Fribourg: The United States took a 1-0 lead against Switzerland in their Davis Cup first round series on Friday after Mardy Fish beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7 in a thrilling opening singles match.
Fish had to dig into his reserves to stage a fightback after wasting a match point chance at 5-4 in the decider. He clinched victory six games later with a cushioned, crosscourt volley winner at the net.
Its certainly up there, theres no doubt about it, said Fish, when asked how it ranked among his best wins.
A 95-minute final set saw wild shifts in momentum and emotion, before the eighth-ranked American improved his record to 3-0 against the 28th-ranked Wawrinka. He did everything to win, Wawrinka said of Fish. He played more aggressively in the fifth set.