair of titles and a runner-up finish against the great Roger Federer in Cincinnati.

The first eye-catching upset of the fortnight came when French veteran Arnaud Clement cut down 16th-seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in five sets, 6-3, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, on an extremely hot day here. The on-court temperatures soared well over 100 degrees.

The former Australian Open runner-up Clement advanced in 3 hours, 27 minutes against Baghdatis. who swatted 22 aces, but also tallied 48 unforced errors in a losing effort.

The former Aussie Open runner-up Baghdatis reached a U.S. Open Series final in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago.

In other action involving seeds, No. 23 Feliciano Lopez of Spain handled Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and France's Jeremy Chardy took out No. 24 Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.

Argentine Eduardo Schwank dismissed former U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3.

Additional first-round wins came for Spaniard Tommy Robredo, Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, Frenchman Benoit Paire, German Philipp Petzschner and Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.


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