Mardy Fish looks to reach his third ATP Washington quarter-final when he takes on the in-form Ricardas Berankis.
Fish will be hoping for a good run this week to help prove to himself and his fans that passing up the chance to compete at the London 2012 Olympics was a good decision. He's made a rapid recovery from an ankle strain which forced him to retire in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and after a first set wobble he dispatched Bjorn Phau 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.
"I see it [playing Washington instead of the Olympics] as a plus as far as playing the events I do well at. Playing in the States is my most fun time of the year," Fish said. "It's one of my favorite stops of the year. I love the city of Washington D.C. The venue is outstanding. I wanted to play last year but it just didn't work in my schedule. And having Citi come on board and having a new title sponsor is great for the tournament."
He'll have to step up his game in round two as Berankis is on fire right now. He took advantage of a weakened ATP Los Angeles field last week to reach his first main tour final, having initially come through qualifying.
And Berankis scored another good win in the opening round in Washington, seeing off Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-5.
However Fish will have noted that when Berankis played Sam Querrey in the L.A. final, the Californian was in a different league, enjoying a crushing 6-0, 6-2 victory.
Prediction: Fish in two.