Mardy Fish hits a return to Bobby Reynolds in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.
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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Mardy Fish returned to competitive play for the first time in six months Sunday and earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over fellow American Bobby Reynolds in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Fish has not played on tour since last September because of a heart condition.
"It's been a tough few months, for sure," said Fish. "You sort of feel like it was a win just to go back out there. There's a lot of people that have sort of dealt with what I've dealt with and not come back. It's nice to just play, first and foremost, and then you get out there and you want to win.
"You want to stay within yourself a little bit and not get too fired up or too low or too high or anything like that. Then all of a sudden you find yourself in the third set, you know, deep in the third set losing (4-2), and some of that sort of fight starts kicking in, and you want to win.
"I certainly didn't expect to win so soon. The tennis side of it hasn't been an issue. I have been playing for quite a while now, as far as months are concerned, but just competitive matches, you can't duplicate those."
Fish lost only three points in winning the final four games.
He hasn't disclosed the precise nature of his problem because "it's not something that's very easy to talk about."
"I'm going to play Miami (next week)," he said, "and then I'm going to assess it after that. Maybe step back and see how I feel, where I am personally, see after these two weeks if it's something I can still do at a high level. That will certainly be a question I'll ask. Hopefully I'll resume sort of a normal schedule, but we'll see."
In other men's matches, top-seed Novak Djokovic, who lost to John Isner in the semifinals here a year ago, extended his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini. No. 3 Andy Murray came back to defeat Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, and American Sam Querrey toppled Ivo Karlovic, 6-3, 6-4.
Women's No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova advanced to the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, while American qualifier and former Stanford University star Mallory Burdette's run came to an end, falling to No. 13 Maria Kirilenko of Russia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.