Fish tops Harrison in LA, gains 2nd straight final

July 30, 2011 08:11 PM
Mardy Fish survived a three-set battle against Ryan Harrison.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mardy Fish fought from behind in the third set to advance to his second straight final, beating teenager Ryan Harrison 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at the Farmers Classic on Saturday.

Fish and Harrison were playing a rematch of their semifinal last week in Atlanta, where Fish won his first title of the season.

The top-seeded Fish breezed through the opening set, but Harrison responded in the second set and pushed Fish to the brink in the third. Fish regrouped and went up 5-0 in the tiebreaker and won the match with an ace.

The 19-year-old Harrison was trying for his first career final. He is the first American teen to make consecutive semifinals appearances since Andy Roddick in 2002.

In Saturday's other semifinal, American Alex Bogomolov Jr. was set to face Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.