Fish bounced from RCA Championships

July 21, 2004 06:03 PM

Mardy Fish reacts to a lost point in the second set of his match against Gregory Carraz© Elsa/Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- American Mardy Fish could not take advantage of a wide-open quarter of the draw at the $600,000 RCA Championships. The fifth seed, Fish was upset by unseeded Gregory Carraz of France, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), in their second-round encounter at the hardcourt event Wednesday.

There were no other seeds remaining in that part of the draw after ninth-seeded American Taylor Dent withdrew with gastroenteritis and No. 13 Max Mirnyi and No. 17 Thomas Enqvist also lost Wednesday. Mirnyi was felled by Karol Beck of Slovakia, 6-4, 7-6 (5), while Enqvist was edged by Israeli qualifier Noam Okun, 7-6 (7), 2-6, 7-6 (5).

Other seeded players losing Wednesday were No. 7 Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands and No. 16 Robin Soderling of Sweden. Schalken was forced to retire due to heat-related problems, while trailing Czech Jan Hernych, 7-5, 1-0. Soderling was routed by American lucky loser Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-2, 6-2.

Third seed Sebastien Grosjean rallied to defeat French compatriot Julien Jeanpierre, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2, and reach the third round. Other seeded winners included No. 12 Nicolas Kiefer of Germany and No. 14 Xavier Malisse of Belgium. The top 16 seeds received byes into the second round.

The top seed is American Andy Roddick, who lost to Roger Federer in the final of Wimbledon. Last year, this was the first of three hardcourt tournaments that Roddick won before he captured his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

Roddick's first match is Wednesday night against qualifier Michel Kratochvil of Switzerland. Federer will rest before beginning his North American hardcourt campaign.