No. 1 Federer Can't Catch Slippery Fish

No. 98 player beats star in little more than an hour
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2008 9:55 PM CDT
Mardy Fish celebrates after winning a point during his 6-3, 6-2 win against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. today.    (AP Photo/Mark Avery)
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(Newser) – No. 1 Roger Federer was involved in a semifinal match in the Pacific Life Open today that lasted barely more than an hour. That was no surprise. What was shocking was that it was Federer who lost: 6-3, 6-2 to No. 98 Mardy Fish. The defeat at Indian Wells put an end to the world top-ranked player's streak of 41 straight wins over Americans, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"This wasn't obviously Roger's best day, but hopefully I had a little something to do with that," Fish said. He will play No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the finals tomorrow. Fish hit 26 winners compared to 14 for Federer, and jumped out 3-0 in the first set and 3-1 in the second. Fish had won one set from Federer in five previous matches.