Fish stumbles out of ATP Atlanta event with injury

20 July 2012 04:46

Two-time defending champ Mardy Fish surrendered the Atlanta Open tennis crown when an injured left ankle forced him to retire from his second round match.

The second-seeded American was on Thursday leading Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 6-4, 3-2 when he called it quits at the hardcourt event.

Fish, 30, stumbled while trying to return a drop shot and rolled his left ankle at the net, dropping to the ground and staying down for about a minute.

He got up and limped off to his sideline chair, sat down for a short break and returned to finish the fifth game but then chose to withdraw.

Fish, who beat American compatriot John Isner in the last two Atlanta finals, recently underwent a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation, which deals with misfiring electrical pulses in the heart.

Isner, meanwhile, advanced Thursday to the quarter-finals by defeating Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Aussie Matthew Ebden beat 32-year-old American James Blake 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4, and will play Muller on Friday.

American Jack Sock also won his second round match by beating Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5).