Flying Fish reaches Montreal Masters final

Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:46pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MONTREAL, Aug 13 - Mardy Fish swept past Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3 6-4 at the Montreal Masters on Saturday to reach his third consecutive final and lift the gloom hanging over American tennis.

Fish, who has tapped into a rich vein of form in the build-up to the U.S. Open winning in Atlanta and reaching the Los Angeles final, is brimming with confidence heading into the Flushing Meadows grand slam.

His win ended the prospect of an all-Serbia final with world number one Novak Djokovic set to put his 51-1 season record on the line later on Saturday against Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga in a rematch of the Wimbledon semi-final won by the Serb.

Fish's resume includes six titles but a win on Sunday would be by far the biggest of the 29-year-old's career.

No American has won on the Canadian hardcourts since Andy Roddick in 2003 and Fish will be the first to reach the final since Andre Agassi in 2005.

"I know the history," said Fish. "It has been a great week. It has been well documented that I haven't done well at all in this tournament.

"I win a lot of matches because I can play a lot of different styles.

"A faster surface like this is going to suit my game perfectly. A hard court where I've got my footing pretty good."   Continued...

<p>Mardy Fish of the U.S. hits a return to Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic during their semi-final match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, August 13, 2011. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>