Mardy Fish shed 30 pounds this year and he just knocked more weight off his shoulders.

He defeated Pablo Cuevas 7-5, 6-0 and 6-2.

After a close first set, the fitter Fish ran away with it. Players have had to battle the sun the first four days and it's clear that Fish is tempered for it. Cuevas looked like he handed over the second set after the first break. Whether it was an attempt to save his energy for a comeback was questionable, but Fish was definitely rearing to put him away in the third set.

The match was won in the service game. Fish out-aced Cuevas 14-3 and in the second and third sets, Fish had a combined 25 unreturned serves, while Cuevas had seven.

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